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AIR EP Newsletter 24 September 2021

Sticky Beak days

Sticky beak days held this week:
  • Wudinna Districts

Above: Onion weed control in pasture at Carl Jericho's.
Below: Grain marketing update with Rick Will, CBH Grain.

Well done to the organisers of these events, they have been great!
There are more coming up over the next few weeks, see the events list below or check out our website events page for more information.

What sort of livestock training and products would you like to see delivered on Eyre Peninsula?

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) are keen to hear farmer and advisor feedback and views on what types of training activities and products you would find beneficial for EP livestock enterprises. MLA are partnering AIR EP to deliver a series of surveys of EP livestock farmers and advisors, as part of the project: Unlocking new opportunities and audiences for delivery of MLA products in Southern Australia farming (L.FAP.2104).

We thought the best way to do that is to bring people together for a meal and run through the survey as a group. Basically we will run through a video and presentation showing different MLA products, then participants can answer some related survey questions on their phones.
AIR EP will provide complimentary dinner, dessert and soft drinks for participants. The survey component will go for about 1.5 hours in total, the event will go from 6pm-9pm.  
Either scan the QR code above to do the RLEM survey on your phone or click on this link below to complete the survey:
Take the survey

Apply now for the final round of Smart Farms Small Grants

The final round of Smart Farms Small Grants is supporting outcomes under the National Soil Strategy. This includes assisting farmers to participate and benefit from the National Soil Monitoring and Incentives Pilot Program.

Organisations and individuals can now apply for grants to fund soil extension activities over a two-year timeframe. The Australian Government has increased grant amounts to between $100,000 ($50,000 per year over two years) and $250,000 ($125,000 per year over two years). Multiple activities can be applied for in the one application, with applications not to exceed a total of $2 million.

Activities will aim to improve farmer use of soil data and help them to act on results with evidence-based smart farming practices. This will help improve soil management, leading to increased productivity and profitability and help industry to reach its goal of $100 billion by 2030.

Applications for Smart Farms Small Grants: Soil Extension Activities close at 9:00 pm AEDT, 12 October 2021. To find out more or to apply, visit the Community Grants Hub website.

Future Drought Fund’s Drought Resilience Leaders Mentoring Program

Applications for the Future Drought Fund’s Drought Resilience Leaders Mentoring Program have been extended to 30 September 2021.

Eligibility for the program is extended to all involved within agriculture for both mentors and mentees. The program matches each mentee with a mentor for 6 individual sessions. These sessions will allow them to discuss, collaborate, and share knowledge and experience about their industry, how to progress and build stronger businesses. The program is flexible and self-directed. Mentors and mentees meet at a time that suits them and only takes a time commitment of 1 - 3 hours a month. 
All the participants need is a positive attitude. As part of the program, we offer information, resources and training for both mentors and mentees. They will also have access to webinars on interesting topics that will help them on farm and in mentoring. These topics include health and well-being, practice change, business and succession planning, and being a leader within your community.  
The program is set to start in October and November this year with the program running until June 2022. For more information, the ARLF website has a comprehensive overview of the program: 

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Spirit of Excellence in Agriculture Awards

The Agricultural Bureau of South Australia are seeking nominations for its 2021 Spirit of Excellence in Agriculture Awards.
The awards provide unique opportunities and financial support to motivated and bright young farmers and rural youth who will benefit from personal and professional development to support a successful career in their chosen field.
Applications are currently open for:
  • The Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship sponsored by Department for Environment and Water (DEW) is an $8,000 grant for a farmer aged 18-40 to pursue further study, take a study tour or run a special project.
  • The Rural Youth Bursary sponsored by Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is a $5,000 grant for rural young people, not necessarily in primary production aged 18-30 working in a rural community to undertake further study in their chosen career with an ultimate benefit to their community.
The 2020 Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship winner was Eyre Peninsula’s Ellen Zibell who after conducting further research was able to share her knowledge on Resilient farming through her on farm event ‘Resilient Ag, for the future’. Among those attending were farmers from Kimba, Cowell, Wudinna, and children from the Kimba Area School.
The 2020 Rural Youth Bursary recipient Mat Maunder utilised the funds to study an Advanced Diploma in Horticultural Business which allowed him to expand his knowledge on improving the economic sustainability of a horticultural business, skills which he can apply on his citrus farm in the Riverland, and share with other members of the Ag Bureau in the area.
Applications for the 2021 Spirit of Excellence in Agriculture Awards deadline has been extended to 9am Monday, September 27th.
The 2021 awards will be presented at the Agricultural Bureau of SA’s annual Spirit of Excellence Awards Dinner at The Terrace Function Centre in Evanston on Friday 29th October 2021, please follow the link for Event details and to Register tickets.
To find out more and apply, visit or contact for any enquiries.

Voting for WoolPoll 2021 is open!

WoolPoll is open to ALL woolgrowers … Merino producers, mixed farmers or those who only run sheep as seasons allow. If you’ve paid at least $100 in wool levies over the last three years, you’re eligible to vote in WoolPoll 2021.

Held every three years, WoolPoll is a voluntary vote of all wool levy payers through which the industry decides on its levy rate for investment in the research, development and marketing activities conducted on behalf of woolgrowers by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI).

Growers are being given up to five options of levy rate to support, and can vote for one or more levy rates in order of preference through the independent poll. The options growers can vote on as their preferred levy rate are 0 per cent, 1 per cent, 1.5 per cent, 2 per cent and 2.5 per cent.

This year’s WoolPoll will feature a supplementary question which will ask woolgrowers whether they want a five-year WoolPoll cycle, or if they want to remain with the current three-year voting cycle.  

Voting can be conducted either online at or via email, fax or post. For more information, call the voter helpline on 1800 990 365.

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Keep up to date with the latest industry events and AIR EP events.

  2021 EVENTS


MLA training and products feedback session - Cleve
Monday 27 September
Cleve Hotel
Josh Telfer 0460 000 290

MLA training and products feedback session - Ceduna
Monday 27 September
Ceduna Hotel
Amy Wright 0467 004 555

MLA training and products feedback session - Wangary
Tuesday 28 September
Marble Range Sports Club
Josh Telfer 0460 000 290
MLA training and products feedback session – Tumby Bay
Thursday 30 September
Tumby Bay Hotel The Red Roof
Josh Telfer 0460 000 290


GRDC Pulse Field Day @ Tooligie

5 October
Tooligie Road

Minnipa-Poochera Sticky Beak Day
8 October
Gareth Scholz 0427 805 207

Streaky Bay Sticky Beak Day
11 October
Dion Trezona 0427 261 708

Far West Sticky Beak Day
12 October
Peter Stott 0427 256 121
Charra/Goode Sticky Beak Day
13 October
Ian Bergman

Elliston Sticky Beak Day
14 October
Frank Kenny 

Mt Cooper/Port Kenny Sticky Beak Day
15 October TBC
Angus Gunn 0427 255 053


GRDC Research Update for Advisors

8-9 February

WoTL Thriving Women Conference
21-22 February 2022
More information

SARDI Harvest Report Farmer Meetings
28 Feb - 4 March 2022
Upper EP

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