Boot­camp for young farm­ers

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - FARM SCENE -

Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria is en­cour­ag­ing young farm­ers from across Gipp­s­land to par­tic­i­pate in a busi­ness boot­camp to be held in Bairns­dale in Novem­ber.

The event is suited to young farm busi­ness man­agers and own­ers seek­ing to forge a suc­cess­ful ca­reer in the beef, sheep and dairy in­dus­tries.

The event will bring a group of young farm­ers to­gether to share in­for­ma­tion and ex­pe­ri­ences, and develop skills to man­age a farm busi­ness for the short and longert­erms.

The course is free and will be tai­lored to the drought con­di­tions be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced across East and Cen­tral Gipp­s­land.

It will be de­liv­ered over two days – Novem­ber 12 and Novem­ber 19 - start­ing at 9.30am and fin­ish­ing at 3pm each day at the Bairns­dale Sport­ing and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre. Lunch will be pro­vided.

Paul Black­shaw from Merid­ian Agri­cul­ture, a statewide agri­cul­tural con­sul­tancy busi­ness, will co-de­liver the event with Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria.

Par­tic­i­pants who at­tend the course can ex­pect to im­prove their un­der­stand­ing of profit and loss and cash flow bud­get­ing, balance sheets and gross mar­gins, plan­ning for and man­ag­ing risks and fi­nan­cial plan­ning and anal­y­sis.

East Gipp­s­land live­stock farmer Jen Smith has been a key driver in es­tab­lish­ing this boot­camp course in the re­gion.

“Par­tic­i­pat­ing in sim­i­lar pro­grams has helped our busi­ness. I’m en­thu­si­as­tic about see­ing one of th­ese hap­pen,” Ms Smith said.

“Th­ese work­shops pro­vide a great op­por­tu­nity for ev­ery farm busi­ness to learn some­thing that is di­rectly ap­pli­ca­ble for their fi­nan­cial man­age­ment.”

Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria di­rec­tor Dou­gal Pur­cell said the boot­camps are an im­por­tant part of the sup­port the depart­ment pro­vides to farm man­agers.

“We are de­liv­er­ing th­ese events to sup­port young farm own­ers and man­agers tackle the cur­rent con­di­tions and think ahead to the longer-term direc­tion of their busi­nesses.

“The tar­get au­di­ence of young farm­ers is very broad, roughly de­scribed as peo­ple up to around 45 years of age,” he said.

Fur­ther Young Farmer Boot­camps will be de­liv­ered in the ap­proach­ing months across ar­eas af­fected by dry sea­sonal and drought con­di­tions as a part of the state gov­ern­ment’s $5 mil­lion drought sup­port pack­age an­nounced in Septem­ber.

Par­tic­i­pants can reg­is­ter on Eventbrite: https://bairns­dale­boot­camp2018.eventbrite.

If you are un­able to reg­is­ter on­line or would like fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Caro­line Love (5152 0603).

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