38 min

Episode 01: What is innovation & what motivates people to do it‪?‬ Innovation Ag

    • Entrepreneurship

Sometimes we can confuse ‘innovation’ for high tech machines, sensors and drones. But there’s a lot more to innovation and adoption than fancy technology. So, what actually IS innovation? Bringing about change on farms or within agricultural industries and communities is complex. Firstly, understanding your motivation for change is critical to success.

So, in this episode, we look at three key motivators for innovation: 1) for growth and profit, 2) climate or consumer future-proofing and 3) community building. And sometimes is a combination of all of the above!

We look at whether an ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ is needed to innovate. Traditionally, farmers haven’t considered themselves as entrepreneurs because they are continuing the custodianship of land rather than creating something ‘new’. But is this changing?

 Featured guests: 
Dr Dorin Gupta, Associate Professor of Sustainable Agriculture at The University of Melbourne’s Dookie Campus Andrea Cross, Director of 150km Feast in HorshamNigel Kerin of Kerin Poll Merino sheep stud, an agricultural entrepreneurIvan Shaw, inventor of the Shaw Arm Trellis and now-retired Merbein dried fruit growerRoss Kingwell, Professor at the University of WA’s School of Agriculture and EnvironmentTell us one mistake you've made on farm or in ag and how you moved on from it. How has it changed your practice?  Record a voice message for us to include in a future episode!
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.

Sometimes we can confuse ‘innovation’ for high tech machines, sensors and drones. But there’s a lot more to innovation and adoption than fancy technology. So, what actually IS innovation? Bringing about change on farms or within agricultural industries and communities is complex. Firstly, understanding your motivation for change is critical to success.

So, in this episode, we look at three key motivators for innovation: 1) for growth and profit, 2) climate or consumer future-proofing and 3) community building. And sometimes is a combination of all of the above!

We look at whether an ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ is needed to innovate. Traditionally, farmers haven’t considered themselves as entrepreneurs because they are continuing the custodianship of land rather than creating something ‘new’. But is this changing?

 Featured guests: 
Dr Dorin Gupta, Associate Professor of Sustainable Agriculture at The University of Melbourne’s Dookie Campus Andrea Cross, Director of 150km Feast in HorshamNigel Kerin of Kerin Poll Merino sheep stud, an agricultural entrepreneurIvan Shaw, inventor of the Shaw Arm Trellis and now-retired Merbein dried fruit growerRoss Kingwell, Professor at the University of WA’s School of Agriculture and EnvironmentTell us one mistake you've made on farm or in ag and how you moved on from it. How has it changed your practice?  Record a voice message for us to include in a future episode!
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