Not only is drone aficionado Meg Kummerow featured as our podcast guest this week, click here to listen, but she’s very generously answered some ‘get to know you’ questions for us too!
Business Name: Flying Ag Australia & Future Focused Business Solutions
What opportunity or gap did you see that inspired this business? I also work for The Grains Research Foundation Limited. For the Australian Summer Grains Conference we brought out from the US an Ag technology guru by the name of Chad Colby. He was a huge drawcard at the conference and there were lots of motivated buyers following his talks. Unfortunately none of the drone resellers were interested in attending the conference to sell drones. In frustration I said to Chad, “Maybe I should go into selling drones!” He responded “Yes you should”, so it all stemmed from there. He works very closely with the team behind Flying Ag in the US, who offered us the opportunity to become resellers for them here in Australia.
Biggest challenge making it a reality? For me, it’s the confidence thing. Selling is way outside my comfort zone, as I am used to working with farmers on things like capacity building and research priority setting. It’s something I’ll be working on for the rest of my life.
Most satisfying moment so far? For me it was attending Farmfest at Toowoomba and just being able to talk to farmers the whole time about drones. I really love being able to share how a drone can fit into their business and make life just a little bit easier or to get a different perspective.
What’s your favourite tip/app/hack that you use to keep on track? I use reminders on my phone for lots of things, but I’m always on the lookout for the next great app to help me keep focus as it is something I struggle with terribly!!
Biggest potential for your region/area? It’s not drone related, but the Wellcamp Airport at Toowoomba is a huge opportunity for agriculture in our area. I’m really excited to see how people use this resource to access Asia, particularly for food.
If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be? I’m happy just being me. I have no desire to live in a city! I would like to be able to travel more often, but it is really difficult with kids!
How do you switch off when you go home? This is something I struggle with. I work from home most of the time, although I do utilise the Canvas Coworking space in Toowoomba about once a week. I try to get outside with the kids when they get home from school of an afternoon. I also love food and cooking, so playing around with new recipes and ingredients is fun.
Best business advice anyone has ever given you? I’m still waiting for it! No, I think just own what you are doing and believe in yourself – a constant challenge for me!
What’s your goal for the next 12 months? I’m really interested in being an advocate for the use of drones in agriculture as well as sharing the importance of farmers using drone safely. I’ve been lucky enough to have been invited to speak on the agriculture panel at the World of Drone Congress in Brisbane at the end of August which is really exciting. I’m also looking to have resellers set up around different agricultural regions.
Thanks Meg! If you want to hear more, be sure to check out this week’s podcast here as well!