'Prepare, don't predict' - 2012 BCG theme
BCG’s theme for 2012 is ‘Prepare, don’t Predict’.
This year BCG is focusing on helping farmers to find ways to be flexible, responsive and ready for anything in an effort to overcome the unpredictable challenges which invariably arise each season.
BCG chief executive officer David Chamberlin said although variables such as the weather, pest plagues and the volatile commodity markets would continue to present significant challenges for farmers, there were strategies that could be employed to mitigate some of the risks to their farm businesses.
“If the last decade – and particularly the last two years – has taught us anything, it’s to have a back-up plan,” he said.
“You just never know what each season will bring.”
With this in mind, Mr Chamberlin said BCG was seeking the most effective ways to help farmers prepare for some of the surprises that this season, and indeed future seasons, might throw at them.
“Providing farmers with relevant and up-to-date information is something BCG has strived for since its inception 20 years ago, but in 2012 it is our special focus,” he said.
The theme ‘Prepare, don’t predict’ will also be highlighted at BCG’s Grains Research Expo to be held at Birchip next month.
At the Expo – which annually attracts hundreds of agricultural professionals and exhibitors from across Victoria and interstate – a top line up of experts have been booked to discuss ways to minimise risk and prepare for some of the challenges on the horizon.
Some of the topics that will be tackled at the Expo include: the carbon tax and how it will affect farm businesses; traits of future crop varieties; attracting and retaining farm labour; succession planning and the feasibility of buying or leasing land and upgrading machinery.
BCG’s annual Grains Research Expo will be held at Birchip P-12 School on July 5 from 8.30am to 4pm.
For more information phone BCG on (03) 5492 2787 or visit www.bcg.org.au.