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Wimmera farmers – go west to map a successful future

West Wimmera farmers have a chance to hone their farm planning skills during a FarmPlan21 course being held in Edenhope from next month. Course coordinator Robert O’Shannessy said participants would use the computer mapping tool iFarm to help develop individual plans for the property and farm business. “The course will discuss issues affecting the West Wimmera and tackle the challenge finding some balance between improving productivity and protecting the region’s unique wetland systems,” Mr O’Shannessy said. “With West Wimmera’s mix of crops and hay, beef cattle, prime lambs, irrigated seeds, wool and timber there are a range of enterprises and issues in the region. “FarmPlan21 will give participants and their families a chance to plan for the future and set goals or revise existing ones for their farming business”. FarmPlan21 is a joint initiative of Department of Primary Industries and the Wimmera Catchment Management Authority which are also working closely with Kowree Farm Tree Group and West Wimmera Landcare. West Wimmera Landcare facilitator Bindy Lees said the region’s farmers faced a range of issues in dry years including extensive supplementary feeding, compaction, limited ground cover and the need to develop water reticulation systems. “Another issue is the loss of habitat including the loss of wetland areas due to increased cropping and the use of drainage,” Mrs Lees said. Edenhope woman Rachel Farran completed the FarmPlan21 course last year in a bid to hone her farm planning skills as she would like a future in farming and agriculture. “It gave me a chance to talk about different things with my (farming) parents and put my ideas forward,” she said. “It also highlighted that instead of changing the land you can also work with it to get the best results for your farm business.”

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