Im­prov­ing skills and safety for farm­ers

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - “HERE’S MY CARD” -

on train­ing in fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy, risk man­age­ment, farm plan­ning and adap­ta­tion to cli­mate change.

The govern­ment is es­tab­lish­ing two new lead­er­ship bod­ies to de­liver these funds, the Farm Safety Coun­cil and Farm Skills Vic­to­ria, which will work in part­ner­ship with the Vic­to­rian Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion.

The pro­gram will in­vest in Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria’s four SmartFarms and de­liver a school and in­dus­try pro­gram that en­ables stu­dents and in­dus­try to learn and ben­e­fit from SmartFarm demon­stra­tion tri­als and tech­nol­ogy.

The govern­ment is de­liv­er­ing $2.5 mil­lion in fund­ing for the AgTech In­no­va­tion, De­vel­op­ment and Ex­ten­sion (AgTIDE) Demon­stra­tion of Agri­cul­tural Tech­nol­ogy Ap­pli­ca­tions (DATA) Farm project, which will be based at Lon­gerenong Col­lege.

Co-funded by in­dus­try, the AgTIDE DATA Farm Project will es­tab­lish a $3.6 mil­lion dig­i­tally-en­abled 1000-hectare demon­stra­tion farm at the col­lege - test­ing and analysing the lat­est dig­i­tal agri­cul­tural tech­nol­ogy in the grains in­dus­try, driv­ing re­search and de­vel­op­ment and on-farm adop­tion.

“Farms need to be safe places to work and live - by in­vest­ing in a safe, ca­pa­ble and healthy agri­cul­ture sec­tor we will also build a more re­silient ru­ral Vic­to­ria,” Ms Pul­ford said. “We’re get­ting on with the job of de­liv­er­ing the tools, in­fra­struc­ture and tech­nol­ogy our next gen­er­a­tion of pro­duc­ers need to thrive on the world stage.”

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