Author Archives: FRAN

Ontario AgCast – David Imrie


0:50 I wish I had David’s radio voice.

6:00 Sometimes a temporary job becomes a career.

10:00 You’re hired, didn’t we tell you?

14:20 CKCO TV – jacket and tie required.

16:30 Canadian content laws. David gets his own show.

20:20 David and Wendy – a “whirlwind” relationship.

24:30 Reporting on Farm Crisis

31:30 It’s not always good to be the King.

37:30 An interview that’s out of this world!

43:30 Community Heroes.

45:00 Cruising with David and Wendy.

Future of Agriculture – Disruptive Agricultural Technologies with Aidan Connolly, CIO of Alltech


Aidan Connolly has been with Alltech for 17 years and is currently its Chief Innovation Officer (CIO).  Alltech is a company that helps farmers feed the world, raise healthy animals, and protect the environment. He works with the company’s research department focused on developing nutrition-based technologies that will capitalize on insights gained through Alltech’s investment in nutrigenomics. Aidan’s main tasks as CIO is to spearhead Alltech’s projects in multiple facets of the agricultural industry, make sure they’re always on the cutting edge when it comes to current technology, as well as incorporating new technologies into how food is produced in the future.

 

On today’s episode, Aidan shares how he became Alltech’s CIO and how the company decides which innovation to invest in. He also explains the disruptive technologies that will greatly affect the agricultural industry in the near future.

 

“Brain power and imagination are going to be very important in terms of the roles we play.”  – Aidan Connolly

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Alltech’s views on disruptive technology.
  • How they strategically decide when to invest in an innovation.
  • What is the Pearse Lyons Accelerator?
  • The 8 potentially disruptive technologies.
  • Is artificial Intelligence something humans should worry about?
  • How he prepares his children for the future.
  • Since 2009, TOP US food and beverage companies have lost an equivalent of $18 billion of market shares. How does this affect agriculture?
  • Can the “local food” movement scale?
  • How should we balance thinking about innovations and our busy lives?

 

 

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The Shark Farmer Podcast – Dwayne Faber Twitter legend

Dwayne Faber has quickly established himself as one of twitters funniest farmers. Listen as he talks Family, dairy, and farmers marketing themselves.

time stamp:

10:28 Ag Twitter

24:00 The ultimatum

30:24 Holland underground

34:04 agvocate???

The Farmer & The City Girl Podcast – Fake Meat and Coors Banquet


In this episode, Lesley Kelley and Rob Sharkey are talking about the Meatless Meat

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We’ll be asking you to share your opinions

Ontario AgCast – Talking Trade


Three shows in One.

Nebraska Governor, Pete Ricketts

Canadian Pork Council Public Relations Manager,  Gary Stordy

Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Jeff Leal

 

 

1:50 Governor Ricketts says nice things about Canada.

6:10 Modernizing NAFTA without disrupting trade.

7:40 Apparently Dairy is on the table.

10:20 Even the Governor appreciates at hotdog for a dollar.

11:40 Wendell introduces Gary Stordy as Gord. Sorry Garry.

20:20 Comparing notes on NAFTA.

22:30 Harmonizing food safety regulations.

24:30 Wendell gets Minister Leal’s intro right.

27:30 Renegotiating NAFTA – DO NO HARM!

31:20 Minister Leal schools Wendell on political history.

Future of Agriculture Podcast – Misfit Farmers with Scott Wettstein and Dr. Curt Livesay from Dynamite Ag


Do we take basic decision making for granted? Do we just assume that our practices in the past should be our practices in the future? Using data based information, there may be ways to become more efficient and productive while saving money and resources.

Dr. Curt Livesay from Dynamite Ag is one of those people who questions basic assumptions. He focuses on agronomy or soil management and crop production. He has been a guest on a past episode, but we mostly discussed the cannabis industry.

Today, Dr. Curt Livesay shares his data based process especially around the subject of nitrogen use. We look at nitrogen efficiency and getting the desired amount of nutrients without creating waste. We also talk with Scott Wettstein, a farmer from Lidgerwood, North Dakota. If you like thinking for yourself, this is a great episode for you.

 

“When we test and find products that actually work, we take those on and promote them to our growers.” – Dr. Curt Livesay

 

This Week on the Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • How Dynamite Ag prides themselves on research and education
  • How Dr. Curt Livesay always had a greater vision and wanted to sell based on independent research
  • Nitrogen research and accepting the idea of “what everybody knows”
  • Nitrogen is not uniform in the soil profile
  • 360 Yield Center produces the Y drop which drops from a sprayer and places nitrogen closer to where the plant needs it
  • Overapplying nitrogen’s negative impact on the environment
  • Looking at cost savings and capturing the yield goal based on Curt’s research
  • Research versus tradition and nitrogen soil tests with sensors

 

 

Check Out Dynamite Ag & Dr. Curt Livesay & Scott Wettstein Across the Net:

 

 

 

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The SharkFarmer Podcast – Sean Stanford fightin fires


Sean Stanford is a man that wears many hats. A guy that puts family and community first…. but don’t get me wrong, I don’t like him.

timestamps:

7:40 buying a farm

13:28 Being a volunteer fireman

19:23 the tough calls

25:35 dealing with anxiety

33:58 young Alberta love

41:55 hold that kid… I’m hungry

The Farmer and the City Girl – The slime that cost ABC 177 gazillion

In this episode, Lesley Kelley and Rob Sharkey are talking about the infamous pink slime reporting  

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The Ontario AgCast – Jullia Schumm


What I did on my summer vacation. Corn, beans and cows.

Future of Agriculture – Finding The Right People for Your Agribusiness with Bob Broeckelman


There was a time when people found a job and stayed there for most of their working lives. Those times are in the past with modern statistics saying that 67% of employees leave a first job within the first 2 years. Having a job that is a good fit is not only important for employer cost savings, but it also makes a difference in the employee’s happiness.

Bob Broeckelman was interested in agribusiness right out of high school. He has been an FAA officer and advisor, an ag teacher, and is recently retired after 33 years working in the Farm Credit system.  He understands the importance of human capital and why it’s important for people to understand and find what is the right fit for themselves.

Today, we talk about tools used to create profiles and questions to create good matches for people and jobs. We also talk about how this method helps the employer and employee.

 

 

“We were trying to do the students a favor by putting them in the right jobs.” – Bob Broeckelman

This Week on the Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • How matching people who were good fits for jobs drastically reduced turnover
  • Tools used for finding the right fit such as interview questions and questionnaires
  • Using the predictive index for behavioral profiles
  • Using questions to narrow down the top and bottom applicants and how these profiling methods were effective in many positions from loan officers to truck drivers
  • Cost lowering effects of matching people to the right jobs before hiring
  • How results proved the accuracy of these methods in success and retention rates
  • How the age they started working was the biggest predictor of success
  • How Bob noticed a decrease in critical thinking skills in interviews since the 80s
  • How we will grow by taking risks and having an open mind and attitude

 

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