October 4, 2013
South Gippsland farmers have the chance to participate in the next FarmPlan21 course, to be held in Yarram in May. Hosted by Yarram Yarram Landcare Network (YYLN) and run by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI), the course runs over six sessions starting on May 1 from 6.30pm. Registrations are due by Monday, April 8. The course cost is $180 per property and is credited towards a Diploma of Agriculture. All participants in the decisions for the property are welcome to attend. Through computer mapping, participants receive an aerial photograph and easy to use agricultural software to enable the user to draw in fence lines, drainage, pipeline and proposed works. This technology makes it easy to calculate areas and distances, and automatically include paddocks, fence lines and roads. All materials, computer programs, aerial photo enlargement and educational tools are included in the course fee. There will be a selection of guest speakers to cover training in computer mapping, planning in soil management, pastures and grazing strategies, water budgeting, weed and pest programs, biodiversity and shelter improvements, and a range of other topics. A previous FarmPlan21 participant said it was great to use quality aerial photos combined with modern computer mapping. “The guest speakers could bring the huge amount of information into good focus. It meant when I was out on the new land I could start making plans without having to spend time searching out the preliminary info – I could skip the first part of that conversation and get stuck into it,” the participant said. The course will be held at the Old Shire Offices in the Yarram Pelican Room. A light supper will be provided. People interested in taking part in the course must register their interest by Monday, April 8, by contacting either: Sally-Ann Henderson (YYLN) on 0427 581 152; or Joan Wallis (DPI) on 0429 007 240 or email Joan Wallis with your property address and contact details.