Grains Research and Development

Date: 24.07.2015

Farm business issues to the fore at Wagga Wagga forum

Author: Sharon Watt
Keith Pengilley

The business of farming and getting the enterprise mix right will be the focus of a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) forum in Wagga Wagga next month.

The Farm Business Update on August 19 will provide a unique opportunity for growers and advisers to learn from and network with leading industry professionals.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair Keith Pengilley says the Farm Business Update will feature a line-up of expert speakers who will provide advice on a number of issues that have an impact on the bottom line.

“It is important that grain growers and their advisers have a good understanding of the business side of primary production so they have the capacity to maximise their profitability,” Mr Pengilley said.

The Farm Business Updates are an initiative of the GRDC Southern Regional Panel and since their inception they have played a successful role in enhancing growers’ knowledge and understanding of farm business issues.

The program will be opened by Basil Doonan from Macquarie Franklin who will discuss the skills and approaches needed for effective farming systems.

The forum will involve a series of concurrent sessions featuring Mike Krause from P2PAgri who will discuss farm business management tools, while John Francis from Holmes Sackett will look at farm expansion and the enterprise mix.

Basil Doonan will explore whether local growers have the potential to improve their management skills, while Brett Symes from ORM will speak about the role of Business Advisory Board in the family farm business.

Craig Wilson from Craig Wilson and Associates will address the economic impact of livestock in the grain business, while the role of mixed farming in sustainable agriculture will be further looked at from a farmer’s perspective.

The final session will involve facilitator and communicator Andrew Bayly discussing communication tools to create a productive and enjoyable workplace.

The Farm Business Update at Charles Sturt University will begin at 9.00am and will conclude at 4.30pm, with catering provided.

A detailed program can be obtained by visiting www.grdc.com.au/FBU-WaggaWagga, or by contacting ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email admin@orm.com.au.

For Interviews

Gavin Beever, ORM
03 5441 6176

Contact

Sharon Watt
0409 675 100

Caption: GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair Keith Pengilley says the Farm Business Update at Wagga Wagga will feature a line-up of expert speakers who will provide advice on a number of issues that have an impact on the bottom line.

Region South, North