Author Archives: FRAN

Ontario AgCast- Sally Van Straaten

Sally Van Straaten balances a busy life; family, work and making a contribution to Ontario agriculture. Sally, along with her husband Mike and their four children, is an egg and grain farmer from Stratford, Ontario. Listen as Sally talks about her important role on her family’s farm, and her decision to speak up on behalf of agriculture and the evolving role and recognition of women in ag.

Sharkfarmer Podcast – Andy Detwiler The Harmless Farmer

Andy Detwiler is not your average grain farmer from Ohio. After a childhood farm accident left him without arms, he has learned to embrace who he is and loves his life as a farmer! He is inspiring his YouTube audience with video of his everyday challenges, and just about the time you catch yourself saying “He won’t be able to do that” he proves he can. His down home charm makes him relatable.

What the Farm Podcast – Sara Shymko Ag in the classroom

Sara Shymko is the Executive Director of Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan and is passionate about creating opportunities for young people to have meaningful experiences with food, farmers and agriculture. She was raised on a mixed farm near Jasmin, Saskatchewan and still returns to the farm to help out as often as possible. Sara is a graduate from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Economics.

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – The Naked Farmer

Poultry farmers Patrick & Zanna Joice @UphouseFarm are a remarkable couple. For this episode I spoke to them both about Patrick’s terminal Cancer diagnosis, his ongoing battle with severe depression, and how they’re trying to help others who may be struggling alone.

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Future of Agriculture – Saving Bees Via IoT with Dr. Fiona Edwards Murphy of ApisProtect

Dr. Fiona Edwards Murphy is the CEO and Co-Founder of ApisProtect. ApisProtect is a company that innovates the agricultural industry with its advanced Internet of Things (IoT) technology. Specifically, they help beekeepers both small and large gather the necessary data from their bee colonies through sensors. They aim to help preserve bees and perhaps even reverse the rising colony losses around the world.

Fiona joins me today to share her passion for saving bees and how she came up with the idea of using sensor technology. She describes the current bee problem and its possible implications in and outside the agricultural sector. She explains how their sensor technology works, how it helps beekeepers, and its potential usage outside of the pollination industry. Fiona also describes their business model and how they found the market that supported their company.

“We collect the sensor data and use machine learning to convert the raw data into useful information for the beekeeper.” – Dr. Fiona Edwards Murphy

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • The current situation with the honeybee problem.
  • The factors affecting honeybee deaths across the world.
  • Small and large scale beekeepers and how their businesses operate.
  • Her academic background and how she came to be involved in saving bees.
  • Using sensors inside beehives and the types of sensors they use.
  • Problems that can be detected and solved by sensors.
  • The projects their company has started and their current business plans.
  • How beekeepers are benefiting from their programs.
  • The challenges they have encountered in their business.
  • Fixing and maintaining the sensors they provide to their clients.
  • Their plans for World Bee Day and their partnerships.

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Sharkfarmer Podcast – Coley Jones Drinkwater creating a creamery

After traveling around the world, Coley Jones Drinkwater came back to the family Dairy Farm, but with a depressed economy and her entrepreneurial spirit, the family invested 2 million dollars into their own creamery. Listen to how she plans on telling agriculture’s story through this new venture.

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Don’t SWEAT IT! Keep the A/C cranking without blowing your cool with high repair costs.

Keep the A/C cranking without blowing your cool with high repair costs.

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Ontario AgCast – Bloyce Thompson

Breeding a Million Dollar Cow

Did you know that some of the world’s best Holstein cows come from Canada’s smallest province? Bloyce Thompson, owner of Eastside Holsteins in Prince Edward Island has a long list of accomplishments that are proof of this. We talk about breeding a million dollar cow, becoming a Master Breeder and how he, as a rookie politician defeated the sitting Premiere of PEI to become the newest Minister of Agriculture.  Also, if you have never heard of a “cow glamour shot”, you are in for a treat.

Salt of the Earth Podcast – Waterford Distillery

Waterford Distillery is a single malt whiskey distillery located in Waterford City, in the South East of Ireland. The distillery was originally rebuilt in 2004 as a Guinness brewery, shut down a decade later and in 2015 transformed into a state-of-the-art single malt whiskey distillery. Here CEO, Mark Reynier provides an update on progress and of his ambition to create the most profound single malt whisky that has ever been seen.

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – Farming with Epilepsy

Tonight I head down to the Royal Agricultural University to talk to agri-business student Robyn Hogg. 

We talk about her studies at Cirencester, whether it’s an exciting time for young people to be entering the agricultural industry or not, and how since the age of 9 she’s lived with severe epilepsy, and the challenges she’s faced as a result. 

We also discuss the family’s award winning bird food business – 

Episode Sponsor: 

NFU Cymru – for more information please visit

Podcast Partners:

Farmer’s Guardian. For the biggest range of news and features from across the Ag industry, please visit

Rock & Roll Farming is proud to be a part of the Farm & Rural Ag Network. To find more great podcasts and vlogs, please visit