Welcome to The Back 40 Podcast! The podcast for farmers about topics and issues surrounding agriculture in Ontario and around the world.
Local Line to Local Produce
This week on The Back 40 we spoke with Cole Jones, CEO of Local Line. Local Line is an online marketplace for the food industry that helps farmers list, sell and manage their products. They build e-commerce, CRM and inventory management solutions that helps farmers, wholesalers and other food system stakeholders manage and grow their business. Listen here as Cole discusses how their platform supports and connects over 12,500 farms with the right customers.
A Year in Review
What a year it's been! First, a huge thank you to all of our guests and listeners for your support throughout the year! Because of you we have been able to share the stories of 46 different guests doing incredible work in agriculture! For our last and final episode of the year, we are joined by Tracy MacDonald, President & CEO of Trillium Mutual Insurance. Tracy joins us as we take a look back at some of the incredible stories and highlights from The Back 40 in 2021. We have been joined by some inspirational and motivating guests this year and we look forward to bringing you more stories from the ag industry in 2022!
Creating the Mill of The Future
This week on The Back 40, we are joined by Randall Schwartzentruber, CEO & Co-Founder of BinSentry. BinSentry eliminates the risk of climbing into the bin or running out of feed to provide the farmer a clearer view into what’s going on inside their feed bins. Using 3D sensor and IOT technology their solution provides timely and relevant information to increase efficiencies both on the farm and at the feed mills. BinSentry allows feed supply companies to work more collaboratively and efficiently with farmers to avoid an empty bin and costly mistake!
Investing in Innovation
This week on The Back 40 we are joined by Joe Dales, Co-Founder & President, Agri & Food Innovation at the RH Accelerator in London, Ontario. Joe has had an extensive career in the agricultural industry including as a co-founder of Farms.com. The RH Accelerator is an investment company that helps new and rising agri-businesses grow by providing them with expert advice, industry resources and financial capital. Listen in as Joe and Mike discuss the RH Accelerator, the state of innovation in agriculture and creating an eco-system where unique ideas can grow and thrive.
One Planet, One Health
This week on The Back 40 we spoke with Dr Jeff Wichtel, Chair of the One Health Advisory Board, and Dr Cate Dewey, Director of the One Health Institute, at the University of Guelph. The Institute operates by a strength in numbers approach. By working collaboratively they bring together individuals from multiple disciplines to solve our planet’s most complex plant, animal and environmental health problems. Listen as Cate & Jeff talk about how One Health is helping to solve today’s critical health issues, how collaboration can lead to innovative solutions and create a culture of change makers for the future.
Agriculture & Nature Working Together
On this episode of The Back 40, we spoke with Bryan Gilvesy CEO of ALUS. ALUS provides farmers and ranchers the opportunity to implement nature-based solutions to climate change that contribute to cleaner air, cleaner water and more biodiversity. Currently their network of over 1,100 farmers in 31 communities helps deliver eco-system services to their community such as carbon sequestration, flood control and much more.