There is good news for Victorian farmers who were impacted by the severe weather events of late 2011 and early 2012 this month, with the state government announcing it will be offering additional assistance to those in need.

Grants of up to $10,000 will be available to eligible primary producers based in those areas most badly affected by the storms and floods of December 2011, February-March 2012 and June 2012.

According to Victorian deputy premier and minister for regional and rural development Peter Ryan, the grants will help ensure Victorian farmers continue to recover from the massive damage inflicted over the past two years.

“This much-needed assistance will provide a boost to our farming sector already facing the long road back to recovery following these devastating events,” said Mr Ryan in a statement issued June 5.

Some of the regions eligible for the grants include Ararat, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, Campaspe, Wangaratta, Greater Bendigo, East Gippsland, Latrobe, South Gippsland and Wellington.

No doubt the affected farmers in those areas will be pleased to hear that they will be getting the assistance that they so desperately need.

However, it’s important to point out that government assistance is often not available to those unfortunate farmers affected by severe weather events.

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You never know what might be waiting around the corner, so it’s a good idea to plan ahead and ensure that you are protected from the various risk and threats that might put your farm in danger.

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