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Jun 14, 2017

Today’s guest grew up in Mariposa, California and has viewed the world from different lenses as a youth through the 4-H Youth Program. Marcus Hollan attributes his distinctiveness and success to his involvement in such programs when he was younger which allowed him to embrace the diversity of others and understand the importance of inclusion in a community. Marcus is one of the founders of the Cultivating Change Foundation, an organization that elevates and values the LGBTQ community within the agriculture industry.

In today’s episode, Marcus talks about the roles that diversity, inclusion, equality, and equity play in the workplace - especially in agriculture. As the chief learning officer of Studio 5, Marcus also shares the organization’s goals, the business case for promoting agriculture, and how the corporate equality index has become a significant tool to know more about how open a company is to embracing racial, cultural, religious, and gender orientation differences.

 

“There is also power in recognizing our differences; in celebrating and honoring who we are.”  – Marcus Hollan

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Defining diversity, inclusion, equality, and equity
  • What people want - equality versus equity
  • Why you should ask purposeful and intentional questions
  • What inspired Marcus to launch Cultivating Change Foundation
  • The goals of the foundation
  • Challenges Marcus faced in starting Cultivating Change
  • Defining the corporate equality index and its function

 

Join us at the 2017 Cultivating Change Summit!

On June 21 to 23, the third annual Cultivating Change Summit will take place in Sacramento, California. Learn from the excellent speakers, fantastic workshop presenters, and the 8-people panel that will tackle the future of agriculture through the lens of diversity and inclusion as they come up with plans of actions as to how we can better serve the agriculture industry.

Be a part of history-in-the-making by checking out Cultivating Change Website today!

 

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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!

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Jun 13, 2017

Lindsay Persico doesn't farm.... but she's one of the strongest gals I know (both physically and emotionally) Listen as she talks about the tough decisions she's made to be a good example for her kids.

 

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Timestamps:

11:36   Her tattoo 

15:11   living in a 12'x16' cabin

16:27   When divorce is right

33:14   her hero

38:12   decisions in buying food

Jun 9, 2017

In this episode, Rob shares his experience advocating at an event.

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Jun 8, 2017

The Dirksen’s – the definition of a family farm.

1:50 Every family needs an Opa.

4:30 Vanessa calls Wendell old.

7:00 An off-farm job can be a valuable learning experience.

10:20 If you are a John Deere fan, you might want to skip this part.

14:00 Tractor pulling – Boys and their toys.

18:30 Vanessa calls Matt dumb.

20:45 Breakfast on the Farm. Opening the doors.

26:45 Letting the kids pull you out of your comfort zone.

 

Breakfast on the Farm

Jun 7, 2017

Coley Jones Drinkwater belongs to a third-generation family of farmers who tend to and sustain the Richlands Dairy Farm in Blackstone, Virginia. Richlands Farm has been a dairy farm since the 1950s. Coley’s story makes you see life in agriculture from different perspectives - a multigenerational angle, a sustainability angle, and an entrepreneurship angle.

On today’s episode, Coley talks about the inspiring story of how her grandparents started and pursued the farm as they relied on agriculture in raising and sending their five children to college. She also explains how she and her family decided not to sell the farm during one of its trying times with the challenges, pressures, and sacrifices she and her family made to keep the farm and pursue their own creamery in spite of the denial of her initial proposal.


“I hope in building the creamery that maybe that is something that I can do for someone else’s family as well where you can just come, get some ice cream. Sit on the porch. Just breathe and take a moment to be together as a family because that to me is really what makes farming worth all the sacrifice.”  – Coley Jones Drinkwater

 


This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • The crops that Coley and her family grow on the farm
  • What to expect during the farm’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze Fall Festivals
  • The farm’s first ever “Dinner on the Dairy” that’s happening on June 23
  • Why the first ice cream flavor gives honor to Coley’s grandmother
  • Coley’s frustration about misleading labels and marketing strategies concerning truth and honesty
  • The hardest part in farming for Coley since she came back to the farm full-time
  • What gives Coley hope and purpose in life

 

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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.

 

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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!

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Jun 6, 2017

Steven Ellis is a Virginia farmer who is a connoisseur of the Japanese poetry, haiku. He talks to us about the differences he sees from farming in the "I" states. Plus how ag social media has changed.

 

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8:30 he sounds like Frank Underwood

16:25 forced to farm?

22:38 his dad is awesome

34:50 he hates "I" states

47:20 Farm to table restaurant 

Jun 5, 2017

Weeds, wine, sand-fighting season, turn row meltdowns – all part of Mike Lass’ story, from California to growing cotton in the South Plains of Texas

Jun 1, 2017

If Dairy Farmers cost Maxime Bernier the leadership, then Bruce Sargent is the Dragon Slayer.

 

3:00 How to get farmers attention, by Maxime Bernier.

6:30 Recruiting members for the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC).

8:45 Bruce does Max according to Dr Seuss.

13:40 I agree with The Donald….. said no successful CDN politician ever.

18:40 Bruce is a glass half full kind of guy.

24:00 You don’t have to be flashy to be a good leader.

28:10 Cartel, Cartel, Cartel.

May 31, 2017

Today’s guest is an independent movie producer from New York City. Sam Goldberg grew up in Manhattan without any background in agriculture. He was introduced to agriculture when a filmmaker approached him for a concept about grain entrapment, a real and grave danger that farmers and other members of the community are exposed to. Seeing the significance of the issue socially, Sam currently is raising funds for the operation and completion of the movie titled Silo The Film.

On today’s episode, Sam talks about the progress he and his team have made in the production of Silo. He also shares why he thinks this movie is socially relevant and his stand on why he wanted to pursue this film in spite of the timespan they need to devote to complete it. He also mentions some of the things that Sam and his team are currently working on like fund-raising, casting, and searching for the right location to shoot the movie.

 

“This, to me, represents a potential bridge for conversation where a segment of the population can be humanized in such a way that is relatable to anybody.”  – Sam Goldberg

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Overview and plot of Silo The Film
  • What compelled Sam and his business partners to pursue this project
  • The social significance of this film
  • Reasons for filming a documentary
  • Response of the people who viewed the short film at the Tribeca Film Festival
  • The overall cost of the project and how the cost is divided
  • How the revenue side of film works
  • How Sam found the grain entrapment expert his team is working with on the film

 

Check Out Sam Goldberg Across the Net:

 

 

We Are a Part of a Bigger Family!

 

The Future of Agriculture Podcast is a part of a network called 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.

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:

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

 

May 30, 2017

Donnarie Hales is on a mission to break my spirit and leave me a shell of a man. She talks about her job with BASF and our upcoming unnamed roadtrip. Also she talks about being a farm girl leading to her love of ag

 

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Timestamps

8:51 what the hell does she do

16:59 ROADTRIP!!!!!

31:31 whats a haymow

36:00 who works in cooperate ag

May 26, 2017

In this episode, Carrie and Rob are chatting about how consumers can go about finding information about agriculture 

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May 25, 2017

Did you ever wonder who makes all the cool apps that you use every day? Tony Meekes is putting his geek skills to use to create apps to help make farmers lives better.

May 24, 2017

Joining us on today’s episode of Future of Agriculture Podcast are two educators who are making an impact in the agricultural industry by engaging the youth and influencing the future workforce of agriculture. Our first guest, Seth Heinert, is an Agricultural High School teacher in Ogallala, Nebraska who started a rural program two years ago. Beverly Flatt is a program manager who works with city schools called Academies of Nashville in Tennessee helps students discover the passion they would like to pursue after high school.

Seth and Beverly share two different programs and approaches as they cater to students from diverse backgrounds and regions. Seth shares some fascinating stories about his classroom experiences in western Nebraska and the reasons why he’s so passionate about pursuing rural education and instilling in his students a love for agriculture. Beverly identifies the agriculture programs they offer in urban education. She also mentions that for the urban students, their exposure to the amount of technology used in the agricultural sector play a significant role in generating interest in the students.

 

“I think agricultural education plays a huge role in getting kids engaged in their rural communities.”  – Seth Heinert

“Just giving students an experience and an opportunity to get involved in agriculture is often the only thing we need to do to sell them on making this an industry and a passion for life.” – Beverly Flatt

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Seth’s priorities in the program he started
  • The essence of having an advisory council and the responsibilities they carry out
  • The three components of Seth’s rural program
  • The primary classifications of the courses Seth teaches
  • What led Beverly to agriculture literacy
  • What the program Academies of Nashville is all about and the school levels and age group they cater to
  • The four agricultural programs in the urban program
  • Acquiring accurate information and getting rid of fake news is the biggest challenge on ag literacy
  • How Beverly and her team determine the courses to be offered in their program
  • How agriculture can improve the academic performance of students

 

 

We are a Part of a Bigger Family!

 

The Future of Agriculture Podcast is a part of a network called 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.

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:

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AgGrad on Twitter  
AgGrad on Facebook  
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AgGrad on Instagram

May 23, 2017

Last week Matt Chambers navigated us through his families struggles after a truck/tractor accident. This week we learn more about the details and what actually happened.

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Timestamps:

2:31 who’s fault was it?

10:35 alcohol and farm equipment

23:41 grain bin safety

29:22 Update

May 19, 2017

"The Farmer & The City Girl Podcast Episode 020 - Tips for Connecting with Consumers"

In this episode, Carrie and Rob are giving you three easy ways ag media can connect with consumers.

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May 18, 2017

This amazing single mom ended up taking over the family farm at 25 whether she was ready or not.

 

1:45 Sarah makes being a Ridgetown Westag sound pretty good.

4:00 Pheasants, Partridges and Quails Oh My!

7:00 Sarah and I discuss the bird and the…. well birds.

10:00 Between Sarah and Wendell, one of them is not afraid of birds.

14:00 Lots of birds fly, but not all birds fly Air Canada.

18:40 Suddenly making all the decisions. Questions you didn’t ask.

21:40 You don’t want to ask Sarah for the man of the house.

23:50 Between Scarlett and Wendell, one of them is not afraid of birds.

26:30 And….. SNAPCHAT!

 

May 17, 2017

Millennials are making waves in many of today’s business and career industries – and the agriculture industry is no exception. This week, I’m speaking with Mikayla Sullivan, co-founder and “Ringleader of Regal Operations” at Kinosol. Her team of millennials – many of which are fresh out of college – are on a mission to solve one of the world’s biggest problems – world hunger – through agriculture technology.

Kinosol uses dehydration techniques that can be used anywhere in the world – due to its solar-power technology – to make food products last longer, to effectively reduce food waste around the world. Currently, Mikayla and her team are focusing on helping people in developing countries reduce food waste and improve their food storage ability in an effort to help end world hunger on a global scale.

Today, she shares the Kinosol mission and how the business idea got started, the interesting way the team generated the initial business capital to continue to grow and scale, and some of the food safety concerns surrounding dehydration – particularly with meat.

 

“People don’t care what it looks like. It really just matters if it works and if it’s going to improve what they are already doing and save them time down the road.” – Mikayla Sullivan

 

This Week on the Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Kinosol’s mission to reduce food waste on a global scale – particularly in developing countries
  • How the company is working to not only reduce food waste and combat world hunger, but also provide income-generating opportunities in developing countries
  • What is a Specific Benefit Corporation and how it differs from a non-profit organization and an LLC
  • How farmers in developing countries can receive Kinosol’s products
  • What the Kinosol solar-power dehydrator is capable of
  • Food safety concerns regarding meat and ensuring consumer safety
  • Unit cost and distribution model
  • The Kinosol “Sponsor-A-Unit” program
  • How the business idea got started
  • How they raised their initial business capital
  • How the founding members decided which countries to target first
  • Their biggest challenges throughout their entrepreneurial journey
  • Why Mikayla believes her team’s naivety about the process of developing the product worked to their advantage
  • New product development plans within the next two years

 

 

Check Out Kinosol & Mikayla Sullivan Across the Net:

 

 

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: 

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AgGrad on Twitter  
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May 16, 2017

Ag moms rock! Hear how Meredith Bernard went from corporate to cattle. She's at her happiest balancing family and farming.

May 16, 2017

Matt Chambers is a farmer from Iowa that talks about an accident that changed his family for ever. It's an heartbreaking story, but you wont believe what happens at the 40 minute mark.

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May 12, 2017

In this episode, Carrie and Rob are chatting about how bloggers and marketers have taken the word and turned it into a title rather than an advocacy strategy.

May 12, 2017

"The Farmer & The City Girl Podcast Episode 018 - (NSFW)#Agvocates Rant Part 1"

In this episode, Carrie and Rob are chatting about how bloggers and marketers have taken the word and turned it into a title rather than an advocacy strategy.

May 11, 2017

1:45 Why would anyone move to Tavistock?

2:30 Still a better love story than Twilight.

5:30 Farming and raising a family.

7:00 Hops – outside the box farming.

10:30 Growing hops is harder than you might think.

14:00 Is a beer farmer a hippie or a hipster?

17:30 Darn dairy farmers making trouble again.

20:00 The airblaster creates a vortex. Of course.

22:00 No one told Kyle he was supposed to laugh at my jokes.

25:30 Local breweries support local farmers.

28:00 Hosting a hipster hop hoedown.

29:30 Nash Hops on Pop.

30:15 Apparently beer goes with everything.

 

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May 10, 2017

Today’s guest, Hope Floeck of Hope Floeck Consulting, grew up on a farm in East Texas. She went to Texas Tech University where she received her undergraduate degree in agricultural economics and her graduate degree in agriculture. For 20 years, she worked with a food processing organization where she handled food assistance and food policy, both here and abroad. Not so long ago, Hope decided to establish her consulting company with the goal of helping individuals and organizations understand the programming of agriculture and how they can get involved.

On today’s episode, Hope talks about how people found out about her newly established business. She points out the importance of developing long-term relationships in the past that helped disseminate the news of her new venture by word of mouth. Hope also elaborates on the things people can do to take a more active role in agriculture and discusses the reasons why people in agricultural businesses are willing to fund agricultural education.

 

“From the years of my research days, from being involved in food processing and international food aid policy, which also branch over into ag policy, I feel that I could really bring some value to helping some folks.” – Hope Floeck

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • The story that prompted Hope to post big agricultural questions on Twitter
  • Type of responses Hope got from the Twitter thread she started
  • The varied responses of people from the different walks of life with the same point that there should be more funding for agricultural education
  • One of the compelling answers that had Hope thinking where she eventually ended up with more questions in mind

Check Out Hope Floeck Across the Net:

 

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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!

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May 9, 2017

Rachael Spangelo is the Queen of TwoDots Montana... I guess

Listen to her incredible story about protecting her daughter.

 

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time stamps:

6:33     2 dots Montana 

14:48    hand up a bison butt

27:46    direct to consumer beef 

32:07    her mini me

36:30    immigration, gangs, and escaping danger 

May 5, 2017

"The Farmer & The City Girl Podcast Episode 016 - "Gadgets and Indoor Gardens"

In this episode, Carrie and Rob are chatting about what they think are the coolest gadgets that apply to farming.

Rob talks about using satellite imagery to help farmers scout their crops

Carrie is fascinated with watering vegetables over her phone with a Fibonacci.

 

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