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    More farming businesses score agritourism diversification grants

    The Queensland Government is supporting the resilience of our farming sector while growing the agritourism sector through another round of Agritourism Business Grants in partnership with the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF).

    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said providing co-funding allowed operators to establish or expand agritourism enterprises to meet growing demand for unique Queensland experiences.

    “Twelve farming businesses have secured between $8,000 to $25,000 in matched funding to engage specialist services, and construct or modify on-farm infrastructure,” the Minister said.

    “These farming businesses want to be more resilient and have the capacity to diversify or expand into successful agritourism businesses.”

     

    Farm

    Agritourism Venture

    LGA

    Daintree Saltwater Barramundi Farm

    Hook-A-Barra on the Daintree Saltwater Barramundi Farm New Tour

    Douglas

    Emdale, cropping and cattle farmers

    Emdale Farmstay

    Toowoomba

    High Valley Dawn Permaculture Farm

    Regenerative Agriculture Ecotourism Project

    Livingstone

    Petersen’s Farm, horticulture farmers

    Connecting People, produce and place through Big Rosella events

    Gympie

    Mustard Seed Services, dairy farmers and beef cattle graziers

    Country Living Workshops

    Scenic Rim

    Stratford Station, beef cattle grazing

    Ecoultura Project

    Blackall-Tambo

    The Creek Whitsundays, Brahman cows and stud Brahmans

    The Creek Whitsundays

    Whitsunday

    Canefields, sugar cane farmers

    Canefields Distillery – Sugar cane crusher commissioning

    Sunshine Coast

    WaterPark Farm, Tea Tree plantation farmers

    Waterpark Farm Tea Tree plantation retail outlet

    Livingstone

    Ogg & co., wool Marino sheep and beef cattle breeders

    Ayrshire Downs Caravan and Camping

    Winton

    Firebreak Farm, lamb, pig and cattle farmers

    The Firebreak

    South Burnett

    Rising Sun Alpacas, Dorper sheep, Large Black (English Heritage) Pigs, and Alpaca farmers

    Regenerate@RisingSun

    Southern Downs

    QFF CEO Ms Jo Sheppard said agritourism helped to connect city communities to regional communities, builds a bridge between country and city, grows an understanding of food production and an understanding of the agricultural sector more broadly.

    “Congratulations to the successful grant recipients. I commend these farmers on the work they are doing to develop their own enterprises and to contribute to Queensland’s agritourism industry,” Ms Sheppard said.

    Mr Furner said a series of agritourism development workshops had also been conducted under this initiative, making a real difference to farmers on how they approach the tourism part of their agritourism business, and to understand what resources are available to them.

    “In 2020 the Palaszczuk Government established a $2 million agribusiness diversification project as part of the Unite and Recover: Economic Recovery Plan, to build capability and explore potential diversification opportunities in agricultural businesses,” he said.

    “QFF identified agritourism as a key diversification mechanism for agribusinesses and with DAF’s assistance, partnered with agritourism specialists Regionality Pty Ltd to develop the Queensland Agritourism Roadmap that identified barriers to and opportunities for agritourism growth across the state.” 

    For more information visit www.daf.qld.gov.au or www.qff.org.au

    Photo Above by: Andrea Maverick from Pixabay

    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities

    The Honourable Mark Furner

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