Victorian Farmers Federation Podcast

Flooded farmers: How to have a conversation with a mate who is doing it tough

December 15, 2022 The Victorian Farmers Federation Season 2 Episode 2
Victorian Farmers Federation Podcast
Flooded farmers: How to have a conversation with a mate who is doing it tough
Show Notes

In this episode VFF Podcast Host Tegan Buckley catches up with John Warlters, CEO, Rural Aid Ltd , and Lauren Stracey,  Manager Mental Health and Wellbeing, Rural Aid Ltd to discuss how Rural Aid are supporting flood affected farmers and communities as well as the importance of mental health and how to start a conversation with a mate who might be struggling.

VFF Podcast Series – Farming through the wet summer of 22/23
The VFF Making Our Farms Safer Project is bringing you this 4-part Podcast Episode series discussing issues affecting farmers as result of the extraordinary wet conditions that have washed over the State this year.

We understand the difficulties, challenges and very real impact that it has had on farmers and farming communities.

Loss of stock and crops, damage to infrastructure, restricted access to paddocks, feed and clean water, delays in harvest, downgraded crops, machinery bogging issues, waterborne disease issues, financial threats that a once promising season did not foresee.

These are stressful, challenging, unknown times and unfortunately a reality that many are facing at present.

We wanted to share with you listening today, many we imagine who are back in the paddock, or who are trying to get stuck into harvest season, so are now unable to make it to upcoming community info sessions, key points of information and support available, over the next four podcast episodes, to help in getting through the Wet Summer of 22/23.

From Agriculture Victoria

As flood waters recede in northern Victoria and move downstream along the Murray River, we are continuing to support farmers to respond to, and recover from the immediate, medium and longer-term impacts from floods.

Flood recovery meetings, events and webinars are being held across the state to support farming communities.
AgVic will continue to keep farmers up to date with the latest information via Facebook, Twitter and our website.

Farmers who need support can:
• Call 1800 226 226 and press 9 for an interpreter
• Email or
• Visit

Special mention to the National Centre for Farmer Health #BuildingFarmSpirit program, a brand new Flood response for Victorian Farmers, sharing information and support resources. Learn more: