Ontario AgCast

Ontario AgCast – James Whetlor, Cabrito Goat


Chef, author and entrepreneur, James Whetlor founded Cabrito Goat after keeping a few goats to solve a land management problem. Being a successful chef, a few of the goats ended up on the menu. After goat outsold beef the first week (still don’t believe it), James thought perhaps there was a larger market for kid goat meat and it turns out there was. We go deep into the history of why goat meat is considered the poor man’s food and Wendell commits to trying something new.

www.cabrito.co.uk

Ontario AgCast – Harold Rudy, The Soil Fixers


Author Harold Rudy has documented 30 years of soil conservation in his book “The Soil Fixers: Land Stewards Committed to the Cause”. From the days when OMAFRA was just OMAF to the pioneers of no-till to the 4 R’s of soil health. As the former Senior Manager with the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA), his passion for Ontario Agriculture makes this a must read and a great gift idea for the farmer (or non-farmer) on your Christmas list.

www.thesoilfixers.com

 

Ontario AgCast – Jenn Doelman Grain Farmer


Jenn Doelman is a grain farmer in the Ottawa Valley, but corn and soybeans barely crack the top three on the list of her favorite crops. She is canola’s biggest cheerleader, but thinks wheat is pretty cool too. Bringing leadership home to the farm and giving back to the industry. Please don’t refer to this Grain Farmers of Ontario delegate as a female farmer; just farmer is fine.

 

Ontario AgCast – Sarah Miner, Weed Farmer


It’s cannabis, not marijuana and it’s now legal in Canada. Sarah Miner, quality assurance manager at Natural Med Co. gets some funny looks (or smells) picking up kids at daycare. If you work on a pig farm, you smell like pigs; when you work in a cannabis farm…. This female focused company is removing the stigma around weed, while generating green for shareholders.

www.evecannabis.ca

#agriculture #farming #rural #cannabis #marijuana #weed #420 #highlife

Ontario AgCast – Omid McDonald – Dairy Distillery, Vodcow – like vodka only better


Superior spirits start with dairy!

I believe a cold glass of milk is just about the best drink there is. So, it makes sense that if you want to make superior spirits, you start with high quality, Canadian dairy. Omid MacDonald is the founder of Dairy Distillery where they make Vodcow, dairy based alcohol. Listen to the end to find out how to get your free samples. (disclaimer – there are not actually any free samples)

www.dairydistillery.com

 

Ontario AgCast – Victoria Berry, Grain Farmers of Ontario


What do the Canadian telecom and grain industries have in common? They can both be a roller coaster of ups and downs and both have benefited from Victoria Berry’s passion for telling their stories. As the new Manager, Communications with Grain Farmers of Ontario, she has embraced the farming community as her own.

www.gfo.ca

 

#agriculture #farming #rural #grain #corn #wheat #communications #careers #gfo

Ontario AgCast – Andrea De Groot, Managing Director, Ontario Pork Industry Council


Andrea De Groot traded in a ruthless banker gig to head up the Ontario Pork Industry Council (OPIC) to help pork producers navigate the issues in the swine business. Sometime work/life balance is as simple as saying no and giving yourself permission to not bake cookies. Also, find out what sport is more Canadian than hockey. Hint – it’s like hockey, only nicer.

www.opic.on.ca

#agriculture #farming #rural #family #banking

Ontario AgCast – Colin Davis Apricot Valley Waterfowl


What would possess a hospital IT expert to start raising rare ducks and geese? Apricot Valley Waterfowl is not your typical poultry farm. In fact, one of Colin Davis’ goals is to be the exact opposite of a conventional farm. At the end of the day preservation farming still has to pay the bills to be sustainable.

www.apricotvalleywaterfowl.com/

 

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/

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.