Necessity is the mother of invention: How innovation in agritech is improving production outcomes
Beyond the Farm Gate
by Rural Bank
1w ago
Pip Grant is the CEO of Riverine Plains Inc. Riverine Plains Inc. specialises in farmer-driven research and extension to benefit broadacre farmers in Victoria and New South Wales. Throughout her career, Pip has been on the cutting edge of agritech innovation and has committed her life to programs and technology to improve outcomes for farmers and rural communities. In this episode, Pip digs into Australian agritech, where the industry is currently and where it can go in the future, and how the research done by Riverine Plains Inc. is helping farmers. She’ll also reflect on how her thoughts on ..read more
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From cotton chipper to Federal Member: David Littleproud’s journey to politics
Beyond the Farm Gate
by Rural Bank
3w ago
The Hon David Littleproud MP is the Leader of The National Party, Member for Maranoa, and Federal Shadow Minister for Agriculture. David has represented Queensland’s Maranoa region since 2016 and held many positions in the Federal Parliament. However, his connection to ag started much earlier than that: growing up on the family farm near Chinchilla. In this episode, David opens up about his approach to leadership and standing his ground during negotiations. He also takes us back to his childhood growing up on a farm and shares how his first job as a cotton chipper influenced his enduring passi ..read more
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The importance of farmer-led research organisations for Australian agriculture
Beyond the Farm Gate
by Rural Bank
1M ago
Fiona Best is the CEO of Birchip Cropping Group. Birchip Cropping Group, or BCG, is a Victorian not-for-profit agricultural research group run by and for farmers and is dedicated to increasing prosperity for all farmers through scientific research and innovative strategies. In this episode, Fiona shares how her growing up on a farm influenced her career choices, how her journey to the boardroom included a long detour into the classroom educating the next generation of farmers, and the many lessons she’s learnt from a lifetime in ag. She’ll also reveal her hopes for the future of Australian agr ..read more
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Perseverance, passion, and people: The importance of encouraging young people in ag
Beyond the Farm Gate
by Rural Bank
1M ago
Florance McGufficke is the Elders NSW Livestock and Stud Stock Sales Support Officer in Dubbo. In 2023, Florance was recognised as an ambassador for women in rural NSW when she was named the Land Sydney Royal AgShows NSW Young Woman of the Year which was previously known as Sydney Royal Showgirl. In this episode, Florance speaks about the opportunities life in agriculture has given her and shares her advice for other young people who are unsure about their next step. She also opens up about becoming a role model for women in agriculture and why it's so important to her to encourage the next ge ..read more
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How devastating bushfires led to a thriving online business for Aussie farmers
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by Rural Bank
2M ago
Bianca Tarrant is the CEO of Our Cow. Following extreme bushfires in 2019, Bianca and her partner Dave created Our Cow which is an online subscription service providing Australian meat directly from the farmer to the customer. In this episode, Bianca will open up about the issues that she and many other Australian farmers struggle with, the genesis of Our Cow, and where she hopes the business goes in the future. Bianca will also describe how social media played a part in creating a multimillion-dollar e-commerce business.   Resources and links: Our Cow Bianca Tarrant on LinkedIn   ..read more
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The power of resilience and embracing life in agriculture
Beyond the Farm Gate
by Rural Bank
3M ago
Jack Jordan-Hill is a Product Specialist for CLAAS LEXION harvesters in Australia. Jack has travelled the world because of ag, from delivering product presentations in Europe to harvesting grain in the United States. But his love of ag started at home, in Victoria, as a child on his family farm. In this episode, Jack shares the opportunities afforded to him by a career in agriculture and why he loves it. He also opens up about a devastating and life-changing loss, and how it has shaped him into the man he is today.   Mental health support: If you need mental health support, please visit y ..read more
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Creepy crawlies or handy helpers: How microorganisms affect soil health
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by Rural Bank
3M ago
Dr Anthony Young is a Senior Lecturer in Crop Protection at the University of Queensland. For over 20 years, Anthony has been researching how to detect and prevent diseases affecting agriculture. He is also passionate about creating beneficial microbial communities for improved soil health and better agricultural outcomes for farmers. In this episode, Anthony explains how current ag research is benefiting farmers, how remote sensing is being used to combat pests and diseases in the field, and why farmers should look at the biological makeup of their soil in addition to the chemical composition ..read more
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From the refinery to the field: What ag can learn from chemical engineering
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by Rural Bank
3M ago
Tim Rethus is a farmer in Horsham, Victoria. Before pursuing his passion for ag as a dryland broadacre cropping farmer, Tim was a chemical engineer. Today, he uses the lessons he learned in chemical engineering on his farm to innovate and push the envelope. In this episode, Tim shares his early connection to ag before heading off to university and pursuing a career as a chemical engineer. He’ll elaborate on how he found his way back to agriculture, how working for a multinational fuel company has influenced how he farms today, and why innovation is so important for the future of farming.   ..read more
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Introducing 'Unpacking Ag'
Beyond the Farm Gate
by Rural Bank
5M ago
It's been a while, and Annie is back with some exciting announcements from the world of Rural Bank podcasts. Firstly, 'Beyond the Farm Gate' is making a comeback! So keep an eye out for some fresh new episodes coming soon. Annie will be passing along the torch to some new voices who'll be continuing to shine a light on great ag stories from across the country. Plus, we've just launched a brand new show from the Rural Bank Insights Team called 'Unpacking Ag'! It's all about providing the information you need to run a successful ag business. In each episode, your hosts Michael and Sean will brea ..read more
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Challenging Australia's drinking culture [BEST OF SERIES]
Beyond the Farm Gate
by Rural Bank
1y ago
Original publish date: Tue 06 Jul 2021. Shanna Whan is the CEO of Sober in the Country, a national advocacy program for social change in the bush. In this episode, Shanna shares her (very) personal journey, from growing up in her local rural scene to her battle with alcohol — which led her to start 'Sober in the Country'. She’s determined to spread the message that ‘It’s ok to say no to a beer’ throughout Australia’s rural communities. Shanna has worked as a rural journalist, a jillaroo, and a photographer, which gives her a unique perspective on Australian agricultural communities.   Men ..read more
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