Ag EDGE stands for Education, Development, Growth and Empowerment.
Ag EDGE is a network of progressive rural businesses that:
- offers facilitated peer review
- external expert advice
- information sharing
- and social support
Ag EDGE provides an operational and reporting framework prepared by member business’s prior to board meetings.
At the facilitated board meetings there is:
- peer review
- information sharing
- external advice
Each board is made up of member businesses who may share a geographic proximity, or a similarity in enterprise mix.
It differs from other producer groups in that members receive advice, support, strategic business planning support and business review from other peer businesses drawing from their own experiences rather than purely from external advisors. It also offers benchmarking services for member businesses.
Ag EDGE is based on the principle that: So often we attend courses or have a discussion with someone and get fantastic ideas or learn useful skills, but when we go home we do not put them into practice because we are too busy, its not the right time, or its just too hard.
Ag EDGE provides the support and expertise to get you motivated and hold you to account to make the changes necessary to develop your business to sustainable success. What would happen to you and your business if you had access to business coaches and other like-minded business people who had as much passion about your business as you have?
Benefits of Ag EDGE as reported by members:
- improved profitability and wealth creation strategies
- improved motivation and business leadership
- empowerment to implement strategy and decreased management isolation.
- accountability for focus on implementation of plan
- strong personal growth
- access to expanded network of peers and service providers
- implementation of effective succession plans
- targeted education and skill development
- equip members with a suite of tools that sharpen thought processes, focus analysis, and support business planning and task implementation
- expose members to peer review and support in a confidential environment
- enable identification of opportunities for internal and external co-operation and strategic alliances and business growth.
- access to a range of specialist skills
- opportunities for collaboration/joint venture with other members
What does Ag EDGE do?
- AG EDGE provides a board of directors for your agricultural business
- members of AG EDGE are grouped into Boards of between five and six businesses
- these Boards meet on a quarterly basis to review financials and resolve current challenges
- the other businesses on your Board serve as your Board of directors
- you are a Board member for the other businesses in your group
- the sharing of your knowledge is critical to helping other members of your Board
- businesses involved in Ag EDGE are spread across NSW and cover a range from livestock to cropping and mixed enterprises
- disclosure of financial and personal information is on a strictly confidential basis
- qualified facilitators are available who specialise in areas such as; Accounting, Benchmarking, Farm ratios, Psychology and Succession Planning
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