Rural Edge is a state-wide, not-for-profit organisation delivering highly relevant, peer to peer learning opportunities that support primary production businesses to be innovative, competitive and profitable.
Rural Edge is very much driven by farmers, for all members of the farming business…. And their community.
As Rural Edge is not a commercial organisation we do not compete with services that are already available. Our role is to provide services and opportunities that are not being delivered or are not readily accessible to Rural Edge. Our select team of staff, facilitators and Board members act as a support mechanism to get professional development happening where and when it is required.
Background: Partners in Grain was launched as a national organisation in 2001 and was managed in WA by a State Reference Group. In 2017 Partners in Grain became its own incorporated association and the national organisation wound down to transition to an Alliance model. In October 2019 Partners in Grain changed it’s name to Rural Edge.
Rural Edge Inc. is overseen by a voluntary Board of Management and administrated by our Executive Manager and Workshop & Administration Coordinator.
Debra was raised on a horticultural farm in South-West WA and has continued her passion for agriculture through a career that has seen a number of diverse roles in the industry. Debra’s career has involved Project Management in the not-for-profit sector (Plant Health Australia, Canberra), an international research and training institution (CIMMYT, Mexico) and the tertiary education sector (The UWA Institute of Agriculture). Her previous role at UWA involved coordinating a multidisciplinary research project focused on demonstrating sustainable agriculture at the university farm in Pingelly and the development and management of a free online course available worldwide (MOOC).
Debra is based in Perth where she is Mum to two young girls and is extremely passionate about farm business improvement and education within the agricultural sector.
Workshop & Administration Coordinator
Based in the Midwest, Flora has worked in the agricultural and not-for-profit sector in WA for almost a decade. Her roles included Research and Development Coordinator for the Liebe Group, NRM officer for the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council and General Manager of the community-run hotel in Coorow. She is experienced in project and event management and small business management and finance. Together with her husband she runs a broadacre farming business near Coorow. They have two young children.
Bronwyn is located in Dandaragan, she runs her own small business focusing on community development. Bronwyn has worked in the local government, horticulture, broadacre and landcare sectors. Bronwyn is passionate about sustainable farm business and rural communities. She is mum to three young kids and spends a lot of time volunteering in her community.
Gemma and her husband run a 4000 hectare mixed cropping and sheep property near Munglinup, in WA’s south-east. Gemma is a Grains Research and Development Corporation Western Panel member. Gemma’s background is managing the farming systems groups, Mallee Sustainable Farming and the South East Premium Wheat Growers Association, to deliver development and extension activities. During her leadership of Mallee Sustainable Farming, Gemma accepted the National Landcare “People’s Choice” Award for the group’s work in sustainable agriculture. She is a sitting Board member of Esperance Organised Primary Producers and Southern Biosecurity Group. Gemma has a Bachelor of Agribusiness (Hons) from Curtin University, is a WA Rural Women’s Award Alumni member, a graduate of the Northern Mallee Leaders Program (Victoria) and a participant in the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course.
Nicole is a Director in her family farm business in Yuna and has a background in community development and project management. As former National and State Chair of PinG, not for profit governance and Ag business skill development is important to Nicole. Passionate about farmer health and sustaining our rural communities, Nicole is a mum of two and enjoys the energy and enthusiasm volunteering provides.
B.Agr.Sc., MBA, AIAS; Brent has had a long career in the agricultural and finance sectors since graduating from University. Immediately prior to joining BJW, he held a number of senior roles in ANZ including State Manager, Regional Business Banking. Since graduating from the University of Tasmania in 1991, Brent has worked as an agronomist, managed a number of farming operations and managed properties for absentee landowners. He has managed Cotton ginning and warehousing in the USA and undertaken consulting work to dairy and horticultural operations in the Middle East. Brent has sat on the boards of numerous agricultural companies, both in Australia and internationally, with operations across the globe. Brent is now consulting to a wide range of broadacre, dairy and horticultural clients in WA focusing on farm business management services to growers, assisting clients achieve their goals.
Tamara brings experience and skills in business analysis, finance and economics to PinG. She started her career in institutional banking in London and Perth, moved into equity research for a major Stockbroking firm and most recently held a Senior Economist role in Agriculture in Government. Tamara has undertaken extensive analysis on companies’ financials, business strategy, supply chains and markets across a variety of industries including the grains and sheep industries. Tamara lives on a mixed grains and sheep farm in Narrogin, WA.
Helen is a managing partner in a mixed farming enterprise located in Kojonup. She manages the finance and administration of her farming business, including the OHS and IR components. Helen holds a Bachelor of Education with a Business Major & has also completed a Diploma of Financial Counselling. She has recently worked as a Rural Financial Counsellor and has delivered courses at TAFE, Tertiary Business Colleges and Secondary High Schools, specialising in Accounting & Business Management. She is also a member of the CBH Growers Advisory Committee. Helen holds a passion for life long learning and is deeply embedded in regional life. She is invested in ensuring that people within the regions are able to access quality education & training.
Jessica grew up on the family farm in Northampton and is a now a member of her family’s farming business, Mulga Springs. Jessica has a Bachelor degree in Land Management from the University of Sydney and a Postgraduate Certificate in Agricultural Consulting from the University of New England. She completed the Grow Zone Mentoring Program in 2013 which focused on branding and marketing the business, and participated in the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation TRAIL course in Canberra. She is currently a producer member of the WA Livestock Research Council, and WA’s SheepsBack committee. She is very interested in technology and how it can be integrated into a farming business. She is a mum to three kids, enjoys volunteering in the community and is a strong advocate for the sheep industry.
Lucy has a strong business background and is highly experienced in financial services, business development and marketing. She has completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing & PR) at Curtin University of Technology, Diploma of Agribusiness and a Cert IV internal Auditing and has worked for PwC, KPMG, the RFDS WA and AWB in management roles. Lucy currently runs a mixed farming enterprise of sheep and cropping with her partner in Arthur River.
Danielle is the Managing Director and co-founder of ProcessWorx which was established in 2012 to provide smaller business with access to expertise, systems and support traditionally only affordable to large organisations.
Danielle commenced her career with the Reserve Bank of Australia after studying Economics. She has over 20 years experience in Australia and overseas working with recruitment, human resources and technology consultancies.
Danielle has provided strategic direction on people management and process development as part of management teams and in a consulting capacity. More recently Danielle has worked with Australian SMEs across diverse industries to improve their success through development of better people and process management.
Facilitator HR and Teams
Clint is a Learning and Development specialist and Human Resource Consultant with over 16 years experience helping on the front line with people management and leadership issues. His background includes managing a range of state and national HR programs within government, community and commercial sectors in organisations with strong service-oriented cultures. Clint has been part of the PinG WA team since 2014 and in 2017 developed Being a Better Boss: Team Productivity & Time Management on behalf of PinG WA and it’s national PinG Alliance counterparts, training a network of facilitators across Australia.
Facilitator HR and Teams
Tracey has over 15 years facilitation experience in agriculture, human resources and community development across regional WA. With her husband Rod, Tracey runs their broadacre farming business in Ravensthorpe which they established 30 years ago. Tracey is an active member of the Ravensthorpe Agricultural Initiative Network (RAIN) and was a finalist in the Rural Women’s Award 2002. As a farmer herself, Tracey’s practical implementation of HR and team management makes her a popular and highly effective trainer. Tracey also assisted in the development of Being a Better Boss: team Productivity & Time Management in 2017.
Facilitator Farm Office Efficiencies
Jean is well known across Australia as the ‘farm office guru’ having presented PinG WA’s popular ‘Farm Office Efficiencies’ workshop since it’s inception. As a former farmer with 30 years experience, Jean’s practical knowledge and passion for farm administration has made her a popular and valuable trainer. Jean is also a sought-after trainer with St John’s Ambulance and assisted in the development of PinG WA’s new ‘Paperless Farm Office’ workshop in 2018.
Kate is based on a wheat and sheep farm near Miling. Kate has a Bachelor of Education and Cert IV in Training and Assessment. On completing University, Kate took on a Training and Development role with QBE Insurance, following this she worked in a strategic role as an Operations Manager at Agrimaster for three years. When Kate moved to her husband’s property to live she worked as a Rural Financial Counsellor before having two precious children who became her full time work. Kate’s work experiences have given her a passion for empowering the individuals within farm businesses. In 2017 with the support of the subcommittee professionals, Kate developed PinG WA’s ‘Farm Finance for Performance’ workshop and is enjoying facilitating this to farmers across WA.
Tracy is based in Esperance and manages her business, Rural Biz Assist around her young family. Tracy is a qualified accountant and also worked as a Grain Marketer for AWB prior to having children. Tracy is a BAS agent and accredited with Agrimaster, Quickbooks and Xero. The majority of Tracy’s 23 clients are farm businesses and she also develops and delivers her own workshops through the Esperance Business Development Centre. Tracy’s most recent project is developing and facilitating PinG WA’s new Paperless Farm Office workshop- a subject she is very passionate about. Tracy has been Paperless for about 7 years and has set up a number of her clients with Paperless systems.
We are seeking expressions of interest for the PinG WA Board of Management. The Board offers you an opportunity to develop statewide and national networks and contribute to the development and expansion of PinG WA.
Rural Edge is a dynamic and visionary organisation which is highly regarded by farmers, agribusiness, research development corporations and government agencies. Our focus is on upskilling farm business managers so that they can make positive changes in their farm business to achieve greater efficiencies in their HR, IR, financial and office management resulting in increased profitability.
Our suite of workshops focus on the three key areas of any farm business – People, Technology and Finance:
We are selective in our partnerships and collaborate with likeminded organisations and agencies. We know one size does not fit all and so we tailored our partnerships to ensure that value is maximised for both parties and the result is valuable and applicable professional development outcomes for our growers, when and where it is needed.
RSM and PinG WA have a long history of working together to deliver business skills outcomes to farmers across WA. PinG WA first welcomed RSM as an official partner in 2018. The partnership has been extremely successful and has continued to deliver benefits to WA farmers throughout 2019. In 2017 and 2018, RSM were important contributors to the Farm Finance for Performance (FFP) Sub-Committee and were integral in the development of the new FFP workshop. This vital support has continued throughout 2018 and 2019, with RSM accountants in attendance at FFP workshops, supporting attendees with understating their business structures, cash flows and being available to answer general accounting questions that arise.
RSM support has also been through their sponsorship of INSPIRE in 2018, specialised farm finance information through the PinG WA ‘In the Loop’ newsletter; and vital in-kind support to PinG WA through advice and meeting facilities.
Agworld, like Rural Edge is a trusted service provider in the WA broadacre sector and prides itself on putting the farmer first. The support of Agworld is enabling farmers in WA’s eastern and central wheatbelt to be the amongst the first in Australia to access the new ‘Paperless Farm Office‘ business skills workshop.
The ‘Paperless Farm Office Wheatbelt Workshop Series‘ will be delivered in the farming communities of Hyden, Esperance, Ravesnthorpe, Wongan Hills, Dowerin, Merredin and Bruce Rock in August and September 2018.
PinG WA and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) have a successful partnership which spans many years and has resulted in the development of four farm business training workshops which are now offered across Australia through the PinG Alliance members:
Being a Better Boss (HR): Managing People, Being a Better Boss (IR) Legal Obligations for Farmers, Farm Office Efficiencies, and Technology, Tips and Tables.
In 2018 and 2019, GRDC investment is making it possible for PinG WA to deliver 20 Farm Finance for Performance workshops across WA. This follows on from the successful support of nine Being a Better Boss: Team Productivity & Time Management workshops in 2017/2018 and sponsorship of INSPIRE in 2018.
ProcessWorx, like PinG WA, are passionate about providing farm businesses with access to expertise, systems and support which has traditionally not been available in regional areas. In 2019, ProcessWorx became the Official Industrial Relations Consulting Partner of PinG WA, supporting PinG WA to deliver 12 Being a Better Boss (IR): Legal Obligations for Farmers workshops throughout 2019. Danielle McNamee, the Managing Director and co-founder of ProcessWorx has over 20 years’ experience in Australia and overseas working with recruitment, human resources and technology consultancies and is also the PinG WA facilitator for this workshop series.
The Muresk Institute is a skills hub for modern agriculture, with a core focus to bring the best industry-driven training opportunities, knowledge and skills to the Western Australian agricultural industry. The focus of PinG WA is closely aligned and in 2019, the Muresk Institute invested in PinG WA to deliver workshops across regional WA, including Paperless Farm Office, Farm Finance for Performance: Business Structure & Cashflow and Being a Better Boss (IR): Legal Obligations for Farmers.
CBH Group’s safety vision is that we all return home safely at the end of each working day, and they are passionate about making safety a priority for primary producers. PinG WA has partnered with the CBH Group to develop and roll out a new workshop: Farm Safety – Safeguarding your business and people” in 2019. In addition to supporting the development of this new workshop, the CBH Group are supporting delivery of 10 workshops in 2020.
MLA delivers the practical results of its R&D investments by providing producers with education, training and opportunities to change on-farm practice.
MLA supports extension and training opportunities with practical information, tools and calculators to assist producer decision making, with the aim of achieving long-term productive and profitable businesses.
In 2019, MLA supported the delivery of 15 Paperless Farm Office workshops throughout red meat producing regions of WA. In addition to supporting these workshops, MLA and Profitable Grazing Systems also partnered with PinG WA to deliver a Supported Learning Program (SLP) which is a producer upskilling program based on supported learning and coaching.
As part of Profitable Grazing Systems, PinG WA will deliver the “Managing People for Success” program throughout 2019 and 2020. The “Managing People for Success” Program includes workshops, coaching sessions and the development of a farm-specific project to allow producers the opportunity to learn by practising, apply new skills with other producers and be involved in learning long term through coaching and peer-to-peer learning and hands-on practice.
The Geraldton Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank and Rural Bank partnered with PinG WA in 2017 and 2018 to pilot the new workshop Paperless Farm Office, before supporting the launch with a “Bendigo Bank Midwest Roadshow” in 2018. The Geraldton Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank and Rural Bank supported the delivery of Paperless Farm Office in Mingenew, Mullewa and Binnu. In addition to investing in the delivery, Bendigo Bank and
Rural Bank personnel attended the workshop to support the facilitator and answer business questions as they arose. Following on from the success of the “Bendigo Bank Midwest Roadshow” in 2018, Bendigo Bank and Rural Bank have again supported workshop delivery in 2019. In 2019, the “Bendigo Bank Midwest Roadshow” will bring the Being a Better Boss (IR): Legal Obligations for Farmers workshop to Binnu, Mullewa and Morawa.
Figured understand the importance of online livestock, crop and production tracking, farm budgeting and forecasting and have therefore developed a tool that gives you accurate data in one place, real time. In 2019, Figured provided PinG WA with a free subscription to enable us to quickly, easily and accurately develop powerful reporting at a glance, develop accurate budgets and forecast for the year ahead.
Rabobank are one of the largest rural lenders with a core mission to create value for their clients, employees and the rural communities where they work. Much the same as PinG WA, Rabobank was developed by farmers, for farmers and they have been an integral part of PinG WA’s success.
In 2017 and 2018, Rabobank were important contributors to the Farm Finance for Performance (FFP) Sub-Committee and were integral in the development of the new FFP workshop. This vital support has continued throughout 2018 and 2019, with Rabobank personnel in attendance at FFP workshops, supporting attendees with understanding their business structures, cash flows and being available to answer financial questions as they arise.
Rabobank was also a Summit Partner for the PinG WA INSPIRE Summit in both 2016 and 2018.
PinG WA work closely with host communities, such as Community Resource Centres and local grower groups to receive on-the-ground assistance to deliver workshops where and when they’re required. Host communities and grower groups also support PinG WA through applying for grants and co-investing in delivery of workshops which enable primary producers to attend workshops at a subsidised cost.
Farmanco work with primary producers to help grow their farm business and achieve business and personal goals. As specialist in using analytical and practical approaches to address agricultural challenges faced in management, agronomy and marketing, in 2018 and 2019 Farmanco were important contributors to the Farm Finance for Performance (FFP) Sub-Committee and were integral in the development of the new FFP workshop.
In 2018, the INSPIRE Summit Funding Partners were:
In 2016, the INSPIRE Summit Funding Partners were:
Sponsors: Planfarm, RSM, GRDC, Department of Agriculture and Food, CBH Group and Telstra.
The Foundation for Australian Agricultural Women (FAAW) operated as a national organisation between 1995 and 2016 to provide for disadvantaged rural women and to advance all women in agricultural occupations and rural communities around Australia. In 2017 FAAW wound down and gifted its remaining funds to PinG WA to develop the first workshop in the ‘Farm Finance for Performance’ series. This workshop is the legacy of FAAW and will assist rural Australian women managing or administering farm finances to gain confidence in their role and position as an equal partner and contributor to their business.