Author Archives: FRAN

Shark Farmer Podcast – Gracee Workman doesn’t complain

Gracee Workman is an Ohio pig farmer with an amazingly positive perspective on life. Growing up with parents who struggled with drug addiction, she chooses to not hold a grudge for the hardships she endured. Gracee now shares her love of pig farming! For her it is a lifestyle and her “calling.” Proof that there is room for many voices to tell the story of agriculture!

Grow Smart with BASF Podcast – The two most unpredictable things in farming: markets and weather.

Sharp insights, smart thinking and crystal-ball prognosticating from a grain market analyst and a meteorologist on what might happen in 2019.

What the Farm Podcast – Jennifer Campbell Balance 365

Can someone really like everything about their body?

Does a diet really work?

Jennifer Campbell from Balance365 shares how diets and food advertising are creating unhealthy eating habits.

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Are you a bucket half-full or bucket half-empty person? I want you to be neither…. BE A BUCKET 110% FULL FARMER!

Volumetric efficiency (VE) is the key to engine power and success on your farm. Let Ray Bohacz improve your VE!

Ontario AgCast – Wendell Talks About Cheese

This week’s Ontario AgCast is literally just me talking about cheese. I love Cheddar, I love Swiss, I love Gouda, I love Parmesan…. that type of thing with a little history thrown in.

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – J.F.D.I

Tonight I’m staying in Wales and heading down South to the Brecon Beacons to talk to hill farmer and NFU Cymru environment and rural affairs advisor, Rachel Lewis-Davies.

We talk about her and her husband Bobby’s incredible farming journey with many highs and lows along the way, Epynt Hardy speckled sheep, why the phrase ‘Welsh hill farmers’ is in the news so much right now, 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. If you want to see more about the AMAZING work they do please visit & if you’d like to sponsor me the link is – thank you!

Episode Sponsor: 

NFU Cymru – for more information please visit

Podcast Partners:

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Future of Agriculture – Becoming a Farm CEO with Dick Wittman

Dick Wittman is the Founder of Wittman Consulting, a company dedicated to training consultants who can help family farm businesses in transitional processes and agricultural finance. Dick is a former manager and the current board chair for a 20,000-acre family farm located in Idaho. He has an extensive farming and ranching background in crops, cattle, and timber. He holds a degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Idaho and a Master’s degree from the University of Utah. Currently, he focuses on public speaking and running Train-the-Trainer workshops, expanding the international resource base of agricultural consultants for family-owned businesses.

Dick joins me today to share why it’s important for family farm owners to adopt the “Farm CEO” mindset. He explains why family farm managers need to operate more like executives and how they can change their mindset to function at an executive level. He also shares the skills that are required today to better manage family farm businesses and the importance of being able to adapt your organization to market changes in order to to ensure future success.

“Most farmers get into farming to grow things, but if they are going to succeed, then they need to be skilled in finance, marketing, and human relations.” – Dick Wittman

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • How Dave got into the consulting side of the agricultural business.
  • The common areas for improvement and management disciplines seen in the typical family farm.
  • The background of The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP).
  • The downturn in the economic market and recognizing that businesses need to change and be optimized.
  • The quick wins that can get results and creating a to-do list of the low-hanging fruit.
  • Using the resources out there and adapting them to your operation.
  • The Train-the-Trainer seminars for consulting professionals.
  • The agricultural outlook and the opportunities to re-engineer your business.
  • How to use data management to make strategic changes and improve your bottom line.
  • Staying ahead through diversification and analysis of value-added resources.

Key Takeaways:

  • Strive to achieve excellence in all areas of your business.
  • Adapt existing resources for your operation.
  • Use data to make strategic business realignments.

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This episode is sponsored by: Granular – Manage Your Farm with Confidence

Granular is an agriculture software company dedicated to building stronger, more profitable farms. Since 2014, Granular has become a leader in developing web and mobile apps grounded in advanced data science technology to help farmers make data-driven, real-time business and agriculture decisions with greater confidence.

To learn more about how Granular’s digital solutions can help you better manage your farm, visit

2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30

Help us celebrate the top 30 future leaders of agriculture! Nominate your favorite up-and-coming, future executives, innovators, and influencers in the following agriculture categories:

  • Agribusiness
  • Production Agriculture
  • Research & Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Advocacy

Nominations for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list are now open and are scheduled to close Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Self-nominations are accepted.

Winners will be announced March 2019.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements, announcement date and location, and to nominate for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list, visit:

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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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Sharkfarmer Podcast – Tricia Braid talking commodity groups

Tricia Braid has been one of agriculture’s biggest supporters. She lets me ask her some tough questions about commodity groups.

Please visit our sponsor: Farmers Edge

What the Farm Podcast – Lia Biondo talks fake meat

Fake meat poops…

Listen in as Lesley and Rob talk to Lia Biondo about the process of making fake meat.

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Cold blooded…the only reason for a winter no-start is YOU!!

Let Ray Bohacz show you how to end the winter blues.

Ice covered truck