Media Release: Improve Resilience with Free RCS Online Drought Preparedness Course

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.

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.

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Manage Drought like a boss and set yourself up for ecological, financial and productive wins.

As Chief of Delivery at RCS,  David McLean specialises in ensuring people have the knowledge, support and inspiration to perform at their best in agriculture.  He provides a refreshing combination of hands-on experience, technical knowledge, facilitation skills and high-level analysis. 

David originates from a fifth-generation sheep and cattle grazing family from south-west Queensland. He received first class honours in a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Rural Technology and holds a Cert. IV in Training and Assessment along with training and extensive research in facilitation, communication, ecology, production systems and business analysis. 

He started his association with RCS as a client on a large time-control-grazing property between Richmond and Croydon in north Queensland. During this time, he was involved in all aspects of managing the intensive grazing business, along with agistment enterprises on properties ranging from Georgetown to Boulia.

In 2007 David started full time work with RCS as a professional advisor and educator.  He now leads a devoted team of professionals who work with producers nationally.

David is a highly sought-after presenter and consultant across Australia.  He delivers the full suite of RCS education programs including the Farming and Grazing for Profit Schools and ExecutiveLink facilitation.  He also provides on-farm and remote one-on-one advice to businesses across Australia.

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