March 6, 2013
Managing a farm well requires good planning and what better way to learn than complete a Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Whole Farm Planning course. The Whole Farm Planning (WFP) courses are designed to assist land managers make smart strategic decisions on the direction and actions required to develop a sustainable farm business. The next DPI WFP courses are being run on Sunday March 24, Friday April 5 and Friday April 12 at the Anglican Church Gavin Hall in Broadford. DPI Team Leader Sarah Wallis said the course combined traditional whole farm planning with computer based mapping. “One course highlight is all participants receive a free copy of computer based mapping software plus a high resolution digital aerial image of their farm,” Ms Wallis said. “The focus of the course is for participants to understand the principles of farm planning, including goal setting, land classing, understanding their soils, water budgeting, considering natural assets, risk management and action planning. “The aerial photo and computer mapping are tools to help the planning process. “One former participant told us how much he valued the computer mapping software and how it saved a lot in fencing and fertilizer, saying ‘anything that saves money makes money’.” Ms Wallis said feedback from the course in Broadford last year was overwhelmingly positive, with people saying that it was very informative and they enjoyed talking to other participants about their plans.