Agricultural Capacity Building Program (Pilot) – NRM/Agricultural Extension Trainees
The Queensland Government has engaged the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) to facilitate an Agricultural Capacity Building Program. The program was developed in response to the Great Barrier Reef Water Science Taskforce report which calls for more effective, targeted and coordinated extension to support large-scale land management practice changes in the GBR Catchments.
The Agricultural Capacity Building Program will train up to six early career extension officers by enhancing their skills in delivering agricultural and NRM projects with landholders in the GBR Catchments. Trainees will be hosted by suitable organisations and receive mentoring from experienced advisors, participate in relevant training and expand their access to extension networks. Lili Usher-Chandler has been placed with PFSQ as a Forestry Extension Trainee.
Private Native Forest Extension Program
The program will build on the results of an extensive series of landholder surveys, including those landholders who have participated in past extension activities, to ensure it delivers educational material, workshop formats and in-field activities that are specifically tailored to participant needs. A series of workshops and field days will be rolled out across southern Queensland.
There will be funding support and one-on-one assistance available for those landholders who complete a four-day, in-field, best practice forest management workshop. One of the key outcomes of this support will be a network of broad acre demonstration sites, showing how landholders have undertaken best practice forest management ‘on the ground’.