Agribusiness

Smart Farming webinar will focus on natural hazards and risks

Sheep Central, June 24, 2020

MIXED farmers can hear about old and new tricks to manage risks during a Smart Farming webinar, hosted by Agriculture Victoria next week.

The free webinar on Monday 29 June will help mixed farmers improve their ability to identify, understand and manage risks, whether they be fire, flood, drought or unseasonal conditions.

Presenter Dr Kate Burke will discuss strategies farmers can use to help them focus their decision-making and how they can go about assessing risk in terms of ‘actual versus perceived’, likelihood and consequence.

Dr Burke will also provide effective strategies to manage risk, including what high-performing farmers and business managers do well.

Agriculture Victoria land management extension officer Martin Hamilton said risk management boiled down to farmers having the right “tricks” on hand to make critical decisions.

“As we’ll show in the webinar, seeing how others have handled risk well is a practical way of developing your own skills.”

Mr Hamilton said Dr Burke is a highly experienced independent farm consultant with extensive experience in agronomy.

“Dr Burke spent time in the corporate sector as a commercial manager of one of the largest grain producers in Australia and knows what it takes to run a profitable farm business,” he said.

Dr Burke has 30 years of experience in agriculture working with farmers, students, investors and regional communities in north-west and northern Victoria.

The session will be recorded and made available for those who register.

Registrations (via Zoom) can be made here https://bit.ly/2YY1wqW

For more information and to register, contact Martin Hamilton on 0429 946 149 or martin.hamilton@agriculture.vic.gov.au or Adam Buzza on 0447 525 457 or adam.buzza@agriculture.vic.gov.auand Agriculture Victoria.

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