Author Archives: FRAN

Ontario AgCast- Sally Smith-Pelleboer

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!

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – Nobody puts Sophie in the corner

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 

Future of Agriculture – From Law to Corporate to Investor to Startup Strategist with Dan Cosgrove

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.

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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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Shark Farmer Podcast – Matthew sligar Rice Farmer

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 Matthew 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.

What the Farm – Greg Johnson tornado hunter

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!

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Something old to you…. is something new to me!

Think about resale the day you bring that NEW IRON HOME to the FARM!

Salt of the Earth Podcast – Acres Machinery

Acres Machinery is an award-winning agri-machinery design and engineering company, based in Co. Roscommon. Here, CEO David Doran outlines some of the significant progress being made by this innovative agtech startup.

Ontario AgCast- Deb Stark

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.

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – Seizing the Opportunities

Tonight I head down to Essex to talk to arable farmer and Chair of the National Farmer’s Union Crops Board, Tom Bradshaw.

We talk about the huge changes he’s made to his family business, which now sees them farming over 1200ha on 6 different contract farming agreements, as well as having a riding school & 70 stables.

We also talk about the many different forms of personal development he’s undertaken over the years, from a Nuffield Scholarship to business and leadership courses, his appearance on the 2013 BBC TV show ‘Harvest’, and his involvement in the NFU. 

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 

Future of Agriculture: Behind Wine: An Inside Look Into the Modern Vineyard with Richard Hoff of Mercer Ranches

Richard Hoff is the Director of Viticulture of Mercer Ranches. Mercer Ranches is a grape farm that produces high-quality wine through strict quality control and precise technology. Richard is considered an expert in wine tasting, wine manufacturing, and general viticulture. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Viticulture from Washington State University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Richard joins me today to discuss in great detail how the production of wine works – from the grape to the bottle. He describes the vineyards Mercer owns, the grapes they produce, their different yields, and their farming practices. He explains some of the details involved in processing such as pruning and de-leafing, as well as the technologies they use. Richard also shares some of the problems he looks forward to being solved by technology in the future.

“There’s just not much of an argument anymore whether mechanization is as good as hands.” – Richard Hoff

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Introducing the vineyards, the varieties of grapes they produce, and their wine production.
  • The time it takes to go from planting grapes to extracting wine.
  • The longevity of a vineyard before it has to be replaced.
  • The value of specific varieties of grapes per ton.
  • Various labor challenges they faced that mechanization and automation solved.
  • Implementing new technology and machinery in the vineyards.
  • The methods they apply when creating new vineyards.
  • Determining the best combination that marries quantity with quality.
  • The level of attention required to grow the best grapes possible.
  • The effect of mechanization on data collection.
  • Problems he hopes technology will solve in the future.

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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! 

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