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7 minutes | Jun 7, 2022
Episode 120: A Bright Future: Farewell from Darrell Curtis
Big things are on the horizon for Farm Credit. Effective July 1, AgChoice will merge with MidAtlantic Farm Credit to form Horizon Farm Credit. Together, we’ll be lending support to agriculture and our local communities across Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. With the merger upon us, we’re taking a summer break from our podcast, so this will be the final episode for a few months. For all of the podcast lovers out there - don’t worry! We’ll let you know when we start podcasting again so you can tune into the great content and interviews you’ve come to enjoy. It seems only fitting to have Darrell Curtis, AgChoice Farm Credit’s president and CEO, join us for a final episode. He was our first podcast interview back in March 2020 and here we are 120 episodes later.
31 minutes | Jun 4, 2022
Episode 119: Opportunities in Specialty Mushroom Farming
Jumpstart grant spotlight: This episode highlights Esperanzo Wilcox, or Espo. This past year, Espo began the PA Mushroom Company, an organic mushroom farm, specializing in cultivation of edible and medicinal mushrooms and mushroom grow kits. He is also a 2021 recipient of the AgChoice Farm Credit jumpstart grant which awarded 15 startup farmers with a $10,000 grant this past fall. Tune in for an inside scoop on mushroom production and tips for start up farmers!
25 minutes | Jun 2, 2022
Episode 118: 17 Acres and Big Plans
Jumpstart grant spotlight: This episode features Jonathan and Winter Weaver. The Weavers operate Wheat and Sparrow, LLC, a 17-acre farm in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania. They are 2021 recipients of the AgChoice Farm Credit jumpstart grant which awarded 15 startup farmers with a $10,000 grant this past fall. Listen in to hear how their operation has benefitted from this grant opportunity.
14 minutes | May 26, 2022
Episode 117: What’s the “Beef” on Grass-Fed Pasture-Raised Livestock?
Jumpstart Grant spotlight: This episode features Rachel Wagoner who is the owner of Tall Pines Farms in western Pennsylvania. Rachel and her husband raise grass-fed pasture-raised beef and lamb along with breeding stock, and hay. Listen in to hear more about what it takes to raise and finish beef and lamb on grass and some of the management practices they utilize on their farm.
9 minutes | May 19, 2022
Episode 116: From Chemical Engineer to Beginning Farmer
Jumpstart grant spotlight: This week's podcast highlights Matthew Hansen who is a beginning farmer and began growing vegetable crops in western Pennsylvania. Matthew markets his products through a CSA and serves his local community through providing fresh produce to those in need. He is also a recent recipient of the AgChoice Farm Credit jumpstart grant which has helped to fund the startup of his operation.
7 minutes | May 12, 2022
Episode 115: Continuing the Family Farming Legacy
18 minutes | May 5, 2022
Episode 114: Disruption of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
Chris Herr, executive director of PennAg Industries, joins us to discuss Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza. In recent weeks HPAI has had a tremendous disruption on the poultry industry in Pennsylvania and across the United States. Chris will help us learn more about HPAI, the current status in the state and next steps all of us can take to help prevent the spread of the disease.
7 minutes | Apr 28, 2022
Episode 113: Turning a Love for Animals into A Career
Tiffany Kline is carrying on her family’s farming legacy with her husband, Mack. This week’s Field Notes is another feature from the AgBiz Cast podcast.
15 minutes | Apr 21, 2022
Episode 112: Growing Specialty Apples for Cider
Grant Winner Spotlight: Joel and Emily Kuhns will run Odyssey Orchard, a veteran-owned business. Odyssey Orchard focuses on producing high quality sharp and bitter-sharp apples for the fine and craft cider markets.
6 minutes | Apr 14, 2022
Episode 111: An Expanding Sheep Farm
Jumpstart grant spotlight: Mackenzie Strawser and her husband Eli own and operate Top Line Meats, LLC. They started the business in late 2020 and raised sheep for breeding and meat purposes.
20 minutes | Apr 7, 2022
Episode 110: Dairy Industry Outlook
This week's podcast is a recap of the recent AgChoice Dairy Industry Outlook webinar. AgChoice ag business consultants Mike Hosterman and Heather Weeks share highlights from the report including a 2022 Pennsylvania milk price outlook and areas of focus for dairy producers.
10 minutes | Mar 31, 2022
Episode 109: Mentor Program Supports Beginning Farmers
In this podcast episode with talk with Jim Hoge about the PA Agriculture Mentor Program. The program has five mentors with extensive agricultural backgrounds to assist beginning farmers, agribusiness entrepreneurs and others in troubleshooting new strategies and ideas for their farm businesses.
16 minutes | Mar 24, 2022
Episode 108: Hops Farming: From Bines to Steins
Jumpstart grant spotlight: Devin Winklosky started Teufel Hunden Hops Company, a hop farm in western Pennsylvania. His two-acre hopyard includes seven varieties of hops.
5 minutes | Mar 18, 2022
Episode 107: Mini Grants Support the Future of Agriculture
Mini grants for big dreams. Apply for a $2,500 grant for youth, ages 16 to 21, who began a farming business in the last two years or plan to start one in the next two years.
13 minutes | Mar 9, 2022
Episode 106: Starting a Microdairy and Creamery
Jumpstart grant spotlight: Jesse and Lisa Vivian operate Lane’s End Farm Creamery. The microdairy and creamery opened in February 2020 with one milking cow. Today, the Vivians milk seven cows and sell over 150 gallons of milk each week to the local community.
19 minutes | Mar 3, 2022
Episode 105: Legal Considerations in Farm Transitions with Jody Anderson Leighty
In a three part series we are highlight farm transition planning. Jody Anderson Leighty joins us for the final episode. As you are planning your farm transition, there are a long list of things to consider. Jody covers legal considerations.Thinking about farm transitioning? Check out PA Farm Link and their resources.
12 minutes | Feb 24, 2022
Episode 104: Reflections on Farm Transitions with Marlin Hartzler
In a three part series we are highlight farm transition planning. Returning, Marlin Hartzler joins us for the second episode. His farming story started with a farm transition. Listen as Marlin shares his reflections of a farm transition.
13 minutes | Feb 17, 2022
Episode 103: Guiding Families Through Transition with John Black
In a three part series we are highlight farm transition planning. John Black joins us for the first episode. He shares tips to guide families through a farm transition.
8 minutes | Feb 10, 2022
Episode 102: Poultry and Cash Crop Farming with Arvin Horst
This week's episode is a rerun of AgBiz Cast podcast, which shares inspiring stories of young, beginning and small farmers. We feature Arvin Horst, a poultry and crop farmer in Adams County, Pennsylvania.
7 minutes | Feb 3, 2022
Episode 101: Preparing Students in Agriculture
AgChoice recently announced a new Growing Your Career Scholarship for students this year, and Jenn Hilliard will share more about this opportunity.Apply today: http://ow.ly/QyXP50HJfzC
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