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More support for drought-affected farmers

Friday 26 June 2020

The Marshall Liberal Government is continuing to support drought-affected farmers across South Australia with a new program to help build stronger business models and improve long-term resilience.


The $330,000 Farm Business Management Program is part of the State Government's expanded $21 million Drought Support Package announced earlier this year.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said the program will run for 12 months and is open to a range of businesses which have been impacted by drought.

"While there have been solid opening rains in many areas of the state, it doesn't immediately end the drought and we are well aware that many people in drought-affected regions are still doing it tough with the COVID-19 impacts on regional communities now providing an extra challenge," said Minister Whetstone.

"This program is a practical way to help these farm businesses to not only recover from the drought's impacts but to actually come back with a stronger business model.

"Open to producers from grain, livestock and mixed enterprise businesses within drought-affected areas of South Australia, the Farm Business Management Program will improve farm business planning skills.

"We know that increasing farm business resilience and aiding recovery allows these businesses to better prepare for and withstand future adverse impacts."

James Hillcoat, Agribusiness Consultant at Pinion Advisory Pty Ltd, which is delivering the Farm Business Management Program, said it will involve one-on-one coaching and group online sessions over a 12-month period.

"At a significantly subsidised cost thanks to the government funding, participants will undertake a strategic review of their business and develop a plan that's specific to their needs and situation," said Mr Hillcoat.

"A real benefit of this new program is that over the course of the 12 months, we will check back in quarterly, address business goals and risks, identify opportunities for improvement and help guide on-farm implementation.

"Eligible producers who take part will develop skills that help with managing external challenges, increase their confidence in on-farm decision making and access practical systems and tools that will not only help them analyse their business but assist in their recovery."

Interested producers are encouraged to contact Pinion Advisory to express their interest in participating in the Farm Business Management Program. For further information contact admin@pinionadvisory.com or 1300 746 466. For more information on Pinion Advisory, visit the website www.pinionadvisory.com

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