The Future Farmers Network is a non-for-profit organisation that focuses on youth in agriculture. Our members are from diverse agricultural backgrounds but share a passion for developing and learning from industry leaders.
“Mentor of the month” is a new initiative for FFN in 2019-20, a podcast that features mentors from across the agricultural sector. FFN members will have access to a candid conversation with an industry leader, to learn about their career journey, learnings, recommendations and the opportunity to ask their own questions.
Episode 12: Angus Street
Episode 12 of of the FFN's 'Mentor of the Month' podcast see's FFN director Tom Rookyard catch up with AuctionsPlus CEO Angus Street. A global agribusiness executive who loves to be apart of growing businesses within start-up, corporate and rapid-change environments. As CEO of AuctionsPlus for the past two years, Angus is focused on taking the $2.3 billion transactional business to the next level. Passionate about helping businesses evolve to stay ahead of the pack through the use of digital technology, listen to how Angus manages family and work life; why empathy is the most underrated value and why Liam Hemsworth is the right person to play him in a movie.
Episode 11: Isobel Knight
Episode 11 of the FFN's 'Mentor of the Month' podcast see's FFN director Susannah White catch up with Isobel Knight. Isobel is a succession planning specialist and has been the owner and a director of Australia’s leading family farm succession planning business Proagtive since 2004. Isobel is a mother of three has degrees in business law and psychology, is a trained counselor and mediator. Her association with family farm businesses stems back to her family’s farm near Junee, and now at Loomberah NSW where she and her husband Rod run a cattle-trading enterprise.
Episode 10: George Falkiner
A very special episode 10 of the FFN ‘Mentor of the month’ podcast has director Olivia Falkiner interview her father George Falkiner. George is the managing director and owner of ‘Haddon Rig’ a mixed enterprise and Merino stud at Warren, NSW. Liv and George discuss the challenges and fun of working in a family farm. How a combination of whiskey and yoga help with dealing with drought, and the importance of mental health in living life
on the land. George touches on the importance of gain skills outside of ag and experience off farm if you are planning on working long term in a family operation.
Episode 9: Brooke Kaveney
Episode 9 of the FFN ‘Mentor of the month’ podcast see’s director Simon Kensit chat with Brooke Kaveney. Brooke is a PhD student at Charles Sturt University currently finishing her Thesis at CSU Wagga. Brooke and Simon chat about how to balance being a PhD student but also taking that knowledge back on farm in a practical sense, taking part of a three-week production course in Vietnam and trying rice whisky, and how you can’t always use the approach of ‘just hit it with the hammer and it will work’.
Episode 8: Ed Ross
Episode 8 of the FFN ‘Mentor of the Month’ podcast see’s FFN director Oli Le Lievre combine a cross over with his ‘Humans of Agriculture’ podcast and share an honest an frank chat with co-founder of TradeMutt Ed Ross. Ed is a qualified carpenter, holds a diploma of Business (Agriculture), the co founder of TradeMutt Pty Ltd and is a founding director of the This is a conversation starter foundation Ltd
Born and bred in Longreach Queensland and growing up on sheep and cattle stations, Ed has always been a hands on type operator. Spending majority of his schooling life in boarding schools in both Toowoomba and Brisbane. During his years at boarding school he enjoyed the inter house competition as well as cricket and debating. Finishing their with the Agricultural science award and vice house captain he tried his chances at working on one of the largest cattle stations in the world, Lake Nash.
Spending 2 years in both stock and weaner camps and learning valuable skills like mustering cattle at a large scale as well as how to shoe horses and drive heavy vehicle machinery, he decided to further his education at Marcus Oldham college in Geelong. He graduated after one year with a Diploma of Agribusiness at a Distinction level. Returned then to Lake Nash in a leadership capacity, as Leading hand in the stock camp before finishing up in September of 2014 to move back to Brisbane to begin a mature age carpentry apprenticeship. In Brisbane, Ed met his now business partner Daniel Allen and spent 3 years working together for a local residential builder before leaving and starting TradeMutt pty ltd.
Episode 7: James Cleaver
Episode 7 of the FFN 'Mentor of the Month' podcast is 2019 NSW Royal Agricultural Societies Rural Achiever James Cleaver. James is born and bred in the gateway to the outback Nyngan, NSW. A 5th generation of a proud farming family James is passionate about building successful farm business practices and creating a sustainable future for Australian Agriculture. After briefly practicing law at a well regarded Dubbo law firm, James now works as a Rural Support Worker for the NSW DPI. Listen into a great yarn between James and FFN Director Tim Flynn where they cover everything from to peoples core values through to the importance of the 'one finger wave' country folk give to each other!
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Great podcast series. Looking forward to the next and the future of the show