Understanding the Kondinin Group Phenomenon – a study of an innovative farmer organisation

Casey, Mark and Cameron, Donald (2011). Understanding the Kondinin Group Phenomenon – a study of an innovative farmer organisation. In: John Gardner and Nicola Shadbolt, Proceedings of the 18th International Farm Management Association Congress. Volume 1: Peer Reviewed Papers. 18th International Farm Management Congress, Methven, Canterbury, New Zealand, (437-444). 20-26 March 2011.

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Author Casey, Mark
Cameron, Donald
Title of paper Understanding the Kondinin Group Phenomenon – a study of an innovative farmer organisation
Conference name 18th International Farm Management Congress
Conference location Methven, Canterbury, New Zealand
Conference dates 20-26 March 2011
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 18th International Farm Management Association Congress. Volume 1: Peer Reviewed Papers
Place of Publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher International Farm Management Association
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9789299005668
Editor John Gardner
Nicola Shadbolt
Volume 1
Start page 437
End page 444
Total pages 8
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
This paper studies the background of one of the largest farmer organisations in Australia and its
significant role in influencing practice change and farm management decisions.

The Kondinin Group was formed as a self-help farmer group to study farm machinery reliability in the
wheatbelt of Western Australia in 1955. It grew substantially in the 1990s and since 2000 has had
about 10,000 members from mostly large scale cropping and livestock enterprises. The paper draws
on academic research under the auspices of the University of Queensland, which included a survey of
1501 Kondinin Group members in 2001, as well as the observations and experience of co-author Mark
Casey who worked as a manager at the farmer organisation.

From the survey and key informants it is clear that the Kondinin Group had a significant impact on
the farm practices of its members. It was preferred over consultants, suppliers, state departments of
agriculture and accountants as a source of reliable and impartial information. It was regarded as by
far the most useful source of new ideas, and was ranked as first or second most useful source in each
of six other categories of information. Of the total sample, 55 per cent reported changing practices
based on Kondinin information. This paper also looks at what principles were applied by the Kondinin
Group and what aspects of the organisation’s business approach were successful in expanding its
member base and influence in Australian agriculture. From observation it seems the use of marketing
concepts, practical information and maintaining an independent perspective were important in the
group’s growth.
Keyword Kondinin Group, farming organisations, farmer groups, not-for-profit organisations
Farming organisations
Farmer groups
Not-for-profit organisations
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes "Thriving in a global world - Innovation, co-operation and leadership

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