Podcast Episodes

Shark Farmer Podcast – Ryan Valk is nuts

Ryan Valk came back to his California ranch and turned it into an almond farm. Listen to how this young farmer’s ambition is changing the way you’ll think about your nuts.

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What the Farm Podcast – Frank M. Mitloehner, All Ph.D. and no BS

Are you sick of hearing “Meatless Mondays” will save the planet? Listen as Frank Mitloehner explains the truth in a way you’ve never heard before.

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AgTech..So What Podcast – Live Q&A with Dan Harburg of IndigoAg

Our guest for the August Sydney Agtech Meetup was Dan Harburg. Dan is a Senior Director of Systems Innovation at Indigo Ag, one of agtech’s biggest startups. Born in Boston, Indigo Ag has raised over $650 million and employ over 1,000 staff. They are now expanding internationally, making their way into the European, Australian and South American markets. 

Originally from a tech background and an engineer by training, Dan was bitten by the ag bug while working in robotics. After a stint as a VC, Dan been focused on how to harness emerging technologies to improve agriculture. Dan was visiting Australia from Boston, Massachusetts to attend the National Carbon Farming Conference and we were lucky enough to steal him for a Friday night at the Meetup to chat about the IndigoAg journey and their recently launched Terraton Initiative that’s making waves across the agtech industry.

Check out this episode to hear: 

  • What IndigoAg does to achieve their missing of ‘helping farmers harness nature to sustainably feed the planet’
  • The evolutions of the IndigoAg business model, from selling a microbial seed coating, to marketing grain, to developing on-farm storage and freight and logistics offerings. 
  • Just how fast IndigoAg is growing, and the challenges that a startup faces during rapid expansion
  • What IndigoAg is doing to help growers benefit, and whether this is (or isn’t) working in Australian agriculture 
  • The Terraton Initiative, including what it is, why growers have already pledged 3 million acres, and how agtech startups can get involved
  • Dan’s view on the shift that farmers are making from focusing on driving yield, to optimizing profits

You can check out Dan Harburg on Twitter and LinkedIn and IndigoAg on Twitter.

Thank you to SproutX who sponsor the meetup and to Grow Love Project for producing this episode.

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Hot makes old? How can that be?

What you need to know about exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) systems.

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Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – Target Rich Environment

Today I travelled down to Worcestershire to talk to farmer Rob Havard, with BBC Farming Today in tow to discuss all things farming and social media!

We talked about his herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle, which he farms in a holistic planned management system, some of the different jobs he’s done over the years, and also discuss ways that all farmers can improve their grassland management. 

All this, and much, much more. 

Episode Sponsors: 

Griffith Elder – Designers & Manufacturers of rugged weighing systems for heavy industrial use www.griffith-elder.com 

NFU Cymru – for more information please visit www.nfu-cymru.org.uk

Podcast Partners:

Farmer’s Guardian. For the biggest range of news and features from across the Ag industry, please visit www.fginsight.com

Rock & Roll Farming is proud to be a part of the Farm & Rural Ag Network. To find more great podcasts and vlogs, please visit www.farmruralag.com 

Future of Agriculture – Food 5.0 with Serial Ag Entrepreneur Robert Saik

Robert Saik is a professional agriculture consultant, author, distinguished agrologist, and thought leader. He is a serial entrepreneur who has founded over 15 companies in the agriculture sector. His latest project, AGvisorPRO, is an app that seeks to instantly connect farmers with experts to help them with their queries and problems. Robert is also the CEO of DOT Farm Solutions, a company that specializes in the development of autonomous robotic farming equipment.

Robert joins me today to discuss AGvisorPRO and how it works to support farmers. He shares his reason why he is continually starting new companies, his inspiration to write books, and his personal take on the current state of the ag industry. He describes the importance of sustainability in supporting a growing population as well as provide ideas on how to improve farm efficiency. Robert also explains how the DOT system works and the biggest contribution it can provide the industry.

“If the farm isn’t economically viable, there is no sustainability. So long as we have people, agriculture needs to be sustainable.” – Robert Saik

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • The inspiration that led Robert to write his latest book.
  • Describing the importance of agricultural sustainability.
  • Recent observations in agriculture and how they compare from five years ago.
  • The demand for transparency from the ag sector.
  • His conversation with Bill Gates.
  • AGvisorPRO and how it helps farmers with quick advice.
  • Traditional farm systems vs a DOT system and how DOT products work.
  • The future of DOT technology and implements.

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Shark Farmer Podcast – Taryn Pfeiffer Farm Vet Fridays

Dr. Taryn Pfeiffer has known what she has wanted to do since she was 5 years old. Growing up on her father’s hog farm she was always at his side learning about farm animals and how to best care for them. So it was no surprise when she pursued becoming a large animal vet. Taryn is now best known for her authentic straight forward Facebook videos called “Farm Vet Fridays”. She shares her daily life as a vet whether it’s performing an autopsy on a pig or chatting with 4-H kids at the state fair.

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What the Farm Podcast – Dana McCauley fork to farm

When consumers demand organic, are they willing to sacrifice price & Taste?

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Stop burning up your profits

Increase the service life of your support equipment.

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – Bobby & Amy

Tonight I talked to writer and director Emily Jenkins, all about her new play Bobby & Amy, a dark comedy that looks back to the foot & mouth disease outbreak that devastated rural communities in the UK.

Bobby & Amy is running at the Edinburgh fringe throughout August 2019, for more information visit www.bobbyandamy.co.uk

Episode Sponsors: 

Griffith Elder – Designers & Manufacturers of rugged weighing systems for heavy industrial use www.griffith-elder.com 

NFU Cymru – for more information please visit www.nfu-cymru.org.uk

Podcast Partners:

Farmer’s Guardian. For the biggest range of news and features from across the Ag industry, please visit www.fginsight.com

Rock & Roll Farming is proud to be a part of the Farm & Rural Ag Network. To find more great podcasts and vlogs, please visit www.farmruralag.com