January 21st, 2024Flood mitigation workshop for farmers
Early next month the Hepburn Shire Council will host a workshop to help local farmers work on strategies to deal with the increasing prevalence of extreme weather events.
The workshop will take place at Creswick’s Doug Lindsay Recreation Reserve from 9am-1pm on Thursday February 8.
Mayor, Cr Brian Hood, said that unseasonal and extreme weather was unfortunately becoming more prevalent locally and across the globe.
“We are helping farmers take a more proactive approach to farming practices to prepare for such events and therefore minimise damage to valuable crops and livestock,” he said.
The council has organised a lineup of highly regarded keynote speakers that will present case studies outlining proactive initiatives for local farmers.
“This kind of extreme weather is a reality and we need to be prepared. Farmers will hear from skilled agricultural professionals on solutions that can be modified to prepare farm infrastructure and livestock for future extreme weather events,” said Cr Hood.
Speakers scheduled for the event include:
- Dr Kirsten Barlow (Principal Scientist) – Precision Agriculture
- Geoff Ross – Precision Agriculture
- Andrew Bohay – Civil Agricultural Design
- Sinead Barker – Meridian Agriculture
- Mark Hutchings – Hutchings Plant Hire
The event is funded by the Victorian Government through Emergency Recovery Victoria’s grant program in response to the 2022 Floods which impacted Victorian communities including residents and farmers of Hepburn Shire.
More details and registrations are available through the council’s website.