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Bus-about in your own backyard tour

Bus-about in your own backyard tour

On the 19th September 2017, 18 women from the region participated in a “Bus-about in your own backyard tour”, visiting four local businesses from Dalwallinu to Watheroo. Funded by the Grants for Women Program, an initiative from the Government of Western Australia Department of Local Government and Communities, this tour provided local women an opportunity to be inspired and learn from diverse and innovative businesses in their own backyard.

The Liebe Group would like to thank Cathy Northover, Liz Brennan, Rhonda Tonkin and Robyn Cousins for taking the time to present to the group and share their unique stories; with a little bit of initiative and passion, anything is achievable. Thank you also to Clare Johnston, Elders Scholz Rural for driving the bus and to Holly Staton, Liebe Group Women’s Committee Member for helping plan the day and for providing a wonderful afternoon tea to end the tour.

The tour was a great success and gave the participants a chance to learn from leading and inspirational women in our area.

Liebe Esperance Grower Innovation Tour

Liebe Esperance Grower Innovation Tour

At the end of September, the Liebe Group and ten grower members participated in a study tour to the Esperance region. This four day trip was supported through GRDC’s Grower and Advisor Development program and exposed the participating Liebe members to different farming systems and approaches to business management through grower visits and tours of the area.,. The tour also provided an opportunity for Liebe members and staff to network with researchers, agribusiness partners and growers from the Esperance region.

Some key take home messages from the tour included farm business efficiency, crop diversity and learning from fellow farming peers. The Liebe members were impressed with the scale, diversification and management of the farming systems and acknowledged there are things that can be learnt from other regions even with differences in farming systems and climate.

The tour highlighted the importance of networking both locally and nationally as well as building strong, lasting business relationships and networks and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.

Spring Field Day 2017

The Liebe Group’s 20th annual Spring Field Day was held on 14th September 2017 at the Dodd’s property at west Buntine. Over 110 growers and industry partners attended the day which showcased fifteen trial sites as well as a number of marquee presentations and demonstrations. While the 2017 season has been less than desirable, growers and researchers alike are hopeful for the upcoming 2018 season after viewing the trials and listening to expert knowledge throughout the day.

For the third year running, students from the local high school were also in attendance. The students were able to participate in an Amazing Race before sitting down to hear from the group’s industry partners to learn about the options for careers in agriculture.

The Liebe Group would like to thank our Event Sponsor for the Spring Field Day, Elders Scholz Rural. Thanks also to event supporter NACC, our Diamond, Gold and Silver Partners and to all of the volunteers involved in the event.