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Series returns to promote farming

FARMING FIRST: members of the Farming in the 21st Century organising committee Jessica McDougal (NGSC), Ray Davies (Pyrenees Shire), Lucy Breen (DPI), Cameron Morrison (DPI), Pat McAloon (Rural Skills Connect), Ann Maree Browne (ARCC) and Victoria Leeke (Project Platypus).

The latest thinking on a range of farming topics will be brought to the region in coming months as the third of the hugely popular Farming in the 21st Century series gets underway.
During a series of six interactive and practical workshops, issues such as satellite navigation, sheep nutrition, agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, criteria for sheep export, bioenergy, water pipe projects and soil health will be canvassed.
Organising committee member and Pyrenees Shire Economic Development manager Ray Davies said feedback from farmers attending last year’s Farming in the 21st Century series had been used to build a dynamic program for 2010.
“We’ve worked hard to incorporate the sorts of practical information and knowledge farmers told us they wanted,” Mr Davies said.
The series, which will include case studies and practical exercises, kicks off with the ‘Nifty Navigation’ forum on February 10 at Beaufort.
Later in February, a forum and demonstration will look at how farmers can make the most of opportunities arising from the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline.
The ‘Ship Shape Sheep’ forum in March will explain the latest thinking on sheep nutrition and sheep export criteria.
Also in March, a practical carbon workshop will provide tools for farmers to conduct their own carbon audit and look at the pros and cons of becoming carbon neutral.
Soils will come under the microscope in April with a forum and workshop explaining how landholders can take control of soil nutrition.
The final workshop in late April turns to the future with a forum on biofuels, Biochar and energy production opportunities for farmers.
“The series really looks at the broad issues farmers are facing and how those issues impact upon the farming in a practical sense,” Mr Davies said.
“Participants will generally go home armed with plenty of new knowledge and tools – things they can apply on their properties now.”
The 2010 Farming in the 21st Century series is a joint initiative of the Pyrenees and Northern Grampians shires, Ararat Rural City, the Department of Primary Industries, Project Platypus, the Grampians Pyrenees Regional Development Board and Wimmera Catchment Management Authority.
Entry is free and dinner or lunch is provided at each event. For information phone DPI AgFutures Project Officer Lucy Stott or email

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