Improving skills and safety for farmers
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.”