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In life, we have the opportunity to meet some remarkable people. Those individuals are often quietly determined to serve others and make a meaningful impact.

I met Mike Stephens, Founder, Director and Lead Consultant of Meridian Agriculture, as an overly enthusiastic and bullish 25-year-old. I have regarded him as a role model and mentor ever since.

One of Australian agriculture’s truly great personalities, Mike has dedicated his career to farmers, to families getting on and to effective farm succession.

Two and a half years ago, he completed the largest piece of research into farm succession globally. The insights from this are significant, and Mike shares some of them with us in this interview.

Combined with this is Mike’s incredible ability to communicate and facilitate. As others committed to helping with succession, the depth and accuracy of the questions he asks of individuals and families and the process he takes you through to optimise a succession outcome for you is deeply impressive.

Mike and his team at Meridian Ag are experts in this space and are available to help you move through the succession planning process.

You can find them here:

I think it is fair to say he and they are qualified to do so!

Congratulations, Mike, on a lifetime of work helping farming families across Australia and overseas to create legacies that can transcend generations. Congratulations also on 40 years in farm consultancy. 

For an article overviewing Mike’s findings, click here.

Thank you for your contribution, hard work and quiet, respectful determination to make an impact.

It is always great to connect with those that have in some way shaped you.

To all of you, I hope that this serves you.

Hutch & Team

When you’re ready to take the next step and work with us, here are three things you can do:


1. Subscribe to our ‘Profitable Farmer’ podcast 

This free audio podcast delivers ideas to help you run a great business, leading to more profit, control and freedom – Click here.
2. Join the Farm Owner Academy’s closed Facebook group ‘Profitable Farmer’ 

Our new Facebook community is where smart farm owners learn how to get more profit, control and freedom, and you can connect with like-minded farm owners – Click here to join

3. Work with us privately 

If you’d like our team to help you scale up your farming business or create a ‘freedom farm’ just email us at and put “Private” in the subject line… tell me a little about your business and what you’d like to improve and I’ll send you the information you need to get started!

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