Farming smarter not harder - focus of business updates

Author: | Date: 15 Jan 2019

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GRDC Grower Relations Manager North Susan McDonnell said the 2019 GRDC Farm Business Updates were focused on helping growers farm ‘smarter’ rather than harder in order to remain profitable in environments with increasing climate variability. Photo GRDC.

Managing farming businesses in a variable climate, along with mitigating risk, building business and personal resilience, recruiting staff, and selecting the most viable grain storage options for different-size operations will be some of the key topics on the agenda at the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s (GRDC) Farm Business Updates next month.

This year’s Updates have a ‘Farm for Profit’ theme and are designed to provide grain growers, their advisers and industry stakeholders with relevant, practical information from expert consultants and researchers to help inform on-farm decision-making.

GRDC Grower Relations Manager North Susan McDonnell said the Updates had been developed to help grain growers farm ‘smarter’ rather than harder in order to remain profitable in environments with increasing climate variability.

“Growers know they need greater operational efficiencies in their farm business to offset the challenges of things like rising production costs and increasing climate variability,” she said.

“We are now seeing more emphasis on strategically managing inputs, storage, business structure and ultimately farm profitability, rather than just a production focus.

“The business of farming is valuable and the GRDC understand that success requires more than careful analysis of crop rotations and agronomic practices. We need to keep investigating new technology, farm set-ups and how we manage vital resources like people to really ensure the future of our sector.”

Topics at the 2019 Farm Business Updates include:

  • On-farm grain storage investment and marketing – the planning, management and economics.
  • Positive impacts of human resource best practice on staff recruitment, retention and training.
  • Creating a prosperous farming future – building business and personal resilience.
  • Developing a more resilient farm business and managing the risks associated with a variable climate, through farming systems, financial management, on-farm operations and decision making.

The Updates will be held on:

February 12 - Dubbo, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, New South Wales

February 13 – Moree, AnyOccasion@TheMax, New South Wales

February 15 – Toowoomba, City Golf Club, Queensland.

For more information contact jane.foster@orm.com.au or 0438 416 176. Or to register go to https://grdc.com.au/events.

Contact Details

Contact

Toni Somes, GRDC
0436 622 645
Toni.somes@grdc.com.au

GRDC Project code: ORM00013