Farmers can build resilience with webinar series

By Country News

Farm businesses will be supported to build resilience against economic challenges through a series of webinars delivered by Agriculture Victoria.

The webinar series will help participants identify how to safeguard their core business operations when unexpected situations occur.

Although Victorian farmers have faced bushfires, floods, drought and dry seasonal conditions before, the webinars will highlight the impact of the coronavirus on farm businesses.

The webinars will include practical measures for farmers to identify their capacity to continue operating and to recover from any significant challenges.

The webinars complement the Victorian Government’s ongoing drought support, including the recently expanded On-Farm Drought Resilience Grant, which allows farmers to apply for up to $5000 for business planning and up to $5000 for infrastructure investment.

Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes encouraged Victorian farmers to sign up for the webinar series and seek relevant support, to ensure success in the face of challenges.

Upcoming farm business resilience webinars:

● Webinar Two: Your Finances will be held on Thursday, June 18 at 1.30 pm.

The webinar features ORM agribusiness consultant Jane Foster, who has more than 15 years’ experience in agri-banking.

This webinar will provide tips on how to access and extend bank finance and discuss the use of other financial buffers.

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Webinar Three: Your Resources will be held on Thursday, July 2 at 1.30 pm.

In this webinar, participants will be shown how to identify critical work flows, exposures and vulnerabilities, set priorities and access potential impacts using a risk matrix.

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Webinar Four: Your Plan will be held on Thursday, July 16 at 1.30 pm.

An expert panel from across agriculture will discuss how farmers have successfully built business resilience over the past decade and how farms will build resilience in the future.

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