KEEP LEARNING: Dr Heidi Parkes inspecting apples at the Applethorpe research station, which is set to host an innovative agribusiness course next week.
KEEP LEARNING: Dr Heidi Parkes inspecting apples at the Applethorpe research station, which is set to host an innovative agribusiness course next week. Hayden Smith

Training coup for region

A FAST-TRACKED agribusiness course is headed to Applethorpe.

Farmers from around the region will have the chance to learn from experts on Monday, October 16 and Tuesday, October 17.

Senior industry development officer Justin Heaven said the Queensland Agricultural Training College had recently adjusted dates to offer producers and farm managers in our area the opportunity to undertake advanced agribusiness skills training.

"This fast-tracked agribusiness short course is designed for Queensland farmers and managers of agricultural operations as well as those seeking employment in, or recently introduced to, an agribusiness role,” Mr Heaven said.

The training will be held at Applethorpe Research Station next Monday and Tuesday.

Mr Heaven said minimum numbers were required to secure this training.

The senior industry development officer said participants would have the chance to gain hands-on experiences throughout the course.

"The two-day farm business management skill set course involves the completion of four competencies through an interactive hands-on approach delivery, with a statement of attainment received at the end of the training,” he said.

Competencies gained include the development and review of a business plan.

Mr Heaven said attendees would learn to set strategic goals and directions for an enterprise, determine measurable indicators of operational performance, identify and design risk management strategies, develop operational plans and monitor the business plan to identify strengths and weaknesses.

He said monitoring and reviewing the business performance would also be covered in the training session.

Participants will learn how to analyse data relating to performance, review operations to determine effectiveness, identify resources to assess capacity, develop realistic performance indicators, review operations against performance indicators and plan to improve business performance.

Mr Heaven said, as it was of great importance to know how to handle risks, risk management would also be on the agenda as well as the development and implementation of business structures and relationships.

"This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop and implement business structures and relationships,” Mr Heaven said.

"It applies to those who participate in the establishment of a primary production business and communicate the roles and responsibilities of family members within such a business.”

If you would like to participate or have any questions, phone Mr Heaven on 0455052586.

Full subsidies are available for Southern Downs farmers who have been affected by drought or floods.

Phone Landcare co-ordinator for Condamine Headwaters Landcare Group Fiona Morris on 46619909 or email to