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Principals of Profitable Farm Leasing - Scone

Wednesday 8 June 2016
Where: Scone RSL

When: June 8, 9am - 3pm

Registration: Essential & online @ https://farmleasingprincipals.eventbrite.com.au

Cost: $650 (plus GST) per participant

Up to 50% reimbursement for NSW RAA eligible participants - check status at www.raa.nsw.gov.au

The cost of the workshop includes:
Access to consultants expertise
A copy of the presentation
A comprehensive manual
Practical on line tools
Morning tea and lunch

Who should attend?
Farm business managers looking for expansion opportunities
Prospective landlords
Agribusiness service sector professionals

Why Holmes Sackett?
Holmes Sackett farm expansion workshops have been run throughout Australia since 2009 with over 500 participants completing courses. Over 95% of participants stated that they would recommend this course to others. This farm expansion workshop is geared towards landlords and tenants and applies business management principles to farm expansion through land leasing.  




Media Release: The principals of profitable farm leasing – will pay 5% of land value send you broke?

For Immediate Release – June, 2016

It is anticipated that up to 50 mixed farmers from the Central West and Upper Hunter regions will be taking advantage of the Rural Assistance Authority funding eligible ‘Principals of Profitable Farm Leasing’ course scheduled for June 8 & 9 in Scone and Mudgee, consecutively. The course will run from 9am to 3pm on both days.

Participants of the course will learn the keys to success when leasing land and understand how to rationally appraise a land leasing opportunity. Furthermore, 50% of the course cost is funded by the RAA ‘Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program’ for eligible participants.

Holmes Sackett farm leasing and expansion workshops have been run throughout Australia since 2009 with over 500 participants completing courses. Over 95% of participants stated that they would recommend this course to others. This farm expansion workshop is relevant to landlords and tenants and applies tried and tested business management principles to the often misunderstood discipline of land leasing. 

The ‘Principals of Profitable Land Leasing’ course is to be delivered by respected farm business consultant, John Francis, a director of Holmes Sackett, Wagga Wagga. Mr Francis has a background in agronomy, expertise in farm business management and investment analysis and a keen understanding of the drivers of profitability on farm.

John’s client work and development of the farm leasing and expansion course content, notes and tools have provided him with an excellent understanding of the drivers of success in farm expansion. John has run over 25 ‘Principals of Profitable Land Leasing’ courses in NSW, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania.

“Some businesses are making money on leases” Mr Francis said. “However, some are not”.

“Prospective lessees need to understand the principals of undertaking a successful lease venture, otherwise they’re liable to come unstuck. Understanding current business performance is pivotal; replicating poor performance of a larger (leased) area can just bury businesses further in debt”.

“Replicating good performance can yield excellent returns. The secret is in knowing the difference before you commit”, explains John.

Nick Pearce is a manager with Rabobank in Armidale and a past course participant. “Holmes Sackett are able to back up their findings with some real numbers. Mr Francis had excellent agronomic and animal production knowledge, and I wish more courses were as factual and to the point as this one was.”

Derek Ingold is a farmer from Temora, and also participated in the course. “I found the discussion around quantifying risk with leasing and valuing the economic values of the lease thought provoking. Overall I found it challenged some of my established thoughts on leasing which made it very worthwhile.”

The course agenda is not all about boring lawyers speak and water-tight agreements, as one may imagine. The interesting and thought provoking agenda will include:

•                     An introduction to leasing

•                     Lease myth busting

•                     Understanding farm performance

•                     Dealing with volatility and risk

•                     Investment principles

•                     Case study – a local lease example