Farm business issues on the agenda at Launceston forum

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 23 Jul 2015

Keith Pengilly

The business of farming will be the focus of a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) forum in Launceston next month.

The Farm Business Update on August 11 will provide a unique opportunity for growers and advisers to learn from and network with leading industry professionals.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair Keith Pengilley, of Conara, says a good understanding of the business side of primary production is essential for Tasmanian farmers wishing to maximise their profitability.

“The Farm Business Update in Launceston will feature a line-up of expert speakers who will provide advice on a number of issues that have an impact on the bottom line.”

The Farm Business Updates are an initiative of the GRDC Southern Regional Panel and since their inception they have played a successful role in enhancing growers’ knowledge and understanding of farm business issues.

The program will be opened by John Whittington, Secretary of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, who will also outline opportunities for farm production growth through the Tasmanian Agricultural Plan.

Seizing opportunities will also be the theme of a presentation by representatives from Moo Brew brewery.

The forum will involve a series of concurrent sessions featuring Mike Krause from Applied Economic Solutions, who will discuss farm business management tools, while Martin Turmine of Brand Tasmania will look at how local producers can take advantage of arising opportunities.

The skills and approaches needed for effective farming systems will be addressed by Basil Doonan from Macquarie Franklin, while human resource management on the farm will be the topic of a presentation by Nigel Crawley from Rimfire Resources.

New and emerging markets in the Tasmanian grain industry will be detailed by Lachie Stevens of Lachstock Consulting, and the future role of agricultural robotics will be explored by Salah Sukkaried from Sydney University.

The final session will involve facilitator and communicator Andrew Bayly discussing communication tools to create a productive and enjoyable workplace.

The Farm Business Update at The Tramsheds will begin at 9.00am and will conclude at 5.00pm, with catering provided.

A detailed program can be obtained by visiting the Launceston Farm Business Update page, or by contacting ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email

For Interviews

Gavin Beever, ORM
03 5441 6176


Sharon Watt
0409 675 100

Caption: GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair Keith Pengilley says the Farm Business Update will shine the spotlight on the key farm business issues facing Tasmanian farmers.

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