Grains Research and Development

Date: 21.02.2011

Communication guide for farm families

COMMUNICATION GUIDE FOR FARM FAMILIES: The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has published an important resource for farming families. A Guide to Communication for Farm Families has been developed to increase understanding of the importance of effective communication and to build communication skills among family members and their advisers. GRDC Managing Director Peter Reading said the publication had been produced in response to an identified need for such a resource.

“Following on from the success of the GRDC’s A Guide to Succession - Sustaining Families and Farms, many people have asked how they can get their farming family to communicate more effectively,” Mr Reading said. “This new guide provides families with real life examples of the challenges and outcomes facing a family business. It draws on family structures and plans emanating from family meetings, how they played out in reality and how they might guide future plans. It also provides usable tools to put into practice that will enhance communication.”

Mr Reading said communication was a critical component of a healthy, sustainable grains industry with its people being the most important asset. “For Australian grain growers to remain competitive in a constantly changing global grains market, it is essential that, as for any business, there are effective succession plans in place and the existence within enterprises and across the sector of constructive communication. There are many great suggestions and ideas in this booklet and I recommend it to everyone living and working in a family business.” The guide has been compiled and written for the GRDC by NSW Communication Consultant, Lyn Sykes, and Rural Solutions SA Community Support Consultant, Judy Wilkinson. It is available for free plus postage and handling from Ground Cover Direct, email ground-cover-direct@canprint.com.au or free phone 1800 11 00 44.