Author Archives: FRAN

The SharkFarmer Podcast – Greg Manning growin bacca

Greg Manning is North Carolina through and through. We talk growin bacca and getting married. His interview starts at 8:35.

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The Farmer and the City Girl – Educating kids about Cosmic Brownies

How important is Ag Education?

In this episode, Marci Goodwin and Rob Sharkey are talking about the importance of teaching agriculture in schools.

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Ontario AgCast – Bob Hunsberger – Our Contract with Pigs


 

0:25 Pigs are good to us and we are good to pigs.

3:30 Finally someone Wendell can talk history with.

5:30 Free run pork and eggs before it was fashionable.

7:30 On attending “grade 14”

8:50 For some reason, Bob doesn’t believe Wendell wasn’t alive in 1968.

11:40 Better life for pigs, better life for farmer.

12:30 Why Ontario is a great place to produce pork.

14:30 OK, so Iowa can grow corn and pigs too.

15:10 Ontario farmers needs a strong meat packing industry.

18:10 A big idea for producer owned processing.

20:30 An idea becomes a packing plant.

23:00 Butchers care about animals too.

Future of Agriculture – Farmer Feedback on AgTech Ideas with Kevin Heikes and Kyle Morrow


Today’s guests allow us to look at agricultural technology and entrepreneurship from two different perspectives. Kyle Heikes is part of the IN10T, a digital agricultural company that created Farmer Trials. Farmer Trials is a platform that connects people who have new ideas and want to test them on real farms. These people get to work with real farmers who have the skill and resources to assess whether these ideas solve real problems that farmers face.

Also with me is Kyle Morrow, a farmer in Indiana who is currently a customer of Farmer Trials. Kyle shares his experience working with the company and allows us to look at matters from a practical approach since one of the goals of the program is to see things from different lenses.

Today, we see that all new and innovative agricultural technology is nothing until tested and proven effective on the farm. Kyle shares how art and science are combined as a growth strategy used by Farmer Trials; the communication process among the farmer, the ag entrepreneur, and Farmer Trials; and when entrepreneurs can approach Farmers Trials if they have new insights and project proposals.

 

“Having something like Farmer Trials where they can try multiple things within a given year accelerate the learning curve to utilizing the data.” – Kyle Morrow
This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Problems that existed on the farm before Farmer Trials came along
  • Requirements farmers had to meet in the past if a company wanted to do farm trials
  • Tasks that Farmer Trials manage and facilitate for agribusinesses
  • Working in the business versus working on the business
  • Why the services offered by Farmer Trials are appealing to companies both big and small
  • How Farmer Trials plan to use the grant awarded tthem by Kansas Department of Agriculture
  • Who determines the compensation for the projects

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The SharkFarmer Podcast – Natalina Sents sleeps in parking lots


Natalina Sents spent a year going to all 50 states to meet farmers. It gives her a very unique view on how agriculture should interact with the public.

Time Stamps:

7:37 Fight for what you want

16:20 Role of a farm wife

23:40 Telling your story (this is good)

36:58 The car wreck

The Farmer & The City Girl Podcast –  The true cost of organics 


In this episode,Kellee James and Rob Sharkey are talking about how much people are willing to pay for organics.

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Grow Smart with BASF – We’re Nuts For Almonds


You say “almond,” she says “am-mend.” As Almond Girl Jenny, this hull-splitting, tree-shaking, fourth-generation nutty farm girl talks about the crop that’s our favorite go-to snack.

The Farmer & The City Girl Podcast – Food Waste

In this episode, Lesley Kelly and Rob Sharkey are talking about how much food we waste.

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Ontario AgCast – Viren D’souza – Not a Robot


0:45 What kind of a name is Viren anyway?

3:40 Viren’s surprising childhood

6:00 Stranded in a strange country without his parents.

7:15 Being the only brown kid in grade 9.

10:15 Our own immigrant success story.

11:45 Viren’s TV career is tragically cut short.

12:30 Will pull teats for food.

15:30 Back to school – again.

17:40 Becoming a soldier of fortune.

19:30 Viren says robots are dumb… robots also had nothing good to say about Viren.

21:00 Viren questions recent life choices.

21:30 The Orkel MP2,000 – a heavy conversation.

25:50 Thinking outside the bale.

28:45 Viren does NOT expose himself on Twitter. Snapchat anyone?

31:30 @Milkabot’s rules to not be a dick on Twitter.

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Future of Agriculture – 5 Takeaways From The First 60 Episodes


While having guests and learning from people with different perspectives are the typical setup of this show, stopping to reflect on the things that have been discussed and talked about is an excellent way of seeing the learning, growth, and future direction of the program. With this said, today, I’m going to deviate from my normal program flow to look back and see where the journey has taken us.

Today, I’m going to talk about the five big takeaways I have learned from the first 60 episodes of the Future of Agriculture podcast. I also explain how these five big things determine the direction and content of the program.

Agriculture should be looked at from as many different lenses as possible. That’s where we’re going to get the ideas.
This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Agricultural technology and agricultural entrepreneurship
  • What agricultural education is about and why it is important
  • Defining cooperative extensions and how this reinforces agricultural education
  • Solving serious problems like environmental impact, sustainability, social issues, hunger, and food waste
  • The generational aspect to each agriculture story
  • Agriculture and empathy
  • How we can practice empathy together in the next 60 episodes of the program

 

 

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