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Eric van Innis, Rovensa Group CEO, said: “With this flagship project Rovensa Next, and our holistic platform of biosolutions, we are taking a strategic step forward in our goal to be a reference provider of wellbalanced and sustainable solutions for agriculture. Farmers and distributors do not need a singular product or a multi-card generalist; they need specialised advisors to help them create a potent strategy that considers their local environment and challenges. Rovensa Next is our answer to our partners’ needs for sustainable crop management that leads to safe and healthy products with better quality and increased yield.” With the new business unit, Rovensa Group anticipates a turnover of more than EUR 1 billion by 2025. The announcement marks the beginning of the global transition to Rovensa Next followed by local implementation across all countries from July 2023. For more information, log on to www.rovensanext.com PROGRAM TO CONNECT KIDS WITH AGRI-TECH CAREERS Secondary students across Victoria’s foodbowl will get new insight into hightech career options in agriculture, thanks to an agri-tech program from the Goulburn Murray Local Learning and Employment Network and CQUniversity. The Raising Aspirations in Careers and Education - Goulburn (RACE – Goulburn) project will connect with more than 2000 students across 15 schools in the next 12 months. With $200,000 funding from the Victorian Government’s Secondary School Agriculture Fund, the project will increase student and teacher awareness of modern agricultural careers, via hands-on activities and workplace visits linked to skills needed in the fast-changing industry. The RACE project has already had success inGippsland,whereCQU’sAgri-Tech Education and Extension team led primary and secondary school incursions and farm visits, and research to capture participants’ understanding and shifting aspirations. Over the past three years, the Gippsland outreach has already connected with more than 3000 students, and built ongoing relationships between schools and agriculture employers. Now, Goulburn Murray students will get hands-on opportunities to participate in an Agri-tech roadshow where they will complete interactive activities using technology on food waste, assess fruit ripeness and use sensors to test soil. They will also have the opportunity to visit agricultural workplaces in the Goulburn Murray region to hear first-hand from agricultural professionals what a career in the industry is like and see how their food is produced in the region. CQU project lead Associate Professor Amy Cosby, who is a researcher and dairy farmer, said young people in the regions neededmore opportunities to see the diverse career paths available in primary production. “Owning a dairy business in Gippsland, I see firsthand that young people aren’t connecting with the numerous career opportunities in agriculture, both on and off farm,” Ms Cosby said. “Throughout the RACE Gippsland project, based on data collected prior to and after student participation we can see that their awareness of careers and pathways in agricultural industries increases. "We are now excited about working with students and the agricultural industry in the Goulburn Murray region to attract the next generation workforce who are skilled and passionate about the sector.” Goulburn Murray Local Learning and Employment Network Executive Officer Bec Costa-Lowe said the project would help young people find new career pathways, and address local skills shortages. “It’s such an exciting time in agriculture for tech and innovation, and the RACE project will help put local young people in the driver’s seat,” Ms Costa-Lowe said. Open to secondary schools across Greater Shepparton, Moira, Strathbogie, Campaspe, Mitchell and Murrindindi LGAs, to participate please contact A/Prof Cosby via agri-techeducation.com or email ageducation@cqu.edu.au. OUR FRONT COVER SHOWS… Autumn is a key time for getting busy in the garden. The temperature is a little cooler making it a joy to get outdoors, and the soil remains warm, so plants are still growing and there’s plenty to be doing to keep your garden looking great and thriving through autumn. These months are ideal for shaping and pruning your trees, hedges and bushes, and for fertilising lawns and garden beds, preparing your garden ahead of the typically dormant winter months. Keep your autumn in check with STIHL, and make the most of your time in the garden with Charlie Albone’s ‘Autumn Check List’ which covers all of the tasks that need doing in the garden while the sun is still shining. MORE INFORMATION STIHL Australia stihl.com.au Print Post Approved PP 100002231 INSIDE Vineyard Toasts Energy Self-Sufficiency Getting your chainsaw ready for a new season What is going on with energy prices? www.power-equipment.com.au Volume 44 No. 2 March - April 2023 OUR FRONT COVER SHOWS… NEWS MARCH - APRIL 2023 | POWER EQUIPMENT AUSTRALASIA | 7