New skill set for farmers

FARM BUSINESS: Rod Morris is the course co-ordinator for Farm Business Management workshops at QATC.
FARM BUSINESS: Rod Morris is the course co-ordinator for Farm Business Management workshops at QATC. Contributed

KEEPING up with the business side of agriculture and primary production is sometimes a challenge, but an ongoing series of farm business workshops aims to help primary producers to navigate the constantly evolving matter of managing a successful rural enterprise.

Conducted by Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges, Farm Business Management Skill Set workshops provide clear and easy to understand learning and practical activities that are directly relevant to each workshop participants own agribusiness.

Rod Morris is the course co-ordinator.

"The workshops are for farm owners, farm managers and farm workers to help them acquire a thorough understanding of farm business planning and management, including risk management,” he said.

"The workshops also cover a section on primary production business structures and relationships, which we know is an important aspect of family-run farming businesses.”

He said that the workshop participants use their own business as the case study to prepare plans and strategies to implement after the workshop is completed.

"We deliver the course by two-day workshop, and also as an online learning option. We have already scheduled workshops at St George, Nambour, Mackay, Charters Towers, Mareeba, Toowoomba and Stanthorpe between March and June this year.”

Mr Morris said demand for the course was strong.

"The training is backed by the Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network, known also as QAWN, and is also subsidised by the Queensland Government under their Higher Level Skills initiative.”

Mr Morris said this meant eligible participants can complete the workshop training for as little as $144 depending on their personal circumstances.

"This is greatly reduced from the full fee rate of $2648,” he said.

Karen George, QAWN Agriculture Workforce Officer for Southern Queensland, said she had received excellent feedback from participants in Farm Business Management Skill Set over the last 12 months.

"The Farm Business Management Skill Set provides an excellent opportunity for anybody involved in business management decisions, from supervisors or managers to workers who want to move into management in the future,” she said.

Ms George said one important aspect of the workshops is about the long-term future of family farms.

"The Farm Business Management Skill Set assists in developing succession plans for rural businesses, which is really important for farming families facing generational change.”

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