PARTNERSHIPS

On-Campus Partnerships

Longerenong College works closely with a range of industry organisations, both formally and informally, to ensure our students are kept up-to-date with modern agricultural industry practice.  We work with partners who share our commitment to being a leading agricultural college and add demonstrable value to our training programs.

 

BIRCHIP CROPPING GROUP

Birchip Cropping Group (BCG) is a not-for-profit agricultural research and extension organisation led by farmers from the Wimmera and Mallee regions of Victoria. BCG commenced research activities at Longerenong in early 2016 to compliment other research being conducted throughout the Wimmera.

O’CONNORS CASE IH

The college formed an alliance with O’Connors Case IH in 2015. The partnership involves the supply of two new Case tractors which will be replaced on a regular basis (no greater than every 4 years), ensuring students have access to the latest tractor and precision agriculture technology.

Bayer CropScience

In February 2014, Bayer CropScience invested $14 million to open its Wheat & Oilseeds Breeding Centre at Longy – forming a partnership between science and agriculture for the future success of farmers.

The state-of-the-art breeding centre is the first of its kind in Australia, developing wheat and oilseeds varieties with higher yields and delivering productivity improvements specifically for Australian agriculture.

The partnership confirms Bayer’s commitment to the future of Aussie farmers and a vision for a profitable, sustainable and respected agricultural industry.  The breeding centre will also further the economic development of the Wimmera region and will enhance opportunities for local industries, education and the community. 

Country Fire Authority (CFA)

The Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre (VEMTC) is operated by the CFA and is one of the eight campuses on Longy. Upgraded in 2014, the training site provides members with the ability to train in environments where operational scenarios, including fires and other incidents, can be safely and realistically simulated. CFA members can experience the actual behaviour of 'live' fire in a safe, controlled and realistic environment as well as offering facilities for other emergency management activities.

DEDJTR

The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources (DEDJTR) conducts cropping research trials at Longerenong and has been utilizing our farm for almost 100 years now. Current trials include investigation into root lesion nematodes, crown rot and foliar diseases of barley, as well as soil borne canola diseases.

Additionally in 1998, DEDJTR established the “Sustainable Cropping Rotations in Mediterranean Environments” project to investigate a range of farming systems in the Wimmera region.The longest running project at the college is the “Long Term Cropping Rotation Trial”. Established in 1916 this is the second oldest continuous cropping trial in the world, providing invaluable insight into the effect of various cropping rotation programs.

Stay Upright Rider Training

Stay Upright is Australia’s largest and longest established motorcycle rider training company. Founded in 1981 with the express purpose of improving the riding skills of Australian motorcyclists, Stay Upright instructors have trained thousands of riders at all skill levels in the systems of safe riding.

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