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Growcom-facilitated Courses

AHCSS00030 Farm Business Management Skill Set

Good business management practices are the key to a successful, profitable business. Farmers who are just starting out or wanting to take their business to the next level have an opportunity to strengthen their business management skills with funding from the Queensland Government to undertake the Farm Business Management Skill Set.

The training aims to enhance practical business skills and covers business planning, budgeting, risk management and succession planning. It will provide the essential knowledge needed to more effectively manage your farm and will help you to identify areas for improvement.

The Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) is partnering with Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (RTO 31258) to run training workshops in key rural locations throughout Queensland. Farm owners and farm business managers who are keen to take up this great opportunity are invited to register their interest.

Co-contribution Fee:

  • $244 (non concessional students)
  • $144 (concessional students)

Duration: 4 days

More information / enrol

For more information or to enrol, visit Queensland Agricultureal Training Colleges’ (QATC’s) website here.

Freshcare

Freshcare operates as an industry benefit organisation, providing assurance standards for the Australian fresh produce industry.

Freshcare started as an on-farm food safety program developed by fresh produce industry experts, in response to the need for a practical, cost effective, industry focussed food safety program. Based on GAP (Good Agricultural Practice) and HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) principles, Freshcare was designed to allow it to be implemented by all grower businesses, regardless of crops, size of operation or location in Australia.

Freshcare’s practical approach to helping growers and packers assure customers that their produce is safe to eat and sustainably grown has seen thousands of fresh produce businesses adopt the Freshcare program since its launch in July 2000.

Freshcare is Australia’s largest fresh produce assurance program, and since its’ humble beginnings has continued to develop and progress and now provides a suite of assurance standards for the Australian fresh produce and wine industries, which include:

  • Freshcare Food Safety & Quality – On-farm Standard – Edition 4 (FSQ4)*
  • Freshcare Food Safety & Quality – Supply Chain Standard – Edition 1 (SC1)*
  • Freshcare Environmental – On-farm Standard – Edition 3 (ENV3)
  • Freshcare Environmental – Viticulture Standard – Edition 2 (ENV-VIT)
  • Freshcare Environmental – Winery Standard – Edition 2 (ENV-WIN)

Freshcare provides science based, practical, prescriptive standards, supported by user-friendly resources and a required training component, to ensure they are consistently delivered to industry. The Freshcare Standards undergo regular reviews, to ensure the most current science is incorporated, the Standards remain practical and relevant for industry and that they comply with the requirements of its many users including growers, packers, processing, supply chain, retail and export market sectors.

Freshcare is an accredited standard as approved by JAS-ANZ (the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand) to operate under ISO/IEC17065:2012. As an accredited standard, Freshcare is recognised against the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), and thus is an approved base standard under HARPS.

As a trainer of Freshcare Food Safety Quality, FSQ4, Growcom provides group training sessions across Queensland.

More information / Register

If you would like to register your interest in participating in Freshcare Food Safety (FSQ4) training with Growcom, please fill in the expression of interest form. Growcom will be in contact with you once sufficient numbers for each location have been registered to organise a training day and time.

Centre pivot / lateral move training  

This training aims to improve the capacity of irrigation farmers to adapt their farming operations to meet reduced water availability and improve profitability and efficiency through better design, planning and operational management.

It is also aimed at managers and growers who are considering purchasing or who have purchased centre pivots and/or lateral move irrigation systems.

Course outcomes

  • awareness of planning and design issues for those considering buying systems
  • skills in calculating the costs of operating overhead systems, system capacity and scheduling
  • ability to calculate water requirements of crops and measure performance of systems
  • knowledge about the design, installation and management of systems
  • more effective management of water and more efficient crop production

Topics covered

  • introduction to centre pivot/lateral move machines
  • financial and economic considerations
  • planning considerations
  • design considerations
  • system performance
  • sprinkler packages
  • operational issues

For more information, or to register your interest contact:

Scott Wallace
Hort360 Manager

Phone 07 4613 1066
Email swallace@growcom.com.au