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Rabobank launches new sustainability podcast to support farm business decision making

A new sustainability-focused podcast to support the country’s farmers and growers has been launched by agribusiness banking specialist Rabobank New Zealand.

The new podcast, RaboTalk – Growing our future, will feature informed opinions and healthy discussion on the future of farming and how primary producers can adapt farm strategies and systems to ensure they thrive in a fast-changing world.

Hosted by Rabobank’s Head of Sustainable Business Development Blake Holgate, the podcast will include interviews with a range of industry experts from New Zealand and around the world covering topics including long-term strategic planning, agri-tech, supply and value chains, and access to capital.

The first episode of the new podcast series was released earlier today and is now accessible via the Rabobank website and all major podcast apps.

Mr Holgate said the new podcast has been established with the aim of equipping New Zealand’s farmers and growers with the knowledge to develop and maintain resilient farming systems.

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Head of Sustainable Business Development, Blake Holgate

“There’s a lot happening across New Zealand’s agricultural sector at the moment, and a key goal of the new podcast is to help listeners understand the changing landscape of the industry,” he said.

“As a global food and agribusiness banking specialist with a strong focus on market research, Rabobank is able to draw on insights gathered from the local food and agribusiness sector and from other key agribusiness markets around the world.

“And the intention with the podcast is to condense these insights down into digestible chunks for farmers and, in so doing, support them to make informed decisions about the future of their farming operations.”

Mr Holgate said the inaugural podcast episode features a conversation with Rabobank’s Head of Global Rural and F&A Lara Yocarini.

“As part of her role, Lara leads Rabobank’s Global rural team which is focused on connecting and growing Rabobank’s rural businesses in New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Argentina and the United States,” he said.

“In the episode, we discuss how sustainability is influencing capital markets around the world, how banks are responding, and ultimately how this will flow through to impact New Zealand’s farmers and growers over coming years.”

Mr Holgate said other topics featured in episodes scheduled for release throughout December and January include the role of on-farm planning, the impact of changing climatic conditions on future farming systems, and how sustainability is influencing food supply chains.

“We’re really excited about the new podcast series as we see it as another way we can help our clients, and the wider farming community, to achieve their business goals,” he said.


Rabobank New Zealand is a part of the global Rabobank Group, the world’s leading specialist in food and agribusiness banking. Rabobank has more than 120 years’ experience providing customised banking and finance solutions to businesses involved in all aspects of food and agribusiness. Rabobank Group is structured as a cooperative and operates in 38 countries, servicing the needs of about 8.4 million clients worldwide through a network of close to 1000 offices and branches. Rabobank New Zealand is one of the country's leading agricultural lenders and a significant provider of business and corporate banking and financial services to the New Zealand food and agribusiness sector. The bank has 28 offices throughout New Zealand.


Media contacts:

David Johnston
Marketing & Media Relations Manager
Rabobank New Zealand
Phone: 027 477 8153
Email: david.johnston@rabobank.com


Denise Shaw
Head of Media Relations 
Rabobank Australia & New Zealand 
Phone: +612 8115 2744 or +61 2 439 603 525 
Email: denise.shaw@rabobank.com