Paul Blackshaw video series – Informed Decision Making

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This is the first of our short articles and videos by Paul Blackshaw from Meridian Agriculture on informed decision making. 
Informed Decision Making
As the end of the financial year ticks over, the financial performance of the farm often takes on more priority than which pastures to sow, or what the lambing …
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Agriculture Victoria Drought and Dry Seasons Support – Updated August 2019

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The Victorian Government has committed $50 million in targeted support for farm businesses and farming communities impacted by drought and dry seasonal conditions.
The funding acknowledges the economic and well-being impacts of ongoing drought and dry conditions to Victorian farmers and there are a number of grant and assistance programs available …
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Economics of On-Farm Grain Storage

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As growers continue to expand on-farm grain storage, the question of economic viability gains significance. 
To make a sound financial decision, you need to compare the expected returns from grain storage vs expected returns from other farm business investments, such as more land, a chaser bin, a wider boomspray, a second …
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Investing in pasture development

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The key criterion in judging whether an innovation is worth adopting concerns the extent to which the innovation is likely to help the owners achieve their goals (Malcolm, Makeham & Wright, 2005).
This article considers the decision to invest in perennial or annual pastures 
The process of valuing pasture investment involves judiciously …
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Sunraysia is next – Young Farmer Business Bootcamp

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Local member of Agriculture Victoria’s Young Farmers Advisory Council, Jennifer Zappia, is encouraging young farmers to sign up for the Sunraysia Young Farmer Business Bootcamp coming in August.
The bootcamp gives anyone in a farm business position the opportunity to enhance their financial skills, and directly apply this in their everyday management.
“It …
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The hunt for data from Victorian dairy farms has begun

Staff from Agriculture Victoria and the private sector are busy surveying 75 participating farms to have the latest Dairy Farm Monitor report released at the end of August.
The Dairy Farm Monitor Project has been analysing the economic performance of Victorian dairy farms over the last 11 years. Dairy farms across …
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New Farm Business eLearning module available now

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The Young Farmer Project, with the support of Agriculture Victoria, has now launched its first online learning module, the Farm Business eLearning module.
This module has been designed for all farmers, from those new to managing farm businesses, to those just wanting to brush up on some farm business management …
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Paul Blackshaw Video Series – Introduction

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Paul Blackshaw is a farm business advisor with Meridian Agriculture, based in Rutherglen in North East Victoria. Paul provides services in farm financial analysis, benchmarking, farm business performance, and succession planning. He previously worked as a Farm Business Economist for Agriculture Victoria, delivering the Livestock Farm Monitor Project, and as …
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