Business Essentials

Cane growers manage their farm businesses in one of the world’s most volatile commodity price environments. CANEGROWERS, with funding from the government Farm Business Resilience Program, has developed a suite of professional development opportunities for growers.

What is CANEGROWERS Business Essentials?

CANEGROWERS Business Essentials program provides hands-on tools for growers, provided through a series of workshops.

Workshops are suitable for all skill and confidence levels, and this year will be provided FREE of charge. It is best attended by both the people who are responsible for working the paddocks, as well as those managing the office, finances, and admin to cement the connection between production and profit.

You will also receive information about obtaining support and accessing funding to be better prepared for drought. With the rapid lunge into El Niño conditions, there is now a much higher risk of drought conditions ahead.



Make this year the time to assess your readiness and focus on where you want your business to go!

Workshops start in February 2024 to register your interest in workshops fill in this form or click the button below.

Location Dates EOI Deadline*
Proserpine 20 & 21 February 1 February
Mackay 5 & 6 March 15 February
Childers 19 & 20 March 1 March
Herbert River 10 & 11 April 15 March
Further locations & dates will be advised




* Expressions of interest are not expected to be a firm commitment and we will contact you to confirm your availability


Our workshops are “modular” so you can choose what to attend and/or have different people attend sessions.
Workshops are tailored to improving the resilience of your sugarcane business. Some of the content can be described as:

  • Streamlining your business reporting – easing your admin burden and ensuring audit bliss
  • Business tools and support for farm productivity – exploring record keeping solutions, support programs and considering your farming practices
  • Securing your family’s farming future – planning, strategy, and maintaining farm safety 

Want to attend a local workshop or learn more?

Workshops start in February 2024 to register your interest in workshops fill in this form or click the button below.




All cane growers, family members and farm employees are welcome!

This program is jointly funded through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund and the Queensland Government’s Drought and Climate Adaptation Program