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#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. 

#72 The world is your oyster

#72 The world is your oyster

September 20, 2021

We love oysters, and we wanted to learn a bit more about them. So we reached out to Zac Halman the founder of Angel Seafood to talk oysters. 

Zac definitely wasn't shellfish with his knowledge. In this chat, we learnt about the market for oysters, the logistics and how they have survived covid. 

#71 Fertilizer, Canola and livestock update

#71 Fertilizer, Canola and livestock update

September 16, 2021

A quick update from us on what is happening in the market. We cover off on the situation in Canada with Canola, the rampant increase in fertilizer price and the big issues in livestock - Brazil and local shutdowns. 

#70 The State of the Supply Chain

#70 The State of the Supply Chain

September 14, 2021

Last week we had a chat with Fiona Simson about the state of the industry from a farming perspective. This week we thought it was a good idea to delve into the state of the supply chain. 

We have a chat with Mark Allison, chair of Agribusiness Australia, director of Grain Growers and CEO of Elders. As usual, we talk about a wide range of topics - China & geopolitics, sustainability, getting ag to $300bn and the COVID supply chain. 

#69 State of the industry with Fiona Simson

#69 State of the industry with Fiona Simson

September 10, 2021

We have a chat with Fiona Simson, president of the National Farmers Federation. A wide range of topics from China, fake meat to carbon/biodiversity trading.

Remember - sharing is caring. 

#68 From Russia with love

#68 From Russia with love

September 7, 2021

We chat with Andrey Sizov of Sovecon and the Sizov Report about what is happening in his part of the world. We talk about food inflation, the downgrade of the Russian crop and the Russian export tax and its potential to impact the future growth of the Russian wheat trade. 

Remember to subscribe, and that sharing is caring. 

#67 Word on the street.

#67 Word on the street.

September 2, 2021

In our final in our series looking at how farmers can buy or sell their produce electronically - we get the word on the street from Angus Street*, CEO of Auctionsplus. 

We talk about where it came from, the impact of COVID, the importance of conflict resolution and a few other bits and pieces. 

*Sorry for the pun.

#66 The carcass cutting crisis

#66 The carcass cutting crisis

August 26, 2021

We have a chat with Patrick Hutchison (CEO of the Australian Meat Industry Council) about the meat processing sector.

We cover off on the last-minute changes to staffing rates due to covid, the new ag visa, the importance of the whole supply chain & black pudding supply. 

#65 Red hot machinery

#65 Red hot machinery

August 24, 2021

Machinery like a lot of things has gone gangbusters this year. We talk to Dwain Duxton of Farm Tender about the changing environment for machinery sales, and the online buying and selling of bits and pieces for the farm. 

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