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Current research and adoption programs include the development of national framework characterising success in agriculture. This includes the development of an understanding of price drivers for adoption of innovation and investment analysis within supply chains. We assist agribusinesses to collaborate through a holistic approach to business and supply chain development. Other areas work includes a focus on financial sustainability and family succession assisting business to look at their businesses in new ways to enhance profitability and productivity. The focus is understand complexity within their business and develop innovation options with their most important asset – their people.
Farming Together Program
Co-operatives and other collaborative business arrangements help farmers to own and control more of the food supply chain themselves, delivering greater returns at the farm gate. The Farm Co-operatives and Collaboration Pilot Programme will arm farmers with knowledge and resources on different collaborative arrangements that can work for their business.
Current research and adoption programs include the development of national framework characterising success in agriculture. This includes the development of an understanding of price drivers for adoption of innovation and investment analysis within supply chains. Within the FCCPP Program this includes assisting farmers to collaborate through a holistic approach to business and supply chain development. Other areas work includes a focus on financial sustainability and family succession assisting business to look at their businesses in new ways to enhance profitability and productivity. The focus is understand complexity within their business and develop innovation options with their most important asset – their people.
CCIQ /USQ Ecobiz Partnership
Program and partnership co- developer for $3 million strategic collaboration between the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ), USQ’s ACSBD and the Australian Business Training Solutions (ABTS). I managed the program facilitation, application process and successful commissioning.
As the program Deputy Director, I was a member of the team that continued the industry extension program, ecoBiz, this 3 year $3 million market responsive pathway program aimed at leading businesses to invest in the adoption of business sustainability strategies and initiatives to drive profitability and efficiency. This is achieved through forums, networking events, webinars, business summits, awards, workshops and research.
Understanding Australian farm business performance
Project co-developer and project manager, the project provided an integrated approach to increase foundation knowledge by understanding the characteristics of sample of farmers in the top 25% in their industry in Australia. Farmers have limited means of comparing their current management practices and farm performance with other similar enterprise. The lack the ability to evaluate the effectiveness of their management practices in order to inform changes that can improve performance.
The research provided key performance insights into the key farming systems surrounding animal industries both intensive and extensive, cropping industries including mixed animal and cropping, and horticulture. The objective of this research was to gain key insights into the interrelationships between management strategies, practices and characteristics of farmers and associated farm business performance for a cross section Australian agriculture.
A marginal abatement cost analysis of livestock emissions mitigation options
Project co-developer and project manager, this project analysed the practice options examined as part of Meat and Livestock Australia's (MLA) National Livestock Methane Program (NLMP). A broad marginal abatement cost analysis of the practice options was examined under the NLMP program was complemented by detailed financial analysis of those GHG mitigation options that appear to present the greatest opportunity for both financial returns and emissions mitigation to the livestock industry.
The analysis allowed a comparison of the expected financial returns and emissions mitigation for a range of GHG mitigation options, thereby assisting with decision making about opportunities to mitigate emissions on farm and in future research by industry that captures both productivity and emissions opportunities.
Increasing the knowledge and adoption of energy saving initiatives amongst farming enterprises in Western Australia
Project developer and technical expert, the Farm Energy Project focuses on providing Western Australian agricultural producers with information about increasing energy efficiency in their enterprises.
The Project comprised of both interactive workshops and online content. The project also included the development of a marginal abatement cost curve tool to analyse energy efficiency options for Australian grain, sheep, beef and horticultural producer and testing of the tool with Western Australian producers.
Improved usability of greenhouse gas emissions abatement decision support tools
Project co-developer and project manager, the project improved usability of greenhouse gas emissions abatement decision support tools project is a joint venture by USQ and the Australian Farm Institute. The project has received $300,000 in federal funding from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Carbon Farming Futures Extension and Outreach Program.
The project created an online tool to allow cattle and sheep producers to assess the financial viability of a range of greenhouse gas abatement measures. This tool assists farmers weigh their options – which measures are cost effective and which are not. It helps to identify opportunities to increase profits through the Carbon Farming Initiative.