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
QFF horticulture industry member Growcom is hosting an on-farm workshop in Bondoola.
The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has launched a new website farmerdisastersupport.org.au designed to assist Queensland farmers and primary producers with simplified and localised support during natural disasters and drought.
The website is built by industry for industry. It presents the full cross-section of postcode specific financial and social wellbeing support available to farmers and primary producers. It will benefit our member organisations and the entire Queensland agriculture sector.
QFF CEO Ruth Wade said the website allows farmers and primary producers to input their postcode, select their industry and then see results and services specific to their local area which prioritises on-farm and industry specific advice and support.
“It can often be confusing and overwhelming when trying to access assistance during drought and natural disasters. Much of the assistance on offer comes from a variety of organisations and different levels of government and these can often be difficult to navigate,”
“What this website is designed to do is collate all these services and support networks into an easily negotiable, up to data set of localised results.”
“QFF has worked closely with the Queensland Government and its industry member organisations to ensure we have delivered a service that will help everyday farmers access the support that is available to them,”
“In Queensland we have had a long association with cyclones, floods and of course drought with many farmers having to endure one event after another,”
Farmerdisastersupport.org.au was constructed through funding from Queensland Government’s Minister Shannon Fentiman’s Department of Communities Child Safety and Disability Services.
Communities Minister Shannon Fentiman congratulated the QFF on producing a useful new resource to help farmers access information easily in the midst of a disaster or to plan for the future.
“Queensland farmers are the cornerstone of our state which is why it is particularly important that we support them in crisis situations to make sure they can get back on their feet.”
Agriculture Minister Leanne Donaldson also commended QFF for developing this fantastic resource.
“During this record drought we have expanded financial and other assistance beyond farm business support to help farming families and farm communities.”
“This project has been funded from the Queensland Government’s Communities Assistance package and provides a handy central source to access the range of organisations providing assistance.
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.
Visit the website now: www.farmerdisastersupport.org.au