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Technology rice forums

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June 03, 2018

Rice Extension is hosting a series of Business and Technology Forums to promote good on-farm decision making in light of new developments in the industry.

Forums will be held in Deniliquin and Barham this month, discussing a range of topics appropriate to the growing regions, and decision makers, farm owners, workers, advisors and those with an interest in local agricultural are invited to attend.

Murray region rice extension officer Troy Mauger said the forums are an opportunity to hear from and connect with leading industry experts.

“The forums are geared specifically to rice and irrigation businesses. We’re exploring relevant topics that have practical application and attendees can take home resources and new skills that can be applied right now, be it an OH&S plan for your business or updating your life insurance,’’ he said.

‘‘Improving understanding of water, farm business and new technologies in rice and irrigation businesses are key themes.

‘‘Ag tech is a hot topic across all agricultural industries and we want growers to have the latest information at their fingertips to make informed decisions to improve business practices.

‘‘Drones, automated irrigation and precision technology are just some of the latest tech tools available to growers, and we want people to feel confident accessing and using these.

‘‘Technology is creating efficiencies right across agriculture and big productivity gains are up for grabs if we can weave new ways of working into businesses.’’

Forum registrations are essential for catering purposes. Contact the local event organiser to secure your spot.

The Deniliquin forum will be held Thursday, June 13 from 9am to 3.30pm and the Barham forum will be held the following day from 9am to 3.30pm.

RSVP by June 8 to Erika Heffer at [email protected] or on 0438719628.

There is a $10 fee for attendees who are not Western Murray Land Improvement Group members.

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