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Straw markets feasibility study

Regional Development Victoria, 2017

In Victoria’s high rainfall zone many farmers burn crop stubble each year. This is to mitigate against problems that result from the high crop load such as pests and machinery blockage. However, the straw is a potential resource, and burning the straw creates emissions. RMCG assisted farmers to investigate alternative uses for straw that would allow farmers to make a return from straw and avoid the emissions created by burning straw. Some possible uses for straw are producing energy, animal feed, animal bedding and compost. The benefits of pelletising the straw were also investigated to make the straw more transportable.

Team

Will Henderson

Will Henderson

Senior Consultant

B.A., Grad.Dip.Eco., M.Eco.

Will has a background in sociology and economics and has expertise in social research, and economic analysis. He has worked in a broad range of areas, including agriculture, regional economic development, tourism and insurance. Will believes it is important to understand the social context of economic problems, and specialises in combining data and anecdotal evidence to generate insights and help make decisions.

Luke Rolley

Luke Rolley

Senior Consultant

B.Ag.Sci., GAICD

Luke provides advice to agriculture clients on: financial analysis, business and strategic planning, business development, due diligence, negotiation and contract management, system design and operation, benchmarking, project management, technical viticulture and assessment of loss. In short, maximising the profit available in agriculture.