Farmers in the Rochester and Elmore communities have an opportunity to attend a series of free Farm Business Resilience (FBR) workshops starting in early March.
The workshops are designed to help participants better prepare for and manage the impacts of a changing climate.
Agriculture Recovery Officer Elizabeth Alsop said the 4 workshops focus on key elements for achieving individual farm business goals by supporting the development or updating of existing farm business plans.
‘Expert presenters include Senior Agribusiness Consultant Jane Foster (from ORM Pty Ltd), who will lead the first workshop on business planning for success, and Agriculture Victoria Seasonal Risk Agronomist Dale Grey, who will present on climate risk in the fourth workshop.
‘Participants attending 3 or more of the workshops, will be offered a one-on-one business planning session with Senior Agribusiness Consultant Jane Foster.’
Previous FBR participants have endorsed the value of the program, for instance: ‘it has shown me that by putting my ideas on paper I can see what my future looks like’ and ‘I feel confident that I can now chip away … and I have a better idea of where to turn should I need additional information or support.’
The workshops will be held throughout March and cover key farm management topics:
- Friday 8 March: Planning for success – identifying and managing risks, strategic planning and setting business goals (Presenter: ORM Consultant, Jane Foster)
- Thursday 14 March: Business success – financial management, budgeting and profitable decision making (Presenter: Agriculture Victoria Farm Business Economist, Sam Henty)
- Thursday 21 March: People success – managing people on-farm, succession planning and farm safety (Presenter: Agriculture Victoria Biosecurity and Business Resilience Officer, Helen Chenoweth)
- Thursday 26 March: Climate risk and natural resource management – understanding and identifying climate risk and natural resource management on-farm (Presenters: Agriculture Victoria Seasonal Risk Agronomist Dale Grey and Land Management Extension Officer, Martin Hamilton).
Register your interest in attending the Rochester/Elmore workshops here: https://forms.office.com/r/m0VJ8i426m Primary producers from other regions can also register their interest in future Farm Business Resilience workshops at the same link.