"One farm is completely different to another, everything is different whether it's your rotation or your actual set-up. It is good to be able to get a few different views on things"
- Kelsi Hazelwood, Ross
"Correct watering is a big challenge because water is expensive. Watering correctly for whatever you have underneath it is the most important thing to learn." - Lindsay and Rae Young, Ross
"I am keen to get a better handle on irrigation technology and tools that we can use for better managing our irrigation water and long-term sustainability of the land."
- Bill Chilvers, Longford
"This is where you get your networks and talk to people about what their experiences are." - Angus Lyne, Campbell Town
"Variable rate irrigation is something that we will look at doing down the track so it's good to get a bit of info and hear from someone that has been using it for a few years." - Will Bennett, Ross
"I see this project as an opportunity to talk to like-minded people and access some of the smart brains out there" - Jim Cuming, Evandale
Funded by the Tasmanian Government, the Water for Profit Program is helping to ensure farmers are equipped with the right skills and information to increase profits and sustainability from their investment in water.
Read the Water for Profit Brochure (PDF)
The program consists of four projects:
The program will work with farmers in Tasmania's midlands initially, focusing on farmer groups in key areas with new or existing access to irrigation, and then expanding to other regions of the State that have new or increased access to irrigation water.
Farmers will be co-investigators working with and drawing on the resources of the Water for Profit program partners, consultants and industry bodies to:
Farmers will get access to cutting-edge research and online irrigation and cropping tools relevant to their properties through TIA, detailed land management information through Tasmanian Irrigation's Farm Water Access Plans and digital soil mapping data from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.
Farmers and farmer groups will decide how to best use this technical information through support provided by the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, industry groups and agricultural consultants.