Author Archives: FRAN

Shark Farmer Podcast – Suzanne Swift-Cook first generation farmer

Imagine living in a camper with 6 kids and your spouse…

listen as I talk to Suzanne Swift-Cook, first generation farme

What the Farm Podcast – Scott Powell Christmas Tree Star

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: I work best under pressure…the engine coolant said!

The lowly radiator pressure cap does more than you think.

Salt of the Earth Podcast – Wheelock Fruits

Wexford strawberries are known the length and breadth of Ireland, but timing and location can prove important factors in deciding where to grow and sell them.  Here strawberry grower, Cyril Wheelock from Wheelock Fruit Farm in Co. Wexford tells how has recently diversified his fruit farm into a farm shop and restaurant, providing some insight and background into what is a relatively unique development within Ireland.

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Don’t tune me out!

The modern light-duty diesel needs to be tuned. Ray Bohacz tells you how!

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Christmas 2019. The second annual gift guide

Click here for gift suggestions for this year. Click here for gift suggestions from last year

Future of Agriculture Podcast – The Treasure and the Measure of Regenerative Agriculture with Russ Conser of Blue Nest Beef

Russ Conser is the CEO of Blue Nest Beef, a regenerative agriculture and food startup. What makes Blue Nest Beef special is how they raise cattle from bird-friendly land, citing that the presence of birds indicates a healthy agricultural ecosystem. Russ specializes in soil health and regenerative agriculture, business strategy development, and managing highly creative people. He was also featured on the podcast two years ago, where he talked about the benefits of multi-paddock grazing.

Russ joins me today to discuss how Blue Nest Beef is promoting regenerative agriculture. He explains how birds indicate the health of the ecosystem and why it’s critical to farm on bird-friendly land. He shares data that indicates the benefits of raising cattle over not raising it from a greenhouse gas perspective. He shares the type of grazing system they want other farmers to adapt and why it benefits the soil. Russ also describes why regenerative agriculture is important to every person on Earth, regardless of your political affiliation.

“The birds are the treasure – and the measure.” – Russ Conser

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Defining Regenerative Agriculture and what it’s supposed to do.
  • The importance of bird presence in agriculture.
  • Informing consumers on how the food system works and how Blue Nest Beef plans to do it.
  • How Blue Nest Beef works and what sets them apart from other farms.
  • The grazing system they promote and how rotational grazing benefits the soil.
  • Why Regenerative Agriculture is an apolitical issue.
  • Resources and tools Russ is interested in using and working with.
  • Data that says producing beef through regenerative agriculture is better than not producing beef at all.

Resources Mentioned

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Shark Farmer Podcast – Gavin Spoor popcorn empire

Is it possible to be born a farmer without being from a farm family?

Would you walk into random grocery stores trying to create a market for yourself?

Listen as I talk with Gavin Spoor about his path to becoming a farmer

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AgTech…So What Podcast – Aidan Connolly on facial recognition for cows

Aidan Connolly is the CEO of Cainthus, and agtech startup using cameras and machine learning to help farmers make better decisions. Before that, Aidan helped Alltech grow from $24 million to $2.3 billion. During that time he was, among many things, Director of the Pearse Lyons Accelerator where he saw hundreds of agtech startups in all different sectors.

Aidan joins us to share his insights on:

  • What it’s like to go from a global agribusiness to a startup
  • How cameras are transforming agriculture
  • How to get engineers off the keyboard and onto the farms they’re trying to help
  • Why it’s so important for farmers to help entrepreneurs, even when it’s frustrating

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What the Farm Podcast – Jay Baer Speaker’s Hall of Fame