The Back 40

Welcome to The Back 40 Podcast! The podcast for anyone interested in learning more about the food they eat and those that eat make it. We explore topics and issues surrounding agriculture in Ontario and ...more

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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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June 28, 2022 00:29:23
High Heels in Canola Fields

High Heels in Canola Fields

Join us this week on The Back 40 as we are joined by the founder of Do More Ag as well as High Heels in Canola Fields, Lesley Kelly. Lesley and Mike sit down to discuss how Lesley’s organizations promote positivity in lifestyle and the importance of understanding mental health in the farming community. Lesley shares personal stories of mental health in farming as well as her mission to advocate for mental health awareness, the creation of supporting communities and awareness for available resources to help farmers with mental health. ...

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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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