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Get ready for round two of GrainGrowers' half-day Grain Marketing Workshops 2.0! GrainGrowers has commissioned the experts at Market Check to deliver a series of informative half-day workshops on grain marketing across 5 states and 10 towns.

There's a lot involved in grain marketing. If you're a grain grower interested in learning more about risk management, strategies to navigate volatile markets or what's driving the price of grain - these workshops are for you!

Across these half-day workshops, experts from Market Check will take attendees through the A-Z of grain marketing and answer any questions you have.

You'll even take home some resources to share your knowledge back on the farm!

Registration is free for growers - book your spot today!

What will you learn?

Understand Risks and Opportunities

Participants will learn about grain price risk management strategies to use in different scenarios and at different times throughout the marketing year.

State of the Grain Market

Gain a greater understanding of the evolution of the grain supply chain and the current state of the Australian grain market.

Level Up Your Contracts Knowledge

Gain a greater understanding of the different contracts and standards in the Australian grain supply chain.

Explore Market Trends

Learn what drives Australian grain prices and how you can analyse them to make more informed grain marketing decisions.

Using real world examples, participants will:

  1. Be able to confidently execute and manage grain marketing
    tools
    and strategies.
  2. Have a greater understanding of the evolution of the grain
    supply chain
    and the current state of the Australian grain
    market.
  3. Be able to demonstrate how local cash prices are derived
    including where to search for different pricing benchmarks and
    develop a strong understanding of relative value (basis).
  4. Understand what drives Australian grain prices and how they
    can analyse them to make more informed grain marketing
    decisions.
  5. Understand and effectively select grain price risk management
    strategies to use in different scenarios and at different times
    throughout the marketing year.
  6. Have a greater understanding of the different contracts and
    standards
    in the Australian grain supply chain.
  7. Understand risk management fundamentals including
    benchmarking outcomes of different strategies since 2008.

Take your learnings back to the farm!

Participants also receive:

✓ Complete slide deck from the workshop

✓ Printable notes and quiz answers

Learn From Grain Marketing Experts


With 25 years’ experience and a commitment to research and analysis, Market Check has developed an innovative grain marketing philosophy which is the foundation behind our approach to marketing each season. It empowers Australian grain growers with the necessary tools, market insights and solutions to their grain marketing requirements and risk management plans.

What our growers say

"Great content. Good spread of simple to more complex concepts."

Georgie Krieg

"Very informative and valuable workshop."

Matthew Langfield

About the GrainGrowers Grower Engagement Team

Jonathan Tuckfield

National Grower Engagement Manager

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Jonathan Tuckfield

National Grower Engagement Manager

Jonathan is located in Young NSW and is responsible for overseeing the Grower Engagement team across the country to drive membership connection and growth. He has had an extensive career in large corporations and small businesses in senior roles before joining NSW Farmers where he was appointed to lead membership which grew 6 straight years in a row. A graduate member of the AICD with over 20 years board experience with not for profits and charities, Jonathan is passionate about the success of member based for purpose organisations.

Rebecca Cope

Grower Engagement Officer - NSW & QLD

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Rebecca Cope

Grower Engagement Officer - NSW & QLD

Bec has a Bachelor of Agriculture from UNE and has worked as an agronomist, consulting direct to growers, managing field trials and providing extension activities across northern NSW for seven years. Bec also has a background in relationship building across many areas of agriculture, including most recently as Regional Sales Manager (NSW & QLD) for an ag chem company, and previously as a Territory Sales Manager for a seed company.

Bec is based in Northern NSW in Narrabri, and developed a strong connection to agriculture growing up in the area. Outside work, Bec is actively involved in agricultural shows and is a director with the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW.

Stuart Currie

Grower Engagement Officer - WA

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Stuart Currie

Grower Engagement Officer - WA

Stuart is based in Perth and and has a significant background in supporting grain growers, with experience as a fertiliser area sales manager based in Moora and then Albany for more than 30 years.

Most recently Stuart was an account manager and project lead for a sales software company. Stuart is passionate about the grains industry and rural communities and is excited to connect with growers across Western Australia.

About the Presenters

Tom Basnett

Market Check, CFO

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Tom Basnett

Market Check, CFO

Tom has been a key player at Market Check since 2004 and is one of Australia’s foremost grain marketing analysts and advisors. In that time he has been integral to the company’s growth, as his expert strategy development in grain marketing and price risk management has helped build Market Check’s reputation as the preeminent independent grain marketing firm in Australia.

Tom grew up on the family sheep property near Gunning on the Southern Tablelands in NSW, before graduating from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics.

Nick Crundall

Market Check, CEO

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Nick Crundall

Market Check, CEO

With a strong background in trading and risk management, and over a decade of industry experience, Nick is well placed to add value to Market Check clients having worked the majority of his career for companies with a focus on servicing Australian grain growers.

Prior to joining Market Check, Nick worked for CHS Inc – the largest co-operative in the US. Nick’s role was assisting CHS (now CHS Broadbent Pty Ltd here in Australia) to establish a footprint in the Australian grain market while also successfully managing the CHS Pool. Both the pool and the trading book meant Nick was managing well in excess of 750,000mt per season.

Nick has a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from Sydney University and previous career experience with Agfarm and Meat & Livestock Australia.

Ben McClusky

Market Check, Head of Advisory

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Ben McClusky

Market Check, Head of Advisory

Ben has extensive experience in the Australian Grain Industry accumulating and marketing all types of grain and related products domestically and internationally.

Ben grew up in Hay in South West NSW and went on to study Agricultural Economics at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW. After graduating with a Bachelor Ag Economics majoring in Agribusiness, Ben began his career in the grains industry with Graincorp as a Country Grain Merchant based in Barellan, NSW.

Ben went on to join Riverina (Australia) Pty Ltd as a Grain Trader, first at their Yanco office and then at their Head Office in Brisbane where he looked after grain trading activities in central and northern NSW.

By 2006, Ben was promoted to Assistant Manager in the International Grain Department where he was in charge of coordinating the exports of all Australian grains into Japan and SE Asia for Mitsubishi Corporation and ultimately developed containerised wheat business into SW Asia and North Asia.

Prior to joining Market Check, Ben worked at Mars Food Australia as a Raw Materials Buyer.

Ben’s role at Market Check is to expand the grain agency operations by drawing on his experience in accumulating, trading and marketing all types of grain domestically and internationally. Ben aims to gain more reliable returns in the long-term for Market Check growers.

Andrew Retallick

Market Check, Head of Agency and Senior Advisor

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Andrew Retallick

Market Check, Head of Agency and Senior Advisor

Andrew joined Market Check in September 2010, in preparation for one of Australia’s largest ever expected grain harvests. Andrew works in Grower Services, dedicated to ensuring growers receive the best advice in regard to their position and obligations.

Andrew completed his studies for a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Sydney, where he majored in Agricultural Economics and Marketing. During this time he became engrossed with the impact of growing populations, food security and crop technologies.

Prior to starting at Market Check, Andrew spent several months working on a property in Walcha, NSW, where the focus of operations was on fat lambs and cattle. In particular Andrew learned about the importance of soil science, helping to ensure sustainable farming practices for years to come.

Prior to this, Andrew worked with a boutique financial advisory firm assisting clients with their portfolios and risk management strategies. Andrew also forms part of Market Check’s global research platform analysing Australia’s domestic markets.

Tess Walch

Market Check, Head of South Australia Advisor and Senior Commodity Advisor

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Tess Walch

Market Check, Head of South Australia Advisor and Senior Commodity Advisor

Tess Walch is a Senior Commodity Advisor with Market Check, based in Adelaide. Tess grew up on a broadacre cropping property in Patchewollock in the Victorian Mallee and has spent considerable time in Streaky Bay on SA’s Eyre Peninsula. She is currently studying her Masters in Global Food and Agribusiness at Adelaide Uni and was a 2018 participant in the Grain Growers Ltd Australian Grain Leaders Program. She is also on the executive committee of GIASA.

Tess re-joined Market Check in 2018 as a regionally based adviser after having previously worked in the Sydney office in 2013 to 2014. Between that time, Tess worked for Clear Grain Exchange based in Melbourne before moving to the EP to work for FE Grain as a grain marketer, leveraging her knowledge of the Australian grain markets and her local presence to help maximise returns for local growers. Tess has a strong knowledge of the South Australian grain market and will apply her passion for price risk management and strong relationship skills to help increase returns for grain for her grower clients in South Australia.

Lachie Condon

Market Check, Head of East Coast Advisory & Senior Commodity Advisor

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Lachie Condon

Market Check, Head of East Coast Advisory & Senior Commodity Advisor

Lachlan started his career with Market Check as an internship for his University degree. This was in lead up to one of Australia’s lowest grain production seasons which helped Lachie establish an appreciation of the difficulties involved with marketing options for growers in difficult years. Since then he has completed a Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness at the University of Sydney and was awarded the James Murphy Scholarship in 2019. Lachlan was brought up on a mixed farm outside of Yenda, NSW, and has a passion for both stock and the grains industry. As a Commodity Advisory, he provides tailored marking advice and strategy for all cereal, oilseed and pulse commodities.

Justin Stewart

Market Check, Senior Commodity Advisor

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Justin Stewart

Market Check, Senior Commodity Advisor

Justin hails from a mixed farm, near Harden in NSW and has completed a Bachelor of Economics majoring in Agriculture. He has an affinity for commodity markets, a strong work ethic and enjoys managing relationships with Market Check’s client base throughout the East Cost of Australia. As well as advising grower clients, he is also heavily involved in the Grain Agency service researching domestic markets and executing grain sales.