Are you interested in supporting the next generation of farmers, researchers, and industry leaders from CQU’s Bachelor of Agriculture and/or undertaking precision livestock research? Growing Queensland’s Food Exports grants for up to $100,000 are now open and Central Highlands workshops are coming up to improve farm safety and efficiency.

Student placement for CQUniversity’s Bachelor of Agriculture
Offering a great pathway to secure your workforce, expressions of interest are open for student placement for CQUniversity’s Bachelor of Agriculture. Central Highlands farmers and agribusiness can host and mentor second- and third-year students for work integrated learning. The University is looking for mentors to host a student, provide real-world experience contributing to professional farming operations and encourage critical thinking about on-farm decision making.

In the placement, students will:
• Review a cropping or livestock production system
• Develop a research project to address an area of improvement identified
• Develop a consultancy report
• Present the report to the owner or manager of the enterprise/farm

This year, placements are planned for November 2017 to February 2018 and will be over an eight-week period. Please register your interest before 30 September 2017. For more information, telephone Richard Koech on (07) 4150 7191 or email agriculture@cqu.edu.au.

CQUniversity is also looking for researchers to apply for the Telstra Precision Livestock Research Scholarship to investigate the interconnection of data systems within low-bandwidth remote locations with Professor Dave Swain and his team. For more information on this exciting opportunity and to apply, click here.

Growing Queensland’s Food Exports grants are now open
Growing Queensland’s Food Exports grants are now open for up to $100,000 for producers already involved in international export, or those who are export-ready and looking to access overseas markets. The first round of funding is now open with concept proposals due 5 October 2017. Successful applicants will then be invited to submit a full application by 1 December 2017.

The program will provide matched funding of up to $100,000 (minimum of $50,000) over two years per eligible project. Applicants must co-contribute at least 50 per cent of the total funds required which can include up to half the value (25 per cent of total project costs) of in-kind contributions.

A DAF Program Manager is available to discuss proposals on a one-on-one basis, and producers who would like to know more can contact 13 25 23 or email GQFE@daf.qld.gov.au. For more information, visit www.daf.qld.gov.au. CHDC is also available to assist interested businesses.

Central Highlands workshop to improve farm safety and efficiency
Queensland’s agricultural industries are working together to help farm businesses reduce risks and increase efficiency and compliance through a one-day workshop in Emerald on 23 October.

The Workplace Essentials workshops, funded by the Queensland Government and coordinated through the Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN), will focus on providing farm employers and team leaders with practical information and resources to enhance workplace health and safety and people management skills.

The one-day workshop focuses not only on workplace health and safety but also supervisory skills. The workshop aims to provide farm frontline staff with a much clearer understanding of workplace health and safety obligations regulations, supervisor responsibilities, performance management, and how to manage bullying and conflict constructively.

More information and registration is available here.

Contact Liz Alexander for more information E: agribusiness@chdc.com.au or M: 0429 471 511.

Image caption: Apply for the Telstra Precision Livestock Research Scholarship to investigate the interconnection of data systems within low-bandwidth remote locations with Professor Dave Swain’s team.

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