Author Archives: FRAN

Future of Agriculture Podcast – International Agribusiness in China to Rural Entrepreneurship in Oklahoma with Brady Sidwell

International Agribusiness in China to Rural Entrepreneurship in Oklahoma with Brady Sidwell

Shark Farmer Podcast – Carri Manion it’s all in the timing

There’s no perfect time to follow your dreams… That’s why Carri Manion just went for it

What the Farm Podcast – Stacey Decker gives us an inside look

Stacey Decker gives us an inside look into what an urban mom looks at when deciding how to feed her family.

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Where is the HEAT??????

Ray Bohacz shares how to diagnose poor heater performance in any application.

Ontario AgCast – Harold Rudy, The Soil Fixers

Author Harold Rudy has documented 30 years of soil conservation in his book “The Soil Fixers: Land Stewards Committed to the Cause”. From the days when OMAFRA was just OMAF to the pioneers of no-till to the 4 R’s of soil health. As the former Senior Manager with the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA), his passion for Ontario Agriculture makes this a must read and a great gift idea for the farmer (or non-farmer) on your Christmas list.


Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – British Flowers Rock!

Tonight I’m heading all the way down to West Sussex to talk to flower grower, Ben Cross @AlstroemeriaBen

We talk about the fact that he’s a 4th generation grower at Crosslands Flower Nursery, that was established by his Great Grandparents in 1936 starting on the LSA (Land Settlement Association).

We go into the ten years he spent as a Marine Scientist, before the call of home proved too much, and his return to the family business growing Alstroemerias. We talk about the flowers themselves, how they’re grown, how the greenhouses are heated, how they’re harvested, and how they’re sold, with a large proportion of them going direct to florists and farm shops.

We discuss the severe challenges he faces as a British flower grower, with a staggering 90% of cut flowers in the UK being imported from countries such as Ecuador, Cambodia, Colombia, and Kenya, and the associated environmental impact that has, and how he’s campaigning to raise awareness of the benefits of British flowers.

Ben’s incredibly passionate about both his family business, and the British Flower industry, and it was an real pleasure to talk to him and learn more about what he’s doing.

Look for ‘Crosslands Flower Nursery’ on Facebook to see some of the fantastic videos he’s putting out straight from the Nursery.

Check it out folks..



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!


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Future of Agriculture – Utilizing Technology to Reinvent Local Produce Supply Chains with Irving Fain of Bowery Farming

Irving Fain is the CEO & Co-Founder of Bowery Farming, a company that seeks to innovate indoor and urban farming through sustainable methods without the need for pesticides. He is a seasoned entrepreneur who is passionate about expanding access to quality produce. Before he became the CEO of Bowery Farming, Irving began his career assisting early-stage companies and startups in raising capital as an investment banker.


Irving joins me today to discuss how he and his company plan to improve indoor farming. He explains the many benefits to indoor farming and what separates them from other companies. He discusses some of the projects they’re running and will run in the near future and shares why they decided to focus on indoor farming. He also explains the technologies they use to reinvent and innovate the local produce supply chain.



“The best way to generate positive impact is tying that to an economically viable business model.” -Irving Fain




This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:


  • What Bowery Farming is and why they focused on indoor farming.
  • The technologies that allowed the innovations they developed.
  • What Bowery Farming looks like today.
  • Why they prioritize being in the commercial farming business.
  • Managing pests and diseases without the use of pesticides.
  • The most exciting aspect of their business.




Key Takeaways:


  • In building businesses, focus matters a lot. Being focused is a critical component in being successful.
  • With the current systems we have, not only can we know what’s happening with the crop, but also what we expect to see from 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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Sharkfarmer Podcast – Mike Less Youtubing though life

Mike Less has a passion for making farm videos. With over 800 YouTube videos, he is living his dream.

What the Farm Podcast – Jackie Fraser grocery store owner

Jackie Fraser and her husband own and operate a grocery store. Listen to her thoughts on how to talk to consumers.

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer Gift Giving Guide

Hot Rod Farmer: The first annual, “What to get the hot rod farmer in your life” Christmas gift guide.