The Back 40

Welcome to The Back 40 Podcast! The podcast for farmers about topics and issues surrounding agriculture in Ontario and around the world.

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September 20, 2022 00:34:15
Dinner on Mars

Dinner on Mars

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to float in space? What about travel to the Moon? Maybe Mars? Our next guests on The Back 40, Lenore Newman & Evan Fraser, look at the incredible challenge within agriculture to bring food to Mars! Their new book Dinner on Mars shows how planning for futuristic colonies will help develop new innovations in products and technologies that address food sustainability & adaptability on Earth. . Get a sneek peak into their book and the thought process behind it by checking out the podcast episode below! . You can get a copy of Dinner on Mars everywhere books are sold on October 11th, 2022! . Guests: Lenore Newman Director, Food and Agriculture Institute; Canada Research Chair, Food Security and Environment & Evan Fraser Professor; Director, Arrell Food Institute. ...

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September 06, 2022 00:32:22
A Career in Agriculture

A Career in Agriculture

Join us this week as Mike sits down with Renee Van Acker, the Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College at the University of Guelph. Mike and Renee discuss the notion that there are limited or restrictive careers in Agriculture that dissuade many from entering the industry. As an educator for those looking to pursue careers in Agriculture Renee explains where these notions may come from as well as providing examples of the need and opportunities for those in the agriculture field. Renee also gives a breakdown of the OAC, giving examples of the experiences of the program as well as long term goals that can be achieved with the education. ...

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August 23, 2022 00:34:11
Food Insecurity

Food Insecurity

Join us this week as Mike sits down with Jenn Pfenning on her back deck as they discuss Food Insecurity. The conversation explores personal experiences with food insecurity and the cycle of food insecurity that many face on a daily basis. Jenn and Mike go into the factors that can lead to instability in food systems that are often filled with low quality low cost alternatives. As we discuss the issues and reasonings behind food insecurity we also provide ideas and theories that seek to inspire improvement for insecurity in our food networks. ...

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August 09, 2022 00:32:06
Great Lakes Helicopters

Great Lakes Helicopters

This week on The Back 40 we are joined by Dwayne Henderson with Great Lakes Helicopters. Join Mike and Dwayne as they discuss the ins and outs of the helicopter business. Dwayne became interested in helicopters as a hobby but now operates Great Lakes Helicopters out of Cambridge. Dwayne breaks down how he and his family got into the helicopter business and how they now operate the business. Dwayne and Mike talk about the most common jobs they see throughout their season from their helicopter school, chartered flights, agriculture spraying and more.  ...

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July 26, 2022 00:42:00
The Search for Sustainability with Christoph Wand

The Search for Sustainability with Christoph Wand

This week on The Back 40 we are joined by Christoph Wand, a Livestock Sustainability Specialist with OMAFRA. Christoph and Mike look at the agriculture industry and its relationship with sustainability. Sustainability being the practice of attempting to reduce damage or degradation caused, has various everchanging processes, goals and needs from industry to industry or even farm to farm. Christoph utilizes his insight and experience with sustainability to explain how sustainability operates within our government and our communities, with a focus on sustainability for different breed of livestock. ...

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July 12, 2022 00:43:00
Outlook on Automation and AI for Farm Machinery

Outlook on Automation and AI for Farm Machinery

This week on The Back 40 we are joined by Scott Shearer, who works for The Ohio State University as professor and chair for the department of food, agriculture and biological engineering. Mike and Scott sit down to discuss the impacts of technological innovation in the agriculture industry. They break down the importance of technology in agriculture, the reasoning behind tools of automation and the future of AI for machines on the farm. ...

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