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Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Entrained fuel. The bubble machine in your fuel tank.

Your engine wants fuel and not air mixed with it!

Future of Agriculture – Moonshot Ag Innovations via Corporate Joint Venture with Mike Miille of Joyn Bio

Dr. Michael Miille is the CEO of Joyn Bio. Joyn Bio is a startup joint venture of Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks. The goal of Joyn Bio is to answer the challenges of agricultural sustainability with synthetic biology. Michael has extensive experience when it comes to leading companies, having served at top level positions ranging from COO and CFO to Director and General Manager since 1995. He obtained his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry from UC Davis and a BS in Biological Sciences from Stanford.

Michael joins me today to discuss how Joyn Bio will utilize microbe technology to provide sustainable ag solutions. He shares how Joyn Bio was started and describes the benefits of being a company under Bayer and Ginkgo. He explains how their microbe tech could be applied in various forms as well as how it would positively impact both the environment and farmers. Michael also discusses the various challenges in growing this kind of company as well as some of its future projects.

Stay tuned for our Five-Minute Farmer segment with Amy Solsma, owner of Solsma’s Punkin Patch and Fireworks.

“You need that freedom, flexibility, and creativity that comes with being a small group that’s focused on a moonshot.” – Mike Miille

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • The story of how the joint venture came about.
  • Mike’s academic background and why he chose the agriculture industry.
  • Why it’s called a “Moonshot” for Bayer.
  • The problem they want to address and their proposed solutions.
  • Microbes vs chemicals and when he thinks this type of tech will become available.
  • Why Joyn Bio is not what you would call a normal startup.
  • The challenges of running this type of startup in the ag industry.

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Shark Farmer Podcast – Chef Kevin Harvey cookin’ in New Orleans

Do you really know who is cooking your food?
So many times we focus a night out around a favorite restaurant, but never give much thought to the chef,
Chef Kevin Harvey have fought his way to the top, listen to his journey.

Ontario AgCast- Antony John

Antony John (AKA “The Manic Organic”) and his wife Tina own and operate Soiled Reputation, an organic farm near Stratford, Ontario. Soiled Reputation supplies high end Southwestern Ontario restaurants with fresh produce, including the best carrots you’ve ever tasted. 

Antony has long balanced artistic expression with farming, in fact, he’s even had his own Food Network cooking show, which aimed to bridge the gap between food and farming.

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – ON TOUR at Metcalfe Farms

Rock & Roll Farming on tour! 

I headed up to Leyburn in North Yorkshire to the 2018 Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers Gold Cup winner Philip Metcalfe’s open day (Most impressive dairy farm I’ve EVER been on) to talk to the man himself, and also had a conversation with Kite Consulting’s John Allen, and journalist and market analysis, Chris Walkland, all about what makes a gold cup winner, and the current state of the UK dairy industry. 

(Photo credit: Tim Scrivener, Farmer’s Weekly)

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Future of Agriculture – Water Economics with Dr David Zetland

Dr. David Zetland is a university lecturer, blogger, and economy researcher. He currently teaches at Leiden University College – The Hague as a lecturer in political-economy. He is the creator of the Aguanomics blog, a site that focuses on topics on the different ways people manage, use, and abuse water. David obtained his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Davis and has earned extensive experience regarding water economy and water policy.

David joins me today to discuss the water economy and where we are right now as a civilization. He shares why we should be in a global state of panic and why we’re no longer in a world where water is sustainable. He explains the need for water to be priced and how it can positively affect the ag industry. David also discusses water rights, “free water,” the water market, and possible solutions to water scarcity.

Stay tuned for our Five-Minute Farmer segment with Will Scholze, owner of Scholze Family Beef.

“If there is a price on water, supply and demand will balance.” – Dr. David Zetland

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Why we should be panicking about climate change and its effects on water scarcity.
  • Water shortages and the problems it would impose on the ag industry.
  • The two major sources of water for agriculture and the water market.
  • Why water is essentially not free in agriculture.
  • The logic applied on who really consumes the most water.
  • Buying and selling water rights and how farmers conduct their water business.
  • The political struggles involving water and how it is in other countries.
  • Why desalination plants aren’t the solution to water scarcity.

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We Are a Part of a Bigger Family! 

The Future of Agriculture Podcast is now part of the Farm and Rural Ag Network. Listen to more ag-related podcasts by subscribing on iTunes or on the Farm and Rural Ag Network Website today. 

Join the Conversation!

To get your most pressing ag questions answered and share your perspective on various topics we’ve discussed on the Future of Agriculture podcast, head over to SpeakPipe.com/FutureofAg and leave a recorded message!

Share the Ag-Love! 

Thanks for joining us on the Future of Agriculture Podcast – your spot for valuable information, content, and interviews with industry leaders throughout the agricultural space! If you enjoyed this week’s episode, please subscribe on iTunes and leave your honest feedback. Don’t forget to share it with your friends on your favorite social media spots! 

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Shark Farmer Podcast – Heidi Radkiewicz, Honeymoon in Baghdad

Heidi Radkiewicz, author of “Honeymoon in Baghdad” talks about when she and her husband were deployed to active duty in Iraq, at the same time… in the same unit.

She talks about being in firefights with her husband and how they help each other’s PTSD

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: FMD Road Test 2019 Ford F-150 Supercrew Limited

She may look city… but she WORKS COUNTRY!!

What the Farm Podcast – Josh Miller The Bearded Prairie Chef

Finishing third on Canada’s Master Chef, Josh Miller takes us behind the scenes on what it’s like to be on a reality TV show.

Salt of the Earth Podcast – Longways Cider

James O’Donoghue’s initial curiosity in farming was triggered during summer holidays, helping on his grandparents’ farm. As a trainee farmer manager, he graduated ‘top student’ in Ag College and ‘top farm apprentice’. Decades on, James tells how he now produces his own premium brand, award-winning cider called ‘Longways Cider’ from his farm and orchard, located in South Tipperary.

www.longwayscider.ie