Planfarm Academy

About Planfarm Academy


Pictured on the Ward family farm, ‘Harwood’, located in Wagin. Paul Ward recently completed the Planfarm Academy Business of Farming course.

Are you the future of farming?

Planfarm Academy is one of Australia’s leading agri-related learning platforms and allows families or individuals to create and achieve their vision for the future. Developed in Western Australia and personally overseen by course coordinator, Peter Newman, Planfarm Academy is geared for families striving for business growth, sustainability and succession planning. Additionally, Planfarm Academy accelerates and identifies the development of farm careers, from farm workers through to managers and owners.

Online Courses Now Open for Enrolment

Enrol now for the Planfarm Academy Business of Farming and Introduction to Agronomy courses, or take a look at our new Advanced Agronomy course.

Business of Farming Course

Our Business of Farming course challenges you to be as good at the business of farming as you are at farming. This course has all of the content you need to improve your business skills and learn about your business – taking you to the next level.

Introduction to Agronomy Course

This course is for people who have had no formal training in the field of agronomy. The program was developed to help you gain a greater understanding of broadacre farming agronomy delivered by our experienced agronomists, covering the foundations of agronomy.

Advanced Agronomy Course

This course includes the 12 modules from the Introduction to Agronomy course plus 17 extra modules that go deeper into each topic. For people wanting to gain a solid understanding of agronomy and benefit from extra interaction and a face-to-face meeting.

Course Delivery

Our Planfarm Academy courses run as a flipped classroom model where you watch videos on the content, complete worksheets, and then we get together in webinars or video conferences and face-to-face to discuss the concepts. It’s a great opportunity to interact with the experts in the field and ask them questions you really need answered.

We’ve got your professional development needs covered with these online courses – enrol now!

Get in Touch

For more information about Planfarm Academy, contact Academy Director Peter Newman on 0427 984 010 or If you are interested in any of Planfarm’s other services, visit the ‘Contact Us’ page to get in touch.

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Download the Planfarm App

The Planfarm App is an interactive resource packed with the agricultural expertise of the Planfarm team and greater farming community. We regularly post the latest updates/information in regards to Australian farming, and users can contribute ideas and ask questions via the Community Chat. You don’t have to be a Planfarm client to access the app, and it’s totally free.

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Client Testimonials

We’ve had the principal farm for 80 years and, like any business, you can get a little comfortable. Partnering with Planfarm gives us another perspective and allows smarter, independent decision making and analysis. We better understand the profit drivers in our business which has led to the opportunity to expand our operation via acquisition and lease.

– James and Margaret Couper

We moved from South Africa two years ago, as potato and summer crop farmers, broadacre grain and sheep was a whole new experience. My son JP has taken on the full responsibility of farming our farm after the loss of my husband in South Africa only weeks before we moved. Planfarm have been critical in strategic planning and educating us on Australian farming conditions and accessing and building historical production records. Planfarm is an important factor in our succession planning as our situation is not a simple, standard plan, their role is vital for our future as a young family.

– Samantha Van De Velde

We’ve partnered with Planfarm for three generations. They help to keep us level headed and to approach farm operations, succession planning and general business with a balanced view. They are a great sounding board for our ideas and bring many of their own to the table. Importantly, Planfarm’s historical records of the business allow us to review data and make informed decisions. I’ve also participated in Planfarm Academy which has been very beneficial.

– Paul Ward