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55 minutes | 3 days ago
045. AgEmerge Podcast - Creating and Measuring Your Microbes Smorgasbord
Creating and measuring a smorgasbord for your microbes is on the menu for today’s podcast with Dr. Stacy Zuber, NRCS Illinois State Soil Health Specialist. We’ll dig into the soil health tests that are available and explore the work Dr. Zuber has done, evaluating soil health tests and key indicators. We’ll discuss soil health opportunities not only in carbon credits but also some of the other benefits that don’t often get as much attention but can be equally as important. Stacy grew up on her family farm in southeast Illinois, and that ag background was the driving force behind her working towards Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Crop Sciences from the University of Illinois. After completing her graduate work, she conducted post-doctoral research at Purdue University and the University of Missouri-Columbia on projects using on-farm research to evaluate soil health tests and indicators. Got questions you want answered? Send them our way and we’ll do our best to research and find answers. Know someone you think would be great on the AgEmerge 2021 stage or on the podcast? Send your questions or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org We’d love to hear from you!
37 minutes | 17 days ago
044. AgEmerge 2021 Speakers Announcement: And the lineup is ...
In today’s episode, join us as Monte, Kim and, Megan announce the speaker line-up for AgEmerge! As you might expect, there are some modifications to the delivery, due to the pandemic, but the great news is, that hasn’t affected the awesome lineup of speakers that are participating in the AgEmerge event. This year we are focusing on Scaling Up Regenerative Agriculture. It’s time to ramp it up and put these practices into action. But first, we want to start with a little background to help you understand how AgEmerge came to be and why these conversations are so important. Our speaker lineup includes Ray Archuletta, Dr. Michelle Perro, Loren Poncia, Rick Clark, Tommy Fenster, and Gary Thompson. Visit the AgEmerge website to check out the full bios on each of these speakers and listen to the podcast to learn more about the 2021 AgEmerge event. Got questions you want answered? Send them our way and we’ll do our best to research and find answers. Know someone you think would be great on the AgEmerge 2021 stage or on the podcast? Send your questions or suggestions to email@example.com
54 minutes | a month ago
043. AgEmerge Podcast - Systems approach, creating efficiencies & greater outcomes in California ag.
AgEmerge is brought to you by Ag Solutions Network and one of the things we think makes us unique is that we are the boots on the ground helping growers navigate a systems approach to regenerative agriculture. Today we discuss what that looks like with our guest Silas Rossow. Silas is President of California Ag Solutions, and one of the member dealers that makes up the Ag Solutions Network. Silas and his team focus on seeking out the very best practices for California growers and much of that focus comes from his love of agriculture and technology. We’re going to discuss some of the paradigm-shifting changes they’ve helped implement and some of their mojo for making it work. Silas received his college education at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and was blessed to grow up around agriculture his whole life. Driving tractors, irrigating fields, and figuring out how crops grow was a valuable education. Silas began his career at CAS in the fall of 2008 as a Customer Account Manager. In 2014, Silas began managing the day-to-day operations at CAS and is now a business partner with founder Monte Bottens. His drive to seek out the very best practices for California farmers comes from his love of agriculture and technology. He’s excited about the opportunity to work with new growers and help them find solutions to the problems they face. Perhaps the most interesting thing about Silas is his enthusiasm for the perfect practical joke. He enjoys a good laugh and having fun. His wife, Julie, and three children make for a captive audience and are his biggest fans. Got questions you want answered? Send them our way and we’ll do our best to research and find answers. Know someone you think would be great on the AgEmerge 2021 stage or on the podcast? Send your questions or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org We’d love to hear from you!
62 minutes | a month ago
042. AgEmerge 2020 - Stemple Creek Ranch: We’re Soil Farmers
What does it look like when an idea becomes reality? Loren and Lisa Poncia of Stemple Creek Ranch in Marin County, CA, tell us how they took a chance on an idea and made it a reality. They started Stemple Creek Ranch with the dream of raising quality, grass-finished beef, pork, and lamb to work with, not against, mother nature and they’ve redefined small-scale family ranching. Listen in as we discuss not only how they began this journey and what it looks like to work together as a family to see it through. We find out how the operation works and as Loren said, “not only is the grass greener, there’s a lot more of it!” What’s one of the big keys to this whole system functioning? It’s carbon! And what do you do when something like a pandemic hits? You shore up and redefine again what works for your business and operation. Not only have they redefined a business, Loren says, “we’re paying attention to the soil. We are soil farmers and photosynthesis farmers.” Attention to detail, working with mother nature, and recognizing the benefits of a functioning system is what makes this family team, work. More about Loren: Loren Poncia of Stemple Creek Ranch is a 4th generation Marin County organic rancher who has redefined small-scale family ranching. Loren started Stemple Creek Ranch with the dream of raising quality, grass-finished beef, pork and lamb to work with, not against, mother nature. His ranch had the first carbon farm plan in the U.S. and Loren is proud to be part of the Marin Carbon Project. A graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, with a major in Dairy Science and Ag Business, Loren always dreamed of coming back to the ranch to pursue his passion in agriculture. He oversees the entire ranching operation and spends countless hours carefully studying genetics with the goal of raising grass-fed and finished beef that is tender, well-marbled, and tastes great. More about Lisa: Lisa Poncia of Stemple Creek Ranch in Marin County, CA, is an entrepreneur, attorney, and organic rancher who, along with her husband Loren Poncia, has redefined small-scale family ranching. The ranch had the first carbon farm plan in the U.S. and Lisa is proud to be part of the Marin Carbon Project. Lisa attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, with a major in Political Science and Minor in Business Administration, and then U.C. Hastings College of Law. She runs her own law practice and manages the business side of Stemple Creek Ranch, including finance, marketing, and operations. Lisa is a member of the Board of Directors of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. Stemple Creek Ranch sells its products to grocery stores, butcher shops, restaurants, and directly to consumers. www.stemplecreek.com
55 minutes | 2 months ago
041. AgEmerge Podcast - Measuring regenerative agriculture outcomes and grower decisions.
You know, building and improving our systems approach to soil health isn’t just a movement happening on the farm. There are more and more companies coming alongside growers to encourage the implementation of these practices, understanding the value of restoring our soils while addressing consumer concerns and desires. In today’s podcast, we’ve got a great opportunity to explore some of those ideas with Jay Watson, the Sourcing Engagement Manager for Global Sustainability and Grain Operations at General Mills. Jay leads efforts to advance progress on agricultural sustainability efforts. Jay says he’s been fortunate to travel to where many of GMI’s key ingredients are grown and appreciates the opportunity to connect with farmers and learn more about stewardship as well as family legacy. Mr. Jay Watson leads efforts to advance progress on agricultural sustainability efforts, including General Mills, Inc.’s (GMI) 2025 greenhouse gas reduction and 2030 regenerative agriculture commitments. In his role, Mr. Watson collaborates with buyers and external partners to develop and deploy engagements to both characterize & reduce social, environmental and economic impacts of key ingredients. Prior to joining the sustainability team in January 2017, Mr. Watson spent 10 years in a variety of buying roles within the company’s global sourcing organization. Mr. Watson holds B.S. in Finance and a B.S. in Economics from Arizona State University and a MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.
55 minutes | 2 months ago
040. 2020 AgEmerge Podcast -Larry Kandarian
There's great work being done, building a new ag paradigm and we'll be talking about all of that work at our 2021 AgEmerge Event. Save the date, January 6th, 2021. Stay tuned as we will have more information on all the details and speakers joining us for this great event. Go to www.agemerge.com and subscribe to receive event information updates. Today Larry Kandarian of Kandarian Organic Farms joins us as we have a great conversation about the soil and plant management practices that Larry has adopted over the years to build healthy plants and soils. Larry’s journey is evidence that farming is rocket science. Larry may have had farming in his blood, but his path to regenerative agriculture took him through mechanical engineering, an aerospace career, to flower seed sales, and eventually, farming failures and successes. He’s seen it all and dedicates himself to the mantra of food is medicine. Today, his farm includes about 200 crops across 125-acres and a flock of sheep and herd of pigs. Monte draws out a key takeaway from our conversation when Larry talked about monoculture saying - when you're not building anything it's actually agribusiness, not agriculture. Larry’s investigative spirit spurs on his constant learning from the soil and the plants, as he says, "acquire that knowledge then get out of the way and see what happens." Visit Larry's farm website at: Kandarian Organic Farms www.kandarianorganicfarms.com
31 minutes | 3 months ago
039. 2020 AgEmerge Podcast - The Rhizophagy Cycle And Its "Plant Managers"
So good we gave it a reboot! And we think we'll have you doing your own system reboot as we talk research on plant, microbe, and soil interactions. It’s hard to believe we’ve been doing the AgEmerge podcast for a year and a half. Today we’re doing a reboot with a podcast we recorded early on in our podcasts, why? Because this is some cool research that's helping us understand the incredible interaction between plants, microbes, the soil. And honestly, it’s a big deal. Dr. James White is Professor of Plant Biology at Rutgers University and he and his students conduct research on beneficial microbes that inhabit plant tissues. In this part one of a two-part podcast, he discusses the rhizophagy cycle, a mechanism where plants attract microbes and acquire needed nutrients. But even more interesting, there’s also a mechanism where plants can actually cultivate their most beneficial microbes and then populate the soil with those microbes so they can maximize nutrient acquisition. We’re looking at the soil, plant, and microbe interaction from a whole new perspective. We explore what plants are actually doing to help bring those microbes in through the root hairs, take a listen.
64 minutes | 3 months ago
038. Marketing Agriculture with an Educator’s Heart with Megan Silcott
In today’s episode, we meet Megan Silcott. She’s a Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo graduate, where she earned her undergrad degree in Agricultural Science with minors in Ag Business, Ag Communications, and Spanish, and a master’s in Agricultural Education. Following undergrad, Megan worked for a commercial fertilizer company and learned the ins and outs of bulk production, sales, and marketing. In 2011 she transitioned to a lecturer within the Animal Science and Agricultural Education and Communication Departments at her alma mater. She advised the Western Bonanza Junior Livestock show and managed the Brock Center for Agricultural Communication. Megan taught multiple agricultural science and communication courses with a focus on leadership development. Outside of the university, she served as an officer for the San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau and a board member of the Center for Growing Talent by the Produce Marketing Association. Originally from Santa Maria, California, Megan and her husband Dean call Nipomo, California, home. Dean is the Operations Manager for C&M Nursery and oversees citrus and avocado production. They have two young kids who enjoy helping Dad on the ranch, Jeeping, and dirt bike adventures. Megan has a love for horses and keeps two Quarter horses on their property for riding and unwinding. She joined the team at Ag Solutions Network in July, 2020 as the Marketing Director. Got questions you want answered? Send them our way and we’ll do our best to research and find answers. Know someone you think would be great on the AgEmerge 2021 stage or on the podcast? Send your questions or suggestions to email@example.com We’d love to hear from you!
61 minutes | 4 months ago
037. AgEmerge 2020 Hang on cause this soil just grew legs!
What’s the win-win product of integrating livestock on the land? Grateful Graze will tell you it’s great-tasting pastured protein. In today’s episode, we’re continuing the conversation we began a few weeks ago on the podcast when the Bottens Family Farm livestock team discussed the fifth principle of soil health that promotes the synergistic role between plants, animals, and soil. Today we’ll continue the conversation as we examine the product of good soil health practices. Grateful Graze markets the pastured and grass-fed proteins raised on Bottens Family Farm. Listen in as Monte talks about what it looks like to market the finished product that includes grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured chicken and eggs, and coming soon, pastured pork. Brooklynn Moore, the Grateful Graze Customer Care Associate is part of the conversation where we explore everything from processing to connecting with the customer. There's a lot of lessons learned, and as always we’re breaking up those old ag paradigms with some exciting new opportunities. https://www.gratefulgraze.com/
40 minutes | 4 months ago
036. 2020 AgEmerge - Norm Brown
On today’s podcast, take a rest from the tractor seat and hop into the office seat for a fresh view of one of your most important resources, your data. More than ever, as we explore new practices in regenerative agriculture, the importance of accurate, timely, data collection and practices can be critical to the success of an operation. Today we’re discussing what growers are doing to capture costs and get a true picture of what is happening on their farms and ranches. We often talk about the five soil health principles but today we’re going to discuss the eight information silos that a farm needs to manage their operation with our guest Norm Brown, president of FBS Systems, Inc. FBS develops and markets integrated software systems to agriculture’s top managers. Norm is also a co-founder and board member of the Mutual Agricultural Software Alliance, LLC. and he’s a Certified Agricultural Consultant and past president of the American Society of Agricultural Consultants. Norm is also a partner in an Illinois farming operation that raises 2,000 acres of corn and markets 60,000 hogs per year. He’s a graduate of Iowa State University and the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program and Norm serves on the Farm Financial Standards Council. https://www.fbssystems.com/
80 minutes | 5 months ago
035. AgEmerge 2020 Livestock Integration with Bottens Family Farm Livestock Team
On today’s episode, the livestock team from Bottens Family Farms, joins us to talk about livestock integration and what that diversity means for the farm and the soil. You’ve heard us talk so much about the soil health principles and today we’re going to focus on the last of those principles, livestock integration. This fifth principle describes the synergistic role between plants, animals and soil. Livestock are an important part of soil health and today we’ll explore the journey Bottens Family Farm and their livestock team has taken to integrate livestock in a regenerative system. This is a learning experience and it’s not sugar coated. It’s a real discussion of the challenges and opportunities presented when integrating livestock back onto the land. The key words today are management and training, with those two operative words, this team has done a lot of discovery to make this system work.
58 minutes | 5 months ago
034. 2020 AgEmerge Podcast - Steve Groff founder of Cover Crop Coaching
Steve and Monte have long discussed, researched, and evaluated the use of cover crops, but not only that, they’ve discovered so much through this journey. Join us as they explore what they’ve learned and what the future of cover crop management looks like, the equipment available today that has improved the adoption of these practices. One point they hit home is treating your cover crop like your cash crop. We also explore what cover crops look like within specialty and perennial crops. Steve Groff and his family, farm 215 acres of cash grain crops, cover crops for seed, pumpkins, hard squash and heirloom tomatoes in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. For the past 25 years, his Cedar Meadow Farm has conducted thousands of cover crop research trials- out of which he developed the Tillage Radish- known and used around the world. Steve is the founder of Cover Crop Coaching which educates farmers and farm advisors about effective cover crop use. He recently founded Hemp Innovators to help farmers learn to grow CBD hemp. He also does international regenerative agriculture consulting and is the author of the upcoming book “The Future-Proof Farm; Changing Mindsets in a Changing World”. Check out Steve’s website, social media and his new book : https://www.stevegroff.com/ https://twitter.com/CoverCropCoach https://www.facebook.com/steve.groff.77 Got questions you want answered? Send them our way and we’ll do our best to research and find answers. Know someone you think would be great on the AgEmerge 2021 stage or on the podcast? Send your questions or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org We’d love to hear from you!
55 minutes | 6 months ago
033. 2020 AgEmerge Podcast - Dr. Richard Mulvaney on nitrogen and the soil.
AgEmerge focuses on changing paradigms. When you change paradigms, you change how you think about things. In agriculture, we’ve had to change how we think about things, things like tillage, soil biology, mono-cropping, soil health, fertilizer, and how we use, the list goes on and on. Mark Twain once said, “What gets us into trouble is not what we don't know. It's what we know for sure that just ain't so.” Today Dr. Richard Mulvaney joins us on the podcast as we discuss how we think about nitrogen. A native Illinoisan with a longstanding interest in soil science and agronomy, Richard Mulvaney has been a faculty member at the University of Illinois since 1983. He teaches introductory soils and courses in soil fertility. Dr. Mulvaney has been active in research concerning N transformations in soils, the long-term environmental effects of N fertilization, and the use of soil N testing to optimize fertilizer N management. He was one of the speakers on the AgEmerge stage last January and he delivered some paradigm-change thinking that really struck home. Got questions you want answered? Send them our way and we’ll do our best to research and find answers. Know someone you think would be great on the AgEmerge 2021 stage or on the podcast? Send your questions or suggestions to email@example.com We’d love to hear from you!
58 minutes | 6 months ago
032. Dr. David Montgomery on soil, civilizations, geology, biology, and regenerative ag systems.
In this wide-ranging episode, we take an inspiring soil journey through the eyes of Dr. David Montgomery, telling us his story of exploring how soils shaped human civilizations. That exploration resulted in his book “Dirt, The Erosion of Civilizations” and lead to more learning as he investigated the connections between the geology and biology of the soil. Dr. Montgomery delves into the messy nature of nature and how we’ve come to understand the connections between microbial ecology and the health of crops. Key discoveries of how plants get their nutrition and tee up their defense systems have given us a greater understanding of plant and microbial partnerships. Those partnerships go even further as we understand the nutrients and compounds from plants that serve to benefit human health. Not only that but in the midst of a pandemic, we’re learning how farmers, who are like-minded in their practices, are working together to provide food that nutrient-dense food directly from farms to consumers. And there’s more work to be done as we traverse the world of federal programs, current commodity channels, and other old models, looking for solutions that strengthen our new paradigm. We’ve heard a lot about the “unintended consequences” of our farming practices but today we put a finer point on it as we discuss the “unintended benefits” of the work being done in regenerative agriculture. There’s more at play here than simply soil health. David R. Montgomery is a MacArthur Fellow and professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington. He is an internationally recognized geologist who studies landscape evolution and the effects of geological processes on ecological systems and human societies. He has authored more than 200 scientific papers and 5 popular-science books, and has been featured in documentary films, network and cable news, and on a wide variety of TV and radio programs. When not writing or doing geology, he plays in the band Big Dirt. Connect with him at www.dig2grow.com or follow him on Twitter (@dig2grow). Got questions you want answered? Send them our way and we’ll do our best to research and find answers. Know someone you think would be great on the AgEmerge 2021 stage or on the podcast? Send your questions or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org We’d love to hear from you!
56 minutes | 6 months ago
031. AgEmerge Podcast: Dr. LaKisha Odom Foundation For Food and Agriculture Research
Today Dr. LaKisha Odom joins us on the podcast. Dr. Odom is a Scientific Program Director at the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research where she pursues her commitment to promoting the use of innovative science, collective impact, and the development of public private partnerships to tackle today’s complex challenges in food and agriculture. She is also extremely committed to cultivating increased diversity in a new generation of food and agriculture scientists. At FFAR, Dr. Odom spearheads scientific direction of the Soil Health challenge area and manages a portfolio of projects that address issues in sustainable water management, plant efficiency, ecosystem services, crop pest and disease detection, and developing the next generation of food and agricultural leaders. Dr. Odom received her B.S. in Environmental Science from Tuskegee University, her M.A. in Environmental Resource Policy from The George Washington University and her Ph.D. in Integrative Biosciences from Tuskegee University. https://foundationfar.org/
51 minutes | 7 months ago
030. AgEmerge Podcast: Accelerating change and how this pandemic is affecting American agriculture.
Accelerating change: Learning, problem solving and how this pandemic is affecting American agriculture. Warren Graeff joins us today on the AgEmerge Podcast. Warren is the Senior Vice President, Agriculture Market Manager at PNC Bank and leads the Ag Banking Group throughout the PNC footprint. Since joining PNC in 2007 he developed and implemented the mission and strategy for the PNC Ag Banking Group to provide farmers and agribusinesses with a full range of deposit, credit, and financially related services. We tap into Warren’s wealth of knowledge in agriculture, leadership and finance while exploring the current conditions, challenges and opportunities we are seeing in agriculture. We discuss the current situation as we navigate the COVID-19 and the effects this pandemic is having on our global food system and distribution models. Technology, automation and data are at the forefront, and implementation is being ramped up to address these challenges.
57 minutes | 7 months ago
029. 2020 AgEmerge Podcast with Nutritional Therapist Emily Collingwood
Today, Nutritional Therapist Emily Collingwood joins us on the AgEmerge Podcast. As a nutritional therapist Emily consults with her clients, helping them to identify and solve diet-related health concerns. Emily is also the creator of the Facebook Group called "Green Avocado Gang!" where she shares ideas, recipes, and encouragement for her followers as they develop healthy eating habits. Emily shares her personal journey of how she uses nutrient-dense foods to help address and solve the health issues she was facing and in turn, she wanted to use her knowledge to help others find solutions too. This podcast explores the importance of building the relationship and conversation between the farmer and the consumer and understanding how food is impacting human health. Emily discusses what she’s looking for as she sources her food, and later, Monte goes deeper into those ideas and what they look like in today’s farming operation. There’s important work to be done to build soil health and growing nutrient-dense food because what we grow has a tremendous impact on people’s health and lives.
61 minutes | 8 months ago
028. Dr. Wayne Honeycutt from Soil Health Institute discussing the full measure of soil health.
This week on the AgEmerge Podcast... Dr. Wayne Honeycutt Dr. Honeycutt is the President and CEO of the Soil Health Institute where he leads the Institute’s programs to safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of soils. Among his wealth of experience, Dr. Honeycutt has served as the Deputy Chief for Science and Technology with the USDA-NRCS in Washington, DC, and as a Research Soil Scientist with the USDA-ARS just to name a few. His experience in research in the field of soil health is extensive and you can check out his full bio on the Soil Health Institute website to really appreciate all the work he’s done. We cover so much ground in this discussion from soil health, research, measurements, profitability, leadership, public policy, and education. We’d also like our listeners to know that this podcast was recorded shortly prior to the events of COVID-19 in the US. Our discussion with. We recognize the efforts across the agricultural landscape to continue to produce nutritious food for our country and the world especially during this difficult and unprecedented time. Thanks for listening. Soil Health Institute Website https://soilhealthinstitute.org/ Soil Health Policy Catalog https://soilhealthinstitute.org/resources/catalog/ Dr. Honeycutt's Bio https://soilhealthinstitute.org/leadership/ Got questions you want answered? Send them our way and we’ll do our best to research and find answers. Know someone you think would be great on the AgEmerge 2021 stage or on the podcast? Send your questions or suggestions to email@example.com We’d love to hear from you!
61 minutes | 8 months ago
027. Satellite technology leveraged to create value in agriculture
Today on the AgEmerge podcast, Zara Khan joins us as we discuss how satellite technology can be leveraged to create value in agriculture. Planet has developed the largest constellation of Earth-imaging satellites, which are capturing near-daily imagery of every field across the globe. What’s exciting about the work Zara is leading is that we are just at the beginning of unlocking the potential of this vast and unprecedented empirical dataset. Zara also shares how the technology is being used by other actors such as government and humanitarian agencies. You can also learn more about Planet by visiting their website, following them on Twitter, and watching media reporting by NBC, 60 minutes, and other news agencies. WEBSITE: www.planet.com TWITTER: https://twitter.com/planetlabs NBC STORY: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/tiny-privately-owned-satellites-are-changing-how-we-view-earth-n1042386 60 MINUTES STORY https://www.cbsnews.com/news/private-company-launches-largest-fleet-of-satellites-in-human-history-to-photograph-earth-60-minutes/
68 minutes | 9 months ago
026. AgEmerge 2020 Podcast: Farm Dog with Liron Brish
Learn about a digital hub for crop scouting, field observations, and treatment decisions in our podcast with guest Liron Brish, the CEO of Farm Dog. Farm Dog provides digital pest and disease management solutions for growers, agronomists, and Extension Agents across 1.5 million acres. In addition to being Farm Dog’s CEO, Liron serves on the California Department of Agriculture grant review board, the Advisory Board of the iPiPE integrated pest management initiative and is a partner in farm-to-fork restaurants in Texas. https://farmdog.ag/
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