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Idle Chatter Podcast – I demand the right…. to REPAIR my farm equipment… I think? Part 1

In this two part series, Ray Bohacz explains why the agriculture community needs to take a lesson from the auto industry of 30 years ago to successfully lobby for this cause.

FRAN welcomes Idle Chatter to its podcast line up

The Farm and Rural Ag Network is excited to announce the addition of the Idle Chatter Podcast to its podcast portfolio. Idle Chatter is a podcast dedicated to being the source for farmers to learn about their equipment. As host Ray Bohacz says, “I believe that success on the farm is a three-legged stool: agronomy, business and machinery. Great decisions in the first two areas will be lost by poor choices in the farm shop.”

Ray Bohacz is not only a farmer but he brings a lot of experience to the field of machinery being a recognized technical writer and TV personality in both the agricultural machinery and automotive fields. He has authored and published three technical books, has over 3,000 published articles and has contributed to 44 different magazine titles. He is also a technical trainer and has delivered a wide range of programs to a varied audience.

Idle Chatter is a weekly podcast which focuses on many different topics involving farm machinery from technical aspects of machinery operation such as simple steps to decrease equipment failure and downtime and farm shop forensics to issues facing the industry such as your right to fix your own equipment.

“We are excited to welcome Idle Chatter to our growing list of FRAN podcasters. We think our audience will enjoy Ray’s unique perspective on issues related to farm machinery,” says Tim Hammerich, co-founder of FRAN.

Idle Chatter will be available every Friday on the Farm and Rural Ag Network.

Ontario AgCast – Andrea De Groot, Managing Director, Ontario Pork Industry Council

Andrea De Groot traded in a ruthless banker gig to head up the Ontario Pork Industry Council (OPIC) to help pork producers navigate the issues in the swine business. Sometime work/life balance is as simple as saying no and giving yourself permission to not bake cookies. Also, find out what sport is more Canadian than hockey. Hint – it’s like hockey, only nicer.

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Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – YFC 4 Life

Tonight I’m heading up to Withnell in Lancashire to talk to marketing officer, freelance journalist, and Vice Chairman of Lancashire YFC, Alice Singleton @alicemay_sing

We start of by talking about her family farm, that her parents bought 12 years ago, and the herd of Angus & Hereford Cows they run there, before going on to talk about their exciting diversification project, a gin distillery! We talk about Cuckoo Gin in detail, including the local ingredients they use, and how sustainability is so important to the business (For more info: ).

We talk about the various jobs she does, from being a full time Marketing Officer at Lancashire wildlife Trust, to trying to build up a freelance journalism and photography business, and what she enjoys most about the different roles. We also talk about rural crime, and how it’s affected her and her family recently, with two different break-ins at their farms.

Lastly, we talk in depth about her 13 year involvement in the Young Farmers Clubs, from a 12 year old new member, right on through to becoming Vice Chairman of Lancashire YFC, and winning the the prestigious NFYFC Member of the Year.

We go into what YFC means to her, and what she’s got out of it over the years, before we move on to discuss the recent controversial cancellation of the annual convention. We hear her opinions on the subject, and what she thinks might happen next.

All this and much, much more.

It was fantastic to talk to someone as articulate, passionate and enthusiastic as Alice for the podcast tonight, and hear her views on a wide range of subjects.

Check it out folks..



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Future of Agriculture – Nerding Out About Soil Health with Dr. Abbey Wick of North Dakota State University


In this episode we go full nerd on soil health with Dr. Abbey Wick of North Dakota State University

Shark Farmer Podcast – Mike Manion making his own way

From choosing his education to building his own farm… Mike Manion has carved his own way

What the Farm Podcast – Andrea Hollak bourbon drinking vegetarian

Andrea Hollak is a bourbon drinking vegetarian that shares her views on eating meat.

Ontario AgCast – Colin Davis Apricot Valley Waterfowl

What would possess a hospital IT expert to start raising rare ducks and geese? Apricot Valley Waterfowl is not your typical poultry farm. In fact, one of Colin Davis’ goals is to be the exact opposite of a conventional farm. At the end of the day preservation farming still has to pay the bills to be sustainable.


Rock & Roll Farming Podcast – Sam Watson Jones

Today I’m heading over the border to Sunny Shropshire to talk to farmer and co-founder of Small Robot Company, Sam Watson Jones @samjwj @smallrobotco

We talk about his family’s farm near Newport where they’ve been for 4 generations, and the various enterprises they have going on there, and also Sam’s decision to become a farmer whilst studying english literature at Newcastle University.

We go into the various job’s he during the 5 years he spent away from the farm, including teaching at a tough inner city secondary school, and working for a global consultancy firm. We also discuss some of the changes he made after returning to the farm, including why he felt diversifying the business’s income streams was so important.

We then talk about Small Robot company at length, including how it initially came about, how the robots (Tom, Dick, Harry, and Wilma) work, what they’re trying to achieve with it, and how robotics are going to change agriculture sooner than we all think.

Will the robots rise up and murder him in his sleep? Who knows, but in the meantime, it was fantastic to talk to such an enterprising and entrepreneurial man as Sam, and learn more about Small Robot Company.

Check it out folks..


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Podcast Partners:

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

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

Future of Agriculture – Different Perspectives on AgTech Accelerators with Georg Baunach of Hatch and Joel Harris of Ag Startup Engine

Georg Banauch is a molecular biotechnologist with extensive knowledge of synthetic biology and biofuels research. He is also a Co-Founder and Development Director for HATCH, an accelerator program focused exclusively on the aquaculture industry seeking to develop and scale disruptive aquaculture startups.

Joel Harris is Ag Startup Engine’s Co-Director. Ag Startup Engine is a privately-owned accelerator program that funds AgTech entrepreneurs and supports them through mentorship and funding. Joel’s responsibility includes coordinating investor relations and mentoring new entrepreneurs.

Georg and Joel join me today to discuss how their accelerator programs work, the type of ideas they want to support, and what makes each company unique from other accelerators. Georg explains how they developed the idea to launch HATCH, why they focused on aquaculture startups, and how aquaculture can help the world grow. Joel shares what their company is all about and the checklist they use when selecting companies as well as how Ag Startup Engine can help business owners. Joel also offers great advice when dealing with investors from a new entrepreneur’s viewpoint.

“For new entrepreneurs, a small pat on the back can go a long way.” – Joel Harris


This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:


  • What is HATCH accelerator and how it got started.
  • Their motivation in starting Hatch Accelerator.
  • How their accelerator program works and their interactions with startups.
  • An estimate on how many aquaculture startups are out there.
  • What Hatch looks for in startups and ideas they want to see.
  • What excites Georg on the future of aquaculture?
  • Joel Harris’ perspective as an entrepreneur and someone working with entrepreneurs.
  • Joel’s best advice on how to succeed in growing an AgTech startup.
  • Is Ag Startup Engine open to startups worldwide?
  • How Joel motivates budding entrepreneurs into achieving their goals.
  • Ag Startup Engine’s programs and how they help entrepreneurs.
  • Joel’s advice to new entrepreneurs when it comes to communicating with investors.

Key Takeaways:


  • Aquaculture is efficient compared to others in the agricultural industry.
  • Working with an accelerator is an opportunity, but where you’ll end up after that is up to you.


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