At the end of September, the Liebe Group and ten grower members participated in a study tour to the Esperance region. This four day trip was supported through GRDC’s Grower and Advisor Development program and exposed the participating Liebe members to different farming systems and approaches to business management through grower visits and tours of the area.,. The tour also provided an opportunity for Liebe members and staff to network with researchers, agribusiness partners and growers from the Esperance region.
Some key take home messages from the tour included farm business efficiency, crop diversity and learning from fellow farming peers. The Liebe members were impressed with the scale, diversification and management of the farming systems and acknowledged there are things that can be learnt from other regions even with differences in farming systems and climate.
The tour highlighted the importance of networking both locally and nationally as well as building strong, lasting business relationships and networks and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.