Ontario AgCast

Ontario AgCast – Andrea De Groot, Managing Director, Ontario Pork Industry Council


Andrea De Groot traded in a ruthless banker gig to head up the Ontario Pork Industry Council (OPIC) to help pork producers navigate the issues in the swine business. Sometime work/life balance is as simple as saying no and giving yourself permission to not bake cookies. Also, find out what sport is more Canadian than hockey. Hint – it’s like hockey, only nicer.

www.opic.on.ca

#agriculture #farming #rural #family #banking

Ontario AgCast – Colin Davis Apricot Valley Waterfowl


What would possess a hospital IT expert to start raising rare ducks and geese? Apricot Valley Waterfowl is not your typical poultry farm. In fact, one of Colin Davis’ goals is to be the exact opposite of a conventional farm. At the end of the day preservation farming still has to pay the bills to be sustainable.

www.apricotvalleywaterfowl.com/

 

Ontario AgCast – Chris Crump

The Ontario Pork Congress is a celebration of the industry that gives us bacon! Chris Crump is this year’s OPC President and has spent 35 years probing, measuring and testing pigs all in pursuit of a better pork chop. I approve.

https://www.porkcongress.on.ca/

Ontario AgCast – Owen Roberts is the Urban Cowboy

When talking to consumers about ag, be prepared to answer two questions: Who Cares and So What? Owen Roberts is the Urban Cowboy and he has turned story telling into a science. Literally.

Ontario AgCast – Karen Dallimore


Karen Dallimore has a serious addiction…. To horses. Whether it’s writing about horses, competing in extreme cowboy racing, being a horse midwife or equine personality classification, we cover it all. Also, some fun horse trivia – what part of a horse’s anatomy is the largest of any land mammal? You’ll have to listen all the way to the end to find out.

Ontario AgCast – Larry Miller

Larry Miller, Member of Parliament for Bruce, Grey, Owen Sound, will proudly tell you that his Federal Riding boasts the second largest number of cattle in Canada. What would it take to make someone trade their overalls for a suit and tie to fight for agriculture as a career politician?

Check out The Larry and Darlene Miller Agricultural Bursary http://www.payforschoolgreybruce.com/listing/larry-darlene-miller-agricultural-endowment-fund/

Ontario AgCast – Brianne Brown


April is Autism Awareness Month  https://ontarioautismcoalition.com/ which is a cause close to Brianne Brown’s heart. She shares why having a special needs child is a blessing for the whole family. If you’re interested in International perspectives on the Future of Farming, you can catch Brianne on this panel at the Arrell Food Summit https://arrellfoodinstitute.ca/food-summit/ Finally, we find out if this 6th generation dairy farmer could only milk one breed of cows for the rest of her life, is it Holsteins or Jerseys….

Ontario AgCast – Ashely (Captain) Knapton


My guest this week is Ashely (Captain) Knapton. She loves agriculture and wants to try ALL the jobs before she eventually realizes her dream and takes over her family’s dairy farm.

Ontario AgCast – Teresa Van Ray


How would you like a pig farm 10 minutes from Ontario’s hottest summer beach destination? Most farmers hate fighting cottage traffic, but Teresa Van Ray and her family are firm believers in “If you can’t beat em, join em.” Their on-farm store, The Whole Pig, sparks some interesting conversations with their customers and adding 30 acres of garlic to their operation leads to some fairly obvious honey, garlic ribs jokes. Well, obvious to Wendell…

 

www.thewholepig.ca

Ontario Agcast – Simon Haley


Farming in the UK sounds a lot like farming in Canada, but with a better accent. We talk about tenancy, subsidy and agvocacy. See what I did there? In the Social Jungle, Simon Haley is Tarzan. You should be following these accounts he started:

@FarmersOfTheUK

@FarmersOfTheWorld

@AgriChatUK