You’re invited to our 2017 Pre-Harvest Seminars

Volatility is opportunity

Join the Market Check and Free Eyre teams and other growers from your region and learn about:

  • Major offshore fundamental market drivers and tipping points
  • Marketing strategy approaching harvest
  • Market Check updates and planning for harvest

Please join us after for some nibbles and refreshments.

We look forward to seeing you there. Please visit the links for more details.


Click below to register

Ceduna 10 Oct, 10:30am
Minnipa - 10 Oct, 4:30pm
Kimba - 11 Oct, 11:00am
Cleve - 11 Oct, 4:30pm
Port Lincoln 12 Oct, 10:30am

Seminars are approx 1hr

 FREE Eyre and Market Check “Pre-Harvest” Seminars

South Australian farmer owned agribusiness FREE Eyre and Australia’s largest independent grain grower advisory service, Market Check are holding their highly anticipated “Pre-Harvest Seminars” across the EP this month.
Market Check is an independent, Australian owned business that offers year-round grain marketing services to progressive Australian farmers. They are the largest independent grower advisory business in Eastern Australia and have been operating for almost 23 years.
“This is the second year that FREE Eyre and Market Check have been partners in South Australia, and we are so pleased with the service they are providing our clients and SA grain growers.” Said FREE Eyre’s EP Representative, Tess Walch.
FREE Eyre’s partnership with Market Check provides South Australian growers with access to the coveted Market Check 'Strategy' via their membership services, as well as to Market Check's Managed Programs. These programs boast an exceptional track record and have delivered growers among the best returns of any similar pool program throughout Australia over the past 6 years.
A series of five Pre-Harvest Seminars will be held throughout the region and will focus on current global trading dynamics and their effects on Australian grain prices and importantly, recommended grain marketing tactics for South Australian farmers for the forthcoming harvest. Brett Stevenson, Market Check’s founder, as well as Nick Crundall (Pool Manager) and Ed Nankivell (SA Advisor) will be visiting from Sydney.
“It’s so important growers in South Australia understand the changing dynamics influencing prices for the upcoming season as we face the smallest Australian crop in 10 years. This throws up a number of challenges but also opportunities to maximize our returns in a tough year, which is what our seminars are all about.,” said Nick Crundall of Market Check.
Market Check operate pre-harvest, harvest and post-harvest managed programs, which carry a heavy emphasis on the use of sophisticated hedging tools such as futures and options to ensure the best possible farm gate returns for growers.  FREE Eyre also offers personalized cash grain broking services.
For further information and to register for these seminars please call 1300 373 339 or FREE Eyre EP Rep, Tess Walch on 0407 488 677.


You’re invited to our 2017 Post Sowing Seminars

Come and network with other growers from your region, meet the Market Check & Free Eyre teams, and learn about this seasons:

● Market outlook
● Major tipping points
● Strategic planning

Complimentary light meal and refreshments included. We look forward to seeing you there. 


Minnipa - 26 June 11.30am

Darke Peak - 26 June 5.30

Kadina - 27 June 12.30pm

Tailem Bend - 28 June 8.30am


Telstra contact numbers

We thank our partners at Telstra Store Whyalla for collating this handy directory of Telstra contact numbers for various services you may require from time to time. As always,however, feel free to call the team at the Whyalla store for an efficient and personalised service. ... And don't forget to mention that you're a FREE Eyre shareholder or client to receive an even better deal.

MEDIA RELEASE 27th April 2017

FREE Eyre & Tin Roof Financial Services join forces in South Australia

Farmer owned agribusiness FREE Eyre and specialist rural finance broker, Tin Roof Financial Services, have joined forces in South Australia.

“Competitive and flexible rural finance is critical to our shareholders and client’s profitability, yet such a dedicated service is almost unknown in South Australia.” Said FREE Eyre CEO, Mark Rodda
Tin Roof Financial Services is a dedicated rural financial broker, providing services to customers for new land purchases, refinancing existing debt, equipment finance and other facilities where the most appropriate loan is found to suit the client’s needs.

“When we first met Tin Roof Financial Services proprietor, David Coyner, it was clear that his business model was highly aligned with FEL’s core objectives – create competition and add value in a market space dominated by corporate incumbents making strong margins from their rural clients.” Added Mr Rodda

Tin Roof prides itself on gaining an intimate understanding of a farming enterprises needs – working with the farmers and their accountants/ advisors – and then negotiating the most suitable and competitive finance package from a variety of finance institutions for that farming family’s needs.
“I was raised at Kimba and Pt Augusta and my family still own land at Kimba, so I understand the need for flexible and competitive finance options throughout the annual farming cycle.  After working with and observing brokers work successfully within the home loan market, I could see that there was a massive service gap in the Agribusiness and regional sector for a similar service – farmers simply couldn’t go to a specialist finance broker who understood farming and could find them the most competitive, tailored product for them,’ said Mr Coyner
David is highly regarded in agribusiness circles for his high work ethic and standards, commitment to client’s wellbeing, honesty and integrity. This was confirmed recently when the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia (MFAA) announced David Coyner among the finalists for the industry’s annual MFAA Excellence Awards.
“David Coyner’s continued innovation, growth and success in the industry is to be commended. To be recognised as a finalist speaks volumes of his exceptional practice and professionalism in the mortgage and finance industry,” said the MFAA. 

 We encourage any FEL shareholder or client who is looking for a finance broker to review their current or future lending needs to give David a call.

For further information: 
FREE Eyre CEO, Mark Rodda 0417 414 123
TRFS Director, David Coyner 0429 423 241

FREE Eyre, GRDC and the Clear Grain Exchange are pleased to announce the winners of Australia’ first ever Nodulation Challenge.

Launched in July 2015, the challenge set out to find the best nodulating legume or pasture crops across South Australia – and to give free, expert feedback from GRDC to all participants.

South Australian grain growers have embraced the Clear Grain Exchange platform like never before, during the 2015/16 grain marketing season.  Volumes traded on the Exchange have already doubled this year and are at an all time high for the online electronic platform.

As a key supporter of the Clear Grain Exchange in South Australia, FREE Eyre CEO Mark Rodda is encouraged with the broad take up of this industry leading exchange by the state’s farmers.

Market Check's 2015/16 Strategic Pool 

Results have been finalised! It was another year of strong performance.

Click HERE to secure your spot or call 1300 373 339

City kids send love and support to bushfire victims in the country

It is as simple as putting coloured pencils to paper and creating drawings and messages of love and support for bushfire victims.

This is how a class of year one Unley Primary School students chose to help following the devastating blaze in South Australia's mid-north last month.

The fires killed two people, 70,000 livestock, destroyed dozens of homes and razed thousands of hectares of prime cropping land.

Six-year-old Zara Rodda was so moved by the disaster, she wanted to find a way to help.


Josh’s nods win him a soil moisture probe

28 November 2016


FREE Eyre, the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Profarmer Australia and AgByte are pleased to announce the winners of South Australia’s annual Nodulation Challenge.


Launched in July 2015, and run again in 2016, the Show Us Your Nods Challenge sets out to find the best nodulating legume crops or pastures across South Australia – and to give free, expert feedback to all participants.


Josh Beinke, of Koongawa has taken out the Show Us Your Nods 2016 Challenge with his outstanding crop of lupins.  John Turnbull and Theresa Flavell, both of Cleve, were awarded runners up with their impressive medic and lupin entries respectively.


This year’s major challenge prize consists of a subsurface soil moisture probe, coupled with an Adcom telemetry data logging unit and solar panel, valued at $3,000 (sponsored by the GRDC).  Leading South Australian agronomist Leighton Wilksch, Agbyte, will install, collect data and provide 12 months of moisture monitoring and interpretation of results to the winner (valued at $1,000).  Runners up will receive a twelve month Profarmer Australia subscription (valued at $700).


The nitrogen that is fixed by these crops or pastures and becomes available for the next cereal or canola crop is one of the unseen and often most under-valued benefits of growing legumes.


Participants dug up a legume plant, washed away the soil and photographed the root mass of the plant against the backdrop a black placard to clearly illustrate nodulation.


Challenge coordinator and FREE Eyre’s Eyre Peninsula representative, Tess Walch, was extremely pleased with the level of interest and entries received from throughout South Australia.


“As we know, 2016 has been an excellent year for legume crop yields across the state. It was a pleasure to see many legume crops with the correct seed treatment applications – performing so well and clearly adding significant volumes of valuable nitrogen to their soils.”


Entries were judged for the number and distribution of nodules (out of 50 points), evidence of pink inside the nodule and therefore actively fixing nitrogen (20 points), general plant and root health (10 points) and for general effort with regard to photo quality and the completion of required information (20 points).  Judges from the University of Adelaide, SARDI and the Department of Agriculture and Food WA scored the entries independently, and there was strong agreement on the best entries.  


Dr Maarten Ryder from the University of Adelaide,  a member of the judging panel, said “there were several outstanding entries, but in the end we chose Josh Beinke’s entry because he chose and astutely presented and excellent example of lupin nodulation.  This is exactly what we are encouraging South Australian legume producers to aim for”.


“I was extremely excited to receive Tess’s phone call, informing me that I was the winner of the grand prize. I can’t wait to finish harvest to sit down with Leighton to really get to understand how the moisture probe and monitoring service is going to benefit my business,” commented the winner, Josh Beinke.


Josh said that he quite often digs up legume plants to check for nodulation but the Show Us Ya Nods competition has been an even greater learning curve and really made him take note of the benefits of optimum nodulation.


“FREE Eyre’s competition has provided greater interest and understanding in what our break crops are actually doing for our soil, so thank you to FREE Eyre, the GRDC, Profarmer Australia and Agbyte for running the competition.”


For further information: Tess Walch 0407 488 677 (or 1300 373 339)


We hereby welcome FREE Eyre shareholders to the 2015 Annual General Meeting to be held at the Streaky Bay Hotel on Thursday 24 September at 9:30am.

The AGM will be followed at 10:30am by our Annual Agribusiness Forum, featuring Mr Ron Storey former AWB marketing executive, former Head of NZX Agribusiness Australia and founder of Profarmer Australia and the Clear Grain Exchange.  Ben Trengove, Agribusiness Director at William Buck, will also address the audience on the important topic of moving farm property into your superannuation fund.

Please click here to link to the FREE Eyre Limited 2015 Annual Report

Eyre Peninsula grower owned agribusiness, FREE Eyre, is pleased to welcome Justine Green as the company's new sales representative for Eastern South Australia, based at Tintinarra.

Justine grew up on a mixed farming enterprise near the NSW town of Henty. Graduating from a Bachelor of Ag at CSU Wagga Wagga, Justine has worked in Agribusiness and the grains/logistics industry, and has also worked in Canada for 12 months on a beef cattle ranch. Justine is currently completing a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Science and Agriculture) as she ultimately wants to be involved in educating children about where their food comes from. Justine has recently moved to the south east and is excited to speak with and meet rural producers.

Justine's grain industry experience and approachable attitude will make her a wonderful asset for the FREE Eyre business. 

Please help make Justine welcome and feel free to contact her on 0407 649 110 or email [email protected] and see how she can work with you and your grain enterprise this harvest!


South Australia remains the only state in Australia where all grain-exporting infrastructure is owned and controlled by a foreign owned monopoly. As a direct consequence, the State’s grain producers are charged the nation’s highest (and escalating) combined storage, handling  and exporting fees, thus eroding their international competitiveness.

The Eyre Peninsula’s grain growers are further disadvantaged due to their geographical isolation from domestic markets.  Thus, the need for competition in South Australian and Eyre Peninsula grain storage, handling and exporting is overwhelming.

FREE Eyre and Market Check are pleased to provide FREE Pre-Harvest Grain Marketing Seminar Series exclusively for SA Growers.


SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER Tregg Cronin, US Based Market Analyst, will talk about surviving low grain prices in the US at the PORT LINCOLN seminar. You will also hear from Richard Perkins and Tom Basnett, head of Market Check advisory and strategy, talk about global trading dynamics and their effects on Australian grain price plus harvest marketing tactics. Register online or call 1300 373 339 to secure your seat.

Pinnaroo: 23rd September 10am. Click HERE to register

Port Lincoln [SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER]: 30th September 4pm Click HERE to register 

Streaky Bay: 4th October 9am Click HERE to register

Wudinna: 4th October 3.30pm Click HERE to register

Cleve: 5th October 8.30am Click HERE to register

Clare: 5th October 4.30pm Click HERE to register

Maitland: 6th October 9.30am Click HERE to register

FREE Eyre Limited, the Eyre Peninsula farmer owned rural investment company, has today announced the launch of a rural scholarship for an Eyre Peninsula student studying an agricultural related degree with the University of Adelaide.

“As a company, we work with our farmer shareholders, clients and partners to investigate and co-invest in the development of new businesses and value adding rural enterprises.  We are passionate supporters of the EPARF and the Peter Waite Foundation but the also believe that investing in the higher education of Eyre Peninsula’s students is critical for the future prosperity of the region” said FREE Eyre CEO, Mark Rodda.

Meet Tess Walch

FREE Eyre is pleased to welcome Tess Walch as the company’s new Eyre Peninsula representative. Tess grew up on a broad acre cropping property near the Victorian Mallee town of Patchewollock (near Ouyen). After graduating from a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Applied Finance, Tess undertook a number of grain industry roles with companies including Market Check, Profarmer, and the Clear Grain Exchange. As a strong advocate of being involved in and contributing to the life of local rural communities, Tess plans to live in one of the smaller towns on the EP. Rumour has it that she’s not a bad sportswoman, so hopefully, she will find a netball team with a vacant position! Please join us in welcoming Tess to FREE Eyre and the Eyre Peninsula. We wish her all the very best in the role and know that she will add great value to your business, the region, and FREE Eyre Limited. 

Eyre Peninsula’s grain growers are poised to embark on one of their most ambitious plans ever to take control of their future and collectively investigate and invest in future portside grain handling, exporting and value adding infrastructure in the region.

Following an extensive six-month survey of the Eyre Peninsula’s grain growers, undertaken by the region’s grower owned agribusiness, FREE Eyre Limited, an overwhelming majority of growers have indicated their desire to establish a proposed Eyre Peninsula Grain Growers Infrastructure Development Fund (EPGGIDF).

State Government Funds available to SA Farmers

We are writing to inform and encourage you to apply for the State Government’s
“Regional Capability Community Fund (RCCF)”

The RCCF contributes to the purchase of items for farmers to more safely and effectively respond to local emergencies and further support community volunteers.

The total grant fund this year is $470,000 and these funds are offered on a shared contribution basis.

GROWER-OWNED agribusiness FREE Eyre will act as the agent for Clear Grain Exchange and Profarmer Australia on its Eyre Peninsula base and throughout the rest of the state.

It previously had a two-year grain accumulation agreement in place with export business WA's Plum Grove.

FREE Eyre chief executive Mark Rodda said the more growers who used the Clear Grain Exchange, the greater the benefits would be.


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