Farm business management on the agenda at Nhill forum

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 20 Sep 2012

GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair David Shannon says the Update at Nhill is designed to enhance local growers' farm business management skills.

Wimmera grain growers will turn their attention to the business management aspect of their farm operations later this month.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) will host a special forum in Nhill to help grain growers in their quest to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of the many facets of farm business management.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair David Shannon says the Farm Business Management Update on September 27 will feature a line-up of expert speakers who will offer growers insights into some of the key farm business issues.

"The Update will begin with Phil O'Callaghan from ORM, Bendigo, delving into the influences on cost of production and enterprise risks," Mr Shannon said.

"Bill Long, of Yorke Peninsula-based Ag Consulting, will provide growers with tips and tools to enable them to make effective business decisions, while John Francis from Holmes Sackett will provide his thoughts on the options for farm expansion and how these can be analysed.

"Brad Knight of AgFarm will explore the challenges that impact on effective grain marketing decision-making, and with new technology being taken up at a rapid rate by the agricultural sector, Pru Cook from DPI Victoria will take a look at applications that can assist growers on the farm."

The day will conclude with Cate Mercer from the National Centre for Farmers Health addressing the issue of health and wellbeing down on the farm.

Mr Shannon said the Update was designed to enhance local growers' farm business management skills, which can have a direct influence on increasing farm-gate returns.

"The GRDC has embarked on a new series of Updates aimed at increasing grower and rural adviser capacity in farm business management.

"We recognise just how important it is for growers and other grains industry professionals to have access to valuable information and resources to support them in their business decision-making. 

"The Farm Business Management Updates are a great opportunity for growers to discuss those aspects of their farm operation that are taking on greater significance these days so I urge all growers to get along to this event."

Farm Business Management Updates for growers have been held in a number of locations throughout the southern cropping region in recent months.

Mr Shannon said the feedback from those attending had been overwhelmingly positive.

Naracoorte (SA) consultant and former farmer Ken Solly recently attended the Update at Pinnaroo, stating that it was "a top class event".

"It was one of the best days of learning and reflection that I have had for a long time," Mr Solly said.

"One thing is for sure, the attendees received a high quality learning experience and hats off to the GRDC for bringing such a talented group of speakers to country South Australia.

"I think these Farm Business Updates are great use of growers' levies."

The Update will be held at the Nhill Football Club, from 9am to 3.30pm.

A detailed program can be obtained by visiting or or by contacting ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email


Caption: GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair David Shannon says the Update at Nhill is designed to enhance local growers' farm business management skills.

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Gavin Beever, ORM
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Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
0409 675100

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