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Beyond the Farm Gate

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Beyond the Farm Gate is a show where we shine a light on great Australian stories in agriculture. On the show, you'll hear from farmers who've survived challenges like fire, flood, and drought; farmers who run innovative and unique agribusinesses; and farmers who are balancing work and family in rural Australia. You'll be inspired hearing their stories, and pick up some insights along the way. Produced by Rural Bank.

Beyond the Farm Gate is a show where we shine a light on great Australian stories in agriculture. On the show, you'll hear from farmers who've survived challenges like fire, flood, and drought; farmers who run innovative and unique agribusinesses; and farmers who are balancing work and family in rural Australia. You'll be inspired hearing their stories, and pick up some insights along the way. Produced by Rural Bank.

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Australia

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Beyond the Farm Gate is a show where we shine a light on great Australian stories in agriculture. On the show, you'll hear from farmers who've survived challenges like fire, flood, and drought; farmers who run innovative and unique agribusinesses; and farmers who are balancing work and family in rural Australia. You'll be inspired hearing their stories, and pick up some insights along the way. Produced by Rural Bank.

Language:

English


Episodes

Challenging Australia's drinking culture [BEST OF SERIES]

9/19/2022
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,...

Duration:00:50:43

The entrepreneur with a focus on improving profitability in the livestock industry [BEST OF SERIES]

8/15/2022
Original publish date: Tue 16 Mar 2021. James Walker is a fifth-generation farmer from Longreach in Queensland. In between farming James is an accomplished entrepreneur with a focus on improving profitability in the livestock industry. In this episode, you'll hear how innovation has future-proofed James' family farm, how he's diversified his income stream through AgriTourism and AgTech, and how he's creating farming efficiencies that are bringing positive change to the Northern cattle...

Duration:00:32:17

Why saying "Yes" took Tom on the ultimate ag-adventure [REBROADCAST]

7/18/2022
Original publish date: Tue 16 Feb 2021. Agriculture, why wouldn't you want to be a part of it? So says today's guest, Tom Murphy of Kulin in Western Australia. As you listen to Tom speak, it’s easy to tell that he truly loves farming. And his passion for farming runs deep. It's a passion that's led him on a journey across the Nullarbor and back, working for some of the biggest names in Australian agriculture. In this episode, you'll hear Tom speak about his unwavering commitment to...

Duration:00:26:54

Don't judge a book by it's cover: The therapy donkeys helping a rural community

7/4/2022
Kate Nicolson runs Croftdown, a property in Bathurst, where she runs miniature donkeys, highland cows, and Angus beef cattle; with a particular passion for her donkeys. Kate grew up in a traditional farming background, surrounded by sheep, horses, and cattle, which she left to pursue a career in bushfire science, before ultimately being pulled back to rural life. In today's episode, Kate details her passion for donkeys and other unusual animals, and how she's found a way of supporting her...

Duration:00:18:40

The benefits of paddock-to-plate food systems

6/20/2022
Dr Rachel Carey is a Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, with expertise in all things food systems. Whilst working as a cook on a remote cattle station in Queensland, UK-local Rachel realised how good the food culture was, and how it was tied directly to how much food was grown near the city. As a result, she's since conducted research on the governance of sustainable food systems, and now leads the Foodprint Melbourne Project, which aims to improve the resilience of...

Duration:00:31:48

The Wimmera legend mentoring the next generation of ag graduates

6/6/2022
Greg Kuchel is the Regional Manager of Agribusiness with Rural Bank for both the Wimmera and Mallee regions. Greg also sits on the board of the Birchip Cropping Group — a key industry body for growers in the region. Despite growing up in South Australia, Greg has become well and truly entrenched in Victoria's Wimmera farming community, and he's passionate about not only farming but also supporting young talent emerging in the industry. In today's episode, Greg shares his connection to...

Duration:00:28:19

The fifth-generation farmer advocating for drought and water management

5/23/2022
Kate McBride is a fifth-generation farmer from New South Wales and the youngest member to sit on the Western Local Land Services board. Kate uses her agriculture experience to advocate for drought and water management and the importance of understanding the role that climate change plays in these areas. Her advocacy work has led her to become an Anne Kantor Fellow at the Australia Institute, where she can research the connections between water, the climate, and other rural issues. In...

Duration:00:31:29

The third-generation farmer creating education and opportunities in horticulture

5/9/2022
Catherine Velisha is a third-generation farmer with a passion for business and creating opportunities. Her first-hand experience on the farm shapes her newest venture, the Velisha Education Group (VEG), as she works to promote pathways into horticulture, and safety on the farm. In this episode, Catherine shares the story of how her family started in horticulture, and how the farm ended up in her capable hands. Plus, an insight into the entrepreneurial side of the vegetable industry, and how...

Duration:00:25:00

Challenging the stereotypes of women on-farm

4/25/2022
Kirsten Diprose is a communications specialist and content creator. Along with her husband and two boys, Kirsten lives on a mixed grazing and cropping farm in southwest Victoria, where their latest adventure is incorporating dairy into their farming business. In this episode, Kirsten shares how her experience in farming, combined with her expertise in broadcasting, resulted in co-founding the Ducks on the Pond podcast alongside Jackie Elliot. She also shares how her passion for telling the...

Duration:00:36:57

The reality TV star using his platform to promote Australia's fantastic regional centres [REBROADCAST]

4/11/2022
Original publish date: 30 Mar 2021. Neil Seaman is a fifth-generation wool grower on his family's 2,000-acre property, Rosemont, located near Crookwell in NSW. Alongside his father, Neil runs 4,000 Merino ewes, producing fine micron wool. In this episode, you'll hear how proud and optimistic Neil is about the future of Australia's wool industry, why he believes rural Australia is the place to live, and how his time on the reality TV show, Farmer Wants a Wife, has given him a platform to...

Duration:00:21:06

There's an app for that: Digitising your farm management

3/28/2022
Jock Lawrence is an entrepreneur and founder of Mobble (or Chief Mobbler!), a digital app that allows farmers to track and manage their livestock. Mobble is a simple, easy to use platform that enables farmers to take charge of their own farm management. In this episode, Jock’s shares how he was inspired to come up with Mobble upon returning to the family farm. He also takes us through his personal farming journey so far, and walks through his mission: to make farmers' lives easier through...

Duration:00:19:58

The University Professor fighting for the future of agriculture

3/14/2022
Jim Pratley is a Professor of Agriculture at Charles Sturt University (previously Wagga Wagga Ag College) and has been for almost 50 years. Over that time, he taught courses in agronomy and related areas and has published widely on the topics of conservation farming, weed management, herbicide resistance and allelopathy. He was also the Foundation Dean of Science and Agriculture at CSU from 1990 until 2006. Jim is also an advocate for the industry and uses his knowledge and experience to...

Duration:00:32:21

George the Farmer: Connecting kids to the land

2/28/2022
Simone Kain is co-owner of creative agency Hello Friday and co-founder and author of the award-winning educational brand, George the Farmer. Simone and her husband Justin are also raising three young boys on their family property near Penola, South Australia, which specialises in beef-cattle trading and sheep for meat and wool. In this episode, Simone shares the story of how George the Farmer began in 2012 when Simone was trawling the internet looking for farming books and apps for her...

Duration:00:38:00

Helping Aussie farmers make data-driven decisions

2/14/2022
Claudia Kirby is an Agricultural Analyst with ProFarmer, where she works with various data sources to help farmers make decisions and inform the industry about the latest trends. In this episode, Claudia shares how she grew up in the grain industry and how it has taken her from the Western Australian Wheatbelt to Kansas in the US, over to Victoria and across the ditch to New Zealand. She also discusses how these experiences not only exposed her to different crops, such as soybeans and corn,...

Duration:00:17:09

Why you need to start paying attention to the dairy industry

1/31/2022
John Droppert is what you might call a dairy junkie. Having grown up on his parent's dairy farm in Victoria, working weekends and school holidays, he was encouraged to leave the industry and not come back… Yet he’s now the Industry Insights and Analysis Manager at Dairy Australia. In this episode, John shares how his interest in both social media and content has turned him into both the producer of Dairy Australia’s podcast as well as one of the most prolific Twitter users in the industry....

Duration:00:19:21

Why you need to know your numbers to run a profitable farm

12/6/2021
David and Natalie Egerton-Warburton are the husband and wife team behind Agrimaster, a company that specialises in delivering financial, compliance and growth solutions to farm businesses via software, training and consultative support. Natalie has an extensive background in banking and finance, with an amazing gift for numbers and an entrepreneurial spirit. She heads up the finance, HR and operations side of Agrimaster. David combines his experience in the ag industry, along with a keen...

Duration:00:40:58

Choose your own 'Agventure'

11/18/2021
Alexandra Gartmann is the CEO of Rural Bank, and the Executive of Partnerships, Marketing and Corporate Affairs at Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Group. She is also Chair of the Victorian Agriculture and Climate Change Council and Director of the Australian Farm Institute. In this episode, we're celebrating this year’s #AgDayAU. We asked Alex to share what inspired her to embark on an agventure, the journey it’s taken her on, and what she’s learned along the way. We also chat about the...

Duration:00:42:07

The stories of agriculture you need to hear

11/8/2021
Oli Le Lievre is the Founder of Humans of Agriculture, a modern media company that aims to strengthen the connection between the food and fibre system, as well as the broader community, by making agriculture more relatable. In this episode, Oli shares his journey, from growing up in Sydney, to jackarooing, before completing his studies at Marcus Oldham College. He shares his interest in the future of rural and regional Australia, and how Humans of Agriculture is on a mission to share 10,000...

Duration:00:36:58

Aligning profitability with sustainability on your farm

10/25/2021
Jack Cresswell is the creator and host of Farms Advice podcast, a show which aims to share farming best-practice, innovation in agriculture, and create transparency within the industry. With each episode, Jack asks “How can this conversation improve farm outlook?” by interviewing industry leaders and leading farmers. Jack’s passion for agriculture is in his blood. He grew up on the multi-generational family property in Wilcannia. After completing his Bachelor of Agribusiness (majoring in...

Duration:00:27:48

How to own a farm when you have no capital

10/11/2021
Growing up on a farm, Andi White has always had agriculture in her blood. And while Andi and her husband Hayden have been living and working on the same farm in NSW’s Tocumwal for the past 16 years, they’ve always dreamed of owning their own farm. That opportunity came in 2020 when the property they’d been managing for the past 10 years went up for sale — and Andi and Hayden knew they had to hustle. While they had built up a solid deposit through share farming and purchasing weiner calves...

Duration:00:28:20