INSIDE AGRI-TURF
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2020-2021
Anthony Deacon
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Kit Franklin
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Sara Hey
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Chris Gibson
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Robin Lennie
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Bob Clements
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Inside Agri-Turf podcast is produced and hosted by our partner Captivate

A complete episode listing together with show notes is also on our Captivate website

SEASON TWO 2021: 17 May 2021 to Present (Click on Episode to listen)

EPISODE 52: SUCCESSION PLANNING.    30 minutes, published 11 November 2011

Succession planning in a family business often mixes boardroom politics with the 'politics' of the dining room or even bedroom.  Stephen Shortt examines the issues that often come into play on the retirement of the founder or head of the firm

EPISODE 51: IT'S SHOWTIME AGAIN . 43 minutes) published 28 October 2021

National and international shows are returning to the calendar.  I talk with Kris Kiser, CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute in the US about the new EQUIP show in Louisville , and with Martin Rickatson about the recent EIMA show in Italy

EPISODE 50: AGRI-TURF TALK with panel . 40 minutes) published 20 October 2021

To mark the 50th episode of Inside Agri-Turf, I've invited four guests for a chat.  they Kit Franklin from the Hands Free Farm project;  David Hart, md Kubota UK;  Will Foster, from Army tank trainer to ag machinery technician and Lauren Hutton, finalist in the AEA Technician for 2021 Awards

 

EPISODE 49:  ENERGY, THEN AND NOW . (36 minutes) published 14 October 2021

Celebrated US scientist Dr Lawrence Rocks, author of the 1973 book, The Energy Crisis, gives his views on combatting climate change. Charlie Nicklin and Paul Hemingway from the Institution of Agricultural Engineers preview the very timely IAGRE Conference on Future Fuels in Agriculture

EPISODE 48:  And The Winners Is .... (34 minutes) published 6 October 2021

Ahead of the 2021 Service Dealer Conference and Awards, previous winnners of the Dealer of the Year Awards, Chris Gibson and Pete McArthur discuss what makes a winning dealer and Duncan Murray Clarke explains new Awards categories for 2021.

EPISODE 47:  Dealernomics@25 (30 minutes) published 30 September 2021

The last episode of the Dealernomics trilogy features Tom Black, recently appointed as Managing Director of Belfast based Cyril Johnston Ltd, becoming the first non-family member of the long established grass machinery dealer and distributor to hold the post.

 

EPISODE 46:  Dealernomics@25 (38 minutes) published 23 September 2021

Second episode of the trilogy of dealer established in different eras.  Here Steve Halley of Cheshire Turf Machinery reflects on 25 years since the company changed direction from original ownership by Electrolux to becoming one of the UK's leading professional turf machinery dealerships

EPISODE 45: Dealernomics@2 (30 minutes) published 16 September 2021

First episode of a trilogy talking to three dealers about the economics and evolution of their businesses over the ages.  First Tim Lane who started his business 2 years ago - and had to rapidly rethink his original business plan after just a few months as trading hit by COVID and lockdown 

EPISODE 44:  Sowing the Seeds of STEM  (41 minutes) published 1 September 2021

Josh Payne, Education manager for the National Farmers Union talks about the resources available to primary school teachers to education young minds about farming, food and nutrition through reference to STEM subjects

EPISODE 43:  Channelling You Tube  (35 minutes) published 6 August 2021

Outdoor power equipment dealer James Hayes talks about developing a dedicated You Tube channel which in the first year has had in excess of 400,000 downloads, and describes work involved in scripting, filming and editing each video.

EPISODE 42: Attracting new Talent  (33 minutes) published 29 July 2021

Amanda Dawson and Andy Luikens of RDO Equipment Co based in Fargo, North Dakota discuss the challenges of recruiting and retaining staff for a dealership group that has 2800 staff spread across its 75 branches in nine US States

EPISODE 41: Whither BAGMA Now? (35 minutes) published 22 July 2021

Jonathan Swift, former Director General of BAGMA and of the BHF Group talks about the possible implications of the dealer trade association been taken over by an organisation representing manufacturers and dealers

EPISODE 40: AEA and BAGMA now together (40 minutes) published 8 July 2021

Ruth Bailey, CEO of the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) representing manufacturers in conversation with Keith Christian, Director of the dealer trade association British Agricultural and Garden Machinery Association following the AEA acquisition of BAGMA on 1 July 2021 

EPISODE 39: A Year of Podding (20 minutes) published 1 July 2021

Chris Biddle looks back at the past 12 months of the Inside Agri-Turf podcast and reveals some of the listener figures, the international reach and some 'noises off' during recordings

EPISODE 38: Women in Landbased Engineering (38 minutes) published 23 June 2021

Published to co-incide with InternationalWomen in Engineering Day 2021, I talk to Lauren Savage, an apprentice technician with Chandlers Farm Equipment, Bristol branch and with Poppy Burrough who is just completed an engineering apprenticeship with JCB. 

EPISODE 37: Family Values with Howell and Emyr Jenkins (28 minutes) published 16 June 2021

In recent years, the Jenkins family have suffered from a series of personal set- backs with Howell just back in the business after leukemia, and the passing of wife and business founder Glynis shortly after the death their other son Gareth, both in the last two years. 

EPISODE 36: Breaking the Mould with Laura Bassnett (22 minutes) published 7 June 2021

Recently, the Landbased Education and Training Committee (LE-TEC) selected the winners of its Technicians for 2021. Overall winner was Laura Bassnett, who works as a Technician at Case dealership, Ernest Doe, Fyfield branch, she tells her story

EPISODE 35: Rising from the Embers with Anthony Deacon (29 minutes) Published 31 May 2021

During the early hours of 7 April 2021, a devastating fire swept through the premises of specialist ATV dealer, MKM Agriculture in Bedfordshire.

EPISODE 34:  Against the Odds: Tom's Story (25 minutes) Published 24 May 2021

Recorded during Mental Health Awareness week, I talk to Tom Johnston who experienced depression and a series of mental health issues as he took his first steps into agricultural engineering, a career that he had always dreamed off.

EPISODE 33: Preview of Season Two (7 minutes)  Published 17 May 2021

SEASON ONE: 2020-2021 (15 July 2020 - 12 APRIL 2021)

 

Episode 32: Series One Wrap Up 

 

Episode 31: Communicating the 'How's and Why's' with Peter Leech 

 

Episode 30: Managing a machinery fleet with Neal Harper, Machinery Manager Glendale Ltd 

 

Episode 29: The Success of Succession with Chris Biddle 

 

Episode 28: Showtime and golf course pressures post-COVID with Jim Croxton, CEO of BIGGA 

 

Episode 27: Riding the Waves with Erik Hogervorst, President of CLIMMAR and Keith Christian of BAGMA 

 

Episode 26:  Route to the Top with Graham Thompson, (US) retired Director of Deere & Co 

 

Episode 25: Retail is Detail with Murray Burton 

 

Episode 24: From Tanks to Tractors with Jeremy Gibbs and Will Foster 

 

Episode 23: Brexit across the Irish Sea with Paul Butterly of FGM Claymore 

 

Episode 22: Unearthing new talent with Richard Charles of AGCO Corporation 

 

Episode 21: Made in Britain with Austin Jarrett of Allett Ltd 

Episode 20: Charlie Nicklin: from JCB to heading professional engineering body

Episode 19: Echoes of 2020 the sounds and quotes from the year 

 

Episode 18: Recollections with Robin Lennie, retiring MD of Stihl GB 

 

Episode 17: Unpicking 2020 season with Keith Christian and Martin Rickatson 

 

Episode 16: From fear to pride with Chris Gibson of GGM Groundscare 

 

Episode 15: Winning dealerships with Bob Clements and Sara Hey (US) 

 

Episode 14: Dealer Talk. The ATV business with Anthony Deacon 

 

Episode 13: The New Retail with Andrew Goodacre, CEO, British Independent Retailers Association


Episode 12: Shuffling the dealer pack with David Hart, md of Kubota UK 

Episode 11: The future for sales and service dealers - the 'in-betweeners' with Chris Biddle 

 

Episode 10: Talking training and education with Peter Arrand, President, BAGMA 

 

Episode 9: Is the industry too 'stereotyped'? with Paul Hemingway, President, IAgrE 

 

Episode 8: Talking Known and Unknowns with Les Malin, AEA President 

 

Episode 7: Electric tractors, what next? with Steven Haynes of Reesink UK 

 

Episode 6: Automatic for the People - the rise of robotic mowers with Ken Brewster and Gavin Bird 

 

Episode 5: Social distance farming with Kit Franklin of Hands Free Farm 

 

Episode 4: What goes round: In conversation with David Withers of Iseki UK 

 

Episode 3: Briggs and Stratton re-set: Chris Biddle discusses the legacy and future

Episode 2: Collective voice, trade associations role with Ruth Bailey (AEA) and Keith Christian (BAGMA) 

 

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