The North Central and Wimmera catchment management authorities are joining forces for the sixth annual Future Farming Expo at Donald on February 21.
With a focus on the future of the climate, new technology, business planning or predicting what the market will do, the expo will provide farmers and industry with new ideas and the latest information on farm management.
North Central CMA 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,’’ Mr Bain said.
‘‘One of the emerging challenges for farmers is insecticide resistance. Dr Siobhan de Little will show farmers what they can be expected 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 local farmers will discuss their farming businesses, providing information on current 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.
The sessions will feature information on the latest 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 with farmers; this year we have Dr Andrew Watkins from Bureau of Meteorology,’’ Mr Bain said.
‘‘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.’’
■Places are strictly limited and RSVPs are required by 5pm on Friday, February 16 by phoning 5448 7124 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org