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Rock and Roll Farming – A Farm Africa London Marathon Special

Tonight for this Farm Africa London Marathon Special, I talk to Libby Plumb, Adam Bedford, and Ava Emami, all about Farm Africa, and the amazing work they’re doing to help Women coffee farmers in Uganda build a better and brighter future for themselves and their families through Agriculture. 

LONDON MARATHON 2019: As required by Universal law, 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.

Between 8 February and 8 May donations in support of my London Marathon challenge will go to Farm Africa’s Coffee is Life appeal. Give before 8 May 2019 and all public donations to Farm Africa’s Coffee is Life appeal will be doubled by the UK government.  Your donation will support Farm Africa projects across eastern Africa, and the matched funding you unlock from the UK government will directly fund a Farm Africa project that will give women in Kanungu in western Uganda the opportunity to make a decent living from coffee farming.

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 and from now until 8th May, the UK Government will match your donation – 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 – Upcycling and the Value of Ruminant Agriculture with Dr. Sara Place

Dr. Sara Place is the Senior Director of Sustainable Beef Production Research at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, an organization that seeks to innovate and educate its members regarding their industry. She specializes in livestock sustainability systems and livestock production research. Sara obtained her Ph.D. in Animal Biology from UC Davis and worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Science at Oklahoma State University.

Sara joins me today to discuss the idea of connecting sustainability and the beef industry. She describes the current state of the beef industry and highlights its effects on global warming. She explains why removing cattle is not the solution to global warming and shares insight into how upcycling can be applied in the beef industry. Sara also shares some of the promising sustainability projects they plan to launch this year and in the future.

“We’re going to have 2 billion more people coming to dinner in the next thirty years, and we only have one planet Earth.” – Dr. Sara Place

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • How beef can become a sustainable resource.
  • Why it matters what more than 80% of cattle eat and its effects on the environment.
  • What Upcycling is and how they plan to use it to make beef sustainable.
  • Examples of Upcycling outside the beef industry.
  • How ruminants differ from other farm animals.
  • The truth about global warming in the context of agriculture.
  • What made her passionate about agriculture and the environment.
  • The sustainability programs they plan to launch in the near future.

Connect with Sara Place

Shark Farmer Podcast – Brian Splitt – An Unbelievable Journey

Brian Splitt has made a name for himself as one of agriculture’s top market analyst… but his journey has not been an easy one.

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Diesel Fuel Additives…Snake Oil or Savior????

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – The Nuffield Experience

Tonight, it’s a Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust Special Edition! 

For this episode I spoke to 3 different scholars, Georgina Crayford, Jenna Ross, and Tim Downes, and asked them all about their Nuffield experiences, and why they’d recommend it to others.

If you’re not familiar with Nuffield, Every year about 20 Scholarships are awarded in the UK to young people between the ages of 22 and 45 from across the agricultural industry. There is no need for formal qualifications in order to apply for a Nuffield Scholarship; instead, the Trust looks to unlock an individual’s potential and broaden horizons through study and travel overseas. Scholars are selected with a view to developing tomorrow’s leaders within their individual business and the industry as a whole.

Nuffield Farming member countries span the globe, with established programs in Australia, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Kenya, and Zimbabwe; Associate countries also include Brazil, USA, South Africa, and Southern Caucausus (Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan).

Applications for the  2020 Nuffield Scholar cohort opened in January and will close on July 31st this year, and you can find out more details at www.nuffieldscholar.org or if you’re overseas, www.nuffieldinternational.org 

LONDON MARATHON 2019: As required by Universal law, 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.

Between 8 February and 8 May donations in support of my London Marathon challenge will go to Farm Africa’s Coffee is Life appeal. Give before 8 May 2019 and all public donations to Farm Africa’s Coffee is Life appeal will be doubled by the UK government.  Your donation will support Farm Africa projects across eastern Africa, and the matched funding you unlock from the UK government will directly fund a Farm Africa project that will give women in Kanungu in western Uganda the opportunity to make a decent living from coffee farming.

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 and from now until 8th May, the UK Government will match your donation – 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 – Project Level Equity for Ag Infrastructure with Aaron Ratner of Ultra Capital

Aaron Ratner is the Managing Director at Ultra Capital, a company that finances small and mid-size startups in the sustainable technology industry. He has over 20 years of experience in advisory, international investment, and project development with a focus on agriculture and technology. Aaron obtained his MsM from Stanford University and his BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Aaron joins me today to discuss what Ultra Capital is about and what they aim to accomplish with their current business model. He shares his passion for sustainable technologies and preserving Mother Nature. He describes how their business works and their criteria for investing. Aaron also explains why banks aren’t as committed to funding the kind of companies they work with.

“It is incredibly fulfilling, trying to make the world a better place. From that, there is really no turning back.” – Aaron Ratner

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Aaron’s definition of project level equity.
  • What he believes is the one key success factor for Ultra Capital.
  • How their business model runs and a few real world examples.
  • Why banks hesitate to loan money for the kind of clients they handle.
  • The reason he became passionate about this type of business.
  • Their primary criteria and requirements in a startup before they invest.
  • What the future holds for Ultra Capital and their upcoming projects.

Connect with Aaron Ratner

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Shark Farmer Podcast – Darcizzle Offshore fishing social media empire

Get to know the woman behind the fishing social media Juggernaut know as Darcizzle Offshore

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What the Farm Podcast – Sam Masler vegetarian butcher?

She became a vegetarian. Then a butcher. Then an omnivore. Listen to her story here.

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Imploding (Profit) Concern….

Do not let hydraulic pump cavitation eat away at your farm’s profitability!

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Ontario AgCast- Gordon Stock

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.