Farmers producers and local landowners in the Glen Innes region will have the opportunity to attend a free Agri-Innovation Program Information Day this week.
The upcoming Glen Innes Agri-Innovation Program Information Day will provide those in attendance the opportunity to learn about options to diversify their farm business.
The Glen Innes Agri-Innovation Program Information Day will be held at the Glen Innes and District Services Club on Wednesday October 21 from 9.30am to 2.30pm where farmers, food entrepreneurs and innovators will have the option to express interest in joining the program.
As changes to consumer behaviour and new opportunities continually emerge in the agricultural, food and agritourism sectors at a national and global level, Glen Innes Severn Council believes the region has potential to evolve into an innovative agri, food and agritourism economy.
GISC has initiated a program to help farmers and food entrepreneurs to develop capacity for agri-innovation, diversification and value-adding. Council has commissioned agri-innovation specialists Regionality Pty Ltd to deliver a transformative program over the next nine months.
"The region has a long agricultural heritage, however it also has untapped potential to innovate, creating new opportunities for high value agricultural, value-added food and fibre products and agritourism," said Regionality managing director Rose Wright.
The content and speakers will help those in attendance to learn about opportunities both on farm and beyond the farm gate, including exploring options for leveraging farm assets and/or food and fibre production, investigating options for diversification or developing new pathways to market or their potential for tapping into tourism.
For those who decide they want to explore their ideas and options further, the event facilitators Regionality, Australia's leading authority on agri-innovation and agritourism will offer support to take the next step towards agri-innovation.
This information day will also serve as an introduction to the Agri-Innovation Business Development Program, a series of three, two full day workshops designed to help those in attendance to prepare, establish and or improve their own food, fibre or agritourism business.
Ms Wright said there are many opportunities to create high value agricultural and food products through innovation.
"This project is an important step in providing our local agricultural sector with the tools and support to look at how they may diversify their agricultural product," said GISC manager of economic development, Margot Davis.
"We encourage landholders to explore what's possible by participating in this program."
To ensure the event meets covid-safe requirements all guest must RSVP at https://glen-innes-agri-innovation-info-day.eventbrite.com.au/