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The Farmer & The City Girl – Merry Christmas from Rob and the Canadian

Merry Christmas from Rob and Lesley!!!!

Ontario AgCast – Drew De Bruyn

1:20 If you offer Drew a couch to crash, he may never leave.

4:45 We learn how much Wendell knows about pigs.

8:40 Piglet lives matter.

16:40 Pigs just keep getting bigger.

20:20 Pig guys trying to be like the dairy guys.

24:00 The Pigmobile.

32:00 Cool train facts with Wendell and Drew.

Grow Smart with BASF Podcast – This guy can grow just about anything…including chufa.

Cotton? Check. Corn and Soybeans? Sure. Peanuts and pumpkins? Yep. Wheat? Why not? Chufa? Of course. North Carolinian Donny Lassiter can grow it all.

Future of Agriculture – Investing in the Future of Agriculture with Tyler Mayoras of Advantage Capital Partners

Tyler Mayoras is a Principal at Advantage Capital Partners, a company that invests in small businesses that are ready for growth. As a principal, his duties revolves around screening and identifying potential opportunities for investments, facilitate due diligence, and close transactions. His primary focus is on investments made by their agriculture wing, aptly called Advantage Capital Agribusiness Partners. Some of the most prominent businesses he watched over were Hip Chick Farms, Shenandoah Growers, and NurturMe.


In this episode, Tyler shares the kind of businesses their company looks for when it comes to investing. He explains their requirements, what convinces them to invest in that particular business, as well as why almost half of the businesses they look at are rural or close to rural. He also shares how the government is involved in their investments and his experience working with NurturMe, a gluten-free baby food company.


“A lot of the whole food revolution is being driven by people under 40: The Millennials and Generation Z.”– Tyler Mayoras


This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:


  • The type of investing Tyler does with Advantage Capital Partners.
  • How hard is it to invest in a new industry?
  • Would wheat-based products still be considered plant-based?
  • Is it hard to merge those who are interested in progressive food and ag business and those supporting a rural economy?
  • The trends in the natural space and how companies manage to stay unique.
  • What do they consider as impact investing?
  • Spaces he would like to find more companies to invest in.
  • The impact of information accessibility on food trends.


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The Shark Farmer Podcast – Ashley Kennedy, one tough Bad Axe

Ashley Kennedy is a dairy farmer from Bad Axe Michigan. She openly talks about infertility struggles and the interesting world of dairy employees.

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The Farmer and the City Girl – Talking 4H and FFA with Mike Plotner

In this episode, Lesley Kelley and Rob Sharkey are talking to Mike Plotner and his thoughts on FFA and 4H

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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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