20 episodes

An agricultural podcast that brings together farmers, scientists, consumers, industry and thought leaders to try and answer those tricky but crucial questions everyone else is avoiding.

There's an Elephant in my Paddock‪!‬ Jayne Cuddihy and Nicole Bond

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    • 4.7 • 19 Ratings

An agricultural podcast that brings together farmers, scientists, consumers, industry and thought leaders to try and answer those tricky but crucial questions everyone else is avoiding.

    How important is wellness to rural communities?

    How important is wellness to rural communities?

    How important is wellness to rural communities? It’s time to take the broad brushstrokes out of referring to rural and regional Australia. Between the Regional Wellbeing Survey and initiatives like the Rural Community Wellbeing Initiative, there’s enough tangible evidence to ensure rural and regional communities have access to the resources they need. So why don’t they? In this episode we take a deep dive into the concept of wellbeing with Associate Professor Jacki Schirmer, manager of the annual Regional Wellbeing Survey, dairy farmer Stuart Crosthwaite, and Kirsty Wall a wool grower in New South Wales’ New England region and a child and family registered nurse.

    National Wellbeing survey- https://www.abs.gov.au/participate-survey/household-survey/national-survey-health-and-wellbeing

    • 49 min
    Should home tutors be paid to teach their children?

    Should home tutors be paid to teach their children?

    For generations, rural Australians have grappled home schooling their children between running businesses, households and being parents. Where there's an increasing emphasis on the quality of education, should these home tutors be paid for teaching their children? In this episode we hear from long term rural and remote education lobbyists, the Isolated Children's Parents Association, the parents themselves and a Queensland Distance Education Principal. 

    • 50 min
    How can your beef business be more profitable without having to buy more land?

    How can your beef business be more profitable without having to buy more land?

    Buying more land is an impossible choice for many Australian beef businesses. So how can they be more profitable with what land they have? 

    With rising costs of living, land, seed, livestock, fuel and power, the agricultural sector is becoming increasingly savvy at finding solutions that mean that businesses can expand and increase profits without having to buy more land.

    Join host Jayne Cuddihy with a cohort from the Queensland Government's Advancing Beef Leaders program for a lively discussion on how beef businesses can do more with less. The group includes James Kent, Stuart Buck, Zoe Rickertt, Matt Quinn and Sarah Donovan. 

    Advancing Beef Leaders is a professional development program produced by The Queensland Department of Agriculture and delivery partners. https://futurebeef.com.au/advancing-beef-leaders/

    Not only do participants have a broad range of experience and expertise in the beef industry, but are determined to influence their sector in positive and constructive change. 

    This episode is sponsored by The Rural Financial Counselling Service Network. Find them here https://rfcsnetwork.com.au/

    • 45 min
    Bigger, faster, stronger, hotter, more frequent- resilient farming in the face of extreme weather- Part 2

    Bigger, faster, stronger, hotter, more frequent- resilient farming in the face of extreme weather- Part 2

    In Part 2 of our feature on building resilience in the Australian horticulture industry, we hear how improving the mental health of farmers is key to the industry’s longevity.

    Rural Aid is an organisation dedicated to improving the mental health outcomes of rural Australia. They often have multi-tiered roles in natural disasters… https://www.ruralaid.org.au/

    Lauren Stracey is their national manager for mental health and wellbeing.

    The National Recovery and Resilience Agency https://recovery.gov.au/ was established by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in response to recommendations from the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements. We hear from Shane Stone, the Co-ordinator General of the agency and Bruce Scott- western Queensland cattleman, and one of Shane’s ‘boots on the ground’ with the Agency.

    They want to change the narrative around how the Federal Government supports rural industries and put more focus on preparation alongside recovery.

    We also hear from Lena Knudson from Growcom, the peak industry body for horticulture. Though based in Queensland, Growcom delivers national-scale projects and policy initiatives

    • 45 min
    Farming without risk. The new insurance possibilities.

    Farming without risk. The new insurance possibilities.

    Imagine getting an insurance payout if you didn’t get your annual expected rainfall? It seems an idyllic, yet perhaps expensive solution to modern farming.

    Researchers at the University of Southern Queensland’s Centre for Applied Climate Sciences are revolutionising the way farmers engage with the insurance industry.

    Leading the charge is Prof Shahbaz Mushtaq who is applying his expertise in agricultural economics to assist primary producers when they can’t adapt to or manage the climate.

    • 31 min
    From the stock yard to fashion icon

    From the stock yard to fashion icon

    The humble workboot; it’s a staple of every Australian bush setting.

    They can be leather boots, or old sneakers, some people prefer none and sacrifice their feet to the harsh environs of the cattle yard. But one brand synonymous with rural Australia is RM Williams. In this episode we’re going to take a look at what made the humble leather workboot world famous and what it means when something that’s considered ‘from the bush’ crosses over to boutique luxury branding of high end fashion markets.

    #rmwilliams #theresanelephantinmypaddock #agriculture #fashionicon #pattyhuntington #wtitleyandco

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Eleanor Poole ,

The thinking farmer’s podcast

A really thought-provoking podcast delving into agriculture’s trickiest topics. Quality guests, meaningful discussions and some really interesting topics that are extremely relevant and timely. Nothing fluffy, just genuine honest - and often hard - conversations.

Matt Symonds ,

I'm hooked

I can't recommend this podcast enough to anyone that is interested in agriculture, life and the issues facing those that live and work in the bush.

NMR Learns Something New ,

So interesting!

I have learnt some great information about key issues in regional Australia from this podcast. Such valuable stories, experiences and perspectives.

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