Farm business management on the agenda at Wagga Wagga

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 02 Aug 2013

Chris Blanchard

Southern New South Wales accountants, financial advisers, agribusiness bankers, rural financial counsellors and farm consultants will gather in Wagga Wagga this month to further their understanding of the issues challenging their grain-growing clients.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is hosting a Farm Business Update on August 15 to provide professionals with information and insights to enhance their service to grain growers.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel deputy chair Chris Blanchard, of Wagga Wagga, says the Farm Business Update is specifically designed for those professionals who provide advice to grain growers.

“It will be a worthwhile forum for boosting knowledge and understanding, as well as an opportunity for networking with other farm advisers and consultants,” Dr Blanchard said.

Dr Blanchard said the forum would feature a line-up of expert speakers offering insights into some of the key farm business issues.

The event will feature a keynote presentation by Ron Storey, of Storey Marketing Services, who will discuss season 2013 and the outlook for the Australian grains industry from local and global perspectives. 

A highlight of the day will be a presentation by Afterburner corporate trainers who will demonstrate how the decision-making principles of fighter pilots can be applied to business.

Afterburner was founded in 1996 by James D Murphy, a US Air Force fighter pilot who realised the applicability and value to business of the tools he learned in the “zero tolerance for error” world of military aviation.

Achieving economies of scale in successful, vibrant family farming businesses is a topic to be addressed by Nuffield Scholar and farmer John Gladigau, while Mike Krause of Applied Economic Solutions will dissect the factors that must be considered by growers and advisers to ensure farming businesses remain profitable.

Farmer Leo Delehunty will discuss effective farm business management and his perspective on the challenges and opportunities confronting growers.

Jenny Andrew from the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation will look at the role of leadership and communication in the rural sector, while the changing demographics of the grains industry and the implications for service providers will be tackled by Neil Clark of Neil Clark Business Intelligence.

The economic reality of mixed farming systems will be outlined by Peter McInerney of 3D Ag, and Dennis Hoiberg from Lessons Learnt Consulting will explore what it takes to be a trusted adviser.

The Update will be at the Wagga Wagga RSL Club, from 9am to 4.30pm, with catering provided (pre-registration is preferred for catering purposes).

For a detailed program and to register for the event please visit or or by contacting ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email


Caption: GRDC Southern Regional Panel deputy chair Chris Blanchard says the Farm Business Update will feature a line-up of expert speakers who will offer growers and advisers insights into some of the key farm business issues.

For Interviews

Chris Blanchard, GRDC Southern Panel
0438 662992


Gavin Beever, ORM
(03) 5441 6176


Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
0409 675100

GRDC Project Code ORM00001

Region South, North