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Is it best that our food is Local and Organic or Big and Conventional? Our view is “Both, and..” We don’t come to the table with a bias, except that good farming like good food comes in all shapes and sizes. Farm to Table Talk explores issues and the growing interest in the story of how and where the food on our tables is produced, processed and marketed. The host, Rodger Wasson is a food and agriculture veteran. Although he was the first of his family to leave the grain and livestock farm a ...
 
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Masked or not, face to face marketing can’t be beat; because wherever you are in the food chain it is best to have direct contact with customers. Erin Sastre and Tyler Towne are literally doing that for Planters Peanuts as they drive a giant peanut thousands of miles back and forth across the country. On a bright Fall morning we find them in front …
 
Tip Of The Week https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/personalfinance/5-sneaky-holiday-scams-to-watch-out-for/ar-BB1bjRBN?li=BBnbfcN Rural Crime In The U.S. https://discoverestevan.com/local/hay-bale-anonymously-given-to-local-farm-with-unknown-intentions https://www.hpj.com/livestock/6-000-reward-in-case-of-missing-goats/article_51e4a0e4-2dcf-11eb-ae9a-…
 
SHOW NOTES We all have a voice inside of us that is telling us what our vocation should be. Sometimes it may not make sense, and sometimes it will. And, this voice is free to change its mind over the course of your lifetime. The hard part for us humans is listening to and trusting this voice. Today’s interview features a gentleman who did just that…
 
SHOW NOTES Sign Up To Receive Our FFA Stories Newsletter! Email address: Happy Thanksgiving to all of you this year. 2020 has been unbelievable between the pandemic, the politics and the polarization of our society. I thought that it might do us all a little good to hear the original proclamation of thanksgiving by President George Washington to re…
 
SHOW NOTES INTRODUCING TYLER GARDNER! Imagine for a moment that you are the nation’s highest achiever in a very niche crop. What could you do with that? Well, Tyler Gardner, the 2020 National Proficiency Winner in fruit production is that person. Tyler has grown up on a cranberry farm in Pittsville, Wisconsin. This is the largest cranberry producin…
 
SHOW NOTES Sign Up To Receive Our FFA Stories Newsletter! Email address: On this day in 1936 Life Magazine released its first ever magazine. The photo on the cover was of the spillway of the Fort Peck Dam in Fort Peck, Montana. Some 58 years later I would find myself spending Thanksgiving on a ranch just 48 miles down the Missouri River from that h…
 
INTRODUCING CONNER GRANT! One of the greatest things about interview FFA students is hearing the “unbridled” enthusiasm that the students have for their projects, farming and agriculture. In today’s interview I am interviewing an student who is the third generation of farmer on his families farm. Conner Grant’s grandfather started their farm from s…
 
Tip Of The Week If you are considering whether or not to get a home alarm system to deter burglars, what about just putting up signs indicating you have a burglar alarm? You might consider this because the deterrent effect is the same. Rural Crime In The U.S. https://whobserver.com/how-farming-in-south-africa-became-a-full-scale-war/ Where The 2nd …
 
The story of a place has to include the story of it’s food: what was grown and what they ate. Taking that to heart, the owner Chef of Bulrush Restaurant in St. Louis, Rob Connoly, is finding a delicious way to share the story of a special place with special food traditions from the Ozarks. Rob is establishing the Ozark foodway by resurrecting ingre…
 
SHOW NOTES One of the earliest sources of off-farm income I ever profiled on the show was that of being a freelance writer. I have been very enthused about this source of income ever since. As a freelance writer you can work from literally anywhere, and that is just what a new farmer needs. This enables you to purchase land where it is priced in su…
 
SHOW NOTES Here are the show notes from the first time that Brent appeared on the show. I hope you enjoy envisioning his lifestyle just the same way that I did, and that this interview gives you some inspiration for your future business. KEY IDEAS: I am very excited to bring you this interview. Brent Legere is living what I think is probably one of…
 
I am very blessed to have had so many guests of the Off-Farm Income Podcast go on to success at very high levels. Jaleigh Oldenburg, who originally appeared on episode #689, found herself as an American Star Farmer Finalist this year! That is an incredible accomplishment, and JaLeigh certainly deserved to be there. Not only has JaLeigh developed a …
 
SHOW NOTESSign Up To Receive Our FFA Stories Newsletter!Email address:For years I have been jealous of those of you who never opened a social media account. By the time I developed that opinion I was well invested in social media for my business, and there was no changing that. Then, I put out an ad for a full-time, podcast producer and started int…
 
SHOW NOTES:INTRODUCING HANNAH YORK!Hannah was originally on our show on episode #410 talking all about how she combines an eye for art with her knowledge of agriculture. I am proud to say that her talents took her all the way to become an American Star Finalist in 2020, and it was my pleasure to profile her again. Below are the show notes from the …
 
Climate change effects will go way beyond receding coasts and shrinking farm regions to to include the quality of air that plants need to produce nutritious foods. When carbon levels in the air increase, the nutrition from foods will decline by up to 30%, severely impacting human health. Dr. Kristie Ebi is the Founding Director of CHanGe, the Cente…
 
Tip Of The WeekIf you are committed to carrying, get a good holster. Here are affiliate links for the holsters I recommended in today's episode: Rural Crime In The U.S.https://journalstar.com/news/state-and-regional/nebraska/exeter-man-found-with-more-than-200-dead-cattle-on-his-farm-set-for-sentencing/article_fd6cc2be-50b3-527d-8df2-3a0b0c8f7d44.h…
 
SHOW NOTESOn the Off-Farm Income Podcast we are always trying to solve the riddle of how can you become a farmer in the U.S. if you don't already have any land or equipment? This show is about using entrepreneurship to create an agricultural business that will help you in this pursuit. This is the method that I used to get myself onto my own farm, …
 
SHOW NOTESIn this week's bonus episode I am revisiting episode #195. On this episode I was able to go "into the field" and interview Roy Austin, the owner of Goat Central, on location while we watched his Spanish goats do their work for a client. I hope you enjoy getting his perspective on a goat grazing business.KEY IDEAS: Roy Austin of Goat Centr…
 
SHOW NOTESINTRODUCING COLE KETTERLING: I am very proud to feature the 2020 American Star Farmer in today's interview. Cole Ketterling and I did this interview prior to the National Convention, and he was later named as the American Star Farmer. It is easy to tell why he was selected.Cole is from North Dakota, and he is truly on his way to a full-ti…
 
SHOW NOTESSign Up To Receive Our FFA Stories Newsletter!Email address:We all know that farming is a lifestyle business. After all, if we invested the same amount of education, money, sweat, tears and money into any other business we would probably make a lot more money. But there is something about this lifestyle that makes it all worth it. There i…
 
SHOW NOTESINTRODUCING COLE SCHOCK!The FFA does a better job of getting students ready for the career world than any other high school program that I know of. This is a very good thing, and it can create a question - should I go straight to work or should I go to college. Today, that question is more valid than it has been in decades. The price of t…
 
Well educated young women who could do anything are choosing to farm, and to lead. Equal gender opportunities do abound in agriculture, including the opportunity to give leadership to controversial issues like climate change. Krysten Mensonides and Lynne Wheeler both graduated from universities and had career choices before they decided farming was…
 
Tip Of The WeekKeep your phone on you and use it (understand when to confront)Rural Crime In The U.S.https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2020/11/04/mrw-more-than-2-dozen-cows-horses-slaughtered-this-year-in-central-utah-10k-reward-offered-for-information/#.X6Vgdi9h2J8https://denver.cbslocal.com/2020/11/01/trevor-george-babysitter-killed/Where…
 
SHOW NOTESAs part of my journey in agricultural podcasting I have found myself as the editor and producer of the Bulkloads Podcast. The Bulkloads Podcast is part of Bulkloads.com, which is a service for truck drivers hauling bulk freight. Naturally this is related to agriculture with all of the hauling of bulk commodities around the country.I was r…
 
SHOW NOTESHere are the show notes from the first time that I ran this episode. I hope this is helpful to you as navigate the tricky waters of dealing with customers who pay slow!KEY POINTS: 80% of small businesses receive late payments - paysimple64% of small businesses have clients who don't pay for 60 days - Wall Street JournalIn agriculture, jus…
 
SHOW NOTESINTRODUCING WILL KELLUM!As I continued on interviewing American Star Finalists for 2020, I got to my interview with William Kellum, an American Star Finalist in agribusiness. William comes from the small town of Jefferson City in Georgia. He is now studying electrical engineering at the University Of Georgia.During high school William and…
 
SHOW NOTESSign Up To Receive Our FFA Stories Newsletter!Email address:I ran across a very interesting article this week about a research project at the University Of Texas in Austin. A group of researchers has developed an artificial soil that can capture moisture from the atmosphere overnight and then release it into the soil when the temperatures…
 
SHOW NOTESINTRODUCING JAKE BAGBY!I rarely interview FFA students with agriscience research projects for the supervised agricultural experiences, but when I do it always fascinating. Today's episode is no different.As I continue on with my interviews of American Star Finalists I get to speak with Jake Bagby. Jake is from Stephenville, Texas and he i…
 
SHOW NOTESHere are the links to the stories that we covered this week. I hope the tips and advice in this episode can help you prevent crime on your farms!Tip Of The WeekLearn how to mentally rehearse crisis scenariosRural Crime In The U.S.https://cdllife.com/2020/lawmaker-says-charges-against-trucker-swarmed-by-protesters-are-disgusting/https://ke…
 
SHOW NOTESI have been very excited to release this episode. In our interview with Aaron Tiemeyer, talking about his mobile seed cleaning business, we uncover a trend that is happening in farming. In a previous episode we did about mobile grain roasting our guest notified us that he believed his business would work because smaller farmers were being…
 
For better or worse there has been substantial deregulation happening in the US Capitol, now including genetic engineering (GMO/GE). Greg Jaffe is the Biotech Director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). They believe that GE products deemed safe through an independent science-based assessment have a place in our food system an…
 
SHOW NOTESHere are the show notes from my first interview with Adam Kline. I wanted to go back to these great interviews on farm succession over the past two bonus episodes. Let me know if you have any questions:I would like to introduce you to Adam Kline this week. Adam is a business succession attorney with Bose McKinney & Evans LLP in Indianapol…
 
SHOW NOTESINTRODUCING MADDIE FUGATE!The level of maturity that I see in FFA students is like no other population of youth that I have ever seen. Today's guest, Maddie Fugate, demonstrates this unbelievably well.Early on in Maddie's FFA career she knew that she wanted to achieve at a high level. As a freshman in high school she was thinking that bec…
 
SHOW NOTESSign Up To Receive Our FFA Stories Newsletter!Email address:There is an exciting new opportunity emerging for small businesses in rural areas across America. We talk about this in today's episode as well as the significance of a short pitchfork. We hope you enjoy this show!Where Off-Farm Income And Matt Brechwald Can Be Heard:t. Member Of…
 
SHOW NOTESINTRODUCING BLAKE KIRCHHOFF!Blake Kirchhoff was on the Off-Farm Income Podcast not too long ago in episode #380. At that time I was speaking with him about his 2017 National Proficiency Award in forage production. Now he is back on the show as an American Star Winner! He was named the 2020 American Star in Agribusiness due to his incredib…
 
SHOW NOTESHere are the links to the stories that we covered this week. I hope the tips and advice in this episode can help you prevent crime on your farms!Tip Of The WeekMeet a deputy and go to a community meeting at your local Sheriff's Office.Rural Crime In The U.S.https://www.wctv.tv/2020/10/23/shooter-confesses-to-nearby-farmer-after-double-mur…
 
Agriculture may be 10,000 years old but it’s a new world. Farmers and Ranchers are facing the new challenges with new technologies and new philosophies, enpowering the big and the small. This comes at a time when consumer interest in how their food is produced has never been higher–a fact not missed by food manufacturers, retailers and chefs. Debor…
 
SHOW NOTESThe world of agricultural podcasting is a small one. I have been saying for years that we need more agricultural people to jump into this space. On today's show we are lucky enough to profile somebody who has!Jason Medows launched his agricultural podcast, Ag State Of Mind, just over a year ago, and he got off to a great start. Based on h…
 
On our Tuesday episode this week I answered a listener's question about how to get started in farming. I talked quite a bit about farm transition and actually messaged him privately suggesting that he listen to episodes 20 and 22 of the Off-Farm Income Podcast when I interviewed John Baker and Adam Kline about how to do this.Since those episodes ar…
 
SHOW NOTESINTRODUCING MIKARA ANDERSON! If you want to know who the elite, future agricultural leaders are you need not look any further than the American Star Finalists in the FFA. In today's episode I am lucky enough to profile Mikara Anderson. She is a finalist for the award of American Star Farmer in 2020.Mikara grew up on a small acreage in Pen…
 
SHOW NOTESSign Up To Receive Our FFA Stories Newsletter!Email address:Today I give a brief update on a major accident I had on the farm as well as a nice story about helping a military veteran get their start farming in one of the most beautiful spots of California. After that I spend a lot of time talking about a listener question and why the fact…
 
SHOW NOTESINTRODUCING WILL SHELBY! Will Shelby has grown up around the profession of veterinary sciences. His father is a large animal vet in the Madill, Oklahoma area, and since the 8th grade Will has been riding and working with his father and other veterinarians in their area.Will is currently wrapping up his bachelor's degree in animal science …
 
The North American food system has succeeded in producing an abundance of commodities at relatively low cost, but it is failing in other ways that matter. Showing how law and policy should make needed changes is the purpose of “the Blueprint for a National Food Strategy”. This work in progress is a collaborative project between the Center for Agric…
 
SHOW NOTESLinks To This Week's Stories:Here are the links to the stories we covered in this week's rural crime episode. If you want to hear the specific stories and my take on them, click on the play button above or check out the episode on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Podcast, Google Play or anywhere else you consume podcasts!Tip Of The WeekWhen you are…
 
SHOW NOTESIt is always exciting to interview a person who had a dream of working full-time, in agriculture, for themself who has made it come true. We get to do that today when Jennifer Sharrock joins us on the show. Jennifer has a very interesting story. She grew up in New Jersey, went into the insurance industry and lived all around the country t…
 
SHOW NOTESHello everyone. I am proud to feature Doug Armknecht on the show again today in our re-cap bonus episode. Doug was originally on episode #150, and all of the show notes from that episode are listed below.KEY IDEAS:Doug Armknecht married into a farm family. He has a passion for photography and filmography, and soon the combination of that …
 
SHOW NOTESINTRODUCING NICOLE STEVENS! Since I left my public service career and ventured into entrepreneurship I have become an astute observer of things. Now that I no longer have a public service type job with tons of security built into it, I live in the world of providing real value and performance in order to continue receiving a paycheck. It …
 
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Seasons are the rhythm of nature, naturally restricting the availability of fruits and vegetables. That is except when it’s with a food such as tomatoes that are freshly preserved in diced, peeled or paste form to be part of the worlds most popular dishes. Although some food products are just processed when quality is declining, processing tomato v…
 
SHOW NOTESINTRODUCING WHITNEY YERINA!It's funny how warm a feeling so many people get when they think about farming and the lifestyle that goes along with that. Most of the time when we get that warm feeling we are thinking back to a time when farms were smaller, they were producing food for the family first, producing commodities to sell second an…
 
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