Murray Scholz on the GMO and Sheep Controversies

Murray Scholz farms with his wife Emma in Southern NSW and the Eastern Riverina on the foothills of the snowy mountains. They grow wheat, canola, lupins, and barley, and run beef cattle and prime lambs.

Murray’s family is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, after his great-grandfather came to the area in 1919. They’ve always been an innovative family, adopting new practices and striving to run a profitable and sustainable business. In this episode, Murray shares several stories of how his thinking has changed through overseas travel and exposure to new perspectives, and the business decisions he’s made as a result.

Tune in to learn about:

  • What it’s like to be in the middle of the GMO controversy, where no one seems to listen to what you’re really saying

  • Why Murray decided to run sheep, after publicly criticizing them for years

  • How a hiking trip in Switzerland challenged his views on ag policies

  • The decisions you can make when you’ve been collecting data for over 30 years

  • Tips for agtech startups to better engage with farmers

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