Grain marketing forums for female farmers

27 Aug, 2009 02:00 AM
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 Lake Grace grower Debbie Clarke said the female grain marketing workshops were a good idea and hoped more courses would be run at other venues around WA.
Lake Grace grower Debbie Clarke said the female grain marketing workshops were a good idea and hoped more courses would be run at other venues around WA.

FEMALE farmers can play a key role in the deregulated grains market, adding to the strength of their family's farming business.

While the boys keep a close eye on production, the girls can watch over the markets and monitor what's ahead to establish the most profitable time and method of selling their produce.

To help improve the potential of their performance, women are being encouraged to learn more about grain marketing.

Independent commodity advisors, MarketAg, are running two half-day workshops for women only, focussed on the finer points of grain marketing.

The forums are free and will be held in late September, in Perth and Northam.

They will deliver the basic tools on grain marketing for the ladies and other aspects of decision-making and risk management.

MarketAg recently won a grant from the Federal Agriculture Department, under its Recognising Women Farmers program, to run the workshops for ladies on the land in WA and on the east coast of Australia.

The Recognising Women Farmers program allocates funding to support and stage events that build the leadership and representative capacity of women in primary industries; strengthen primary industry productivity; and build rural, regional and remote community resilience to a changing climate.

The MarketAg project aims to increase women's knowledge of grain marketing and enable them to take greater control of it, by developing their networks to share ideas and further develop strategies and management skills.

MarketAg director and course presenter, Mark Martin, said the free workshops would provide an atmosphere where women were encouraged to ask questions about grain marketing, without feeling intimidated.

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