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Leading the Way

Season 3

Being a farmer often means being your own boss. It can involve long days spent alone. Given that, it’s very easy to stay in your own lane. Jamie Pepper’s ‘lane’ is sheep and cattle farming in Victoria. But he’s stepped outside his comfort zone in many ways. He’s a leader in the industry, with a place on the National Farmers Federation Young Farmers’ Council – a role that’s taken him to the other side of the world. He’s also openly gay and shares his story in the hope it may help others. To learn more, Jamie Pepper joins me now to discuss:

  • Jamie’s favourite place on his sheep and cattle farm.

  • Generally his day starts with checking animals, which is has a crucial role in his daily routine.

  • The farming life is in Jamie’s DNA and he always had a long-term goal to be a farmer.

  • Jamie’s role on the NFF’s Young Farmers’ Council which, ultimately lead to him going to COP 28 in Dubai last year.

  • Jamie shares his experience and what he learnt meeting young farmers from around the world.

  • Jamie’s perception of Australian farmers on a global scale.

  • His experience representing the sector in Berlin this year and the opportunities that arose from this.

  • Leadership is important to Jamie and he says, “It was engrained in me as a kid, that it’s important to give back and to do what you can.”

  • Jamie is openly gay and has spoken about this very generously so others can be themselves.

  • Becoming an advocate in the agricultural space and his desire to encourage anyone. who

  • What Jamie loves most about life on the land.

  • A common misconception about farming.

  • Jamie’s most unexpected experience over the last few years.

  • His ultimate dream for the future.


We hope to see you back on the road soon, to learn more about how Australia grows on the next episode of Australian Farmers with Angie Asimus.








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