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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 / Register

For more information or to register your interest please fill in the EOI form online here.

Freshcare

Freshcare is an industry owned, not-for-profit on-farm assurance program, established and maintained to service the Australian fresh produce industry. Freshcare is currently the largest Australian on–farm assurance program for fresh produce. It proudly provides on-farm food safety,  quality and environmental certification services to more than 5000 members nationally.

The foundations of the Freshcare Program are the user-friendly Codes of Practice and detailed training support materials. The Freshcare Codes describe the practices required on farm to provide an assurance that fresh produce is safe to eat, has been prepared to customer specifications and legislative requirements, and has been grown with care for the environment.

As a HACCP-based program using descriptive good agricultural practices, the Freshcare Code gives horticultural growers and packers the tools to identify and manage food safety and quality and environmental risks on farm. By implementing and maintaining the code, horticultural businesses can demonstrate to customers the food safety and quality compliance of their produce and their environmental stewardship.

Freshcare recently upgraded its food safety and quality code to a fourth edition. The revised code brings Freshcare in line with the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

GFSI certification is currently required to supply directly to Costco and ALDI and is seen as a likely requirement for the other major customer groups. Work being conducted by Freshcare will hopefully see Freshcare FSQ fully accredited under GFSI by late 2017.

Implementation of the new code has:

  • ensured there is structural alignment between the Freshcare Codes (Food Safety Quality and Environmental)
  • improved access to guidance materials
  • improved compliance with GFSI
  • better alignment with the ‘Guidelines for Fresh Produce Food Safety’

Growers, until the end of 2016, will be able to have audits completed against FSQ3 or FSQ4. However, from 1 January 2017 ALL audits conducted must be against FSQ4.

As a trainer of Freshcare Food Safety Quality, Growcom will be providing group training sessions across Queensland. Growers will receive a printed copy of FSQ4 manual to work through on the day and be in a position to go to audit when required.

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
Land and Water Manager

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