If Queensland's David Gooding relied solely on his farm's crops for income, he would be in big trouble.
The 57-year-old Dalby farmer, who runs the family-owned business Urallah Pasture Company, says he has given up running cattle and has leant on his other farm related businesses to keep afloat as the drought continues to stretch across Australia.
"This has all helped in the tough times," he said on Friday after Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited his property to announce $100 million in extra drought funding for affected farmers.
Mr Gooding, who is married with eight children, grows cotton, sorghum, wheat, barley, chickpeas and mung beans on about 3500 acres.
He welcomed the federal government's announcement, which includes simplified eligibility criteria to access the Farm Household Allowance, which pays a similar rate to Newstart for producers doing it tough.
Farmers were too busy working multiple jobs and spending their time outdoors to figure out how to access funding and the new measures would make it easier for those in need to get funding.
Currently, less than 7000 of the 24,000 eligible households are currently accessing the payment, according to government estimates.
"I would hope more of those that need it would apply for it," he told AAP.
Even during the dry spell, Mr Gooding has used any extra income to pour money into his farm to repair irrigation infrastructure and prepare for when rain does arrive.
"You still have to spend money for when it's all good again," he said.
The government's package, which includes $33 million to restart the Drought Community Support Initiative, will give also a boost to local communities, Mr Gooding said.
He hoped farmers with stock, especially cattle, would gain some relief from the announcement.
"There's nothing worse than trying to find feed for stock in these tough times, it's worth a fortune and hard to find," he said.
Dalby grazier Jake Zabel told AAP he has cut back on his cattle numbers simply because he couldn't feed them all.
He welcomed the government's funding package, saying "we have to start somewhere".
The 25-year-old has also been forced to work elsewhere, at a pet store in town, to support his family and their farm.
"Financially I just have to work in town. We can't really meet ends meet with just breeding and selling cattle.
"We haven't had proper rain out here for years now, it's reached that point where we either get some some rain soon ...", he said, before trailing off.
Australian Associated Press