Central Victorian farmers will have the opportunity to create a digital map of their farm when Agriculture Victoria delivers a FarmPlan21 course in Meredith this March.
Training in the use of a simple mapping program is just one feature of the FarmPlan21 training program.
The course, which is delivered one day (6 hours) per week, over four weeks guides farmers through the process of creating or updating a whole farm plan and setting realistic goals for their business.
Agriculture Victoria Land Management Extension Officer, Heather Field, said the workshops are designed to consider the needs and challenges of each individual business.
“Participants will be guided through a process to determine the medium and long term directions of their farm, with the assistance of experts in the field,” she said.
“The overarching aim is for participants to identify options to improve farm productivity, sustainability and resilience to shocks or changes, such as climate variability.”
The course will cover:
- Vision and goal setting
- Soil productivity and soil health
- Land capability
- Farm water supply
- Grazing and pasture management
- Risk management (biosecurity, climate and fire).
The FarmPlan21 course will be held at Meredith Community Centre (4 Russell Street) over four Fridays during March 2018 (March 2, 9, 16 and 23).
Sessions will run from 9.30am to 3pm and will include presentations from guest speakers, as well as visits to local farms.
The cost of taking part is $100 per business and lunch is provided.
The course will be delivered by Agriculture Victoria, with support from the Leigh Catchment Group.
To register, or for more information, contact: Heather Field at Agriculture Victoria by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0438 391 210.
More information about FarmPlan21 can be found on the Agriculture Victoria website at: http://go.vic.gov.au/lhNFfN
Source: Agriculture Victoria