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October 08, 2017

The Birchip Cropping Group will be taking the next step towards forming a data farmer co-operative, with a workshop exploring the idea set for October 18.

The Birchip Cropping Group will be taking the next step towards forming a data farmer co-operative, with a workshop exploring the idea set for October 18.

After completing a traceability and data co-operative feasibility study in May, the group is exploring how growers can extract more value from their aggregated data through the establishment of a co-operative.

BCG chief executive officer Chris Sounness said growers and industry representatives understood the barriers to using data on-farm, but the aim of the workshops were to break down these barriers.

‘‘The complexity, accessibility and accuracy of data are all issues that need to be tackled before growers and industry are confident in using data to improve their enterprises,’’ Mr Sounness said.

‘‘Investment cost and length of payback period are key issues raised when discussing data, and are a genuine concern that will need further investigation before finding a solution.’’

Open to Wimmera and Mallee growers, the workshop aims to examine the rationale for a data co-op and scope the best business model to achieve it.

Mr Sounness said the group was working with people who have vast knowledge and experience in the area, with representatives from Business of Co-operatives and Mutuals, Ag Data legal specialists, and Associate Professor Leanne Wiseman from Griffith University’s law department.

The workshop will be held at the BCG office, 73 Cumming Ave, Birchip from 9am to 3pm.

■For more information or to RSVP, phone the BCG office on 5492 2787 or email info@bcg.org.au

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