Cover Crops ‘fashion or good farming’ by Patrick Stephenson
On a trip to Brazil during September 2016, GAIAC Vice-Chairman, Patrick Stephenson (of Patrick Stephenson Limited and Arable advisor.com) from Pickering, North Yorkshire, UK indulged in his passion of checking out cover crops the world over.
Patrick says “There is not a continent in the world where cover crops are not being trumpeted as the answer to a multiple of agricultural woes – including soil fertility, soil erosion and resistant weeds. Having travelled the world visiting various GAIAC members, the reality is that many claims, at best, are inflated and at worst completely wrong. The reality is that the cover crop must enhance the bottom line. On a recent trip to see GAIAC member Fernando Martins, Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, in Brazil I was able to see a great use of cover crops to enhance profit, preserve soil organic matter, and help reduce soil erosion”.
Research Technician – Montana
Research Designed for Agriculture
This presentation was adapted from the NAICC 2016 Florida Conference in which Brandy explained from a 29 year old millennial agricultural employee perspective how it is that young people act, think and function. This was undertaken to foster connection, understanding and respect – including learning inter-generationally – from Millennials to baby boomers.
Global Minor Use Protocols
The GMUP website provides links to information regarding minor use registration programs around the world. The site will be of use to consultants working with grower associations and registrants interested in the potential for obtaining minor use registrations to address pest problems in lower-acreage crops.
For questions or more information, contact:
Brent Wright, ICMS, Inc, Canada.
Managing the Business Side of Your Business
The Agri-Business Development Institute (ABDI) presents a series of webinars on a range of topics related to helping your agribusiness succeed.
- 7x Key Financial Fundamentals – Building a Profitable and Sustainable Agribusiness
Brett Collins, Principal from CroweHorwath (Accounting and Advisory) provides his experience, from working with a variety of businesses.
- Managing Your People – Creating a High Performing Team
In this webinar, we explore some tips for dealing with staff and people issues – to create a highly functioning working environment that requires less management and input from you. Mark McNamee – accredited Franklin Covey “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” presenter – provides his insights into the process, and how to turn around problem situations.
- Sound Financial Management Provides Sound Foundations for Business Growth
In this webinar, Gordon Stone (ABDI) and Brett Collins (Principal – Crowe Horwath [formerly Moore Stephens Qld]) discuss business sustainability, financial metrics and a organised and disciplined approach towards building a profitable agri-enterprise.
- Top Tips for Succession Success in your Agribusiness
Brett Collins (from MooreStephens Accounting and Advisory) joins Gordon Stone (ABDI) to discuss the people and financial side of succession in this webinar.
- Strategies for rebuilding your agribusiness following drought
Dealing with drought takes an emotional and financial toll, that many people in agribusiness aren’t prepared for (even if they think they are).
- Characteristics of a unique Agribusiness
In this webinar we explore some characteristics of leading businesses – and how you can become a market leader in your field.
- Characteristics of an ‘investor ready’ agribusiness owner
In this webinar, Damian Street (Corporate Adviser) provides more details on the difference between using bank debt or external investment to fund your expansion plans, types of business that could benefit from investment, and what you can do to make your business attractive to an investor.
- Tackling Succession – lessons from Pastoral Profit
In this webinar, Gordon Stone (Director ABDI) along with Anthony Coates (former owner of Eidsvold Station) communicate the key messages from the Pastoral Profit workshop where they co-presented on the topic of – “Business Growth and Transfer – Taking an orderly approach to Succession” at Longreach and Charleville