Here is an opportunity to boost economic returns in Australia’s rural and regional farming sectors.
The $14.9m Farming Together program is a nation-wide campaign for primary producers and processors to collaborate and claim marketplace power.
Federal funding will help agricultural groups value-add, secure premium pricing, scale-up production, attract capital investment, earn new markets or secure lower input costs.
This initiative is being led by Lorraine Gordon, former CEO of the Mid North Coast RDA.  “I know you will recognise what a game-changer this two-year pilot program will be,” she said.farming-together

How does it work?

Visit the easy-to-use website (www.farmingtogether.com.au) and complete the simple self-assessment – no extensive forms to fill in.
All farmers who register receive one-on-one expert advice to discuss their opportunities and appetite to create a successful collaborative group.  This could be either as a structured co-operative, as a collective bargaining entity or as a less-formal collaborative group.
Huge opportunities exist for any ATO-registered primary producers who are Australian citizens.
The most promising groups will be offered assistance for product research and development.  Areas that are covered include advice on marketing, capital-raising, packaging, logistics and exporting as well as non-ongoing consultancy appointments.

Why are we doing this?

Agriculture’s economic importance is most clearly defined in our rural and regional communities. It represents approximately 3% of Australia’s GDP but it is estimated that the sector represents more than 40% of the GDP of regional economies. Once multiplier effects are taken into account, this is as high as 70-80% in most small towns. [1]

Who are we?

Farming Together comprises of a highly experienced senior team drawn from a wide range of commodity groups from across Australia and backed by an industry group representing experts from WA, NT, Queensland, Victoria, SA and NSW.

Want to know more?

Phone Nick or Andrew on 1800 005 555
Email:  info@farmingtogether.com.au

www.farmingtogether.com.au

[1] INQUIRY INTO THE IMPACT OF THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS ON REGIONAL AUSTRALIA, NFF SUBMISSION March 2009

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