Author Archives: FRAN

Salt of the Earth Podcast – Devenish The Soil-Food Nutrient Revolution

Belfast-based Devenish Nutrition is a leading animal nutrition company and trades worldwide within the farming and food sector under the aegis of chief executive Richard Kennedy and executive chairman, Owen Brennan. With the intriguing central philosophy of ‘One Health, from Soil to Society’, Devenish provide solutions to ensure effective and efficient utilisation of nutrients in the production of meat, milk and eggs. Here Richard Kennedy gives some background to working in this sector, work important to both animal and human health, and to the nutrient sustainability of the world’s food supply.

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: A Slippery Subject! How well do you know your engine oil?

Probably not well enough. Listen as Ray Bohacz explains.

Oil pouring into gears

Ontario AgCast- Randall Schwartzentruber

Solving complex problems via technology is Randall’s mission. Randall Schwartzentruber (AKA the Black Knight) talks about his latest invention, Bin Sentry (bin sensors) and what it means for Ontario Agriculture.

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – From Tiny Acorns

Tonight I’m heading down to Rednal, just South of Birmingham, to talk to farmer and National Farmer’s Union Dairy Board Chairman, Michael Oakes @m19mao 

We talk about how his Dad started farming on a county council smallholding, farming on the urban fringe, his regrets about not spending more time with his children when they were young, Open Farm Sunday, Farmers For Action, and how he got involved in the NFU, and his experiences since.

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 & if you’d like to sponsor me the link is and from now until 8th May, the UK Government will match your donation – thank you!

Episode Sponsor: 

NFU Cymru – for more information please visit

Podcast Partners:

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Future of Agriculture – Understanding the AgTech Investor with Steve Sarracino of Activant Capital

Steve Sarracino is the Founder of Activant Capital, a business that invests in growth-stage tech companies worldwide. They provide funding for businesses in commerce, Internet of Things, and data-driven companies. For agriculture, Steve prefers data-driven companies because they can act as a source of truth not just for farmers, but also for consumers. He obtained his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his BA in Finance and Economics at Southern Methodist University.

Steve joins me today to discuss how the farmers can benefit from data-driven startups and how it can have positive effects on the ag industry. He describes the current business models that govern the ag industry and the emerging trends in startups. He also shares the type of business models farmers need and describes the kind of companies they’re looking to invest in as well as what new ag startups should seek to address.

“Farming is basically a dirty data problem.” – Dr. David Williams

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • The current setup in the AgTech industry.
  • The type of business model that can help today’s farmers.
  • Why there’s a reluctance from farmers to change business models.
  • Their criteria in looking for ag business investments.
  • How their investment process works from start to finish.
  • The types of business leaders they like working with.
  • Problems in agriculture new startups should tackle.

Key Takeaways:

  • If you can partner with the right technology firm and sell direct, that can change the economic model.
  • The average farmer makes about 120 important decisions, all affected by data.

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Shark Farmer Podcast – Camry Martin & Kenneth Gill leaving dairy

Kenneth Gill has been a dairy farmer his whole life… but today is the day he is selling his herd. Listen as he and his daughter Camry Martin tell their story.

Grow Smart Podcast with BASF – Smart thinking for challenging times: 2019 seed and disease outlook

Smart growers know it starts with the right seed. And that diseases can sneak up and ruin a season’s worth of work. Our two experts weigh in on what to know

What the Farm Podcast – Corey Meyer

Corey Meyer is a butcher from Alberta. He talks to us about public perception and what his customers want.

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Don’t lose your COOL! POP QUIZ: What cools an engine????

HINT… It is NOT what YOU think!! Listen to see if you are correct…

Ontario Agcast- Romy Schill

Romy Schill walks us through her families’ journey into sheep production and how persistence, marketing and social media play a role in their growing farm operation.