Parkes to host regional farm business forum

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 16 Sep 2013

Keith Pengilley

A special forum will be held in Parkes next month to help regional grain growers in their quest to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of the many facets of managing a farm business.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Farm Business Update on October 10 will feature a line-up of expert speakers who will offer insights and practical strategies to assist growers in building and maintaining successful farm enterprises.

“The GRDC’s Farm Business Updates are aimed at increasing grower and adviser understanding of and capacity in farm business management, which is a critical part of any farming enterprise,” said GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair Keith Pengilley.

“I encourage all growers in the region to come along to the Farm Business Update and take advantage of the valuable learning opportunity offered through this forum.”

Grain market consultant Malcolm Bartholomaeus, who is also editor of NZX’s Profarmer newsletter, will begin the forum with an overview of the current state of play with grain markets and expectations for the remainder of 2013.

Mutual Trust’s Peter O’Loughlin will look at the principles of generating wealth in broad acre farming businesses, while Phil O’Callaghan from ORM will advise on the key drivers of farm business success.

Farmer Leo Delahunty will explore effective farm business management opportunities and challenges, and Brendan Williams of Aaron Farm Enterprises will take a look into the future of broad acre machinery. 

Consultant Judy Wilkinson will outline the key factors for taking farm businesses successfully into the future.

The Update will be at the Parkes Leagues Club from 9am to 3.30pm, 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 chair, Keith Pengilley.

For Interviews

Keith Pengilley, GRDC Southern Panel
Phone 0448 015 539

Gavin Beever, ORM
Phone (03) 5441 6176


Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
Phone 0409 675 100


GRDC Project Code ORM00001

Region South, North