A media release from Rural Business Support, incorporating Rural Financial Counselling Service SA/NT
Media Release                                                  Thursday, February 1, 2018

SE workshops to help families transition farms to future generations

A new project which aims to help producers transition the management of family farms to the next generation will be rolled out by Rural Business Support in the South East region this month.

Supported by the Aussie Farmers Foundation, the Farm Management for Transition Workshops will see 28 South Australian farming families from across the state take part in three half-day workshops.

RBS Farm Business Advisor John Christensen said the free workshops would help SE producers plan for succession of the family farm.

“Now is an ideal time for farming families to come together and take the steps to start building capacity in the next generation,” he said.

“The workshops have lots of hands-on, practical examples. Topics to be covered include: where to start the conversation, family expectations, conflict strategies, planning, what skills you need, work force management, choosing your team and developing support networks, management systems and measures that matter.”

Mr Christensen says the workshops will help families answer these questions:
  • Where is our farm going and how will we get there?
  • What is the best management system for our farm’s future?
  • Do we have the right business skills to implement this system and keep our farm on track?
The series of three half-day morning workshops will be held during February, March and April, with participants to receive practical tools and processes to be implemented on-farm to improve communication, resolve conflicts and align personal aspirations with farming business goals.

“Through delivery of the well-known Rural Financial Counselling Service and our other farm business programs, RBS understands that for succession to be successful, the key people need to have the right business skills, knowledge and personal aspirations to transition into management,” Mr Christensen said.

“We know every farming business is unique. Your farm requires a management system that reflects your family’s values and beliefs, while bringing into alignment each family member’s aspirations.

“These workshops will be an important step in building capacity for the next generation.”

Rural Business Support is a not-for-profit organisation providing services to help SA farmers make better business decisions.

Details: To register for the workshops please contact John Christensen on 08 8364 2577, 0448 063 189 or email

Media enquiries: Contact John Christensen, Rural Business Support, Farm Business Advisor, on 08 8364 2577, 0448 063 189 or email

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