The $13.8 million Farm Co-operatives and Collaboration (Farming Together) is a two-year pilot program. The pilot is an initiative of the government's Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the government’s plan for stronger agricultural sector.
The Farming Together program pilot program comprises of three phases to better support individual farmers and farmer groups through tailored advice to meet their needs.
- Knowledge Base: providing legacy resources to farmers through access to quality and relevant information to assist decision-making.
- Expert Support: enable farmers to access expert advice about co-operative structures, collective bargaining and other forms of collaboration.
- Farmer Group Projects: provide funding to help groups of farmers move towards implementation of new collaborative business approaches
The pilot program seeks to help farmers work together, through co-operative and other collaborative business models, to take greater ownership along the supply chain, boost their bargaining position and deliver increased returns at the farm gate.
The pilot program is being delivered by Southern Cross University (SCU) and will run until 30 June 2018.
Program information is available at Farming Together.