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Ontario AgCast – Jenn Doelman Grain Farmer

Jenn Doelman is a grain farmer in the Ottawa Valley, but corn and soybeans barely crack the top three on the list of her favorite crops. She is canola’s biggest cheerleader, but thinks wheat is pretty cool too. Bringing leadership home to the farm and giving back to the industry. Please don’t refer to this Grain Farmers of Ontario delegate as a female farmer; just farmer is fine.


Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – Agroforestry: it’s treemendous

Tonight I’m heading over to the Cambridgeshire Fens to talk to farmer and head of Soil & Water at Innovation for Agriculture, Steve Briggs @Steve95226621

We talk about the area that he farms in, and it’s unique landscape, before going on to hear about his early days as a design engineer and why he eventually re-trained in Agriculture, specialising in soils.

We discuss his travels in Africa and India, working on projects helping to develop soils there, and some of his highlights of that time, before his return to England to work as a consultant with organic farmers (the only people interested in soils at that time!).

We then talk about how after several attempts to get a tenancy, he and his wife were successful in 2007, and moved onto a Cambridge county council farm. We discuss the state of the farm when they arrived and how he converted it to organic status, before hearing  by chance about this thing called Agroforestry!

We talk in depth about how that led to him doing a Nuffield Scholarship in the subject, which saw him travel all around the World, including to China, where he saw some extremely impressive systems, and how he then applied it to his own farm at home. We hear about what it is, how he started it, and the multiple benefits it’s delivered, both economically and environmentally.

We also talk about their latest venture on the farm, a farm shop! , and their plans for the future.

All this, and much, much more.

This is genuinely one of the most interesting podcast interviews I’ve done so far, it was an absolute pleasure talking to Steve tonight.

Check it out folks..




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Future of Agriculture – Building Soil Health for Future Generations with Israel Morales Sr of JV Farms Organic

Israel Morales Sr of JV Farms Organic talks about building Soil Health for Future Generations.

Shark Farmer Podcast – Sam Schneider shredded rice farmer

Sam Schneider is a rice farmer and a body builder… who also makes hunting videos.

Just listen, it’ll all make sense.

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What the Farm Podcast – Patrick Umphrey fitness and GMOs

Patrick Umphrey fitness and GMOs

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Baby it is COLD OUTSIDE…

Let Ray Bohacz explain why your engines do NOT want to be warmed up.

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Ontario AgCast – Sarah Miner, Weed Farmer

It’s cannabis, not marijuana and it’s now legal in Canada. Sarah Miner, quality assurance manager at Natural Med Co. gets some funny looks (or smells) picking up kids at daycare. If you work on a pig farm, you smell like pigs; when you work in a cannabis farm…. This female focused company is removing the stigma around weed, while generating green for shareholders.

#agriculture #farming #rural #cannabis #marijuana #weed #420 #highlife

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – AgriCOOLture

Tonight I’m heading all the way down to Waikato in New Zealand to talk to recent graduate and farmer, Emily Davis.

We talk about what she’s doing in New Zealand, and how it’s a long way from her native Lincolnshire where she grew up surrounded by large arable farms and wanting to be a farmer.

We discuss the brilliant ‘careers advice’ she received at school, where she was discouraged from pursuing a career in agriculture, and her decision to ring a local farmer to ask for work experience, which led to two years of various roles on farms around the country.

We talk about her participation in the Farmer’s Weekly Farm Apprentice Bootcamp in 2016, and what she got from that, before going on to talk at length about the Youth Ag summit, that she attended in Brussels last year, and what an incredible experience the was. We go into the various things that were discussed there with delegates from all around the World, and what the three main things she took away from it were.

(For further information on next year’s Youth Ag Summit, in Brazil, check out )

All this and much, much more.

Emily’s a real inspiration to anyone looking to get into agriculture as a career, and it was a real pleasure to talk to her tonight.

Check it out folks..



Episode Sponsor:

NFU Cymru – for more information please visit


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 – Expanding the Global AgTech Ecosystem with Connie Bowen of The Yield Lab

Connie Bowen is the Principal and Program Manager of The Yield Lab as well as the Principal of Cultivation Capital. The Yield Lab is an accelerator program for entrepreneurs in the agriculture industry. The program’s mission is to enable agribusinesses to revolutionize agrifood systems and promote sustainability through educational resources and support.


Connie joins me today to share The Yield Lab’s mission and how they help entrepreneurs build sustainable agribusinesses through their accelerator program. She discusses how technology is impacting the agriculture industry, how the company utilizes agtech to promote global expansion, and how the company is revolutionizing the accelerator model. She also shares what startup agribusinesses can expect by applying and participating in The Yield Lab’s programs as well as her perspective on the state of technology in the agriculture industry.



“Our global network is an asset for companies – so we can help them to expand at a rate that is appropriate for them.” – Connie Bowen

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:


  • What inspired her to build a career in the agriculture industry.
  • How she began working with The Yield Lab.
  • How the company is revolutionizing the way accelerators are meeting the needs of agtech and agribusinesses.
  • How The Yield Lab defines agtech.
  • What agribusinesses can expect when applying and working with the accelerator program.
  • Why the company decided to expand into multiple countries.
  • Which countries are their accelerator programs currently available?
  • How The Yield Lab customizes their programs to meet the needs of their portfolio companies.
  • The various programs available through the program.
  • Her perspective on the state of agtech.



Key Takeaways:


  • It is very difficult to expand into a new foreign country, but it is necessary for companies to scale.
  • There is a need for more people to look at ag as a very serious opportunity for innovation.
  • Ag technology, right now, is such a collaborative space.



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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.


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Shark Farmer Podcast – Sammi Wangsness future cat lady

Sammi Wangsness loves working in agriculture, but not if it means compromising her principles.