Up­date of­fers grain grow­ers ad­vice

Great Southern Herald - - News - Sjanna San­dalova

WA farm­ers were in­vited to at­tend the an­nual Grains Re­search and Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion Farm Busi­ness Up­date event.

Con­vened by agri­cul­tural con­sul­tants ORM, the WA GRDC Farm Busi­ness Up­date events were held this week in Cun­derdin, Ko­jonup and Yuna.

GRDC se­nior re­gional man­ager Char­lie Thorn said the event aims to pro­vide grow­ers and ad­vis­ers with a unique op­por­tu­nity to hear first-hand from ex­perts in a range of fields and to dis­cuss the ap­pli­ca­tion of in­for­ma­tion to their own busi­nesses. “Top­ics cov­ered ranged from the broader per­spec­tive of eco­nomic driv­ers im­pact­ing on the farm sec­tor through to in­di­vid­ual on-farm grower ex­pe­ri­ences,” he said.

“Build­ing men­tal and emo­tional resilience was also firmly on the agenda.”

ORM man­ag­ing con­sul­tant Matt Mc­Carthy said it was good to see a range of agri­cul­tural ex­perts at­tend.

“We had about 100 peo­ple at­tend the event in Cun­derdin and about 70-80 peo­ple at the Ko­jonup one,” he said.

“It was re­ally good to see the range of farm­ers, grow­ers and bankers and there were also lots of cou­ples who at­tended.

“The busi­ness up­dates aim at pro­vid­ing grain grow­ers with in­for­ma­tion spe­cific to farm busi­ness chal­lenges — labour man­age­ment, dig­i­tal data, un­der­stand­ing the econ­omy and how it’s af­fect­ing agri­cul­ture.” GRDC Farm Busi­ness Up­dates work closely with lo­cal grower groups in­clud­ing the Cun­derdin Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre, South­ern Dirt and Yuna Farm Im­prove­ment Group.

“GRDC Farm Busi­ness Up­dates could not suc­ceed with­out the lo­cal pres­ence it gets,” Mr Thorn said.

Pic­ture: Sjanna San­dalova

Char­lie Thorn with so­cial me­dia speaker Pru Cook.

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