Author Archives: FRAN

Shark Farmer Podcast – Megz Reynolds movie sets to combines


Farmer Megz did not have your typical ag background. She was too busy hanging out with the cast of Twilight. From combine fires to standing up for mental health, she’s farming her way.

 

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Ontario AgCast – Sarah Sheppard


At age six, Sarah Sheppard decided she loves chickens. Now, she works with chickens, reads about chickens, jokes about chickens, but it’s when she tweets about chickens, that things get really crazy. You might say it was the cluck heard round the web.

Future of Agriculture – How Blockchain Technology Can Help Farmers in Developing Countries


David Davies is the Founder of AgUnity and AgriLedger. AgUnity enables the world’s smallest and poorest farmers to have access to a means to lift themselves out of poverty through smartphone and blockchain solutions. AgriLedger is the smartphone app AgUnity developed that records and transacts incorruptible data through blockchain technology. The app allows virtually every user to know their transactions and data are kept safe and tamper-proof.

 

In this episode, David Davies shares his ideas and vision for the future of blockchain and the agricultural industry. He explains the different problems blockchain can solve, how their app integrates blockchain technology as well as how it can boost farmer’s income significantly.

 

“What we use the blockchain here for is having a permanent record of trust.”– David Davies

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • What inspired him to start AgUnity and AgriLedger?
  • How their app helps farmers increase their income and efficiency.
  • What blockchain would enables us to do that the internet wouldn’t.
  • Why they give farmers free phones.
  • How does a typical transaction work with their app?
  • Why they don’t use any form of cryptocurrency in their transactions.
  • Other industries that can benefit from their app.
  • Things blockchain just isn’t capable of despite the hype.

 

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Shark Farmer Podcast – Casey Schuhmacher for President


Casey Schuhmacher is a political junkie… and that is a good thing for agriculture. Listen as he talks irrigation, family farming, and social media.

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Keeping Ag Real – Improving food buying decisions: How can @Wal-mart @Xerox @McDonalds @EnvDefenseFund and more work together?

They always say, it takes a village and that village just expanded. There is a new player in the agriculture advocacy world. Today’s guest is Nate Birt from Farm Journal’s Trust In Food initiative. This new effort kicks-off with the Trust In Food Symposium, Jan. 23-24, in Chicago.

Nate shares about the goals of Trust In Food, how they feel this effort is different than any other and the intense collaboration. The initiative brings together farmers, ranchers, growers, agribusinesses, food companies, food marketing folks, conservation and more.

Ontario AgCast – Jonathan Lamb


Jonathan Lamb is a partner in Lamb Farms and Oakfield Corners Dairy. We talk cows, genomics and employees. This is a great example where “big” and “family” go together in more ways than one. Jonathan will be in Ontario speaking at the Wallenstein Feed and Supply Dairy Producer Meeting on January 31.

Future of Agriculture – The Journey of Blockchain Adoption in Agricultural Supply Chains with Dr. Nishant Dass

Dr. Nishant Dass is an associate professor and Ph.D. Coordinator in finance at Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business. His areas of expertise include major areas of financing and business management including CEO-Compensation, Corporate Governance, Mutual Funds, Trade Credit, and International Finance. He has plenty of published papers under his name with regards to financing and has extensive experience providing sage financial advice to startups and other small companies. He has recently picked up an interest in Blockchain technology, citing it as the next big thing since the internet.

 

In this episode, Dr. Nishant Dass discusses the potential and limitations of Blockchain technology. He explains why Bitcoin is not Blockchain, the kinds of problems Blockchain can solve in the near future, and why Blockchain doesn’t guarantee truth. He also shares what he believes will happen within the next two to three years with regards to its inevitable global implementation.

 

“If the internet is about exchanging information and Bitcoin exchanging money, then Blockchain is about exchanging value.”– Dr. Nishant Dass

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Why he likes to work with startups.
  • How he discovered Blockchain
  • How he applies his knowledge of Blockchain to his work
  • Is the concept of Blockchain overhyped?
  • The differences between Bitcoin and Blockchain.
  • How he sees Blockchain tech developing in supply chains.
  • Situations where Blockchain tech can improve efficiency.
  • The limitations of Blockchain.
  • What we expect to see from Blockchain in the near future.
  • What needs to happen for Blockchain to be successful.

 

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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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Sharkfarmer Podcast – Scott Mathews conservation pioneer


Scott Mathews had an awful 2017, but he continues to remain optimistic. He talks about his battles with the NRCS and growing rice.

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Keeping Ag Real – Meet my sister, an Operational Excellence Coach (aka, coaches corporations on the evolving needs of customers)


Thanks again for listening to Keeping Ag Real! Your loyalty and continued support is greatly appreciated!

This week I interviewed my non-agriculture, city dwelling sister – for good reason. Her career path is in the area of Operational Excellence Coaching. What does that mean? Take a listen.

We play a word association game, I explain what GMO means and we toss a little shade at each other. Most importantly she offers perspectives we may not normally hear.

Keeping Ag Real – Part 2: What do Harry Connick Jr., Klout Scores & Kelly Clarkson have in common? @NatashaNicholes


This is part 2 of a great conversation with lifestyle blogger, Natasha Nicholes. We dive in talking about how she has grown an old, dirty lot on the south side of Chicago into a beautiful learning tool. She discusses Harry Connick Jr.’s involvement and her goals for the future. We take a shot at explaining Klout Scores and finish up with her interview with Kelly Clarkson, just another mom with four kids.

Believe it or not, there is still more from our interview! We’ll be talking about an upcoming event Natasha’s daughter will be spearheading. Watch for its release before the end of January.

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