Farmer Targets for Change

Farmer Targets for Change (FTC) is a process which allows farmers to develop an action plan for managing resources on their farm. By linking with financial incentives, farmers implement on-farm change that benefits both their own production system and the catchment community.

Using the principles of team work, trusted partnerships and capacity building, farmers are engaged in on-going sustainable farm activities.

How does FTC work?

There are three main components to the FTC process: on-farm visits, workshops and background preparation work.

  • On-farm visits are conducted by extension officer:
    • The DairySAT (Self Assessment Tool) checklist is carried out on each farm’s current Natural Resources Management.
    • The focus is placed on sustainability issues facing farm productivity.
    • Farmers are encouraged to express their views freely without judgment.
  • Workshops
    • Group discussion ensures the development of a cohesive plan for the sub-catchment.
    • Issues are explored, targets identified and an action plan developed.
    • New technology for farm mapping and management is introduced.
    • The workshops allow farmers and industry to work together on resource management.
  • Background preparation work
    • Individual farm data are collected and compiled into a group report on the impact of the industry.
    • Local Land Services catchment targets are compiled for comparison with farmer concerns.
    • A solid foundation for group decision making is provided.

Most importantly, farmers are encouraged to drive the FTC process themselves. They are given the opportunity to share information and resources. At the end of the program they will have developed a farm plan, set achievable targets and received assistance to apply for funding. Environmental gains will be made hand-in-hand with improved farm productivity and profitability.

For more information about the FTC project, contact NSW DPI Dairy extension officers.