Farm business management on the agenda at Cummins

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 14 Feb 2013

David Shannon

Eyre Peninsula grain growers are being encouraged to turn their attention to the farm business management side of their operations.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is hosting a special forum in Cummins next month to help grain growers in their quest to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of the many facets of managing a farm business.

The Farm Business Update on March 5 at the Cummins Bowling Club will feature a line-up of expert speakers who will offer growers insights into some of the key farm business issues.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair David Shannon says the GRDC’s Farm Business Updates are aimed at increasing grower understanding of and capacity in farm business management, which is a critical part of their grain-production enterprises. 

“There is so much more to farming than sowing and harvesting crops. Business decision-making also has a direct influence on increasing farm-gate returns.”

Mr Shannon said the Farm Business Updates were a relatively new GRDC initiative, but already the feedback from those who attended last year’s inaugural events had been overwhelmingly positive.

“The Farm Business 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,” Mr Shannon said.

The Update at Cummins will begin with Brian Wibberley from Port Lincoln-based Wibberleys Chartered Accountants discussing the need to manage the farm business well during good seasons to ensure ongoing success in seasons beyond.

The drivers of profit in farming systems is to be the topic of a presentation by Josh Hollitt of Hollitt Consulting, while consultant Judy Wilkinson will explore the key factors for effective communication in farming businesses.

AgConsulting’s Bill Long will offer tips and outline tools that can assist growers in making effective farm business decisions, and Chris Heinjus from Rural Directions will explore the key grain marketing decision-making challenges confronting growers.

The day will conclude with Dennis Hoiberg from Lessons Learnt Consulting discussing the practical strategies growers can employ to enhance their resilience.

The Farm Business Update, supported by Grain Producers SA, will run from 9am to 3.30pm and includes lunch.

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 Farm Business Update at Cummins will be of great value to Eyre Peninsula growers.

For more information:

Gavin Beever, ORM
03 5441 6176


Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
0409 675100

GRDC Project Code ORM00001

Region South