Farming Together – a resource for primary producers to help you collaborate, value-add, build marketplace strength and boost returns.
- Farming Together has interacted with more than 18,630 primary producers
- Farming Together has had dealings with 730 ag-groups
- Of 132 applications for competitive funding, more than 50 groups were successful in securing a total of $5.5m and have all started their projects which will be completed by April 2018
- 957 Expert Services (in business planning, legal advice, marketing, supply chain analysis, agronomy, collaborative workshops and other activities) have been allocated, an investment of more than $1.24m, with 770 completed by December 20, 2017
- Of the 132 co-ops we are supporting, 117 of these are new co-ops seeking registration help using the Farming Together FREE Co-op Builder
- With our help, 64 of our farmers enrolled in post-graduate Co-operatives Management training through our partnership with the University of Newcastle
- With our help, 30 Co-op Directors and staff completed Australia’s highly regarded intensive course in co-operative governance and strategic management (in partnership with Professor Tim Mazzarol of the Australian Institute of Management WA)
- January 2018 saw the launch of Farming Together’s first online video courses in co-operative establishment and governance
What we’re about
Farming Together (Farm Co-operatives and Collaboration Pilot Program) is a $14,934,000 Federal Government initiative that aims to provide farmers, fishers and foresters with knowledge, skills and materials on collaborative ideas, co-operative structures and collective strategies.
Farming Together aims to:
- Improve knowledge of how co-operatives, collective strategies and supply chain negotiations can improve farmers’ returns.
- Improve the knowledge of business models and collaboration options available to farmers and farm advisors
- Improve the agriculture focused legal and financial expert advice available regarding the process, implementation and management of such business models
Farming Together is a pilot program launched at a national forum on August 29, 2016 and will run until June 2018. The program is managed by Southern Cross University and is based at the SCU campus in Lismore, NSW.
What’s in it for you?
To be eligible for assistance, you must be in a group of at least 2 primary producers. Your collaboration idea will get immediate independent professional advice, feedback and guidance from business experts in a variety of fields. Funding is NOT provided as direct financial support for capital or infrastructure purposes, travel or ongoing wages.
Find out more about >> How Farming Together works.
Find out more about >> How to choose the right business structure for your project.
What’s the process?
Fill in our online application (temporarily closed) and get immediate expert assistance for your collaborative project.
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Applications are temporarily closed pending an ongoing funding announcement
Check back with Farming Together in June, 2018.
What sectors do we serve?
Farming Together has projects in: abalone, agri-finance, bananas, beef, chestnuts, chicken, dairy, eels, fishing, forestry, garlic, grain, hemp, horticulture, IT, kangaroo, native bush foods and botanicals, macadamias, mustard, nursery industry, olives, oysters, pork, rice, sheep, sandalwood, tea, timber, truffles, turf, wheat and wool.
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