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About Farming Together

Pilot Program History

Between 2015 and 2018, Southern Cross University designed and implemented the Farming Together Pilot Program (FTP), a new knowledge mobilisation model to support the growth of small-scale primary producers through deep partnerships with other primary producers, universities, peak bodies, expert agri-consultants, lead support agencies, and the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

FTP’s impact on the agricultural co-operative landscape is unprecedented and continues to frame co-operation and collaboration among primary producer groups nationwide.

Testament to its impact, Southern Cross University (SCU) won two national engagement awards for the game-changing program: The 2019 BHERT (Business Higher Education Round Table) Awards for Outstanding Collaboration in Community Engagement category and the 2019 Australian Financial Review (AFR) Higher Education Award for Industry Engagement.

In 2019, the Australian Government, through the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and the Starting Farm Co-operatives Program provided Southern Cross University with further funding to continue the work of the Farming Together Program.