Podcast Episodes

Ontario AgCast- Deb Stark

Deb Stark is a trailblazer.  Deb has had a fascinating career, and continues to give back to Ontario agriculture by serving on several prominent boards, and mentoring the next generation of ag leaders. Deb was deputy minister in the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. She held several senior positions in government including chief veterinarian for Ontario and assistant deputy minister of environment.

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – Seizing the Opportunities

Tonight I head down to Essex to talk to arable farmer and Chair of the National Farmer’s Union Crops Board, Tom Bradshaw.

We talk about the huge changes he’s made to his family business, which now sees them farming over 1200ha on 6 different contract farming agreements, as well as having a riding school & 70 stables.

We also talk about the many different forms of personal development he’s undertaken over the years, from a Nuffield Scholarship to business and leadership courses, his appearance on the 2013 BBC TV show ‘Harvest’, and his involvement in the NFU. 

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: Behind Wine: An Inside Look Into the Modern Vineyard with Richard Hoff of Mercer Ranches

Richard Hoff is the Director of Viticulture of Mercer Ranches. Mercer Ranches is a grape farm that produces high-quality wine through strict quality control and precise technology. Richard is considered an expert in wine tasting, wine manufacturing, and general viticulture. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Viticulture from Washington State University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Richard joins me today to discuss in great detail how the production of wine works – from the grape to the bottle. He describes the vineyards Mercer owns, the grapes they produce, their different yields, and their farming practices. He explains some of the details involved in processing such as pruning and de-leafing, as well as the technologies they use. Richard also shares some of the problems he looks forward to being solved by technology in the future.

“There’s just not much of an argument anymore whether mechanization is as good as hands.” – Richard Hoff

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Introducing the vineyards, the varieties of grapes they produce, and their wine production.
  • The time it takes to go from planting grapes to extracting wine.
  • The longevity of a vineyard before it has to be replaced.
  • The value of specific varieties of grapes per ton.
  • Various labor challenges they faced that mechanization and automation solved.
  • Implementing new technology and machinery in the vineyards.
  • The methods they apply when creating new vineyards.
  • Determining the best combination that marries quantity with quality.
  • The level of attention required to grow the best grapes possible.
  • The effect of mechanization on data collection.
  • Problems he hopes technology will solve in the future.

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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. 

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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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Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Getting to know Rudolf….. DIESEL that is!

There is more going on than just pulling to a different pump!!

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Ontario AgCast- Sally Van Straaten

Sally Van Straaten balances a busy life; family, work and making a contribution to Ontario agriculture. Sally, along with her husband Mike and their four children, is an egg and grain farmer from Stratford, Ontario. Listen as Sally talks about her important role on her family’s farm, and her decision to speak up on behalf of agriculture and the evolving role and recognition of women in ag.

Sharkfarmer Podcast – Andy Detwiler The Harmless Farmer

Andy Detwiler is not your average grain farmer from Ohio. After a childhood farm accident left him without arms, he has learned to embrace who he is and loves his life as a farmer! He is inspiring his YouTube audience with video of his everyday challenges, and just about the time you catch yourself saying “He won’t be able to do that” he proves he can. His down home charm makes him relatable.

What the Farm Podcast – Sara Shymko Ag in the classroom

Sara Shymko is the Executive Director of Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan and is passionate about creating opportunities for young people to have meaningful experiences with food, farmers and agriculture. She was raised on a mixed farm near Jasmin, Saskatchewan and still returns to the farm to help out as often as possible. Sara is a graduate from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Economics.

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – The Naked Farmer

Poultry farmers Patrick & Zanna Joice @UphouseFarm are a remarkable couple. For this episode I spoke to them both about Patrick’s terminal Cancer diagnosis, his ongoing battle with severe depression, and how they’re trying to help others who may be struggling alone.

To donate to The Naked Farmer Charity Cricket Day @naked_farmer & support the amazing work that The YANA Project do: https://bit.ly/2EhYG6r

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 – Saving Bees Via IoT with Dr. Fiona Edwards Murphy of ApisProtect

Dr. Fiona Edwards Murphy is the CEO and Co-Founder of ApisProtect. ApisProtect is a company that innovates the agricultural industry with its advanced Internet of Things (IoT) technology. Specifically, they help beekeepers both small and large gather the necessary data from their bee colonies through sensors. They aim to help preserve bees and perhaps even reverse the rising colony losses around the world.

Fiona joins me today to share her passion for saving bees and how she came up with the idea of using sensor technology. She describes the current bee problem and its possible implications in and outside the agricultural sector. She explains how their sensor technology works, how it helps beekeepers, and its potential usage outside of the pollination industry. Fiona also describes their business model and how they found the market that supported their company.

“We collect the sensor data and use machine learning to convert the raw data into useful information for the beekeeper.” – Dr. Fiona Edwards Murphy

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • The current situation with the honeybee problem.
  • The factors affecting honeybee deaths across the world.
  • Small and large scale beekeepers and how their businesses operate.
  • Her academic background and how she came to be involved in saving bees.
  • Using sensors inside beehives and the types of sensors they use.
  • Problems that can be detected and solved by sensors.
  • The projects their company has started and their current business plans.
  • How beekeepers are benefiting from their programs.
  • The challenges they have encountered in their business.
  • Fixing and maintaining the sensors they provide to their clients.
  • Their plans for World Bee Day and their partnerships.

Connect with Dr. Fiona Edwards Murphy:

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. 

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! 

Learn more about AgGrad by visiting: 

Future of Agriculture Website

AgGrad Website

AgGrad on Twitter AgGrad on Facebook AgGrad on LinkedIn AgGrad on Instagram 

Sharkfarmer Podcast – Coley Jones Drinkwater creating a creamery

After traveling around the world, Coley Jones Drinkwater came back to the family Dairy Farm, but with a depressed economy and her entrepreneurial spirit, the family invested 2 million dollars into their own creamery. Listen to how she plans on telling agriculture’s story through this new venture.

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