Insights and industry intelligence on offer for SA farm advisers

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 24 Oct 2013

Keith Pengilley

Adelaide is set to host some of agriculture’s leading professionals who will deliver key business insights into the South Australian grains industry.

The 2013 seasonal and grain price outlook, business benchmarking and the keys to successful farming systems will be among the many topics on the agenda at the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Farm Business Update for advisers on November 13.

Keynote speaker Jeff Oughton, who has led National Australia Bank’s Australian Economics and Industrial Intelligence team and was a senior Reserve Bank of Australia economist, will discuss the future of the South Australian grains industry and the economic and political factors that will shape it.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair Keith Pengilley says the Farm Business Update will offer grains industry advisers and service providers a comprehensive overview of current and future business challenges and opportunities for South Australian growers.

“To set the scene, Jeff Oughton has a wealth of knowledge on the industry and the factors that affect it, so his commentary on the opportunities and risks that lie ahead and the key signals to be aware of will be of enormous value,” Mr Pengilley said.

“Other grains industry and business experts will also share their insights on how advisers can help their grain-growing clients increase profitability.”

The forum will feature a seasonal and market outlook from Profarmer’s Robert Nelson, and a presentation on the key factors that ensure profitable farming systems by Mike Krause of Applied Economic Solutions.

David Heinjus from Rural Directions will discuss farm business benchmarking, while Macquarie Franklin’s Basil Doonan will offer attendees advice on skills and approaches to successful farming systems.

Key factors in making profitable and sustainable decisions for crop rotations will be discussed by CSIRO’s Roger Lawes, and Salah Sukkarieh from the University of Sydney will explore robotics and intelligent systems for large scale agriculture.

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.

Mr Pengilley said the GRDC’s Farm Business Updates for advisers were aimed at increasing understanding of and capacity in farm business management, a critical part of any farming enterprise.

The Adelaide Farm Business Update for advisers will be from 9:00am to 4:30pm at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Wednesday, November 13.

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, says the Farm Business Update will feature a line-up of expert speakers who will advisers insights into some of the key farm business issues.

For Interviews

Keith Pengilley, GRDC Southern Panel  
0448 015539


Gavin Beever, ORM
(03) 5441 6176


Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
0409 675100

GRDC Project Code ORM00001

Region South