the Man, the Myth, The farmer:

Rob Sharkey

Rob Sharkey, known in digital circles as The Shark Farmer, is not your average Illinois grain farmer. He’s a disruptor who is unwavering in his ability to directly address controversial topics.


Rob tackles life, alongside his high school sweetheart, Emily, knowing four smaller sharks in their school will be impacted by their choices.

With the hog crash of ‘98 in the rearview mirror, a turn-key outfitting business thriving, and a handful of acres demanding more time than is warranted, the only logical step was to launch a necessary - yet stupendously groundbreaking - podcast.

His provocative style parallels a story-based structure, which resonates with thousands of weekly, global listeners. Juxtapose his rough-around-the-edges persona with an unmatched ability to listen and relate to those spanning generations, time zones, and the rural/urban divide, and you’ve found the formula for an under-the-radar and out-of-the-box communicator.

And, he’s just getting started.

The Sharkeys

As a What the Farm Podcast co-host and co-founder of the Farm and Rural Ag Network, Rob is changing new media.

This year, Rob is elevating his no-nonsense antics from the field to the SiriusXM waves as he joins Ag PhD. This is either their strongest move to-date, or their biggest mistake. Tune into channel 147 to be part of the frenzy.