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Farm Diversity Tool is the first step in exploring something new for your farm.
This initiative of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation allows you to search crop and animal production enterprise alternatives by type or location to discover which may be best suited to your farm.

Farm Diversity Tool
Resource Efficiency in Agriculture

Keen to save you money and improve the viability of your farm business through energy savings and materials efficiency?
Interested in using a practical guide to help you save money, increase productivity, gain a market edge and reduce environmental impact of your farm?
Cultivate Agribusiness has developed a self-guided workbook book to help you achieve your efficiency goals.
An efficiency hierarchy framework is used throughout the workbook as you go through the following steps:
1. Set your efficiency goals
2. Gather your baseline data
3. Establish benchmarks (efficiency indicators)
4. Identify improvement opportunities
5. Develop an action plan

Your Resource Efficient Farm Workbook
The Future of Local Food Podcast Series - Creating a Fairer Food System

We're kicking off by releasing the talks from the 2015 Future of Local Food conference and then continuing with all new guests in the lead up to the 2016 conference.

First up is Nick Rose from the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance. He speaks intelligently about creating a fairer food system that better serves the needs of the people it was originally designed for.

Nick Rose - Creating a Fairer Food System
The Future of Local Food Podcast Series - Home Harvest Feast

Currently Nillumbik Shire Council and Banyule City Council partner to deliver the Home Harvest Feast. The Feast aims to celebrate local food, the home grower and create better connectivity through the conversation of food.
Growers donate home grown produce, we collect it and with the help of community cooks and recently VCE Hospitality students create a two course local seasonal vegetarian meal. The Feast draws approx. 350 to the meal and is now in its fifth year.

Fleur Anderson & Kirsty Merritt - Home Harvest Feast
Weather and Climate

Victorian farm businesses have noticed that their seasons and climate is changing, and are seeing an increasing focus on carbon in agriculture.

Our climate program aims to assist in making sense of these key issues by providing information, tools and resources to support climate change risk management within the Victorian agricultural sector.

Agriculture Victoria Weather & Climate information
The Future of Local Food Podcast Series - Exploring barriers to small scale meat production

Recorded at the Future of Local Food Conference 2015: The Sage concept originated from farmer Chris Balazs from La Finca farm. He originally wanted to process his own premium Hereford cattle for family and friends and maybe sell at a farmers market or two.
Four years on however and Sage has grown to supply its highly sought after meat from 7 different family farms who each share the vision of locally produced and ethically raised animals.

Chris Balaz - Exploring barriers to small scale meat production
The Future of Local Food Podcast Series - Whole-carcass butchering & community supported agriculture

Tammi is the President of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance. As well as answering questions about Fair Food – The Documentary, Tammi will also discuss her recent 3 week fair food tour of the United States.
A former vegetarian academic, Tammi now does whole-carcass butchering on the farm, sells pork and beef at the farm gate and online through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) model and delivers monthly to hubs in Melbourne and the region.

Tammi Jonas - Whole-carcass butchering & community supported agriculture
Rural Career Guide

The Rural Career Guide is a combined resource for students and job seekers, new entrants to the industry, parents and educators, counsellors and employers.
It features career descriptions, interactive displays, education and training options to highlight career pathways in rural and related industries.

Rural Career Guide
Climate Ready Gippsland

How climate change will affect the Gippsland region and how you can be climate-ready.
The Gippsland region has already become warmer and drier – a climate trend likely to continue into the future.
Local residents, businesses and communities are changing the way they do things in response. Getting climate-ready involves understanding how climate change is likely to affect
you and your region, and working out ways to adapt.
Everyone can contribute to the Gippsland region’s climate-ready future.

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Bass Coast Wonthaggi Climate Update March 2016

Climate and seasonal variability update for Bass Coast discussion on climate drivers, recent trends and agricultural adaptation.

Bass Coast Climate Update
Southern Gippsland Foodmap

Are you a local producer looking to:
* profile your fantastic produce and increase your business profile
* extend your market reach and show your retail outlets
* promote local produce to the local community
If your business fits into one of the listed categories then you can register your business for free on the Southern Gippsland Foodmap.
Categories include: Grower / producer, Green grocery, Butchery, Bakery, Fish monger, Deli
Winery / brewery, Market, Food store and Distributor.
This online map provides information to local consumers, retailers and visitors about food producers in South Gippsland and Bass Coast Shires.

Southern Gippsland Foodmap
Rural Career Guide

The Rural Career Guide is a combined resource for students and job seekers, new entrants to the industry, parents and educators, counsellors and employers.
It features career descriptions, interactive displays, education and training options to highlight career pathways in rural and related industries

Rural Career Guide
Mohair Raising - options for additional farm income

The best Angora goats in the country were in Goulburn last weekend for the industry's 20th National Trophy Show. It's a significant milestone for what many still regard as a cottage industry. And it comes as a time when production worldwide has collapsed. Indeed, with demand rising for quality mohair fibre, growers here are keen for a lot more mainstream farmers to give Angoras a go. For more information please open this link.

Mohair Raising - ABC Landline
Why Do Farming Families Diversify?

Farm diversification is common to rural landowners across the developed world.
Within Australia, diversification is being promoted as a system to build economic resilience for farming families.
Diversification has been defined in many ways but, in the context of this report, it has been defined as the addition of another stream of farm-based income to supplement the existing source/s. Over time, the diversification enterprise may overtake and replace the original core business

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Smartphone apps for smart farmers

The original version of this book was produced in November 2012, when the Ag Excellence team noticed that while increasing numbers of farmers were adopting smartphone/table technology, finding suitable apps was very difficult. It was our intention then to provide a booklet which gave farmers information about what apps were available and how the use of these could benefit them.
Wherever possible, we have downloaded and road-tested the apps, however their inclusion in this booklet is not necessarily an endorsement of them.
This booklet was developed by Ag Excellence Alliance Inc., and prepared by Growing Solutions

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Farm Diversification and Compatibility for Existing Farm Businesses

Diversification is one of three important processes through which a farm business can improve its situation.
This Information Note is part of a series that explores aspects of farm diversification and decision making. There are five important aspects to making a decision. These five aspects are: compatibility, observing, trialing, complexity and resource advantage.
For more information open this fact sheet.

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Agribusiness websites

There are 4 pages dedicated to web addresses that are based around the agribusiness industry. Sites include are: DPI, CSIRO, Australian Organics, A-Z Guide to Food and Agriculture, Australian Fodder Industry Association plus many more.

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Options for Property Management and Enterprise Diversification

When people consider changing the management of their rural property or consider diversify their farm enterprise mix they are looking to improve, grow or develop from a current situated to a better situation for themselves and their family. There are a number of pathways people can take to make these changes. For more information please read this fact sheet.

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Agricultural Climate Resilience Project

The Agricultural Climate Resilience Project (ACAP) has been developed from work that South Gippsland and Bass Coast Shire Councils have been doing with local producers with the assistance of the State Government over the last four years.
The major focus of the project is ‘mentoring’; helping farmers to gain skills to deal with the threats (and opportunities) that climate change might throw up utilising peers experiences. A number of mentoring models will be used, including forums, discussion groups, farm walks and demonstrations.

ACA project information
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