Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
farmerdisastersupport.org is a website aimed at directing farmers to the assistance they need. Both financial and mental health stresses can affect people during or after events such as drought, flood cyclones etc. This website pull together the organisations, Government Departments and industry bodies that can help during these times.
If your region is not declared, sign up to our newsletter and we can keep you updated. If your region is not declared this does not rule you out of financial assurance – Contact your industry body, QFF, QRAA or DAF to discuss further options.
On the home page there is a search section. Simply input your postcode and select your industry for results that will be generated specific to your area and industry.
If you are in a declared zone you can apply straight away. If your zone isn’t declared please contact your industry body, QFF, QRAA or DAF to discuss further options.
The Queensland Farmers’ Federation is the united voice of intensive agriculture in Queensland. It is a federation that represents the interests of 16 of Queensland’s peak rural industry organisations, which in turn collectively represent more than 13,000 primary producers across Queensland.
QFF have developed farmerdisastersupport.org.au with funding from the Department of Communities Child Safety and Disability Services to assist farmers in navigating support networks available to them during times of disaster and drought. The aim of the website is to connect farmers and producers with assistance in a direct and accessible manor.
Dept of Agriculture and Fisheries
By Ross Henry, QFF Natural Disasters Project Manager
As we enter spring it’s good to start preparing and looking forward to the season ahead. It is important you consider what it will bring and work out whether or not you are ready.
Queensland has just experienced its second wettest winter on record, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). The records fell in a number of regions, with over 11% of the state having its wettest winter on record.
In Yeppoon alone there was over 545.6 mm, smashing the previous winter record of 249 mm. In wester Queensland, the Muttaburra region received just over 200mm, four times the 48.2mm average.
So what does the long term forecast look like? According to BOMs ENSO tracker Queensland remains on a La Nina watch. This means there is a 50% chance of a La Nina developing over the coming months, but latest modelling indicated that even if it does develop it won’t be strong. To quote the BOM ‘there remains limited connection between the atmosphere and ocean’.
Looking west in to the Indian Ocean we have a negative Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), that has increased in strength recently. During a negative IOD eastern Australia generally experiences above average rainfall in spring. So after a wet winter we might be getting a wet spring.
We have already seeing the effects of the wet winter, with much of western Queensland green for the first time in years. Queensland has also seen wide spread flooding over the end of winter into spring, but this has not been unique to Queensland as currently Victoria is having one of the wettest start to September in 100 years.
There are never any guarantees when predicting the season ahead, and … Continue reading Stay alert, but not alarmed
Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) with funding from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) are delivering a series of workshops through central Queensland on Climate Risk and the seasonal outlook. QFF and DAF have partnered with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) to bring together experts to discuss the regional climate drivers, the BOMs seasonal outlook tools and improve farmers understanding of weather and seasonal forecasting.
Monday, 8 August 2016 from 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM (AEST)
Tuesday, 9 August 2016 at 9:00 AM – Wednesday, 10 August 2016 at 1:30 PM (AEST)
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM (AEST)
QFF horticulture industry member Growcom is hosting an on-farm workshop in Biloela.
Cyclones and severe weather events over recent years have taken a toll on many farms’ core assets – soil health and fertility, sheds and irrigation systems… not to mention the bank balance!
This on-farm workshop is an opportunity to meet speakers with experience in repairing damaged soils and expertise in rebuilding a stronger, smarter farm business – ensuring your finances and essential infrastructure are primed to cope with whatever nature throws at you next. All primary producers are welcome to take part.
1pm: Lunch, a chance to network with the speakers and other growers.
1:30pm – 5:30pm
Practical farm financial strategies – optimising cash flow and financial reserves Sally Ottaway and John Lacey, Rural Financial Counselling Service
‘Storm ready’ farms – shed and farm buildings, wind breaks, tree cropping strategies Ian and David Groves, Groves Grown Tropical Fruit
Irrigation systems – saving through pump and irrigation efficiency plus tips for severe weather Kathleen Heuvel, Land & Water Field Officer, Growcom
Re-building flood damaged soils and assessing soil health and nutrient profiles David Hall, Agricultural Consultant