Free farm business workshops for WA grain growers

Author: | Date: 22 Jun 2018

Western Australian grain growers are invited to attend workshops aimed at providing growers with tools on how to generate the best returns from their on-farm investments.

Workshops are planned for August 6 at the Bruce Rock shire supper room at 10.30am, and August 7 at the Bencubbin Community Recreation Complex from 11am.

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BJW consultant Brent Searle will be presenting at a series of workshops focused on generating the best returns from on-farm investments. PHOTO: BJW

Both meetings with be followed by a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) ‘Open Forum’ from 2-6pm.

Another three workshops will be delivered in the Kwinana East port zone in subsequent months, and growers are encouraged to express their interest in attending these events.

Julianne Hill, Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN) western region coordinator, said that Kwinana East port zone RCSN members identified a n-eed for the farm business workshops after last year’s meetings and the current difficult season.

“Members said they wanted to better understand their constraints and how best to invest their limited resources,” Ms Hill said.

“They recognised that the health of farm balance sheets can restrict investment and wanted advice about tools and options to help prioritise expenditure, given limited capital resources.

“The workshops will give growers some decision-making tools about what to spend money on first that will give the best bang for buck. Would it be lime, stock feed, a machinery shed, a new spray rig or a new header?”

The workshops will be presented by well-known farm business consultants Brent Searle and David Williams, of BJW Agribusiness.

Mr Searle has had a long career in the agricultural and finance sectors and a strong banking background.

Through BJW Agribusiness, he is now consulting to a wide range of broadacre, dairy and horticultural clients in WA, focusing on farm business management services to growers and assisting clients to achieve their goals.

David Williams has long worked in the WA grainbelt and has a core focus on farm business management services to growers.

He provides advice to clients about production and farm business management and undertakes farm management services for absentee landowners in WA.

The Kwinana East port zone ‘Financial Decision Making Tools for Growers’ workshops are free, but growers must register via the RCSN website and following the links.

For more information, contact Ms Hill at or Mr Searle at

2018 RCSN open forums are being held:

  • Albany zone
    • Cranbrook Sporting Club, 2-6pm, July 16
    • Jerramungup Community Resource Centre, 8-11am, July 17
    • Kukerin Hotel, 2-6pm, July 17
  • Esperance zone
    • Dunn Rock Tennis Club, 2-6pm, July 23
    • Munglinup Sports Pavilion, 8-11am, July 24
    • Condingup Tavern, 2-6pm, July 24
  • Kwinana West zone
    • Goomalling Sport and Community Centre, 2-6pm, July 31
    • Bedford Arms Hotel, Brookton, 8-11am, August 1
    • Kondinin Aquatic Centre, 2-6pm, August 1
  • Kwinana East zone
    • Bruce Rock Shire Council building, 2-6pm, August 6
    • Westonia Bowling Club, 8-11am, August 7
    • Bencubbin Recreation Complex, 2-6pm, August 7
  • Geraldton zone
    • Eneabba Recreation and Sporting Club, 2-6pm, August 22
    • WA College of Agriculture Morawa, 8-11am, August 23
    • Lavender Valley Farm, Chapman Valley Road, Yetna, 2-6pm, August 23.

Contact Details

For Interviews

Julianne Hill, RCSN coordinator
0447 261 607


Kaaren Latham, Cox Inall Communications
0409 809 909

GRDC Project code: BJW1804-001SAX