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Free workshop to assist South East grain growers in market decisions

Wednesday 28 September 2016

South East grain growers are invited to a free grain marketing workshop to help them identify strategies to maximise returns from this year’s harvest.


Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) and Natural Resources South East (NRM SE) are hosting a free presentation with Rural Directions grain marketing specialist Chris Heinjus at Wolseley Sports Club on Tuesday 18 October from 12.30pm to 4.30pm.

The workshop will include a barbecue lunch with the opportunity to have informal discussions with PIRSA crop specialists, NRM SE pest plant officers and MIND Australia representatives.

Quotes attributable to Acting Executive Director Rural Solutions SA Brett Bartel

After a few extremely difficult years it’s fantastic to see the South East preparing for a good harvest. But we’re also aware that the problems many farm businesses are facing don’t disappear with one good season and recovery will take some time.

We are encouraging as many grain growers as possible to attend this free workshop – arming yourself with the right information will help in making the best decisions to maximise returns for this season – and hopefully help plan for future seasons as well.

The State Government is continuing to support this region under the Drought Assistance Package for the Upper South East, including through the delivery of expert and specialist business advice for farm businesses to help them recover and become more resilient against future dry seasons.

Quotes attributable to Executive Director Rural Directions Chris Heinjus

While the current seasonal outlook is positive the price outlook is negative – and the harvest isn’t in the bin yet. There is a need to manage business risk over commodity price risk and cash flow is critical.

Everyone has an opinion as to market values. Market noise is increasing, getting advice from Bob, Bill or Jill late on a Friday night at the pub might appeal to your view of the market. However, it’s business viability that matters and simple ‘hold and hope’ strategies, while sounding attractive, may not be commercially viable.

As well as the free workshop, Rural Directions will hold a more in-depth Grain Market Briefing at Wolseley on October 18 from 8.30 am -12pm for a limited number of participants. The cost for this session is $319 per property, with a maximum of two people per property.

Background

The Government of South Australia’s Upper South East Drought Package aims to complement the range of existing Australian and state government measures designed to underpin farm business and community preparedness and resilience.

To register for the FREE BBQ lunch and afternoon session please contact PIRSA’s Mount Gambier office on 8735 1300 before Thursday 13th October.

Rural Directions is an agribusiness and grain marketing consultancy, with a head office in Clare, and consultants based at Clare, Dubbo, Freeling, Loxton and Naracoorte. To register for the paid morning session contact Rural Directions by phone: 8841 4500 or grain@ruraldirections.com. More details are available from www.ruraldirections.com/pages/home/events.

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