Introducing our Farmer eXchange Farmer Advisory Team
Tegan is an absolute firecracker and the agricultural industry is made better as a result of her involvement. She is hard-working, driven and passionate all-rounder and we can’t wait to see what she achieves throughout her career. We absolutely loved sitting down with Tegan to learn more about her, her vision and her hopes for the Exchange.
Tegan tell us a little bit about yourself!
My name is Tegan Bathgate, and I grew up in the historic, Lower Hunter Valley town of Clarence Town NSW.
My parents both came from hard working families, and decided to build a mudbrick house in a country town just out of the rat race, so we were surrounded by farming, bushland and opportunity from a young age. McLeod’s Daughters may have been a subliminal influencer also!
I’ve been lucky enough to work across numerous locations, in various industries – agricultural and pastoral, real estate, warehousing and distribution, and civil construction.
It’s agriculture in our wide brown land that I’ve always returned to though, which led me to auspiciously study at Marcus Oldham College, where I am now two-thirds the way through my Bachelor of Business (Agribusiness).
This year I began work with Signature Beef in sunny central Queensland, fortunately being able to both draw on experience, as well as practice the higher-level skills learnt through university in my role of development officer.
What is your farming dream and vision?
My dream is to inspire connectedness – between food, farms, friends and family. I’d love to run a sustainable and provocative agricultural business, that measures success by how well it combines environmental, social and economic aspects. And to help others do the same.
We are truly the lucky country, though I’m not sure we are grateful enough for that.
I want to contribute to making Australians feel connected to, and proud of, the best practice agribusiness and resource management in their country, and how continually challenging ourselves will ensure we remain competitive in the world, while protecting Australia for generations to follow us.
Why did you get involved in Farmer eXchange project?
Airlie has inspired me almost from when I first met her – so I wanted to follow her around for as long as possible!
I feel this is an opportunity to give back to an industry that sustains and drives me.
And this project’s objectives closely align with my values and vision for Australian agriculture, and I think that feeling will ripple and resonate with the values of many others.
Who you think will benefit from the Farmer eXchange?
Everyone seeking answers, and those willing to answer! (Anyone who gets involved!)
What is your vision for the Farmer eXchange?
A safe, fundamentally positive community with the shared goals of learning information and improvement.
History attests to the power of togetherness – hippies, Nelson Mandela and his companions on the long walk to freedom, or more recently social media, or crowd funding – I envisage gathering around the Farm Table will evoke positive growth, influence and challenge, to strengthen our wider industry and nation.
What is the first question you would ask on the eXchange?
I have a billion!
Though I’d like to start with something a bit deep, that could encourage new farmers to join the industry:
‘How can I overcome barriers to start my own farming business? Such as funding it, or fear?’
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