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 Gropping 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.
Longerenong and BCG are also working closely together to develop and implement training and extension in digital agriculture.
O’connors Case IH
The college formed a formal 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.
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 was the first of its kind in Australia, developing wheat and oilseeds varieties with higher yields and delivering productivity improvements specifically for Australian agriculture.
The facility was sold to BASF in 2018. BASF will continue to utilize the breeding centre for the development of new wheat and canola varieties as well as furthering the economic development of the Wimmera region and enhancing opportunities for local industries, education and the community.
Bayer CropScience sold the Wheat & Oilseeds Breeding Centre to BASF in 2018. Whilst most staff at the time also transferred to BASF, Bayer continue to have a presence at Longerenong, with a small team conducting world class herbicide research.
Country Fire Authority (CFA)
The Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre (VEMTC) is operated by the CFA and is one of six regional training facilities located throughout Victoria. 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 such as 4-wheel driver training at a newly developed facility.
Agriculture Victoria as part of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources (DEDJTR), conducts cropping research trials at Longerenong and has been utilizing our farm for more than 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. Stay Upright provide motorcycle training courses at Longerenong for students and the general public.