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Welcome to Humans of Agriculture. This podcast series is dedicated to discovering more about our food system, from the people involved in it. Along the journey we'll be meeting people from all walks of life from Australia and from afar. Join us as we find out how our communities and our culture shape what we eat, and ultimately who we are. ​More people, More often, Identifying with Agriculture
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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 prese…
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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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Bryce Ive's story is as colourful as Bryce himself. We have something to learn from all of our conversations on the Humans Of Agriculture podcast, but this chat is especially special and enlightening. Bryce grew up a 'naughty boy' who was in trouble just as often as he was successful. He adored arts and performance, staging Shakespeare productions …
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Random unpredicted rainfall in some parts of Australia with bushfires in other areas, El Niño declaration across the media and some very early winter crop harvesting... The Humans Of Agriculture team got thinking - what on earth is happening to the weather? So, we got in the expert - Karl Lijnders from Weather Matters for a chat with Oli. Karl got …
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Erica Halliday embodies optimism. Her upbeat nature is genuinely infectious, even when she is talking about some really difficult periods for her, her family and the business. Erica and her husband Stu run Ben Nevis Angus Stud, a 5th generation family business situated in Walcha, New South Wales. Erica is a natural storyteller who believes in bring…
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Who better to help us get 'In The Know' than with our Minister for Agriculture himself! Before getting the gig, Minister Murray Watt said to the Prime Minister, "I'd be really keen to take on agriculture, it has issues that I care about. I was really keen to write maintain some sort of portfolio that kept me connected to rural and regional Australi…
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How does a person become the Managing Director (MD) of one of the biggest Agricultural Research & Development Corporations in the country? Well, Jason Strong accredits a lot of his success and career progression to judging livestock. For him, that’s just about where it all began! With an arguably unrivalled love for cattle, livestock and agricultur…
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Your host, Oli Le Lievre sits down with Catherine Sayer for this weeks In The Know On The Go episode. They touch on the following: Catherine's background, including her role as the former CEO of Food South Australia and her transition to leading the Family Business Association (FBA) The significance of family businesses in Australia, both economica…
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This weeks guest is Sandra Ireson, a seventh generation farmer from the Snowy Mountains! But she now finds herself on the Hay Plains with her husband and family. We first came across Sandra's work through her involvement in the Hay Inc Rural Education Program. About 10 years ago, Sandra and a few others started the program designed to bring city ki…
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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 happening in the Aussie Rural Real Estate market. We cover: Australian agribusiness trends and factors impacting the industry El Nino's impact on the land market and sentiment Rural…
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It's just about a wrap for our Better Business Series! This Part 2 episode with Ed Bradley & Bea Litchfield from Hazeldean will round out the series. If you haven't already, go back and listen to all of our previous incredible guests: Mitchell Highett, Grace Brennan and Phil Cloros. In this episode, we continue our conversation with Bea and Ed, dis…
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In agriculture we often have husband and wife duos on the farm, but not so often in Agribusiness! So we're stoked to have had the opportunity to chat to co-CEO's - David and Natalie Egerton-Warbuton from Agrimaster. Together, they established the software development company in 2001 and have since began raising their family in Western Australia. Th…
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Our Better Business Series is coming to a close with final guests Ed Bradley & Bea Litchfield from Hazeldean. In Part One, we delve into the history of Hazeldean, a long-standing agricultural enterprise founded in 1865. Bea and Ed provide insights into their unique backgrounds and how they have each established themselves within the business. Famil…
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Sam Burke has invited Oli and all listeners to his place for a BBQ and we're holding him to it! Sam's career spans over 30 years in the culinary world. From his early days as a milkboy to becoming a corporate chef, Sam has gained valuable lessons from every part of his career progression. He is now the Corporate Chef and Foodservice Business Develo…
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Welcome to episode six of the Better Business series and our second with Phil Cloros from Mongrel Boots. In the first part of our chat, we explored Phil's background and his perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing the family business, especially in the context of generational differences and workforce challenges. In this second part,…
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In this episode, Oli chats with Olivia (Liv) Thompson, a Director at LAWD. Liv's early years were spent on Northern Territory cattle stations, and she recently came full circle by selling one of those stations as a real estate agent. Although Liv's career began in real estate, she took a detour to Texas, USA, working as a cutting horse trainer. Thr…
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We're half way through the Better Business Series! Here is episode five with Phil Cloris from Mongrel Boots as our guest. In this episode, we dive into Phil's journey with Mongrel Boots, a fifth-generation Australian shoe business founded in 1930. We explore how Phil, alongside his family members, has worked to maintain the family values and ethos …
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This week Oli had two guests join him on the Humans of Agriculture Podcast! Lachie Knight and Ned Olsson from Clipex met up with Oli during the 2023 AgQuip Field Days. Clipex is a family business which started in manufacturing a solution for fencing and then expanded into other livestock handling equipment. They now have businesses across the globe…
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Welcome to Episode 4 of the Better Business series and our second with Grace Brennan, Founder and CEO of Buy From The Bush. Your host, Oli Le Lievre and Grace discuss various aspects of Grace's journey in building and growing her impactful business. Grace shares insights about the role of vulnerability, utilising outsourcing, the importance of admi…
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In a past life, Anthony Lee has scrubbed dishes, flipped burgers, varnished boats, worked on ski fields and spent time as a postman... Now, Anthony is the CEO and Director at family business, Australian Country Choice (ACC), a beef, cattle and food processing company. Anthony first came onto Oli’s radar following his speech at the EKKA Brekkie in 2…
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Welcome to Episode 3 of the Better Business series and our first with powerhouse, Grace Brennan, Founder and CEO of Buy From The Bush. Your host, Oli Le Lievre, and Grace cover everything from her upbringing in Sydney, to falling in love and moving out to 'the bush', all the way to establishing Buy From The Bush. And if you are familiar with Buy Fr…
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In this episode of the Humans of Agriculture podcast, Oli is joined by Jordy Kitschke, founder of Flux Robotics and former evokeAG. Future Young Leader (2019). We follow Jordy's journey from growing up on a farm in South Australia, to founding not one, but two AgTech businesses. For Jordy, it started on the family cropping farm where he had a list …
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Welcome to Episode 2 of the Better Business series! In this episode, we return with Mitch from Bullseye Ag. If you missed the first episode, make sure you go back and give it a listen. This time, we continue to learn from Mitch and his experience in building a business, which sometimes meant removing himself from the business, "So that if this fell…
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Rebecca (or Beck) Underwood was on our "Women in Agriculture" panel back in March, 2023. Your host, Oli Le Lievre found the conversations with Beck really insightful, so he decided to sit down with her again to chat about how she has progressed her career, how she has grown in confidence and her ideas around inclusivity in agriculture. A highly reg…
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Welcome to Episode 1 of the Better Business series! In this episode, Oli dives into the journey of Mitch Highett, the Managing Director and Founder of Bullseye Ag. Mitch's story is a mix of farm life around the world and working in major ag companies. Bullseye Ag offers farm management and consultancy services. But it's not just about that – it's a…
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If Malkah wasn’t a Relationship Credit Analyst, she would use her love of problem solving be an entrepreneur. Oli and Malkah chat about her unique upbringing, moving throughout South America, Europe and Australia which is absolutely fascinating. Her Mum (also her hero) actually started a career as a professional tennis player before going back to h…
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Join host Oli Le Lievre as he chats with Samantha (Sam) Wan, an Australian wool broker based in Melbourne. There's something about wool that gets people so energised and Sam is no exception. This episode was recorded from the Hamilton Sheepvention, so we hope you're forgiving of some faint background noise! While recording, Oli was huddled around a…
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This week your host, Oli Le Lievre travelled out to the Hamilton Sheepvention to discuss 'The Importance of Evolving within Agriculture' with Mark Gubbins, 'Coolana' Managing Director and Brendan Rinaldi, Elders Vic/Riverina GM. The Elders marquee was full to the brim, so a huge shout out to the 100 or so people in the crowd! We finish this episode…
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Oral lice treatment?! No matter what wool length?! We’re listening… Traditionally, sheep are treated for lice through a backline at the time of shearing. With a new oral treatment product on the market, your host Oli Le Lievre got curious and asked some questions of Dr Jane Morrison: What does it take to get a new product to market? How do farmers …
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In this episode of the Humans of Agriculture podcast, host Oli Le Lievre is joined by co-host Milly Nolan for the first time! Milly is mates with our guest and knew he would make a ripper episode, so we teed it up while we were all in Armidale together. Introducing Jack Laurie, 5th generation cattle farmer and founder of Breeder Genetics. With a pr…
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Tom (T-Truck) and Mick (Corkscrew) are back on with their fourth? fifth? episode of the Monthly Markets. They’re joined by special guest Ciaran O'Gorman from StockCo. While having a laugh and some fun, they explore current market conditions, the impact of seasonal and climatic factors on livestock prices, and the opportunities available to producer…
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Before you listen to this ep, go back and listen to "The Agri Lawyer taking on Mount Everest with Trent Thorne" if you haven't already! Trent Thorne has returned from his attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Host, Oli Le Lievre sits down with him to reflect on his incredible journey and the raw decision to turn-back, only ~8hr from the top…
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