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Is there such a thing as an innovation roadmap in farming and agriculture?
Probably not. But consider this podcast the next best thing.  


Innovation AG podcast, NEW 10-PART SERIES

Episode 1: What is innovation and what motivates people to do it?

Sometimes we can confuse ‘innovation’ for high tech machines, sensors and drones. But there’s a lot more to innovation and adoption than fancy technology. So, what actually is innovation? Bringing about change on farms or within agricultural industries and communities is complex. Firstly, understanding your motivation for change is critical to success.

So, in this episode, we look at three key motivators for innovation: 1) for growth & profit, 2) climate or consumer future-proofing and 3) community building. And sometimes is a combination of all of the above!

We look at whether an ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ is needed to innovate. Traditionally, farmers haven’t considered themselves as entrepreneurs because they are continuing the custodianship of land rather than creating something ‘new’. But is this changing?

Featured guests:

  • Dr Dorin Gupta, Associate Professor of Sustainable Agriculture at The University of Melbourne’s Dookie Campus
  • Andrea Cross, Director of 150km Feast in Horsham
  • Nigel Kerin of Kerin Poll Merino sheep stud, an agricultural entrepreneur
  • Ivan Shaw, inventor of the Shaw Arm Trellis and now-retired Merbein dried fruit grower
  • Ross Kingwell, Professor at the University of WA’s School of Agriculture and Environment


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Kirsten Diprose




Join host, Kirsten Diprose for a journey into innovation and beyond.

In this free, fortnightly podcast we discover the secrets to: unlocking your innovation potential;

avoiding the pitfalls of change and; staying ahead of climate in the context of agriculture.






Is there such a thing as an innovation roadmap in farming and agriculture? Probably not. But consider this podcast the next best thing. 

Deciding whether to invest in new agtech? Trying to fund or future-proof your next project? Want to value-add to your business, or maybe just keep up with industry changes? 

We pick the brightest minds, examine the latest research and map out a step-by-step process to help you implement change. 

Hear from farmers, scientists, technologists and ag industry leaders – all working towards innovation, improved sustainability and new opportunities in agriculture. We’ll draw out the practical lessons, so you can apply them on farm, in industry or research. We also share the ‘fails’ too – because no innovation happens without the odd misstep along the way! 

Hosted by Kirsten Diprose, a Victorian farmer, journalist and agriculture researcher. This podcast has been created by the Victoria Drought Resilience Innovation and Adoption Hub and is funded through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund. 

Produced by Rachael Thompson, Centre for Regional and Rural Futures, Deakin University.