Farm­ing in­sight at Don­ald expo

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Commission­er's Dinner -

Re­gional farm­ers will have an op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess in­for­ma­tion about plan­ning, based on ev­ery­thing from tech­nol­ogy and busi­ness to the cli­mate at an expo at Don­ald.

North Cen­tral and Wim­mera catch­ment man­age­ment au­thor­i­ties are join­ing farm­ers to present the sixth an­nual Fu­ture Farm­ing Expo on Wed­nes­day next week.

The expo will pro­vide farm­ers and in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives with new ideas and the lat­est in­for­ma­tion on farm man­age­ment through a line-up of key­note pre­sen­ters, farm­ers and in­dus­try ex­perts.

North Cen­tral CMA re­gional Land­care fa­cil­i­ta­tor Dar­ren Bain said the fo­cus of this year’s expo was man­ag­ing risk.

“Farm­ers, sci­en­tists and in­dus­try ex­perts will be on hand to share their re­search, ex­pe­ri­ence and ideas on man­ag­ing risk, but also look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­crease profit,” he said.

“One of the emerg­ing chal­lenges for farm­ers is in­sec­ti­cide re­sis­tance. Dr Siob­han de Lit­tle will show farm­ers what they can ex­pect to be con­fronted with over the next few years.

“Dr de Lit­tle will show how cor­rect pest iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and chem­i­cal choice will be crit­i­cal for fu­ture man­age­ment of this prob­lem.”

Three dis­trict famers will dis­cuss their farm­ing busi­ness, pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion on cur­rent is­sues and op­por­tu­ni­ties within each of their en­ter­prises.

A panel ses­sion will al­low par­tic­i­pants to ask farm­ers ques­tions rel­e­vant to their en­ter­prise.

“Con­cur­rent ses­sions will also be a high­light again this year,” Mr Bain said.

“These are al­ways pop­u­lar seg­ments and again par­tic­i­pants will have a di­verse range of top­ics from which to choose.”

The ses­sions will fea­ture in­for­ma­tion on the lat­est cli­mate fore­casts, soil-mois­ture probes, tech­nol­ogy on drones and vir­tual fenc­ing, busi­ness man­age­ment, suc­ces­sion plan­ning and grain sell­ing and mar­ket­ing.

“Weather fore­casts are al­ways a hot topic with farm­ers and this year we have Dr An­drew Watkins from Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy,” Mr Bain said.

“Dr Watkins has been Cli­mate Pre­dic­tion Ser­vices man­ager since 2012 and is re­spon­si­ble for de­liv­er­ing sea­sonal cli­mate out­looks and de­ter­min­ing cur­rent and fu­ture ENSO sta­tus.

“We are very ex­cited with this year’s line-up and have tried to put a fo­rum to­gether that will give farm­ers look­ing to min­imise risks and ex­plore op­por­tu­ni­ties to re­duce costs to take their busi­nesses to the next level.”

Places at the expo are lim­ited and book­ings and RSVPS are essen­tial. Peo­ple can call 5448 7124 or email [email protected]­cma.vic.gov.au by 5pm on Fri­day. The expo is free of charge.

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