Wimmera economy in focus at farm business forum

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 01 Sep 2015

Keith Pengilley

The Wimmera economy and the impact of the China Free Trade Agreement on local primary production enterprises will be among topics on the agenda at a farm business forum in Horsham this month.

Tom Taylor, Head of International Economics with NAB, will headline the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Farm Business Update on September 15.

He will provide insight into understanding the Wimmera economy and will discuss the challenges and opportunities arising from the China Free Trade Agreement.

Farmers looking to improve their enterprises are being encouraged to attend the Farm Business Update which 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 says the Farm Business 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.

Other speakers at the Update include consultant Ed Hunt, from South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, who will delve into the topic of managing profitability and risk in grain-growing businesses.

Nigel Crawley from Rimfire Resources will look at what local growers can do to get human resource management right on the farm, while business consultant and counsellor Neville Brady will explore the four key areas for improving the farm business.

Supported by BCG, the Farm Business Update at Horsham Golf Club will begin at 9.00am and will conclude with lunch at 1.00pm. A detailed program can be obtained by viewing the GRDC Update Dates, or by contacting ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email admin@orm.com.au.

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Caption: GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair Keith Pengilley says the Farm Business Update at Horsham 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.

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