Victorian farmers are being urged to complete Agriculture Victoria’s On-Farm Energy Survey with the deadline extended until midnight November 12.
The survey, initiated by Agriculture Victoria with assistance from the VFF, aims to help the Victorian Government develop support programs for farmers dealing with high energy costs.
The survey asks a number of questions designed to assist the government to understand key issues related to on-farm energy use, including:
• What actions farmers are taking to reduce their energy use or costs?
• Are they producing energy on-farm?
• How do farmers access information about saving money on energy and fuel bills, energy efficiency and alternative energy sources?
Agriculture Victoria's Agriculture and Food Industries Policy director Megan Higson said early results from the survey showed that farmers were paying more than in previous years, with many practical suggestions and ideas gathered from the results to date.
"Energy is a crucial input that influences the ability of agricultural producers to maintain their productivity and profitability," Ms Higson said.
"We know energy costs are on the rise and survey results so far suggest agricultural producers have been directly affected.
"I know there isn’t always time to sit down and do a survey – but this one should be a priority, to understand how energy changes are affecting Victorian farmers. The results will influence the government’s energy action plan, and we want to hear from you."
The survey can be completed anonymously and is available at: www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/energysurvey