Author Archives: FRAN

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

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 – 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.

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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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Shark Farmer Podcast – Ben Wiginton paratrooper to trader

Ben Wiginton is a personification of the American dream. Hard work and loyalty to his country has led to an amazing life.

What the Farm Podcast – Ashlyn George lost girl

Ashlyn George is about as well traveled as they come. Listen in as she gives advice to farmers on how to travel.

Keeping Ag Real Podcast – Inspiring the Future of Women in Agriculture

Today’s episode is the first of its kind as we will be featuring two guests.  The first is Jackie Applegate, Head of Global Vegetable Seeds and Environmental Science for the Crop Science Division at Bayer. The second guest is Jeanette Lombardo, American Agri-Women’s current President.

Even though this episode is intended to inspire women in agriculture, men, you need to listen as well… these ladies bring advice to the table which applies to everyone, no matter your packaging! As you will hear Jackie say in the episode, “So, it’s not us versus them. It’s how we together can make a difference.” These ladies bring advice to the table which applies to everyone, no matter your packaging.

Thank you to the support of Bayer Crop Science and American Agri-Women for sponsoring today’s episode.