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Ontario AgCast – Chris Crump

The Ontario Pork Congress is a celebration of the industry that gives us bacon! Chris Crump is this year’s OPC President and has spent 35 years probing, measuring and testing pigs all in pursuit of a better pork chop. I approve.

https://www.porkcongress.on.ca/

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – Jones the Journo


Tonight I’m delighted to be travelling down to the bight lights of Bristol to talk to journalist, Anna Jones @Jonesthejourno

We talk about her early life growing up on her family’s beef and sheep farm in the Welsh borders, and her decision at an early age to become a journalist. We hear about some of her early reporting jobs and her experiences there, before going on to getting a job on popular BBC TV show Countryfile as a researcher in 2006.

We talk about her time on Countryfile and her experiences there in depth, including why it divides opinion amongst farmers, broadcasting legend John Craven nearly being squashed by a 30ft Christmas tree, and I also attempt to find out who the biggest diva amongst the presenters is!

We then discuss her time at flagship BBC Radio 4 programme Farming Today, and some of the differences between working in TV and Radio, and some of the amazing stories that she covered there.

We hear about her Nuffield Scholarship – ‘Help or Hinder? How the Mainstream Media Portrays Farming to the Public’ and what she found out along the journey, before moving on to talk about her new initiative – Just Farmers – that will actively seek out and train farmers how to talk to the media and improve communication skills, and help to increase the public’s understanding of agriculture.

All this and plenty more.

Anna’s passion for agriculture and rural life is evident throughout the interview, and it was an absolute pleasure to talk to her tonight.

Check it out folks..

 

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

This episode is kindly sponsored by NFU Cymru. For more information please visit www.nfu-cymru.org.uk

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Future of Agriculture – How Farming Maggots Can Convert Waste to Feed with Olympia Yarger of GOTERRA


Olympia Yarger is the Founder and CEO of GOTERRA, an Australian-based waste management company that redefines the idea of food waste through decentralized waste management. Their company’s primary goal is to manage food and animal waste using insects of which the byproduct could be used as a feed additive. This approach is an alternative and sustainable way of feeding livestock that also reduces global waste.

 

Today, Olympia shares how maggots can help solve global food waste. She describes what it was like to start a maggot farm, how to manage one, and what makes it unique compared to typical farms. She also explains how maggots convert food waste to animal feed and how this could be the future of sustainable agriculture.

 

“It’s one thing to get the flies to do the act and get viable eggs, but it’s another to manage consistency of production at any scale.” – Olympia Yarger

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • The problems they initially encountered with their maggots when they were starting out.
  • What it’s like to run a maggot farm vs a typical farm.
  • What a Black Soldier Fly farm looks like.
  • How much food waste could one shipping container go through?
  • How they structure their business model.
  • How long it takes to raise maggots.
  • What they do with waste that wasn’t consumed.
  • Food items they can’t use in the farm.

 

Olympia Yarger’s Words of Wisdom:

  • You can streamline insect farming in a way that makes it affordable and also gives you access to a wave of ideas.
  • There is a need to breed a lot of maggot eggs and refine the system in a way that is commercially viable.

 

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Have you ever heard of Marrone’s BIO WITH BITE? Marrone Bio Innovation offers crop pest protection for the modern organic and conventional production systems. To make sure every grower using their products realize the best possible return on investment, Marrone invests time and resources to thoroughly test and demonstrate the efficacy of those new state of the art products. With serious trial data to back it up! You can see more and connect directly with Marrone by visiting them at www.marronebio.com

Marrone is very proud to support The Future Of Agriculture blog series on sustainability in agriculture with Tim Hammerich.

 

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Shark Farmer Podcast – Clay Graves is in a historic drought


Clay Graves is in a historic drought. He’s only got a small hope for 1200 of his 5000 acres to produce something this year. Plus a lesson on how polyester is a bastard fiber.

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What the Farm Podcast – Keiran Whitaker wants to feed you bugs


Keiran Whitaker talks to us about raising Black Soldier Flies on urban waste. Then using those insects as protein for livestock feed.

Keeping Ag Real – Under Secretary Bill Northey | Ag Census process, Trade & President Trump’s Connection to Agriculture


Today’s episode is brought to you by Alltech. I had the honor of interviewing Bill Northey, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm & Foreign Agricultural Services, during Alltech’s #ONE18 event.

We dig deep into the Ag Census process, discuss the Under Secretary and Secretary Perdue’s expectations under the Trump administration and discuss the US’s trade woes.

Grow Smart Podcast with BASF – Engenia ® herbicide stewardship, part two: The word from the field.


A cotton grower in Texas and a soybean grower in Minnesota weigh in on how Engenia herbicide worked for them last year, and how they plan to use it this year.

Ontario AgCast – Owen Roberts is the Urban Cowboy

When talking to consumers about ag, be prepared to answer two questions: Who Cares and So What? Owen Roberts is the Urban Cowboy and he has turned story telling into a science. Literally.

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – Strawberry Fields Forever


Tonight I’m heading up to Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire in Scotland to talk to soft fruit grower Ross Mitchell @rjmitch21

We talk about his family’s farm and their decision to stop dairying in 1999 and expand their 15 acres of strawberries to commercial scale.

We discuss the polytunnels that they grow all their fruit under, which have allowed them to lengthen the growing season from 6 weeks of mid summer, to 8 months of the year.

We go into how they’re using their geographical location to their advantage, before talking in detail about the 4 fruits they grow at Castleton – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and cherries – and the process from planting, right the way through harvesting, and eventually them leaving the farm on supermarket lorries.

We also talk bees! 110,000 of ’em!! They’re bought in to polinate 10 million strawberry flowers, 20 million blueberry flowers, 1.6 million raspberry flowers, 0.5 million cherry flowers – man do they get through some work!

We discuss their labour force at Castleton, which includes 600 EU workers each year, with 450 being there at peak season, and some of the jobs that they do, before going on to talk about the increasing problem of getting access to European labour, and the serious consequences to the UK soft fruit industry.

We also talk about how the family have invested heavily in renewable energy, and their successful farm shop www.castletonfarmshop.co.uk that’s run by Ross’s Wife Anna.

All this and much, much more. It was fantastic to talk to someone as innovative and forward thinking as Ross, and learn more about the Scottish soft fruit industry.

Check it out folks..

 

Rock & Roll Farming is proud to be in partnership with Farmer’s Guardian. For news and insights from across the Ag industry, please visit www.fginsight.com

This episode is kindly sponsored by NFU Cymru. For more information please visit www.nfu-cymru.org

Rock & Roll Farming is proud to be a part of the Farm & Rural Ag Network. For more great podcasts and vlogs, check out  www.farmruralag.com

Future of Agriculture – Fighting Pests Strategically and Sustainably with Dr. Pamela Marrone of Marrone Bio Innovations

Dr. Pamela Marrone is the founder and CEO of Marrone Bio Innovations, a company dedicated to finding practical, sustainable pest management solutions that are safe for people as well as the environment. She is also the founding Chair and former board member of the Biopesticides Industry Alliance, a cluster of over a hundred biopesticide and related companies. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research as well as a member of the Board of Trustees for Cornell University.

 

Today, Dr. Pamela shares the mission behind Marrone Bio Innovations and how their products help farmers through environmentally-safe pest management solutions. She describes what drew her to founding the company and explains why biopesticides are critical for tomorrow’s world. She also enlighten us on the technical aspect of their products and provides examples of how their products can help farmers.

 

“There’s a lot more science and technology behind today’s biological products, so they are better than they have been in the past.” – Pamela Marrone

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • What the “biologicals” category is all about
  • Why are chemical solutions still preferred over biologicals?
  • Why “snake oil” products are all but gone.
  • Limitations on biological pesticides.
  • How they produce biological products.
  • What it takes to get approval of their product.
  • How they design their products according to storage, use, and user.
  • How the agriculture and pest control industry has changed over recent decades.
  • What are molluscicides and how do they work?
  • The future products of Marrone Bio.

 

Pamela Marrone’s Words of Wisdom:

  • Organic farming is difficult because of weed control, so expect biological weed control products to be a household name in the future.
  • Many farmers are also fishermen, hence the need for solutions to water infestations.
  • There are different residue rules between export and not export.

 

Connect with Dr. Pamela Marrone:

 

Check Out Our Sponsor for the “Sustainability at Scale” Series

 

Have you ever heard of Marrone’s BIO WITH BITE? Marrone Bio Innovation offers crop pest protection for the modern organic and conventional production systems. To make sure every grower using their products realize the best possible return on investment, Marrone invests time and resources to thoroughly test and demonstrate the efficacy of those new state of the art products. With serious trial data to back it up! You can see more and connect directly with Marrone by visiting them at www.marronebio.com

Marrone is very proud to support The Future Of Agriculture blog series on sustainability in agriculture with Tim Hammerich.

 

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!

 

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