Farming Together is a nation-wide campaign for primary producers and processors to collaborate and claim marketplace power.

It started with $13.8 million in Australian Government funding to help agricultural groups value-add, secure premium pricing, scale-up production, attract capital investment, earn new markets or secure lower input costs.  Now it is growing into something bigger and even more impressive.

Lorraine Gordon, Farming Together Project Director

Farming Together is delivered by Southern Cross University and comprises a highly experienced senior team drawn from a wide range of commodity groups from across Australia and is backed by an industry advisory group representing experts from Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales.

The team has worked with groups from 23 different industries across farming, fishing and forestry and created a pool of 200+ specialist advisers.

In our initial two years we reached 28,500+ primary producers, compared to a Government-set target of 2000 producers.

We supported 730 producer groups, compared with a target 100 groups and funded 51 farmer-group collaborative projects – the target was 15 projects.

A total 57 new co-ops are forming or fully registered through Farming Together. The program created a world-first, an online DIY co-op builder. Its release co-incided with more agricultural co-operatives formed in the last 18 months than in any time in Australia’s history.

And nationally, over the past year, we have seen more co-ops fully registered using these tools than total Australian registrations in the previous five years.

Farming Together has also supported 254 other collaborating business entities. An Economic Impact Study undertaken by the Western Research Institute Ltd found that within the first 12 months of operation, from a $9.21 million investment, Farming Together generated $20.45 million of value-add to production, $14.3 million in household income and 131 full-time equivalent jobs

Now, farmers, fishers and foresters from across Australia have the opportunity to make use of Farming Together’s pool of experts and consultants. We offer a proven network that can help you, your farm and your farming group become more resilient.

The services include help forming collaborative business models, negotiating and managing intellectual property and contracts, training in finance, human resources and accounting for collaborative groups and grant management.

We can help you bid, manage and report on successful grant projects and offer industry-leading collaboration assistance. We have assembled astonishing networks a cross Australian agriculture. Use them. Contact us at [email protected]

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