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Written by Lachlan Rowbottom, Limestone Coast Pantry.

My fondest memories growing up revolved around food, happy times spent with my siblings climbing trees, camping in the bush, and eating mum’s home cooked meals, delicious experiments or growing our own vegetables and herbs.

The passion my mum has for food, has always been normal for us, and it seemed inevitable that one of us would want to join her on her journey. Being passionate about where our food comes from, how far it has travelled, how sustainably it can be sourced and supporting our local community of food producers has been our goal in business and in opening the Limestone Coast Pantry.

To guarantee the freshest & most nutrient dense food we can possibly source, we didn’t need to look very far, we have an abundance of local food producers on our doorstep from organic garlic, apples, eggs, vineyards, to the most fabulous wagyu beef, and organic grains grown an hour away from our premises. We live in an area of South East South Australia that is known for our fresh air, clean limestone filtered water and rich volcanic soil that all combine to produce some of the best quality and most delicious food in Australia.

I had the love and passion for locally sourced, meticulously showcased food, but needed the business skills to manage our new venture, which is what led me to Innovative Business Training (IBT). Starting a new business from scratch, I was time-poor, and needed a training solution that I could fit into my daily schedule, a course that would be able to teach me new operational and administrative skills along with business tools I could use at a pace that suited my needs and using methods I could easily grasp.

I was hesitant before beginning my course about how I would be able to study and succeed in regional South Australia without attending a training premises, but IBT offered flexibility with how I studied and the blended mode of delivery was perfect for the way I learn and my busy schedule. The personal mentoring was invaluable to me, and I was able to continue setting up our business, putting my newly learned skills to use straight away, with help and support only a phone call or email away. We were thrilled to welcome IBT Director, Wendy Tagliabue into the Limestone Coast Pantry for a work site visit where she offered relevant and welcomed advice on refining what I had been learning to directly relate it back to our business.

In my management role, I’m responsible for staff training which previously would have terrified me, but I’m surprised with just how effectively I have used my new skills learnt through IBT to provide training for our staff, and with a new-found confidence in my skills as a trainer, there’s no stopping me now in pursuing excellence both in our business and my personal life.

I love how up to date and relevant all the units of study are to our business, touching on everything from e-business tools, to finance, keeping records, workplace health and safety to sustainability and many more. I was so glad we chose IBT to deliver our business training.

Thank you to Wendy and all the IBT trainers for your guidance, your commitment to mentoring students and the professional, flexible and relevant way you conduct your training.

Learn more and register your interest here and the team will get back to you!

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Future Farmers Network and Grain Growers are excited to launch the first Innovation Generation (IG) Local in Moree, NSW, on 23rd February 2017 and you’re invited! 

Australia is a large country and invariably some people who may like to attend IG are prohibited from doing so by the tyranny of distance as well as the costs associated travelling this distance. To extend the reach of IG – the concept of bringing an abridged version of the conference to the regions, a new, across-commodity, across-industry initiative –was considered and culminated in IG Local.

IG Local is an initiative to bring the best of IG to your local community. The event will bring inspirational speakers to take part in an afternoon and evening of capacity building and networking amongst tomorrow’s up and coming Agricultural leaders. Topics and speakers include:

Where is the value in technology – John Alexander

John will question the value point or return on investment for technology – both Internet related and agronomic management.

Communication within and about our industry – Kathleen Allan

Kathleen will speak about the role we have within promoting the agricultural industry and how we can close the disconnect between customers and producers. 

The importance of mental health – Fiona Livingstone

Fiona is passionate about the health and wellbeing of rural communities and will speak about the Farm-Link project, a suicide prevention program.

Farm management – Finding solutions – Andrew Earle

Andrew will speak about his role within the industry and encourage you to think outside the box to solve a problem.

Panel Session

This panel will discuss local issues and find a unified way to solve them. John Alexander, Andrew Earle, Zara Lowein, Megan Davies and Susan McDonnell will sit on the panel.


Where: Moree Services Club, Moree NSW

When: Thursday 23rd February 2017



All FFN Members will receive a discount on all tickets with the following codes!
Day Ticket and Dinner Ticket Code: FFNMembers
Full Registration Ticket Code: FFN

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FFN is now calling for nominations for Non-Executive Director Positions on its Board. This is an exciting opportunity to have your say and be part of shaping FFN into the future, and work with the current Board and management team to ensure FFN continues to improve and develop in line with member priorities.

It is an exciting time for FFN and the Board invites all interested members to put in an application. Click here for more information and application guidelines, and at any time feel free to call EO, Toby Locke on 0401 165 910 or any current Director via this page.

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Meet Zach Jobson, a recent recipient of a Future Farmers Network travel and training bursary.

Zach attended Angus Youth National Roundup, one of the premier events for young beef cattle enthusiasts in Australia, thanks to Future Farmers Networks investment in young people in the Ag industry.

Future Farmers Network (FFN) wants to support over 1,000 young farmers by the end of 2017.

To achieve this goal we need your help.

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Need to renew your membership?

Simple – click here to renew.
Make sure you continue to be a part of the organisation that’s here to support you and your career.

The last 12 months have seen tremendous growth for FFN with the organisation planning to deliver more benefits and opportunities to any young person working in Australian agriculture during the 2016/2017 membership year.

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The 2017 Youth Ag-Summit has been announced to be held in Brussels and Young Australian Ag leaders can now apply!

2017 Youth Ag-Summit to be held in the capital of Europe

  • Bayer, together with Groene Kring and the Fédération des Jeunes Agriculteurs, to host third Global Youth Ag-Summit in Brussels, Belgium
  • Interested young Australian leaders are now invited to apply
  • Essay applications close on January 13, 2017 at

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Future Farmers Network (FFN) has decided to postpone its Youth Ag Council (YAC) event, usually held annually in Canberra.

Youth Ag Council is an open forum for young people in Agriculture to communicate their aspirations for policy change directly to the Federal Government. FFN then champions the actions from Youth Ag Council, keeping its community up to date on policy progress.

YAC was pushed back to late 2016 due to the drawn out election process and uncertainty within relevant government departments involved in the event. After consultation with several industry youth groups it has been decided that the best date to hold YAC will be in the first half of 2017.

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Sheepmeat Council of Australia, Meat & Livestock Australia and the Future Farmers Network invite young sheep meat industry enthusiasts to get together before LambEx at the Future Flock Forum.

The forum will provide an up-to-date industry snapshot before the LambEx conference begins and to get some tips on how to get the most out of the event.  Full program available soon.

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Rebecca Gowen, Vice Chair, and Toby Locke, Executive Officer attended the 23rd National Farmers Federation (NFF) Members Council Meeting on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th July. The conference was held in Toowoomba and it was a busy two days with pressing Agricultural topics covered.

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