Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation (QDO) is excited to welcome Damien Ferguson and Torie Harrison to the team in their roles in supporting the Queensland dairy industry.
Torie & Damien are funded through the Queensland Government’s natural disaster industry recovery and resilience project to assist farmers as they continue to recover from last year’s Cyclone Debbie.
Both will be balancing their time between the QDO Brisbane office and visiting farmers within the Scenic Rim and Lockyer Valley dairying regions.
Damien Ferguson brings to the role over six years of experience as Project Leader with AgForce assisting graziers and grain growers as well as many decades of financial planning experience.
In particular, Damien brings to QDO his experience and passion for addressing succession planning within the agriculture sector.
“Succession planning is so important in our industry, especially in helping existing and next generations to develop a clear path forward” said Mr Ferguson.
“From my experience succession planning is something everyone wants to get right, but unfortunately coming up with and implementing a plan is easier said than done, without outside assistance.”
“I am looking forward to working closely with farmers as they recover from Cyclone Debbie as well as implementing resilience strategies for next time, including succession plans”.
Industry Development Officer Torie Harrison brings to the role expertise in animal health and agricultural science as well as coming off her family’s dairy property in Mt. Kilcoy.
“I’m looking forward to applying my studies alongside my love and understanding of the dairy industry as I get out to visit farmers,” said Ms Harrison.
“Getting natural disaster recovery right is very important. We know that if farmers recover properly, they improve their reliance and turn around during the next event.”
“Recovery is all about making considered decisions before the event to ensure future impacts are lessened”.
Don’t be surprised if you are contacted by Torie and Damien as they will be making their way around the Scenic Rim and Lockyer Valley over the coming months.
QDO will be conducting a series of industry recovery workshops in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for details as they become available.