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The war in Ukraine is a humanitarian disaster caused by an unjustifiable aggression by Russia. The world is focused, rightly, on the impacts on the Ukrainian people. There are, however, ripple effects of the disruption of the Ukrainian agricultural economy being felt across the world. Wheat exporting countries in North Africa and the Middle East will see shortages and significant price inflation.

In this episode Mike speaks with Dr. Alfons Weersink, Professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph, about GHG emissions from crop production. Alfons provides a perspective on the economic returns to fertilizer application and the implications for emissions from crop production. He also provides some insight into policy initiatives to help farmers adapt and reduce emissions.

There is considerable discussion about reducing emissions across the economy. Mike's guest this week suggests that there are real ways to reduce emissions from crop production without dramatic disruptions in production and that we continue to learn more about approaches. Dr Claudia Wagner-Riddle does say that it will require more management but that we can get there.

Mike's guest this episode is Lesley Kelly. Lesley talks about her farm, her path to farming, and her efforts through social media and blogging to help the broader public understand farmers and farming better. She also talks about some of the challenges of engaging broadly through these channels. Mike and Lesley also talk about mental health in agriculture, one of her passions.

For many the word hemp is synonymous with cannibis. The truth, however, is that hemp is a plant that grows without THC (the pyshchoactive ingredient in cannibis) and has a wide range of uses - from food to industrial fibre. To help draw back the curtain on the mystery of hemp, Mike chatted with Dr. Jane Kolodinsky, from the University of Vermont to get an introduction to the history, uses, and potential of hemp.