COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

BCG actively seeks partnerships that deliver on BCG’s key values including sustainable and diversified agricultural communities, leadership in work and communities and independent, science-based research and extension. The impact generated from these projects includes new relationships and opportunities for BCG members, their families and the communities they live in and support.

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Projects

BCG Community Network

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 problems have a major impact on rural populations and challenge the building of thriving communities.

A shared focus is required to address such challenges: to unpack how to address rural population change and protect and grow communities in these areas. With support from the William Buckland Foundation, the BCG Community Network was born out of this challenge, a commitment by the BCG Board to try and tackle some of the broader problems faced by the farming community.

John T Reid

Between 2017 and 2019, the Birchip Cropping Group (BCG) partnered with John T Reid Charitable Trusts to bring an exciting project to secondary school classrooms in North-Western Victoria. In-class demonstrations and content delivery by BCG staff included drone flight demonstrations and using and interpreting the data collected by drones for practical on-farm use.

Throughout 2019, BCG created and distributed a teacher compendium dedicated to precision agriculture and current and emerging on-farm technologies. This resource is full of helpful links to video, audio and written articles on various aspects of the technologies used in precision agriculture, as well as some of the factors which impact the viability and applicability of them in a rural setting. The compendium was designed specifically with the VCE Agricultural and Horticultural Studies study guide in mind, but it is also suitable for agricultural classes across other secondary school year levels.

Building Climate Resilience

Rural communities must work together to adapt to a varying climate, this was the recurring theme delivered by presenters at Building Climate Resilience event held at the Birchip Public Hall on Tuesday 29 October 2019.

In this event, produced through a collaboration between BCG, Buloke Shire Council, The North Central CMA and Mallee CMA, 24 speakers over 19 separate sessions explained the latest climate science, presented tools to adapt to the changes and explored the business opportunities it presents to over 130 local farmers, small businesses and members of the local community.


Donations and Bequests to BCG

Agricultural research is a long-term, ongoing process. It takes dedication, resources and significant support.

A donation to BCG is a gift for the future of broadacre farming in your local area. Your contribution can be made as a once-off donation in memory of a loved one or left as a bequest in your will. We take a high level of care to make sure your donations have the greatest impact. Donations made to the BCG Research Account are tax deductible due to Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. It’s managed by the BCG Research Committee to ensure the long-term benefits for farmers continue to grow.

To learn more about Donations and Bequest to BCG, contact Fiona Best on 0427 922 786 or fiona.best@bcg.org.au

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