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Galvanising Hidden Strengths: building community knowledge and support networks
November 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Collaborative Business Solutions for Farmers
A new webinar series for farmers
Farming Together is excited to offer you the opportunity to learn more about Collaborative Business Solutions in Farming, Fishing, and Forestry via its new webinar series.
Find out how collaborative business solutions can help address some of today’s biggest challenges. Working collaboratively, farmers can experience greater control of the supply chain, create economies of scale, build resilience to climate impacts, and access new markets.
Drawing from a wealth of experiences from farmers, fishers, and foresters across the country, Farming Together invites you to find out how collaboration has turned challenges into opportunities. Topics include Food Hubs, Data Sharing, Neighbour Farming, and Succession Planning.
Listen, interact, and have your questions answered by our guest speakers and expert panel each week. Our series of webinars will look at the variety of different collaborative business solutions, the various forms and structures they can take, provide tips for success when starting or growing a collaborative business, and the pitfalls to avoid.
Who is this webinar series for Anyone interested in starting or growing a collaborative business?
DIANA FEAR, CENTRAL WEST FARMING SYSTEMS INC.
Diana Fear is CEO of Central West Farming Systems (CWFS) which is an independent, not-for-profit, farmer-driven organization based at Condobolin, NSW. CWFS operates in an area covering 14 million hectares in the lower rainfall, mixed farming regions of Central West NSW (350-500mm rainfall). Formed in 1998, the group has over 300 members made up primarily of farmers but also private and public sector advisers, researchers, and stakeholders.
Diana is a Board Member of Regional Development Australia Central West (RDA CW) and is passionate about increasing the economic, environmental, and social opportunities in rural and regional Australia.
On top of this, Diana has been chosen as one of 12 outstanding women with skills and a vision for agriculture that has been selected for the National Farmers’ Federation’s 2020 Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program.
KEN DRUMMOND, STIRLING’S TO COAST
Ken Drummond was on the original steering committee to form Stirlings to Coast farmers in 2009. Since then, membership has grown to over 200 members, representing 83 farming businesses, and the group continues to enjoy strong support from an increasing number of sponsors and corporate members. In 2018, SCF initiated it’s Student Connect Future Farmers project, with 19 new student members from the WA College of Agriculture – Denmark. The project expanded in 2019 to other local schools with an Agriculture focus, Mt Barker Community College and Great Southern Grammar, and continues into 2020 with over 60 students now involved in lectures, demonstrations, and work experience.
SCF works with a number of research partners to conduct paddock scale trials each year, as well as coordinating canola disease surveys and herbicide resistance testing. In recent years there has been an increased focus on trials and projects looking at the value chain and post-farmgate value-adding.
ANNABELLE BUSHELL, GGA-WA
Annabelle, from the Grower’s Group Alliance in Western Australia, has a passion for rural and regional communities. Growing up on the family farm in the Avon Valley, Annabelle has a Bachelor of Science with Honours and has worked with pastoralists and land managers, researchers, growers, and natural resource management professionals and is a key collaborator across science, community, and industry to develop and drive new initiatives.
After completing a Masters’s studying local food systems across Europe, she returned home and relocated to Queensland where she worked with the horticulture supply chain.
Having returned home to WA and bringing her community and stakeholder engagement, commercial acumen, and industry collaboration skills, she is keen to support and sustain the networks that build the intellectual and social capital of our regional communities.
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