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AgTalk Podcast

The Centre for the Study of Agribusiness (CSA) at Marcus Oldham College is proud to present, Marcus Oldham AgTalk.

Hosted by the director of the CSA, David Cornish, join us he talks with the movers and shakers of the Ag world about the issues affecting the agribusiness sector.

AgTalk is available on iTunes, Spotify, your favourite podcast platforms or on the player below:

Latest Episode

AgTalk S2E34 – The business of running a business with Nigel Kerin


About Nigel Kerin
Nigel Kerin is the founder and director of Kerin Poll Merino Stud.

Kerin Poll Merino stud was established in 2009 with the goal to build the traits that made the terminal industry a success into the Merino breed, “fast early growth”, “fertility” and “doing ability”.

Nigel chats to us about his key learnings he has had in creating a successful agricultural business. What are the key drivers you need to get right to make money in this industry?

You can learn more about Kerin Poll from their website www.kerinpoll.com.au, on Twitter @KerinPollMerino or on their Facebook page

AgTalk Season 2

AgTalk S2E3 – Crops People Money & You with Dr Kate Burke

About Kate

Kate Burke founded Think Agri after identifying a need for corporate and institutional investors to have access to astute experience based advice when considering key agri-investment decisions. Knowing the right questions to ask is fundamental to sound decision making. Kate’s 26 years of experience forms a library of critical questions to ask about any agricultural investment.

Kate also recognised that leading farm families could further improve their performance by taking the lead from corporate business practices when it comes to business planning and reporting. This is especially the case for any farm business considering intergenerational succession or contemplating accessing external capital from sources other than traditional debt funding via lending institutions.

Kate is a highly experienced independent farm consultant with a PhD in agronomy. Kate spent time in the corporate sector as commercial manager of one of the largest grain producers in Australia and knows what it takes to run a profitable farm business.

This background enables Think Agri to offer the very best strategic advice and guidance to investors and family farmers alike.

Equally comfortable in boots or suits, Kate’s great people skills and high level of expertise can help you to thrive in the agricultural industry, so contact us today to find out more.

Kate recently wrote Crops People Money & You which you can purchase here.

AgTalk S2E2 – Driving Profitability in the Northern Cropping Zones with Simon Fritsch

About Simon

Founder of Agripath, Simon has over 20 years experience in agriculture with his client base encompassing irrigation, dry land farming and grazing operations.

He has Southern, Central, and Northern NSW farming systems experience. Simon’s particular strengths have been in financial analysis and planning to deliver profitable outcomes for client businesses. Simon has worked as an irrigation agronomist for Twynam Cotton at Warren, a dry land consultant agronomist for Hassall & Associates and team leader Farm Business Consulting for Hassall & Associates.

Simon has worked in many parts of Australia, giving him a broad understanding of all facets of farming in diverse environments and an excellent network of skilled land managers/farm advisors. Simon has a degree in Rural Science.

AgTalk S2E1 – Commodity Market Update with Robert Herrmann

Join us this week as we discuss meat and wool commodity markets with Robert Herrmann.

Robert is the Managing Director of Mecardo, a specialist in agricultural advisory with a focus firmly on the financial enhancement of primary production and price risk management.

The company was established by Robert in Adelaide in 1996 under the Ag Concepts Advisory brand. With a longstanding background in agriculture, Robert’s commitment was to deliver a high quality proactive risk analysis and management service to clients.

Robert has in excess of thirty years’ experience in agriculture, including eleven years as a senior wool specialist with Elders Ltd advising in the marketing and risk management of agricultural commodities.

The discussions on this podcast are for general information and education use only. These discussions should not be taken as constituting professional advice from the either AgTalk, Marcus Oldham College or our guests. This episode was recorded in March 2021.

Marcus Oldham College, AgTalk or our podcasts guests are not liable for any loss caused, whether due to negligence or otherwise arising from the use of, or reliance on, the information provided directly or indirectly, by listening to this podcast.

AgTalk Season One

About Kevin Folta

Kevin M. Folta is a Professor in the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida.  His research program examines how light signals are sensed in plants and how different parts of the spectrum can change shelf life and high-value fruit and vegetable traits. His group also uses novel genomics approaches to identify genes related to flavor and disease resistance. An innovative new project is testing a method to create new small-molecule drugs for use in everything from plant growth regulation to MRSA.

He has been recognised for his science communication efforts, speaking with public audiences, and training scientists and agricultural producers to be better communicators. In 2016 he was recognised with the prestigious CAST Borlaug Award in Agricultural Communications and was named as the Ag Pro Person of the Year.  He also hosts the weekly podcast Talking Biotech (www.talkingbiotechpodcast.com), with over 200 episodes and one million downloads.

About Matt Ough

Our guest this week was Matt Ough who grew up in Edenhope in the West Wimmera region of Victoria.

He worked on the family’s sheep farm in his teens learning about animal husbandry and pasture management. When he finished his VCE at Edenhope College, Matt took a gap year working as a teller at a local bank branch. During his gap year, Matt decided to combine his love for farming and business by enrolling in the Bachelor of Agribusiness at Marcus Oldham College. While studying, Matt was awarded a Rural Finance scholarship which perked his interest in agricultural commodity markets and analysis. In 2014, Matt joined Rural Finance as part of their insights team.

Over the past seven years Matt has written and presented on a number of topics including livestock, dairy, horticulture and his pet topic Australian farmland values which why I have him here today. He also co-hosts RFC’s podcast – Beyond The Farm Gate which takes listeners to -inside the minds of farmers and agribusiness professionals, and well worth a listen.

Outside of work, Matt is the husband of Lauren and father of little Henry, they live in Geelong and frequently escape to the country to visit family and dream about farm ownership.

When asked why he works in agriculture he replies, ‘to change the image of farming that’s been sold to consumers over the years, I don’t have a farm but that won’t stop me advocating for those that do and selling the image that my relatives, parents and grandparents sold to me.’

About Neil Lane

One of the biggest lesson I leant when working as a banker was that I can learn hell of a lot about my own farm performance by looking outside the industry I grew up in. I was very fortunate as a young bank manager to be exposed to the dairy industry when I was stationed at Warrnambool in South-West Victoria. The lessons I learnt about grazing management and running a profitable farm I still teach today at Marcus.

So I want to use this weeks podcast to discuss profit drivers and the concept of resilient farm enterprises and what can we learn from the dairy industry about these concepts. I am lucky to have one of Oceania’s leading experts in dairy production systems and industry analysis to navigate us through this discussion.

Neil Lane was raised on his family’s dairy farm and has a lifelong association with the industry. He has a detailed knowledge of both the technical and financial aspects of a dairy business and how they influence profitability under the various dairy production systems. He has run his own consultancy business for 15+ years, has worked in the farm business management program at Dairy Australia and has overseen a large family corporate dairy farming business in Northern Victoria. He has co-authored a number of reports analysing farm profitability using industry data sets. He also has experience in milk supply management and has a detailed knowledge of the various milk pricing models employed through the industry.

About Robert Saik

Robert Saik has had forty years of experience as a Professional Agrologist, entrepreneur and an international consultant who’s worked with a wide variety of agriculturalists from Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture to Bill Gates on implementation of ag tech to help developing economies.

Over his life he has founded over 15 companies in the areas of Farming, Agri-Retail, Distribution, Media and Ag Tech including The Agri-Trend/Agri-Data Group of Companies which were acquired by Trimble.

Robert is CEO of AGvisorPRO Inc and Saik Management Group Inc. AGvisorPRO is a new way for the agriculture sector to solve problems through a brand-new connectivity platform for farming. As CEO of his holding company, Saik Management Group Inc., he provides consulting services to many organizations and serves on several boards and advisory committees.

Robert up until recently was CEO of DOT Technology Corp an Autonomous Robotic Farming Company which I am looking forward to discuss in more detail over this podcast.

Rob has wide interests in the ag tech space and facilitates the PowerFARM peer group for progressive food producers.

He is an author with over 50 published articles, Executive Producer of the Know Ideas media, a keynote speaker and recognized as 2016 Canadian Agri-Marketer of the Year by the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association.

About Brett Stevenson

Join us this week as we check in with the Founder and Managing Director of Market Check, Brett Stevenson, for a grain market update.

Brett Stevenson, comes from a pioneer farming family in the Central West of NSW, founded AgRisk Management Pty to provide a range of grain marketing and risk management services to Australian grain growers.

Brett brought a team of expert analysts and advisers together in anticipation of the deregulation of the wheat industry and in 1996 the trading name “Market Check” was established. The company has grown to become Australia’s most highly respected and widely used independent grain marketing program for grain farmers with over 4,000 growers having attended Market Check Seminars and over 1,000 becoming members of Market Check.

The discussions on this podcast are for general information and education use only. These discussions should not be taken as constituting professional advice from the either AgTalk, Marcus Oldham College or our guests. Marcus Oldham College, AgTalk or our podcasts guests are not liable for any loss caused, whether due to negligence or otherwise arising from the use of, or reliance on, the information provided directly or indirectly, by listening to this podcast.

About Andrew Bouffler

My guest this week is someone who I probably first bumped into at the back bar of the Tatts Hotel in Armidale over 30 years ago. At that stage we where both on a road to completing a Bachelor of Ag Economics from the University of New England

Andrew Bouffler hails from Lockhart in Southern NSW, 70kms West of the town Wagga Wagga in the State of NSW.

Andrew is the Managing Director of Valera Pastoral Company, a mixed sheep/wheat family-controlled business that has maintained a traditional balance between cropping and livestock enterprises.

However, Andrew is probably better known to many as the principal of the company’s seed stock business, Trigger Vale Poll Merino and White Suffolk stud.

Andrew states that the basic principle of his seed business is to maximise genetic gain and client profitability by performance testing using MLA’s LAMBPLAN and MERINOSELECT genetic evaluation technologies. The business is a leader in the early adoption of new tools to aid genetic gain the most recent one being genomics.

Andrew holds a firm belief that you can never stop learning and has always sort out opportunities to learn from his peers and challenge his own knowledge and beliefs. This has lead him to completing:

An Australian Nuffield Scholarship in 2007, becoming a Graduate of the Duchy College ‘Challenges of Rural Leadership” Course’ held in the United Kingdom in 2009

A graduate of Institute of Company Directors Course and in 2019 participating in Rabobank’s Global Farmers Masterclass in Brazil

After nearly 40 years in the game, Andrew believes that the basic principle of farming is “managing risk.”

About Andrew Freshwater

It is our pleasure to have Andrew Freshwater CEO of Clear Creek Pastoral Co Pty Ltd join us on AgTalk this week.Andrew is a seventh-generation Australian farmer who operates a climatically diverse farming business in Australia, his business ranges from arid semi desert rangelands in outback Western Australia to high rainfall intensive animal production in eastern Australia.

Andrew hold a Bachelor of Applied Science (Agricultural Production) and has established, proven track record of significantly increasing a property’s performance under through genetic improvement, targeted nutritional management and planned grazing management.

For some time I have followed Andrew on Twitter and LinkedIn. What is apparent in his approach to farming is the concept of holistic farming principles. Ecology responsible farming is a key driver in his business as well as other fun stuff like genetics and playing in the supply chain which we will hopefully get a chance to chat about today.

About Phin Ziebell

Nearly six months ago to the day,  David Cornish sat down with NAB Agribusiness Economist,  Phin Ziebell, to discuss what current world events meant for farmers and how it may impact them for our first episode of AgTalk.

With the recent release of the Australian budget, the first recession in close to three decades and the worldwide pandemic still causing havoc, Dave caught up with Phin to chat about what this all means for Ag.

Phin is NAB’s Agribusiness Economist. He is responsible for analysing and reporting on the trends and developments in the agribusiness industry and works closely in conjunction with bankers in NAB’s Agribusiness division.

Phin graduated with bachelor degrees in Commerce and Arts from the University of Melbourne and joined NAB in mid-2014. He was previously an economist at the Victorian Department of Primary Industries and Victorian Treasury.

About Professor Tim Reeves

Professor Reeves is a distinguished international leader in agricultural research, development and extension. He was a pioneer of no-till and sustainable agriculture at the Rutherglen Research Institute in north-eastern Victoria and has held a high number of senior international roles including as Director General of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) in Mexico from 1995-2002.

In recent years some of the many roles he has undertaken include: Member, United Nations Millennium Project Task Force on Hunger; Member Senior Expert, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations including as an author of ‘Save and Grow’ – Sustainable Intensification for Smallholder Farmers.

In 2017 he received the C M Donald Medal from the Australian Society of Agronomy, its most prestigious award for lifetime achievements. In 2019 he was awarded the Farrer Medal for his lifetime contributions to agricultural science.

He is currently Professor in Residence Dookie Campus at University of Melbourne.

About Kate Burke 

Kate Burke is a highly experienced independent farm consultant with a PhD in agronomy. Kate has also spent time in the corporate sector as commercial manager of one of the largest grain producers in Australia and knows what it takes to run a profitable farm business.

She has over thirty years’ experience in the farming sector. This includes Research, teaching, technical and business consulting, and commercial management of institutional ag investment.

Currently Kate is offering tailored contract services to those seeking agricultural insight and expertise through Think Agri Pty Ltd.

I have been fortunate enough to know Kate for now going on a couple of decades and I have found her one of those rare people that truly understand the relationship between what happens in the paddock, people and the bank balance.

Kate states ‘Knowing the right questions to ask is fundamental to sound decision making.’ And I reckon that’s a great place start

About Fiona Simson

In 2015 Fiona Simson became the first female president of the Australia’s peak farmer group.

Fiona hails from a farming operation near Gunnedah on NSW’s Liverpool Plains, running a farming enterprise with her husband Ed and family including broad acre farming as well as breeding commercial poll Hereford cattle.

2019 was not an easy year for farmers is that part of the world, in fact probably one of the toughest ever seen. However, Fiona is adamant that she doesn’t not want agriculture in Australia to be defined by these tough times and I quote from a recent National Press conference presentation

‘Many farmers, including me, take offence, to the portrayals of the ‘broken down’, ‘hand-out-dependent’ farmer profile peddled by many members of the media.

And she went on to say

‘Ag is not only an industry with a special place in our past, but also an exciting place in our future.

In line with this, it’s not surprising that the NFF has embarked on two ambitious settings for Australian agriculture

1. The value for farm gate output to be valued at $100 billion by 2030. Currently around $70bn

2. That Australian Agriculture reaches Carbon Neutrality by 2050.

Add to this Murray Darlings Basin, Covid and China current trade settings, just to name a few this job is not without it challenges

With these in mind I look forward to chatting to Fiona today about leadership, vision and making a difference.

About John Gladigau

It was, I think, 2007 when on a typically cold Ballarat day I had the pleasure of sitting down with John Gladigau for a coffee and chat about corporate investing in agriculture. John was in the process of completing his Nuffield scholarship looking into the concept of collaborative farming. It wasn’t long till John and his good mate, Robin Schaefer from the South Australian Northern Mallee put the theory into practice, forming a single farming business called Bull a Burra.

The farming operation today comprises 11,000 hectares. The two families lease their properties to the farming company as well as lease another 6,000 hectares owned by others.

In today’s podcast, I am hoping to understand the decision making process that took John from managing the family farm on 2,000 ha to now running, what is a considered by many as benchmark farming operation that could provide many of the answers to current farming families thinking about where to from here when comes to running a successful farming business in the future

About Robbie Sefton

This week I had the pleasure of Robbie Sefton joining me on AgTalk.

Robbie is the founder and managing director of Seftons, a communication agency providing services in corporate affairs, government and media relations, strategic communications and marketing, digital and social media, event management, facilitation and community consultation programs.

Robbie specialises in facilitating groups through contentious and challenging issues.

A producer of wool, meat and grains, Robbie is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, the 2002 RIRDC NSW Rural Woman of the Year and a member of numerous boards and advisory groups for governments, businesses and not-for-profits. Since 1990 she has lived, worked and traveled all over regional, rural and remote Australia as a rural leader and advocate. She is known and respected by farmers, agribusiness, Ministers, and people at all levels in between.

Robbie was listed in 2015 as a Westpac Women of Influence and last but not least we had the pleasure of Robbie’s presentation at the 2018 Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Dinner. I consider myself fortunate on several occasions to have spent some time with Robbie discussing the issues of rural Australia and have always found her engaging and insightful and who best to invite on to the 20th episode of Marcus AgTalk podcast to discuss why farmers need to care about social license and how Australian agriculture need to position itself in a post COVID-19 world.

About Ian Robinson

This week we are joined by Ian Robinson, director and co-founder of Robinson and Sewell partners.

Ian grew up on a 28,000 acre sheep station near Hay running 15,000 merino sheep and 1,000 acres of irrigated cereal and oil-seed cropping. Ian has had over 15 years of banking experience across a broad range of disciplines including business banking at a regional and corporate level in Australia with a strong agribusiness focus. His tertiary qualifications include a Bachelor of Resource Economics and Grad Diploma in Finance & Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia; and a Bachelor of Business majoring in accounting.  Robinson Sewell Partners; is an Agribusiness Debt Advisory firm that has settled in excess of $500,000,000 of transactions over the past 2.5 years.

He is passionate about corporate finance and agribusiness investment. You can get in contact with Ian by visiting https://robinsonsewell.com.au/who-we-are/ian-robinson/

The discussions on this podcast are for general information and education use only. These discussions should not be taken as constituting professional advice from the either AgTalk, Marcus Oldham College or our guests. Marcus Oldham College, AgTalk or our podcasts guests are not liable for any loss caused, whether due to negligence or otherwise arising from the use of, or reliance on, the information provided directly or indirectly, by listening to this podcast.

About Dr Frank Mitloehner

In this weeks episode we speak with Dr Frank Mitloehner

Dr. Frank Mitloehner is a professor and air quality specialist in cooperative extension in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis. As such, he shares his knowledge and research, both domestically and abroad, with students, scientists, farmers and ranchers, policy makers, and the public at large.

He is passionate about understanding and mitigating air emissions from livestock operations, as well as studying the implications of these emissions on the health of farm workers and neighbouring communities. In addition, he is focusing on the food production challenge that will become a global issue as the world’s population grows to nearly 10 billion by 2050.

Frank is also director of the CLEAR Centre, which has two cores – research and communications. The CLEAR Centre brings clarity to the intersection of animal agriculture and the environment, helping our global community understand the environmental and human health impacts of livestock, so we can make informed decisions about the foods we eat and while reducing environmental impacts.

Frank received a Master of Science degree in animal science and agricultural engineering from the University of Leipzig, Germany, and a doctoral degree in animal science from Texas Tech University.

He was also awarded in 2019, the prestigious Borlaug CAST Communication Award for outstanding communication efforts in the field of agricultural field.

You can follow Frank (@AGHGGuru) on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/GHGGuru

About Jason Trompf

It is my pleasure today to introduce to you Jason Trompf. Jason is the inaugural winner of the Marcus Oldham Flock Leader award, part of the Lambition awards that were kicked of this year

Jason grew up on sheep properties and developed from an early age a passion of the Sheep Industry. I first ran into Jason many years ago when he was completing his PhD. What stuck out for me about that PhD and I believe has underpinned Jason journey to date has been around the issue of communication and the uptake of science in a practical setting.

One of Jason’s key abilities is to take science and make it understandable and usable for everyday farmers. To me this is such an important skill that we need to encourage if the industry is going to continue to move forward.

Jason has been a major driver in the sheep industry extension program having made a significant contribution to Life Time Ewe Management Course (Which I rate as one of the best course I have ever done) Bred Well Fed Well and now the founder of the Lambs Alive program whose core aim is lift production rates resulting in more profit and better welfare outcomes for the animals and the farmer. It brings together a large group of like-minded farmers who are keen to impact their lot in life by producing more from less.

Along with his wife Penny and her parents, He now manages a significant livestock enterprise near Glenrowan in north east Victoria, with 3000 ewes and 250 cows. This self-replacing high productivity operation provides him with a great practical background and a constant reality check with the challenges that all producers are facing on a day to day basis. A key focus for the last 10 years or more has been to improve lamb survival, with the flock now achieving 90% survival rates of foetuses scanned.

About Mike Logan

My guest speaker this week has had a very long and illustrious career in agriculture. Mike Logan’s ag management journey started out in Narrabri NSW where for thirty years He managed a cotton operation. In that time he was instrumental in the development of the Cotton industry Best management Practice guide. The Cotton Industry Best Management practice program is recognised as world leader in industry wide environmental programs.

Various industries have benefited from Mike’s experience. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Dairy Connect, Chairman of Cotton Research & Development Corporation and has served on the boards for numerous organisations, including the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation which delivers the ARLP.

In 2019 Mike Logan was recognised in the Australian honours as a Member of the Order of Australia for service to primary industry through rural research and sustainable development in the fields of cotton, dairy and water conservation.

Mike is now a Professional Advisory Board Chairman, Business Coach and Author.

You can buy a copy of Mike’s book, “The Asking Leader”, here.

About Zoe Creelman

One of the main themes running through this podcast series is the concept around good decision making. In this podcast episode, I want to explore decision making in a little bit more depth. To help me with this I am joined by Zoe Creelman

Zoe’s a freelancing agriculturalist based in south west Victoria. She cut her teeth with Southern Farming Systems, working on the Grain and Graze project that looked at mixed farming practices.

Whilst working on the project, she completed her honours thesis looking at some of the complexities around making decisions on mixed farms, and contributed to the ‘Decision Making book’ published through the Grain and Graze project.

In recent years, her work has ranged from working with small scale producers, consulting with an environmental agency, making agricultural instructional videos, and working with a youth justice centre to incorporate farming in their vocational training of inmates.

About Debbie Nicol

The issue of leadership is an ever-increasing topic of discussion around the world especially in these times of covid. You often here someone say ‘All we need is better leadership and we wouldn’t be in this situation’.

But what is leadership? It’s a question that has interested me for a long time. Many years ago I was fortunate enough to be a participant in the Australian Rural Leadership Course. We were given several books to read most of which I have long forgotten about except for one in particular.

That Book was called the Leadership Challenge written by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. What stood out for me about this book was that it, was evidence based and broke the concept of leadership down into tangible parts that frankly just made sense to a boy from the bush.

So today I want to introduce you to the Leadership Challenge as I believe it is a key resource in this area and one we use here at the College in our leadership course. To guide us through we are lucky to have Debbie Nicol join us who is  the Managing Director of Business en motion, based out of Dubai.

Debbie is certified Master facilitator in the delivery of the Leadership Challenge content and has had over 28 years of experience in international human resources, organisational development and strategic change management.

About Dr Harm Van Rees

This week it is my pleasure to have Dr Harm Van Rees as my guest.

In the early 1990s Harm began consulting to growers across the Victorian Wimmera and Mallee.

He became well known and highly regarded throughout the farming industry for his instrumental roles in the MEYCheck (Maximum Economic Yield) and Top Crop programs which were transformative in the 1990s in terms of driving understanding around production constraints such as water use efficiency and nitrogen management.

He was instrumental in the use of farmer groups in the region to assist farmers improving the understanding of crop and pasture production techniques. Bringing growers and researchers together to solve production issues was his focus.

In being awarded the GRDC2020 Excellence award the judges stated that “Cropping in that region of Victoria has come a long way thanks to Harm. And as a result, the community has benefited tremendously.”

About Robert Herrmann

Join us this week as we discuss meat and wool commodity markets with Robert Herrmann .

Robert is the Managing Director of Mecardo, a specialist in agricultural advisory with a focus firmly on the financial enhancement of primary production and price risk management.

About Robert Herrmann

Join us this week as we discuss meat and wool commodity markets with Robert Herrmann.

Robert is the Managing Director of Mecardo, a specialist in agricultural advisory with a focus firmly on the financial enhancement of primary production and price risk management.

About Brett Stevenson

Join us this week as we discuss commodity price grain and oil seed forecasting with the Founder and Managing Director of Market Check, Brett Stevenson.

Brett Stevenson, comes from a pioneer farming family in the Central West of NSW, founded AgRisk Management Pty to provide a range of grain marketing and risk management services to Australian grain growers.

The discussions on this podcast are for general information and education use only. These discussions should not be taken as constituting professional advice from the either AgTalk, Marcus Oldham College or our guests.

Marcus Oldham College, AgTalk or our podcasts guests are not liable for any loss caused, whether due to negligence or otherwise arising from the use of, or reliance on, the information provided directly or indirectly, by listening to this podcast.

About Brett Stevenson

Join us this week as we discuss commodity price forecasting with the Founder and Managing Director of Market Check, Brett Stevenson.

Brett Stevenson, comes from a pioneer farming family in the Central West of NSW, founded AgRisk Management Pty to provide a range of grain marketing and risk management services to Australian grain growers.

Brett brought a team of expert analysts and advisers together in anticipation of the deregulation of the wheat industry and in 1996 the trading name “Market Check” was established. The company has grown to become Australia’s most highly respected and widely used independent grain marketing program for grain farmers with over 4,000 growers having attended Market Check Seminars and over 1,000 becoming members of Market Check.

Succession planning in Agriculture often can be a highly emotive issue and one that can have a significant impact on the ongoing success of a family farming operation.

This week’s podcast is final episode in a series that has looked closely at this issue and ways we can best manage the process to maximise chances of a successful outcome.

Succession planning in Agriculture often can be a highly emotive issue and one that can have a significant impact on the ongoing success of a family farming operation.

This week’s podcast is part three of a series that looks closely at this issue and ways that we can best manage the process to maximises our chance of a successful outcome.

Succession planning in Agriculture often can be a highly emotive issue and one that can have a significant impact on the ongoing success of a family farming operation.

This week’s podcast is Part 2 of a three part series that looks closely at this issue and ways that we can best manage the process to maximises our chance of a successful outcome.

Succession planning in Agriculture can often be a highly emotive issue and one which can have a significant impact on the ongoing success of a family farming operation. This week’s podcast is part 1 of a three part series that looks closely at this issue and ways that we can best manage the process to maximises our chance of a successful outcome.

About Cam Nicholson

What makes a good decision and why might that be different to a right decision? Why is it important for farm managers to understand the difference and can we learn how to make better decisions?

It has been my experience, working with farmers across Australia, that successful farmers are very skilled at decision making and these skills of good decision making can be learnt.

Cam Nicholson, Ag Consultant and farmer joins us to discuss and how farmers can improve the decision-making process to make better decisions in a very risky business environment.

About John Francis 

John Francis  from Holmes and Sackett -Farm Consulting company joins the Marcus Ag Talk Podcast to discuss the questions around high performing farmers and what characterises them and are there common themes that we can identify and learn from .

In 2019, The Centre For The Study of Agribusiness at Marcus Oldham was lucky enough to secure Professor Kevin Folta as the keynote speaker at a special luncheon at Marcus Oldham.

Kevin M. Folta is a Professor in the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida.  His research program examines how light signals are sensed in plants and how different parts of the spectrum can change shelf life and high-value fruit and vegetable traits. His group also uses novel genomics approaches to identify genes related to flavor and disease resistance. An innovative new project is testing a method to create new small-molecule drugs for use in everything from plant growth regulation to MRSA.

He has been recognised for his science communication efforts, speaking with public audiences, and training scientists and agricultural producers to be better communicators. In 2016 he was recognised with the prestigious CAST Borlaug Award in Agricultural Communications and was named as the Ag Pro Person of the Year.  He also hosts the weekly podcast Talking Biotech (www.talkingbiotechpodcast.com), with over 200 episodes and one million downloads.

Join us as Kevin discusses the future of Biotechnology in Agriculture.

Join Dave Cornish, Director of the Centre of Study of Agribusiness at Marcus Oldham, as he talks with the movers and shakers of the Ag world about the issues affecting the agribusiness world for Marcus Oldham’s AgTalk.

In this episode Dave talks with NAB Agribusiness Economist , Phin Ziebell, about what the current world events means for farmers and how it may impact them.

About the Host

David Cornish – Director of the Centre for the Study of Agribusiness

David has had over 25 years experience in Agribusiness. This experience has included roles such as Agricultural Economist, Agribusiness Marketing Manager as well as senior banking roles in regional NSW and Victoria for NAB. David was the initial CEO of Rabo Financial Advisors and spent five years as a farm consultant with Mike Stephens & Associates focusing on agricultural investment opportunities for wholesale investment funds. In October 2008, David joined Landmark as the regional manager for Western Victoria and then as a strategy manager for the organisation. Before joining Marcus Oldham as a full time lecturer, he worked for Aquila Capital Investments supporting their farm investment strategy in Australia

In his spare time, he is involved in a family farming operation based at Casterton in Western Victoria.