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We're going behind the scenes to see and understand modern agriculture, because no matter whether you're in it or not, you probably don't know all the pieces to just how incredible, diverse and multi-layered agriculture is. We do this by uncovering the real stories, experiences and voices of modern agriculture.
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Andrew is a passionate farmer, dad, husband and community man. He’s a thinker. Progressive. Visionary. He takes people along on the ride with him. In this chat Andrew shares his story, the evolution of ‘Chilwell farms’, the family business, the change and expansion of farming in his pocket of Western Australia. In 2000, Andrew undertook a Nuffield …
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Jim began his life on a farm in the irrigation area of the Riverina in NSW. His love of farming followed everything he did and would ultimately shape his career so far. After exploring farming in Thailand in his early twenties, he returned home to work on the family farm before looking further afield, eager to pursue opportunities outside the farm …
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This special episode explores the impact of avian influenza on the egg industry in Australia. Melinda Hashimoto, CEO of Egg Farmers of Australia, provides insights into the virus, its transmission, and the measures taken to control its spread. The discussion covers the process of detecting and responding to avian influenza outbreaks on farms, the i…
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Community Developer. Small Business Owner. Avid Netballer. International Agriculturalist. Local community enthusiast. Sometimes a travelling groupie (for certain bands). Liz Brennan is a legend, a very, very interesting person, and someone we've been fortunate to have known over the past few years. Her life experience is so incredibly fascinating h…
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Lucy Collins knew she wanted to be around animals since she was a child. Although she didn't grow up on a farm, she took every chance to be at the dairy across the road from her family home. Early on she decided that being a Vet, was going to be her calling. "I didn't have a clear family farm pathway to follow. So seemed like a natural fit." Takeaw…
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We are back and we are sitting down with LAWD Senior Director, Tim McKinnon to get the latest on Australia's rural real estate market. A few summarising points: Beef Australia is more than just Beef - international interest across all of Aussie Ag came to Rockhampton in the first week of May. The market dynamics between family farms and corporate/i…
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Ashley Severin and his wife Lyndee call Curtin Springs in Australia's Northern Territory home. The family has embraced generational opportunity in diversifying the 1 million acre cattle station to other means. They've successfully established and run a tourism business, support local tours, an on-farm restaurant and have explored value add opportun…
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Jane Snell left a world of Fine Dining to pursue a career in Dairy Farming. As part of our Partnership with Dairy Australia, we are learning more about the Dairy industry and we wanted to understand how her journey has shaped her career today. We cover: Dairy farming can be a rewarding career that offers variety and challenges. Compassion and being…
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Courtenay DeHoff, aka the Fancy Lady Cowgirl, is in Australia for the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity event. Thanks to our friends over at The Regional PR Co, we've managed to bring her into The Commons in Sydney to share her story with our Aussie audience. In this conversation we explore her upbringing as a local Kansas cowgirl, when t…
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We were recently given the opportunity to host a conversation at the Norco, PrimeX field days. In 2023 Norco and the National Farmers Federation released a report: The National Farmer Wellbeing Report When it comes to mental health, farmers in Rural Australia face disproportionately high rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide. As part of our wor…
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It's a foggy May morning in Beaufort, 150kms west of Melbourne. We grab a coffee and head towards the first of the latest properties that the team at Go.FARM was acquired only a few months earlier, getting a better understanding of the Agronomist who spent his childhood not too far down the highway. As we tour the property, we quickly pull over, Li…
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This special spotlight is on a support service that is too important not to know about. We met Ross Blanch a member of the Farmer to Lifeline Farmer support program. He's been a lifeline volunteer for more than 31 years and in the past 4 years since starting the Farmer to Lifeline Farmer help line he's answered more than 4,000 calls from Aussie Far…
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Tom and Mick interview Jeremy Cummins, a professional cattle buyer and feedlotter. Jeremy shares his background in the industry, his experience working with his uncle, and his transition into feedlotting. He discusses the types of cattle he buys and the markets he targets. Jeremy also talks about the current sentiment in the cattle market and his p…
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In 2020, Harry Lloyd was a little lost. He had just finished University and couldn't chase his dream of being a cowboy in America due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, we'djust started the Humans of Agriculture Podcast and Harry was recommended to listen, which turned out to be a pretty pivotal moment for him. "The one thing I took away f…
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Jodie Redcliffe studied Psychology, can speak fluent Japanese, is a mother of three and her first memories in agriculture are feeding poddy calves on her Pa’s dairy farm. There’s a lot to unpack in this episode! As a youngster, Jodie moved around regional Queensland as her father worked in pigs and poultry. “He actually liked pigs a lot more than p…
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Adam DeMamiel is the CEO, Director and Co-Founder of Boys To The Bush, a charity which supports vulnerable youth with intensive programs. His role has changed over the years so now he's not the one running the programs, but empowering others around him to do so. Having his staff find reward from the work they do with kids and speak passionately abo…
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Hey! We're back and this week we thought given it's the first of May, we'd do a quick check in with what's happening at Humans of Ag. We've been out filming with goFARM, NSW DPI, Dairy Australia, and the team at BlackBox. Our Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) in conversation series are alive and well on their channels. We've had th…
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We won't be able to give Esther Price justice in these show notes, but if you have ever been in the room with her then you know just how ExtraOrdinary she is. The influence she has on people around her is incredible, particularly when she is on stage, she really is absolutely captivating. Esther calls Western Australia (WA) home and always has. She…
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“I never thought I'd be chatting on an agriculture podcast.” Founder and CEO of IVM Group, Nick Bloor describes his business as having a mission to improve people's lives through plant science. At only 19 years old, Nick founded his first business in vegetation management space. To us, Nick’s work is pretty mind-blowing. And he is so humble in how …
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Welcome back to the Tom and Mick Show! In this episode they are joined by special guest - Justin Oakenfull, from Elders at Inverell and recently the 2024 National Young Auctioneer Of The Year! Key Topics: Justin's journey in the auctioneering and livestock industry Market trends and predictions in the livestock industry Justin's pump-up routine and…
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To describe Sarah Sivyer as worldly and business savvy would be absolutely under-selling her. Sarah describes herself as a ‘serious data nerd’ and a ‘serious business model nerd’. After sitting down with her to record the podcast, we believe it and love it! “I'm going to sound a bit wacky, I just love excellent businesses.” Sarah has some incredibl…
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This week we're sitting down with Nancy Crawshaw, the New Zealand winner of the Zanda McDonald Award. Nancy shares her journey in agriculture and the importance of connection to the land. She discusses the multi-generational impact in agriculture and the responsibility of caring for the land for future generations. Nancy talks about her experiences…
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Tessa Chartres is the 2024 Zanda McDonald Award winner for Australia, in this episode she sits down with host Oli Le Lievre to chat about her background, her role as the General Manager of Business Development at Murray Irrigation Limited (MIL). She highlights the impact of the drought on regional communities and the importance of long-term thinkin…
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We're about a quarter of the way through 2024 (HOW?!) and we thought it was time to give our Community a bit of an update. It's almost exactly 4 years since the release of our first ever podcast, and there's been almost 250 podcasts since then which feels HUGE. In that time so much has evolved as we continue to grow and adapt. A quick shout out to …
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Mark Peart believes that purpose should drive a business, closely followed by Profit. It's a concept that may take a bit to digest, however, Mark's views are that with profit, the opportunity to do good can continue for a longer term. Mark has had an extraordinary career, in his early 30s he decided the dream job and life he was living was not nece…
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This is the Tom and Mick Show! In this episode they are joined by special guest - cattle buyer Jimmy Blain, AKA 'Bull Train'. They cover the following: What keeps Jimmy occupied day-to-day Cattle market trends and weather impact Sheep and wool markets Market outlooks and predictions What podcasts Jimmy listens to on the road…
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Hamish Marr has been in the room for some of New Zealand Agriculture’s key discussions, yet the moment that he is most proud of and one that has defined his life more than any other was when a young boy asked him if he could teach him to be a farmer. Several years on from that initial conversation, Hamish continues to mentor and coach Fergus on his…
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From Italy and French Polynesia to New Zealand and Australia, Roberta Marcoli has committed herself to research in aquaculture. Roberta’s energy is infectious and we learnt so much about the ocean and the world under the sea, how it has evolved to where it is today and how it can help shape the future. Roberta understands how communities around the…
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Katia Taylor was always passionate about making a difference in the environment and climate. She initially began studying politics at University, but soon decided that she could have far more impact through science. And for Katia, agricultural science is the biggest platform to have the influence she wants to have in the world. She is now a Postdoc…
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Guy Coleman entered the evokeAG. stage and started handing around ANZAC biscuits his Mum had made. He was also holding his Grandmother’s 27th edition Country Women's Association cookbook. And then he started talking about open source weed technology. He explains that open source technology means that a fundamental idea is available for everyone to …
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Long before Sam Lambert was immersed in agriculture, he was an aspiring musician and studied economics in Canberra. Now, Sam is the Co-Founder of zenGate Global where they believe everyone should have equal access to technology and innovation. They work with different ag markets around the world to deliver supply chain resilience solutions, like in…
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In today’s episode, Oli chat’s with Fiona and Liam Mann from Eradu in Western Australia. Their journey into the space of Agriculture and farming today is as creative as it is inspiring. Both raised on farms, Liam originally from Scotland, moved to Australia for a harvest season in 2004 and never left after meeting his neighbour's daughter, Fiona. T…
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Natalie Bell's grandma told her, "It's not a risk, it's an adventure". Natalie has lived by that since growing up in Sydney and shifting to a career immersed in Australian livestock. Natalie has since founded Hylo Ag, designed to repurpose plastics used in cattle ear tags. We sat down with Natalie at evokeAG. 2024 after her Future Young Leader pres…
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“You've just got to be there, in the discussion, because something will trigger something and make you think, and I think that's the best thing.” 18 months ago, tragedy struck at the Langley’s property at Pine Hill in South Australia. After suffering a medical episode, Ted Langley’s brother would pass away. After 30 years in partnership, the succes…
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This year, Australians are expected to spend almost $465m on flowers for Valentine's Day (Australian Retailers Association, 2024)… We had some questions and wanted to know more. Are the flowers imported or locally grown? What’s the process to get them from soil to the markets? What trends are occurring and what are consumers wanting? How is flower …
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“If you can see it, you can be it” - Marty Lovegrove There’s some conversations that leave you with a smile, they’re raw and real and people that do extraordinary things while not taking it all too seriously. Marty Lovegrove is definitely one of those people! As a kid, Marty wanted to be a shearer – just like his Dad. As a youngen he’d dream about …
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Welcome back to the In The Know On the Go Podcast! This week, host Oli Le Lievre sits down with Col Medway, Senior Director at LAWD, to get across the latest trends and happenings in the Aussie Rural Real Estate market. We last caught up with Col in October 2023, he was busier than eer and the market was slowing. So let’s find out what’s the latest…
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Nigel Corish was born with Cerebral Palsy, living with a disability has shaped much of his life outlook and amongst the challenges, it has fostered a need to be adaptive and think outside the box, you could say, it’s even a superpower. Nigel has an impressive feat of accomplishments to his name, from Cotton Grower of the Year, Young Australian Farm…
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Did you know Australia has some of the oldest vines in the world? Nigel Blieschke is a 2023 Syngenta Growth Award winner in the Sustainability, Advisor category. In this episode, Nigel shares his journey from childhood in the Flinders Ranges to becoming a leader in viticulture, addressing challenges in the industry, and providing insights into the …
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I am so excited to share this episode with you. Julia Spicer is one of those people you meet and you instantly feel like you’ve known them for years. She’s a true champion and advocate for rural Australia, the people within these communities and is eager to see innovation unlocked and enabled. Believing that rural communities needed vibrant and via…
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When it comes to things synonymous with visiting a farm, a tour is right up there. Sam Coulton takes great pride in it, so much so, that within his business he has established a dedicated crew to lead farm tours to support the education and understanding on their cotton farm near Goondiwindi. The Coulton family have incredible ties in farming. From…
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Over 60 years ago, an American farmer would be reading the American Farm Bureau magazine. Unbeknown to him at the time, it was a moment that would prove pivotal in the development of Australia’s cotton industry, and Australian agriculture would never look the same again… Growing up in Wee Waa, the Kahl family were at the centre of the development o…
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Welcome back to the first episode of the #InTheKnow podcast for 2024! This week, host Oli Le Lievre and Century Orchards Farm Technical Manager Gemma Nunn delve hive-first into the world of bees. Century Orchards farm is based at Loxton in South Australia, on the mighty Murray River. In this episode, Gemma explains the in’s and outs of bee pollinat…
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This episode with Fritz Bolten is our very first “Mother - Son” duo for the Humans Of Agriculture podcast! We sat down with Fritz's Mother, Frauke Bolten-Boshammer, about two years ago. They both have incredible stories, as a family and as individuals. We talk about farming in Kununurra. The wet season. Succession and handing over the reigns, even …
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In August last year, Oli had the chance to sit down with David Egerton-Warburton for their podcast Boots off Log on! We thought we'd share the chat as, we thought it'd give a little bit more context behind Humans of Agriculture and why it started. We're back to regular episodes from next week and we can't wait to bring you more extraordinary storie…
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Despite Oli getting it very wrong... we are definitely back on Wednesday the 17th of Jan (not the 18th)... Between now and then we are running around Northern NSW, next week we have a little special episode which will give you a bit of insight into the behind Humans of Ag and what summarises what we would love to see HOA become this year... See you…
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This week we are sitting down with Nick Crundall the CEO of Market Check a specialist grain marketing advisor. Nick grew up in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, his connection to agriculture was fairly minimal however today, he's determined to show kids just like him, the careers and opportunities in agriculture. Initially he wanted to be a real estate age…
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Welcome back to the Humans Of Agriculture Podcast with your host, Oli Le Lievre. There is so much to unpack in this episode with Jack Milbank. He's a Father, farmer, Nuffield Scholar, beer maker, cattle breeder and agronomist... Jack reflects on the seismic shifts in Zimbabwe's economy, the loss of his family farm, and the tragic death of his mothe…
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Welcome to the Humans Of Agriculture Radio! Oli and Milly sit down for a chat in this episode called... 'Moly'... 2023 has been HUGE and we have so much that we want to share with our Community. We chat about the insights from our Community Survey, mental health, Careers In Agriculture and touch on what have been some of our favourite podcasts thro…
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For this weeks Friday episode, we're switching things up and drawing attention to our Careers In Agriculture channel that you might not be so familiar with! Oli recently sat down with Ben Dwyer, Chief Operating Officer - Agribusiness at Harvest Road Group to find out about their latest job opportunities. The team are on the lookout for several staf…
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