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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 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 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!

May 30, 2019

Deb Stark is a trailblazer.  Deb has had a fascinating career, and continues to give back to Ontario agriculture by serving on several prominent boards, and mentoring the next generation of ag leaders. Deb was deputy minister in the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. She held several senior positions in government including chief veterinarian for Ontario and assistant deputy minister of environment.

May 23, 2019

Sally Van Straaten balances a busy life; family, work and making a contribution to Ontario agriculture. Sally, along with her husband Mike and their four children, is an egg and grain farmer from Stratford, Ontario. Listen as Sally talks about her important role on her family’s farm, and her decision to speak up on behalf of agriculture and the evolving role and recognition of women in ag.

 

May 2, 2019

This week on the Ontario AgCast-

Food and nutrition communications expert, Patricia Chuey, talks about her career as a renowned Canadian dietician and lends practical insight into fad diets and the 80 / 20 rule to healthy eating.

 

Apr 26, 2019

Stephanie Lee Stephenson has one of the most incredible stories you will ever hear.


Stephanie has worked in the film industry, equipment sales and most recently with her husband on their dairy farm. Her journey into agriculture is one you want to hear about. 


Sidebar: Stephanie has met the Littlest Hobo (Canadiana reference)

Apr 11, 2019

Gordon Stock, Senior Policy Advisor and Government Relations for the Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association

Gordon, not Gord, talks about life after dairy farming and his exciting role in horticulture.

Mar 21, 2019

Ryan Orr and his family operate The Log Farm, a working farm right in the middle of Ottawa. With almost 1,000 visitors a day during maple syrup season, they have their hands full doing tours of their pioneer homestead, providing sweet samples and answering questions about farming in the 1880’s and  today. We debate our favorite tasty treats and even come up with some new ones to keep an eye out for.

Twitter  @TheLogFarm

Facebook/thelogfarm

www.Thelogfarm.com

 

#agriculture #farming #rural #family #agritourism

 

Mar 14, 2019

Aaron Stevanus, Ontario Crop Farmer and Regional Manager for Pride Seeds, talks about his unique position in the middle of big ag, farmers markets and neighbouring urbanites.
And why he’s the Greatest of All Time.

Mar 7, 2019

How a series of events led Ontario dairy farmer, Ken Nicklas to pack up and move 'down under' to pursue his dreams as a Farm Equipment Technician for John Deere. {For the record, he doesn’t miss the snow}

JD enthusiasts- you're going to love this one.

Feb 28, 2019

Solving complex problems via technology is Randall's mission. Randall Schwartzentruber (AKA the Black Knight) talks about his latest invention, Bin Sentry (bin sensors) and what it means for Ontario Agriculture.

Jan 10, 2019

What does corporate social responsibility mean in agriculture? Well, at Farm Credit Canada, it means identifying a need and putting Candace Hill in charge of it. Manager of Special Projects – Women in Ag, Candace shares about doing jobs that didn’t exist before, getting pulled back home to Saskatchewan and “that one time at band camp…”

#agriculture #farming #womeninag #socialresponsibility #corporateresponsibility #rural #saskatchewan #FCC #family 

Sep 21, 2017

1:10 What do you mean you’ve never heard of Punkydoodles Corner?

2:30 Things Holstein Canada WON’T let you name your cows.

4:30 Brett’s in the business of making milk. Period.

8:45 Family Farming ups and downs.

13:30 Supply Management, yes or no?

15:20 Brett has figured out Victoria’s Secrets.

18:00 Succession planning – you won’t have to drag Brett out kicking and screaming.

21:30 So…. What’s worse – Margaritas  or Crocks?

24:40 Hey!!! I ask the questions here.

Sep 20, 2017

Joe Swartz is the Vice President of Commercial Sales and Technical Support at American Hydroponic, a.k.a AmHydro. AmHydro is a small company in the United States that designs and builds innovative hydroponic systems, a soil-free way to grow plants, and have been doing so for the last 30 years. Joe Swartz himself came from a family of farmers and started researching the science of hydroponics when he saw the traditional methods of farming were no longer paying the bills during the real estate boom of the late 80s.

 

After purchasing the family farm from his father, Joe put his formal education and passion in agriculture to good use and invested time and money into researching and experimenting with different hydroponics system operations. Some said he was a genius, some called him otherwise. Regardless, with hydroponics AmHydro has slowly and steadily made a huge and growing impact towards preserving the environment. 

 

In this episode, Joe tells us all about hydroponics, its advantages and disadvantages, why hydroponics farming is still farming, and how to turn it into a profitable business.

 

 
“The real issue is that we have a need to be able to put agricultural production in areas not necessarily suitable for agricultural production.”  – Joe Swartz

 

 


This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast: 

 

  • What is Nutrient Film Technology?
  • How his old-school family reacted to him telling them it's time to find a new path in agriculture.
  • How has controlled environment ag changed from the 80's to now?
  • What factors cause people to think controlled environment agriculture is too hyped? Is that a good thing?
  • How would he advise new farmers who want to proceed in getting started as a grower of indoor farming?
  • What is the correct approach at building a hydroponics business?
  • How big does a greenhouse need to be to make indoor farming profitable?
  • The ballpark price for indoor farming packages.
  • What is Aquaponics?
  • Why some controlled environment agriculture growers fail?
  • His prediction for the future of hydroponic agriculture.

 

 

 

Connect with Joe Swartz:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 

 

Sep 19, 2017

Nathan Leeper can jump real high, so high it took him to the Olympics. But he's here to talk about how he overcame alcoholism with the help of his friends and family.

 

Please visit my sponsor 

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time stamp:

7:45 Olympics 

19:05 Retirement 

21:12 Alcoholism 

40:07 Getting Help

Sep 18, 2017

In this episode, Lesley Kelley and Rob Sharkey are talking about weed resistance and how to describe it to non farmers 

Join us for #FCGchat Monday nights at 7pm central.

We'll be asking you to share your opinions 

Sep 14, 2017

Grain Farmers of Ontario Mad Scientists – Natalie DiMeo and Matthew Czerwinksi

 

0:25 Scientists are interesting and informative. No, really, they are.

7:55 Doing research that matters to farmers.

14:50 If research is done in the forest and no one is there, does it make a sound?

17:10 Natalie sucks at Christmas gifts.

21:00 Thorough research involves beer. No, really, it does.

22:30 Natalie “I caught a fish THIS big…”

25:00 Effectively communicating scientific results.

Sep 13, 2017

Today’s episode will be a bit different. We normally find guests and have them share their incredible ideas and wisdom on the Future of Agriculture podcast. For this episode, we decided to change it up a bit. This time, we will have a guest host who will then interview our very own Tim Hammerich. Our guest host will be none other than Michelle Bufkin, a freelance writer for Ag Daily Media and also the very person who recently took over our Snapchat channel.

 

In this special episode, we will give you an inside look at the core principles of AgGrad, why it was made in the first place, its vision, and tidbits about my life.

 

 
“AgGrad.com exists to help people find their place in modern agriculture.”  – Tim Hammerich

 

 
This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast: 

 

  • How AgGrad got started.
  • My favorite part of seeing AgGrad grow since 2015 and my plans for the future.
  • How I choose who to feature in the podcast?
  • Why I chose Snapchat for AgGrad?
  • Why you can’t outsource all Ag careers.
  • Four pieces of advice for students who are about to graduate and go into the workforce.
  • Why I didn't like to do an internship back in college.

 

Mentioned in this episode:

 

 

 

 

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 

 

Sep 12, 2017

Wade and Marina Barnes tell the story of how they fell in love. Now they are leading FarmersEdge to the top of agriculture's technology companies.

Sep 11, 2017

In this episode, Lesley Kelley and Rob Sharkey are talking about Gwyneth Paltrow and what she puts where. 

Join us for #FCGchat Monday nights at 7pm central.

We'll be asking you to share your opinions 

Sep 7, 2017

Jenni Tilton-Flood is so agreeable she’s often confused for a Canadian. 

2:00 Will travel for field hockey. 

4:15 Dear Virginia, leave your statues alone. 

7:10 The honor system. I wouldn’t steal from Jenni’s farm market stand either. 

12:00 Pasture doesn’t guarantee happier cows. 

16:20 Growing corn in Maine -  When exactly was Maine America’s bread basket??? 

18:30 How to traumatize New Yorkers at the fair. 

20:00 Comparing US milk co-ops with Canadian supply management. 

29:00 #FRANHappyHour 9:00 EST – Chat with Jenni. 

31:30 Jenni cannot live on bread alone, but cheese….

Sep 6, 2017

Jack Gilmore is the owner and head chef of the famous Jack Allen’s Kitchen in Austin, Texas. More than good food and service, Jack Allen’s Kitchen is known for being a pioneer in what we call the “Farm to Table.” According to Jack, at least 80% of every food on his menu is locally sourced. He first got into cooking when he was 15 and taught himself how to cook when he was working part time in a restaurant. By the time he was 18, he realized school wasn’t his thing so he decided to get married and start a family.

 

Jack knew how to cook, so he figured he could make a living out of it. He worked for other people and was able to work with incredible chefs, until he grew tired of working for someone else and decided to start his own restaurant. From cooking for a decent wage to actually owning his own restaurant chain, he has come a long way.

 

On today’s episode, Jack talks about how he started his restaurant business, what made him choose to buy from local farmers as much as possible, and the logistics involved in running a locally-sourced restaurant. He also his thoughts on the future generation of farmers.

 

 
“I don't tell anybody we're a 100% local, I tell them we're as local as we can be.”  – Jack Gilmore

 

 
This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast: 

 

  • How he partnered with local farmers
  • How much of his menu is influenced by the ingredients available?
  • How he manages the many farmers he partners with as well as the logistics behind.
  • How he plans his ingredient supply forecast with the farmers.
  • How he determines which farmers to work with
  • How he shows his appreciation to the farmers.
  • Why he's not worried about the next generation of farmers as much as he is about next generation of chefs.
  • The biggest and smallest farms he buys from.
  • Is the farm to table concept still a growing concept nationwide?
  • The future of the local food movement.
  • How does he manage the food waste in his restaurant?

 

 

Check Out Jack Gilmore Across the Net: 

 

 

 

 

 

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 

 

Sep 5, 2017

Hear the story of Bob and Debbie Reed as they face the challenges of leading their family farm through the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. From rescue via jetski to embracing the kindness of neighbors... the Reeds hold nothing back 

Hurricane Relief fund 

http://texasfarmbureau.org/texas-farm-bureau-hurricane-harvey-relief-effort/

 

time stamps:

9:03 Harvey

17:18 Jet ski rescue 

38:16 advice from their experiences 

45:13 Pure Texas perspective 

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