The Farmer eXchange project, a collaborative web application boosting knowledge-sharing and best practices in Australian agriculture, will be launched early next year.
The project was funded $168,700 by the Farming Together program to be a virtual meeting place, fostering greater farmer-to-farmer collaboration through knowledge and research-sharing via message boards and interactive learning tools. AgriFutures Australia has also supported the initiative.
Founder Airlie Trescowthick said the Farmer eXchange app was the first of its kind. “We spent months interviewing our peers, trying to figure out what they needed, and what was missing from their day-to-day practices,” she said.
“It became clear that there’s a giant gap in knowledge-sharing; farmers simply didn’t have an easy, accessible way to ask questions, or seek crowdfund-sourcing advice.
“The Farmer eXchange is our solution to this issue. There is no doubt that online methods of communication and information-gathering are increasingly woven into our farming lives. We believe the Farmer eXchange app will play a significant role in ensuring the ongoing growth and success of our industry,” said Deniliquin-based Airlie. (pictured with Hugh Landale)
The Farmer eXchange will be accessible to farmers signed up to the Farm Table (www.farmtable.com.au
) from early April 2018. Farmer registration to the Farm Table is free.
David Armstrong, a farmer from Junee said: “I see there is considerable benefit to be gained by providing a platform where farmers can discuss with each other the issues and challenges they are facing, in a trusted, welcoming environment online.