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The Farmer and the City Girl – Practice what you preach


In this episode, Rob shares his experience advocating at an event.

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Ontario AgCast – Vanessa and Matt Dirksen


The Dirksen’s – the definition of a family farm.

 

1:50 Every family needs an Opa.

4:30 Vanessa calls Wendell old.

7:00 An off-farm job can be a valuable learning experience.

10:20 If you are a John Deere fan, you might want to skip this part.

14:00 Tractor pulling – Boys and their toys.

18:30 Vanessa calls Matt dumb.

20:45 Breakfast on the Farm. Opening the doors.

26:45 Letting the kids pull you out of your comfort zone.

 

Breakfast on the Farm

Future Of Agriculture – Old Farm with New Ideas with Coley Jones Drinkwater of Richland Farms Dairy

Coley Jones Drinkwater belongs to a third-generation family of farmers who tend to and sustain the Richlands Dairy Farm in Blackstone, Virginia. Richlands Farm has been a dairy farm since the 1950s. Coley’s story makes you see life in agriculture from different perspectives – a multigenerational angle, a sustainability angle, and an entrepreneurship angle.

On today’s episode, Coley talks about the inspiring story of how her grandparents started and pursued the farm as they relied on agriculture in raising and sending their five children to college. She also explains how she and her family decided not to sell the farm during one of its trying times with the challenges, pressures, and sacrifices she and her family made to keep the farm and pursue their own creamery in spite of the denial of her initial proposal.

“I hope in building the creamery that maybe that is something that I can do for someone else’s family as well where you can just come, get some ice cream. Sit on the porch. Just breathe and take a moment to be together as a family because that to me is really what makes farming worth all the sacrifice.” – Coley Jones Drinkwater

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

The crops that Coley and her family grow on the farm
What to expect during the farm’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze Fall Festivals
The farm’s first ever “Dinner on the Dairy” that’s happening on June 23
Why the first ice cream flavor gives honor to Coley’s grandmother
Coley’s frustration about misleading labels and marketing strategies concerning truth and honesty
The hardest part in farming for Coley since she came back to the farm full-time
What gives Coley hope and purpose in life

Check Out Coley Jones Drinkwater Across the Net:

Richlands Dairy Farm Website
Richlands Dairy Farm on Facebook

We Are a Part of a Bigger Family!

The Future of Agriculture Podcast is now part of the Farm and Rural Ag Network. Listen to more ag-related podcasts by subscribing on iTunes or on the Farm and Rural Ag Network Website today.

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The Shark Farmer Podcast – Steven Ellis likes haiku

Steven Ellis is a Virginia farmer who is a connoisseur of the Japanese poetry, haiku. He talks to us about the differences he sees from farming in the “I” states. Plus how ag social media has changed.

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Time Stamps:

8:30 he sounds like Frank Underwood

16:25 forced to farm?

22:38 his dad is awesome

34:50 he hates “I” states

47:20 Farm to table restaurant

Grow Smart with BASF Podcast – Cotton Farmer Outta Compton


Weeds, wine, sand-fighting season, turn row meltdowns – all part of Mike Lass’ story, from California to growing cotton in the South Plains of Texas.

Ontario AgCast – Bruce Sargent


If Dairy Farmers cost Maxime Bernier the leadership, then Bruce Sargent is the Dragon Slayer.

3:00 How to get farmers attention, by Maxime Bernier.

6:30 Recruiting members for the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC).

8:45 Bruce does Max according to Dr Seuss.

13:40 I agree with The Donald….. said no successful CDN politician ever.

18:40 Bruce is a glass half full kind of guy.

24:00 You don’t have to be flashy to be a good leader.

28:10 Cartel, Cartel, Cartel.

Future of Agriculture – Grain Entrapment and How an Idea Becomes a Feature Film with Sam Goldberg from Silo The Film


Today’s guest is an independent movie producer from New York City. Sam Goldberg grew up in Manhattan without any background in agriculture. He was introduced to agriculture when a filmmaker approached him for a concept about grain entrapment, a real and grave danger that farmers and other members of the community are exposed to. Seeing the significance of the issue socially, Sam currently is raising funds for the operation and completion of the movie titled Silo The Film.

On today’s episode, Sam talks about the progress he and his team have made in the production of Silo. He also shares why he thinks this movie is socially relevant and his stand on why he wanted to pursue this film in spite of the timespan they need to devote to complete it. He also mentions some of the things that Sam and his team are currently working on like fund-raising, casting, and searching for the right location to shoot the movie.

 

“This, to me, represents a potential bridge for conversation where a segment of the population can be humanized in such a way that is relatable to anybody.”  – Sam Goldberg

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Overview and plot of Silo The Film
  • What compelled Sam and his business partners to pursue this project
  • The social significance of this film
  • Reasons for filming a documentary
  • Response of the people who viewed the short film at the Tribeca Film Festival
  • The overall cost of the project and how the cost is divided
  • How the revenue side of film works
  • How Sam found the grain entrapment expert his team is working with on the film

 

Check Out Sam Goldberg Across the Net:

 

 

We Are a Part of a Bigger Family!

The Future of Agriculture Podcast is a part of a network called Farm and Rural Ag Network. Listen to more ag-related podcasts by subscribing on iTunes or on the Farm and Rural Ag Network Website today.

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The Shark Farmer Podcast – Donnarie Hales is insane


Donnarie Hales is on a mission to break my spirit and leave me a shell of a man. She talks about her job with BASF and our upcoming unnamed roadtrip. Also she talks about being a farm girl leading to her love of ag

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Timestamps

8:51 what the hell does she do

16:59 ROADTRIP!!!!!

31:31 whats a haymow

36:00 who works in cooperate ag

The Farmer & The City Girl Podcast – Tips for consumers to learn about Ag


In this episode, Carrie and Rob are chatting about how consumers can go about finding information about agriculture

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We’ll be asking you to share your top tips

Ontario AgCast – Tony Meekes


 

Did you ever wonder who makes all the cool apps that you use every day? Tony Meekes is putting his geek skills to use to create apps to help make farmers lives better.