A Victorian Farmers Federation policy forum to help shape the organisation’s lobbying priorities will be held at Mansfield on Wednesday night.
The VFF is holding 17 policy forums this year.
VFF livestock president Leonard Vallance, who will be chairing the forums, said the events were designed to give the farmer group grassroots advice on its policy development.
‘‘This is a great opportunity to engage rural communities in a discussion about vital issues in their regions, issues that aren’t always the focus of in-depth analysis, but are still important,’’ Mr Vallance said.
‘‘The purpose of these forums is to encourage members to take a more active role in policy formation, because we really are here to be your representatives, so we need to know what’s important to you.’’
The events will be brainstorming sessions in a dinner setting. Farmers will be invited to share issues, with the ideas then being discussed with the rest of the audience, along with VFF executive members and staff.
The first two events will take a heavy livestock focus, which will be replicated for other commodities across the different regions as the forums unfold.
‘‘We decided at our annual conference last year that the best way to engage rural communities in policy formation is to take our team to them and not expect them to come to Melbourne,’’ Mr Vallance said.
■The Mansfield forum will be at the Delatite Hotel, 95 High St, Mansfield, at 6pm on Wednesday, March 8. Entry is $20 for members (including a drink) and $30 for non-members. All farmers are welcome.