Podcast Episodes

What the Farm – Greg Johnson tornado hunter

Greg Johnson loves to chase down tornadoes! Talking with people who are directly affected by a tornado and showing up to help them find hope in all the destruction brings a human aspect to these storms! Greg says the ” original storm chasers” are farmers. We watch and learn the weather like no one else!

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Something old to you…. is something new to me!

Think about resale the day you bring that NEW IRON HOME to the FARM!

Salt of the Earth Podcast – Acres Machinery

Acres Machinery is an award-winning agri-machinery design and engineering company, based in Co. Roscommon. Here, CEO David Doran outlines some of the significant progress being made by this innovative agtech startup.

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:

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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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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.