March 25, 2013
Interested farmers are invited to register for the Pakenham FarmPlan21 course starting on Tuesday April 16, running one evening a week over six weeks at Community College Gippsland’s Pakenham campus. Department of Primary Industries (DPI) FarmPlan21 Facilitator Joan Wallis said the Pakenham program followed the highly successful courses held at Warragul and Yarram last year. “FarmPlan21 combines traditional whole farm planning with the latest computer mapping technology,” Ms Wallis said. “Participants will receive a free copy of the computer mapping program which includes an aerial photo of their property, as well as a selection of digital mapping layers, plus all materials for the planning process and extensive notes.” The course will have a strong focus on helping landholders develop computer mapping skills. Also covered are the essential farming tools for soil assessment, land classing, farm water quality, productivity and management of pasture, improvements to farm layout and increasing shade and shelter. “The formal sessions will be delivered by expert speakers and there will be opportunities for everyone to share their knowledge and experiences with the rest of the group,” Ms Wallis said. She explained that one of the most useful and rewarding elements of the course was that it enabled participants to combine personal goals with best practice land management. FarmPlan 21 has proven popular with landholders of all property sizes and of all ages, with more than 2000 landholders from across Victoria attending courses over the past five years. “Many landholders who have previously completed whole farm planning are now coming back to review their plans and take advantage of the new technology,” she said. “It’s a brilliant course that is applicable to farmers at any scale and any experience level,” said a farmer recently. “The topics covered help me with both the day-to-day and long-term challenges of being involved in Australian agriculture. A sound investment of my time.” Sessions run from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, with supper provided. Course cost is $180 and is accredited towards diploma level courses in agriculture by the Community College Gippsland. It will be held at the Pakenham Campus of CCG every Tuesday evening from April 16 to May 21. To register contact Joan Wallis at DPI Leongatha on or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday April 2. Places are strictly limited.