Author Archives: FRAN

Shark Farmer Podcast – John Schlessiger Don’t be afraid to share your story

John Schlessiger wants to share the struggles of their family, because you can never tell who it’s going to help.

What the Farm Podcast – Kyle Wynette growing future beer

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Electrical Gremlins Beware! Be your farm’s Ghostbuster.

Eradicating intermittent electrical problems.

Salt of the Earth Podcast – Magners Farm

Kylie and Billy Magner produce pasture-raised eggs and pasture-raised chicken near the village of Moyglass in Co. Tipperary. Kylie provides some background to starting a poultry enterprise, and producing an award-winning chicken bone broth, all told and sold under the Magners Farm label, just a few kilometres north of the historic walled-town of Fethard.

Salt of the Earth Podcast – Piedmontese

In 2005, artisan farmer and food producer, John Commins began farming piedmontese cattle, a breed native to Italy, on his farm, near Thurles, Co. Tipperary. He now supplies this award-winning high-end beef into supermarkets, restaurants and online across Ireland.  In this episode, John also talks about his work with Avocet Bio-Solutions, trialling technology on his farm with the potential to make a significant global impact on sustainable food production.

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – Emma & The DPJ Foundation

Tonight I head down to Pembrokeshire in south west Wales, to talk to the founder of mental health charity, the DPJ Foundation, Emma Picton-Jones.

We talk about her husband Dan, and how his mental health problems, and subsequent suicide in 2016, led her to forming the DPJ Foundation to help others who may be going through similar things in rural Wales. 

If you know anyone who might be struggling, you can find out more at www.dpjfoundation.com 

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Future of Agriculture – California Water Law with Adam Borchard of ACWA

Adam Borchard is a Regulatory Advocate for the Association of California Water Agencies or ACWA. ACWA is an organization that seeks to inform Californians regarding their water supply and its policies. He has been actively representing California’s best interests in water policies for over five years and experienced drafting memoranda on various water-related acts in their state. Adam obtained his Juris Doctor in Environmental, Water, Public Agency Law from the University of the Pacific – McGeorge School of Law and his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science and Management from UC Davis.

Adam joins me today to discuss California’s water problems and enlighten us on what its future looks like from a sustainable and political viewpoint. He shares California’s water problem history and explains why it’s difficult to tackle the idea of entities owning water. He discusses some of the projects he believes will greatly help the state if fully implemented. Adam also describes the next big problem that will need to be solved in the future.

Stay tuned for our Five-Minute Farmer segment with Lanie White, the fourth generation owner of the McFarland White Ranch.

“Water is the unwritten constitution of California.” – Adam Borchard

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • California’s water issues and a little history.
  • Who currently owns water and how it affects the farming industry.
  • The state’s geographical imbalance and how it affects the population.
  • His most difficult project to date and regulating water.
  • How water rights can be revoked and seniority factors.
  • The event that became a major water wake up call for Californians.
  • The next problem that California and the rest of the world will have to tackle.

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Shark Farmer Podcast – Quentin Shieldknight keepin the faith

Quentin Shieldknight is from the Texas Panhandle, where he and his family grow cotton, corn, and raise registered Red Angus.

Listen as he talks about his crazy spring with rain, hail, and tornadoes. What role does social media play in keeping farmers all over the world connected. Also, faith, family, and succession planning.

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Entrained fuel. The bubble machine in your fuel tank.

Your engine wants fuel and not air mixed with it!

Future of Agriculture – Moonshot Ag Innovations via Corporate Joint Venture with Mike Miille of Joyn Bio

Dr. Michael Miille is the CEO of Joyn Bio. Joyn Bio is a startup joint venture of Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks. The goal of Joyn Bio is to answer the challenges of agricultural sustainability with synthetic biology. Michael has extensive experience when it comes to leading companies, having served at top level positions ranging from COO and CFO to Director and General Manager since 1995. He obtained his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry from UC Davis and a BS in Biological Sciences from Stanford.

Michael joins me today to discuss how Joyn Bio will utilize microbe technology to provide sustainable ag solutions. He shares how Joyn Bio was started and describes the benefits of being a company under Bayer and Ginkgo. He explains how their microbe tech could be applied in various forms as well as how it would positively impact both the environment and farmers. Michael also discusses the various challenges in growing this kind of company as well as some of its future projects.

Stay tuned for our Five-Minute Farmer segment with Amy Solsma, owner of Solsma’s Punkin Patch and Fireworks.

“You need that freedom, flexibility, and creativity that comes with being a small group that’s focused on a moonshot.” – Mike Miille

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • The story of how the joint venture came about.
  • Mike’s academic background and why he chose the agriculture industry.
  • Why it’s called a “Moonshot” for Bayer.
  • The problem they want to address and their proposed solutions.
  • Microbes vs chemicals and when he thinks this type of tech will become available.
  • Why Joyn Bio is not what you would call a normal startup.
  • The challenges of running this type of startup in the ag industry.

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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. 

Join the Conversation!

To get your most pressing ag questions answered and share your perspective on various topics we’ve discussed on the Future of Agriculture podcast, head over to SpeakPipe.com/FutureofAg and leave a recorded message!

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