Member for Eastern Victoria, Melina Bath MLC, chats with visitors and retailers at Farm World last Thursday. m221618

There’s always a steady stream of South Gippslanders visiting Farm World, including Gerry and Viv Renden of Leongatha. m211618

Farm World provides the perfect opportunity for Evans Petroleum Sales Manager John Schelling to meet with the firm’s clients, many of them from far-flung parts of Gippsland. He chats with Leongatha farmers Leo and Karen Argento at the BP and Castrol Oils stand at the field days last week. m101618

Jack Johnston from Paton’s Machinery with of the many Kubota tractors available from Paton’s Farm Machinery. Check out the range available at www.patonsmachinery.com.au

FARMERS in Victoria are more concerned about the price of energy than energy reliability, according to bank research, with 88 per cent saying cost is a bigger issue to them.
A new research report being released by the big Australian bank has uncovered a number of the key concerns amongst farmers in Victoria.
While the full report is scheduled to be released later this year, regional and agribusiness banking executive, Grant Cairns previewed some of the Victorian specific results at the Farm World field days last week.
Mr Cairns said the research showed farmers in Victoria were more likely than those in other states to say costs are a greater issue than energy reliability, with close to nine out of ten farmers reporting this is a major concern.
“Our research looks at several different elements of energy usage: what it costs, how reliable it is, and how farmers see themselves managing energy into the future. The data shows us – unsurprisingly – that farmers are concerned about rising energy prices,” Mr Cairns said.
The research also showed that 83 per cent of farmers in Victoria felt they had a lack of control over energy costs.
“This is a concerning result in an environment where energy is such a significant contributor to input costs,” Mr Cairns said.
“The good news is that farmers recognise that investing in energy efficient solutions can help them manage costs into the future.
“Our research found that farmers in Victoria are keen to invest in these kinds of solutions. Solar energy with battery back-up is topping the wish list for farmers in the state.”
The survey found that 73 per cent of Victorian farmers would like to invest in solar with battery storage, while one in four want to look at ways to modify equipment to minimise energy consumption.
Mr Cairns previewed the results in front of about 80 guests at a Farm World function last Friday.