Preparing farmers for the future

SEASONAL PREPAREDNESS: Tuesday’s workshop will detail what lies ahead for Clarence farmers.
SEASONAL PREPAREDNESS: Tuesday’s workshop will detail what lies ahead for Clarence farmers.

AN INFORMATION session at Junction Hill on Tuesday, October 29, will give local farmers an insight into the latest long-term climate predictions for the region and how to prepare for the future.

The workshop will run from 9am-3.30pm at the Grafton Primary Industries Research Station.

DPI rural support officer Tracey Settree said it would be a great opportunity for farmers to catch up and share knowledge - and enjoy a barbecue lunch.

"Informative speakers will discuss topics from climate advice to flood preparedness, hearing protection, succession planning, psychological first aid and seasonal conditions," Tracey said.

"Farmers in the region are still getting over the floods and now we are looking at very dry conditions and potential bushfires - we need to be prepared for these sorts of events in the future and build our resilience to cope."

DPI agricultural climatologist Michael Cashen will outline the Clarence Valley's historic climate variability, apparent climate trends and drivers, and new predictive tools.

DPI regional director Rik Whitehead will discuss flood risk on the North Coast and how to best prepare farms.

Ian McGowan from DPI will provide an overview of the Seasonal Conditions Report, how it is developed and what it is used for. There will also be a condensed presentation of the SES State Seasonal Briefing, including Flood and Storm Safe information.

Stuart Brummell from the Rural Financial Counselling Service will outline the assistance available to explore options and set goals for farm succession - a topic that can have a huge influence on farm families, businesses and assets.

Steve Carrig, Rural Adversity Mental Health Program, will give a snapshot of the principles of psychological first aid and what to expect in times of adversity.

Suzie O'Brien of Hearing Australia will explain the importance of protecting your hearing and why treating hearing loss should be a priority for all farmers.

Topics:  climate climate change field days succession planning

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