Author Archives: FRAN

Ontario AgCast- Steve McCabe

This week on the Ontario AgCast, Steve McCabe talks to us about his new role as Executive Director of the Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada, fly fishing and politics. Steve, craft beer and jeep aficionado, lends an interesting perspective on Canada’s role in agricultural technology and manufacturing- listen now!

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – Norfolk to Paris, and back again

Tonight I’m heading across the country to Norfolk to talk to Farmer & former TV Presenter, Jeremy Buxton @EvesHill 

We talk about how he came to be living in Paris and presenting TV shows for EuroSport and the many amazing experiences he had, his return to the family farm and the reasons behind it, the changes he’s made since, including starting a herd of Hereford Cattle, agri tourism, and his struggles with mental health and why he thinks it’s important that we talk about it more as an industry. 

All this and much, much more.

Jeremy’s a brilliant guy, and it was fantastic to learn more about his journey. Check it out folks.. 

Future of Agriculture – U.S. Policy on Lab-Grown Meat with Scott Bennett of the American Farm Bureau Federation

Scott Bennett is the Director of Congressional Relations at the American Farm Bureau Federation, an independent, voluntary, non-government group that is headed by people who represent the best interests of farmers and their families in the US. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and Political Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Before joining the American Farm Bureau Federation, he was the legislative director for Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a House Agriculture Committee Senior member.

Scott joins me today to discuss the developments on lab-grown protein products and their potential benefits to the economy. He explains some of the political aspects of agriculture, particularly on its relationship with government entities. He also describes the differences between plant-based and lab-based proteins and shares his views for the future of lab-grown proteins as well as advice to those who want to support this idea.

“Five years ago, lab-grown protein was science fiction, but here we are faced with it today. It is the reality.” – Scott Bennett

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • The significance of having a primary jurisdiction with USDA.
  • Policy differences between gene-edited livestock and cell-based meats.
  • His thoughts on the recent press release from the FDA.
  • Plant-based and lab-grown proteins and their key labeling differences.
  • How he sees this technology developing in five years.
  • Getting involved in the local government to pass the necessary laws for agtech.
  • How the public perceives lab-grown protein.
  • The biggest issues facing the current agricultural innovation landscape.

Connect with Scott Bennett

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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 – Bree Hedger an arrow goes forward

Salt of the Earth Podcast – Finistere Ventures

In 2017, Finistere Ventures, a Californian-based firm, partnered with Ireland’s sovereign development fund (ISIF) to launch a €20m Ireland Agtech Fund (IAF), investing in emerging AgTech startups, to help stimulate growth and offer value across the Irish Agriculture and Food sectors. The Irish Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) also allocated a further €20m in Finistere’s second global agtech fund for global agri investment. Kieran Furlong, venture partner with Finistere Ventures provides an update on this exciting and innovative development.

What the Farm Podcast – Cara Harbstreet Intuitive Eating

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: This SOOTS ME FINE… to minimize DPF regeneration cycles!

Ray Bohacz teaches you how to limit annoying regeneration of the diesel particulate filter.

Particulate matter

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – FarmDrop

Tonight I’m heading down to London to talk to founder and CEO of ethical online grocery company FarmDrop, Ben Pugh. 

We talk about where his love for the outdoors and countryside came from, our broken food system and his determination to change it, how FarmDrop initially came about, what they are & what they’re doing, how they’re helping British farmers get greater returns, and his hopes for the future. 

All this 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.

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 – The Case for Urban Agriculture with Henry Gordon-Smith of Agritecture

Henry Gordon-Smith is considered one of the leading experts in urban agriculture. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Agritecture, a global urban agriculture consultation company that seeks to spread and promote the idea of urban and vertical farming. Part of Henry’s duties as Managing Director include overseeing projects, planning events and conferences, and networking with like-minded businesses. He has a BA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia and an MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.

Henry joins me today to share his passion for urban farming and discuss some of its more fascinating details. He explains what urban farming is, what makes it different from local farming, and how it can improve a city’s economic growth as well as its sustainability efforts. He shares research data on urban agriculture, how someone can be eligible to have an urban farm, and the potential profitability. Henry also describes what we can expect from their AgLanta conference in April 2019.

“If a certain population in the city know how to grow food, and there are policies to support it, the city will be able to impact its own food security and be more independent.” – Henry Gordon-Smith

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • How Henry became interested in working in agriculture.
  • Why he chose blogging as a means to spread stories on Agritecture.
  • Why we should be looking into urban farming and how it helps sustainability efforts.
  • Where the most opportunities lie in sustainable urban farming.
  • Emerging green technologies that embody the food, water, and energy systems.
  • The difference between urban and local agriculture.
  • Urban agriculture profitability and investments.
  • The idea of replacing the sun using new technology.
  • The types of plants that can thrive in an urban setting.
  • Minimum requirements for someone to start urban farming.
  • Some of the reasons urban farming fails and how to make it succeed.
  • What to expect at the AgLanta conference.

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Henry Gordon-Smith

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

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Sharkfarmer Podcast – Kenny Reinke and the Nebraska floods

Kenny Reinke talks about the historic flooding in Nebraska. Plus how FFA influenced his journey towards farming