Independent Research and Education


O’Connors is proud to support leading farming groups around in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. Without the work of these independent and local groups, we could not continue to improve the farming practices and technologies. Innovation is a key driving factor in precision agriculture and we support these groups helping farmers to be the leader in their areas. We have a long-lasting relationship with these groups and will keep being committed to them.

Vic No Till Farmer Association – VNTFA

Vic No-Till is governed by a board of farmers. VNT is dedicated to helping farmers build better and more balanced farming system: VNT does this through soil health.

VNT was started by a group of like-minded and passionate farmers in 2002 who knew there was a better way, they wanted to help others. With over a decade of experience of asking farmers what they want, delivering demonstrations, crop walks and conferences tackling the tough issues - Vic No-Till prides itself that farmers can leave any of its events taking with them ideas that can be implemented on farm immediately.

VNT’s focus is on extension work, our farmers share their knowledge and expertise with other farmers in a practical & hands-on approach. They do this largely through our state-wide mentoring program & ‘How To’ clinics.

Longerenong College – Longy

O’Connors always shared a strong relationship with Longerenong College and the people studying and working there.

Officially, we started this partnership with the hand-over of two brand new Case IH tractors in July 2015 equipped with the latest farming technology.

The next generation of farmers and agricultural students are not only getting exposed to the latest Case IH technology.

They are also having access to the product and precision farming specialists from O’Connors and are getting trained in best farming practices.

Birchip Cropping Group - BCG

Birchip Cropping Group Inc. (BCG) is a not-for-profit agricultural research and extension organisation led by farmers from the Wimmera and Mallee regions of Victoria.

Aiming to improve the prosperity of farmers and agricultural communities through farmer-driven innovation, BCG will celebrate its 25th year of research and extension to the agricultural community in 2017. Being recognised both nationally and internationally by the industry as a credible independent and innovative organisation, BCG’s research and communication activities provide evidence, support and tools for improving farm management practices and profitability.

BCG has been integral in the adoption of new agronomic technologies and farming practices; and continues to help farmers make decisions, develop risk management strategies, increase profits and operate sustainable farming operations.

BCG is a membership organisation with over 420 farming business members from throughout Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and beyond, with the benefits of agronomic and farming systems, climate, social and livestock research and development shared through an extensive range of events and publications.

Riverine Plains

Riverine Plains Inc is an independent farming systems group dedicated to improving the productivity of broadacre farming systems in north-east Victoria and southern New South Wales.

The membership is drawn from the eastern NSW–Victoria border region, known as the Riverine Plain. Riverine Plains Inc was established during 1999 by farmers looking to improve the productivity of crop production systems. Our focus is on providing independent, timely and relevant information to our 400 plus members through a rigorous research program and our annual schedule of events and publications.

Riverine Plains Inc specialises in farmer-driven research and extension that delivers on-the-ground benefits to members.

We believe that providing quality information, leading in research and sharing ideas with our members is key to achieving more progressive and resilient farming communities. And we believe strongly in our motto of ‘Farmers Inspiring Farmers”.