Sustainable Farm Finance

Sustainable Farm Finance

A Practical Guide for Broadacre Graziers

John C.H. Mitchell, David B. Lindenmayer, Bruce J. Chapman


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Farm finance is a topic that is not often discussed but is vital to the success and longevity of these unique family businesses.

Sustainable Farm Finance draws upon the practical, on-farm financial experience of John Mitchell, a grazier in New South Wales who saved his family farm, transforming it from financial peril to a successful business. The story of his success, and how he achieved it, is told here with input and insights from economist Bruce Chapman and scientist David Lindenmayer, to create a useful and highly readable resource for property managers in Australia.

Filled with tips and suggestions for how to better manage your own farm finance, as well as real-life examples of their application in regional Australia, this is an essential resource for farmers who wish to maximise the financial outcomes of their land.


John C.H. Mitchell:
John C. H. Mitchell OAM has successfully farmed beef cattle and prime lambs for more than 48 years. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Accounting at The Australian National University and applied much of what he learned there to farm management through succession problems, drought, debt and bushfires.|||Professor David B. Lindenmayer AO has worked as a researcher on Australian farms for more than 23 years. He has a particular interest in improving environmental conditions on farm properties, including protecting remnant native vegetation as well as restoring and replanting it. He specialises in establishing and maintaining ecological large-scale, long-term research and monitoring programs on farms.|||Professor Bruce J. Chapman AO is a labour-market and education economist who specialises in public policy related to government financing. He designed the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS), the world's first national income-contingent loan for university students, which he believes can be applied effectively to farming. He is actively engaged in The Australian National University's Sustainable Farms project.