Farm sustainability and succession in focus at SA forum

Author: | Date: 30 Sep 2015

Kate Burke, Tim Van Loon

Intergenerational change and its effect on the sustainability of the farm enterprise will be in focus at a farm business forum in Adelaide next month.

Dubbo (NSW) farmers Greg and Angela O’Brien will offer their perspectives on succession of the family farm when they speak at the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Farm Business Update on October 15.

Another keynote speaker will be Neville Brady from Bunch Consulting, Swan Hill (Victoria), who will look at the four key areas for improving the farm business.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair Keith Pengilley says the Update 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.

“It is important that grain growers and their advisers have a good understanding of the business side of primary production so they have the capacity to maximise their profitability,” Mr Pengilley said.

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 Farm Business Update in Adelaide will also provide a unique opportunity for growers and advisers to network with leading industry professionals.

Other speakers at the Update include Phin Ziebell, a Melbourne-based senior analyst and agribusiness economist at National Australia Bank, who will discuss the potential impact of the China Free Trade Agreement on South Australian grain-growing enterprises.

A grower’s view on effective farm business management will be provided by Leo Delahunty from Templemore Partners in Victoria’s Wimmera.

Kate Burke from Think Agri, Echuca (Victoria), will talk “boots and suits” – what corporate and family farm businesses can learn from each other, while multi-peril crop insurances will be the topic of a presentation by Patrick Redden from Rural Directions, Clare.

Farm business management tools to create sustainable farming businesses will be explored by Tony Hudson of Hudson Facilitation, Melbourne (Victoria), and Cam Nicholson from Nicon Rural, Geelong (Victoria), will discuss whether knowing the risk profile of their farming operation can help growers run a better business.

Communication tools to create a productive and enjoyable workplace will be outlined by facilitator and communicator Andrew Bayly, from Melbourne.

The Farm Business Update at the Adelaide Convention Centre will begin at 9.00am and will conclude at 4.30pm. A detailed program can be obtained at GRDC Farm Business Update - Adelaide, or by contacting ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email

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Caption: Kate Burke from Think Agri, Echuca (Victoria), will be among the speakers at the GRDC Farm Business Update in Adelaide. She is pictured at a recent GRDC grains research Update in Cleve with Tim Van Loon of Warramboo.

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