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Farm planning an essential resource

Farm planning is an essential tool in assisting farmers to create financially viable farm businesses.

Northern Tablelands Local Land Services delivers a farm planning course to help producers improve profitability by managing their natural resource base and we now have a new farm planner to deliver this course.

Johnelle Stevens has been appointed to the position of Farm Planner and Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator, Northern Tablelands Local Land Services. This position is funded through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

“I’m excited to take on this new role. There is no better time for producers to undertake farm planning, which is designed to help producers take stock, reflect and make decisions to adapt to challenging times and build a vision for the future.”

Johnelle has 15 years’ experience in grazing land management, natural resource management and property planning in Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory.

Johnelle was a Senior Grazing Land Management Officer for the Fitzroy Basin region in Central Queensland, and delivered the Grazing Best Management Practice program and other grazing workshops to landholders within the region.

“The farm planning workshops will cover human, natural and financial resource management, as well as risk management, drought planning, legal requirements, production, marketing and future proofing. Farm planning is an extremely effective means of helping to simplify management with a view to increasing productivity and ensuring a successful agricultural enterprise,” Johnelle said.

A number of leading professionals in the fields of livestock and natural resource management will deliver the workshops which are limited to small groups to provide valuable networking opportunities where landholders are able to learn from one another.

Johnelle appreciates the flexibility required when looking ahead, but emphasises the expediency that a plan can provide, particularly when navigating the current tough seasonal conditions.

“Having a plan in place can prove beneficial in facilitating the decision making process. Making key decisions at the right time, particularly being able to recognise opportunities as they arise is fundamental in limiting losses and reducing negative impacts on the financial health of the business,” she said.

In this way, Johnelle is confident that effective planning will ensure that landholders will be able to maximise their position when conditions and circumstances change.

For more information about Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Farm Planning workshops, or to register your interest, contact Johnelle Stevens on mobile 0409 791 619.

Media contact: Annabelle Monie 0429 626 326