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Aug 29, 2018

Tonight I'm heading over the Irish Sea to Wicklow the East of Ireland to talk to Livestock vet & Nuffield Scholar, Tommy Heffernan @tommythevet

We start off comparing 'having 4 young children notes', though he's a braver man than me with a 5th on the way!. We also discuss his early life as the son of teachers in County Kerry, and how seeing a Cow calving on his Great Uncles Farm at aged 5 ultimately made him want to work with animals in the future.

We talk about this time at University College Dublin, and the great times he had there, before going on his early days as a newly qualified vet, and settling in to a new job in a new part of the country.

We then go into how, after buying into the business, he eventually started to feel the pressure and become disengaged with his job. It was at this pint he realised he had to take back control of his life, and so started an incredible journey.

We discuss the various ways that he started to put himself out of his comfort zone, and how he got back to doing the job he loved, started learning again, and also started working at being a good husband and Father.

We then talk about his social media work and how that all began, before going on to talk at length about the Nuffield Scholarship that he's currently undertaking, and some of the adventures he's had so far.

Lastly, we talk about the new job that he's starting soon as an animal health specialist with the Farmer's Journal. 

All this and much, much more.

Tommy's a great guy and a kindred spirit to me, and I absolutely loved talking to him tonight.

Check it out folks.. 

 

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AFTP - Agrifood Training Partnership. Please visit www.aftp.co.uk/podcast to check out a wide range of agriculture-related online courses. For 10% discount on selected courses us the word 'podcast' at check out!

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 

Aug 29, 2018

Martin Gross is the Founder and President of Gross-Wen Technologies, a next generation wastewater treatment company that makes use of microalgae to provide a sustainable and efficient alternative to conventional water treatment methods. As President, he has raised over $3 million in Angel and Series A investments, applied for numerous patents, and served as Principal Investigator in non-diluting SBIR grant funding. Martin has a Ph.D. in Agriculture & Biosystems Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology from Iowa State University.

 

Martin joins me today to discuss the potential of microalgae in innovating the world’s wastewater treatment industry. He explains how their technology works, what sets it apart from traditional methods, and why he believes their process is sustainable and efficient. He also shares how they grow microalgae and why we shouldn’t worry about the possibility of algae-produced toxicity in water as well as describes how accelerators impacted the growth of his company.

 

“How do you have a successful business with algae? There are two ways today. That is to clean water or produce high-value algae products.” - Martin Gross


This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • How Gross-Wen Technologies grows and farms algae.
  • The major advantage of algae to bacteria or chemical to clean nitrogen phosphorus from water.
  • Where the nitrogen-phosphorus in water originates.
  • Martin's background and how he started Gross-Wen Technologies.
  • What piqued his interest in starting a business.
  • How the technology works and how they validated the process.
  • What makes their system much more efficient and cost-effective than conventional algae-growing technology?
  • The challenges in growing one species of algae.
  • How have accelerators impacted his business?

 

Key Takeaways:

 

  • Algae is better than bacteria or chemicals when it comes to cleaning water.
  • An efficient water treatment system is sustainable.

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

Connect with Martin Gross:

 





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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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Aug 28, 2018

Mike Willms has an amazing story. From his ancestors escaping revolution in the Ukraine, to the loss of a son. Though it all he found his way back to what he loves... farming

Aug 27, 2018

More interviews from the tweet up

Aug 24, 2018

This episode with Lauren Arbogast was one of luck. We happened to both be attending She Knows Media's BlogHer Creatives Summit, allow us the opportunity to record an episode.

We talk about how commodity groups, organizations and companies could be pooling their resources and dollars to make a bigger impact with non-farm/ranch folks.

She also emphasizes the importance of communities...and, stepping out of your comfort zone to new communities.

Thank you for listening!

Aug 23, 2018

Tonight I’m delighted to be once again staying in Wales and heading down to beautiful Monmouthshire to talk to farmer and director of the Food, Farming and Countryside commission, Sue Pritchard.

Firstly we talk about her early life growing up in the Rhondda Valley, in a family shaped by Wales's industrial heritage, who were mainly miners and smallholders. We also go into how although she was adopted, farming and keeping animals really was in her blood, as she found out much later.

We discuss the scholarship that she won to study at a prestigious international school, and the culture shock it meant, before going on to talk about student life in the early 1980's at Bristol University studying politics and social policy, and dyed pink hair and dungarees!

We then go on to talk about her career, firstly in the NHS in training and development, and then as an independent consultant specialising in leadership and change. We also go into what makes a good leader. 

We then talk about her move back to Wales, and the dream come true that was being able to buy a farm in Monmouthshire with her Parents and family. We discuss the changes they've made there, including working with the resources they have, and helping disaffected teenagers. 

Lastly, we talk in detail about the Food, Faming and Countryside Commission, and the detailed report they're compiling, visiting people from all around the country to gather their views about what matters most to them for the future of rural communities. 

It was a genuine pleasure to talk to Sue tonight, and learn more about her life and what she's doing. 

Check it out folks.. 

 

 

Episode Sponsors:

AFTP - Agrifood Training Partnership. Please visit www.aftp.co.uk/podcast to check out a wide range of agriculture-related online courses. For 10% discount on selected courses us the word 'podcast' at check out!

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 

Aug 23, 2018

Three years ago, Dylan Sher didn’t know anything about farming and even less about film making. You might be surprised to learn that he has recently wrapped his first full length movie ABOUT farming! Next time you sit down at a fancy restaurant, consider all the steps in the food chain BEFORE THE PLATE.

 

www.beforetheplate.com

Aug 22, 2018

 

Fatma Kaplan and Cameron Schiller are the founders of Pheronym, an agricultural biotechnology company that develops safe and nontoxic solutions to protect a wide variety of plants. Their flagship product is based on pheromones which is extracted from microscopic roundworms called nematodes. Fatma is Pheronym’s CEO/CSO and is an accomplished scientist with a Ph.D. in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology and postdoctoral training in Natural Product Chemistry. Cameron is the COO and has extensive experience in entrepreneurship with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a Master of Science degree in pharmacy healthcare management.

 

Fatma and Cameron join me today to discuss their pheromone-based pesticide and how it can improve the agricultural landscape in the future. They describe the primary problem regarding nematodes, what inspired them to investigate the use of pheromones as a pesticide, and what eventually lead them to make nematodes work for farmers instead of against them. They also explain the science behind their product and its mechanical and legal challenges as well as share their experience with accelerators.

 

 

“We need to have rotations and multiple solutions when it comes to pest control options.” - Fatma Kaplan

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • What made them look at nematodes for agricultural purposes?
  • What pheromones are and how they utilize it to control nematodes.
  • The challenges of developing nematodes and the pheromones to control them.
  • How to collect nematode secretions.
  • How farmers can identify if they have a nematode problem.
  • The most effective treatment against parasitic nematodes.
  • The difference between nematodes with pheromones vs nematodes without pheromones.
  • How damaging are nematodes to agriculture?
  • Their experience with accelerators and how they helped the business grow.
  • How do connections and networking work with accelerators?
  • Should they be worried about nematodes developing pheromone resistance?

 

 

Fatma Kaplan and Cameron Schiller’s Key Takeaways:

 

  • Nematodes can hinder farm production, but they can be utilized to benefit the agriculture industry.
  • If you’ve done everything but can’t seem to grow your crops or produce right, you might have a nematode problem.

 

Connect with Fatma Kaplan and Cameron Schiller

 

  • Pheronym
  • Email: schiller@pheronym.com
  • Phone: (352) 219-4464

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 
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AgGrad on LinkedIn 
AgGrad on Instagram 

Aug 21, 2018

Derrick Josi still uses Facebook... in fact he has been killing it on Facebook by showing his dairy. We also talk farm groups and full service pumps 

Please visit my overlords:

https://www.farmersedge.ca/

Derrick's Facebook

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Aug 20, 2018

Lesley and Rob discuss the ramifications of the Round-Up lawsuit verdict, in California.

Aug 16, 2018

Sheldon Creek Dairy is one of the first 3 farms in Ontario licensed to sell their own milk to consumers directly from their farm. The whole milk is sold in traditional glass bottles with a plug of cream on top. Sisters Emily and Marianne are involved in the business, but only one of them calls herself a farmer. Emily and Marianne Den Haan give new meaning to “sibling rivalry”…. In the best possible way

Aug 15, 2018

Tonight I'm heading down to Llandrinio in Powys in Mid-Wales to talk to Ruminant Nutritionist, Hefin Richards.

We hear about the village he was born - Llanddewi brefi - and how it's famous for St.David, LSD, & Little Britain! And also go into his early life growing up in a West Wales farming community, which includes stories of sheep-dipping in school with typical early 1980s health and safety standards - tucking ties into shirts.

We discuss how he made the big decision to study agriculture at Harper Adams University, and the fantastic experience he had there, gaining lifelong friends from all over the country, and eventually gaining a degree, much to the pride of his Parents.

We talk about his first job with the large scale feed company BOCM Pauls, and how he became frustrated there, and after greatly impressing the Managing director, got a job at Keenan, and in his own words 'gained 10 years in experience in 4 years.'

We then move on to talking about how at the age of 28 he decided to form hs own business offering consultancy services to dairy and beef farmers, and Profeed was born, before eventually becoming Rumination after a run-in with a French multinational feed firm!

We talk in depth about what he does as a nutritionist, the kind of farmers he works with, the services he offers, and perhaps most importantly, the fact that his clients have become friends, and also discuss some of the conferences he's spoken at, including one in Barcelona where he confused the translators by speaking in Welsh! 

All this and much, much more.

Hefin's a great guy, with a brilliant perspective on what's important in life, and it was a genuine pleasure to speak to him tonight. 

Check it out folks.. 

 

Episode sponsors:

AFTP - AgriFood Training Partnership. Please visit www.aftp.co.uk/podcast to check out a wide range of agriculture-related online courses. For 10% discount on selected courses, use the word 'podcast' at checkout!

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

 

www.rockandrollfarming.com 

Aug 15, 2018

Jeff Beegle and Tony Bova are the Founders of Mobius, a biotechnology company that envisions to build a future where the world sees organic waste as a valuable resource instead of a burden on the planet. Tony is officially the Chief Executive Officer, and Jeff is the Chief Science Officer. Their current project is a form of biodegradable plastic made from a unique substance found in plants called Lignin. They seek to use their special plastic in various industries such as agriculture, horticulture, and food services.

 

Jeff and Tony join me today to discuss Mobius’ latest innovation. They share their thoughts on the current economic and environmental issues that surround traditional plastics. They describe their latest product, how it’s made, and why it’s environmentally friendly. They also discuss the different challenges of competing in a plastic market, the difficulty of getting investors, and how they accomplished solving those two problems.

 

“If someone really wants what you have and they're willing to give you a dollar for it, that's the thumbs up we need to know we're on the right track.” - Tony Bova

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • How they became inspired to start Mobius and the problems they are trying to solve with their products.
  • Why plastics are double-edged swords
  • How their biodegradable plastic works.
  • What makes their product different from traditional PET plastics?
  • How their biodegradable mulch affects the soil.
  • What they did to prevent their product from biodegrading too fast.
  • How they scaled their business.
  • The challenges they faced while searching for investors.
  • Why they chose to team up with Village Capital as an accelerator.
  • The most challenging part of establishing their brand.
  • What's in store for Mobius in the near future?

 

Tony Bova and Jeff Beegle’s Key Takeaways:

 

  • Biodegradable mulch films are actually improving soil health.
  • There's no bacteria and fungi that can actually eat plastic in the soil.
  • When we start using low-cost, but durable materials like plastic for single use, the problem is what we do with them afterwards.

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

Connect with Tony Bova and Jeff Beegle:

 




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


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Aug 14, 2018

Big news in the ag business as Paul Rea, Senior Vice President of Agricultural Solutions at BASF, updates us on BASF’s acquisition of some assets from Bayer.

Aug 14, 2018

Jinjer Lorenz is the marketing manager of Farmers Edge and one of the hardest working people that I know. Listen to her take on agriculture and the importance of family.

Please visit her bosses:

https://www.farmersedge.ca/

Aug 13, 2018

Kasia Duellman of the University of Idaho and Curtis Rainbolt of BASF talk about the leading vegetable crop in the U.S., the humble, yet complex potato. 

Aug 13, 2018

Lesley and Rob sit down with Clint Taylor and Mike Willms as the talk about their farms moving to the next generation.

Aug 9, 2018

Holly McGill on finding your passion in agriculture, the importance of community and the lost art of sucking up to your boss.

Aug 8, 2018

Tonight I'm heading down to Dorking in Surrey in the sunny south east of England to talk to farmer, Paula Matthews @ManorFarmWotton

We talk about the 3000 acres of mainly tenanted land that she and her husband Laurence farm, and how they cope with 9 different landlords, as well as some of the challenges of being a tenant farmer in the UK. We also hear about how the farm has changed over the years, and how they've diversified as a business.

We discuss the range of different crops they grow, and the challenging harvest season we've had in 2018, before moving on to talk about their cattle, with 400 calves bought in from dairy farms, and their own herd of Belted Galloway's which they sell in a meat-box scheme www.manorfarmsurrey.com 

We talk about some of the range of environmental work they've undertaken on the farm, and also hear about the school visits that they regularly host.

We then discuss the Anaerobic Digestion System that they applied to build on the farm in 2012, and the lengthy and complicated planning process that they went through, which ultimately was turned down by the planning committee. 

Lastly, we talk about the tragic death of her Son's girlfriend, Ella, in a car crash 19 months ago, and how it turned all of their lives upside down.

All this and much, much more.

Paula and her family provide a fantastic example of a diverse, modern and dynamic farming business, and it was a genuine pleasure to talk to her tonight.

Check it out folks.. 

 

 

Episode sponsors:

AFTP - AgriFood Training Partnership. Please visit www.aftp.co.uk/podcast to check out a wide range of agriculture-related online courses. For 10% discount on selected courses, use the word 'podcast' at checkout!

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

 

www.rockandrollfarming.com 

Aug 7, 2018

Jim Hale confuses me alot.... but he is a FarmersOnly.com success story.

So there's that

Please visit our sponsors:

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Aug 6, 2018

John Kenny aka Johnny Roughrider talks to us about his views on mental health.

Aug 1, 2018

Tonight I'm heading over to Newport in Shropshire to talk to Harper Adams University Agricultural Engineering Lecturer, and co-creator of the World-renowned Hands Free Hectare, Kit Franklin. 

We talk about his early life growing up on the family farm near Cirencester, and how his Father's construction business sparked an initial interest in engineering.

We discuss his time studying at Harper Adams, and the wide range of practical experience he gained during his time there, as well as when his interest in robotics in agriculture started to develop.

We hear about a trip to Vietnam and Japan after Uni, which involved a motorcycle repair with a silicon-covered chopstick, before we go on to discuss his return to the UK and decision to take a job as a research assistant at Harper Adams, before eventually becoming a full Agricultural Engineering Lecturer.

We then talk in detail about Hands Free Hectare. What it is, how it came about, the challenges they faced getting it off the ground, why it's so unique, the costs involved, the practical difficulties, the World-wide attention it's received, and what's next for robotics in agriculture.

All this and much, much more.

Kit's at the very forefront of UK agricultural innovation, and it was an absolute pleasure to talk to him tonight, and learn more about Hands Free Hectare. 

Check it out folks.. 

 

 

Episode sponsors:

AFTP - AgriFood Training Partnership. Please visit www.aftp.co.uk/podcast to check out a wide range of agriculture-related online courses. For 10% discount on selected courses, use the word 'podcast' at checkout!

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

 

www.rockandrollfarming.com 

Aug 1, 2018

Sarah Nolet is the Founder and CEO of AgThentic, a company that helps ag businesses and their entrepreneurs and innovators build the food systems of the future. She is a renowned food systems innovation expert and is the reason behind Australia’s early stage agtech ecosystem. Sarah holds a degree in System Design and Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Computer Science and Human Factors Engineering.

 

Sarah joins me today to share her insight regarding the future of ag businesses and how she seeks to help expand them faster. She shares the story behind AgThentic, how it started, and how it helps farmers and agbusinesses bridge the gap between agtech and traditional agriculture techniques to create innovative solutions for various problems throughout the industry. She also defines the concept of business accelerators and incubators and how they help agtech startups gain the traction they need to succeed in the agtech industry.

 

“If connecting to a big company is of strategic importance to your startup, then an accelerator or incubator program can be a good way to do that.” - Sarah Nolet

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • What inspired her to start AgThentic.
  • Her experience regarding farmers who don't adapt to the latest technologies.
  • Do a lot of farmers need help when it comes to using basic software?
  • What agtech accelerators are and how they help agtech startups.
  • The criteria your agtech startup must meet to join an accelerator program.
  • The difference between agtech accelerator programs and agtech incubators.
  • The transformation that happens when an agtech startup goes through an effective accelerator program.
  • Budding countries in the agtech startup space.
  • How AgThentic helps improve the agtech ecosystem between agriculture and agtech.

 

Sarah Nolet’s Key Takeaways:

 

  • There is potential in combining technology and entrepreneurship that can solve a lot of problems.
  • There's a gap between ag and agtech, and it needs to be filled to push innovation.

 

Connect with Sarah Nolet:

 

 

 

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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. 

 
 

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

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