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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.

Latest Episodes

Episode 11: Isobel Knight

Episode 11 of the FFN's 'Mentor of the Month' podcast see's FFN director Susannah White catch up with Isobel Knight. Isobel is a succession planning specialist and has been the owner and a director of Australia’s leading family farm succession planning business Proagtive since 2004. Isobel is a mother of three has degrees in business law and psychology, is a trained counselor and mediator. Her association with family farm businesses stems back to her family’s farm near Junee, and now at Loomberah NSW where she and her husband Rod run a cattle-trading enterprise.

36 min1 w ago
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Episode 11: Isobel Knight

Episode 10: George Falkiner

A very special episode 10 of the FFN ‘Mentor of the month’ podcast has director Olivia Falkiner interview her father George Falkiner. George is the managing director and owner of ‘Haddon Rig’ a mixed enterprise and Merino stud at Warren, NSW. Liv and George discuss the challenges and fun of working in a family farm. How a combination of whiskey and yoga help with dealing with drought, and the importance of mental health in living life on the land. George touches on the importance of gain skills outside of ag and experience off farm if you are planning on working long term in a family operation.

21 minOCT 6
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Episode 10: George Falkiner

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’.

29 minSEP 8
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Episode 9: Brooke Kaveney

Episode 8: Ed Ross

EEpisode 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.

34 minJUL 14
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Episode 8: Ed Ross

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!

35 minJUN 16
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Episode 7: James Cleaver

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.

87 minMAY 11
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Episode 6: Aline Teixeira

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.

27 minAPR 16
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Episode 5: Kallum Blake

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.

51 minFEB 10
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Episode 4: Matt Linnegar

Episode 3: Will Gilbert

Episode 3 of the FFN ‘Mentor of the Month’ see’s FFN director Olivia Falkiner joined by Will Gilbert of Gilbert Family Wines at Mudgee, NSW. Olivia and Will discuss the challenges of working in a family business, the opportunities that wine making holds and what it’s like to overhaul a nearly-100 year old family brand! Listen in this episode of “Mentor of the month” as the Future Farmers Network features mentors from across the agricultural sector, to learn about their career journey, learnings, recommendations and the opportunity to ask their own questions.

50 minJAN 13
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Episode 3: Will Gilbert

Episode 2: James Millner

Episode 2 of the FFN ‘Mentor of the Month’ see’s FFN director Tom Rookyard joined by James Millner of Rosedale Charolais stud at Blayney, NSW. James is the principal of Rosedale Charolais one of Australia’s biggest polled Charolais studs, selling more than 150 bulls a year. James’s business also has a commercial enterprise and also recently involved in a paddock-to-plate brand (Rosedale Ruby) which is feeding the growing Asian appetite for quality beef. James won the 2017 Farm Weekly Beef Farmer of the Year award; in 2018 the Rosedale Ruby striploins won the 2018 World Steak Challenge, beating over 200 entries. Listen to chat about James career journey and learnings.

16 min2019 DEC 5
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Episode 2: James Millner

Latest Episodes

Episode 11: Isobel Knight

Episode 11 of the FFN's 'Mentor of the Month' podcast see's FFN director Susannah White catch up with Isobel Knight. Isobel is a succession planning specialist and has been the owner and a director of Australia’s leading family farm succession planning business Proagtive since 2004. Isobel is a mother of three has degrees in business law and psychology, is a trained counselor and mediator. Her association with family farm businesses stems back to her family’s farm near Junee, and now at Loomberah NSW where she and her husband Rod run a cattle-trading enterprise.

36 min1 w ago
Comments
Episode 11: Isobel Knight

Episode 10: George Falkiner

A very special episode 10 of the FFN ‘Mentor of the month’ podcast has director Olivia Falkiner interview her father George Falkiner. George is the managing director and owner of ‘Haddon Rig’ a mixed enterprise and Merino stud at Warren, NSW. Liv and George discuss the challenges and fun of working in a family farm. How a combination of whiskey and yoga help with dealing with drought, and the importance of mental health in living life on the land. George touches on the importance of gain skills outside of ag and experience off farm if you are planning on working long term in a family operation.

21 minOCT 6
Comments
Episode 10: George Falkiner

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’.

29 minSEP 8
Comments
Episode 9: Brooke Kaveney

Episode 8: Ed Ross

EEpisode 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.

34 minJUL 14
Comments
Episode 8: Ed Ross

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!

35 minJUN 16
Comments
Episode 7: James Cleaver

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.

87 minMAY 11
Comments
Episode 6: Aline Teixeira

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.

27 minAPR 16
Comments
Episode 5: Kallum Blake

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.

51 minFEB 10
Comments
Episode 4: Matt Linnegar

Episode 3: Will Gilbert

Episode 3 of the FFN ‘Mentor of the Month’ see’s FFN director Olivia Falkiner joined by Will Gilbert of Gilbert Family Wines at Mudgee, NSW. Olivia and Will discuss the challenges of working in a family business, the opportunities that wine making holds and what it’s like to overhaul a nearly-100 year old family brand! Listen in this episode of “Mentor of the month” as the Future Farmers Network features mentors from across the agricultural sector, to learn about their career journey, learnings, recommendations and the opportunity to ask their own questions.

50 minJAN 13
Comments
Episode 3: Will Gilbert

Episode 2: James Millner

Episode 2 of the FFN ‘Mentor of the Month’ see’s FFN director Tom Rookyard joined by James Millner of Rosedale Charolais stud at Blayney, NSW. James is the principal of Rosedale Charolais one of Australia’s biggest polled Charolais studs, selling more than 150 bulls a year. James’s business also has a commercial enterprise and also recently involved in a paddock-to-plate brand (Rosedale Ruby) which is feeding the growing Asian appetite for quality beef. James won the 2017 Farm Weekly Beef Farmer of the Year award; in 2018 the Rosedale Ruby striploins won the 2018 World Steak Challenge, beating over 200 entries. Listen to chat about James career journey and learnings.

16 min2019 DEC 5
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Episode 2: James Millner
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