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Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – Twice Around the World


Tonight I’m delighted to be heading up to Perthshire in Scotland to talk to farmer, consultant, and host of the Pasture Pod Podcast Michael Blanche @totallyewesome

We start off with talking about how the hell he developed an interest in farming, given he’s the son of an accountant and a teacher, and how he got his first sheep and a tractor at the tender age of 3.

We discuss how he went from being an almost beret-wearing English student, to being a tweed underpants wearing REALM student at Harper Adams, and how this in turn led to a job in land agency.

We go into why ultimately this wasn’t for him, and the next step which was working as a farm advisor for SAC, before talking about his first steps into the zany World of sheep farming, which was partly inspired by a life changing trip to Wales.

We talk about the initial challenges, and how in the first five years he TRAVELLED THE EQUIVALENT OF TWICE AROUND THE WORLD (?!) to see his sheep, and also the heartbreak of being repeatedly turned down for farm tenancies.

We hear at length about his Nuffield scholarship ‘The Farming Ladder’, and how the experiences he had, and 1st generation farmers he met from all around the World, changed his outlook and increased his determination and need to farm even more.

We also talk about how eventually, at the 8th time of asking he secured a tenancy, and just two months later had just £500 cash available for a 500 acre farm. We also of course discuss the fantastic Pasture Pod Podcast, why pasture pumps him up, and his bedroom shrine to me.

All this and lots, lots more. People take the piss out of me for overusing the word ‘inspirational’ in my podcast interviews, but I don’t care – Michael Blanche is a truly inspirational man, and it was a pleasure, as well as great fun, to talk to him tonight..

 

 

This episode is kindly sponsored by NFU Cymru.For more information please visit www.nfu-cymru.org.uk or www.rockandrollfarming.com

Future of Agriculture – Could Organic and GMO be on the Same Team with Rob Saik


Rob Saik is the founder of the Agri-Trend® group of companies whose primary goal is to help farmers grow food through agriculture consulting services in areas such as agronomic production, carbon-offset trading, grain marketing strategies, and data management systems for producers around the world. He is the creator of The Agri-Prize contest series, a TEDx and keynote speaker, and the author of the book The Agriculture Manifesto – 10 Key Drivers That Will Shape Agriculture in the Next Decade which has earned an Amazon 2014 Best of Books award. Additionally, he is the Executive Producer of the movie KNOW GMO as well as the webisode series LEARN GMO.

 

Rob joins me today to discuss the mission behind The Agri-Trend and the connection between the organic movement and the non-GMO movement. He explains how he believes GMOs can impact the future of agriculture, sustainability, and the food supply around the world as well as the impact they can have on the health of consumers. He also shares why he believes many consumers refuse to use GMO-friendly products and the importance of due diligence when educating yourself about organic and genetically engineered crops.

 

“Most of what you are reading about GMOs on social media are an absolute distortion of the truth.” – Rob Saik

 

This Week on the Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • How Agri-Trend helps farmers allocate scarce resources.
  • The impact that banning GMO products have had on certain countries and cultures.
  • The connection between the organic movement and the non-GMO movement.
  • What farmers should consider to grow more crops organically.
  • Why farmers shouldn’t be at odds when deciding to grow organically or become GMO-friendly.
  • Why he believes many people think GMOs are bad or unhealthy.
  • How “organic” and “non-GMO” food labels are misleading consumers.
  • How GMOs can contribute to the agriculture industry’s long-term sustainability.
  • The impact that embracing genetically modified food can have on the world’s starvation crisis and consumer health.

 

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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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Shark Farmer Podcast – Karen Eifert Jones CRP to CPR


Sometimes farming can be heartbreaking…. literally
Karen Eifert Jones talks about reevaluating her views on farming after her heart stopped. Plus working for the USDA during the Clinton years. Giggity
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Keeping Ag Real – KeepingAgReal Enters the Terrible Two’s | Happy Birthday Edition


We are celebrating with a guest host on this week’s episode of Keeping Ag Real.

The mission: Provide the listeners with a better look at my personality by inviting a guest host to interview me, myself and I.

The result: She or he makes me laugh until my stomach hurts. And, has a heck of a time telling us all that Keeping Ag Real is part of the Farm & Rural Ag Network.

Thank you to everyone’s support this last year! I can’t wait to see what is in store for year two.

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Ontario AgCast – Robert Larmer


What happens when you return from a successful off farm job to the family and things go badly? Robert Larmer talks about his passion for silage, struggling through stray voltage issues and the mental toll it took. He’s also got stones – curling stones and has competed against Olympic champions.

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – Jill of all Trades


Tonight I’m really happy to be heading down under to outback south Australia to talk to Gillian Fennell on her family’s one million acre cattle station.

We talk about the part of Australia where they live, and some of the challenges they face with the climate and remote location, before moving on to talk about her background growing up in a small Queensland town and her time misbehaving at boarding school!

We discuss how she met her husband Mark, and how after a whirlwind romance they headed off windmill contracting in the Northern Territory, camping in the bush and fixing broken windmills, before moving back to town for a couple of years and attempting to live a ‘normal life.’

We then hear about how her Father in Law sold up and moved to a one million acre cattle station in South Australia, and their decision to go along too. We talk about the initial challenges they faced with no air conditioning, no mobile phone, no internet, and the nearest town being 350km away, as well as the strains of living in such close quarters with in-laws.

Gillian talks candidly and openly about her history with depression, something that has plagued her since her teenage years, and how seeking treatment has helped her to control it, as well as the importance of social media in helping to overcome isolation problems.

We talk about their three children and how they’re schooled at home via the Alice Springs School of the Air, and how challenging this can be, as well as the difficulties in keeping young people in rural communities. We also discuss Gillian and her husband Mark’s roles as volunteer Ambulance Officers, and what this entails, dealing with incidents from road traffic accidents to bar brawl injuries.

We the discuss in depth the cattle on the farm – 5000 head of Charolais x Brahmans. We talk about their characteristics, and how they suit their system and management, as well as some of the practicalities and how they muster them 3 times a year using motor bikes and gyrocopters to wean and sell.

We also talk about the difficulties that particularly kangaroos, but also wild horses cause, and how they have to deal with these on a regular basis.

All this and lots, lots more. I started this podcast with the aim of helping to show off cool and interesting people involved in agriculture, and Gillian fits the mould for that perfectly! Check it out folks.

Future of Agriculture – Ag Literacy for Kids with Simone Kain of George the Farmer


Simone Kain is the co-creator of George the Farmer, a social enterprise that focuses on educating kids about proper farming practices as well as how food and fiber are produced using apps, music, videos, picture books, and free curriculum-aligned educator’s guides. She drew inspiration from a 2012 survey in Australia that shows 10-12-year-old students don’t know where their food comes from. Simone describes George the Farmer as “everyone’s mate” and tackles the daily activities of Australian farming with passion.

 

In this episode, Simone explains how George the Farmer educates children. She shares the story behind George the Farmer, how they structured their app, and why knowing where your food comes from is essential. She also discusses the need for people to learn that a career in agriculture is not always about farming and how George the Farmer aims to do just that.

 

“We try to get kids to start thinking about the amazing opportunities available in agriculture.” – Simone Kain

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • The origins of George the Farmer.
  • What their app aims to do.
  • Who their market is and their target age group.
  • Their response from those who don’t have a farm background.
  • How kids have benefited from their app.
  • Their future projects for George the Farmer
  • Their process in trying to get George the Farmer in television.
  • The challenges they’ve faced
  • What surprised her the most in this project?

 

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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.

 

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!

 

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Shark Farmer Podcast – Matt Carter has a golden doodle

Matt Carter is an Agriculture lender from Arkansas. He talks about what lending is like on the other side of the desk. Plus, you’re never too busy to help make a difference in your neighborhood.

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What the Farm Podcast – Agriculture Media


Where does agriculture get their news and entertainment?

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Podcasts – The Perfect Companion to Long Seeding Hours

With seeding season comes long hours spent in the tractor. Did you know podcasts can fit seamlessly into your routine and provide hours of entertainment and learning while you work?

What is a Podcast?

Podcasts are a form of on demand audio broadcasting; much like a favorite talk radio show but available when and where you want. Typically, podcasts are available as a series with new episodes released on a schedule. The on-demand, mobile format, and the hands-free nature of podcasts are unmatched by radio or print. These benefits make podcasts a perfect fit for a farmer’s lifestyle.

Podcast shows can range from funny entertainment to informative and inspiring.  Sometimes all within the same episode. Podcasts are individually hosted and produced so each podcast comes with its own style, perspective or goal. This allows podcasts, even within a specialized field such as Agriculture, to bring a unique voice or angle to the subject. Podcasts allow you to listen to stories, experiences and knowledge directly from people you may never have the chance to meet. They allow you to connect with people not only across the country but internationally as well. With podcasts you can learn first hand through the words of other farmers providing you with new and unique perspectives and ideas.

How to listen to Podcasts?

Podcasts can be enjoyed through various online or mobile app methods such as:

  • the Podcast website
  • itunes
  • the “Podcasts” app on iphone or ipad
  • Podcast apps such as Podbean (instructions on how to use Podbean mobile app is below).

Once you have found a podcast you enjoy, listening to them is a simple as listening to music. Play, pause and restart according to your schedule in any location. Once you subscribe to your favorite channel new episodes can be brought to your attention either by notification or automatic download. Automatically downloading episodes means you will always have a number of podcasts to listen to whenever you need. A downloaded episode is stored on your device which means you can still listen to it in those fields where cell phone or radio signals are limited to non-existent.

Where do I find good Podcasts on Agriculture?

Once you are set up to listen to podcasts the next step is finding good podcasts to listen to. A quick google search or use of your app’s discover section can overwhelm you with choices even when you narrow it down to a subject. This is where the Farm and Rural Ag Network (FRAN) comes to your aid. FRAN has curated a group of Agriculture related podcasts into one spot. By following or subscribing to the FRAN podcast channel you will have direct access to some of the top podcasts in Agriculture covering everything from personal experiences of farmers to biotechnology and technical subjects such as block chains in Agriculture. With numerous episodes available weekly the long hours in the tractor will fly by.

 

How to download Podbean app to listen to FRAN podcasts anywhere:

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