The business of farming: grower update at Forbes

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 25 Sep 2014

Dennis Hoiberg

Business structures, personal and business resilience, profit and risk in low rainfall environments and grain marketing will be discussed at an upcoming Farm Business Update for growers in the Forbes region.

The event, hosted by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), will be held on Thursday, October 9, at the Forbes Services Memorial Club.

“Farming is particularly challenging in the current economic and environmental climate. To sustain a successful farming business, growers are facing issues including variable rainfall and changing markets, consumer trends and government policy, which influence day to day operations,” said GRDC Southern Regional Panel deputy chair Chris Blanchard.

“At the Forbes Farm Business Update, these issues will be explored, giving growers the opportunity to learn from industry experts and specialists,” Dr Blanchard added.

Grain market analyst Malcolm Bartholomaeus, of Bartholomaeus Consulting, will open the event with a look at the short and long-term markets and their implications for farming businesses.

Michele Wise from Crow Horwath Accountants will explore family farming and the importance of business structures.

A shortage of rainfall has been an issue in the latter part of this season, and agronomist Sarah Jacobson will discuss how growers can manage profit and risk in low rainfall environments.

Consultant Dennis Hoiberg from Lessons Learnt Consulting considers personal and commercial resilience a vital part of every farming business and he will speak at the event on how growers can develop resilience.

Registrations open from 8:30am for a 9:30am start. The event will conclude at 1:30pm and includes catering.

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Caption: Consultant Dennis Hoiberg from Lessons Learnt Consulting will be one of the guest speakers at the Forbes Farm Business Update for growers.

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Region South, North