AFIA Fodder Festival 2018
23 May 2018
The Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA) is pleased to announce a new event for August 2018 so get ready to mark your calendars because you’re not going to want to miss this one.
We are pleased to bring you the AFIA Fodder Festival 2018; a demonstration and interactive field day to connect fodder producers and end-users. The day will be a mix of paddock demonstrations and presentations at the Elmore Field Days site in Northern Victoria.
John McKew, AFIA Chief Executive Officer describes the focus of the event as “fodder decisions to drive production profits”.
“We recognise that at times that there is disconnect between the producers of fodder and the end-users of that fodder. The transaction between these two parties should not be a win-lose or a lose-win but instead, a win-win for both and the best way to achieve that is to provide understanding and information and to do that effectively requires good communication and interaction. The AFIA Fodder Festival 2018 will provide the forum and the opportunity to facilitate this”, Mr McKew commented.
This field day will be designed to deliver practical outcomes; it will include a working demonstration site for fodder production, machinery, fodder samples and a range of presentations from people with nutrition, feeding and financial return experience as well as those who know what is involved in producing quality fodder and end-users who have experienced the best (and worst) of fodder buying decisions.
When: Wednesday 29 August 2018 (9am-4pm)
Where: Elmore Field Day Site, in the paddock and under the big roof of the Agribusiness Pavilion
Who: If you are a fodder producer, a fodder end-user (i.e. dairy, beef or sheep farmer) or your business is reliant on fodder, then this is an event you must attend.
FREE: entry for everyone and a show bag and free lunch for everyone that pre-registers on the website.
We will also be launching a website (www.fodderfestival.com) to allow you to register your attendance and we will be sending out flyers very soon so watch your email for AFIA updates about this very exciting new event.
You can also follow progress on the 2018 AFIA Fodder Festival via social media – look out for #fodderfestival18
Caption: The Agribusiness Pavilion at the Elmore Field Days will be the focal point of the 2018 AFIA Fodder Festival.
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Fodder Industry Association
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Fodder industry helps shine light on farming women
12 April 2018
Fodder industry helps shine light on farming women
In partnership with The Invisible Farmer Project, the Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA) is in search of stories from the half of Australia’s farming population that is hidden and largely absent from the history books.
The Invisible Farmer Project is an initiative of Museums Victoria. It is the largest ever study of Australian women on the land. This three year project (2017-2020) is funded by the Australian Research Council and involves a nation-wide partnership between rural communities, academics, government and cultural organisations.
Since its launch in 2017 it has been overwhelmed with community and industry response and support. The project was listed in the top 10 achievements in Australian agriculture in 2017.
Invisible Farmer Project lead curator Liza Dale-Hallett says we know that around 49 percent of real farm income in Australia is contributed by women.
“This figure includes a whole range of activities such as on-farm work, off-farm waged work and household, volunteer and community work. Unfortunately a lot of this work tends to go unnoticed, undocumented and uncelebrated in the public eye,” Liza says.
One woman’s experience Liza has documented is Hannah Crisp, who manages Lorraine Station in partnership with her husband Michael. Lorraine Station is on the banks of the Leichardt River, 240 kilometres north-west of Clonclurry, in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland.
Hannah Crisp from Lorraine Station, a proud grazier and fodder grower. Photo courtesy of Liza Dale-Hallett, The Invisible Farmer Project, Museums Victoria.
Lorraine Station is 605,000 acres and runs mainly Droughtmaster Santa Gertrudis Cross cattle. The station has a 7,500 head feedlot and a 2500 acre irrigated and dryland cropping operation. Hannah, Michael and their son Luke grow corn for silage, Rhodes grass hay and Cavalcade. They sell the hay to neighbours, produce agents and saleyards.
AFIA will collaborate with The Invisible Farmer Project at the 2018 National Fodder Conference to host a ‘Women in Fodder’ workshop that aims to give rural women tools to capture and share their stories of farming the land.
AFIA’s Women in Fodder program is designed to empower women in the industry by having conversations that break down gender stereotypes and provide access to training and education in leadership. After the 2017 National Fodder Conference, Women in Fodder members created a Facebook group as a positive platform for women to discuss ideas, ask questions and keep in contact between industry events.
AFIA has since partnered with Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) to provide subsidised courses for women who wish to develop leadership skills. WLA administers a national initiative to support the development of female leaders throughout the fodder sector.
Women members of AFIA can access a range of highly regarded part-time leadership development courses via a dedicated pool of funding. There are opportunities for fee support that provide women with grants of $3,000 to $8,000. Scholarship funding will be awarded based on a set of selection criteria.
AFIA’s Industry Development Officer Jemma Stefanou says that the agriculture industry has traditionally underrepresented women in leadership positions.
“We also acknowledge that supporting women in decision-making roles is crucial to sustainability and innovation. AFIA is working towards a meaningful program to empower, support and celebrate women in agriculture.”
The 2018 National Fodder Conference will be held from 29th-31st July at the Adelaide Convention Centre. The conference theme is The Future of Fodder, which will showcase industry research, sustainability, innovation, technology, safety and diversity.
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