Irrigation council aims for drought protection plan
Twelve spots remain in the Future Drought Fund project, which was launched to help farmers in the district become more resilient.
Attending a course like this means having up to seven hours of consultant time, but farmers will have that free time.
The Plan2Farm program enables farmers who wish to develop or update their agricultural business plan to take their business to the next level.
They are asked to submit their interest to the Irrigated Crops Council for the program, which has limited space.
Farmers in the irrigated areas of Torrumbarry and the Loddon Valley have the unique opportunity to get help getting started in their business.
The program includes two group meetings and individual farm visits by June 2022.
This project has received funding from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund and provides farmers with access to professional support and advice on how to start a business so that it is more resilient in the future.
There are only 12 places in this program.
As the harvest approaches, the Irrigated Crops Council hopes to fill the places as soon as possible.
The program gives farmers the opportunity to review and adapt to ensure they are well positioned to manage in a changing climate and to strengthen their farming business to thrive in the future.
Farmers who were part of this program when it was first administered by the North Central Catchment Management Authority were delighted with its content.
Feedback received by the board explains that this gives farmers a clearer vision for the future, including succession planning.
A workbook used in conjunction with a farm business management consultant opened discussion among family members, and the program provided an approach for making decisions.
It offered increased confidence in the direction they were taking their business and made it possible to connect with resources and people.
“Uncertainty and times of turbulence in the irrigation industry create challenges for farmers who must make good business decisions. This new business planning program for irrigation farms therefore allows people to proactively assess their business and think ahead, ”said Charlotte Aves, CEO of the Irrigated Crops Council.
“Under the program, farmers will be supported by professional farm management consultant Daryl Poole from RMCG and Paul Blackshaw from Meridian Agriculture to develop a strategic agricultural business plan, which will help them take action to effectively manage risk. and take advantage of available opportunities. it is up to them to develop their business.
All farmers who want to get involved can visit www.irrigatedcroppingcouncil.com.au or email [email protected] or call 0447 803 305.