SSAA Victoria is launching the Farmer Assist Program at the Elmore Field Days from October 4 to 6. It means SSAA members can register for the program from Tuesday, October 4. At the Field Days SSAA Victoria will be encouraging farmers to register for the free program and post their jobs on the website.
The fully online platform allows farmers and land managers to post job ads when they require help with pest and feral animal control. SSAA members that are approved and registered can access to the program to apply for those jobs. Farmers then select the right applicants for the job.
The Farmer Assist Program provides an opportunity for SSAA members to connect with property owners, who can provide them with hunting opportunities. “People with no direct connections to the land often have a hard time finding hunting opportunities,” Conservation and Pest Management Manager Rhys Coote said. “Driving from property to property knocking on doors can be time consuming and it can be a hard sell. This portal provides that link and allows members to build up a trusting relationship with farmers.”
SSAA members who want to become volunteer operators will need to undertake a self-guided shooting competency assessment using an approved Farmer Assist Assessment Target. The target must then be signed-off by an accredited Range Officer. All members who then participate in the program are covered by the Association’s $20 million public liability insurance.
SSAA Victoria will be promoting the program at the Agribusiness Pavilion of the Elmore Field Days, site AP38. Members are encouraged to visit the site and show the team their membership cards to go in the draw to win a member prize.
An extended story about Farmer Assist will be printed in the October edition of the Victorian Shooter. For further information visit the SSAA Farmer Assist website www.farmerassist.com.au or sign-up below to receive the email version of the Victorian Shooter.