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#82 Geneva Grain Unconventional

#82 Geneva Grain Unconventional

October 28, 2021

We have a chat with Swithun Still, a 'veteran' grain trader based out of Geneva with a focus on the black sea region. We talk through a bunch of topics including how he survived the 2010 export ban, how he may be related to @wheatwatcher (he's probably not) and how he got into the industry. 

#81 Sheep and grain update (kind of)

#81 Sheep and grain update (kind of)

October 22, 2021

100% serious, 10% of the time. A quick update for a Friday afternoon. 

We talk about the sheep yarding numbers being low, the controversy of sheep types and Andrew dials it up for the grain update. 

In this episode, we find out that @wheatwatcher can't do a Scottish accent.

#80 We Doug into Ag Data

#80 We Doug into Ag Data

October 21, 2021

We have a chat with Doug Fitch, CEO of AgWorld. We cover a range of areas, from data ownership, connectivity, how Australia is too small for agtech and also a couple of tangents. 

As always a fun conversation!

#79 A Bolt out of the Blue

#79 A Bolt out of the Blue

October 14, 2021

We have a chat with Steve Bolt, Corrigin wool grower, leader of the livestock leaders and chair of the WoolPoll panel. In this discussion, we introduce the new six for six sense segment. We have a chat about the sheep industry in WA, live export, advocating for agriculture and the coming wool poll. 

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#78 Hitting the Neale on the head of AgTech

#78 Hitting the Neale on the head of AgTech

October 8, 2021

We have a candid chat with Tim Neale of Datafarming about a whole range of things. Tim is a forthright speaker, and doesn't hold back on his opinions of agtech. Our type of guest!

We cover off on the craziness of money in agtech, farming getting more efficient (and reducing input costs) and the pitfalls that agtech innovators are falling into. 

#77 Meat and two grains

#77 Meat and two grains

October 6, 2021

A quick market update. We cover off on Canola for this year and next. The issues of a wet harvest and protein premiums. The rampaging heavy cattle and the risk of covid restrictions on lamb processing. 

Remember, sharing is caring.

#76 VIC lockdown impact with Richard Riordan MP.

#76 VIC lockdown impact with Richard Riordan MP.

October 1, 2021

On the day that Victoria hits record daily covid numbers, we have a chat with candid MP Richard Riordan, Shadow Minister for Local Government and Resources. 

We chat about the impact of COVID on business, city slickers relocating to the country, renewables on farming and the state government covid response. 

#75 China to ban fertilizer exports?

#75 China to ban fertilizer exports?

September 28, 2021

On the day of China 'banning' fertilizer exports, we have a chat with podcast regular Chris Lawson of CRU about the fertilizer market. 

We cover the issues of fertilizer in the US, Europe and China that are causing the fertilizer price to rise. The China ban, high energy prices, hurricane IDA, fertilizer substitutions and carbon impact. 

#74 Biosecurity = national security.

#74 Biosecurity = national security.

September 27, 2021

We have a chat with Andrew Henderson, consultant and chair of SAFEMEAT advisory group. We discuss the importance of biosecurity, and its impact upon national security.

Recent reports indicate there is almost a 1 in 10 chance of a foot and mouth outbreak in the next ten years in Australia, we talk about this, along with Andrews recent report on his biosecurity to food security to national security equation. 

You can read his short report here

#73 Staffing crisis is not just on the farm.

#73 Staffing crisis is not just on the farm.

September 22, 2021

There is a labour crisis on-farm, what is often not spoken about is the supply chain labour issues. It is getting harder for businesses to get staff. A strong jobs market is a strong barometer of the health of the industry. 

So we had a chat with Ryan Hoiberg from Rimfire resources about the jobs market, and the big changes in the post-drought and covid era. 

Ryan tells us about the job market, his criticisms of Agwatchers (specifically Andrew!), the rural jobs index, the advent of social media in recruitment and a lot more. 

A great mixed bag chat with Ryan. 

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