The Future Farm Business
(FFB) is an interactive, group-based simulation exercise developed to
help participants learn about managing a farm business via risk and
uncertainty scenarios subject to natural resource constraints.
With the aid of a facilitator, FFB participants are given several perennial and annual plant-based and engineering options to find the best ways to manage their farm in the scenarios presented over a 25 year timeframe.
FFB sessions are run via a software package based on real data that makes participants aware of the realities faced by farmers such as deciding which crops to grow and what other inputs are needed, and then observing how their farm responds to the seasonal and market conditions.
Those who have attended these workshops sessions have found them to be a rewarding and enjoyable experience.
This website contains information about the CRC’s research into perennial plant based farming systems.
This site will remain live until 30 June 2017 but is no longer being updated or reviewed.
Further information about CRC research projects can be obtained by following links from relevant project pages or by viewing the research transfer page.
The CRC was funded for seven years (2007-2014) under the Australian Government Cooperative Research Centre program.