In this episode James Hagan continues the discussion around the economics of CTF in your farming system, including machinery replacement costs, opportunity costs, yield benefits, cost savings and overall system benefits.

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About this episode’s guest

This episode’s guest is James Hagan, an economist with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

James specialises in soil constraints, sub-soil nutrition, farming systems and farm machinery economics.

His work in compaction research has led to him being invited to deliver on the Economics of CTF at workshops and conferences to grain growers around the country, touring Western Australia, Victoria and South Australia with DAF, DPIRD and GRDC support.

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About our host

The host of the Talking CTF podcast is agricultural and rural media specialist David Cussons.

David is a director of CussonsMedia, a rural media agency based in Toowoomba, Queensland, producing targeted video, written and audio content in paddocks across Australia and New Zealand.

He has reported on the Australian agricultural industry for many years, after starting his career with ABC Rural in 1998. He has presented the WA Country Hour, and reported on the grains industry in Esperance, Bunbury, Toowoomba, Burnie and also Melbourne, where he presented the ABC National Rural News bulletin.

David has an honours degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Western Australia and is a graduate of the Texas A&M University Executive Program for Agricultural Producers. A 2009 Nuffield Scholar and past Director of Nuffield Australia, David used his scholarship to develop communication strategies to help improve public perceptions of farming and the agricultural sector.

Originally from a farm in Kojonup, David also managed the family farms in Western Australia for many years.

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