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Podcasts to listen to while you're driving your tractor

Driving a tractor can get boring - here are some podcasts to help!
Podcasts can go a long way to alleviate boredom while driving for long periods.

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Whether you're planting or harvesting, taking cattle to a sale or dropping the kids to boarding school, if you live in rural and regional Australia you probably spend plenty of time driving.

A good way to pass the time is listening to the radio — the best being the ABC of course — but if you're out of reception or looking for something specific, a podcast is a great way to go.

A podcast is a just like a radio show, but you can listen whenever you want to on your computer or mobile phone. Usually you subscribe to podcasts via iTunes or Google Play.

Cotton farmer and businesswoman Fleur Anderson loves listening to podcasts so much she created her own for her networking organisation the Rural Business Collective called 'Beating Around the Bush'.

Fleur Anderson is a self confessed podcast 'addict'
Cotton farmer and businesswoman Fleur Anderson loves listening to podcasts so much she created her own called 'Beating Around the Bush'.

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Ms Anderson uses the podcast to introduce her listeners to different people who have ideas on building businesses in the bush.

"Being in the country and doing a lot of kilometres, podcasts pass the time. It's a great way to kill time on the trip," she explained.

"We started our own because I thought that rather than another blog to read, our guys are usually on the road as much as me so I thought it was a good way of getting out there."

As well as creating her own, Ms Anderson describes herself as a podcast 'addict' listening to several a week both about farming and not.

"I don't have as much time as I used to to read books and that kind of thing so a good podcast is almost like taking in a good TV series.

It's a little bit of entertainment and learning something new while you're otherwise on the road."

Here are her top recommendations for podcasts on farming, grazing and rural life.

1. Bushtech

Hosts Sarah Nolet and Simon Mathewson speak to the leading innovators in the agricultural technology space from scientists to inventors.

"It's just started up and it's Australian … [and] it looks at all the stuff that's coming up and it's so fast moving so I enjoy listening to that one to try and keep up to date," Ms Anderson said.

2. RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness

The food and agribusiness team at RaboBank have been running this podcast since late 2016.

It utilizes the bank's 85 analysts working across a worldwide network to delve into the markets for everything from meat and fish to coffee and cocoa.

Fleur Anderson said it helps her keep a finger on the pulse of other industries.

"It's good for me to get outside of my own commodity group, I know a lot about what is happening in cotton but it's good to get out there and find out what's happening in sheep or rice."

3. My Open Kitchen

This podcast focuses on helping farmers and small businesses in rural areas use social media to tell their stories.

Farmers and co-hosts Sophie Hansen and Skye Manson share recipes and speak to experts about building a brand online.

Ms Anderson says it's easy listening.

"It's about how producers can connect with their consumers and I suspect there might be a few more in that vein coming through next year."

Top three general interest podcasts

Sometimes a change is as good as a holiday and Fleur Anderson recommends varying podcasts so you can learn about something totally new as you drive too.

1. Ear Hustle

A podcast about life inside the San Quentin prison in California produced by those living inside — the prisoners.

"Talk about stepping outside of your normal, everyday life," Ms Anderson said.

"It's really fascinating and well put together."

2. Download This Show

Host Marc Fennell explores the latest in all things related to technology with a funny and interesting panel each week.

"I tune into this every week,' she said.

"It's an update on anything from gaming to TV to the latest in NBN broadband and it's been really good for me to just keep up to date with what's happening."

3. Invisibilia

Produced by National Public Radio in the United States, this podcast investigates "invisible forces that control human behaviour — ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions" according to its website.

Ms Anderson said it's a captivating listen.

"There's some really fascinating stories about people who have come out of surgery and their hand has a mind of its own and what has happened in the brain."

The ABC Listen app is a good place to start with your podcast listening.