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Victoria’s on-farm energy survey extended for another week

Sheep Central, November 6, 2017

VICTORIA’S on-farm energy survey deadline has been extended for another week.

The state’s farmers are being urged to complete the Agriculture Victoria On-Farm Energy Survey before its deadline of midnight November 12.

It was initiated by Agriculture Victoria with assistance from the Victorian Farmers Federation 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 for energy than in previous years, with many practical suggestions and ideas gathered from the results.

“Energy is a crucial input that influences the ability of agricultural producers to maintain their productivity and profitability.

“We know energy costs are on the rise and survey results so far suggest agricultural producers have been directly affected,” Ms Higson said.

“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, which is now open to all Victorian farmers until 12 November, can be completed anonymously. It is available online at www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/energysurvey

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