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Jul 19, 2019

Understanding and diagnosing thermostats and electric cooling fans.

Jul 17, 2019

Tonight I headed east to Cambridgeshire to talk to arable farmer, David Walston.

We talked about his early days at Eton College with some very famous classmates, the London photography business that he set up after university, and his eventual return to the family farm. 

We also went into some of his illustrious family history, talked about his Father Oliver Walston, his Nuffield study into soil health, and discussed many of the positive things he's doing on the farm, as well as an innovative new project he's involved with.

All this and much, much more. 

 

 

 

Episode Sponsors: 

Griffith Elder - Designers & Manufacturers of rugged weighing systems for heavy industrial use www.griffith-elder.com 

NFU Cymru - for more information please visit www.nfu-cymru.org.uk

 

Podcast Partners:

Farmer's Guardian. For the biggest range of news and features from across the Ag industry, please visit www.fginsight.com

Rock & Roll Farming is proud to be a part of the Farm & Rural Ag Network. To find more great podcasts and vlogs, please visit www.farmruralag.com 

Jul 17, 2019

 

Dr. Colin Bell is the Co-founder and Chief Growth Officer at Growcentia, a company that specializes in microbial plant bio-stimulants and the developers of Mammoth Microbes. Mammoth Microbes is a product designed to help cultivators find solutions for problems ranging from soil health to crop profitability. He left his position as Research Scientist I at Colorado State University to run a startup that is set to revolutionize the way the ag world looks at microbes. Colin obtained his Ph.D. in Microbiology, Soil Microbiology, Biogeochemistry, and Ecology as well as his Ph.D. in Biology and Soil Microbial Ecology from Texas Tech University.

 

Colin joins me today to share how Mammoth Microbes can help the cannabis industry reach its full agricultural potential. He describes his life as a researcher and why he wanted to start Mammoth Microbes. He explains how their product works and it's potential for cannabis cultivators. Colin also discusses some of the company’s plans for the future.

 

Stay tuned for our Five-Minute Farmer segment with Lanie White, the fourth generation owner of the McFarland White Ranch.

 

 

“Water is the unwritten constitution of California.” - Adam Borchard

 

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Colin's career background and his work at Mammoth Microbes.
  • The origins of Mammoth Microbes and how they came with the base tech they have in the market today.
  • His transition from academia into the startup world.
  • Their identity as a company and how they differentiate themselves in the industry.
  • The data point on cannabis production and how they use them.
  • The persona of the average cannabis grower today.
  • Differences between outdoor grown cannabis and indoor grown varieties.
  • Plans for the future and projects to look forward to.

 

 

 

Connect with Dr. Colin Bell:

 

 

 

 

 

This episode is sponsored by: Agri-Pulse - For the Latest in Ag Information

 

Regulation and policy have just as much impact on the agriculture industry and ag-business as Mother Nature. For 15 years, Agri-Pulse has been the leading resource for ag information, reporting on agricultural issues and policies occurring in Washington, D.C., Sacramento, and across the U.S. Agri-Pulse helps keep farmers and ag professionals up-to-date on the latest changes in rules and regulations impacting their businesses - before these policies become law.

 

Stay up-to-date on the latest ag issues and policies impacting your business by giving Agri-Pulse a test drive. Visit Agri-Pulse.com to start your 1-Month Free Trail today.

 

 

We Are a Part of a Bigger Family! 

 

The Future of Agriculture Podcast is now part of the Farm and Rural Ag Network. Listen to more ag-related podcasts by subscribing on iTunes or on the Farm and Rural Ag Network Website today. 

 
 

Join the Conversation!

To get your most pressing ag questions answered and share your perspective on various topics we’ve discussed on the Future of Agriculture podcast, head over to SpeakPipe.com/FutureofAg and leave a recorded message!

 

Share the Ag-Love! 

 

Thanks for joining us on the Future of Agriculture Podcast – your spot for valuable information, content, and interviews with industry leaders throughout the agricultural space! If you enjoyed this week’s episode, please subscribe on iTunes and leave your honest feedback. Don’t forget to share it with your friends on your favorite social media spots! 

 

Learn more about AgGrad by visiting: 

Future of Agriculture Website

AgGrad Website

AgGrad on Twitter 
AgGrad on Facebook 
AgGrad on LinkedIn 
AgGrad on Instagram 

 

Jul 16, 2019

John Schlessiger wants to share the struggles of their family, because you can never tell who it's going to help.

Jul 11, 2019

Kylie and Billy Magner produce pasture-raised eggs and pasture-raised chicken near the village of Moyglass in Co. Tipperary. Kylie provides some background to starting a poultry enterprise, and producing an award-winning chicken bone broth, all told and sold under the Magners Farm label, just a few kilometres north of the historic walled-town of Fethard.

Jul 11, 2019

In 2005, artisan farmer and food producer, John Commins began farming piedmontese cattle, a breed native to Italy, on his farm, near Thurles, Co. Tipperary. He now supplies this award-winning high-end beef into supermarkets, restaurants and online across Ireland.  In this episode, John also talks about his work with Avocet Bio-Solutions, trialling technology on his farm with the potential to make a significant global impact on sustainable food production.

Jul 10, 2019

Tonight I head down to Pembrokeshire in south west Wales, to talk to the founder of mental health charity, the DPJ Foundation, Emma Picton-Jones.

We talk about her husband Dan, and how his mental health problems, and subsequent suicide in 2016, led her to forming the DPJ Foundation to help others who may be going through similar things in rural Wales. 

If you know anyone who might be struggling, you can find out more at www.dpjfoundation.com 

 

 

 

Episode Sponsors: 

Griffith Elder - Designers & Manufacturers of rugged weighing systems for heavy industrial use www.griffith-elder.com 

NFU Cymru - for more information please visit www.nfu-cymru.org.uk

 

Podcast Partners:

Farmer's Guardian. For the biggest range of news and features from across the Ag industry, please visit www.fginsight.com

Rock & Roll Farming is proud to be a part of the Farm & Rural Ag Network. To find more great podcasts and vlogs, please visit www.farmruralag.com 

 

 

Jul 10, 2019

 

Adam Borchard is a Regulatory Advocate for the Association of California Water Agencies or ACWA. ACWA is an organization that seeks to inform Californians regarding their water supply and its policies. He has been actively representing California’s best interests in water policies for over five years and experienced drafting memoranda on various water-related acts in their state. Adam obtained his Juris Doctor in Environmental, Water, Public Agency Law from the University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law and his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science and Management from UC Davis.

 

Adam joins me today to discuss California’s water problems and enlighten us on what its future looks like from a sustainable and political viewpoint. He shares California’s water problem history and explains why it’s difficult to tackle the idea of entities owning water. He discusses some of the projects he believes will greatly help the state if fully implemented. Adam also describes the next big problem that will need to be solved in the future.

 

Stay tuned for our Five-Minute Farmer segment with Lanie White, the fourth generation owner of the McFarland White Ranch.

 

 

“Water is the unwritten constitution of California.” - Adam Borchard

 

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • California's water issues and a little history.
  • Who currently owns water and how it affects the farming industry.
  • The state's geographical imbalance and how it affects the population.
  • His most difficult project to date and regulating water.
  • How water rights can be revoked and seniority factors.
  • The event that became a major water wake up call for Californians.
  • The next problem that California and the rest of the world will have to tackle.

 

 

 

Connect with Adam Borchard:

 

 

 

 

 

This episode is sponsored by: Agri-Pulse - For the Latest in Ag Information

 

Regulation and policy have just as much impact on the agriculture industry and ag-business as Mother Nature. For 15 years, Agri-Pulse has been the leading resource for ag information, reporting on agricultural issues and policies occurring in Washington, D.C., Sacramento, and across the U.S. Agri-Pulse helps keep farmers and ag professionals up-to-date on the latest changes in rules and regulations impacting their businesses - before these policies become law.

 

Stay up-to-date on the latest ag issues and policies impacting your business by giving Agri-Pulse a test drive. Visit Agri-Pulse.com to start your 1-Month Free Trail today.

 

 

We Are a Part of a Bigger Family! 

 

The Future of Agriculture Podcast is now part of the Farm and Rural Ag Network. Listen to more ag-related podcasts by subscribing on iTunes or on the Farm and Rural Ag Network Website today. 

 
 

Join the Conversation!

To get your most pressing ag questions answered and share your perspective on various topics we’ve discussed on the Future of Agriculture podcast, head over to SpeakPipe.com/FutureofAg and leave a recorded message!

 

Share the Ag-Love! 

 

Thanks for joining us on the Future of Agriculture Podcast – your spot for valuable information, content, and interviews with industry leaders throughout the agricultural space! If you enjoyed this week’s episode, please subscribe on iTunes and leave your honest feedback. Don’t forget to share it with your friends on your favorite social media spots! 

 

Learn more about AgGrad by visiting: 

Future of Agriculture Website

AgGrad Website

AgGrad on Twitter 
AgGrad on Facebook 
AgGrad on LinkedIn 
AgGrad on Instagram 

 

Jul 9, 2019

Quentin Shieldknight is from the Texas Panhandle, where he and his family grow cotton, corn, and raise registered Red Angus.

Listen as he talks about his crazy spring with rain, hail, and tornadoes. What role does social media play in keeping farmers all over the world connected. Also, faith, family, and succession planning.

Jul 3, 2019

 

Dr. Michael Miille is the CEO of Joyn Bio. Joyn Bio is a startup joint venture of Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks. The goal of Joyn Bio is to answer the challenges of agricultural sustainability with synthetic biology. Michael has extensive experience when it comes to leading companies, having served at top level positions ranging from COO and CFO to Director and General Manager since 1995. He obtained his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry from UC Davis and a BS in Biological Sciences from Stanford.

 

Michael joins me today to discuss how Joyn Bio will utilize microbe technology to provide sustainable ag solutions. He shares how Joyn Bio was started and describes the benefits of being a company under Bayer and Ginkgo. He explains how their microbe tech could be applied in various forms as well as how it would positively impact both the environment and farmers. Michael also discusses the various challenges in growing this kind of company as well as some of its future projects.

 

Stay tuned for our Five-Minute Farmer segment with Amy Solsma, owner of Solsma’s Punkin Patch and Fireworks.

 

 

 

 

“You need that freedom, flexibility, and creativity that comes with being a small group that's focused on a moonshot.” - Mike Miille

 

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • The story of how the joint venture came about.
  • Mike's academic background and why he chose the agriculture industry.
  • Why it's called a "Moonshot" for Bayer.
  • The problem they want to address and their proposed solutions.
  • Microbes vs chemicals and when he thinks this type of tech will become available.
  • Why Joyn Bio is not what you would call a normal startup.
  • The challenges of running this type of startup in the ag industry.

 

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

 

Connect with Mike Miille:

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Are a Part of a Bigger Family! 

 

The Future of Agriculture Podcast is now part of the Farm and Rural Ag Network. Listen to more ag-related podcasts by subscribing on iTunes or on the Farm and Rural Ag Network Website today. 

 
 

Join the Conversation!

To get your most pressing ag questions answered and share your perspective on various topics we’ve discussed on the Future of Agriculture podcast, head over to SpeakPipe.com/FutureofAg and leave a recorded message!

 

Share the Ag-Love! 

 

Thanks for joining us on the Future of Agriculture Podcast – your spot for valuable information, content, and interviews with industry leaders throughout the agricultural space! If you enjoyed this week’s episode, please subscribe on iTunes and leave your honest feedback. Don’t forget to share it with your friends on your favorite social media spots! 

 

Learn more about AgGrad by visiting: 

Future of Agriculture Website

AgGrad Website

AgGrad on Twitter 
AgGrad on Facebook 
AgGrad on LinkedIn 
AgGrad on Instagram 

 

Jul 2, 2019

Do you really know who is cooking your food?
So many times we focus a night out around a favorite restaurant, but never give much thought to the chef,
Chef Kevin Harvey have fought his way to the top, listen to his journey.

Jun 27, 2019

Antony John (AKA “The Manic Organic”) and his wife Tina own and operate Soiled Reputation, an organic farm near Stratford, Ontario. Soiled Reputation supplies high end Southwestern Ontario restaurants with fresh produce, including the best carrots you’ve ever tasted. 


Antony has long balanced artistic expression with farming, in fact, he’s even had his own Food Network cooking show, which aimed to bridge the gap between food and farming.

Jun 27, 2019

Rock & Roll Farming on tour! 

I headed up to Leyburn in North Yorkshire to the 2018 Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers Gold Cup winner Philip Metcalfe's open day (Most impressive dairy farm I've EVER been on) to talk to the man himself, and also had a conversation with Kite Consulting's John Allen, and journalist and market analysis, Chris Walkland, all about what makes a gold cup winner, and the current state of the UK dairy industry. 

 

 

 

(Photo credit: Tim Scrivener, Farmer's Weekly)

  

Episode Sponsors: 

Griffith Elder - Designers & Manufacturers of rugged weighing systems for heavy industrial use www.griffith-elder.com 

NFU Cymru - for more information please visit www.nfu-cymru.org.uk

 

Podcast Partners:

Farmer's Guardian. For the biggest range of news and features from across the Ag industry, please visit www.fginsight.com

Rock & Roll Farming is proud to be a part of the Farm & Rural Ag Network. To find more great podcasts and vlogs, please visit www.farmruralag.com 

Jun 26, 2019

Dr. David Zetland is a university lecturer, blogger, and economy researcher. He currently teaches at Leiden University College - The Hague as a lecturer in political-economy. He is the creator of the Aguanomics blog, a site that focuses on topics on the different ways people manage, use, and abuse water. David obtained his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Davis and has earned extensive experience regarding water economy and water policy.

 

David joins me today to discuss the water economy and where we are right now as a civilization. He shares why we should be in a global state of panic and why we’re no longer in a world where water is sustainable. He explains the need for water to be priced and how it can positively affect the ag industry. David also discusses water rights, “free water,” the water market, and possible solutions to water scarcity.

 

Stay tuned for our Five-Minute Farmer segment with Will Scholze, owner of Scholze Family Beef.

 

 

 

 

“If there is a price on water, supply and demand will balance.” - Dr. David Zetland

 

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Why we should be panicking about climate change and its effects on water scarcity.
  • Water shortages and the problems it would impose on the ag industry.
  • The two major sources of water for agriculture and the water market.
  • Why water is essentially not free in agriculture.
  • The logic applied on who really consumes the most water.
  • Buying and selling water rights and how farmers conduct their water business.
  • The political struggles involving water and how it is in other countries.
  • Why desalination plants aren't the solution to water scarcity.

 

 

 

Connect with Dr. David Zetland:

 

 

 

 

 

This episode is sponsored by: Agri-Pulse - For the Latest in Ag Information

 

Regulation and policy have just as much impact on the agriculture industry and ag-business as Mother Nature. For 15 years, Agri-Pulse has been the leading resource for ag information, reporting on agricultural issues and policies occurring in Washington, D.C., Sacramento, and across the U.S. Agri-Pulse helps keep farmers and ag professionals up-to-date on the latest changes in rules and regulations impacting their businesses - before these policies become law.

 

Stay up-to-date on the latest ag issues and policies impacting your business by giving Agri-Pulse a test drive. Visit Agri-Pulse.com to start your 1-Month Free Trail today.

 

 

We Are a Part of a Bigger Family! 

 

The Future of Agriculture Podcast is now part of the Farm and Rural Ag Network. Listen to more ag-related podcasts by subscribing on iTunes or on the Farm and Rural Ag Network Website today. 

 
 

Join the Conversation!

To get your most pressing ag questions answered and share your perspective on various topics we’ve discussed on the Future of Agriculture podcast, head over to SpeakPipe.com/FutureofAg and leave a recorded message!

 

Share the Ag-Love! 

 

Thanks for joining us on the Future of Agriculture Podcast – your spot for valuable information, content, and interviews with industry leaders throughout the agricultural space! If you enjoyed this week’s episode, please subscribe on iTunes and leave your honest feedback. Don’t forget to share it with your friends on your favorite social media spots! 

 

Learn more about AgGrad by visiting: 

Future of Agriculture Website

AgGrad Website

AgGrad on Twitter 
AgGrad on Facebook 
AgGrad on LinkedIn 
AgGrad on Instagram 

 

Jun 25, 2019

Heidi Radkiewicz, author of “Honeymoon in Baghdad” talks about when she and her husband were deployed to active duty in Iraq, at the same time… in the same unit.

She talks about being in firefights with her husband and how they help each other’s PTSD

Jun 24, 2019

Finishing third on Canada's Master Chef, Josh Miller takes us behind the scenes on what it's like to be on a reality TV show.

Jun 22, 2019

James O’Donoghue’s initial curiosity in farming was triggered during summer holidays, helping on his grandparents’ farm. As a trainee farmer manager, he graduated ‘top student’ in Ag College and ‘top farm apprentice’. Decades on, James tells how he now produces his own premium brand, award-winning cider called ‘Longways Cider’ from his farm and orchard, located in South Tipperary.

www.longwayscider.ie

Jun 22, 2019

Tonight I headed east to Cambridgeshire to talk to farmer and chair of the Nature Friendly Farmers Network, Martin Lines. 

We discussed the range of environmental improvements he's implemented on his farm that have seen a huge increase in different wildlife species, how he makes it work in conjunction with a modern farming business, and the Nature Friendly Farmers Network and the work that they do.

All this, and much, much more.  

 

Episode Sponsors: 

Griffith Elder - Designers & Manufacturers of rugged weighing systems for heavy industrial use www.griffith-elder.com 

NFU Cymru - for more information please visit www.nfu-cymru.org.uk

 

Podcast Partners:

Farmer's Guardian. For the biggest range of news and features from across the Ag industry, please visit www.fginsight.com

Rock & Roll Farming is proud to be a part of the Farm & Rural Ag Network. To find more great podcasts and vlogs, please visit www.farmruralag.com 

Jun 21, 2019

Tonight I'm heading up to the lake district in Cumbria, to talk to farmer and author, Andrea Meanwell. 

In one of the most enjoyable interviews I've done so far, we talk about her family's 500 year connection to the area, archaeology, lazer beams, Roman forts, fulfilling her dream of owning a farm of her own, and her new role as lake district farming officer.

All this, and much more. 

 

Episode Sponsors: 

Griffith Elder - Designers & Manufacturers of rugged weighing systems for heavy industrial use www.griffith-elder.com 

NFU Cymru - for more information please visit www.nfu-cymru.org.uk

 

Podcast Partners:

Farmer's Guardian. For the biggest range of news and features from across the Ag industry, please visit www.fginsight.com

Rock & Roll Farming is proud to be a part of the Farm & Rural Ag Network. To find more great podcasts and vlogs, please visit www.farmruralag.com 

Jun 20, 2019

Can we have a public conversation about agriculture that isn’t polarized, vitriolic and, ultimately, counterproductive?

Maybe, just maybe.

Here’s a place to start. Tamar Haspel is a journalist and Oyster Farmer, who’s been on the food and science beat for almost 20 years.

She writes the James Beard award-winning Washington Post column, Unearthed, which covers food supply issues, and contributes to National Geographic, Discover, and Edible Cape Cod.

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