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The TAS Farm Innovation Hub is pleased to announce Pinion Advisory has been contracted to administer a new state-wide program to support Tasmanian farmers overcome water-related challenges.

Director, Sandra Knowles, said the hub was delighted to be working with Pinion Advisory on this important program to support on-farm drought and climate resilience.

“This key hub program is designed to build confidence and capacity in on-farm water use and management, including soil and landscape health, and be focused on adoption of best-practice methods,” she said.

“The hub received strong interest in our Request for Quote for a delivery partner to administer the program and were impressed by the quality of applicants and extent of collaboration amongst Tasmania’s service providers.

“Pinion Advisory was chosen as the preferred delivery partner following a rigorous evaluation process due to their in-depth understanding of the Tasmanian farming and water landscape, proven skills in agricultural extension, and highly qualified delivery team experienced in production productivity, engineering, regulatory and financial aspects of water management. 

“This marks an important milestone and is the result of an extensive consultation process with key stakeholders including state water managers and regulators, natural resource managers, and farmer representative bodies, seeking input into the design of this extension program.”

Pinion Advisory Team Leader, Adoption, Jo Jones said Pinion Advisory was delighted to be able to support the TAS Farm Innovation Hub to deliver this important project for Tasmanian farmers.

“Our team understand and embrace the need to approach this project with enough flexibility to enable farmer-led feedback to address grass roots needs and priorities, and to incorporate peer-to-peer learning amongst farmers, involving their suppliers and service providers,” she said.

“The short timeframe of the project means activity will get underway almost immediately, starting with a co-design phase to finalise project priorities.

“During the co-design phase, our team will work with industry representatives to define the parameters for an extension-focused project on farm-scale issues of reliable water access, and efficient and effective water use.

“We need to clarify the priority issues with Tasmanian producers and industry representatives in this early part of the project, to understand the pain points of business, compliance concerns, and sustainability goals related to water security and land management. We can then design the appropriate extension activities and plan the roll-out around the state.”

Pinion Advisory is looking forward to delivering resources, activities and events over the next 14 months to build the skills and confidence of Tasmanian farmers to enable them to make well-informed water management decisions. For more information about the project, contact the project team at

The TAS Farm Innovation Hub is one of eight hubs nationally funded through the Future Drought Fund. The hub is based at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) at the University of Tasmania and delivered through an extensive network of industry and community partners.

Media contact: Melissa Lewarn, or 0427 354 058.

Key Tasmanian agriculture stakeholders will meet in Launceston this week to collaborate and showcase work underway to strengthen climate resilience in our communities.

Around 50 stakeholders are expected to attend the TAS Farm Innovation Hub Partner Forum at Peppers Silo in Launceston tomorrow.

Hub Director Sandra Knowles said the forum was an opportunity to showcase the achievements of hub partners to support drought resilience throughout Tasmania.

“The event is a great way for our partners to come together and hear about the diverse activities underway around Tasmania supported by the hub and connect with like-minded people in the agricultural sector,” Ms Knowles said.

“The hub prides itself on effective collaboration so this is a key event to enable those conversations to flow and for our partners to share valuable lessons and insights for the future.”

The forum will showcase projects which offer practical actions to support drought resilience on-farm including agricultural innovation, natural capital and on-farm tactics supporting healthy soils.

There will also be discussions on building industry resilience including presentations on agritourism, community engagement and learning and the successful ENABLE Leadership Program for the ag industry.

“A key aim of the TAS Farm Innovation Hub is to help farmers access critical information and drive innovation in their business to ensure financial, social and environmental resilience to drought and climate variability,” Ms Knowles said.

“We know there is a lot of useful information out there to assist our farmers plan for the future and our role is to allow easy access to this knowledge through strengthening relationships in Tasmania’s agriculture sector.”

The TAS hub has 22 projects around Tasmania in collaboration with more than 30 partner organisations. Projects include integrating trees into farm plans to improve resilience to drought; investigating soil health sensing technologies; and supporting drought and climate resilience in Aboriginal farm enterprises.

The hub has delivered a number of key activities recently including regional workshops looking at feed availability and budgeting to assess risk and inform stocking rates and presentations on localised weather forecasting to help farmers plan for climate variability.

The hub also recently released the Tasmanian Agriculture Technology Guide in partnership with Beanstalk AgTech. The guide showcases 100 technologies across four key agricultural industries in Tasmania and was developed with funding from AgriFutures Australia.

The TAS Farm Innovation Hub is one of eight hubs nationally funded through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund. The hub is based at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) at the University of Tasmania.

Media contact: Melissa Lewarn, or 0427 354 058.

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Our ParTners

The hub is proud to work with a diverse network of over 20 Industry Partners, Delivery Partners and collaborators to build drought and climate resilience through hub activities. Through this network, we span the entire breadth of the Tasmanian agriculture sector and can support farmers, agricultural businesses and communities.
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Funding & AcknowledgmentS

This program received funding from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.

The Australian Government is contributing $12.4 million over 4 years through the Future Drought Fund under various grants. Hub partners and the University of Tasmania will provide co-contributions of an amount at least equal to the Australian Government funding over the same period.

We acknowledge the palawa/pakana people, the traditional custodians of the land upon which we live and work. We honour their enduring culture and knowledges as vital to the self-determination, wellbeing and resilience of their communities.

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