2 February 2022

Gundagai's link to powerful new behind-the-scenes farm podcast

| Edwina Mason
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The collaboration between Tasmanian wool grower Simon Cameron (pictured) and high-end Australian fashion brand MJ Bale is the subject of the first in the podcast series. Photo: MJ Bale.

If you’re tootling around the countryside east of the Divide this Christmas do yourselves, and your kids, a favour and download this podcast series.

Hosted by a Gundagai local, the new podcast is sure to keep you both entertained and informed.

Just in time for holiday listening, the podcast Australian Farmers – Telling Our Story, offers a behind-the-scenes peek at what happens beyond those front gates and paddocks you’re whizzing by.

It is part of the larger Telling Our Story initiative led by the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) to better connect and inform all Australians about Australian agriculture through the stories of farmers across Australia.

The immersive series is the brainchild of the National Farmers’ Federation and they’ve enlisted Channel 7 weather presenter, newsreader and former Gundagai local, Angie Asimus, as host.

Angie Asimus

Channel 7 weather presenter, newsreader and former Gundagai local, Angie Asimus says she is delighted to be hosting the podcast series. Photo: Supplied.

Angie has paired her expertise in journalism with her rural upbringing to share the stories of Australian farmers.

She says she’s thrilled to be part of the project, which is designed to better connect Australians with their food and fibre and the practices and personalities behind the farm gate.

“Growing up on a sheep and cattle property in the Southwest Slopes of NSW has given me a life-long love of the land and the people who work it,” she said.

“It’s been a joy to sit down each week with wonderful farmers. Not only are they incredibly entertaining, but I’ve also been blown away by their innovation, ingenuity, and world’s best practices.

National Farmers’ Federation president and Liverpool Plains farmer Fiona Simson features in the introductory episode.

She said there was unprecedented interest in the provenance of food and fibre, yet NFF research showed that up to one-third of Australians felt disconnected from agriculture and regional Australia.

Fiona Simson

National Farmers Federation president and Liverpool Plains farmer, Fiona Simson. Photo: Supplied.

“And while there are already high levels of trust in and support for farmers, our research also tells us the community wants to know more about issues such as agriculture’s response to climate change, sustainability, animal welfare and water management,” Ms Simson said.

“I’m excited that through this podcast, we’re answering questions about how and why farmers do what they do and ultimately bringing all Australians closer to the high-quality food and fibre we all enjoy,” she said.

In episode 1 of Australian Farmers – Telling Our Story, released on Sunday December 12, Angie sits down with Tasmanian wool grower Simon Cameron, whose commitment to sustainability and emissions reduction, has seen him forge a valuable partnership with high-end Australian fashion brand MJ Bale – one that preserves nationally significant native grasslands and created a brand for the clothing company that uses wool solely from Cameron’s flock.

The podcast also offers an insight into Cameron’s farming practices including an electronic animal management system that ensures the welfare of the sheep on the farm.

And he tells Angie what he loves most about life on the land.

Angie said the production of Australian Farmers – Telling Our Story podcast had been a truly rewarding experience.

“I’m confident our listeners will love meeting these incredible people as much as I have,” Ms Asimus said.

Listeners can access Australian Farmers – Telling Our Story via Apple iTunes.

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