Launceston forum to focus on resilient and profitable grain enterprises

Author: | Date: 21 Aug 2018

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Opportunities to generate profit growth within Tasmania’s grain growing enterprises will be explored at a farm business forum next week.

Opportunities to generate profit growth within Tasmania’s grain growing enterprises will be explored at a farm business forum next week.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is hosting a Farm Business Update on August 28 at Launceston where topics such as emerging technologies, farming systems efficiencies, farm succession and leadership, climate-based decision-making, and dealing with and managing stress will be on the agenda.

GRDC Grower Relations Manager – South, Darren Arney, says the Farm Business Update will be an important forum for discussing the economic implications of practice change by growers and adoption of new technologies.

“Beyond the day-to-day tactics that growers employ to address agronomic issues on-farm, opportunities exist for growers to build profitability through new strategic approaches to their farming systems,” Mr Arney said.

“The rationale for change must be underpinned by economic considerations, and those factors will be very much a focus of this Farm Business Update.”

Futurist Paul Higgins will be the opening keynote speaker at this year’s forum where he will discuss emerging technologies and understanding their fit and likely impact within the State’s grains industry. Mr Higgins, of Emergent Futures, will guide those attending through the process of understanding how an emerging technology could have relevance and application to an individual business.

John Francis from Holmes Sackett will explore opportunities for more efficient operations in current farming systems, with a focus on the use of harvester stripper fronts for improving harvest capacity.

Consultant Nigel McGuckian will delve into the subject of farm succession, explaining why the viability of a farm business – now and into the future – is essential to effecting a plan for succession which enables continuation of the farm business.

Preparing the next generation for leadership will be discussed by Jill Briggs from Affectus, while Alison Kennedy from the National Centre for Farmer Health will provide practical insights on dealing with and managing stress when faced with uncertainty or adversity.

Agriculture Victoria seasonal risk agronomist Dale Grey will join the Farm Business Update via webinar to detail the weather outlook for the remainder of the 2018 season and how data from the past can inform future farming decisions.

The Farm Business Update will be held at the Tramsheds Function Centre in Launceston from 9am to 4pm, with catering provided (including lunch).

For a detailed program and to register for the Update, please visit phone ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email

Contacts Details

For Interviews

Darren Arney, GRDC
Phone 0447 877 178

Matt McCarthy, ORM
Phone (03) 5441 6176


Sharon Watt, GRDC
Phone 0409 675100