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Glitter Beard Challenge for P.H.A.R.M. Dog USA

We at the Farm and Rural Network love nothing more than good deeds with the reward of embarrassing Rob Sharkey!

Behold the Glitter Beard Challenge!

We will be accepting donations for P.H.A.R.M. Dog USA. If we exceed the goal Mr. Sharkfarmer Podcast will have to get the glitter beard treatment and post the results on twitter for all to enjoy. Not only will we get to enjoy the look but we’ll have the bonus of knowing Rob will find glitter for years after this.

Our fundraising recipient for this challenge is P.H.A.R.M Dog USA.

The goal of P.H.A.R.M. Dog USA (Pets Helping Agriculture in Rural Missouri) is to provide trained service or herding dogs to farmers and their family members with disabilities. Those eligible for services may have any type of disability — physical, cognitive, or illness-related. Dogs can be placed in States outside of Missouri.

P.H.A.R.M. Dog USA trains and places dogs in two categories:
Service Skill dogs are trained to do a variety of assistance tasks such as retrieving or picking up dropped tools, opening a latch gate system, or carrying buckets. These lab or lab mixes can also assist in physical tasks such as standing and bracing if a farmer has stability issues, or going for help. Jackie Allenbrand determines the needs of prospective clients, makes farm assessments, and facilitates placement of the dogs. She and another trainer handle the training for the dogs and their new owners.

Herding Dogs, primarily border collies, help farmers manage their livestock. These dogs are currently donated by a friend and supporter of P.H.A.R.M. Dog USA in Plattsburg, Missouri, who helps train both the dogs and farmers.  P.H.A.R.M. Dog USA also has a trainer in Packwood, Iowa.

P.H.A.R.M. Dog USA is funded through small grants and public donations. All the dogs are trained by farmers on the farm. Costs to deliver a trained dog run between $2500 and $4000 depending on the dog’s job. These costs cover spay/neuter, health care, food,  hours of training,  travel for farm assessment and deliver, etc. Because training gets slowed down in Missouri winters one of their goals is to have a training center.

Please check out their gallery page to see some of the farmers and dogs – Click Here

If we raise $2500 by December 20, 2017 Rob Sharkey has to post a glorious Glitter Beard for all to see.

Click here to donate

Grow Smart with BASF Podcast – Paul Rea of BASF talks acquisitions, natural disasters, innovations– and the most unusual crop he’s seen


Paul Rea, BASF Senior Vice President for Crop Protection, North America, reviews 2017, and talks acquisitions, innovation, natural disasters, and the most unusual crop he’s ever seen.

Ontario AgCast – Janice Anderson


Janice Anderson balances family, work and making a contribution to agriculture at the grassroots level.

Future of Agriculture – Cellulosic Biofuels (Part 2) with Michael McAdams, President of the Advanced Biofuels Association


Michael McAdams knows biofuels. He knows the issues, the history, the players, and the future. He is passionate, well-researched, and you can hear it in his voice that he truly cares about this topic.

If you listened to episode 009 you heard the basics of cellulosic biofuels. In this episode, we learn about the governmental and private industry sides of the equation. What does it take to get cellulosic ethanols up and running? What is meant by a drop-in biofuel and why is that exciting?

Mike even describes some exciting work being done to turn algae into biofuels with 20x the per acre efficiency of corn. There are so many interesting aspects of this topic, we could make this a 10 part series! But sorry, we’re only doing three.

 

Visit the Advanced Biofuels Association website to learn more about their work.

 

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The Sharkfarmer Podcast – Quentin Connealy cornfield surfer

Quentin Connealy talks about what it’s like being a an introvert but yet still trying to tell people about his farm. He also wakeboards in his cornfields.

 

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The Farmer and the City Girl – Donnarie Hales and jerks of SM


In this episode, Lesley Kelley and Rob Sharkey are talking to Donnarie Hales her plane ticket ordeal

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Ontario AgCast – Dave McEachren


Cover Crops, Fire Trucks and John Deeres

 

8:00 Dave says “Moldboard plows are STUPID”

20:00 Balancing farming, family and volunteering.

23:30 Being a fire fighter is more than “Put the wet stuff on the red stuff”

27:20 Fire fighters looking out for each other. Mental health is as important as physical health.

35:20 Dave schools Wendell on John Deere trivia.

 

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Future of Agriculture – Cellulosic Biofuels (Part 1) with Dr. Robert Brown of the Bio Institute at Iowa State University


This episode begins a three-part series on cellulosic ethanol and other cellulosic biofuels.

What if we could take one of the most prolific, abundant, renewable, and sustainable items on the plant – Cellulose – and make fuel from it?

Well, we can! Sounds fantastic, but there are, of course, challenges. It’s expensive, the conversions aren’t as great as we’d like them to be, there is a lot of work that needs to be done to improve the processes in order to make cellulosic biofuels a widespread reality.

This is the first part of the three-part series where we explore these opportunities and challenges with cellulosic biofuels. Dr. Brown describes a future where farmers can produce biomass that is specifically bred to be processed into fuels that can go directly into an engine. This would, of course, take collaboration between seed companies, farmers, ethanol plants, and fuel manufacturers and retailers.

 

Check out Dr. Brown’s Bio Institute at Iowa State University.

To learn more, pick up a copy of Dr. Brown’s book “Why Are We Producing Biofuels?”

 

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The SharkFarmer Podcast – Emily Johannes


Emily Johannes lives in Washington DC but apparently doesn’t know Donald Trump. We talk sustainability and world travel.

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The Farmer and the City Girl – Rob goes off on Farm Bureau


Lesley pushes Rob into a rage against Farm Bureau

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