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IN THIS EDITION
· MLA aid for future meat innovations
· Get into China - $ offer
· Subsidy for bird baffles
· Apple exports explained
· Grants for Japan/India linkages
· Ag incubators launched
· Wool mentors offer
· $10m for coal transition projects
· Tenders for pollination/weed studies
· Dairy grants from Farmer Fund milk sales
PLUS: Scholarships, funding and grants ... Nationally and state-by state

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NATIONAL NEWS

MLA AID FOR FUTURE MEAT INNOVATIONS
Beef, lamb and goat meat producers can get expertise, co-funding and support through the MLA Donor Company’s Producer Innovation Fast-Track. The program can co-invest up to 75% of costs and offers future-focussed producers access to the latest R&D and innovations in livestock production as well as technical and business expertise. A national roadshow starts next week: 28 February – Armidale, NSW; 2 March – Albury-Wodonga, NSW/V; 7 March – Horsham, V; 9 March – Clare, SA; 14 March – Esperance, WA; 16 March – Geraldton, WA; 20 March – Katherine, NT; 22 March – Charters Towers, Q; 24 March – Roma, Queensland. More? www.mla.com.au/fasttrack

CHINA HELP ON OFFER
Funding is available to primary producers, learning institutes and rural/regional associations to boost trade with China through the Australia-China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement administered by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. There is funding of up to $$69,649 is available to fund a project in Australia and/or China or to help cover travel costs for trade missions to China. Priority will be given to the following projects: ecommerce innovation; sustainable agricultural technology; sanitary and phytosanitary training; agricultural products processing and commodity production research. Deadline: March 10. More? https://www.grants.gov.au/?event=public.GO.show&GOUUID=4786F0E0-F1D1-F19D-2880C73856216E8A

BIRD-BAFFLE SUBSIDY
The South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association has secured a $500 subsidy for each operator installing bafflers to minimise interaction with seabirds.  The rebate is paid for inspection-checked bafflers. Here is the specification.  More? www.setfia.org.au

GET THE STRENGTH OF NUMBERS
Good ideas for farmer collaborations can get assistance through the $14.9m Farming Together program; a nation-wide campaign for primary producers and processors to collaborate and claim marketplace power. Australian Government funding is helping agricultural groups value-add, secure premium pricing, scale-up production, attract capital investment, earn new markets or secure lower input costs. All farmers who register receive one-on-one expert advice, with potential funding to follow. More?
 www.farmingtogether.com.au  or our https://www.facebook.com/farmingtogetherprogram/

APPLE EXPORTS EXPLAINED
Australian companies interested in exporting Pink Lady® branded apples in 2017 need to apply for a current export licence through Pink Lady Australia and attend a compulsory meeting at the APAL office. Suite G.01, 128 Jolimont Rd, East Melbourne, Victoria. A light lunch will be provided.  MORE? RSVP by 1 March to Andrew Mandemaker 0438 899 469 or amandemaker@apal.org.au 
 
VOUCHER PRIZE FOR HORT SURVEY
Horticulture Innovation Australia wants to hear from growers and industry members on how to best spend the vegetable R&D with a short online survey It takes about 10 minutes to complete and completing it puts you into the draw to win a $350 R.M. Williams voucher. More? click here.

POWER SCHOLARSHIP FOR DAIRY WOMEN
The Power of Women in Dairying scholarship offers $4000-$5000 for a woman to attend the World Dairy Expo at Madison in the US from October 3-7. Deadline March 17.  More? Di Malcolm 0419 483 763    

TOOLS FROM THE FARM TABLE
Pick up some valuable online tools from the Farm Table. This information portal was established by Orange-based Airlie Trescowthick who also serves on our industry advisory group. More? http://www.thefarmtable.com.au

RESEARCH ENGAGEMENT CADETSHIPS
Joint Research Engagement cadetships grants support higher degree research candidates working across the science or engineering research. In 2016 the cadetship was valued at $5,538. Deadline April 30. More? Joint Research Engagement

SEEKING INDIAN-LINK PROJECTS
The Australia-India Council offers grants of between $20K and $50K for projects which aim to promote long-term contact and cooperation between Australia and India. The council gives priority to projects in science focusing on agriculture, resources, energy and waste management. Deadline 27 April. More? http://dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/foundations-councils-institutes/australia-india-council/grants/Pages/grants-guidelines.aspx
 
JAPANESE GRANT ROUND OPEN
The Australia-Japan Foundation’s 2017 Grants Round is open to individuals and organisations.  Deadline 2pm AEST 6 April. More? www.dfat.gov.au/ajf
 
$7K FOR RESEARCHER/SME LINK
The Global Connections Fund provides initial funding of up to $7K to promote collaboration between Australian researchers and SMEs. Deadline 5pm AEDT 13 March. More? https://globalconnectionsfund.org.au/priming-grants

DAIRY SCIENCE GRANTS
Dairy Australia's dairy science travel grants of $6K allow early career research or service providers to visit one of the world’s largest dairy science research conferences – 2017 American Dairy Science Association annual meeting. The theme of this year’s meeting is Integrating Dairy Science Globally. Past conferences have attracted more than 3000 participants, showcasing over 40 concurrent sessions and more than 500 abstracts. More?
2017 Dairy Science Travel Grant Flyer (PDF, 783KB) 2017 Dairy Science Travel Grant FAQs (PDF, 40KB) or enquiries@dairyaustralia.com.au  
 
HORT TENDER CALLS ON WEEDS AND POLLINATION 
Horticulture  Innovation Australia is seeking tenders for an update of nursery industry weed risk assessment tool (NY16006). Deadline 23 February. It is also calling for tenders/EoIs for the following projects: Stingless bees as effective managed pollinators for Australian Horticulture (PH16000); Increasing yield and quality in tropical horticulture with better pollination, fruit retention and nutrient distribution (PH16001); - Managing flies for crop pollination (PH16002); Improving pollen distribution in greenhouse crops: Innovative Technology driven methods for increased seed yield (PH16005). Deadline 24 February. More? http://horticulture.com.au/tenders

GRAIN  WEED CONTROL: TENDER CALL
GRDC is calling for tenders for the following project: Cultural management for weed control and maintenance of crop yield (9174839) Closes 6 March . More? https://grdc.com.au/Apply/Current-Tenders

NEW ONLINE AG-COMMUNITY
The Rural Business Collective is an online rural community aiming for business excellence. There are some free and paid-for tools as well as mentoring, bootcamps and tours.  More? https://www.ruralbusinesscollective.com.au/events/2017/2/1/business-spring-clean

MILK FUND OFFERS UP TO $20K GRANTS

Applications for the third round of grants for dairy farmers in south-east Australia open from 20 February. Grants of up to $20,000 are available through sales of Farmers’ Fund milk produced by Murray Goulburn and sold exclusively by Coles under licence from the VFF. The grant process is managed by an independent panel. More? www.farmersfund.org.au
 
TASMANIA
MARKETING AID FOR TASSIE FIRMS
The Tasmanian Department of State Growth is providing marketing assistance to Tasmanian-based organisations looking to create new national and overseas markets. Companies must have a sales turnover of between $300,000 and $20m. Deadline 30 April 2017. More? trade@stategrowth.tas.gov.au

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE AG SCHOLARSHIPS
The University of Adelaide’s Ian Cocks Memorial Trust Wine Research Scholarship offers $5K for one year to a student studying honours Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Agricultural Science or Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology. Deadline Friday 3 March. More? https://scholarships.adelaide.edu.au/scholarship/ug/sci/ian-cocks-memorial-trust-wine-research-scholarship
... ALSO: The University of Adelaide’s J E Jenkins Scholarship offers $850 for one year to a student studying Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences. Deadline March 3. More? https://scholarships.adelaide.edu.au/scholarship/ug/arts/je-jenkins-scholarship

SA AGRIBUSINESS GROWTH PROGRAM 

The Agribusiness Growth Program from Food South Australia offers business performance/plan reviews and recommendations for improvement. It also includes one-on-one business coaching to $10K with 25% co-contribution. Applicants must be ag/food businesses of 2+ years with turnover of $300K to $1.5m. Ongoing. More?http://foodsouthaustralia.com.au/2015/09/agribusiness-growth-program/
 
BUSINESS VOUCHERS FOR SA FOOD BUSINESSES
SA-based food manufacturing businesses are eligible for the matched-funding Business Transformation Voucher Program to develop new business models, undertake R&D, training or buying capital equipment to boost efficiency/capability. Applicants must be a financially viable business of 12+ months with most of its business conducted in SA. Ongoing. More? http://www.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/industry/manufacturing/manufacturing-programs-and-initiatives/btvp

LIMESTONE COAST SCHOLARSHIPS
Educational scholarships are offered for secondary and tertiary students with links to the Limestone Coast through the Stand Like a Stone Foundation. More? http://www.standlikestone.com.au/page.php?id=43
 
BAROSSA TERTIARY SCHOLARSHIP
The Barossa Valley’s Thomas Scholarship provides financial support of up to $18K to support tertiary students, and offer work placement and mentoring to young people with family involved in the Barossa or wine communities. Deadline: 25 November 2017. More? 
http://foundationbarossa.org.au/scholarships/thomas-scholarship/
 
KANGAROO ISLAND SCHOLARSHIP
The annual open-age Kangaroo Island Freemasons Scholarship offers $3K to any island resident wishing to obtain experience, knowledge or skill in a particular field of endeavour in Australia or overseas. There are no prescribed qualifications. Deadline 30 June 2017. More? http://www.masonic-foundation.asn.au/ki_scholarship.html
 
NORTHERN TERRITORY/SA
$20K SCHOLARSHIP FOR SA/NT
The annual Trevor Prescott Freemason Memorial Scholarship offers up to $20K to allow SA and NT residents aged under 30 to fulfil their potential. Deadline: 30 June 2017. More? http://www.masonic-foundation.asn.au/trevor_prescott.html
 
NT SUPPORT GRANTS
Matched-funding industry support grants help to develop agriculture, horticulture and fisheries industries. Applications are sought from incorporated bodies and legal entities, local partnerships between private enterprise organisations or NT-based not-for-profit community organisations or groups and local governments. Applications from individuals and individual businesses can be accepted if they show significant economic development benefits to the region. Support can be in-kind. Ongoing. More?https://nt.gov.au/industry/start-run-and-grow-a-business/regional-economic-development-fund

WESTERN AUSTRALIA 
UP TO $300K for WA PROJECTS
WA’s Royalties for Regions initiative offer two types of grants. Funding ranging from $20,001 to $300,000 is available under the Regional Grants Scheme while up to $20,000 is available under the Community Chest Fund. Ongoing, but subject to regional deadlines. More? http://www.drd.wa.gov.au/projects/Economic-Development/Pages/Regional-Grants-Scheme-and-Community-Chest-Fund.aspx
 
$10K WA COMMUNUITY AID
WA’s Community Capability Grants support the efforts of NRM volunteers and not-for-profit organisations with grants of up to $10,000 with a time frame of up to 12 months. Applications will be assessed on a first-come, first-served basis. Deadline noon  AWST 29 May 2017 subject to funds availability. More? Click here 

NEW SOUTH WALES
UNE AG SCHOLARSHIPS
The University of New England’s Centre for Agribusiness is offering two PhD or professional doctorate scholarships to begin in 2017 to pursue research in future food and fibre; commercialisation or value chain information. Each scholarship offers $26,682/year for three years. Deadline 28 February 2017. More? Contact Centre for Agribusiness
…ALSO: UNE is offering the Arthur Rickards Innovation in Agribusiness Scholarship to support either a PhD or a professional doctorate. The scholarship will offer a living allowance of $50K/year for three years. Deadline 28 February. More? http://www.une.edu.au/research/hdr/hdr-scholarships/development-of-commercial-products-from-livestock-data-resources-arthur-rickards-innovation-in-agribusiness-phd-scholarship
…AND: UNE is also offering the A S Nivison Memorial postgraduate Scholarship offering $5K, initially for one year. The successful applicant must be engaged in research in one of the following fields: Pasture improvement; animal husbandry; farm management; wool research or promotion; water conservation or environmental protection. Deadline 30 April. More? http://www.une.edu.au/research/hdr/hdr-scholarships/a-s-nivison-memorial-scholarship

FUNDS FOR NSW REGIONAL PROJECTS
The NSW Government has just announced Regional Solutions. This is a competitive funding round, requiring 50% matching funds. There is no limit to the amount requested but projects must create the equivalent of at least 10 full-time new jobs in regional NSW, within two years of project commencement. More? http://www.jobsfornsw.com.au/how-we-help/support-for-the-regions/regional-solutions

KIRBY FUNDING AVAILABLE
The James N Kirby Foundation offers grants of between $3K and $15K for DGR-registered organisations, particularly those unable to rely on high-profile fundraising. Priority is given to organisations in NSW or national-level programmes which primarily benefit NSW.  Deadline February 28. More? http://www.kirbyfoundation.com.au/eligibility-criteria/how-to-apply/

UNE INCUBATOR LAUNCHED

Agribusiness communities in Tamworth and Armidale can make use of the University of New England Smart Region Incubator which offers workspace, networks and business support. The $1m initiative is funded by the NSW Department of Industry Boosting Business Innovation Program. More? http://www.une.edu.au/about-une/academic-schools/unebs/centre-for-agribusiness/smartincubator

AID FOR NSW FARMER UPSKILL
NSW farmers can take subsidised pre-approved courses through the State Government’s $45m Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program. Or farmers can apply for other professional development activities. Participants can claim reimbursement of up to 50% (GST-exclusive) up to $5000/farmer or $9000/farm business. Ongoing. More? http://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/assistance/professional-development-program

HELP FOR BROKEN HILL BUSINESSES
Foundation Broken Hill offers grants to local businesses and provides an alternative funding avenue for seed funding new or expanding projects in Broken Hill. More? http://foundationbh.org.au/

NSW DAIRY SCHOLARSHIP
The Sydney Royal Dairy Produce Committee, in partnership with the RAS Foundation, is offering an open-age tertiary scholarship of $5000 for full-time study or $2500 for part-time study. Applicants can be studying any type of course but must demonstrate a passion for the NSW dairy produce industry. More? http://www.rasnsw.com.au/foundation/scholarships-and-grants/sydney-royal-dairy-produce-scholarship/
 
NSW WINE SCHOLARSHIP
The Graham Thorp Memorial Scholarship offers $5000 for full-time study or $2500 for part-time study. The open-age scholarship is not limited to any type of course but the applicant must demonstrate a strong wine industry career pathway through their course of study. More? http://www.rasnsw.com.au/foundation/scholarships-and-grants/sydney-royal-wine-scholarship
 
NSW RURAL SCHOLARSHIP
RASF Rural Scholarships offer $5000 for full-time study or $2500 for part-time study. The open-age scholarship is not limited to any type of course but the applicant must demonstrate a commitment for any career that will ensure the future success of rural and regional NSW. More? http://www.rasnsw.com.au/foundation/scholarships-and-grants/ras-rural-scholarships/
 
QUEENSLAND/NSW
SOLVE A SHEEPISH PROBLEM FOR $5K
Students can win up to $5K in the Leading Sheep inaugural Sheep and Wool Challenge by coming up with an innovative solution to an industry issue. Entries must come in a short on-line video and winners will share in a total $10K prize pool. Deadline July 31. More? http://www.leadingsheep.com.au

WOOL MENTORING AID AVAILABLE
Financial assistance is available for up to eight Queensland wool producers to undertake the Agri-Business CEO Mentoring Program, a joint initiative of Leading Sheep and the Agri-Business Development Institute. Deadline February 28. More? Alex Stirton (07) 4654 4212.

COTTON FUND FOR UNDERGRADS
Cotton Australia Final Year Undergraduate Project Scholarship (10 @ $1500 each) for final year undergraduate students who undertake a final year project relating to the cotton industry.  Students must be studying agricultural science, one of the sciences, environmental studies, natural resource management, engineering, economics, business, social sciences, education, textiles, design or similar at an accredited Australian university or Marcus Oldham College in 2017. Education students must be studying at an institution in Queensland or NSW. Deadline 5pm, 10 March 2017. More? Click here

$2m LOANS FOR QLD START-UPS
Young primary producers in Queensland are being offered start-up loans of up to $2m. The no-fee, low-interest loans are available for terms up to 30 years. To be eligible you must have lived in Queensland for six months and hold 50% purchase equity, or 50% of set up costs for leasing/sharefarming. Loans are subject to the availability of funding. More? 1800 623 946 or First Start Loan guidelines.

VICTORIA 
$10m FOR NEW GIPPSLAND BUSINESSES
The Latrobe Valley Economic Facilitation Fund of up to $10m is offered to support business growth and new job creation as the Gippsland region shifts out of coal production. http://www.rdv.vic.gov.au/programs-and-grants/latrobe-valley-economic-facilitation-fund/guidelines

FOOD/FIBRE PROCESSING ASSISTANCE
The Future Industries Manufacturing Program offers funding of up to $500,000 to companies to implement new manufacturing technologies and processes in their Victorian operations. Ongoing  http://www.business.vic.gov.au/support-for-your-business/future-industries/future-industries-manufacturing-program

FUTURE STRATEGY FUNDING UP TO $1m
Matching grants of up to $1m are available to undertake Victorian-based projects aligned with the Future Industries Sector Strategies – with food and fibre being one of the favoured areas. Must be lodged by a consortium, which can include co-ops. At least one of the consortium partners must be a Victorian business. Ongoing. More? http://www.business.vic.gov.au/support-for-your-business/future-industries/sectorgrowth

FELTON BEQUEST FOR RURAL PROJECTS
The Alfred Felton Bequest invites applications for its small grants. This funding supports projects located in rural and regional areas of Victoria. Grants are worth up to $20,000 each for one year. Deadline April 1. More? http://www.eqt.com.au/charities-and-not-for-profits/grants/the-alfred-felton-bequest

FREE AG START-UP SPACE IN MELBOURNE

SproutX, a joint ­initiative between finance outfit Findex and the National Farmers Federation, has just completed its first pre-accelerator intake with 100 national start-up finalists. The Melbourne-based hub, led by Tasmanian Sam ­Trethewey, will offer a free space for eligible start-ups. More?  http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/sproutx-opens-first-coworking-space-for-agriculture-startups/news-story/94de94d2104797d160a5accd8af9c65a
 
NEW ENERGY ASSISTANCE
Business Victoria’s New Energy Fund seeks to drive innovation in new energy technologies. Up to $6m is available and categories focus on manufacturing, technology, community and skills. Deadline March 1. More? http://www.business.vic.gov.au/support-for-your-business/future-industries/new-energy-technologies

VICTORIAN DAIRY LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIPS
The Gardiner Foundation will fund 10 Victorian Regional Community Leadership Program 2017 scholarships for emerging leaders in regional dairy communities. The Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program will open in April 2017 and close early June 2017. More? Visit Gardiner Dairy Foundation 
 
$50K BUSINESS HELP IN VICTORIA
Victoria’s Stronger Regional Communities invests in community-led initiatives and to drive change in regional and rural towns with grants of up to $50,000. Eligible applicants include businesses and for-profit organisations, local councils and not-for-profit community organisations. Ongoing. More?  SRCP application guidelines 
 
VICTORIAN REGIONAL JOBS FUND 
Victoria’s Regional Jobs Fund aims capitalise on the potential of emerging industry sectors through the following four public grant program streams: Investment Attraction,Innovation and ProductivityEmployment Precincts and Market Access. Eligible applicants include businesses and for-profit organisations, local councils and not-for-profit community organisations. Ongoing. More? RJF program application guidelines 
 
FOOD SOURCE GRANTS
Food Source grants are a $20m initiative aimed at supporting Victorian agri-food businesses to work together and with value chain partners to grow exports and create new jobs. Deadline 30 June 2019. More? food.source@ecodev.vic.gov.au
 
RURAL DEVELOPMENT AID IN VICTORIA
Victoria’s Rural Development program stream allows for grants of up to $50,000 for projects such as a feasibility study, a demand study, or a business case to enable prospective applicants to investigate the technical and or economic viability of an infrastructure project. 2:1 funding with in-kind accepted. Ongoing. More?http://www.rdv.vic.gov.au/programs-and-grants/rural-development

AID FOR SW VICTORIA
South-West Community Foundation offers grants of up to $5K for projects that build sustainable communities within the local government areas of Colac Otway, Corangamite, Moyne, Glenelg, Southern Grampians and Warrnambool. Deadline 6 March. More? www.southwestcommunityfoundation.org or info@southwestcommunityfoundation.org

ABOUT US
The $14.9m Farming Together program is a nation-wide campaign for primary producers and processors to collaborate and claim marketplace power. Australian Government funding is helping agricultural groups value-add, secure premium pricing, scale-up production, attract capital investment, earn new markets or secure lower input costs. All farmers who register receive one-on-one expert advice to discuss their opportunities and appetite to create a successful collaborative group. This could be either as a structured co-operative, as a collective bargaining entity or as a less-formal collaborative group.
Farming Together is delivered by Southern Cross University on behalf of the Australian Government. It comprises a highly experienced senior team drawn from a wide range of commodity groups from across Australia and is backed by an industry advisory group representing experts from WA, NT, Queensland, Victoria, SA and NSW. 

Visit www.farmingtogether.com.au  or our https://www.facebook.com/farmingtogetherprogram/ You can phone us on 1800 00 55 55 or info@farmingtogether.com.au.  



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Author: Southern Cross University on behalf of the Australian Government