Co-operative Farming

Co-operative Conversations


Exploring how a number of Australian farmers, growers and producers have transformed their businesses and communities by working together

In challenging times, co-operative farming is strengthening farming businesses and communities all over Australia, giving them a competitive advantage and market power by scaling, collaborating and innovating.

If you have been considering joining, growing or starting a co-operative, this series will give you information on co-operative models from the people who have done it and are living it every day.

Co-operative Conversations SCHEDULE

We have four interesting and relevant livestreams this June and July with many more in the following months.

Series hosted by Pete Lewis

Join Pete Lewis for an inspiring interview series as he explores the journeys of some of Australia’s most interesting and successful co-operatives. Pete’s long and varied experience as a journalist specialising in agriculture will ensure he gets to the heart of the issues you want to hear about.

Episode 1 
Growing Together: Could Cooperative Farming Future Proof Australian Farmers?

Wednesday, 17 June 2020
6.30 pm AEST

Hosted by renowned agricultural journalist Pete Lewis, the candid conversation begins with local and international co-op leaders, ag experts, and farmers debating and discussing the future of farming and why the co-operative business model could be an option to protect our home-grown agribusinesses.

Episode 2
Mountain Milk

Wednesday, 1 July 2020
6.30 pm AEST – Interview
8.15 pm AEST – Roundtable Discussion

After the collapse and then demutualisation of the Murray Goulburn Co-operative, a group of Victorian dairy farmers wanted to secure the future of their community by working together in a co-operative business model. 
Join Pete Lewis as he talks to Stuart Crosthwaite, Chairperson of Mountain Milk Co-operative.

Episode 3
Sweeter Banana

Wednesday, 15 July 2020
6.30 pm AEST – Interview
8.15 pm AEST – Roundtable Discussion

Despite the cyclones and the geographic isolation, Sweeter Banana has not only pioneered the lunchbox banana market, it has remained profitable by sticking together and thinking differently. Pete Lewis talks to Doriana Mangili, Business Manager of The Sweeter Banana Co-operative.

Followed by our roundtable: Pete speaks to four different farming co-operatives about how their co-operative united a community or collective of producers to overcome adversity or meet a market challenge.

Coming up – Our August and September series


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This project is supported by the Department of Agriculture, through funding from Australian Government’s Starting Farm Co-operative Program.

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