Taking Precision Agriculture to the Classroom

Globally, agriculture is in the early stages of a digital revolution. Powered by the increasing use of digital technologies on-farm and across the wider agricultural value chain, Precision Agriculture (PA) is one element of this change, using digital technology to collect large amounts of data on crops, livestock and land resources with rapidly increasing levels […]

Online Resources for Rural Community Growth

The Birchip Cropping Group (BCG) Community Network was launched in August 2017 in response to emerging trends being observed in the Wimmera and Mallee. Population decline, the impact of technology, ageing infrastructure, climate change, farmer wellbeing and a declining ecosystem are all major issues which to date have not been solved by traditional mechanisms. These […]

Back to the beginning

From the outset I wish to say how exciting it is to be back at BCG. When I moved to Birchip in 2001, fresh from the lecture theatres of Bill Malcolm, I intended to stay for twelve months and then move on to (perceived) bigger and better things – most likely internationally. As a twenty-two-year-old, […]

Birchip Cropping Group appoints new Chief Executive Officer

Birchip Cropping Group (BCG) has announced the appointment of Ms. Fiona Best as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Ms. Best, who replaces former CEO Chris Sounness, will commence her new role at BCG immediately. John Ferrier, Chairman of the BCG Board, says that Ms. Best’s appointment will ensure BCG maintains its position at the […]

Open conversations needed to build on resilient rural communities

Farmers, businesses and people living in rural communities will be urged to engage more openly and more often with city folk and policy makers, during a public event in Birchip next week. Keynote speaker Gabrielle Chan, a political journalist and author, said open conversations about adapting to climate change were necessary to ensure decisions were […]

Understanding weather patterns helps adaption

Climate experts are more confident about higher temperatures under climate change than they are about what the weather might do at your place in 10 days’ time. Agriculture Victoria climate specialist Graeme Anderson said climate change would bring challenges but also offered opportunities for farmers and businesses that were well-prepared. Mr Anderson, who leads the […]

Talking Farming event set to tackle ‘crucial conversations’

What are the challenges for agriculture in the next fifty years and how can young farmers manage them? Join us in Nhill on Thursday 11 July for ‘Talking Farming – Crucial Conversations’ to find out. This event is free for anyone involved in working in or on the family farming business and wants to tackle […]

Farm in Focus – 2018 wrap from the Wimmera Mallee

We gave our Farm in Focus contributors the final say on the 2018 season in this edition of Farm in Focus. In a year which has had its ups and downs, “challenge” was the word used by Birchip’s, Andy Barber, Longerenong’s, Robyn Gulline, and St Arnaud’s, Simon Goode, to describe the season. Drought conditions, due […]

Pre-harvest grain marketing update with Agfarm

Keen to understand what’s happening with grain markets internationally, domestically and locally heading into harvest?  We held a pre-harvest webinar with our bronze corporate partner, Agfarm on the 24th of October. Couldn’t make it? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here’s a recording of the event. If you have any questions, please feel free to […]

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