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June 14, 2022 00:34:07
Foundations in Ag Management

Foundations in Ag Management

This week on The Back 40 we are joined by John Cranfield, the Associate Dean of External Relations with the Ontario Agriculture College at the University of Guelph, specializing in agriculture economics. John and Mike discuss the series of short courses that teach agriculture business management skills that is offered free to those interested in learning the various skills necessary for farm management. We explore the breakdown of these courses to highlight why they are important for farm business management and how to take these lessons from practice to application on the farm. ...

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May 31, 2022 00:25:20
The Deep Space Food Challenge

The Deep Space Food Challenge

This week on The Back 40 Mike is joined by a member of the Canadian Space Agency, Matt Bamsey. Bamsey is currently involved with The Deep Space Food Challenge, an initiative that looks to create sustainability in low input, high yield, food growth processes that are necessary for extended travel in low to no resource environments such as space. Mike and Matt discuss The Deep Space Food Challenge, why it is necessary and the benefits the challenge can have on our food security across the world. ...

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May 17, 2022 00:38:14
Impacts of War on Agriculture

Impacts of War on Agriculture

This week on The Back 40 we are joined by the Director of Trillium Mutual Insurance Pat Bushby. Pat has had a distinguished career in grain, working with Viterra and acting as President for the Grain Elevator and Processing Society. Mike and Pat kick off this week’s episode with discussion surrounding the grain industry. They then break down the impacts of the Russian war against Ukraine on various aspects of agriculture including the growing and transport of crops in these areas of strife. We finish the episode by breaking down the uncertain future of food security on the world stage. ...

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May 03, 2022 00:38:14
Effective Communication on the Farm

Effective Communication on the Farm

We are joined this week by Mel Luymes, the owner and operator of Headlands Ag-Enviro-Solutions, a one person consulting firm that specializes in on-farm support for families and farmers to grow relationships through effective communication and understanding. Mike and Mel discuss the difficulties of dealing with people or imposed changes in our day-to-day and how we can overcome these challenges through recognition of personalities, strengths and weaknesses in ourselves and in others. When we are able to understand the feelings of those we interact with we can build better relationships, resulting in more effective information networks, an increase in happiness and the opportunity for progress. Join us to hear more about how Mel and other farmers use effective communication on the farm and with their family.  ...

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April 19, 2022 00:26:15
Harvesting Innovation

Harvesting Innovation

This week we are joined by James Smith (Director of Agri-Food) and Aaron Martin (Agri-Food Supervisor, Development & Operations) from The Grove in London, Ontario.  Whether you are looking to grow your business from the ground up or need access to resources to take that next big step, The Grove’s agri-business hub, by Western Fair District’s, should be your next stop!  The Grove provides companies with a space to develop with access to mentorship and business planning support including marketing and day to day operations.  Join us as James & Aaron discuss the role The Grove plays in fostering business growth and success in the agri-food industry, while educating the local community. ...

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April 05, 2022 00:31:17
Ag Chat with Minister Lisa Thompson

Ag Chat with Minister Lisa Thompson

This week on The Back 40, we are joined by Lisa Thompson, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.  Minister Thompson joins us to discuss the current issues that are impacting Ontario’s farmers.  Join us as we discuss growing a resilient supply chain, labour shortages and what the future holds for agriculture across Ontario.  ...

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