Info

Farm & Rural Ag Network

The best agricultural podcast content around the internet. Hear from farmer, ranchers, entrepreneurs, and titans of agribusiness about the issues facing modern agriculture.
RSS Feed
Farm & Rural Ag Network
2019
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2018
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2017
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February


Categories

All Episodes
Archives
Categories
Now displaying: March, 2018
Mar 29, 2018

What happens when you return from a successful off farm job to the family and things go badly? Robert Larmer talks about his passion for silage, struggling through stray voltage issues and the mental toll it took. He’s also got stones – curling stones and has competed against Olympic champions.

Mar 28, 2018

Tonight I'm really happy to be heading down under to outback south Australia to talk to Gillian Fennell on her family's one million acre cattle station.

We talk about the part of Australia where they live, and some of the challenges they face with the climate and remote location, before moving on to talk about her background growing up in a small Queensland town and her time misbehaving at boarding school!

We discuss how she met her husband Mark, and how after a whirlwind romance they headed off windmill contracting in the Northern Territory, camping in the bush and fixing broken windmills, before moving back to town for a couple of years and attempting to live a 'normal life.'

We then hear about how her Father in Law sold up and moved to a one million acre cattle station in South Australia, and their decision to go along too. We talk about the initial challenges they faced with no air conditioning, no mobile phone, no internet, and the nearest town being 350km away, as well as the strains of living in such close quarters with in-laws.

Gillian talks candidly and openly about her history with depression, something that has plagued her since her teenage years, and how seeking treatment has helped her to control it, as well as the importance of social media in helping to overcome isolation problems.

We talk about their three children and how they're schooled at home via the Alice Springs School of the Air, and how challenging this can be, as well as the difficulties in keeping young people in rural communities. We also discuss Gillian and her husband Mark's roles as volunteer Ambulance Officers, and what this entails, dealing with incidents from road traffic accidents to bar brawl injuries.

We the discuss in depth the cattle on the farm - 5000 head of Charolais x Brahmans. We talk about their characteristics, and how they suit their system and management, as well as some of the practicalities and how they muster them 3 times a year using motor bikes and gyrocopters to wean and sell.

We also talk about the difficulties that particularly kangaroos, but also wild horses cause, and how they have to deal with these on a regular basis.

All this and lots, lots more. I started this podcast with the aim of helping to show off cool and interesting people involved in agriculture, and Gillian fits the mould for that perfectly! Check it out folks..

Mar 28, 2018

Simone Kain is the co-creator of George the Farmer, a social enterprise that focuses on educating kids about proper farming practices as well as how food and fiber are produced using apps, music, videos, picture books, and free curriculum-aligned educator’s guides. She drew inspiration from a 2012 survey in Australia that shows 10-12-year-old students don’t know where their food comes from. Simone describes George the Farmer as “everyone’s mate” and tackles the daily activities of Australian farming with passion.

 

In this episode, Simone explains how George the Farmer educates children. She shares the story behind George the Farmer, how they structured their app, and why knowing where your food comes from is essential. She also discusses the need for people to learn that a career in agriculture is not always about farming and how George the Farmer aims to do just that.

 

 
“We try to get kids to start thinking about the amazing opportunities available in agriculture.” – Simone Kain

 

 
This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast: 

 

  • The origins of George the Farmer.
  • What their app aims to do.
  • Who their market is and their target age group.
  • Their response from those who don't have a farm background.
  • How kids have benefited from their app.
  • Their future projects for George the Farmer
  • Their process in trying to get George the Farmer in television.
  • The challenges they've faced
  • What surprised her the most in this project?

 

Connect with Simone Kain:

 

 

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. 

 
 

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 

 

Mar 26, 2018

Where does agriculture get their news and entertainment?

Also what are advertisers looking for?

Mar 22, 2018

Kelsey Banks is the Pumpkin Queen of Eastern Ontario but now lives in Saskatchewan. Going to college in the city and smelling like cows makes you the go to for questions on food and farming.

Mar 21, 2018

Tonight I'm delighted to be heading up to Malham in the Yorkshire Dales to talk to beef and sheep farmer, Neil Heseltine. 

And yes, first of all we start off talking about how a rugby playing upland farmer called Neil ended up with the slightly confusing twitter handle of @hilltopfarmgirl ;-)

After clearing that up though, we move on to talk about the farm that his family have been at for several generations, hilltopmalham.co.uk and the challenges of farming at 1200-1800ft above sea level, as well as discussing his early life and his time studying agriculture at Seale Hayne in Devon.

We talk about his return to the family farm, and the changed he's made since, including the reintroduction of cattle, the traditional British Breed of Belted Galloway, some of their characteristics, and the reasons behind that decision. We also chat about the Pasture Fed Livestock Association and how they're producing meat more sustainably from grass. 

We talk about how they reduced their Swaledale sheep numbers from a high of 800 to 200, and how their entire farming system is now based around the natural environment, which has seen flora and fauna, hares, and birds such as lapwings and curlews return to the farm. 

Neil tells us about the Nature Friendly Farmers Network, the recent surge of interest there's been in this relatively new organisation, and why he believes that increased focus on the environment in farming can lead to a more sustainable and profitable business.

We talk about the importance of selling their produce locally, and the social and community aspect of this, before moving on to talk about some of the scepticism he's encountered with regard to his way of farming.

We also discuss mental health in the farming industry, and how we must address the terrible accidental death and suicide statistics that are the largest of any industry in the UK. 

All this and much more. Neil's a great guy, farming in a really interesting way, and it was an absolute privilege to get to know him better tonight. Check it out folks.. 

 

 

This episode is kindly sponsored by NFU Cymru. For more information please visit www.nfu-cymru.org or www.rockandrollfarming.com 

Mar 21, 2018

Chris Rawley conceived the idea of crowdfunding platforms for agriculture while visiting a farm investment in Central America. He would soon start Harvest Returns, a crowdfunding company that serves investors looking to diversify their portfolio and invest their money on actual farms. Before founding Harvest Returns, Chris obtained corporate management roles in various companies and once served as a defense consultant at Special Operations Command Headquarters thanks to his military experience. He has been investing in real estate and agriculture for almost twenty years.

 

In this episode, Chris discusses how his company helps both farmers and investors. He shares how he got the idea of starting Harvest Returns, the company’s main goals, and what makes them different from other agricultural crowdsourcing platforms. He also shares some of their recent projects as well as some of their strategies in handling difficult markets.

 

 
“Agriculture is for people with long-term investment horizons.” – Chris Rawley

 

 
This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast: 

 

  • What is equity crowdfunding?
  • Who are their primary clients?
  • What does Harvest Returns invest in?
  • What assurance do investors have that their farm will be well managed?
  • What would compel farmers to give up some of their ownership to get money?
  • How do they handle a two-sided marketplace?
  • How does their company make money?
  • What made them start the company?
  • How many deals have they closed so far?

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

Connect with Chris Rawley:

 

 

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. 

 
 

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 

 

Mar 20, 2018

Jonnie Roughrider likes tattoos and motorcycles. However, its was his views on preventative maintenance, when it comes to mental health, that steal the show.

Please watch this interview with Farmers Edge CEO Wade Barnes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22Fzg4QFu14

Mar 15, 2018

Talking with Mel Luymes about experiencing different cultures, understanding both sides of an issue and saving the world makes me feel like I should be trying harder. Also old.

Mar 14, 2018

Tonight I'm delighted to be staying in Wales and heading down to Brecon in Powys to talk to farmer and new President of NFU Cymru, John Davies.

We talk about the family farm near the village of Merthyr Cynnog and the various enterprises they have there, including 100 suckler cows, finishing Welsh Black Cattle, 1000 ewes, and a contracting business covering 2000 acres of grass silage production for neighbouring farms. 

We also discuss the 3 holiday units that they renovated to a very high standard from derelict farm buildings, and now rent out to tourists - epyntholidays.co.uk 

We go into the various events they've held on the farm, from YFC rally, through to the very first Royal Welsh Grassland event in 2012, which happened to be the wettest June day in living memory!

We discuss the huge role that Young Farmer's Club has played in his life, from being National Chairman to meeting his wife Menna ,and some of the experiences that he had along the way, as well as a local history project that he was involved in 'Cofio'r Epynt' which looked at the impact to the area when 52 families had to be moved at short notice in 1939 to create an army training area.

We also talk about his time as Chairman of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, and his role in organising the biggest Ag show in Europe, The Royal Welsh Show.

We then discuss at length NFU Cymru (Wales National Farmer's Union), and how he feels to be elected President. We talk about some of the issues facing Welsh farmers at the moment, the importance of securing a free trade deal with Europe, and how vital it is for people to get involved and support the organisation. We also discuss what it's like to stand up and stick your head above the parapet, and how important it is to have good friends and family around you, and what motivates John to take on a high profile role like this.

All this and much more. John's a fantastic representative for Welsh farming and a great guy, and it was an absolute pleasure to talk to him tonight. Check it out folks.. 

 

 

This episode is kindly sponsored by NFU Cymru. For more information please visit www.nfu-cymru.org.uk or www.rockandrollfarming.com 

Mar 14, 2018

RJ Karney is the Congressional Relations Director of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), an organization founded in 1919 that aims to be the country’s Voice of Agriculture. He is a government relation specialist with over nine years of regulatory advocacy and federal policy experience. His position at AFBF makes him a federal lobbyist whose goal is to get the government to listen to the different problems farmers experience as well as solutions that require government backing. He specializes in rural development, unmanned aircraft systems, broadband, and economic development.

 

In this episode, RJ shares AFBF’s advocacies as well as their various goals for agriculture. He shares what AFBF is all about, their projects, and their insight for the future of agriculture. He explains the importance of internet connection for crop and ranchlands, why the opportunities in rural America go beyond farming and ranching, and why 80% of farmer income is not through farming.

 

 
“We have to change the narrative that there aren't opportunities in rural America.” – RJ Karney

 

 
This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast: 

 

  • What is the American Farm Bureau Federation?
  • What do they mean when they say they are a grassroots organization?
  • Some of the projects he's worked on.
  • What is their advocacy from a legislative standpoint?
  • How they balance the needs of certain farmer groups versus other farmer groups if they are at odds.
  • Areas that can positively impact rural economies.
  • What is the Farm Bill and why is it important?
  • American Farm Bureau Federation's diverse farm members.

 

Connect with RJ Karney:

 


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. 

 
 

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 

 

Mar 13, 2018

David Womack is a Tennessee farmer that's growing huge yields. Listen to his journey that started at a corporate job, to sleeping in a bathroom, to almost winning the State NCGA yield contest.

Please visit our sponsor

https://www.farmersedge.ca/

Mar 12, 2018

How far do you go to defend your farm? In this episode, Lesley and Rob finish their 3 part series tackling the Boushie/Stanley murder case in Saskatchewan.

Mar 10, 2018

Have you heard of FastCasual.com? Its a wealth of knowledge for anyone interested in the multi-faceted restaurant and food sectors. The selection of topics which are covered by Fast Casual was too extensive so we asked Twitter, what they'd like to learn more about. 

Food Truck Nation was an easy winner, winner, chicken dinner. Jenny had the opportunity to meet with Cherryh Cansler, Managing Editor of FastCasual.com. They talk about the ever growing food truck movement and how it could revolutionize Jenny's smalltown baseball concession stand. Cherryh shares new technologies on the food scene (ie., Fresh Fruit/Veggie Smoothies) and the controversy behind kiosk ordering - think ATM machine meets McDonalds.

Time stamps:

  • 1:00 - What does Fast Casual mean?
  • 2:10 - How have food trucks changed the food scene? Even                Arby's has a food truck!
  • 3:03 - Making seafood sexy
  • 5:30 - Food trucks and baseball. The perfect match?
  • 6:40 - There are only so many hot dogs you can eat during a baseball season. Are you with me?
  • 7:30 - Food trucks are the new thing for wedding receptions!?
  • 7:51 - Jeremy Wolf
  • 9:04 - The Rock Stars of Social Media
  • 9:40 - New technologies for Fresh Fruit Smoothies
  • 10:55 - Great news! Food ordering kiosks are not putting people out of work
  • 12:08 - How has technology impacted mom and pop businesses?
  • 13:17 - Let's talk about food waste - with smoothie and salad machines increase food waster? 

 

Find additional information about today's guest, CherryH Cansler, visit FoodTruckOperator.com

  • FastCasual.com
  • @CherryhFastCas on Twitter
Mar 9, 2018

In the agriculture community, we often hear that someone needs to be teaching children about agriculture. In this segment around community gardens and urban farms, we discover that someone is educating children about agriculture. Listen to find out more.

Time stamps:

  • 1:50-Investing in urban communities & background on Natasha Nicholes' community garden
  • 2:33-Her husband says hits the brakes...a little. 
  • 3:00-The cost of soil testing in Chicago limits 
  • 3:50-Harry Connick Jr. raises the bed bar
  • 5:10-Kids motivating parents through urban farming
  • 6:10-Storytime
  • 6:45-Natasha's seven year old begins a kid edible garden program at the famous Morton Arboretum 
  • 8:20-Morton Arboretum features childrens' garden
  • 9:15-We Sow We Grow Facebook group
  • 10:45-Correlation between urban agriculture farms and the education children are receiving
  • 15:18-Who are the people behind urban farms?
  • 15:45-The missed opportunity

www.KeepingAgReal.com

Mar 7, 2018

Tonight I'm heading down to Gloucestershire to talk to Vet and Sheep farmer, Phillipa Page. 

We discuss her early years in Lancashire in a non-farming family, and her decision at the tender age of ten to one day become a vet. We talk about the years of hard work and dedication that followed, with a degree in Animal Production science at Leeds, followed by 5 years of further study at Liverpool. 

We talk abut the various jobs and experiences Phillipa had whilst studying, including the baptism of fire that was working with vets around the country during the foot and mouth crisis. She talks movingly about that difficult time, and how the farming community welcomed her, and increased her determination to become a part of that.

We talk about what being a successful vet means, and the importance of being able to work with farmers who can be under great stress. We also discuss Women vets, how sexism can still be present even now in 2018, and how they've proved themselves more than equal with their male counterparts. 

We go into her years spent as a dairy vet in Gloucestershire, one of the hardest hit areas of the Uk for bovine TB, and how difficult it is telling farmers they have a reactor in their herd, before going on to talk about her current role working as a sheep vet at Flock Health Ltd, and what that entails.

We also discuss both her and her husband's farming operation, the farm shop that they opened in 2015, and how they juggle it all with being the parents of two young children! 

I've wanted to talk to a farm vet since I started the podcast, and I've finally got around to it now! Phillipa's a fantastic example of just how integral they are to livestock farming, and it was a real pleasure to chat to her tonight. Check it out folks.. 

 

 

This episode is kindly sponsored by NFU Cymru. For more information please visit www.nfu-cymru.org.uk or www.rockandrollfarming.com

Mar 7, 2018

Dr. Jason de Koff is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist at Tennessee State University. He holds a Ph.D in agronomy from Purdue University and has received numerous awards including the NACAA Achievement Award and the TAAA&S Communications Award (Learning Module Southeast Region) in 2016.

Dr. de Koff joins me on today’s episode to discuss how cooperative extension programs are helping to spread unbiased information throughout the agriculture industry to help improve the future of agriculture. He also explains how cooperative extensions are encouraging the future of careers in agriculture, how they are helping new farmers get started in the agriculture industry, and how drones can be used in agricultural production.

 

“Cooperative extension agents are really the unsung heroes of the extension program.” - Dr. Jason de Koff

 

This Week on the Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • The history of cooperative extension programs and how the organization was funded.
  • The importance of the cooperative extension providing an unbiased voice in the agriculture community.
  • Who the cooperative extension programs help on a day-to-day basis.
  • Project examples of how the cooperative extension programs work.
  • What are “needs assessments” and how they help cooperative extensions decide which projects to focus on next.
  • How cooperative extensions work with private industries.
  • How they are helping new farmers learn valuable skills in the agriculture industry.
  • How they are educating farmers and children to use drones in agriculture.
  • Evaluating project effectiveness for the USDA and stakeholders.
  • How to learn more about cooperative extension programs in your local area.

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

Connect with Dr. Jason de Koff:

 

Mar 6, 2018

Stephanie Stray Cow is the most difficult guest I've ever had.... but she is kinda cool. Listen as she talks about FFA changing her life and landing her in Nebraska raising cow baby mommas.

please visit

https://www.farmersedge.ca/

Mar 5, 2018

Lesley and I tackle racism in ag. We are joined by Julius Tillery….. he’s black, so we’re legit

Mar 4, 2018

Tonight I'm heading over to Haddon in Cambridgeshire to talk to arable farmer & the man behind FaceTime a Farmer, Tom Martin.

We talk about the family farm, and the various crops they're growing, and also what Tom, as a self-confessed soil nerd is doing to improve the conditions there. We also discuss what he means by describing himself as a 'conservation farmer.'

We go into his decision to go to Uni at 18 to study Natural Sciences, and afterwards Business Management, and how that led to various jobs including as an analyst for strategic consultancy, and later to working for Universal Pictures in London.

We then discuss what prompted him to return to the farm in his mid-30s, and how that worked in practical terms. We also talk abut some of the changes he's made, and how good communication with his Parents has helped with this.

We talk about tom's passion for sharing what happens 'behind the farm gate', and why he thinks this is important, as well as his involvement in a range of organisations from CLA, NFU, LEAF to the East of England Agricultural Society. We also discuss public speaking, how he became good at it, and how he's now coaching others with it.

We also discuss at length the amazing initiative FACETIME A FARMER, what it is, how it came about, and how farmers, teachers, and schools can get involved, and how it has the potential to revolutionise the way children learn about food production all around the World.

All this and much, much more. Tom's a lovely guy, a fantastic communicator, and incredibly passionate about UK agriculture, and it was a genuine pleasure to talk to him tonight.

Check it out folks..

1