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Newsletter - March 2018

Future Farmers Scholarship Winners 

With pleasure we announce the winners of the Future Farmers Scholarships! Congratulations to Peter Mahy, Amanda Mahy and Sally Downie who each received a $1,000 scholarship towards a RuralBiz Training course of their choice.

Pictured: Peter & Amanda Mahy with their two children. 

Peter & Amanda are a husband and wife team who run a fledgling Wagyu cattle production near Boggabri. They are both studying the Diploma of Agriculture as part of the Bachelor of Agricultural and Management pathway. Like a lot of our students they also juggle their farming enterprise with off farm jobs and raising a young family. Read more about Peter & Amanda here.

Sally is 19 years old and comes from a family run dairy farm in Jemalong. Sally has faced some significant health challenges since finishing school and that has really clarified for her that life is too short not to follow her passion for farming. Sally is enrolling in the Diploma of Agriculture.

If you are interested in studying a Diploma of Agriculture visit our website or contact us for more information.

Welcome - New Staff & New Students!

Our team just keeps growing! We are delighted to introduce Grant Fish as our new General Manager. Grant has worked extensively in the VET sector in roles centered around compliance and contractual management.Grant is looking to use his knowledge to help rural and regional learners access quality training.

Grant will be taking over the day to day management from our Managing Director Kathy Sims who will be focusing more on long term strategic planning. 


If you'd like to get in touch with Grant feel free to call our office on 02 6884 8812 or drop him an email

Our office has been very busy welcoming new staff and enrolling new students since the beginning of the year. Remember we accept new enrolments all year round so you can start your study when it suits you.

Our training is designed by farmers for farmers. We understand your needs and are flexible enough to fit around the demands of farm life. It is never to late too start improving your skills and learning for the future you want. Find out more about our courses here or contact our office for a chat on 02 6884 8812 or via email. Funding subsidies are available for some courses.

Growing Agribusiness skills for Papua New Guinea Farmers

It is with great pleasure we welcomed another cohort of students from PNG to Armidale in February to continue their studies in Certificate IV of Agribusiness under the support of the Australia Awards program.

These students come from all over PNG and are here for an intensive six week study block. They are very glad that the weather is warmer than when the first cohort came over last winter!  

Events and Conferences!

QLD, various dates - AgForce are hosting a number of free Farm Resilience workshops around Qld. Visit their website for more info.  

VIC, 18 Mar - Victorian Farmers Federation Peninsular Branch BBQ  at Mount Martha - Get to know your neighbours. Click here for more info.

SA - 16-17 March South East Field Days - 40th Anniversary. For more info visit their website  

NSW, Walcha Feeding Forum - Catch up with the Northern Tablelands LLS to find out about livestock nutrition and feeding as well as marketing options during dry conditions. Click here for more info

AgTech Summit, 13-14 Mar Melbourne- the inaugural AgTech Summit will explore how technology is revolutionising traditional Australian Agriculture. Visit the website for more information.

Chemical Card Plus is being reviewed!

We would like to advise that our Chemical Card Plus course is temporarily unavailable for new enrolments while we review and update our materials. We understand this course has been a valuable resource to farmers for many years and if you wish to provide feedback on the course please contact our office on 02 6884 8812 or via email.

Never Never Land

Tom Curtain and Luke O’Shea’s Never Never Land performance celebrates our land and nature and won the artists two Awards at the most Recent Tamworth Country Music Awards,



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