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Now displaying: June, 2019
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.

Jun 19, 2019

Dr.Hake - Calf Vet is taking social media by storm with with her videos and blog. As a veterinarian she works hard everyday pouring her heart and soul into caring for animals and most recently, teaching people about veal calf care. Animals that are used for veal are housed in individual nursery pens up to about 6weeks of age where they are fed and kept clean and allowed to move freely and comfortably about. Animals who are used for veal actually weigh up to 600lbs.

For more info go to vealfarm.com and americanveal.com

Jun 19, 2019

 

Stu Bradbury is a Strategy Adviser at Sprout Agritech Accelerator, New Zealand’s top-rated ag startup accelerator. They back startups that offer bold and innovative solutions to some of agriculture’s biggest problems. Stu’s role is to identify their country’s most promising startup companies as well as mentor and help them grow to success. He has extensive experience in product commercialization and services in the agricultural sector.

 

Stu joins me today to discuss the ag startup economy in New Zealand as well as how their company’s accelerator programs work. He shares his career background, his experience starting an irrigation company, and his experience working with Sprout. He describes what they look for in a startup as well as what those startups can expect from their programs. Stu also shares how Sprout initially conducted their marketing strategies.

 

Stay tuned for our Five-Minute Farmer segment with Jana Hocken, author of The Lean Dairy Farm.

 

 

 

 

You need to understand how your product or service affects your customer's life; how they're going to live with it.” - Stu Bradbury

 

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Stu's academic and career background and his entrepreneurial journey.
  • Why agriculture is the backbone of New Zealand.
  • New Zealand's drive for the numerous agricultural inventions and innovations.
  • Why he focused on irrigation tech more than other systems.
  • What he would have done differently if he knew the resources available when he was starting out.
  • What it's like to work with Sprout AgriTech and what they look for in startups.

 

 

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

 

 

 

Connect with Stu Bradbury:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 17, 2019

Rachel Herz has a fascinating conversation with Rob and Lesley about "Why We Eat What We Eat." Everybody has their own scent based on their DNA makeup just like no two fingerprints are the same. They explore the idea that we can smell fear and stress? A room full of people taking a test smells very different than a gym. Research has shown that organic food labels can actually change our behavior towards people..even in the grocery store parking lot! If you want to eat 1/2 as much food put it on a red plate versus a white or blue one.

Jun 13, 2019

Gillian Greaves is a city girl, born and raised. But that didn’t stop her from joining 4H and pursuing her passion in agriculture.

Gillian is now Research and Production Technician at Southwest Vets, Chair of the Ontario Junior Swine Show and Promotions Chair of the Ontario Pork Congress.

Jun 12, 2019

 

Renee Vassilos is an Agricultural Economist and Regenerative Catalyst. She is the Founder of Banyan Innovation Group, an agribusiness consulting company that support startups in the agriculture sector through market sizing, business model and development, and strategy. Renee has over 15 years of experience working with multinational and government companies such as John Deere and the USDA.

 

Renee joins me to discuss the current startup climate in the agricultural industry. She shares her story and experience while working with big companies like John Deere and where she got her passion for helping startups. She explains why the ag industry hasn’t had any real disruptions in the last few decades and discuss the kind of innovations the industry should look forward to. Renee also describes how the current trade wars are affecting emerging startups.

 

Stay tuned for our Five-Minute Farmer segment with Hannah Esch of Oak Barn Beef.

 

 

 

“I don't think we've been seeing enough technologies that have been hitting the mark.” - Renee Vassilos

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Renee’s career with John Deere and the US Government abroad.
  • John Deere's technology pricing and how smallholder farmers can avail them.
  • Her thoughts on the need for traction for widespread customer adoption.
  • The notable disruptions in the industry within the last decade.
  • How the trade war is affecting innovations and technologies in agriculture.
  • Examples of markets that are spearheading innovation and unique products.
  • Why the ag sector hasn't really been innovative in the past few decades.
  • What nutrient-dense foods are and some examples.
  • Disruptions we can expect to see in agriculture.

 

 

Connect with Renee Vassilos:

 

 

 

 

 

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 10, 2019

Ryan had an idea to diversify their farm by raising …of all things…crickets.

Born and raised on cattle and grain farms, they are country kids that know the value of agriculture and the importance of growing and raising food.

They started with 200, very loud, crickets in their basement and now have hundreds of thousands! Crickets are high in protein, nutrient dense, and can be ground into a powder that can be added to snacks and baked goods.

Jun 10, 2019

Carbon deposits on injectors and intake valves are choking your engine

Jun 6, 2019

Some people bring baggage to a marriage, Sally Smith-Pelleboer brought a herd of beef cows.

Sally talks about dairy and beef farming in the heart of Oxford County. Her love of farming, family and cows is infectious- listen now!

Jun 5, 2019

Tonight I head all the way down to New Zealand to talk to Sophie Barnes, to hear all about her incredible journey from middle English town life, to sheep farming all over New Zealand. 

We also discuss her ongoing battle with endometriosis, anxiety & depression, and how she deals with it on a daily basis. 

I don't use the word inspiration lightly, but I think it's justified in this case. What a girl. 

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 5, 2019

 

Dan Cosgrove is the Chief Strategy Officer at Growers Edge. Growers Edge is a FinTech company that provides financial programs and solutions for the service of the agricultural sector. He is also a Venture Partner at Radicle Growth, an acceleration fund financed by top agtech investors. Dan has extensive experience in business development in the ag industry and is skilled in negotiation, entrepreneurship, international business licensing as well as Mergers, Acquisitions, and Venture Capital.

 

Dan joins me today to discuss the details involved in deciding what startup to accelerate and what company qualifies for an acquisition. He shares the story of how he got started in the industry and shares the highlights of his extensive career. He explains how he became an entrepreneur while working within another company, describes some of the challenges farmers face today, and the kind of technology startups need to focus on for the future. Dan also shares his best tips for startups looking for investment.

 

Stay tuned for our first segment of Five-Minute Farmer with Gavin Spoor of Spoor Farms.

 

 

“You should take feedback from everybody you talk to and learn a bit of something.” - Dan Cosgrove

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • How Dan got started in the agricultural industry.
  • The opportunities and roles he had with Corteva.
  • How he managed to become entrepreneurial while working within another company.
  • His current role at Growers Edge and what Growers Edge is about.
  • The two challenges that farmers have today that aren't being addressed properly.
  • The role he played in the Granular acquisition.
  • The difference between corporate venture capital than traditional venture capital.
  • Quantifying the value of strategic benefits in the venture level.
  • His advice to startups seeking investment.

 

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

 

 

Connect with Dan Cosgrove:

 

 

 

 

 

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 

 

Jun 4, 2019

Rice Farming TV captivates its audience and takes you along for an entertaining journey into the life of California Rice Farmer Mathew Sligar.

Mathew is a third generation rice farmer who, when he isn’t growing rice, travels with his family. In 2018 Mathew received The Circle of Life Award for his creative videos that tell his story about his adventures as a rice farmer. He is passionate about his farm and loves to connect with people from all over the country. His videos stimulate questions from his viewers and fuel his passion to teach others about agriculture in his part of the country.

Jun 3, 2019

Greg Johnson loves to chase down tornadoes! Talking with people who are directly affected by a tornado and showing up to help them find hope in all the destruction brings a human aspect to these storms! Greg says the " original storm chasers" are farmers. We watch and learn the weather like no one else!

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