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 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!
Episode 6: Aline Teixeira
Our next guest for Episode 6 of the FFN 'Mentor of the Month' podcast will be Aline Teixeira, the Managing Director Agribusiness at FTI Consulting. Aline has more than eleven years experience in corporate finance transactions and over 15 years commercial experience. Aline has extensive experience in management of the planning and control functions of medium and large enterprises. She also has experience in working through complex investigations and due diligence analysis in various industries, primarily focused on agribusiness, but also including mining, retail and manufacturing.
Working across Australia and Latin America, Aline specialises in advising clients around business transformation and operation performance reviews including financial modelling and cash flow analysis. She has worked extensively on advisory projects and transactions within the beef, horticulture, broad-acre cropping, and a number of sectors of the agribusiness supply chain. Aline owns and operates an Arabica coffee and beef cattle farm business in Brazil, where she is responsible for overseeing all operations of the business and complying with regulatory obligations. Aline is a qualified veterinarian and a CPA.
Episode 5: Kallum Blake
Episode 5 of the FFN 'Mentor of the month' see's FFN directors Richard Kohne and Henry Gratte chat to WA farmer Kallum Blake. Kallum is a broadacre farmer and transporter from Katanning in the Great Southern Region of WA. He has also worked in corporate agribusiness during in his time at the ANZ bank. He is active in Agro-politics and sits on the WA Farmers grain section and is also a member of the Graingrowers national policy advisory board. Finally, Kallum played an integral part in establishing AgConnectWA a social networking and extension based orginisation for the under 35’s in agriculture based in WA.
Episode 4: Matt Linnegar
Episode 4 of the FFN 'Mentor of the month' see's Oli Le Lievre chat with Matt Linnegar from the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. Oli & Matt touch on the transition from growing up in the city but being destined for Agriculture, the fabrication of a 'divide' and the desire for constructive and progressive collaboration to face the problems in which Rural Australia faces today and will face.