Business risk bootcamp

VICTORIAN young farmers looking to establish a long and successful career in the agriculture industry can gain valuable skills through two-day Business Bootcamp events this month.

Agriculture Victoria will offer the two-day boot camp sessions at Swan Hill over February 9 and 10, and in Maryborough over February 16 and 23.

Participants will be taken through profit, loss and cash-flow budgeting, balance sheets and gross margins, risk management, and financial planning and analysis.

Agriculture Victoria Young Farmer project coordinator, Sarah Wallis, said the boot camp would help farmers develop skills to understand and manage business risk, develop a business plan to expand their business and connect with other young farmers from their region.

These boot camps are targeting young farmers affected by floods and storms as part of Agriculture Victoria’s technical and decision-making support program. The workshops will help to build the resilience of young farm businesses and prepare them for the future.

“These fun and interactive boot camps use a series of farm case studies as real-life examples, providing participants with the skills to help them manage their farm business now, as well as planning for their business into the future,” Ms Wallis said.

“This is also an opportunity for young and emerging farmers to connect with like-minded and motivated people.”

The boot camps will be delivered by Paul Blackshaw, farm business adviser with Meridian Agriculture.

Registrations are limited, so to book a place now for either boot camp session, register via

For more information visit the Agriculture Victoria’s Young Farmer Business Bootcamps or contact Sarah Wallis, Agriculture Victoria on 0419 571 208 or

The Young Farmer Business Bootcamp is coordinated by Agriculture Victoria’s Young Farmer Network in collaboration with the Farm Business Resilience Program.

The Farm Business Resilience Program is jointly funded through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund and the Victorian Government’s Future Agriculture Skills Capacity Fund.

For further information, visit Agriculture Victoria’s support and resources available to floods- and storms-affected farmers.

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