Author Archives: FRAN

Ontario AgCast – Steve Thomas, Ho Ho Ho

If Santa had a British accent and a filthy sense of humor, he could be mistaken for Steve Thomas. With a spirit of community and a passion for the swine industry, Steve has rallied Ontario Pork Producers to help provide healthy, nutritious meals to those in need. A great reminder that Christmas is about giving. 

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – Freedom Crackers

Tonight for the 2018 Rock & Roll Farming Christmas Special and ONE HUNDREDTH EPISODE, I’m heading over to Illinois in the US of A to talk to the one and only Rob Sharkey @sf28430

They don’t have Christmas Crackers in America, that’s all I’m saying.. 

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 www.farmafrica.org & if you’d like to sponsor me the link is www.justgiving.com/fundraising/william-evans12 – thank you!

Episode Sponsor: 

NFU Cymru – for more information please visit www.nfu-cymru.org.uk

Podcast Partners:

Farmer’s Guardian. For the biggest range of news and features from across the Ag industry, please visit www.fginsight.com

Rock & Roll Farming is proud to be a part of the Farm & Rural Ag Network. To find more great podcasts and vlogs, please visit www.farmruralag.com 

Future of Agriculture – Business Consulting for Farm and Ranch Operations with Davon Cook of Ag Progress

Davon Cook is the Co-Founder of Ag Progress, a company that provides management consulting, family business advisory, and facilitation for ag ventures and other groups. Davon facilitates peer groups of ag operations and is a member of the Family Firm Institute, one of the most extensive networks of thought leaders in the family enterprise field. She received her master’s degree from Texas A&M in Ag Econ and her MBA from the University of Illinois.

Davon joins me to share the inspiration behind starting Ag Progress and how their firm works. She describes how their business consulting services help farm owners improve their businesses and the different challenges they face with each client. She also explains the three circles of family business. what succession planning means, and shares what she expects to happen in the future for the ag industry.

“When you change something in one aspect of the organization, there’s movement in other places; it has an impact on the entire system itself.” – Davon Cook

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Why Davon calls themselves family business advisors.
  • The difference between corporate farms and family farms.
  • How they started their business and the inspiration behind it.
  • The core business challenges they tackle.
  • The life cycle of any business and their different stages.
  • The three circles of family business and the difference between farms in the ’90s and farms today.
  • The definition of succession planning and how they help owners manage it.
  • The changes she expects to see in the future for the family farm industry.

Manager Minute

  • Set goals and your to-do list in A, B, and C categories. Try to focus on what’s on your A-list as much as possible.

Key Takeaways:

  • There is value in having the tough conversations by a business owner with their team.
  • Don’t assume parting ways is a failure if you’re doing the right thing for your family or the business’ health.
  • An organization is made up of several parts, each one complimenting and affecting the other.

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Davon Cook:

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: 30Under30.ag

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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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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GrowSmart with BASF – A new solution for piercing and sucking insects

We go coast to coast to learn about the latest tool to control piercing and sucking insects that are sucking the profits out of your soybean and citrus crops.

Shark Farmer Podcast – Don Schindler milk pusher

Don Schindler wants to make milk great again… not that it wasn’t always great. Listen as he talks about how farmers are the key to reaching consumers.

What the Farm Podcast – Kevin Kossowan From The Wild

Kevin Kossowan shares his views on what people should know about where their food comes from.

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Are you giving me the third DEGREE OF FREEDOM????

Ray Bohacz asks, “Do you know where your DOF are?” Listen to find out.

Ontario AgCast- Amy VanderHeiden

Amy VanderHeide and her family raise broiler chickens, beef cattle and crops in Annapolis Valley, NS. She’s a 4-H leader and co-founder of the Maritime Ag Women’s Network. She also swears a lot, just ask her mom.

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – One Step Beyond

Tonight I’m absolutely delighted to be heading up to Lanarkshire in Scotland to talk to the legendary former dairy farmer, army officer, landmine clearer, and now motivational speaker, Chris Moon @ChrisMoonMTB 

We talk about his early days growing up in Wiltshire in a framing community, and how he ended up studying Agriculture at Seale Hayne College after working on a local dairy farm, before going on to discuss his decision to go to Sandhurst and join the British Army as an Officer.

We go into his time there, before talking about his eventual decision to leave the Army and join the charity, HALO Trust, specialising in mine clearance. We then discuss at length how this led him to him being abducted by Khmer Rouge guerrillas in Cambodia, and how he successfully negotiated his release and that of two Cambodian colleagues, one of the very few Westerners to have survived such an experience.

Next we go on to talk about the day in 1995 that ‘he found a mine’ in remote East Africa, in a supposedly safe area, losing a hand and leg, and how he had to treat himself to survive. When he arrived in hospital in South Africa, the doctors said they’d never seen anyone live with such a small amount of blood.

We then discuss his unbelievably fast recovery, how he ran the London Marathon less than a year later, became the first leg amputee to complete the 250km Marathon de Sables held over 6 days through the Sahara desert, and now speaks to to businesses and organisations all over the world as a motivational speaker.

All this and much, much more.

Chris is one of the most incredibly inspirational people I’ve ever talked to, and it was a genuine privilege to get to speak to him for an hour tonight.

His book ‘One Step Beyond’ is widely available, (and I can highly recommend it as a Christmas present!) and for more information about the work that he does please visit www.chrismoon.co.uk

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 www.farmafrica.org & if you’d like to sponsor me the link is www.justgiving.com/fundraising/william-evans12 – thank you!

Episode Sponsor: 

NFU Cymru – for more information please visit www.nfu-cymru.org.uk

Podcast Partners:

Farmer’s Guardian. For the biggest range of news and features from across the Ag industry, please visit www.fginsight.com

Rock & Roll Farming is proud to be a part of the Farm & Rural Ag Network. To find more great podcasts and vlogs, please visit www.farmruralag.com 

Future of Agriculture – Building Soil Health Through No Till Farming and Cover Crops with Joe Breker

Joe Breker is the owner of the Coteau des Prairies, a getaway lodge that offers stunning views surrounded by prairie farms and fields. He has been farming for over 40 years and practices what the industry calls “No-till” farming, a method that prioritizes soil health. With his skills and knowledge, Joe managed to successfully operate his farm during the dry ‘80s and wet ‘90s, as well as each decade’s poor farm economy.

Joe joins me today to describe how his conservative farming practices have improved their farm’s soil health. He shares how his father was a sustainable farmer and what he did to build on what his father started. He also describes what no-till farming is, how it helps to restore damaged soil and explains the science behind management practices and how it affects soil health for decades.

“Once you lose soil health, it’s really difficult to get it back.” – Joe Breker

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • The farming legacy Joe is a part of and how his father ran the farm.
  • What no-till farming is and what made him utilize this method.
  • How he started his journey in soil health.
  • Maintaining commitment to soil health despite poor farming business conditions.
  • How he processes their compost and the processes involved.
  • Building soil health and how they nurse damaged soil back to health.

Key Takeaways:

  • Farmers know production losses happen because of management practices on their farm.
  • You can’t fully restore the health of soil, but you can devise ways to improve it.

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Joe Breker:

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: 30Under30.ag

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! 

Learn more about AgGrad by visiting: 

Future of Agriculture Website

AgGrad Website

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