Future Farming Expo at Donald to focus on new ideas

WIMMERA farmers will discuss new technology and business planning at an expo in Donald next week.

The North Central and Wimmera catchment management authorities are joining forces to present the sixth annual Future Farming Expo at Donald, on February 21. 

The expo will provide farmers and industry with new ideas and the latest information on farm management through a quality line-up of keynote presenters, local farmers and industry experts.

North Central authority regional Landcare facilitator Darren Bain said the focus of this year’s expo was managing risk.

“Farmers, scientists and industry experts will be on hand to share their research, experience and ideas on managing risk, but also looking for opportunities to increase profit,” he said.

“One of the emerging challenges for farmers is insecticide resistance.

“Dr Siobhan de Little will show farmers what they can expect to be confronted with over the next few years.

“Dr de Little will show how correct pest identification and chemical choice will be critical for future management of this problem.”

Three Wimmera farmers will discuss their farming business, providing information on issues and opportunities within each of their enterprises.

A panel session will be included to allow participants to ask farmers questions relevant to their enterprise.

“Concurrent sessions will also be a highlight again this year,” Mr Bain said.

“These are always popular segments and once again participants will have a diverse range of topics to choose from.”

The sessions will feature information on the climate forecasts, soil moisture probes, technology on drones and virtual fencing, business management, succession planning and grain selling and marketing.

“Weather forecasts are always a hot topic and this year we have Dr Andrew Watkins from Bureau of Meteorology,” Mr Bain said.

“Dr Watkins is responsible for delivering seasonal climate outlooks and determining current and future ENSO status.

“We are very excited with this year’s line-up and have tried to put a forum together that will give farmers looking to minimise risks and explore opportunities to reduce costs to take their businesses to the next level.”

Mr Bain said places were limited, so bookings were essential. He said people could call  5448 7124 or email info@nccma.vic.gov.au to register before 5pm on Friday.