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Improve Resilience with Free RCS Online Drought Preparedness Course

Neighbouring properties. The one on the left was managed according to RCS principles and bounced back faster and stronger when the drought broke.

Australia has long been a land of drought and flooding rains and as the climate warms it is more important than ever to prepare for climatic extremes.  A unique drought preparedness course is being launched today by Australia’s leading provider of training, education and advice in regenerative agriculture.

RCS has field-tested effective drought management strategies with thousands of landholders, across Australia’s unique environments for over 30 years.

Now with the financial support of the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund, RCS has created a free online program to share that knowledge with Australia’s farmers and graziers.

Chief of Delivery at RCS David McLean says, “Everyone who does the course has the opportunity to come away with a meaningful and practical plan to prepare for a drought, manage in a drought and recover from a drought. The approach allows landholders to minimise negative impacts and set themselves up for ecological, financial and productive wins.”

The course encourages collaboration between all members of the on-farm team to develop a property-specific drought management plan that incorporates strategies for their land, livestock, people, and business.

Western NSW near Brewarrina. Property boundary photo showing mechanical intervention on clay pan country.

It is flexible and self-paced, incorporating case studies that showcase successful localised practices and increasing drought resilience from across the nation. The course participant’s time investment is approximately 6-10 hours, plus the ongoing development of their drought management plan to keep on top of the lessons learned throughout its implementation.

McLean said, “We hope landholders find great value in the course content and become well placed financially, mentally and ecologically – no matter which of the three stages of drought they find themselves in – ­today or in the future.”

Enrol in the RCS Drought Preparedness Course here.

RCS is Australia’s leading provider of holistic, integrated education, training, and advisory services to the agricultural sector. It works with individuals, families, corporates, and government groups, empowering them to grow productive, profitable agricultural businesses within regenerative landscapes.