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Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Failure is NOT an option for 2020 or any time!

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AgTech… So What – Stuart Austin on the tools for regenerative agriculture

Stuart Austin is an award winning farmer who, with his wife Trish, manages Wilmot Cattle Company, a regenerative grassfed beef operation in the New England area of NSW, Australia.

In this episode, Stuart shares how he got involved in regenerative ag, and the the tools he’s using to make 6 and 7 figure decisions around stocking rates and carrying capacity.

Stuart and I also chat about how the stigma around regenerative agriculture is changing from “witchcraft” to “solid business practices,” and what he’s doing to help other farmers unlock value in their farming systems.

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AgTech… So what Podcast – Meet two of the farmer-led startups in the Farmers2Founders Bootcamp

Ashlea Miles and David Ricardo are Australian farmers and founders of agtech startups Training Paddock and Farm Service Manager. They, along with six other farmer-led businesses, have been selected into the Farmers2Founders Bootcamp program, an intensive 3 month accelerator that helping them take their business to the next level.

In this episode, Ash and David share the story behind Training Paddock and Farm Service Manager, and reflect on the differences and similarities between running a farm and building a startup.

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This episode is produced in partnership with Farmers2Founders. To learn more, check out or @farmers2founder on Twitter

Sharkfarmer Podcast – Andrew Rodriguez Football to Seed Corn

How does a kid from Spanish Harlem end up selling seed corn in Nebraska?

Listen to the incredible story of Andrew Rodriguez and how Football and his older brother changed his life.

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

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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.

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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!