Author Archives: FRAN

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Are you a bucket half-full or bucket half-empty person? I want you to be neither…. BE A BUCKET 110% FULL FARMER!

Volumetric efficiency (VE) is the key to engine power and success on your farm. Let Ray Bohacz improve your VE!

Ontario AgCast – Wendell Talks About Cheese

This week’s Ontario AgCast is literally just me talking about cheese. I love Cheddar, I love Swiss, I love Gouda, I love Parmesan…. that type of thing with a little history thrown in.

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – J.F.D.I

Tonight I’m staying in Wales and heading down South to the Brecon Beacons to talk to hill farmer and NFU Cymru environment and rural affairs advisor, Rachel Lewis-Davies.

We talk about her and her husband Bobby’s incredible farming journey with many highs and lows along the way, Epynt Hardy speckled sheep, why the phrase ‘Welsh hill farmers’ is in the news so much right now, and much, much more.

Check it out folks.. 

LONDON MARATHON 2019: As required by Universal law, much like if you’re a vegan, if you’re doing a marathon you have to tell people about it. Well I’m doing the London one in April 2019, and I’m raising money for the incredible charity FARM AFRICA. If you want to see more about the AMAZING work they do please visit www.farmafrica.org & if you’d like to sponsor me the link is www.justgiving.com/fundraising/william-evans12 – thank you!

Episode Sponsor: 

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 – Becoming a Farm CEO with Dick Wittman

Dick Wittman is the Founder of Wittman Consulting, a company dedicated to training consultants who can help family farm businesses in transitional processes and agricultural finance. Dick is a former manager and the current board chair for a 20,000-acre family farm located in Idaho. He has an extensive farming and ranching background in crops, cattle, and timber. He holds a degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Idaho and a Master’s degree from the University of Utah. Currently, he focuses on public speaking and running Train-the-Trainer workshops, expanding the international resource base of agricultural consultants for family-owned businesses.

Dick joins me today to share why it’s important for family farm owners to adopt the “Farm CEO” mindset. He explains why family farm managers need to operate more like executives and how they can change their mindset to function at an executive level. He also shares the skills that are required today to better manage family farm businesses and the importance of being able to adapt your organization to market changes in order to to ensure future success.

“Most farmers get into farming to grow things, but if they are going to succeed, then they need to be skilled in finance, marketing, and human relations.” – Dick Wittman

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • How Dave got into the consulting side of the agricultural business.
  • The common areas for improvement and management disciplines seen in the typical family farm.
  • The background of The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP).
  • The downturn in the economic market and recognizing that businesses need to change and be optimized.
  • The quick wins that can get results and creating a to-do list of the low-hanging fruit.
  • Using the resources out there and adapting them to your operation.
  • The Train-the-Trainer seminars for consulting professionals.
  • The agricultural outlook and the opportunities to re-engineer your business.
  • How to use data management to make strategic changes and improve your bottom line.
  • Staying ahead through diversification and analysis of value-added resources.

Key Takeaways:

  • Strive to achieve excellence in all areas of your business.
  • Adapt existing resources for your operation.
  • Use data to make strategic business realignments.

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Dick Wittman:

This episode is sponsored by: Granular – Manage Your Farm with Confidence

Granular is an agriculture software company dedicated to building stronger, more profitable farms. Since 2014, Granular has become a leader in developing web and mobile apps grounded in advanced data science technology to help farmers make data-driven, real-time business and agriculture decisions with greater confidence.

To learn more about how Granular’s digital solutions can help you better manage your farm, visit Granular.ag.

2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30

Help us celebrate the top 30 future leaders of agriculture! Nominate your favorite up-and-coming, future executives, innovators, and influencers in the following agriculture categories:

  • Agribusiness
  • Production Agriculture
  • Research & Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Advocacy

Nominations for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list are now open and are scheduled to close Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Self-nominations are accepted.

Winners will be announced March 2019.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements, announcement date and location, and to nominate for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list, visit: 30Under30.ag

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 

Sharkfarmer Podcast – Tricia Braid talking commodity groups

Tricia Braid has been one of agriculture’s biggest supporters. She lets me ask her some tough questions about commodity groups.

Please visit our sponsor: Farmers Edge

What the Farm Podcast – Lia Biondo talks fake meat

Fake meat poops…

Listen in as Lesley and Rob talk to Lia Biondo about the process of making fake meat.

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Cold blooded…the only reason for a winter no-start is YOU!!

Let Ray Bohacz show you how to end the winter blues.

Ice covered truck

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – Absolute Mixed Unit

Tonight I’m heading up to Ulverston in Cumbria to talk to farmer and giant, Will Case.

We talk family, the challenges of finding a work/life balance, mixed farming (Are we jack of all trades, master of none?!), dealing with his brother’s cancer, writing about farming, and much, much more. 

Check it out folks.. 

LONDON MARATHON 2019: As required by Universal law, much like if you’re a vegan, if you’re doing a marathon, you have to tell people about it. Well I’m doing the London one in April 2019, and I’m raising money for the incredible charity FARM AFRICA. If you want to see more about the AMAZING work they do please visit www.farmafrica.org & if you’d like to sponsor me the link is www.justgiving.com/fundraising/william-evans12 – thank you!

Episode Sponsor: 

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 Podcast – Managing a Multi-Generational Farm Business with Jeff and Garrett Sims of Sims Farms

Jeff and Garrett Sims are the owners of Sims Farms, a family-owned and operated ag business in the Centralia, Missouri area. The farm was established in 1967, and they’re the 5th generation of farmers who manage and oversee its day-to-day operations. Some of the services they offer include stewardship, soybeans production, and commercial corn production.

Jeff and Garrett join me today to describe how Granular has enabled them to manage their business at a more efficient rate. They share how they run the farm, the people they employ, and the crops they grow. They discuss how they adapted to new technologies and how Granular has served as one of their best investments. They also explain the importance of knowing which “shiny object” to focus on and how to tell if a new tool is worth your time.

“It’s great to sell a product, but you have to have people and systems in place to make it work.” – Jeff Sims

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Jeff and Garrett Sims’ farming operations and how they manage their farm.
  • Their transition from traditional to automated farm management.
  • How Granular helped them establish an efficient farm system.
  • Sorting through the many new tools and technologies available to them.
  • What matters most when considering using new technology.
  • The number of people they employ and their responsibilities around the farm.
  • Tasks they spend more time on now than they did when they were starting out.
  • What they need to put more emphasis on to continue growing.
  • What they’re excited about in the future of agriculture.

Key Takeaways:

  • Some of the technologies out there today give us a good indication of what’s coming.
  • All technologies need to be looked at and applied to your business in some way or form.
  • Adapting to new technology isn’t as expensive as it was decades ago.
  • As farms become bigger and more complex, you need to hire outside help.

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Jeff and Garrett Sims:

This episode is sponsored by: Granular – Manage Your Farm with Confidence

Granular is an agriculture software company dedicated to building stronger, more profitable farms. Since 2014, Granular has become a leader in developing web and mobile apps grounded in advanced data science technology to help farmers make data-driven, real-time business and agriculture decisions with greater confidence.

To learn more about how Granular’s digital solutions can help you better manage your farm, visit Granular.ag.

2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30

Help us celebrate the top 30 future leaders of agriculture! Nominate your favorite up-and-coming, future executives, innovators, and influencers in the following agriculture categories:

  • Agribusiness
  • Production Agriculture
  • Research & Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Advocacy

Nominations for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list are now open and are scheduled to close Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Self-nominations are accepted.

Winners will be announced March 2019.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements, announcement date and location, and to nominate for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list, visit: 30Under30.ag

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 

Sharkfarmer Podcast – Jeremy Wolf, stages of life

Jeremy Wolf talks about the decision he made to leave farming. It’s a look at one producers decision to move forward in life.