Author Archives: FRAN

Ontario AgCast – Shaun Haney


1:30 Real Agriculture is an actual, real media company.

3:00 I`ll take “What’s a seedsman for $100”

7:50 How to break your parents hearts, career edition.

11:00 Shaun has opinions. Want to hear them?

16:00 Eventually Shaun remembers meeting Wendell.

23:30 Doing a daily radio show is just as hard as dairy farming.

25:00 NAFTA, Trade and why Shaun hates supply management.

31:30 FTR Canada WON the War of 1812.

37:30 The Real Ag Hockey Pool. Let your monkey pick.

Future of Agriculture – Cellulosic Biofuels (Part 3) with Eric Mork of ICM Inc.


This is the perfect end to our three-part series on cellulosic ethanol. You have heard from Dr Brown describing why we should care about the industry and informing us of its fundamentals. You have head from Michael McAdams describing some exciting new ideas affecting the industry and articulating how the government is involved.

Now we speak with someone in private industry. Eric Mork works for ICM that designs, builds, and manages ethanol technologies and business models. One process ICM has developed solves a very practical problem: how can we get more from the plants that we already have?

They have accomplished this by retrofitting corn ethanol plants to also make cellulosic ethanol out of the non-corn residue that they get in. If you’ve ever seen a truckload of corn leave a farmer’s field, you know that there is more than corn in there! ICM’s process uses that residue to make cellulosic ethanol in addition to the corn-based ethanol that the plant is already processing.

These are collaborative, interesting, and effective solutions that are going to lead us to future technologies that produce more food, fiber, and fuel using fewer resources.

Visit ICM’s website.

 

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The Shark Farmer Podcast – Layla Katiraee PhD ChickenPox Parties


Layla Katiraee PhD is one of the stars of the documentary “Science Moms” We talk about GMO’s and Chicken Pox parties.

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The Farmer and the City Girl Podcast – $7500 Dog Treats


In this episode, Lesley Kelley and Rob Sharkey are talking about how city folk and farm folk view their pets.

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Glitter Beard Challenge for P.H.A.R.M. Dog USA

We at the Farm and Rural Network love nothing more than good deeds with the reward of embarrassing Rob Sharkey!

Behold the Glitter Beard Challenge!

We will be accepting donations for P.H.A.R.M. Dog USA. If we exceed the goal Mr. Sharkfarmer Podcast will have to get the glitter beard treatment and post the results on twitter for all to enjoy. Not only will we get to enjoy the look but we’ll have the bonus of knowing Rob will find glitter for years after this.

Our fundraising recipient for this challenge is P.H.A.R.M Dog USA.

The goal of P.H.A.R.M. Dog USA (Pets Helping Agriculture in Rural Missouri) is to provide trained service or herding dogs to farmers and their family members with disabilities. Those eligible for services may have any type of disability — physical, cognitive, or illness-related. Dogs can be placed in States outside of Missouri.

P.H.A.R.M. Dog USA trains and places dogs in two categories:
Service Skill dogs are trained to do a variety of assistance tasks such as retrieving or picking up dropped tools, opening a latch gate system, or carrying buckets. These lab or lab mixes can also assist in physical tasks such as standing and bracing if a farmer has stability issues, or going for help. Jackie Allenbrand determines the needs of prospective clients, makes farm assessments, and facilitates placement of the dogs. She and another trainer handle the training for the dogs and their new owners.

Herding Dogs, primarily border collies, help farmers manage their livestock. These dogs are currently donated by a friend and supporter of P.H.A.R.M. Dog USA in Plattsburg, Missouri, who helps train both the dogs and farmers.  P.H.A.R.M. Dog USA also has a trainer in Packwood, Iowa.

P.H.A.R.M. Dog USA is funded through small grants and public donations. All the dogs are trained by farmers on the farm. Costs to deliver a trained dog run between $2500 and $4000 depending on the dog’s job. These costs cover spay/neuter, health care, food,  hours of training,  travel for farm assessment and deliver, etc. Because training gets slowed down in Missouri winters one of their goals is to have a training center.

Please check out their gallery page to see some of the farmers and dogs – Click Here

If we raise $2500 by December 20, 2017 Rob Sharkey has to post a glorious Glitter Beard for all to see.

Click here to donate

Grow Smart with BASF Podcast – Paul Rea of BASF talks acquisitions, natural disasters, innovations– and the most unusual crop he’s seen


Paul Rea, BASF Senior Vice President for Crop Protection, North America, reviews 2017, and talks acquisitions, innovation, natural disasters, and the most unusual crop he’s ever seen.

Ontario AgCast – Janice Anderson


Janice Anderson balances family, work and making a contribution to agriculture at the grassroots level.

Future of Agriculture – Cellulosic Biofuels (Part 2) with Michael McAdams, President of the Advanced Biofuels Association


Michael McAdams knows biofuels. He knows the issues, the history, the players, and the future. He is passionate, well-researched, and you can hear it in his voice that he truly cares about this topic.

If you listened to episode 009 you heard the basics of cellulosic biofuels. In this episode, we learn about the governmental and private industry sides of the equation. What does it take to get cellulosic ethanols up and running? What is meant by a drop-in biofuel and why is that exciting?

Mike even describes some exciting work being done to turn algae into biofuels with 20x the per acre efficiency of corn. There are so many interesting aspects of this topic, we could make this a 10 part series! But sorry, we’re only doing three.

 

Visit the Advanced Biofuels Association website to learn more about their work.

 

Thanks for listening!

We really appreciate you taking the time to listen to the Future of Agriculture Podcast. The response has been outstanding. Please feel free to leave a note in the comment section below.

The best way to spread the word about our Podcast is to share your favorite episode using the social media share buttons in the podcast player you are using.

You can also leave a review on iTunes. This helps us spread the word about the people, perspectives, and innovations that will provide our future food, clothing, fuel, shelter, and natural resources.

The Sharkfarmer Podcast – Quentin Connealy cornfield surfer

Quentin Connealy talks about what it’s like being a an introvert but yet still trying to tell people about his farm. He also wakeboards in his cornfields.

 

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The Farmer and the City Girl – Donnarie Hales and jerks of SM


In this episode, Lesley Kelley and Rob Sharkey are talking to Donnarie Hales her plane ticket ordeal

Join us for #FCGchat Monday nights at 7pm central.

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