Free forum for collaborative farmer-to-farmer platform

Free forum for collaborative farmer-to-farmer platform

APRIL 6 2018 – 10:45AM
The Naracoorte Herald

Discover the national Farmer Exchange peer knowledge sharing platform at Penola on Thursday, April 12.

Young and older farmers from any commodity group are invited to the no-cost event at Pipers of Penola from 5.45pm.

Organiser Airlie Trescowthick and her team will be travelling the country, meeting farmers, introducing them to the Farmer Exchange online platform, helping them to set up their own profile and seeking their feedback.

“Farmer Exchange is about building a place where farmers can help other farmers, for free, no matter where they live across Australia,” said Airlie.

“Current social networks do not have the farmer front and centre of their design and functionality. On other platforms, there is often only one vertical stream of conversation.

“In a matter of hours (sometimes minutes), a thread can disappear out of sight, making it difficult to continue to engage, or find it weeks or months later.

“Farmer Exchange, built by farmers, for farmers, will connect us in order to transfer knowledge in a way we have not seen before.”

Farmers using the platform have their own unique dashboard which archives their questions, sends messages to other farmers, and allows high quality answers to be upvoted, meaning the most useful answers are ranked at the top.

“The Farmer Exchange is a service that will enable increased collaboration and knowledge sharing between farmers, no matter where in the country you are,” Airlie said.

“It is part of the broader Farm Table website, of which its sole aim is to be the farmer’s online sidekick and make the web a friendlier place for farmers.”

The project is focusing on:

  • New entrants looking to build their knowledge and networks.
  • Established farmers looking for in-depth technical knowledge to build their businesses.
  • Farmers of any age looking to feel part of a community committed to excellence and mateship.
  • Farmers looking to give back and contribute their knowledge – “we don’t want to lose the wisdom and experience in older generations,” Airlie said.

The Farmer Exchange Pilot has been primarily funded by the Australian Government’s Farm Co-operatives & Collaboration Pilot Program (Farming Together Program), with the support of AgriFutures Australia and the Farm Table.

Farming Together program director Lorraine Gordon said: “Farmer Exchange boosts real-time connectivity among farmers. It enables them to share knowledge, resources and strategic insights. It harvests the best of farmer knowledge and uses the most-adaptable form of online delivery.”

If you are unable to attend, all are invited to watch the national online launch on 26th April. Find out all information and registration links at

The event is no-cost and light refreshments are available. Registrations for catering purposes are appreciated via

Attendees welcome to stay for dinner at the beautiful Pipers of Penola (please contact the restaurant directly).

Local businesses interested in working with the Farmer Exchange for the event are encouraged to email Airlie at

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Airlie Landale

Airlie Landale is an Agricultural Economist and Independent Consultant at Landale Rural who works part time on her family farm out of Deniliquin. With a background in commercial business, farming and corporate agriculture and a passion for the Australian agricultural industry. Prior to Farm Table Airlie worked at Macquarie Bank as an Agricultural Business Analyst and was named as a ‘Tomorrow Maker’ by the AMP Foundation. As well as this Airlie was NSW Rural Young Achiever of the year.