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Farm Planning and Decision Making

Farm Planning and Decision Making

The resources on this page are of relevance to SA farmers and regional communities. They assist in decision making and potential practice change to build drought preparedness and resilience. Further information on farm planning and decision making is available through the SA Drought Hub team, including the Knowledge Broker, Node Coordinators and Adoption Officers.

The Future Drought Fund’s Farm Business Resilience Program

The Future Drought Fund’s Farm Business Resilience Program aims to better prepare Australian farmers to manage risks relating to drought and improve their economic, environmental and social resilience.

In South Australia this program is jointly funded through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund and the Government of South Australia and delivered by PIRSA in partnership with the Wine Grape Council of South Australia, Livestock SA, AUSVEG SA and SA Dairyfarmers.

Information about the SA program can be accessed here

Information about the national program can be accessed here

The Future Drought Fund’s Drought Self Assessment Tool (DR.SAT)

The Future Drought Fund’s Drought Self Assessment Tool (DR.SAT) is free and enables users to:

  • Undertake satellite image and NDVI comparison of their properties between different dates
  • Obtain climatic projections and long-term trends for their property
  • Assess the farm business’s current resilience to drought in the areas of economic, social and environmental management
  • Set goals for building drought resilience.

The tool can be accessed at: www.drsat.com.au

The Future Drought Fund’s My Climate View (formerly Climate Services for Agriculture)

The Future Drought Fund’s My Climate View (formerly Climate Services for Agriculture) tool provides users with location-specific information on seasonal and monthly rainfall outlooks, and medium and longer term climate projections for rainfall and temperature.

The tool can be accessed at: myclimateview.com.au.

South Australian climate projections viewer – SA Department for Environment and Water

This online tool helps producers understand the climate change risks that different landscape, local health network and local government regions in SA are likely to face under future climate change. It provides interactive climate projection maps that display the projected changes to weather variables across the state for a range of future time periods, in 10km and 50km grids, or for individual SA landscape regions or local health network areas.

It includes:

  • an intuitive navigation and search system
  • reliable performance and request processing
  • documentation and guides to assist you to navigate the page and understand the data.

Access the South Australian climate projections viewer

Note: current version designed to be used on desktop or laptop computers, recommended through Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge).

Managing dry times and drought: planning for resilience and recovery

Dry times and drought pose a key risk to farm businesses. Farmers, pastoralists and land managers should develop a management plan to mitigate this risk. This fact sheet summarises why such plans are needed and what they should include.

Download the Managing dry times and drought fact sheet.

For more information on business and risk management for farmers, visit the Department of Primary Industries and Regions website.

Dry season fact sheets – SheepConnect SA

A series of fact sheets from SheepConnect SA including feed budgeting and livestock management options.

sheepconnectsa.com.au/resources/factsheets/management/dry-season-fact-sheets

Preparing your farm for drought – Agriculture Victoria
Kondinin Drought Reports and the droughtinfo.com.au initiative

Comprehensive brochures on livestock, pastures, ground cover, water management etc, through drought from Kondinin Group (publishers of FarmingAhead.)

These reports are published through the droughtinfo.com.au initiative, which provides independent research and information to support farmers through times of drought and help them make better farm management and practice decisions. The initiative is funded through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund. 

The initiative’s key aims are to:

  • Grow the self-reliance and performance (productivity, profitability and sustainability) of the agricultural sector
  • Improve the natural capital of agriculture for better environmental outcomes
  • Strengthen the wellbeing and social resilience of rural, regional and remote agricultural-dependent communities.

View and download the Kondinin Drought Reports

Rural Business Support Farm Business Management Programs

Rural Business Support delivers a number of programs assisting the development of a sustainable primary industry sector and resilient rural communities.

Business financial counsellors and strategic analysts assist in developing better business practices and financial and industry literacy to grow individual capabilities and build confidence.

More information about Rural Business Support Farm Business Management Programs

Livestock SA's AgRi-Silience program

Livestock SA’s AgRi-Silience program offers subsidised access to leading advisers who will deliver on-farm support and group workshop learning to prepare producers and their businesses to recover from adverse climate and other challenges.

The program will help producers:

  • Improve financial literacy
  • Become more confident in decision-making by conducting risk assessments
  • Learn new skills and techniques to build personal resilience.

Learn more about the AgRi-Silience program

Drought resilience training for wine grape growers – Farm Business Resilience Program

The Farm Business Resilience Program, funded by the Australian and South Australian Governments and industry partners, provides practical help to farmers to help manage significant climate risks, including future droughts.

The program supports producers by planning today for tomorrow’s droughts and climate risks as well as preparing for longer-term sustainable growth and adaptability.

Wine Grape Council South Australia (WGCSA) is partnering with the University of Adelaide, the Australian Wine Research Institute, Sustainable Winegrowing Australia, and Rural Business Support to deliver the program, which aims to:

  • Develop best-practice industry standards for strategic farm business management and planning
  • Improve decision-making by understanding the farm’s strategic risks
  • Analyse the performance of the business, with the objective of identifying opportunities for strengthening resilience and tracking progress
  • Consider a strategy for succession planning.

Find out more and apply to participate

GrowStrong – Empowering wine grape growers

GrowStrong is a transformative program designed to fuel viticulture businesses with strategic management and planning resources.

It is an immersive training experience packed with practical tools and knowledge designed to equip viticulture businesses to meet the demands of grape growing for the immediate and long-term future.

GrowStrong is supported by the Wine Grape Council of South Australia, through funding from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund and the ​Government of South Australia.

Find out more and apply to participate

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