12th Apr 2019


GLENRAC invites  all farmers and producers to a Farmer Update information evening at the Glen Innes and District Services Club next Thursday, 17th of April. This is a not to be missed event for all agriculturalists affected by drought, and for anyone wanting to catch up on the latest industry news and events.

The evening will feature a number of short presentations from leading industry professionals, discussing areas of current information relevant to people in the New England region. Headlining the event is the NSW Drought Coordinator and Water and Land Commissioner of NSW, Jock Laurie, who will be outlining the avenues of drought support available to farmers in NSW, as well as answering any farmer concerns.

Mr. Laurie, who took over the role of Drought Coordinator last year, says that one of the aims of his role is to act as an envoy between farmers and politicians, ensuring the needs of rural people are acknowledged within the national forum. In an iterview with ABC news in 2018, Mr Laurie said, “[I will] be making sure the issues that are genuine concerns of farmers can be actively discussed in [political] areas and that’s the important thing. We’ve got to make sure they know what those concerns are.”

The evening will also include a presentation from Laura Garland of Meat and Livestock Australia, who will be discussing the market outlook for beef and sheep. This will be a useful overview of information for any farmer deciding whether to hold or sell stock in the current climate.

Other presentations at the event will include a weed update from James Browning of New England Weeds Authority; an overview of water regulations from the Natural Resource Access Regulator, including where to access water and who to contact for water related activities; the types of training opportunities available to farmers and their staff; and, an interesting overview of the ground-breaking research being conducted at the University of New England, into the ecological benefits and economic potential of dung beetles in farming operations.

This free event has been made possible through support from the Drought Communities Programme; the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewals project: Tackling Tough Times Together; and, the NSW Department of Industries and LandcareNSW project: Managing Established Pest Animals and Weeds (MEPAAW).

Displays will be available for attendees to browse from 5:30pm, so arrive early to ensure you don’t miss out on meeting the presenters and service providers. Supper will be provided.

Farmer Update information evening. 17th April 2019. 5:30-9:00pm. Glen Innes District and Services Club, 120 Grey Street.

Please RSVP to GLENRAC by 5:00pm April 8th, 2019 by phone: 02 6732 3443 or text: 0427 325 901 or email: or drop into the GLENRAC office at 68 Church St, Glen Innes.

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