Author Archives: FRAN

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Testing, testing.. When was the last time you checked the shop’s AC voltage?

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: A spark of an idea! GM HEI Ignition

 The grandfather of all modern ignition systems.

Future of Agriculture Podcast – Commercial Greenhouses on Conventional Farms with Joe Swartz

Joe Swartz is the Vice President and Lead Horticulturist at AmHydro, a company recognized as a top innovator in the ag industry and focused on developing products that promote efficient hydroponic growing systems. Joe is also widely recognized as one of the leading consultants when it comes to Controlled Environment Agricultural industries that include commercial greenhouse farms. He specializes in crop production improvements, pesticide-free insect and disease control, and professional grower training, among other skills.

Joe joins me today to discuss the economic implications of fusing traditional farming with greenhouse technology. He shares why he is interested in greenhouse farming and how he initially tried it himself. He explains how controlled ag works and the factors required to make it work. He describes the benefits traditional farmers can reap from adapting greenhouse operations. Joe also shares some of the limitations of controlled environment agriculture.

“Incorporation of greenhouse techniques into an existing traditional farm is really a very natural and very positive progression.” – Joe Swartz

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • What Joe’s focus was before he became invested on greenhouse technology.
  • Where his interest in controlled ag came from.
  • The importance of the environment and location when it comes to controlled ag.
  • The practicalities of controlled ag during the winter.
  • Benefits of merging traditional farming and controlled environments.
  • The return on investment when it comes to greenhouse farming.
  • Encouraging the youth to join the ag industry.
  • Limiting factors of setting up a controlled environment type of farm.
  • Determining standards of practices for controlled environments.

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Joe Swartz

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. 

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What the Farm Podcast – Hannah Roberts the future of ag education

Midwest Farmwives Podcast – The one where we meet.

As most of you know we began this journey without ever meeting in person. Building a relationship via Instagram and daily texts. Well we finally got to meet up in Nashville last week. To say we hit it of and had a blast would be an understatement. Love at first sight? Haha maybe for best friends. Our husbands equally enjoyed one another and all the farm talk, which made it bitter sweet! We want to say happy holidays and new year to all of our listeners, and as always thank you so much for your support!  

Sharkfarmer Podcast – Merry Christmas

Here it is…. The Christmas episode!!!
From John Deere colored trees to present shaming… this one has it all
Merry Christmas!!!!!

Stories from
Mark Kannmacher
@tara_m_davidson
@messykennedy

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: All plugged up and nowhere to go!

A simple way to diagnose a restricted exhaust system.

Salt of the Earth Podcast -Dr. Patrick Wall

In this podcast episode, I speak with Dr. Patrick Wall, Professor of Public Health at University College Dublin. Professor Wall qualified in Veterinary Medicine in UCD and in Human Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. In addition, Professor Wall was the first Chief Executive of the Irish Food Safety Authority and the second Chairperson of the European Food Safety Authority, a pan-EU Agency with a remit on food safety for the entire food and feed supply chains.

Future of Agriculture Podcast – Finding a Niche in Endive Farming with Rich Collins

Richard Collins is the owner of California Endive Farms, a farming operation that specializes in growing endive, a vegetable of the chicory family that is so special, it’s grown twice. Due to the strict conditions and labor-intensive manner of growing it, the endive was deemed a rare crop to produce. However, Rich took advantage of this fact and decided to niche down and focus on building a farming business around it. Today, California Endive Farms is still the largest American endive grower.

Rich joins us to share the story of how he learned about the endive plant and what made him decide to grow such a complicated crop. He explains what endives are, why they’re difficult to grow, and the market potential it has. He describes the various factors they have to consider and how they manage to control them on their farm. Rich also shares why there’s hardly any competition for them when it comes to growing endive.

“There’s a huge window of opportunity for us to grow crops in a much more rational manner with respect to soil and water resources.” – Rich Collins

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Rich’s journey in the ag industry and the people who influenced his business decisions.
  • What endive is, why it needs to grow in the absence of light, and the difficulty in farming it.
  • What the market is like for endive, its uses, and its health benefits.
  • How marketable is it growing endive as a primary source of income?
  • The factors that influence endive growth and the conditions they control.
  • Finding a niche like endive farming today compared to what it was like decades ago.
  • The competition for endive growing and why they hardly have competition.
  • The costs of growing endive and why it’s not easy to automate.

Connect with Rich Collins

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. 

Join the Conversation!

To get your most pressing ag questions answered and share your perspective on various topics we’ve discussed on the Future of Agriculture podcast, head over to SpeakPipe.com/FutureofAg and leave a recorded message!

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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Shark Farmer Podcast – Suzanne Swift-Cook first generation farmer

Imagine living in a camper with 6 kids and your spouse…

listen as I talk to Suzanne Swift-Cook, first generation farme