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The Shark Farmer Podcast – Trent Cadra – Going through the wildfires

Trent Cadra is a rancher in Texas who was struck by the wildfires. Although you really wouldn’t know it by talking to him. Even with suffering a loss he is focused on others.

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Ontario AgCast – Bruce Sargent

1:00 Growing up on a farm A.K.A. forced labour
5:15 Maxime Bernier – Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire
9:35 Bananas in Moose Jaw?
14:30 This should be every politicians answer to every question
17:00 Scrap a system that works and create a new milk tax – duh, good plan
22:20 Who out there hasn’t accidentally left sensitive documents at their stripper, biker girlfriends by mistake?

Future of Agriculture 044: Grassfed Beef Through Adaptive Multi-Paddock Grazing with Russ Conser of Standard Soil

On today’s episode of Future of Agriculture Podcast, my guest is an engineer by who was born in Nebraska and grew up as a city kid in Omaha. Russ Conser eventually fell in-love with energy which started his decades-long career in Shell Oil where he learned more about oil, gas, and carbon. You may be surprised to hear that the knowledge and experience Russ gained in this industry eventually led him to his present venture in the field of agriculture.

Russ Conser is the CEO of Standard Soil, a company that uses adaptive multi-paddock grazing to grow grass-fed beef at scale. He spent the last 15 years in innovation and investing in pioneering startups that produce revolutionary and edgy outputs and results. A writer, speaker, investor, and game-changer, Russ talks about Standard Soil’s business model, its difference from other tech startups, the positive environmental impact it brings, and a lot more.


“I tend to think of agriculture really as the biological solar energy business in the world of farmers and ranchers.” – Russ Conser



This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Russ elaborates the difference between traditional grazing and multi-paddock grazing.
  • He shares the effects of multi-paddock grazing that are advantageous not only to the business itself, but also in the quality of the nutrient produced in the soil.
  • Together with the overall environmental impact of multi-paddock grazing, Russ talks about what the organic-rich soils can do for everyone.
  • He gives some tips on how they handle moving paddocks frequently, how they manage the grazing during wintertime, and how to know the right square footage of paddocks per cow.
  • Russ emphasizes that the methods by which these things are produced usually cause concern with broader environmental issues.
  • He introduces the “cocktail mix” producers use to create a superior product.
  • Forward-looking, Russ talks about the significance of multi-paddock grazing to the US beef industry 20 years from now.


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The Shark Farmer Podcast – Jerod McDaniel & myths of bottle feeding pics

Jerod McDaniel completely destroys the good feelings that I would get when someone would post a picture of a bottle-feeding calf. He’s got an amazing story of taking over the farm at the age of 18.

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7:00       are agvocates being used

14:22     bottle feeding calves

23:22     taking over at 18

43:12     BTFD TV

54:00     corn contest

The Farmer & The City Girl – Shopping Preferences & Food Deserts

In this episode, Carrie and Rob are chatting about why people shop at the grocery store they do. What factors in their preferred habits.

And then they chat about food deserts what they are, where they are and what programs are out there combating them.


  • Farmers: Are you involved in urban food distribution hubs? If so what are they?
  • Consumers: Do you know people affected by food deserts? Do you live in one – if so how do you handle it?

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Ontario AgCast – Kevin McArter – Nobody has a better voice than an auctioneer

Show notes:

1:30 Why beef farmers and bankers make good partners
6:40 Western cattle- Ontario or bust!
9:50 Senior A Hockey- if you’re not Canadian you won’t understand
11:50 Wendell accidentally buys a steer. And overpays
16:15 Lubricating the auctioneer- with scotch
19:30 Alberta- it’s a dry cold
22:00 Kevin calls Wendell a big, dopey dog
26:30 Kevin has come up with the perfect Friday night

Future of Agriculture 043: Sharing Ag With Over 2 Million People – Joel Cowley President and CEO of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo


The Shark Farmer Podcast – Katie Hancock drives Xena Warrior Princess

Katie Hancock is a farmer from Kentucky and doesn’t like hunting. Plus she is raising Satan’s chickens

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Time stamps:

7:12        Katie doesn’t like hunting

19:15     Chickens from the 7th circle of Hell

22:41     Buying out the family farm

32:21     Spouse working for medical insurance

35:41     She calls her call Xena Warrior Princess

42:51     How are farm wives viewed

45:54     Elevator speeches are canned

The Farmer & The City Girl Podcast Episode 009 – The Breakfast Episode – Enriched vs Fortified

Cream of Wheat has sparked an entire episode!

In this episode, Carrie and Rob are chatting about enriched and fortified foods, how it happens and why. How acids help your food last longer including the secret to keeping avocados from turning brown once it’s exposed to the air.

Which is better – Captain Crunch or Peanut Butter Captain Crunch, plus listen in to hear a super weird fact about Carrie’s ice cream habit.


  • Farmers: What is it that is added back into food? When you remove something, process it and then what is being added back in? What form is it in?
  • Consumers: Do the words “Enriched” or “Fortified” on the packaging prompt you to purchase your food? Do you seek out products that are enriched or fortified with specific vitamins or minerals?

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Ontario AgCast – Maegan MacKimmie & SteveMcCabe from Grain Farmers of Ontario


Show Notes

1:15 Maegan’s job at GFO is not just babysitting Steve.
2:45 From now on, Steve would like to be referred to as “The Silver Surfer”
5:10 Shout out to the Tavistock Hops Company and craft breweries.
10:40 Social Licence – of course Maegan wants to talk about this.
16:30 Pushing back against over-reaching regulation.
20:40 Even soybeans have some limitations.
23:45 Steve and Wendell claim to not know who the bachelor is.
29:00 Wendell gives Maegan some mint new marketing ideas for GFO which Steve mostly shoots down.