GRDC to host workshop in Goondiwindi

ADVICE: Tips for managing a profitable grains business in a highly variable climate will be one of the topics at the ‘High Profits From Grain’ workshop being held in Goondiwindi. Picture: GRDC
ADVICE: Tips for managing a profitable grains business in a highly variable climate will be one of the topics at the ‘High Profits From Grain’ workshop being held in Goondiwindi. Picture: GRDC

How some of southern Queensland’s top grain growers are managing farming operations in an increasingly variable climate will be a key element of a ‘High Profits From Grain’ workshop being held in Goondiwindi next week.

The free, half-day workshops will delve into the results of a three-year national investment by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), which benchmarked more than 300 grain-growing businesses to identify profit drivers in different regions.

Agripath agribusiness consultant, Kim Bowman, said the workshops would offer growers insights into what drives profit in each agro-ecological zone and how technical information can inform on-farm decisions.

The workshop material is based on research from the GRDC investment into ‘The integration of profit drivers and technical information for more informed decisions’.

“Top grain growers show a profit of around 10 per cent of assets managed, while the average show closer to three per cent over the long term,” Mr Bowman said.

“This research examined what the top 20 per cent of businesses were doing differently to achieve this.

“As part of this year’s workshops we will also include management strategies focused on developing profitable and resilient businesses in environments where we experience highly variable climatic conditions.”

The workshops will also provide growers with key information to:

  • Understand the performance of the top 20 per cent of growers in their region;
  • Build knowledge around profit drivers that make a difference in different agronomic regions;
  • Identify the management traits of the top 20 per cent of growers;
  • Access diagnostic tools and processes to easily assess their own business performance.

Delivered by Agripath consultants Kim Bowman and Simon Fritsch, the program runs from 9.30am until 1.30pm on Wednesday 27th at the Gateway to Training Centre.

There is no cost to growers or farm advisers but registration is essential.

  • To register or for more information contact (02) 6766 9051 or email admin@agripath.com.au