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

Tim is a strategic communications consultant, founder of AgGrad, and the host of the "Future of Agriculture" podcast. Originally from California, he is now based out of Boise, Idaho.