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Farm Advisory Board

Would you like to know more about implementing a Farm Advisory Board into your farming business?

Come and listen to Erin Green at this year’s Women’s Field Day speaking on her experience in starting a Farm Advisory Board, the benefits, how it has impacted their business and how to select the right people for the board. Click here to see what other great speakers will be presenting.

Women’s Field Day Guest Speaker

Lucinda Giblett, Stellar Violets

‘Bringing our creative gifts home: health, heart and the holistic landscape’

Lucinda’s passion is creating healthy, vibrant people, communities and landscapes, where life can flourish, like a garden.

Lucinda’s gift is putting into words universal truths, and making it personal, just for you. Come and be inspired by Lucinda, WA Runner-up Rural Woman of the year in 2012, as she shares ways of creating new grounds for dreams and ways towards healthy, sustainable living in the 21st Century .

What’s beyond our backyard that we’re yet to explore?

Please click here for the full flyer.


Welcome to the concept of “knowledge partnerships“

Do you want to gain knowledge in an area you know another is skilled in? Do you want to increase your confidence assisting someone who is interested in your skills? Whether you are the mentor, mentee or both now is your opportunity to take part in exchanging your knowledge or improving your confidence.

“Knowledge Partnership” is a Rabobank initiative working with the Liebe Group members to creating opportunities for increased knowledge sharing and exchange, open co-operation between farmers and establishment of wider, stronger, networks – farmer to farmer.

This pilot program encourages members to benefit from learning others’ skills in the agricultural industry, increasing their confidence in specific areas, gaining greater communication skills, broadening their contacts and networks outside of the community and generally building self-assurance when providing others with their knowledge and abilities.

What does the pilot program involve?

The pilot program will involve developing one-to-one mentoring connections between members of the Liebe Group who will take part in a 9 month program involving face to face conversations, emails and/or phone calls with the aim of discovering new skills, knowledge and confidence.

Mentoring is a support network – a two way support network whether it is something you feel you want do better or something you could help others do better?

This program won’t be a one-way mentor mentee relationship – we know that there will be major benefits on both sides – it is well known that all our farmers have ideas, skill and support to share and everyone involved will learn and grow a great deal.

A list of examples you may be skilled in or are interested to learn more about include:

  • Being an executor of a Will
  • Basic Agrimaster, MYOB skills
  • Time management or organisational skills
  • Managing salinity on your farm
  • Basic succession planning skills
  • Biological farming
  • Variable rate technology implementation

The program will launch in July, with an interview and matching process followed by a half day introduction event. July 2015 – March 2016 the knowledge partnership program will involve a minimum of four contact sessions. At the conclusion of the project in March, an evaluation event will be held to gain feedback and recommendations for the future of the project.

Who can get involved?

This invitation extends to all Liebe Group members, and if successful Rabobank will expand the program throughout Australia and New Zealand. The initial group if successful will provide a feedback evaluation once the program is complete to ensure it is compatible to extend beyond the trialled region. There will be a limit of forty spots (twenty paired members) so ensure you get in early.

What do I need to do to register?

If you are interested in registering for this program as either a mentor or mentee (or both), please contact the Liebe office on (08) 9661 0570, registration is open now til June. This program is under strict confidentiality, once you register your interest you will receive participation forms and interviews and matching process will commence during June through to July.

Agricultural Recruitment Solutions

Is recruitment of skilled labour an issue for your farm business?

Your feedback is needed to help improve this skill shortage – both now and for the future!

Feedback from our members has been that it is hard to find skilled farm labour.

The Shire has been working on a solution to this issue for over a year and requires further feedback to assess progressing an agreement with the Federal Government.

Without your response the Shire will cease working on this project as it will be unable to verify that skilled labour shortages in the Agriculture Industry exist.

Please click here to complete this survey on Agricultural Skilled labour shortage.

Sun Shines at Liebe Spring Field Day 2014

One of the Liebe Groups showcase events the Spring Field Day was held last Thursday the eleventh of September at the Fitzsimons’ property, east Buntine. Conditions for the day were good with no wind but the heat did pick up as the day wore on. There were six concurrent sessions running throughout the day that kicked off at ten after registration and a great morning tea provided by the Dalwallinu P&C. Trials included deep ripping, lime incorporation, sowing depth, response of wheat varieties to phosphorus, nitrogen and micronutrients and density response of canola in low rainfall zones. Craig Scanlan’s trial on determining how lime incorporation effects the uptake of phosphorous, nitrogen and micronutrients was one of the first sessions and was particularly well attended. Craig had created a soil profile at the site that acted as a fantastic visual aid. There was also particular interest in the National Variety Trials and trials that were to do with canola.

There were seven marquee presentations throughout the day. Graydon Chong from Rabobank explained how Australia’s grain infrastructure is still developing and has very different issues to its North American and Canadian counterparts.

Professor Lyn Abbott and Emma Pearse, from the University of Western Australia explained how microbial action affects carbon cycling and the difference in microbial action in different soils especially cultivated compared to native undisturbed vegetation.

The audience learnt that the wild dog problem is increasing in the Liebe area through Gerard Berry-Porter, a dogger working with the Central Wheatbelt Declared Species Group. Wild dogs are interbreeding with dingoes leading to a much more itinerant and kill for the fun of it wild dog population.

Former local Jack Ellice-Flint returned to present for GrainGrowers on ProductionWise, software that allows farmers to easily store their data. The management system provides the ability to map, record, monitor and manage farm activities in a secure environment.

Entomologist Peter Mangano from DAFWA spoke about integrated pest management and the ways to incorporate on farms, reducing the onset of pesticide resistance.

Andrew Fletcher, CSIRO, presented his research that suggests lupins are not currently an economically viable source of nitrogen but still have benefits when used as a break crop, weed control or if the price of lupins was to increase.

Ben White from the Kondinin Group discussed phosphine resistant grain storage insects. The Liebe area has been affected by outbreaks and has been identified as a hot spot.

The Ladies Spring Tour ran for the third time this year and was a great success. Ladies from a mixture of ages where shown through a variety of trials and presentations by Liebe Research and Extension Agronomist Lilly Martin. Topics included herbicide resistance presented by Dave Cameron from Farmanco, lime efficiency demonstration by Jason Young from Optima and attending the marquee presentations by Professor Lyn Abbot, Emma Pearse and Gerard Berry- Porter. As usual the level of enthusiasm shown by the ladies was fantastic and leads to value added to the whole community.

As the day wound up everyone was happy to have a cold beer and see who won the door prize. The great ranges of prizes donated by various sponsors were shared with winners Boyd Carter, Rod Birch and Brian McAlpine. Elders Scholz Rural, the sponsors for the day cooked up hamburgers that were a great hit, ending the Liebe Spring Field Day with good company and a beautiful sunset.

The Liebe Group would like thank all those who presented, volunteered, attended, our partners and Ross, Lyn and Shaun Fitzsimons.

For any further information about the day please contact Elly Wainwright on or (08) 9661 0570.

Help ensure research remains relevant

Feedback is required to identify gaps in crop rotation, break crop and sequencing research, development and extension through your completion of a brief survey. Your input, as growers and professionals in contact with growers, is vital for obtaining a true representation and useful results. 

The survey forms part of the project titled ‘A review of GRDC crop rotation, break crop and sequencing investments’. The results from the survey, along with the outcomes of a literature review and series of interviews with key researchers, advisors and farmers, will form part of a list of recommendations to assist GRDC with their future investments in the subject area.

The survey should take only 10 minutes. Any information provided in the survey will not be used for any other purpose. It will be held confidentially by NSW DPI at Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute, Wagga Wagga NSW. The information will be disposed of securely when no longer needed.

By completing the survey and providing your name and email address, you will go into the draw to win an iPad.

The survey will close COB Monday 10 March 2014.

To begin the survey, please click on the link below.