16 episodes

Is there such a thing as an innovation roadmap in farming and agriculture? Probably not. But consider this podcast the next best thing. Deciding whether to invest in new agtech? Trying to fund or future-proof your next project? Want to value-add to your business, or maybe just keep up with industry changes? We pick the brightest minds, examine the latest research and map out a step-by-step process to help you implement change. Hear from farmers, scientists, technologists and ag industry leaders - all working towards innovation, improved sustainability and new opportunities in agriculture. We’ll draw out the practical lessons, so you can apply them on farm, in industry or research. We also share the 'fails' too - because no innovation happens without the odd misstep along the way! Hosted by Kirsten Diprose, a Victorian farmer, journalist and agriculture researcher. This podcast has been created by the Victoria Drought Resilience Innovation and Adoption Hub and is funded through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.

Innovation Ag Hosted by Kirsten Diprose

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Is there such a thing as an innovation roadmap in farming and agriculture? Probably not. But consider this podcast the next best thing. Deciding whether to invest in new agtech? Trying to fund or future-proof your next project? Want to value-add to your business, or maybe just keep up with industry changes? We pick the brightest minds, examine the latest research and map out a step-by-step process to help you implement change. Hear from farmers, scientists, technologists and ag industry leaders - all working towards innovation, improved sustainability and new opportunities in agriculture. We’ll draw out the practical lessons, so you can apply them on farm, in industry or research. We also share the 'fails' too - because no innovation happens without the odd misstep along the way! Hosted by Kirsten Diprose, a Victorian farmer, journalist and agriculture researcher. This podcast has been created by the Victoria Drought Resilience Innovation and Adoption Hub and is funded through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.

    Bonus episode: Building Innovation Teams - Getting Agriculture Research Out into the World

    Bonus episode: Building Innovation Teams - Getting Agriculture Research Out into the World

    How do we better get new research to farmers, to start-ups for commercialisation,  or to Ag industry bodies to build on, distribute and use? 

    Should we be incorporating a diversity of skills and building teams from the beginning of research? 

    How can universities and industry better share knowledge and skills? 

    How do we focus on the trial and error of innovation in science or tech, without IP getting in the way?
    Hosted by: Kirsten Diprose, Innovation Ag podcast host and Vic Hub Knowledge Broker.
    Panellists:
    Natalie Collard – Chief Executive, Food and Fibre Great South CoastSimon Falkiner - Farmer and Director at Falkiner AgProf. Colin Barrow – lead at Deakin University's Bio Factory and Director for the Centre for Chemistry and Biotechnology.Sam Brown - Chief Executive, Agricultural Innovation Australia

    This podcast has been created by the Victoria Drought Resilience Innovation and Adoption Hub and is funded through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.

    • 45 min
    Episode 10: Has your innovation actually been successful?

    Episode 10: Has your innovation actually been successful?

    So, you’ve implemented change, well done! How do you know it was all worth it? 
    This episode is the final from our current series on 'how to innovate' - and it's time to take stock. But really, that all comes down how you measure your success.
    In the first episode, "What is innovation?", we looked at three key motivators: 

    1) for growth and profit 
    2) for climate resilience or consumer future-proofing 
    3) for community building. 

    And it turns out these key motivators are also quite useful as metrics of success.
    So, in this episode hear how social and cultural innovations have helped to forge bush tucker markets and create employment pathways at Worn Gundidj, an Aboriginal Cooperative in south-west Victoria; we discover how regional collaborations have created fit-for-purpose research and innovation across the Mallee region of Victoria and; we learn some of the key numbers and strategic questions you should be asking when measuring the success of an innovation.
     
    GUESTS:
    Dylan Kelly & Peter Lyles, Horticulture, Worn Gundidj (based in Tower Hill and Warrnambool)
    Rebecca Wells, Chief Executive of the Mallee Regional Innovation Centre (MRIC)
    Matt Dalgleish – Agricultural market analyst at Episode 3


    This podcast has been created by the Victoria Drought Resilience Innovation and Adoption Hub and is funded through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.

    • 51 min
    Episode 9: Tapping into Circular Economies

    Episode 9: Tapping into Circular Economies

    Can you heat a hospital with wheat stubble? Or use chipped almond trees to improve your soil? These are some examples of circular economic trials that are underway in Australia at the moment. 
     
    Arguably, never before has there been such an incentive to develop circular economies, with the costs of fertiliser, fuel and electricity all rising significantly over the past few years. 
     
    But one of the big challenges in agriculture, is that we operate in linear economies, rather than in circular ones (i.e. most farmers buy inputs to produce outputs). 
     
    Even still, new circular economies are emerging across multiple sectors, in part to address the problem of the high cost of inputs and also to address environmental and sustainability concerns.  
     
    So, in this episode, we look at three very different circular economic solutions - where waste products are being re-used, recycled, or reprocessed for fertiliser, bio energy... and even water retention in soil. We look at circular economies from a local farm scale to regional initiatives (including heating a small Central Victorian hospital, with plant material waste). 
     
    GUESTS: 
    Neale Bennett – Almond grower in Merbein, Victoria (and participant in an Australian ‘Whole of Orchard Recycling’ study) 
    Daryl Scherger – Victorian Bioenergy Network 
    Dr Sara Hely – Director of Research at Riverine Plains (the Vic Hub’s NE Node) 
     
    For more information visit our website. 


    This podcast has been created by the Victoria Drought Resilience Innovation and Adoption Hub and is funded through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.

    • 39 min
    Bonus Episode: Wayne Schild - From paramedic to big-thinking, commercial farmer

    Bonus Episode: Wayne Schild - From paramedic to big-thinking, commercial farmer

     Wayne Schild's journey from paramedic to commercial farmer has taken guts, vision and plenty of curiosity. 

    In this bonus episode, we're playing the extended interview with Wayne, who we spoke to in Episode 6 - 'Staying Operational While Innovating'.  

    Wayne grows garlic in Victoria's Western districts where farmers mainly produce sheep and wool.

    It's been a huge journey for his business called Grange Garlic, from the lows of suffering major crop losses, to the highs of finding a way to mechanize his operations - allowing the business to move from artisan to commercial. 


    "I have no claim or credentials, only that I wanted to be a farmer and I wanted to do something that mattered. I simply have followed the path of authenticity and have refused to go to market with a substandard product. All other ways of processing garlic, in my view, destroy the natural attributes of what garlic has. Everyone knows garlic for its flavour and aroma."
    - Wayne Schild, Managing Director, Grange Garlic Pty Ltd



    This podcast has been created by the Victoria Drought Resilience Innovation and Adoption Hub and is funded through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.

    • 38 min
    Episode 8: Empowering climate adaptation at a local level

    Episode 8: Empowering climate adaptation at a local level

    Rainfall levels for many parts of Australia haven’t recovered since the devastating millennium drought.  Many rural communities are having to face a reality of landscapes and climate that have already changed, and are likely to continue to do so. So, what makes an effective climate adaptation initiative? 
    Following on from the previous episode about creating innovation systems on a national or regional scale, this episode looks at how innovation systems can function on a much smaller, local scale. We examine local innovation systems, through the lens of addressing the challenges of climate change in agriculture and in rural communities. 
    How are local water corporations, local government, scientists and community groups working together to offer effective solutions to drought? How so we make sure all the voices are heard, so that climate adaptation is not ‘top down’ but more grassroots in its design? 
    This episode draws from the speakers held at a recent Vic Drought and Innovation Hub Think Tank Event, held in Bendigo: “Are We Drought Ready?” Exploring local adaptation  

    Hear from: 
    • Prof. Lauren Rickards, Chair of Climate Change Adaptation, La Trobe University 
    • Caroline Welsh Deputy Chair, GWMWater, member of the Victorian Agriculture Climate Change Council and the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund Consultative Committee. 
    • Damian Wells, Managing Director at Coliban Water 
    • Prof Rebecca Lester, Freshwater Ecologist and Director of the Centre for Regional and Rural Futures, Deakin University 
    • Professor Richard Eckard, Professor of Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Melbourne and Director of the Primary Industries Climate Change Centre 
    • Dona Cayetana, Community and Partnerships Program Manager, DEECA (Department of Energy Environment and Climate Action) 
    • Cr Jennifer Alden, Deputy Mayor at the City of Greater Bendigo 


    View the Vic Hub’s latest research and resources on climate adaptation here. 


    Listen to Dr Rob Faggian, Associate Professor of Climate Change Adaptation at Deakin University speak about  climate modelling for agriculture.


    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
    AR6 Synthesis Report (SYR)

    Tati Tati Kaiejin - Resources


    This podcast has been created by the Victoria Drought Resilience Innovation and Adoption Hub and is funded through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.

    • 40 min
    Episode 7: Innovation Systems - The Bigger Picture

    Episode 7: Innovation Systems - The Bigger Picture

    What kind of “innovation systems” do we currently have for Australian agriculture?  
    Well, according to a recent report commissioned by the Federal Government, it could be a lot better.  


    The report found that while Australia’s agriculture research is internationally renowned and individual farmers are good at adopting new practices, knowledge is often siloed.  


    Essentially, agricultural innovation in Australia was not designed to operate as a cohesive system, rather it’s made up of multiple institutions and organizations which have developed over time for various locations and commodities.  


    So how do we change this?  


    In this episode, we explore how we can work strategically to build an effective “innovation system”. From smart specialization, greater private sector participation to rethinking our water use, there is an opportunity to grow the total funding pool for Australian agriculture and be a global leader. 


    GUESTS
    Nicola Pero - CEO, Food and Fibre Gippsland  
    David Downie – Strategic Advisor in Regional Development, Deakin University  
     
    RESEARCH
    Agricultural Innovation — A National Approach to Grow Australia’s Future Summary report March 2019

    What is Smart Specialisation - European Commission

    Global Agriculture Leadership Initiative - Australian Government, The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry


    This podcast has been created by the Victoria Drought Resilience Innovation and Adoption Hub and is funded through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.

    • 42 min

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