Online lessons helping farmers gain knowledge
ONLINE learning has the capacity to change Australian agriculture.
In a national first an online course for farmers thinking about forming a co-operative has been developed as part of the successful Farming Together program.
Backed by the Federal Government the group has developed an animated guide made up of six, 10-minute video lessons with quizzes.
While designed for agricultural groups the course is also relevant for housing or energy co-ops.
Participants who complete the entire course and pass the tests will receive certification.
Program director Lorraine Gordon said the the video lessons are self-paced so that participants may begin and stop them at any time while each provides access to support resources.
"This course provides a broad and deep understanding of what co-ops require and what they deliver,” she said.
"You could learn about how profits get shared, how to develop your co-op's business plan or why different business structures suit different collaboration purposes.
"There is much to learn from this information-rich resource.”
A second course, for groups already registered as co-operatives and wanting to understand how to operate successfully, will be launched later this month.
To find out more visit www.farmingtogether.com.au