CURRENT EPISODE No 76 28 minutes Published 22 September 2022
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AFTER spending much of his early life in Canada, Ben Matthews moved to Scotland where he initially worked in Health and Social Care.
Approaching his 40th birthday, he decided he needed a change of career.
One day, passing SRUC Elmwood campus he spotted a banner advertising a career in greenkeeping.
It was his eureka moment.
He enrolled on the golf course management course and was subsequently named as the winner of the HNC Golf Course Management Student of the Year sponsored by John Deere and Scottish dealer, Double A.
Then an opportunity cropped to become a seasonal member of the course management team on the Old Course at St Andrews for the 150th Open Championship this year.
LIVING THE DREAM with Ben Matthews
Always sports mad, Ben said he was ‘living the dream’ – and as will hear has resulted in a permanent post at St Andrews
This is really an uplifting story and a real live endorsement for a career in turfcare.
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SOUNDS OF THE SEASON
A compilation of the highlights from all the episodes in the first part of Season 3 of Inside Agri-Turf.
20 voices in just over half an hour with subjects ranging from recruitment, environment, dealer planning, funding - and tales from leading turfcare professionals such as Keith Kent, Jason Booth, Jimmy the Mower and Stephen Edwards.
Overseas guests included Mark Danie, machinery editor of New Zealand's leading farming journal and Corey Doctorow from the US on the bricking of tractors in Ukraine
Chris has worked in the agricultural and turfcare machinery industry since the 1960s, both for manufacturer and dealer. He subsequently launched industry trade magazines which he built up over 30 years before selling them.
He also edited a number of magazines for industry bodies before 'retiring' in 2019.
When lockdown came in the Spring of 2020 he decided to teach himself podcast production and audio editing. The result is Inside Agri-Turf. Using his extensive 60 years industry experience and industry know-how, he launched the first episodes in July 2020 and has quickly grown a substantial number of listeners worldwide.