Author Archives: FRAN

The Shark Farmer – Matt Chambers Part 2

Last week Matt Chambers navigated us through his families struggles after a truck/tractor accident. This week we learn more about the details and what actually happened.

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Timestamps:

2:31 who’s fault was it?

10:35 alcohol and farm equipment

23:41 grain bin safety

29:22 Update

The Farmer and the City Girl Podcast – Tips for Connecting with Consumers

“The Farmer & The City Girl Podcast Episode 020 – Tips for Connecting with Consumers”

In this episode, Carrie and Rob are giving you three easy ways ag media can connect with consumers.

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Ontario AgCast – Sarah Jackson

 

This amazing single mom ended up taking over the family farm at 25 whether she was ready or not.

1:45 Sarah makes being a Ridgetown Westag sound pretty good.

4:00 Pheasants, Partridges and Quails Oh My!

7:00 Sarah and I discuss the bird and the…. well birds.

10:00 Between Sarah and Wendell, one of them is not afraid of birds.

14:00 Lots of birds fly, but not all birds fly Air Canada.

18:40 Suddenly making all the decisions. Questions you didn’t ask.

21:40 You don’t want to ask Sarah for the man of the house.

23:50 Between Scarlett and Wendell, one of them is not afraid of birds.

26:30 And….. SNAPCHAT!

Future of Agriculture – Millennials Solving World Problems Through Agricultural Technology with MiKayla Sullivan of Kinosol

Millennials are making waves in many of today’s business and career industries – and the agriculture industry is no exception. This week, I’m speaking with Mikayla Sullivan, co-founder and “Ringleader of Regal Operations” at Kinosol. Her team of millennials – many of which are fresh out of college – are on a mission to solve one of the world’s biggest problems – world hunger – through agriculture technology.

Kinosol uses dehydration techniques that can be used anywhere in the world – due to its solar-power technology – to make food products last longer, to effectively reduce food waste around the world. Currently, Mikayla and her team are focusing on helping people in developing countries reduce food waste and improve their food storage ability in an effort to help end world hunger on a global scale.

Today, she shares the Kinosol mission and how the business idea got started, the interesting way the team generated the initial business capital to continue to grow and scale, and some of the food safety concerns surrounding dehydration – particularly with meat.

 

“People don’t care what it looks like. It really just matters if it works and if it’s going to improve what they are already doing and save them time down the road.” – Mikayla Sullivan

 

This Week on the Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Kinosol’s mission to reduce food waste on a global scale – particularly in developing countries
  • How the company is working to not only reduce food waste and combat world hunger, but also provide income-generating opportunities in developing countries
  • What is a Specific Benefit Corporation and how it differs from a non-profit organization and an LLC
  • How farmers in developing countries can receive Kinosol’s products
  • What the Kinosol solar-power dehydrator is capable of
  • Food safety concerns regarding meat and ensuring consumer safety
  • Unit cost and distribution model
  • The Kinosol “Sponsor-A-Unit” program
  • How the business idea got started
  • How they raised their initial business capital
  • How the founding members decided which countries to target first
  • Their biggest challenges throughout their entrepreneurial journey
  • Why Mikayla believes her team’s naivety about the process of developing the product worked to their advantage
  • New product development plans within the next two years

 

 

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The Shark Farmer Podcast – Matt Chambers shares his families stuggles


Matt Chambers is a farmer from Iowa that talks about an accident that changed his family for ever. It’s an heartbreaking story, but you wont believe what happens at the 40 minute mark.

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Grow Smart Podcast with BASF – Rockin’ Ag Like A Mother

Ag moms rock! Hear how Meredith Bernard went from corporate to cattle. She’s at her happiest balancing family and farming.

The Farmer and the City Girl – (NSFW) #Agvocates Part 2 No Ranting

In this episode, Carrie and Rob are chatting about how bloggers and marketers have taken the word and turned it into a title rather than an advocacy strategy.

 

The Farmer and the City Girl – (NSFW) #Agvocates Part 1 Rant


In this episode, Carrie and Rob are chatting about how bloggers and marketers have taken the word and turned it into a title rather than an advocacy strategy.

Ontario Agcast – Kyle Wynette – Beer Farmer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:45 Why would anyone move to Tavistock?

2:30 Still a better love story than Twilight.

5:30 Farming and raising a family.

7:00 Hops – outside the box farming.

10:30 Growing hops is harder than you might think.

14:00 Is a beer farmer a hippie or a hipster?

17:30 Darn dairy farmers making trouble again.

20:00 The airblaster creates a vortex. Of course.

22:00 No one told Kyle he was supposed to laugh at my jokes.

25:30 Local breweries support local farmers.

28:00 Hosting a hipster hop hoedown.

29:30 Nash Hops on Pop.

30:15 Apparently beer goes with everything.

Check out the Tavistock Hop Company here

Future of Agriculture – Our Role In Ag Education with Hope Floeck of Hope Floeck Consulting

 

Today’s guest, Hope Floeck of Hope Floeck Consulting, grew up on a farm in East Texas. She went to Texas Tech University where she received her undergraduate degree in agricultural economics and her graduate degree in agriculture. For 20 years, she worked with a food processing organization where she handled food assistance and food policy, both here and abroad. Not so long ago, Hope decided to establish her consulting company with the goal of helping individuals and organizations understand the programming of agriculture and how they can get involved.

On today’s episode, Hope talks about how people found out about her newly established business. She points out the importance of developing long-term relationships in the past that helped disseminate the news of her new venture by word of mouth. Hope also elaborates on the things people can do to take a more active role in agriculture and discusses the reasons why people in agricultural businesses are willing to fund agricultural education.

 

“From the years of my research days, from being involved in food processing and international food aid policy, which also branch over into ag policy, I feel that I could really bring some value to helping some folks.” – Hope Floeck

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • The story that prompted Hope to post big agricultural questions on Twitter
  • Type of responses Hope got from the Twitter thread she started
  • The varied responses of people from the different walks of life with the same point that there should be more funding for agricultural education
  • One of the compelling answers that had Hope thinking where she eventually ended up with more questions in mind

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