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Podcasts – The Perfect Companion to Long Seeding Hours

With seeding season comes long hours spent in the tractor. Did you know podcasts can fit seamlessly into your routine and provide hours of entertainment and learning while you work?

What is a Podcast?

Podcasts are a form of on demand audio broadcasting; much like a favorite talk radio show but available when and where you want. Typically, podcasts are available as a series with new episodes released on a schedule. The on-demand, mobile format, and the hands-free nature of podcasts are unmatched by radio or print. These benefits make podcasts a perfect fit for a farmer’s lifestyle.

Podcast shows can range from funny entertainment to informative and inspiring.  Sometimes all within the same episode. Podcasts are individually hosted and produced so each podcast comes with its own style, perspective or goal. This allows podcasts, even within a specialized field such as Agriculture, to bring a unique voice or angle to the subject. Podcasts allow you to listen to stories, experiences and knowledge directly from people you may never have the chance to meet. They allow you to connect with people not only across the country but internationally as well. With podcasts you can learn first hand through the words of other farmers providing you with new and unique perspectives and ideas.

How to listen to Podcasts?

Podcasts can be enjoyed through various online or mobile app methods such as:

  • the Podcast website
  • itunes
  • the “Podcasts” app on iphone or ipad
  • Podcast apps such as Podbean (instructions on how to use Podbean mobile app is below).

Once you have found a podcast you enjoy, listening to them is a simple as listening to music. Play, pause and restart according to your schedule in any location. Once you subscribe to your favorite channel new episodes can be brought to your attention either by notification or automatic download. Automatically downloading episodes means you will always have a number of podcasts to listen to whenever you need. A downloaded episode is stored on your device which means you can still listen to it in those fields where cell phone or radio signals are limited to non-existent.

Where do I find good Podcasts on Agriculture?

Once you are set up to listen to podcasts the next step is finding good podcasts to listen to. A quick google search or use of your app’s discover section can overwhelm you with choices even when you narrow it down to a subject. This is where the Farm and Rural Ag Network (FRAN) comes to your aid. FRAN has curated a group of Agriculture related podcasts into one spot. By following or subscribing to the FRAN podcast channel you will have direct access to some of the top podcasts in Agriculture covering everything from personal experiences of farmers to biotechnology and technical subjects such as block chains in Agriculture. With numerous episodes available weekly the long hours in the tractor will fly by.

 

How to download Podbean app to listen to FRAN podcasts anywhere:

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Ontario AgCast – Kelsey Banks


Kelsey Banks is the Pumpkin Queen of Eastern Ontario but now lives in Saskatchewan. Going to college in the city and smelling like cows makes you the go to for questions on food and farming.

Rock and Roll Farming – A Town Called Malham

Tonight I’m delighted to be heading up to Malham in the Yorkshire Dales to talk to beef and sheep farmer, Neil Heseltine.

And yes, first of all we start off talking about how a rugby playing upland farmer called Neil ended up with the slightly confusing twitter handle of @hilltopfarmgirl 😉

After clearing that up though, we move on to talk about the farm that his family have been at for several generations, hilltopmalham.co.uk and the challenges of farming at 1200-1800ft above sea level, as well as discussing his early life and his time studying agriculture at Seale Hayne in Devon.

We talk about his return to the family farm, and the changed he’s made since, including the reintroduction of cattle, the traditional British Breed of Belted Galloway, some of their characteristics, and the reasons behind that decision. We also chat about the Pasture Fed Livestock Association and how they’re producing meat more sustainably from grass.

We talk about how they reduced their Swaledale sheep numbers from a high of 800 to 200, and how their entire farming system is now based around the natural environment, which has seen flora and fauna, hares, and birds such as lapwings and curlews return to the farm.

Neil tells us about the Nature Friendly Farmers Network, the recent surge of interest there’s been in this relatively new organisation, and why he believes that increased focus on the environment in farming can lead to a more sustainable and profitable business.

We talk about the importance of selling their produce locally, and the social and community aspect of this, before moving on to talk about some of the scepticism he’s encountered with regard to his way of farming.

We also discuss mental health in the farming industry, and how we must address the terrible accidental death and suicide statistics that are the largest of any industry in the UK.

All this and much more. Neil’s a great guy, farming in a really interesting way, and it was an absolute privilege to get to know him better tonight. Check it out folks..

 

 

This episode is kindly sponsored by NFU Cymru. For more information please visit www.nfu-cymru.org or www.rockandrollfarming.com

Future of Agriculture – CrowdFARMING with Chris Rawley of Harvest Returns


Chris Rawley conceived the idea of crowdfunding platforms for agriculture while visiting a farm investment in Central America. He would soon start Harvest Returns, a crowdfunding company that serves investors looking to diversify their portfolio and invest their money on actual farms. Before founding Harvest Returns, Chris obtained corporate management roles in various companies and once served as a defense consultant at Special Operations Command Headquarters thanks to his military experience. He has been investing in real estate and agriculture for almost twenty years.

 

In this episode, Chris discusses how his company helps both farmers and investors. He shares how he got the idea of starting Harvest Returns, the company’s main goals, and what makes them different from other agricultural crowdsourcing platforms. He also shares some of their recent projects as well as some of their strategies in handling difficult markets.

 

“Agriculture is for people with long-term investment horizons.” – Chris Rawley

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • What is equity crowdfunding?
  • Who are their primary clients?
  • What does Harvest Returns invest in?
  • What assurance do investors have that their farm will be well managed?
  • What would compel farmers to give up some of their ownership to get money?
  • How do they handle a two-sided marketplace?
  • How does their company make money?
  • What made them start the company?
  • How many deals have they closed so far?

 

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Shark Farmer Podcast – Jonnie Roughrider Bikes-Guns-Tattoos


Jonnie Roughrider likes tattoos and motorcycles. However, its was his views on preventative maintenance, when it comes to mental health, that steal the show.

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What The Farm Podcast – Mansplaining


WTF is Mansplaining?

Ontario AgCast – Mel Luymes


Talking with Mel Luymes about experiencing different cultures, understanding both sides of an issue and saving the world makes me feel like I should be trying harder. Also old.

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – Farming, Family, & Future


Tonight I’m delighted to be staying in Wales and heading down to Brecon in Powys to talk to farmer and new President of NFU Cymru, John Davies.

We talk about the family farm near the village of Merthyr Cynnog and the various enterprises they have there, including 100 suckler cows, finishing Welsh Black Cattle, 1000 ewes, and a contracting business covering 2000 acres of grass silage production for neighbouring farms.

We also discuss the 3 holiday units that they renovated to a very high standard from derelict farm buildings, and now rent out to tourists – epyntholidays.co.uk

We go into the various events they’ve held on the farm, from YFC rally, through to the very first Royal Welsh Grassland event in 2012, which happened to be the wettest June day in living memory!

We discuss the huge role that Young Farmer’s Club has played in his life, from being National Chairman to meeting his wife Menna ,and some of the experiences that he had along the way, as well as a local history project that he was involved in ‘Cofio’r Epynt’ which looked at the impact to the area when 52 families had to be moved at short notice in 1939 to create an army training area.

We also talk about his time as Chairman of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, and his role in organising the biggest Ag show in Europe, The Royal Welsh Show.

We then discuss at length NFU Cymru (Wales National Farmer’s Union), and how he feels to be elected President. We talk about some of the issues facing Welsh farmers at the moment, the importance of securing a free trade deal with Europe, and how vital it is for people to get involved and support the organisation. We also discuss what it’s like to stand up and stick your head above the parapet, and how important it is to have good friends and family around you, and what motivates John to take on a high profile role like this.

All this and much more. John’s a fantastic representative for Welsh farming and a great guy, and it was an absolute pleasure to talk to him tonight. Check it out folks..

 

 

This episode is kindly sponsored by NFU Cymru. For more information please visit www.nfu-cymru.org.uk or www.rockandrollfarming.com

Future of Agriculture – Farmer and Rancher Advocacy with RJ Karney of the American Farm Bureau Federation


RJ Karney is the Congressional Relations Director of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), an organization founded in 1919 that aims to be the country’s Voice of Agriculture. He is a government relation specialist with over nine years of regulatory advocacy and federal policy experience. His position at AFBF makes him a federal lobbyist whose goal is to get the government to listen to the different problems farmers experience as well as solutions that require government backing. He specializes in rural development, unmanned aircraft systems, broadband, and economic development.

 

In this episode, RJ shares AFBF’s advocacies as well as their various goals for agriculture. He shares what AFBF is all about, their projects, and their insight for the future of agriculture. He explains the importance of internet connection for crop and ranchlands, why the opportunities in rural America go beyond farming and ranching, and why 80% of farmer income is not through farming.

 

“We have to change the narrative that there aren’t opportunities in rural America.” – RJ Karney

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • What is the American Farm Bureau Federation?
  • What do they mean when they say they are a grassroots organization?
  • Some of the projects he’s worked on.
  • What is their advocacy from a legislative standpoint?
  • How they balance the needs of certain farmer groups versus other farmer groups if they are at odds.
  • Areas that can positively impact rural economies.
  • What is the Farm Bill and why is it important?
  • American Farm Bureau Federation’s diverse farm members.

 

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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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Shark Farmer Podcast – David Womack life lessons


David Womack is a Tennessee farmer that’s growing huge yields. Listen to his journey that started at a corporate job, to sleeping in a bathroom, to almost winning the State NCGA yield contest.

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