Farmer Profile

Michael Klingner

Michael Klingner

 Dalby QLD 4405, Australia
South East Queensland
 Farmhand on a 10,000 acre cotton and grain farm, dryland and irrigation.
 Farmhand on a mixed farm with 3,000 acres of dryland grain production, working on the cropping and machinery maintenance/manufacture operations. 1 season working for a custom harvesting crew in the United States.
 6-10 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Broad Acre Cropping 4
  • Specialty Crops 2
  • Sheep 1
  • Beef 1
  • Market garden 1
  • Other livestock 1
  • Chickens 1
  • Dairy 1
  • Goats 1
  • Viticulture 1
  • Other Farming Preferences: None

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Cropping 4
  • Machinery Operation 4
  • Business Management 2
  • Human Resources 2
  • Marketing 2
  • Planning 2
  • Agronomy 2
  • Livestock Mustering 1
  • Animal Husbandry 1
  • Sales 1
  • Fencing 1
  • Accounting 1
  • Book Keeping 1
  • Orcharding 1
  • Other Farming Skills: None

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Conventional 4
  • Urban 1
  • Organic 1
  • Biodynamic 1
  • Regenerative 1
  • Grass fed 1
  • Permaculture 1
  • Other Farming Methods: Controlled Traffic, Zero/Minimum Tillage farming practices

Farm Opportunities Sought:

  • Equity
  • Share Farm
  • Vendor Finance

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

I completed a dual diploma in agriculture and agribusiness management through TAFE early last year. I then spent a season working for a custom harvest crew in the United States as a way to experience farming in a different part of the world. This was an opportunity to meet other people from the US, UK, and Australia with farming backgrounds and learn farming techniques from different parts of the world.

Why are you passionate about farming?

I grew up helping dad in his contract harvesting business. I enjoy harvesting crops, and having worked on farms for 8 years now, I can appreciate the time, effort, and decision making that goes into growing a successful crop. Owning my own farm would allow me the opportunities and risks of growing crops, and the rewards for doing so.

Best days of being a farmer:

My dream farm would be a dryland controlled traffic grain production farm located on the Darling Downs. I would have a rotation of sorghum and mungbeans during the summer seasons. Wheat, barley and chickpeas would be options for the winter seasons. This mix would help to reduce the risk of seasonal climatic and market variations, weed and pest challenges, and help to ensure sustainability. On the best days I would admire well-growing, healthy crops, and continue to seek ways to improve efficiency of the crop production and yields.