Ontario AgCast

Ontario AgCast – Bob Hunsberger – Our Contract with Pigs


0:25 Pigs are good to us and we are good to pigs.

3:30 Finally someone Wendell can talk history with.

5:30 Free run pork and eggs before it was fashionable.

7:30 On attending “grade 14”

8:50 For some reason, Bob doesn’t believe Wendell wasn’t alive in 1968.

11:40 Better life for pigs, better life for farmer.

12:30 Why Ontario is a great place to produce pork.

14:30 OK, so Iowa can grow corn and pigs too.

15:10 Ontario farmers needs a strong meat packing industry.

18:10 A big idea for producer owned processing.

20:30 An idea becomes a packing plant.

23:00 Butchers care about animals too.

Ontario AgCast – Viren D’souza – Not a Robot

0:45 What kind of a name is Viren anyway?

3:40 Viren’s surprising childhood

6:00 Stranded in a strange country without his parents.

7:15 Being the only brown kid in grade 9.

10:15 Our own immigrant success story.

11:45 Viren’s TV career is tragically cut short.

12:30 Will pull teats for food.

15:30 Back to school – again.

17:40 Becoming a soldier of fortune.

19:30 Viren says robots are dumb… robots also had nothing good to say about Viren.

21:00 Viren questions recent life choices.

21:30 The Orkel MP2,000 – a heavy conversation.

25:50 Thinking outside the bale.

28:45 Viren does NOT expose himself on Twitter. Snapchat anyone?

31:30 @Milkabot’s rules to not be a dick on Twitter.




Ontario AgCast – Amanda Brodhagen – Beef Farmer / Power Woman

2:40 A beef farmer repping fruit and veggie growers. Covering both sides of the plate.

5:00 Fall Fair Ambassador is NOT the same thing as a Dairy Princess!

7:20 Amanda has a fancy way of saying she can’t plow straight…..

10:20 Canadian Cattlemen’s Young Leaders – the future of the beef industry.

15:50 Being a mentor means giving back to the industry.

17:30 Who didn’t guess that Amanda would be recognised as a “go getter”?

20:20 Some times it’s easier to ask (Jen Christie) for forgiveness than permission.

21:10 That time when being a farmer makes you strange and mysterious.

23:20 Who takes a beef farmer to a vegetarian restaurant????

28:00 Power woman or not, when Dad says shovel some s**t, you shovel some s**t.

32:10 Sometimes being a farmer means also working off the farm.

Ontario AgCast – Megan Veldman – Coveralls and Heels

1:20 Layers, Pullets and Crops

4:30 Twins Megan and Josh can read each other’s minds

5:50 Megan calls Josh dumb – with her mind.

6:50 This one time at horse camp…..

9:30 Sorry, no stories about showing chickens. Poultry Club don’t do that.

12:00 Hi. My name’s Megan and I’m an egg farmer.

13:30Unlike chocolate milk, brown eggs really DO come from brown chickens.

14:30But you don’t LOOK like an egg farmer or Megan strikes out with Vegan boys.

16:50 Wendell and Megan are from different demographics. Who knew?

18:45 Should Ag’s messaging to consumers be more outrageous?

21:30 Figuring out all of the different egg options. No wonder consumers are confused.

25:40 Chickens live inside cause foxes live outside.

26:50 Does Megan meet Tomboy criteria? Includes a man bun question.

27:40 Can one of Megan’s hockey team mates please confirm her total penalty minutes?




Ontario AgCast – Food Evolution – Alison Van Eenennaam is a Movie Star!


2:30 Sharing the spotlight with Neil Degrasse Tyson.

6:00 Alison and Wendell nerd out about dairy research.

7:50 Milking mice – teeny, tiny nipples.

10:00 The history of genetic engineering.

14:50 It’s easier to scare people than reassure them.

18:00 Why it takes a Hollywood type to tell a science story.

21:30 Who wouldn’t fan girl when meeting  Bill Nye?

25:30 Scaring parents to sell products.

30:40 Don’t bet against the science.

33:20 Why you probably won’t see this movie on Netflix.

36:30 Alison has a shot at being on a REAL podcast.

39:00 If research doesn`t get used, scientists will stop doing it.





Ontario AgCast – Matthew Pot – Making Commodity Markets Interesting

1:30 Growing up on a dairy farm – Wine isn’t the only great drink they produce in Niagara.

2:55 Is brick a soil type?

6:20 High school Matt was not a nerd. That happened later.

9:10 Commodity markets and chess – both require deep thought.

14:40 Matt claims he is NEVER wrong.

16:30 Wizards, Frogs and Toads – just another market report.

19:15 Weather, interest rates, Donald Trump – What are things that move the market, Alex.

21:45 Sorting through the news before it’s news.

25:00 Normal? What economist doesn’t play Monopoly?


Ontario AgCast – Vanessa and Matt Dirksen

The Dirksen’s – the definition of a family farm.


1:50 Every family needs an Opa.

4:30 Vanessa calls Wendell old.

7:00 An off-farm job can be a valuable learning experience.

10:20 If you are a John Deere fan, you might want to skip this part.

14:00 Tractor pulling – Boys and their toys.

18:30 Vanessa calls Matt dumb.

20:45 Breakfast on the Farm. Opening the doors.

26:45 Letting the kids pull you out of your comfort zone.


Breakfast on the Farm

Ontario AgCast – Bruce Sargent

If Dairy Farmers cost Maxime Bernier the leadership, then Bruce Sargent is the Dragon Slayer.

3:00 How to get farmers attention, by Maxime Bernier.

6:30 Recruiting members for the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC).

8:45 Bruce does Max according to Dr Seuss.

13:40 I agree with The Donald….. said no successful CDN politician ever.

18:40 Bruce is a glass half full kind of guy.

24:00 You don’t have to be flashy to be a good leader.

28:10 Cartel, Cartel, Cartel.

Ontario AgCast – Tony Meekes


Did you ever wonder who makes all the cool apps that you use every day? Tony Meekes is putting his geek skills to use to create apps to help make farmers lives better.

Ontario AgCast – Sarah Jackson


This amazing single mom ended up taking over the family farm at 25 whether she was ready or not.

1:45 Sarah makes being a Ridgetown Westag sound pretty good.

4:00 Pheasants, Partridges and Quails Oh My!

7:00 Sarah and I discuss the bird and the…. well birds.

10:00 Between Sarah and Wendell, one of them is not afraid of birds.

14:00 Lots of birds fly, but not all birds fly Air Canada.

18:40 Suddenly making all the decisions. Questions you didn’t ask.

21:40 You don’t want to ask Sarah for the man of the house.

23:50 Between Scarlett and Wendell, one of them is not afraid of birds.

26:30 And….. SNAPCHAT!