Natural Resource Management
An important component of a farm business plan, involves natural resource managmement planning.
We work with clients to help them design and implement farming systems that are both profitable and sustainable.
Sustainable Farming Systems
Some people think sustainability means planting trees or fencing riparian areas. Whilst these are commendable actions we believe the more important challenge involves planning a farming system that is both profitable and sustainable. Fortunately ongoing research is showing many avenues for improving sustainability and profitability outcomes.We work with clients to help them design and implement farming systems that are both profitable and sustainable.
Environmental Management Systems
To assist farmers with this aspect of business planning, Alan Blackburn and Associates Consulting worked with Oaksford Pty Ltd in developing the FARM Software System. This is not to be confused with our “Farm Business Planner” software. The FARM Software system is available from Oaksford Pty Ltd. The software provides an integrated system for keeping farm paddock, NLIS, OH&S, Chemical, QA and Environmental records as well as a process for assessing, planning and monitoring Environmental Management and OH&S systems.
The FARM Software System is being used in Victoria where a “trial” version is being given to farmers participating in the “Pathways to Industry” project. It is also being used in farmer training programs in WA and Northern Territory. Contact us if you are interested in purchasing the FARM Software system.
Biodiversity Offsets and Property Vegetation Plans
Peter Ware is skilled in the design and negotiation of biodiversity offsets to meet statutory planning requirements. Peter developed these skills whilst working for the NSW Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority as A Property Vegetation Plan Officer.
Fire Management Plans
Alan Blackburn & Associates can assist you in the preparation of property Fire Management Plans.