New water trading webinar for irrigators

By Jamie Salter

A series of webinars will be held during spring to assist irrigators with water trading decisions.

The first Agriculture Victoria webinar will run on Wednesday, September 30 with a focus on water trading.

Agriculture Victoria senior irrigation extension officer Rob O’Connor said irrigators and service providers to the irrigation industry were encouraged to join the webinar.

“Nowadays, a lot of irrigators rely on the allocation market to source their water,” Mr O’Connor said.

“Water costs are making up an increasing proportion of overall farm business costs.

“This webinar will discuss the key features of the connected southern Murray-Darling Basin water market, as well as the current situation and seasonal outlook for water availability and price.”

Mr O’Connor said the webinars would provide practical knowledge and tips to inform water trading decisions for current and future seasons.

“The webinar content is based on irrigator advice and feedback, so should be particularly useful for irrigators,” he said.

H2OX Water Trading business development manager Craig Feuerherdt will share water trading tips with farmers in the first webinar.

The webinar will cover the situation and outlook for water availability and the market this season.

It will also discuss the key drivers of different trading zones, water entitlement classes and volumes in the connected southern Murray-Darling Basin, relative impact of allocations against different southern Murray-Darling Basin water entitlements on overall water supply and the local water price implications of inter-valley trade restrictions.

Registration for the webinars is required and can be completed via Zoom.

Those who register will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar.

For problems registering online, phone John Paulet on 0429 158 500.

The first webinar in the series, Water market 101: Current situation and outlook for this season, will be held on Wednesday, September 30 from 1 pm.

To register, visit: zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctcOiqrD0oGNYalQaZ6jYBQ5N1fVWZFQuH