MacKillop Farm Management Group

MacKillop Farm Management Group (MFMG) has a vision for sustainable farming through the adoption of research and innovation, and our mission is to collaborate to deliver research and drive adoption for the benefit of members and the broadacre cropping and livestock industry across the Limestone Coast, western Victoria and beyond.

MFMG was formed in 1998 following a bus trip to Geelong to view raised bed cropping systems, with founding chairman, Ian McNeil. In conjunction with a number of farmer groups, MFMG initiated a research and extension program for high rainfall zone cropping in the Limestone Coast.

MFMG’s membership base extends throughout the Limestone Coast of SA and into western Victoria, with the majority of members operating mixed cropping and grazing businesses. MFMG has a professional approach with a strong focus on good governance through our Board, and Operations Committee which are comprised of farmers, agribusinesses and industry representatives.

MFMG’s has a network of hyper-local trial sites throughout our region, funded jointly by members and sponsors, to provide our members with research results that benefit their businesses. Additionally, MFMG has a number of research, demonstration and extension projects that cover all aspects of farming in our area, including soils, pastures, livestock and cropping.

Vision

MFMG is a leading provider of research and extension for agricultural systems.
- Driving innovation, productivity and profitability -

Mission

MFMG develops and delivers innovative and sustainable farming practices through collaborative research, communication and extension for the benefit of members and the agricultural industry across the South East of South Australia, Western Victoria and beyond.

Objectives

1. To be the leading provider of Research, development and extension in the “region”
2. To drive adoption and innovation from R & D
3. To support the development of independent research capabilities
4. To be the leading organization representing mixed farming in the region

These objectives are underpinned by two operational objectives
5. Operate as a professional organization
6. To have a highly recognized and respected brand which delivers value to members

Objectives and Outcomes

1. To be the leading provider of Research, development and extension in the “region”
a. An increase in collaborative opportunities for R D & E
b. Consistently delivering high quality R D & E
c. Increased R D & E opportunities for livestock, irrigation, mixed farming systems

2. To drive adoption and innovation from R & D
a. An extension strategy is followed by MFMG
b. Support is provided to enable adoption of R & D

3. To support the development of independent research capabilities
a. The next generation of researchers are attracted and retained
b. Established programs within universities which link to MFMG

4. To be the leading organization representing mixed farming in the region
a. Funding bodies approach MFMG to identify issues and carry our R D & E
b. Membership from all agricultural enterprises has increased
c. Government agencies view MFMG as a credible source of information
d. Funding is provided to the group through multiple organizations

Operational objectives

5. Operate as a professional organization
a. Operating structure reviewed and implemented
b. Management team with clearly defined roles, responsibilities and accountability
c. External skill sets are sourced as required
d. Risk management framework implemented
e. Funding sourced and allocated for operational roles

6. To have a highly recognized and respected brand which delivers value to members
a. An increased membership base
b. Strengthened sponsorship base
c. Clear brand recognition