I created Rural Resources Online for members of intergenerational family farming businesses who want to access the latest information, opportunities and resources available for Australian primary producers.
My family operate an organic beef business north of Injune in Central Queensland. I was the city chick who, after Uni and travelling overseas, headed out West for work, fell in love with a farmer (grazier), married him in 2000 and have lived on the land ever since.
We have three children and feel very grateful for the opportunity to continue to grow the family business established by Owen’s parents.
Over the years we have invested in training for personal and skills development. We have lived through droughts, battled Government departments for the right to manage our vegetation and more recently experienced the reality of co-existence with a CSG company.
We have attended field days, workshops, forums, webinars, training courses and interacted with experts and Agricultural consultants.
But one thing was missing…
A centralised online hub where we could access information specific to our business needs that was easy to navigate and relevant to our Industry.
In creating this platform of online resources for Australian farming families, came the realisation that just as important as the practical knowledge was the need to support each other on a personal level through sharing stories.
This led to the development of the Farmers Voice. It is an online magazine that welcomes contributions from others who want to positively contribute to the future of Agriculture in Australia.
We have developed an integrated management system for our beef enterprise. In 2017 we became Grazing BMP certified during which time we were audited against over 150 international standards.
We don’t believe in reinventing the wheel, only in improving it.
For other like minded businesses there is the Rural Wisdom subscription library. Our policies and procedures, along with checklists, information sheets and information resources are inside the library.
We are not consultants. The library contains foundation resources for areas including succession planning, risk management, operational and strategic planning for businesses wanting to have a go themselves.
Rural Resources Online supports long-term positive change in Australian Agriculture. Our aim is to ensure farming families are fully informed and have access to relevant resources that help their business grow and be viable for generations to come.
In fostering a collaborative online community where geographical isolation is not a barrier to success we support Australian producers to achieve their goals, the goals of the business and the goals of their family.
By sharing the stories and insights of people involved in Australian agriculture our aim is create conversation starters that provide opportunities for open communication between family members.
We believe people are the number one resource of Australian agriculture. Many are born into the industry whilst others are lucky enough to join later in life.
At each stage of life’s journey people have specific needs and Agriculture in Australia is not without unique challenges. Those personally involved in the industry understand the complex nature of family farming businesses and are in the best position to support others and shape the future of the industry.
As a resource run by farmers for farmers, Rural Resources Online is unique.
From personal experience, we know the last place producers want to be is inside an office. But as small business owners we also understand profits are made when market research, business planning, simple systems and informed decision making processes can be used to capitalise on opportunities to grow and develop.
To achieve this we seek out knowledge from others just like us who are also supporting farming families to develop their skills and k
We are proud to showcase Lisa Alexander Photography throughout our site and on our social media memes. Lisa’s passion is to capture those real life moments that are treasured forever.
Lisa is a great friend, wife, mother and natural light photographer who calls a 23,000 acre sheep and cattle property in Outback Queensland home. Believing she lives in the most amazing part of the world, Lisa believes it is a privilege to be able to capture the ever-changing landscape and provide a photographic window into the rural lifestyle.