Rabobank is calling for applications for its Executive Development Programme for Primary Producers and its Farm Managers Programme.
The EDPPP is a business management programme designed specifically for farmers.
It aims to help primary producers take their operations up several levels and anyone I know who’s done it speaks very highly of the programme and the positive impact applying what they’ve learned has had on their businesses.
The first module covers management and motivation, human resource management, strategic issues for leading producers, business strategy, equity growth options, financial management, marketing and effective communication and presentation.
Participants then have several months to do a management project related to their own businesses which they present at the second module.
Other sessions in the second module cover leading effective teams, future market directions, problem solving and innovation, risk management, negotiation, performance benchmarking, succession planning and work life balance.
My farmer did the programme about 12 years ago and we’ve both been to three alumni conferences from which we, and our business, gained a lot.
The EDPPP helps participants take their operations up several gears and helps with both business and personal development.
One of the benefits is the networking opportunities with the people you meet. The programme attracts farmers from throughout Australia and New Zealand and the value of the friendships developed between them is immeasurable.
More information and enrolment forms are here. Applications close on May 28.