Podcast Episodes

Ontario AgCast- Ken Nicklas

How a series of events led Ontario dairy farmer, Ken Nicklas to pack up and move ‘down under’ to pursue his dreams as a Farm Equipment Technician for John Deere. {For the record, he doesn’t miss the snow}

JD enthusiasts- you’re going to love this one.

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – West Yorkshire to East Africa

Tonight I’m heading up to Rippenden in Yorkshire to talk to beef and sheep farmer, Rachel Hallos @rachelhallos

We talk all about their upland family farm, their pedigree Saler Cattle, their work with environmental schemes, diversification into a holiday let, becoming West riding NFU Chairman, Rural crime, and VERY EXCITING – her work with the amazing FARM AFRICA that took her all the way to Kenya. 

All this, and much, much more. 

Check it out folks.. 

LONDON MARATHON 2019: As required by Universal law, much like if you’re a vegan, if you’re doing a marathon you have to tell people about it. Well I’m doing the London one in April 2019, and I’m raising money for the incredible charity FARM AFRICA.

Between 8 February and 8 May donations in support of my London Marathon challenge will go to Farm Africa’s Coffee is Life appeal. Give before 8 May 2019 and all public donations to Farm Africa’s Coffee is Life appeal will be doubled by the UK government.  Your donation will support Farm Africa projects across eastern Africa, and the matched funding you unlock from the UK government will directly fund a Farm Africa project that will give women in Kanungu in western Uganda the opportunity to make a decent living from coffee farming.

If you want to see more about the AMAZING work they do please visit www.farmafrica.org & if you’d like to sponsor me the link is www.justgiving.com/fundraising/william-evans12 and from now until 8th May, the UK Government will match your donation – thank you!

Episode Sponsor: 

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 – Dairies becoming Fertilizer Factories with Ross Thurston of LWR and Jay Binversie of Bucky Organics

Ross Thruston is the President and Founder of Livestock Water Recycling, a company that is implementing technology in animal agriculture units that recycles the water and nutrients from animal agriculture systems. He has over 30 years of experience in construction and environmental technology.

Jay Binversie is a third generation dairy farmer and the owner of Robinway Dairy and Bucky Organics. Robinway Dairy is a 1700 cow dairy farm based in Kiel, Wisconsin. Bucky Organics is a company that produces and sells organic plant nutrients. Jay has used the Livestock Water Recycling’s system on his dairy farm for over four years, extracting the nutrients from his cow’s manure and using it to create natural organic plant nutrient supplements for farmers.

Ross and Jay join me today to discuss nutrient cycling and the manure economy. Ross shares what inspired him to create a system for the agriculture industry and how it impacts farm sustainability. Jay shares the agricultural and economic advantages he has experienced since installing the system on his dairy farm as well as how implementing the system has opened new opportunities for growth and revenue. We also discuss how dairy farmers can utilize the LWR recycling system to extract valuable nutrients and materials from their farms to improve their soil health, increase product yields, and make a positive impact on the economy and environment.

“From a sustainability perspective, what we do in terms of compacting and segregating the nutrients lets the manure economy work so you can take nutrients back to your feed sources – which you were never able to do before.” – Ross Thurston

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • How Livestock Water Recycling got started in the animal agriculture industry.
  • What inspired Ross to create the LWR system for the ag industry.
  • How the LWR system is helping farmers increase product yields and create new income streams.
  • Why Jay decided to implement the LWR system on his dairy farm.
  • The economic advantages of implementing the LWR system.
  • How using the system has impacted Jay’s life and business.
  • The primary pain point that often drives producers to connect with Ross.
  • The impact that the LWR system can have on ag sustainability.
  • How the system can reduce greenhouse gasses in the environment.
  • How it opens new opportunities for new marketplaces in the agriculture space.
  • How the system has helped Jay reduce the use of antibiotics on his dairy farm.
  • The impact that the manure economy has on a farmer’s ability to scale.
  • Why farmers are often hesitant to implement new technologies.

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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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Shark Farmer Podcast – Cam Edwards comparing NRA to Ag

Can agriculture learn from the NRA?

Cam Edwards talks about how he deals with unfavorable news stories. Also, he tells us how cancer has affected his family.

Salt of the Earth Podcast – Devenish The Soil-Food Nutrient Revolution

Belfast-based Devenish Nutrition is a leading animal nutrition company and trades worldwide within the farming and food sector under the aegis of chief executive Richard Kennedy and executive chairman, Owen Brennan. With the intriguing central philosophy of ‘One Health, from Soil to Society’, Devenish provide solutions to ensure effective and efficient utilisation of nutrients in the production of meat, milk and eggs. Here Richard Kennedy gives some background to working in this sector, work important to both animal and human health, and to the nutrient sustainability of the world’s food supply.

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: A Slippery Subject! How well do you know your engine oil?

Probably not well enough. Listen as Ray Bohacz explains.

Oil pouring into gears

Ontario AgCast- Randall Schwartzentruber

Solving complex problems via technology is Randall’s mission. Randall Schwartzentruber (AKA the Black Knight) talks about his latest invention, Bin Sentry (bin sensors) and what it means for Ontario Agriculture.

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – From Tiny Acorns

Tonight I’m heading down to Rednal, just South of Birmingham, to talk to farmer and National Farmer’s Union Dairy Board Chairman, Michael Oakes @m19mao 

We talk about how his Dad started farming on a county council smallholding, farming on the urban fringe, his regrets about not spending more time with his children when they were young, Open Farm Sunday, Farmers For Action, and how he got involved in the NFU, and his experiences since.

All this, and much, much more.

Check it out folks.. 

LONDON MARATHON 2019: As required by Universal law, much like if you’re a vegan, if you’re doing a marathon you have to tell people about it. Well I’m doing the London one in April 2019, and I’m raising money for the incredible charity FARM AFRICA.

Between 8 February and 8 May donations in support of my London Marathon challenge will go to Farm Africa’s Coffee is Life appeal. Give before 8 May 2019 and all public donations to Farm Africa’s Coffee is Life appeal will be doubled by the UK government.  Your donation will support Farm Africa projects across eastern Africa, and the matched funding you unlock from the UK government will directly fund a Farm Africa project that will give women in Kanungu in western Uganda the opportunity to make a decent living from coffee farming.

If you want to see more about the AMAZING work they do please visit www.farmafrica.org & if you’d like to sponsor me the link is www.justgiving.com/fundraising/william-evans12 and from now until 8th May, the UK Government will match your donation – thank you!

Episode Sponsor: 

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 – Understanding the AgTech Investor with Steve Sarracino of Activant Capital

Steve Sarracino is the Founder of Activant Capital, a business that invests in growth-stage tech companies worldwide. They provide funding for businesses in commerce, Internet of Things, and data-driven companies. For agriculture, Steve prefers data-driven companies because they can act as a source of truth not just for farmers, but also for consumers. He obtained his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his BA in Finance and Economics at Southern Methodist University.

Steve joins me today to discuss how the farmers can benefit from data-driven startups and how it can have positive effects on the ag industry. He describes the current business models that govern the ag industry and the emerging trends in startups. He also shares the type of business models farmers need and describes the kind of companies they’re looking to invest in as well as what new ag startups should seek to address.

“Farming is basically a dirty data problem.” – Dr. David Williams

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • The current setup in the AgTech industry.
  • The type of business model that can help today’s farmers.
  • Why there’s a reluctance from farmers to change business models.
  • Their criteria in looking for ag business investments.
  • How their investment process works from start to finish.
  • The types of business leaders they like working with.
  • Problems in agriculture new startups should tackle.

Key Takeaways:

  • If you can partner with the right technology firm and sell direct, that can change the economic model.
  • The average farmer makes about 120 important decisions, all affected by data.

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Steve Sarracino:

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 

Shark Farmer Podcast – Camry Martin & Kenneth Gill leaving dairy

Kenneth Gill has been a dairy farmer his whole life… but today is the day he is selling his herd. Listen as he and his daughter Camry Martin tell their story.