Meet the Co-op Farmers

Co-operative Farming Podcast

We speak frankly with farmers who are successfully using co-operative farming business models. Through their stories and real life experiences (warts and all), you will learn how relevant and positive it can be to the farming model and farming in general, and how it literally changes lives.

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Episode 8: Secrets of the world’s biggest macadamia processing plant

Marquis Macadamias CEO Larry McHugh takes us on a fascinating farming journey on the far north coast of Australia.

Episode 7: What’s at the heart of a community co-operative? Kerry Murphy knows, after 33 years in the job

From the end of tobacco farming to innovative reinvention, the Tobacco & Associated Farmers Co-operative Organisation (TAFCO) has seen huge change over the years

Episode 6: How travelling the world’s farms helped Emma discover the best way to run her huge cattle business

Emma’s massive 55,000-hectare farm is based in the remote area of Charters Towers but she is a big believer that farmers who share insights, knowledge and work together can thrive, even in such isolated environments.

Episode 5: The farmer-owned berry company making $200 million a year

The biggest blueberry supplier in Australia formed out of a different fruit, with a reluctant leader from a completely different business. And it thrived.

Episode 4: How a fishing co-op formed with friendship

A job offer at local football game led to Rodger Long helping to form one of the most innovative fishing co-operatives in the nation.

Episode 3: How Australia’s largest grain exporter works

Farming can be a risky business, swinging from feast to famine, drought to flooding rains. But CBH, one of the biggest in the world, has managed high consistent results for its members for more than 85 years.

Episode 2: How a little banana saved our farms

“When disaster strikes and you can’t see another way out, people become very innovative,” says Sweeter Banana’s Doriana Mangili on how a ‘lunchbox banana’ saved their co-operative farms – despite a stack of geographic and weather circumstances conspiring against them.

Episode 1: The little dairy co-operative that could

How Stuart Crosthwaite and the Mountain Milk farmers came back from the brink of destruction after the collapse of Murray Goulburn. This is the story of how you can go from the edge of disaster to creating a business direction the next generations will be inspired to follow.

Extras: Meet the Co-op Farmers

There has never been a more important time to come together and explore ways to protect Australia’s farms and regional communities, and the huge contribution they make to supply, biosecurity and the economy.

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