Grains insight on offer

By Country News

The opportunities and challenges confronting Australian grain growing businesses now and into the future will be detailed and discussed at the farm business forum in Bendigo next week.

Grains Research and Development Corporation managing director Steve Jefferies will be the opening keynote speaker at the GRDC Farm Business Update on Tuesday, March 20.

He will outline local and global market trends, the impact of these on growers and the broader industry, and the GRDC’s investment strategy for countering the challenges and capitalising on the opportunities.

Dr Jefferies will provide insight into how Australian growers and industry participants can leverage their production environment to achieve enduring profitability.

GRDC grower relations manager (south) Darren Arney said the Farm Business Update would be an important forum for exploring opportunities to better integrate farm-business management knowledge and techniques associated with operating a grain-growing business for enhancing farm enterprise operations and profit-growth opportunities.

‘‘The profitability of farm enterprises and the overall grains industry is very much influenced by what happens away from the paddocks, so it is vital that we understand what those factors are and how we can manage their impact,’’ Mr Arney said.

‘‘The Farm Business Update will explore issues such as emerging technologies and innovations, farm succession planning, reducing operational risk and efficient resource allocation, data evolution, and the benefits of on-farm grain storage.’’

Another keynote speaker will be Paul Higgins, of Emergent Futures, who will look at emerging technologies and how to determine their likely relevance and use within a farm business.

While Jill Briggs, from Affectus, will discuss preparing the next generation for leadership.

The update will be held at All Seasons Hotel in Bendigo from 9am to 4.30pm, with catering included.

■A detailed program is available at or phone 5441 6176 or email