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Resources for Farmers & Advisers

P2PAgri has produced significant resources in farm business management

‘Farming the Business’ Manual

This manual was developed for GRDC as part of their initiative to improve farmers’ business management skills. It is available from the GRDC website (details below).

This manual is presented in three modules to guide farmers through essential farm business management and how to apply this to their own farm business:

Module 1: What do I need to know about business to manage my farm business successfully?
The first module provides an overview of the business of farming, covering the economic environment, people management and the basics of sound farm business management. The aim of this section is to provide an overview to highlight areas to improve your farm business management skills.

Module 2: Where is my farm business now and where do I want it to be?
This module covers the ‘how to’ of sound farm business management. It goes through how to develop a business vision, the essential farm business budgets and financial and performance ratios. It provides detail on what financial reports should be generated so that you can have greater control of your farm business management and improve business sustainability.

Module 3: How do I take my business to the next level?
This module covers more advanced topics to extend and refine your farm business management. Some of the topics are risk management, succession planning and what analytical tools you should use to answer those important ‘what-if’ questions for scenario analysis.

The complete manual can be ordered from the GRDC:

Hard copies of this manual are available from Ground Cover Direct
Free phone: 1800 11 00 44, Email: ground-cover-direct@canprint.com.au
When ordering please quote Order No. GRDC873. The manual is free and there is a limited number of copies available.
There is a postage and handling charge of $10.00.

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Separate sections from the three modules can be downloaded as PDFs from the GRDC website:
www.grdc.com.au/farmingthebusiness

GRDC Fact Sheets

The following fact sheets were developed for Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and are available from their website. Links are provided below.

Farm Business Overview

How do you keep track of your farm business performance?
Maintaining a sound business management discipline of measuring business performance, using this information for planning and then learning from each year’s results, will ensure a healthy and sustainable business.

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Profit and Loss Budget

How do I know if my farm business is viable?
Maintaining a sound business management discipline of measuring business performance, using this information for planning and then learning from each year’s results, will ensure a healthy and sustainable business. Understanding your profit and loss budget is essential to this process. Profit and loss is the true measure needed to determine business long-term sustainability.

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Cash Flow Budget

How do I know if my business has adequate funds?
Cash flow is a financial ‘tool’ that tracks cash availability to the business, known as ‘Liquidity’. Cash flow is a key measure to show banks whether the business can service its debt.

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Balance Sheet

How secure is your farm business?
Many farmers ask why they need a business balance sheet, as they are not selling any land. The reality is that the balance sheet is the only record that indicates the growth in wealth of the business over time, and hence indicates a farming business’s performance and ability to manage risk.

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Crop Gross Margin Budget

Do you know the relative profitability of your farm’s enterprises?
Many Australian farmers are involved in ‘multiple enterprise’ farming systems, which means the profits from each enterprise should be known. It is important to understand gross margin budgets and their role in farm financial analysis.

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Livestock Gross Margin Budget

Do you know the relative profitability of your farm’s enterprises?
Many Australian farmers are involved in ‘multiple enterprise’ farming systems, which means the profits from each enterprise should be known. It is therefore important to understand gross margin budgets and their role in farm financial analysis.

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Production Economics

Are you maximising your farm business profits?
Getting the most profitable results from your farm business requires a careful balance of input costs to produce the optimum yield.

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Cost of Production

What is your business cost of grain, wool and meat production?
As most Australian farmers are ‘price takers’ rather than ‘price makers’, it is important to know the business cost of production for your various commodities. Knowing this cost will inform your marketing decisions and ensure that you are selling at a profit.

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Benchmarking

How much can benchmarking really tell you about your business?
In practice, the best comparison to make is against your own business – its performance over a number of years and its progress towards reaching your business goals.

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Key Financial Ratios

Understanding your key financial ratios helps manage your farm business sustainability.
Top farm businesses should be able to quote and understand their key financial ratios and their trends over time. Ratio trends over several years are a more valuable tool than looking at one year in isolation. Monitoring your business’ financial ratios does not guarantee greater profit, but it will improve the likelihood of success over time and improve the understanding of your business.

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Marketing Versus Selling

How can you improve your grain selling skills?
One of the most important drivers of farm business profit is the price for commodities achieved each season. Farmers need a number of skills to achieve good prices, but are these skills in grain marketing or grain selling?

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Leasing and Share Farming Land

How do you keep track of your farm business performance?
Maintaining a sound business management discipline of measuring business performance, using this information for planning and then learning from each year’s results, will ensure a healthy and sustainable business.

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Understanding a Bank’s Approach to Farm Business

Are you getting the best deal from your bank?
Without access to finance, growing your business and even accessing adequate working capital can be very difficult. Reducing your finance costs by trying to pay as little as possible in interest and fees to your financier is good business practice.

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Farm Business Costs

Do you know where your money is going? Can you justify it?
Good cost management is central to running a profitable farming business. It is not just about reducing costs but understanding the returns.

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What your tax return tells you

How much does your tax return tell you about your business?
One of the few legal obligations on a farm business is to have an annual tax return completed, so by default, tax returns remain the number one financial record of a farm business. However, as few farmers know how to read and use them, they are one of the most under-utilised resources in a farming business. Are you getting the most out of your tax return?

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Valuing Family Drawings and Your Management

Why should your management be valued in your farm business?
Australian farmers own and manage complex businesses in risky environmental and marketing conditions. They provide these businesses with valuable labour and management but rarely pay themselves the commercial rates for these services. Are you under-valuing your management?

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