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Future of Agriculture – Finding The Right People for Your Agribusiness with Bob Broeckelman


There was a time when people found a job and stayed there for most of their working lives. Those times are in the past with modern statistics saying that 67% of employees leave a first job within the first 2 years. Having a job that is a good fit is not only important for employer cost savings, but it also makes a difference in the employee’s happiness.

Bob Broeckelman was interested in agribusiness right out of high school. He has been an FAA officer and advisor, an ag teacher, and is recently retired after 33 years working in the Farm Credit system.  He understands the importance of human capital and why it’s important for people to understand and find what is the right fit for themselves.

Today, we talk about tools used to create profiles and questions to create good matches for people and jobs. We also talk about how this method helps the employer and employee.

 

 

“We were trying to do the students a favor by putting them in the right jobs.” – Bob Broeckelman

This Week on the Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • How matching people who were good fits for jobs drastically reduced turnover
  • Tools used for finding the right fit such as interview questions and questionnaires
  • Using the predictive index for behavioral profiles
  • Using questions to narrow down the top and bottom applicants and how these profiling methods were effective in many positions from loan officers to truck drivers
  • Cost lowering effects of matching people to the right jobs before hiring
  • How results proved the accuracy of these methods in success and retention rates
  • How the age they started working was the biggest predictor of success
  • How Bob noticed a decrease in critical thinking skills in interviews since the 80s
  • How we will grow by taking risks and having an open mind and attitude

 

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The SharkFarmer Podcast – Ginelle James is on my playlist


Ginelle James is just a down-home country gal…. who just happens to have an amazing voice. Listen as she talks about working in ag while trying to break into country music.

Timestamp

9:30 her singing side gig

24:52 the “it” factor

37:22 making a video

40:23 Women in Ag

The Farmer and the City Girl – Time to re-brand this SOB

The Farmer & The City Girl Podcast Episode 031 – When you aren’t reaching your goals…. ask for help

Lesley Kelly agrees to be my co-host

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Ontario AgCast – Kelly Daynard


Catching up with the new Executive Director of Farm and Food Care Ontario

 

2:30 Navigating all of the different organizations trying to help farmers.

4:40 Gathering consumer data and then deciding how to use it.

7:20 Wendell and Kelly tell tales about being a farm kid in the 70’s. Also Canadian TV shows.

10:40 WHAT???? Urbanites don’t think much about farmers?

13:10 Are we trying to ram our message down consumers throats?

17:00 Getting people invested takes more than facts and figures.

19:20 Taking a class trip with Kelly. All the cool kids are doing it.

22:30  Speak Up Training.

24:30 360° Virtual Tours – All the cool kids are doing it.

25:20 The Real Dirt On Farming and working with great partners like Wallenstein Feed and Supply.

 

 

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Future of Agriculture – Technology for Grazing Management With Byron Palmer and Christine Su of PastureMap


Grasslands and grazing cattle go hand in hand. Yet, grazing cattle can be a complex process with things like dynamic business practices, the ecology of the grasses, and the biology of the animal all needing to be considered. Grass-fed beef and other grass-fed agricultural products are also fueling the modern-day demand for pastures and grazing opportunities.

I recently came across a business that is trying to solve issues associated with pasture management and cattle grazing. Christine Su is the co-founder and CEO of PastureMap, a platform that collects data on different areas that are being used for grazing. It helps build on that data to help with making informed decisions on the entire process.

Byron Palmer is a livestock rancher who grazes cattle in Sonoma County. He is one of the people doing the work and putting future agricultural ideas into practice. He is the owner of Grounded Grasslands. Byron grazes cattle for farmers and manages pastures. Today, I talk with Christine about PastureMap, and with Byron about how he uses the software.

 

“We have a lot of respect for the tradition of planned grazing and the emotional component, so we follow adaptive planned grazing methodology very closely.” – Christine Su

 

This Week on the Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • How PastureMap helps grazing managers who practice multi-paddock adaptive grazing
  • Christine’s background and how she went from a consumer with a business background to reconnecting with the land and food she eats
  • Features of the initial app prototype that could be accessed from a smartphone
  • An iterative process of launching live modules and beta testing future prototypes
  • How their mission is to help ranchers make more profits by building healthy grasslands
  • Focusing on soil carbon data and rewarding farmers by sharing positive data
  • How it’s not profitable to graze without productive pasture planning

 

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The Shark Farmer Podcast – Cam Houle 1st generation farmer

Cam Houle is about to take us on a journey of no return. This first generation dairy farmer guides us through his new venture of not only a new career but a new home life.

Time stamps:

16:55     his better half

25:52     Cams day

31:17     is hard work enough

40:56     stress vomit

The Farmer and the City Girl Podcast – Farmers vs Hunters…. kinda


In this episode, Lindsay Persico and Rob Sharkey are talking about the how farmers and hunters view things differently

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Grow Smart Podcast with BASF – Wheat’s the Word


Bread, pasta, cookies, crackers, pizza – you can’t spell “wheat” without “eat.” Donnarie talks to Phil McLain, a North Carolina wheat grower who’s also the Board Chairman of the National Wheat Foundation.

Ontario AgCast – Gary and Sarah Brien

Father / Daughter Relationship Goals

1:10 A farm with some history.

4:00 Growing up in the shadow of Ridgetown College.

7:20 “Typical teenager” is what a Dad says when his kid was WILD!

10:30 Sarah can’t say “scrotal circumference” in front of her Dad.

15:40 Land prices and predators – not sheep friendly.

17:10 You show me your sheep. I’ll show you mine.

21:00 Wanna buy a sheep?

28:50 When Gary talks reason to a yuppie. Don’t try this at home.

29:40 When Gary destroys Sarah at trivia.

31:50 You’re going to want a tissue for this.

 

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Future of Agriculture – Travel The World Learning About Agriculture with Nuffield Scholar Matt Hocken

What do you think about an all-expenses-paid trip around the world for six months to learn about agriculture? Does it sound too good to be true? It is too good, but it is also true. This adventure is made possible through Nuffield scholarship. Today’s guest, Matt Hocken, is a husband, father, dairy farmer from New Zealand, and a Nuffield Scholar who has travelled globally to research on his chosen topic of specialization – agricultural innovation.

Matt joins me today to share the details of this amazing scholarship program that’s been created for the advancement of agriculture in a global aspect. He gives an overview of the life of a Nuffield scholar and its new international scholarship program. He also shares how this can influence your view of the world and the agricultural industry.

“I think I’ve learned a lot from just observing what you do [in the US]. [Innovation] is also a cultural context.”  – Matt Hocken

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Specifics on the Nuffield scholarship, their scholars, and a list of participating countries
  • Requirements and qualifications for scholarship application
  • Other programs Nuffield scholars take part in while on their trip
  • What’s expected of a Nuffield scholar
  • Elements that Matt looks into in other countries as he studies and writes about agricultural innovation
  • Matt’s agricultural background and the business model he and his family use in their business
  • Backstory of how the Nuffield Scholarship came to be and how it is funded

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