Future of Agriculture 030: The Shark Farmer with Rob Sharkey

On today’s episode of the Future of Agriculture Podcast, I am chatting with possibly one of the most active Twitter users within the agricultural space – Rob Sharkey. Rob is the host of an amazing podcast I recently discovered called The Shark Farmer Podcast.

“Sharky,” as his friends lovingly call him, runs a grain farm in Illinois in addition to an outfitters business for deer hunters. Today, I had the chance to ask him some of the most pressing questions I’ve always wanted to ask a farmer. Additionally, he shares his story of some of the most difficult challenges and obstacles he and his wife has had to face as a business owner, and he shares his unique opinion on various “ag-vocating” strategies appearing on social media over the last few years.

“Social media has been one of the best things for the agriculture industry.” – Rob Sharkey

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Sharky explains why he decided to start his podcast and what the journey has been like for him.
  • He explains why he stopped using Twitter for about a year.
  • We discuss “hard times,” what hard times looked like for him and his wife, and how they overcame these challenges.
  • We talk about the ag-vocating strategies across social media and he shares his opinion about these messages.
  • He shares his advice to farm equipment and product sellers.
  • He shares his opinion on the different “clicks” throughout the agriculture industry.
  • Sharky shares his least favorite thing about owning a farming business, and what he thinks would change when his children take over the farm.
  • He gives us insider information on what he plans to discuss at the Ag Chat Conference later this week!

 

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Tim Hammerich
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Tim helps agricultural companies find talented employees. He is the Founder of AgGrad and the Host of the "Future of Agriculture" Podcast. Originally from California, he is now based out of Boise, Idaho.

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