There has been some media activity this week in relation to the workforce challenges faced in the food & fibre industry, especially in the horticulture sector, due to covid-19. So you might be wondering, what has Food & Fibre Gippsland been doing to assist with this, supporting both our members and the wider industry. Food & Fibre Gippsland has been attending the weekly State Agriculture Reference Group for several months now, together with various Government workforce joint meetings. Offers to stand up workforce camps and provide transport have been presented to Government by other groups. The proposal submitted by F&FG is literally the only one in the State presenting a total regional (Gippsland) solution, being accommodation, transport, catering, and a ready workforce (up to 300 people).
A new year, a new start.. time to get your business sorted and ready for anything that 2021 may throw at us! Liz Fleming – The Efficiency Coach is a business mentor and accountant with a farming background, having grown up on a sheep and beef farm in NZ. She knows a thing or two about creating efficiencies in business with her hands-on farming experience and her corporate finance experience in large and small organisations. One of our Strategic Industry Partner Members, Liz is the efficiency expert who hates seeing time and resources being wasted!
Congratulations to our member Mark Johnstone, founder of Snowy River Black Garlic, who on Friday night took first place in the Startup Gippsland Pitch Final. The Startup Gippsland team congratulated Mark and Shelly on their incredible work in the Startup Gippsland Incubator Program over the past 12 weeks.
It's been a busy time since Food & Fibre Gippsland was formed in early 2019, through the amalgamation of the East Gippsland Food Cluster and Agribusiness Gippsland. Read all about our projects, activities and achievements in our first annual report
The best of the best in Gippsland’s Food & Fibre sector were been named in an online presentation of the 2020 Food & Fibre Gippsland Excellence in Agribusiness Awards. With gala dinners and large gatherings a distant memory in a covid-19 impacted year, the awards were hosted by highly acclaimed food writer for The Age Good Food, Richard Cornish and “premiered” online on November 20 on the Food & Fibre Gippsland website, where it remains available to view anytime.
What a year it's been - and whilst we couldn't gather together in person to celebrate the achievements of the many food and fibre businesses doing amazing things across Gippsland, we've done the next best thing - we've got an online presentation that you can watch anytime you like! Here's the collection of the winners - congratulations to all !
X-Cheque is an innovative software development business being run by farmers to make the lives of other farmers easier. They build world-class dairy business software, from custom farm applications to off-the-shelf solution. The software development capabilities demonstrated by father and son team, Jon and David Hauser, culminating in a highly valuable decision-making tool for farmers of all persuasions, impressed the 2020 Excellence Awards judges and resulted in the business being named one of three finalists in the Excellence in Service to the Food & Fibre Industry, sponsored by Agriculture Victoria.
Founded by Clinton Tepper, Just Add Trees, is a multi-story farming system that utilises the strategic planting of timber species alongside pastures to increase carbon sequestration, improve the soil, provide shelter for animals and provide the producer with the dual benefit of a highly valuable timber commodity, without sacrificing pasture growth. The innovative business is one of four inaugural finalists in a new category for 2020 - the Excellence in Fibre Award, sponsored by East Gippsland Shire Council.