Author Archives: FRAN

The Shark Farmer Podcast – Aaron Mitchell wise beyond his years


Aaron Mitchell lost his dad and brother in a farming accident when he was only 16. Listen to how he is continuing to make his family farm grow.

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The Farmer and the City Girl – Gun Culture


In this episode, Lesley Kelley and Rob Sharkey are talking about how rural and city folks view guns differently

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Grow Smart Podcast – Meet the number-crunching wheat queen of the North


Up near the Canadian border, Betsy Jensen and her husband grow a variety of crops. But her heart is in wheat. And number crunching. And her table from the Minneapolis Grain Exchange.

Ontario AgCast – Neal Carter ARCTIC APPLES


1:30 Canada’s West Coast – oceans, mountains, apples.
3:20 The Okanagan Valley likes their wine now too.
5:00 Working overseas. Maize to mangos.
8:00 The early days of  biotechnology.
10:00 How do we get people to eat more apples. “If an apple a day is good, two is better”???
13:10 Genetic engineering – Frankenfood or precise breeding tool?
17:20 A project 20 years in the making. Neal is a grinder.
20:20 When 40% of your product gets wasted, you look for solutions.
22:20 Someday our grandkids will ask “Do you remember when apples used to go brown?”
25:30 Selling consumers on GMOs when the benefits are ALL theirs.
27:00 Arctic Apples will be in stores soon. Neal won’t tell us where.

 

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Future of Agriculture – Investment Banking in Agriculture with Wall Street Cowboy Chris Narayanan of C.R. Narayanan and Co

Chris Narayanan is a US Marine Corps veteran, and the President & CEO of C.R. Narayanan and Co., a veteran-owned investment banking firm that provides services to both companies and investors linked to the agribusiness supply chain. Chris obtained hands-on experience in the agricultural industry by being a ranch hand in his youth and working at investment banks that had agribusinesses as one of their largest clients. Because of his experience, Chris has developed extensive knowledge in valuing different types of agricultural companies and enterprises to measure investment suitability.

 

In this episode, Chris shares his experience working on Wall Street as an investment banker. He talks about his background in agriculture and how he ended up founding his own investment banking company that primarily services that business category. He also shares tips and ideas regarding investment banking as well as his insight on the future of agricultural business investments.

 

“Middle market companies are just past the venture capital stage, but haven’t gone public yet.”– Chris Narayanan

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Difference between investment bank and traditional banking
  • The trend over the last 10 years in agriculture investments.
  • How he handles the busy life of investment banking.
  • How big does a company need to be for it to make sense to use their services?
  • What is a middle market?
  • Where should companies go to if they can’t afford an investment banker?
  • How they decide to raise money through private or public sources.
  • What’s it like to work on Wall Street?
  • How involved is he during negotiations?
  • His insight on the future of agricultural investments.

 

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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 – Katie Pinke dealing with curveballs

Katie Pinke is from one of the Dakotas… honestly I don’t remember which one. However, she has been rocking through life no matter what’s been thrown at her. Listen as we talk about life and social media.

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GrowSmart Podcast – Rob Sharkey Dishes Dirt Road Tour Dirt


Can Donnarie get ag podcast king Rob Sharkey to break down and reveal his softer side? Listen in as they recap their summer Dirt Road Tour.

The Farmer and the City Girl – Cara Harbstreet, RD (really dope)


This week Rob learns about guest host Cara Harbstreet RD

Cara talks about how interactions with the Kansas Pork Board changed her opinions on her diet.

Ontario AgCast – Russell Gammon


How You Earn the Nickname Mr Jersey

 

0:55 A big, long name that really means “that Jersey Guy”

4:00 Dairy genetics have come a long way since disco.

5:40 Genomics – Who’s your daddy?

7:45 CRISPR – Custom build dairy cows?

11:30 Celebrating a dairy win, win.

14:30 Teaching in Haiti turns into a learning experience.

18:00 It’s true. Wendell has a big hammer.

21:00 First world egos.

23:30 Yes. Everyone loves Andrew Campbell.

 

30:00 Russell makes a big announcement.

Future of Agriculture – A Level Playing Field For Farmers Through Data with Charles Baron of Farmers Business Network


Charles Baron is the Co-Founder of Farmers Business Network, an idea conceived by farmers for farmers. The company aims to gather unbiased and objective information with regards to agronomics and commodities. The idea is to pool available data from individual farmers, so every farmer in their network would benefit from them. The company started three years ago with just 3-4 farms, but through word of mouth and good service, they now have close to 4,700 farms within their network. Charles and his team plan on ultimately expanding his reach outside the U.S. and continue to improve their data interpretation and gathering services.

 

In this episode, Charles explains the idea behind Food Business Network, what drove him to become a farmer, and the problems farmers face in the U.S. that go unnoticed. He also shares how his company managed to grow their network to what it is now, and their outlook for the future of their company.

 

“Farmers Business Network exists to bring benefits back to our farmers using our technology and network.”  – Charles Baron

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • What problems does Farmers Business Network solve for farmers?
  • Why farmers have the worst economics.
  • The uses of Farmers Business Network in terms of commodity prices.
  • What does the side benefiting from the status quo think of their company’s business strategy?
  • How transparent is farmer’s business network? Why did some hate their price transparency?
  • What kinds of farms do they cover?
  • How do they make sure the data is validated?
  • How do they market their services to farmers?
  • His thoughts on fluctuating commodity and input prices.
  • Any plans on serving the animal agriculture side?
  • What gets investors excited about Farmers Business Network?

 

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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.

 

Share the Ag-Love!

Thanks for joining us on the Future of Agriculture Podcast – your spot for valuable information, content, and interviews with industry leaders throughout the agricultural space! If you enjoyed this week’s episode, please subscribe on iTunes and leave your honest feedback. Don’t forget to share it with your friends on your favorite social media spots!

 

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