Episode 3: Finding Funding & Building Networks

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Does big change have to cost big money? It doesn’t have to.

In this episode we look at funding on-farm innovation and building a network which will lead you to new opportunities. We look at all types of financing from debt-financing (ie. asking the bank manager!), to vendor financing, government grants, crowd sourcing, investors and even venture capital.

How do you know which option is best for you? And how do you explore potential opportunities with government or University-based projects which are looking for farmers or technologists to trial their research?


Adam Coffey, Coffey Cattle Co.
Adam Coffey owns and operates a 2500ha beef breeding and trading operation on the central coast of Queensland with his wife Jacynta and two boys, Will and Sam.

They are very focused on production efficiency, whilst ensuring they continuously improve the condition of land under their stewardship.


Christine Pitt, Farmers 2 Founders
Christine is a globally recognised thought leader, investor and entrepreneur in the ag+food tech ecosystem. She has a particular interest in building globally networked agrifood ecosystems and creating new business models for raising funds to invest in disruptive innovation across the agrifood value chain. Her passion is to make a positive impact in the areas of sustainability, human health & wellbeing, food waste, food security, and creating transparent and ethical agrifood businesses and value chains.
Christine holds a Bachelor of Science, a Masters of Health Administration, and a Doctor of Business Administration in Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Fiona Best, Birchip Cropping Group
In her position as CEO, Fiona works to bring relevant agricultural research and extension opportunities to farming communities by attracting investments to improve the prosperity of broadacre farming locally, regionally and nationally.

After growing up on her mixed enterprise family farm, cropping and producing sheep, Fiona studied a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne. Fiona is the regional director of the Victoria Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub.

Emma Ayliffe, Yacker App
Emma is a farmer, researcher and consultant based at Tullibigeal, NSW. After moving from South Australia to New South Wales working as a cotton agronomist, Emma moved to Tullibigeal with her partner where they bought her first 1700 acre farm with the support of Craig’s family.

In 2020-2021, Emma was Australian Young Farmer of the Year. Emma prides herself on being an innovator pushing the boundaries and coming up solutions with farmers problems.