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Agriculture Victoria and VFF working together in on-farm energy survey

by Sheep Central, 11 October 2017

VICTORIAN farmers are being surveyed about their on-farm energy use to help inform future programs supporting producers.

Agriculture Victoria today said it is working closely with the Victorian Farmers Federation to get a better understanding of on-farm energy use.

Global energy prices are rising and we know this is a significant issue for our farmers, who contribute more than $13 billion to Victoria’s economy, Agriculture Victoria said.

Agriculture Victoria today released an on-line farmer survey to understand on-farm energy use better and the costs to our agricultural businesses. Responses will help inform future programs designed specifically to support Victorian producers.

Some of the questions include:
• What actions are farmers taking to reduce their energy use or costs?
• Are farmers 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 details from as many farms as possible were needed to better understand their energy mix, use and costs.

“Energy is a key input cost on-farm and we’re keen to see what can be done to help producers.

“All farms and farmers are different, help us understand your experience by completing this survey.”

The survey can be completed anonymously. All details will be treated confidentially and will only be used for the purpose of this survey.

The survey is open to all Victorian farmers until November 6, 2017.

Farmers can access the survey at www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/energysurvey

Source: Agriculture Victoria.

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