Humans of Agriculture is on a mission to discover more about our food and fibre system from the people involved in it. Through engaging with people from all walks of life, Humans of Agriculture seeks to understand in a global context how our communities, what we eat and our culture shapes who we are.
Oli Le Lievre, Podcast Host
Oli is a self-confessed farm kid at heart , but like the majority of Australians he actually grew up not far from a capital city or the coast. He has wanted to be a farmer for as long as he can remember and retains an ambitions of having something for himself. Oli wants his own impact to go beyond the farmgate and is driven to use his experiences to not only support the future of agriculture but more importantly, create a positive change in the world.
Royal Melbourne Show Podcast Series
The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria is hosting a special podcast series that will include interviews with six different Royal Melbourne Show personalities with strong links to agriculture, farming, youth development and of course - the preparation and showing of livestock. Our podcast series starts on Saturday 19 September with a new one posted every two days.Jason Ronald OAM Interview - Saturday 19 September
Jason is a farmer from the Tallarook region in Central Victoria and is President of the Seymour Agricultural and Pastoral Society. Jason is an RASV Life Councillor, elected to Council in 1991 and was appointed a Director in 2009. In the past, Jason has worked for the University of Melbourne, Ballarat University, Federal and State Governments and Qantas. In 2008, Jason was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to the community through a range of social welfare, cultural, political and agricultural organisations.
Doug and Lorelle Deppeler have spent a lifetime exhibiting their Suffolks and later, White Suffolks throughout Victoria and beyond. Commencing their showing journey at the Royal Geelong Show in 1970, Doug and Lorelle’ stud ‘Deppeler Suffolks’ made their first appearance at the Royal Melbourne Show in 1972 – and haven’t missed a Show since!
At the 2019 Royal Geelong Show, their 50th straight at the event, Doug was recognised for a lifetime contributing to the sheep industry and was awarded Life Membership of the Australian Stud Sheep Breeders Association, Victoria Branch.
Aimee is heavily involved in the Agricultural Industry, with a particular passion for the Livestock and Red Meat Sectors. Aimee has been involved with the Royal Melbourne Show her whole life and now has a critical role assisting the RASV in the facilitation of the Royal Melbourne Show Beef Cattle and Carcase Competitions.
Aimee is a past recipient of the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) Youth Travel Scholarship, Matthew George Young Stockman Award and has assisted with the Angus Youth Management Committee for several years.
Ray owns and manages the “Eloora” property & shorthorn operation with his wife Jill. Ray has travelled Australia extensively for many years to ensure that the best genetics are sourced for their Eloora Shorthorn herd.
Dion his wife Hannah and their 4 children own and manage the “Kiama” property and support the Eloora Shorthorns operation with marketing and genetic recording. Dion has a degree in Agricultural Economics from UNE and works for Rabobank as a Rural Lending Manager based in Hamilton.
Ed Gannon is the editor of Australia's biggest rural newspaper, The Weekly Times, and editor-in-chief of News Corp Rural, including The Weekly Times, Tasmanian Country and The Rural Weekly.
Dr Jo Newton OAM is on a trajectory as an emerging leader in Australian agriculture. She was recognised on the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her service to agriculture through her advocacy and support of young people, volunteering and contribution to dairy research. Jo currently works as a research scientist in genetics for the dairy industry with Agriculture Victoria. Jo was awarded the Royal Agriculture Society of Victoria's Emerging Leaders in Victorian Agriculture Award in 2018.