Level Up Hort

A program focused on supporting vegetable and onion businesses to increase profitability and build long-term resilience.

grow your farm profits

Level Up Hort aims to take your business to the next level. Every business has a vision, whether to expand or grow more profit from every dollar invested, but to make it a reality you need to know what elements of your business can help you reach your goals.


Independent and highly qualified Farm Business Consultants are linked with vegetable growers for detailed data collection, an in-depth analysis and a high-level review of your whole farming business to establish which factors affect production efficiencies, what drives profit in your business and how you may best grow your assets over time.


Use the data analysis to gain greater insights into your business. Through face-to-face consultation, the review process will provide you with the knowledge to make data-driven management decisions that over time will make your business more efficient, more profitable and better able to cope with challenging seasons and market unpredictability.


Knowing your costs and how best to distribute resources within your business to generate profit allows you to control and influence the factors that turn small returns into greater returns and grow your business wealth over time.

Latest Benchmarks

Webinar Recording 3 July 2024

If you missed the Vegetable and Onion Business Performance Benchmarking Webinar, you can watch a recording here.

season 2023 report

National Vegetable and Onoin Benchmarks published for the benefit of Australian vegetable and onion businesses and those who are involved in the Australian vegetable and onion industries.

Latest News

setting growers up for success

Australia’s most profitable vegetable growers spend more on inputs but are better at converting costs to income, according to a new benchmarking report to be launched during Hort Connections in Melbourne next week.

Why get involved?

If you don’t measure, you can’t manage. Level Up Hort provides you with the opportunity to take a deep dive into your business and achieve the following advantages:

  • Information and knowledge to continually review and improve your business financial performance and operating efficiency, set internal targets and improve processes and management to achieve these.
  • Data-driven decision making to understand and fine tune your internal efficiencies and better link what happens in the field and how this transfers into income.
  • Know your margin and understand why it is different to someone else’s margin.
  • Address pricing with direct regard to costs and review pricing structure annually.
  • Help inform tactical decisions as well as strategies to optimise return on investment.
  • Provide useful material for discussion groups and guide priorities for future activities.
  • Identify industry benchmarks to indicate how the industry is tracking over time.

How It Works

Why Farm Business Consultants?

Farm Business Consulting is a highly specialised and unique service that is relatively new to horticulture. The point of difference is that it matches up production and production measures with the financial metrics and reviews how every dollar spent on production is turned into income and profit.

The consultant provides a fresh set of eyes over your production and financial figures which can highlight areas of risk and also where the potential lies to improve your business performance. The service complements that of an accountant, agronomist or bank and pulls it all together to build stronger and better performing businesses.


What experience does Planfarm and RMCG bring to the table?

Planfarm have been consulting to horticultural businesses for 6 years, and have been a well known and respected farm business consulting firm among grain producers for more than 50 years. RMCG have been working with horticulture and agricultural clients (including dairy) for more than 30 years and are highly regarded in many regions across the East Coast of Australia. The partnership of the two firms in this program offers a wealth of experience to vegetable and onion businesses across Australia.


Frequently Asked Questions

This project has been funded by Hort Innovation using the vegetable and onion research and development levies and contributions from the Australian Government. Project Number: MT22009.

It's a FREE service - for up to five years. You will receive specialised horticulture business consulting to the value of $10,000 per year, over the life of the project, that equates to $50,000!

Our team of highly qualified consultants for the most part have been allocated to regions for logistical purposes. If you have a specific preference, we will try where we can to accommodate your request.