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Irrigation, commodities and climate information sessions

By Rodney Woods

The latest seasonal and long-term outlook regarding irrigation, commodities and climate across several regional communities will be up for discussion at a number of free information sessions in September. 

Held in Stanhope, Murrabit, Macorna and Katamatite, Agriculture Victoria senior irrigation officer Rob O’Connor said the sessions would feature a number of expert speakers, as well as a local farmer. 

“These sessions are all about giving farmers the latest information on what to expect for the next few months and in the long-term, to help them make more informed and early decisions," Mr O'Connor said. 

“We will talk about the seasonal situation and outlook for water, grain, fodder and climate; as well, the key drivers of long-term water availability will be outlined, including permanent plantation expansion and inter-valley trade.”

Mr O'Connor also said the Bureau of Meteorology's long-term climate outlook would be presented at the sessions, as well as an explanation of what this meant for water availability and irrigation requirements.  

The four sessions will be held at:

Stanhope on Wednesday, September 18 from 12.30pm to 3pm at Stanhope Football Netball Clubrooms, Midland Hwy; 

Murrabit on Thursday, September 19 from 9.30am to 11.30am at Murrabit Golf Club, Kerang-Murrabit Rd.

Macorna on Thursday, September 19 from 12.30pm to 3pm at the Recreation Reserve, Macorna South Rd.

Katamatite on Friday, September 20 from 9.30am  11.30 am at the Recreation Reserve, Foy St.

For more information phone Darren at the Agriculture Victoria office in Echuca on 5482 1922 or email darren.carnie@agriculture.vic.gov.au