As the end of the financial year approaches, now is a good time to look at how the year has shaped up and to begin planning for the next season.
Primary Industry is very vulnerable to external factors, so a high degree of management expertise, skill, flexibility and resilience is required to farm successfully in today's environment.
Keeping up to date with market and technological trends is an ongoing reality if the modern farmer is to stay ahead of the game.
It is easy to simply keep on doing what has always been done, without considering the capacity to both, maximise the farm's potential, and for personal and business growth.
Not for profit organisation, Rural Business Tasmania, has recently implemented the Cultivating Rural Excellence program which aims to give farmers the tools to prosper despite difficult times.
Chief executive Elizabeth Skirving has long recognised "the need for a targeted program that motivates, inspires and compels Tasmania's farmers to new benchmarks of excellence.
Rural Business Tasmania is committed to assisting the State Government achieve its target of increasing the value of Tasmania's agricultural sector to $10 billion a year by 2050.
The Cultivating Rural Excellence program consists of eight full-day workshops and a field trip, focused on pertinent industry and development topics presented by professional leaders.
Planning for success and farm work-life balance have been workshop topics to date.
The May session will concentrate on farm safety and managing human resources. Later in the year, those participating will look at negotiating skills, marketing and embracing technology.
Program participant Tony Butler said "Personal outcomes from attending the program include developing confidence and identifying pathways to establish a business providing technical support to graziers, greater understandings of the functions of supporting a business, personal growth and networking opportunities".
Whilst the 2019 program is already underway, enrolments for 2020 will commence shortly.
All program graduates will have an opportunity to mentor the 2020 participants and join a like-minded alumni to ensure ongoing support and focus on both personal and business goals.
- Any farmer wishing to join the 2020 course can contact Susan Renton at Rural Business Tasmania on 1300 883276 or BPManager@ruralbusinesstasmania.org.au.