COME ALONG: Queensland Farmers' Federation president Stuart Armitage encourages farmers to attend the climate and weather workshops.
COME ALONG: Queensland Farmers' Federation president Stuart Armitage encourages farmers to attend the climate and weather workshops. contributed

Climate workshops are 'valuable tools for farmers'

CLIMATE and weather workshops are set to be held in Rockhampton, Taroom and Gayndah for Queensland farmers.

The workshops are going to be run by the Queensland Farmers' Federation (QFF), AgForce Queensland, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF).

The focus will be on climate and weather risks, seasonal outlooks and weather forecasting.

QFF president Stuart Armitage said the workshops were valuable tools for farmers and he encouraged them to attend.

"The weather is so critical to what we do and following unprecedented weather events last year, farmers are looking to better understand forecasting to assist with on-farm decision making,” Mr Armitage said.

"These workshops will give attendees the opportunity to learn about the process of weather forecasting and how to access locally specific climate and weather information using models and tools made available by BOM.

"The presenters will also discuss Queensland's key climate drivers and longer-term outlooks for the state to better prepare for the year ahead.”

BOM meteorologists and senior forecasters Rick Threlfal and Michelle Berry will delve into weather forecasting and what it means for primary producers, demonstrate the use of the models and tools available on BOM's website, and explain how to access climate and weather information.

After this, DAF Senior Extension Officer Damien O'Sullivan will go through long-term climate forecasts, what to look for, and how to understand some of Queensland's climate drivers. He will then discuss what to expect for the season ahead.

To register attendance or to find out more, visit www.qff.org.au/events.

Event details

Gayndah

Wednesday, February 13

8.30am-1.30pm

Grand Hotel Gayndah, 1 Meson St, Gayndah, Qld, 4625

Rockhampton

Monday, February 11

8.30am-1.30pm

DAF Conference Centre, 25 Yeppoon Rd, Rockhampton, Qld, 4702

Taroom

Tuesday, February 12

8.30am-1.30pm

Leichhardt Hotel, 23 Dawson St, Taroom, Qld, 4420


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