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United We Ag
82 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
28 - The State of Ag Investing - Russ Tolander, Managing Director - Capital Alliance Corporation / Oaklins
In today's episode of United We Ag, I sit down with Russell Tolander, the managing director for the Dallas based firm Capital Alliance Corporation. Russ and I discuss a little about what makes the ag technology sector such a hot place for venture capital right now before jumping into a webinar put together by Oaklins that highlights the current state of ag investing from all over the world. A global team of investment bankers give us short snapshots from different regions as well as different segments of the agricultural marketplace.
122 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
27 - Josh Hooson - Bonsai-En
In this episode of United We Ag, I visit with Joshua Hooson, founder of Bonsai-En and host of the Modern Bonsai podcast. Josh walks us through the intricate details that go into practicing bonsai and how he incorporates different modern horticulture principles into the ancient form of art. Joining me in studio is my brother, Jim, who has been practicing bonsai with Nebraska native trees for the past year. Jim, Josh and I cover everything from how to properly grow a bonsai tree, what resources are out there for people wanting to pick up the hobby and how bonsai can be a great outlet for achieving inner peace and mental relaxation.
68 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
26 - Keeping Your Turf grass Green - Dr Cale Bigelow & Gottfried Pessl
Taken from a livestream webinar from the Metos Knows series, this episode brings back Dr Cale Bigelow from Purdue University to talk about some strategies around irrigation and fertility management to keep your turf grass green all throughout the season. Additionally, we are joined by Gottfried Pessl, Founder and CEO of Pessl Instruments. Pessl is an Austrian based IoT company that creates monitoring devices specifically for turf management. Gottfried talks a little about what tools that METOS offers to help golf course superintendents stay ahead of any environmental risks they face throughout the season.
51 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
25 - Kyle McMahon - Founder and CEO of Tractor Zoom
On this episode of United We Ag, I get the chance to visit with founder and CEO of Tractor Zoom, Kyle McMahon, in his brand new office in Des Moines, IA. Tractor Zoom has taken the used equipment industry by storm in the past few years as they have created a comprehensive database of almost 500 auctions from around the USA. In doing so, they have empowered farmers from all over to have more visibility of what used equipment is available to them, regardless of location. Additionally, the Iron Comps platform has digested all the auction data and created one of the most accurate databases for assessing the valuation of used equipment available.
50 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
24 - Daryl Andersen - Lower Platte North Natural Resources District
On today's episode of United We Ag, I sit down with Daryl Andersen, the Water Resource Manager for the Lower Platte North Natural Resources District in Eastern Nebraska. Daryl and his team work with growers to manage water level and quality throughout their district. With irrigation being such a crucial activity through this area, the Lower Platte North NRD hosts ongoing trainings and certifications around the proper way to manage water usage, fertility, as well as erosion and alternative farming practices. Listen to Daryl explain the role of the NRD as it works with both farmers and the local communities to conduct intuitive research and education around how we can be more efficient with our water supply.
46 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
23 - Flyover Whiskey - North Bend, NE - Andrew Minarick
In today's episode of United We Ag, I sit down with Andrew Minarick. Andrew is a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and during the week, his day job consists of him working with small ag businesses throughout the state to locate startup money for their operations. While that in itself is enough to be featured in an episode, what we spend our time talking about is his side business - Flyover Whiskey - located in North Bend, NE. Set up as a "distillery as a service" operation, Andrew takes corn in from local farmers and turns it into whiskey. Offering growers a tangible product that came directly from their field, Andrew works with the farmer to design the bottle logo to make both the process and the end result a unique tribute for the season.
72 minutes | Mar 7, 2021
22 - Brent Adams - FastLine Fast Track
On today's episode of United We Ag, I sit down with Brent Adams, host of FastLine Fast Track. Brent has been a journalist covering everything from sports to business throughout his career. Two years ago, he launched one of the best new podcast in the agricultural market called FastLine Fast Track where he brings in farmers, equipment manufacturers, policy makers, market experts and many more to dive deep into the many different topics that effect farmers today. As someone who has been a mentor to me, he agreed to stop by and tell us a litte about his career and offers advice learned throughout his career.
84 minutes | Feb 21, 2021
21 - Maggie Bridge - Sam Bridge Nursery
On todays episode of United We Ag, I sit down with Maggie Bridge from Sam Bridge Nursery in Connecticut. Sam Bridge Nursery has been a staple of their community for over 90 years, with ties to the land going all the way back to the colonial era. Maggie tells us a little bit about her family run business, as well as some of the finer points around running a nursery. We also spend time talking about her work as the newly named president of the Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association and what its like to be a social media Plant Influencer.
78 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
20 - Dr. Cale Bigelow - Purdue University - Professor of Horticulture
On todays episode of United We Ag, i sit down with Dr. Cale Bigelow, Professor of horticulture at Purdue University to discuss the ins-and-outs of how to properly manage all kinds of turf from your back yard, to large scale golf courses and sports fields. Cale gets in depth with the fascinating research he does at Purdue and debunks the biggest myths we've all been told about taking care of your yards.
44 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
19 - Katie Kramer - Dismal River Golf Club Superintendent
On today’s show, I sit down with Katie Kramer. Katie is the superintendent of Dismal River Golf Club in Mullen Nebraska. In recent decades, the Sandhills of western Nebraska have been become world renown for being some of the most beautiful courses around. Dismal river is no exception with both of its courses having been designed by golf legends. Katie and I spend time talking about her role as a course superintendent, and how her day to day job is more similar to a farmer than we both realized. We’ll talk about how she manages to stay on top of one of the biggest courses in the country, and what its like to be one of the only female superintendents in the entire state.
70 minutes | Nov 15, 2020
18 - History of Irrigation / Irrigation Innovations - Hovav Lapidot & Guy Ash
On today's episode of United We Ag, I visit with Hovav Lapidot of Manna Irrigation. Manna is an Israeli based tech company that specializes in water management solutions via extensive crop and weather modeling and powered by satellite imagery. Back again on the show is Guy Ash, agrometeorologist from Pessl Instruments to discuss the issues we face when making irrigation management decisions, as well as what the future holds for growers to maintain our most precious natural resource... Water!
50 minutes | Nov 12, 2020
17 - Rural Connectivity - Julie Bushell / Jerry Prange - Paige Wireless
On today's episode, I caught up with Julie Bushell and Jerry Prange of Paige Wireless. As we've seen over the past several months, having reliable means of communication and internet connectivity are more paramount than ever before. The internet is no longer a luxury item, but required for our daily lives. Paige Wireless has spent the last few years targeting rural areas with easy, reliable and inexpensive means of farm data communications as well as broadband solutions. We'll talk a little bit about the work they've done in establishing a nearly border to border LoRaWAN network across the state of Nebraska as well as what they've set their sights on next.
67 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
16 - Farming in Space - Dr. Gioia Massa / Matt Romeyn - NASA / KSC
On today's episode of United We Ag, I sit down with Dr, Gioia Massa and Matt Romeyn of the Kennedy Space Center. Gioia and Matt are plant scientists working on both the VEGGIE and Advanced Plant Habitat for astronauts aboard the International Space Station to use for growing fresh produce in space! We talk a little bit about the process of growing food in the zero gravity environment. The challenges, the obstacles and the great opportunities. Later in the show, we talk a little bit about how citizen scientists at your local schools can get involved in helping NASA research the future of farming in space.
58 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
15 - Tim Vala - Vala's Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard
On this episode of United We Ag, I sit down with Tim Vala, owner and founder of the amazing Vala's Pumpkin Patch in Gretna, NE. In the 35 years since its inception, Tim and his family have taken his passion for growing things and education from a small 'you-pick' strawberry patch and roadside pumpkin sales from the bed of his truck to a 450 acre theme park, filled with attractions and entertainment. Hosting over 350,000 annual visitors in the months of September and October, Vala's offers haunted houses, animal attractions, pumpkin picking hayrack rides, and much more! Additionally, Vala's has quietly established themselves as the largest apple orchard in the state and now offer a full line of apple related treats and drinks, including their own line of hard cider. A definite staple for fall activities throughout Eastern Nebraska, Vala's has been rated as a top 15 pumpkin patch in the nation by the Travel Channel.
69 minutes | Sep 20, 2020
14 - Kelli Foreman - Kodiak Baptist Mission - Heritage Farm Youth Programs and Outdoor Learning
On this episode of United We Ag, I sit down the Kelli Foreman of the Kodiak Baptist Mission in Kodiak, AK. At KBM, Kelli and her team do a little bit of everything. The farm is not only constantly filled with the sights and sounds of the goats, horses, cows, pigs, chickens and the island's one and only mule, but also that of children! Kodiak Baptist Mission offers a wide range of youth programs ranging from preschool and kindergarten, after school activities and summer / specialty camps. In addition, they operate the only certified goat dairy in the state of Alaska. With a herd of cattle on a neighboring island to manage, as well as the day to day duties on the farm, the students stay outside all day learning the foundations of natural stewardship, caring for animals and applying lessons in faith to their day to day activities.
76 minutes | Sep 6, 2020
13 - Jason Borthwick & Nathan Nelson - Deepdale Farm - Camping, Markets, Festivals and Regenerative Agriculture
On Today’s episode of United We Ag, I visit with Nathan and Jason of Deepdale Farm of the North Norfolk Coast of England. Deepdale Farm is the epitome of a diversified farming operation as they grow crops, operate a hostel and camp site, run multiple markets and play host to a litany of festivals. We spend some time talking about their regenerative agriculture strategy and how they are managing to incorporate native habitats for the wildlife throughout their operation for the benefit of the ground, as well as the tourists.
82 minutes | Aug 30, 2020
12 - **LIVE STREAM** - Henry Roberts - www.hankwade.com / Mental Health Awareness / Charity Pepper Donation Drive
On today's episode, I visit with Henry Roberts of www.hankwade.com. Henry is an advocate for farmers everywhere to recognize the signs of mental health struggles and seek out help. He also is passionate about learning about the farming industry. Henry goes out of his way to educate himself with correct information, directly from farmers and producers, to help bridge the gap in communication with the consumer.Additionally, during the drive, I run a donation drive for Feeding America. The more donations that pile up, the hotter the wing I am forced to eat.
53 minutes | Aug 23, 2020
11 - Professor Alex Maltman - Aberystwyth University - Terroir and the Role of Geology in Wine Making (Part 2)
Continuing our conversation from the previous episode, Alex answers some of my questions and digs deep into the alleged role that soil and geology play in the wine making process. Alex debunks some common myths told through elaborate marketing schemes and gives us the scientific breakdown of the role that different soil types play in viticulture.
56 minutes | Aug 23, 2020
10 - Professor Alex Maltman - Aberystwyth University - The History of Wine (Part 1)
On today's edition of United We Ag, I sit down with Professor Alex Maltman. Alex is Emeritus Professor of Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University, in Wales, U.K. He has a long and decorated career in university teaching and research, on topics ranging from high mountains to drilling below the floors of the deepest parts of the oceans, and with a lot of geological matters in between. At the same time, for over forty years he has grown vines and made wine at his home in Wales. It’s strictly a hobby and there are only twenty vines – but the basic principles are the same as dealing with twenty thousand of them! Right from the start of this viticultural odyssey, Alex’s scientific curiosity questioned why things were done in certain ways and, inevitably, to the much mentioned but poorly understood relationship between wine and vineyard geology. This has led to publications in the popular press and academic journals, and to presentations around the world. Alex was responsible for the geological entries in the Oxford Companion to Wine and has advised on the geological content of a number of wine books, including the World Atlas of Wine. He is author of the acclaimed book: “Vineyards, Rocks, and Soils: A Wine Lover’s Guide to Geology”.In part one of this two part episode, Alex give us a lecture on the complete history of wine.
78 minutes | Aug 21, 2020
09 - **LIVE STREAM** - Kate Bowen - Meadowdale Farm - Vermont
Join me as I visit with Kate from Meadowdale Farm in Vermont. We'll spend a little time learning about her farm and family before diving into a topic that most parents have spent a little time in the past few months researching. School at home. Kate and her family have been home schooling for the past six years. Tonight, she's agreed to hand out all the free advice she has to offer when it comes to scheduling, lesson plans, organization and any other tips we can think of for parents to utilize in the event that COVID-19 causes any stoppage of school this fall.
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