Reversing Soil Degradation with Dwayne Beck
Play • 1 hr 16 min

Dr. Dwayne Beck is well known for being one of the pioneers of no-till agriculture in central South Dakota and across the High Plains. For more than three decades, Dr. Beck has been creating comprehensive systems for both irrigated and dryland crop production throughout the region, educating growers on the power of crop rotation, diversity, and other regenerative practices. He currently serves as the Research Manager at the Dakota Lakes Research Farm, a non-profit made up of farmers committed to sustainable land practices.

On today’s episode, John and Dwayne discuss:

  • Dwayne’s background and his earlier work assisting local growers with their irrigation systems
  • The continuing decline of the Ogallala Aquifer and how water infiltration can be improved by implementing no-till agricultural practices.
  • Addressing the often-overlooked aspects of irrigation, such as percolation and water delivery, and how it affects soil health.
  • Dwayne’s observations on lake bottom soils, the power of macropores, and the prevalence of summer fallowing in the High Plains.
  •  Utilizing de-percolation strategies to maintain proper nutrient levels in your soil.
  • Using competition, sanitation, and rotation to control weeds, diseases and insects. 
  •  Dwayne’s historical research on nutrient cycling and fertilizer placement. 
  • Dwayne offers up a broader historical perspective on how agriculture, human nature, and mother nature  work together.
  • A discussion on why moving to no-till options for all crops including potatoes, carrots and sugar beets are engineering and genetics problems.
  • The shared vision, but much different methods, between regenerative agriculture vs. organic agriculture.
The Thriving Farmer Podcast
The Thriving Farmer Podcast
Michael Kilpatrick
108. Matthew Hayes on Operating a Self-Sustaining, Lean Farm
What do you get when you combine solutions for both environmental and social issues? Organic farming, of course! Joining us today is Matthew Hayes of Zsamboki Biokert located in Zsámbok, Hungary. The mission at Zsamboki is to involve as many people as possible in the mysteries of organic farming. Matthew and the Zsamboki team pride themselves in growing quality goods with the least possible damage to the environment, keeping CO2 emissions low. They also focus on the diverse members of their environment, striving to operate a self-sustaining farm using their own nutrients. Check out this fascinating episode and learn all about organic farming in Hungary! You’ll hear: An overview of Zsamboki Biokert 2:03 About the availability of horse-drawn equipment in Hungary 5:26 What sheep are used for on Zsamboki 8:47 How Matthew set up the CSA 9:51 Matthew’s background with farming in Europe 12:55 How Matthew keeps everything organized on the farm 17:45 About the soil fertility on Zsamboki Biokert 24:30 What’s unusual about the tunnel design on the farm 31:30 The hardest thing Matthew has done on his farming journey 35:39 What systems Matthew would put in place sooner given the opportunity to go back in time 40:10 How Matthew set up his team on Zsamboki Biokert 45:09 What advice Matthew would give to new farmers 53:14 What advice Matthew would give to himself as a new farmer 56:31 Matthew's favorite farming tool 59:17 Where you can find out more about Matthew and Zsamboki Biokert 1.02:15 About the Guest: Matthew grew up in a large, wild garden and developed a deep love of the outdoors. As he started to see more of the world, Matthew was always interested in both environmental and social issues and eventually put 2+2 together to realize that a life in organic farming combined outdoor physical work with a positive contribution to the planet. That led him to become an apprentice on Tablehurst Farm, UK in 1987. After working on many farms in many countries in many positions, Matthew ended up in Hungary in 1995. With colleagues, they set up the Open Garden Foundation (Matthew is the director) which was an organic training farm for Szent István University, Gödöllő, Hungary. The Open Garden (Nyitott Kert) became the first CSA in Hungary, starting in 1998, and continued through various transformations for many years. Matthew has worked as a grower and practical educator in Hungary for over 25 years and in 2010 together with friends set up Zsámboki Biokert. This is a small, commercial market garden running a webshop-based box scheme with a weekly stand also at the Budapest Organic Market. The bustling small farm also works to run programs which link the countryside with the city, and works in close cooperation with Cargonomia, the Budapest-based cargo-bike degrowth movement. Between 2016-2018 Matthew returned to England to work for Ruskin Mill Trust and set up a rooftop bio-intensive garden in the middle of Birmingham - providing food and education to young people with learning challenges. Social farming, composting, and soil health are enduring interests which offer endless opportunities to learn! Resources: Website - Facebook -
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Investing in Regenerative Agriculture and Food
Investing in Regenerative Agriculture and Food
Koen van Seijen
Soil Builders, 40M for carbon farming in AU and transitioning a 1000a farm using regenerative approaches
A check in interview with Lachy Ritchie, co founder of Agtalent and Carbon Farming Foundation who is getting ready to invest 40M in carbon farming. Plus Tyler and Tim Nuss of The Modern Acre, who are transitioning their 1000 acres row crop vegetable farm using regenerative approaches. ----------------------------------------------------- Join our Gumroad community, discover the tiers and benefits here: Other ways to support our work: - Share the podcast - Give a 5-star rating - Or buy us a coffee… or a meal! ------------------------------------------------------ In the Soil Builders series we welcome back previous friends of the podcast to understand their progress and we discover new companies, startups, farmers, investors engaged in building soil all over the world. More about this episode and the Soil Builders series on ----------------------------------------------------------- For feedback, ideas, suggestions please contact us through Twitter @KoenvanSeijen, or get in touch through the website Join our newsletter on The above references an opinion and is for information and educational purposes only. It is not intended to be investment advice. Seek a duly licensed professional for investment advice. Support the show ( Support the show (
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Farm Small Farm Smart
Farm Small Farm Smart
The Modern Grower Podcast Network
Create Your Best 2021 - A Process for Reflecting on 2020 to Plan 2021 (FSFS232)
We’ve just signed off from 2020 and we’re starting a new year in 2021. Looking back at the past year, how does it make you feel? Are you sighing with relief, just glad that it’s finally over? Or maybe you’re looking at how even though 2020 wasn’t that great of a year, there were still things to be happy and thankful about? Javan's workshop: In this episode of Farm Small, Farm Smart, we have Javan Bernakevitch, and we’re talking about year-end reviews: how you should do it, why you should do it, and how it can hopefully help set you up for a better 2021 by doing an honest self-reflection and setting intention. It won’t just be looking at facts and numbers, it’s also taking stock of your emotions, what brought you joy, what brought you suffering, and planning it out in the year ahead to get the same, or even better, results. It's simply changing your approach. Follow Javan: Increase farm efficiency with the Paperpot Transplanter and Other Small Farm Equipment at Follow Diego on IG Follow PaperpotCo on IG Podcasts by Diego Footer: Microgreens: Vegetable Farming: Livestock Farming: Large Scale Farming: Small Farm Tools
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Stoic Coffee Break
Stoic Coffee Break
Erick Cloward
169 - Why Do You Care What Others Think?
"I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinion of himself than on the opinion of others." - Marcus Aurelius  "How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy." - Marcus Aurelius  Marcus Aurelius warned us worrying about the opinion of others is a waste of time. But, if we live with other people and are social animals, shouldn’t we worry about what others think? No, because what others think doesn’t change the intrinsic value of who or what is being judged. It’s just a thought in their mind. That is all.  While this is an easy concept to grasp, it is a hard thing to implement. From the day we’re born we seek the approval of other. Our parents and family at home. Our teachers at school. Our friends and co-workers. We all want to be liked. But does someone’s opinion of us change our intrinsic value? Does someone else’s thoughts make us a better or worse person? No, it doesn’t. What other people think doesn’t have any bearing on whether you are a good or bad person. Whether you have value or not.  So what happens if we stop worrying about what other people think? We save ourselves a lot of stress. We focus on how well we’re are doing in our personal growth. We stop worrying about what other people are doing with their lives. We stop focusing on the faults of others. We don’t worry about who others think we should be. We focus on becoming the person we want to be.  Because in the end, you’re the one that chooses who you are. You’re the only one who can decide who you want to be. If someone disapproves of you, or doesn’t like you, it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t change who you are.  The buddhist’s teach that all suffering is caused by attachment. Attaching our self worth to the opinions of others is a way to truly suffer. It gives the other person control over you, and you become a victim. Learning how to let go of the opinions of others gives you the strength to stay true to your core values. --- Support this podcast:
9 min
Off-Farm Income
Off-Farm Income
Matt Brechwald
OFI 969: The Answer To Urban Sprawl And The Question "How Can I Start A Farm?"
SHOW NOTES There are two fundamental issues that have always plagued me when it comes to farming. First, what do we do about urban sprawl and disappearing farm ground? Second, how can a person expect to start a successful farm and be a full-time farmer with land, input, and equipment costs being so high? So, when I was contacted by The Conservation Fund asking to be on the show and talk about their answers to these questions, I jumped at the chance. The folks at The Conservation Fund are pro-agriculture, and they are particularly fond of locally produced farm goods that follow their model of sustainability. They also abhor disappearing farm ground. So, they are working to increase locally produced goods while slowing urban sprawl. Right now they are doing this in the 30 counties, metro area of Atlanta, Georgia as a pilot project. But the prospects are very good for expansion. In this episode, I speak with Stacy Funderburke, who is heading up the "Working Farms Fund" on behalf of The Conservation Fund in the Atlanta metro area. This program aims to pay farmers the actual market cost for their farms. Once purchased, they place the farms into an agricultural easement so that they will be farmed in perpetuity. And this is when the fun really starts. Once these two things have taken place they match up the particular farm with an experienced farmer, who has been leasing ground or working as an employee and is looking to start their own enterprise. Because the land has been placed in an agricultural easement the price is not driven up by demand from developers. This gives the new farmer a reasonable shot at purchasing the land. To begin the new farmer enters into a lease on the farm ground with an option to buy. The Conservation Fund helps the new farmer with obtaining resources, sharing equipment, and developing markets. In exchange, the City Of Atlanta and its surrounding metro area have another local producer who can bring locally grown food to market in that area. It is a win/win/win situation. You don't need to be from Georgia to participate in this and be selected as one of the new farmers. We will tell you all about this in today's episode. Connect with Stacy Funderburke and The Conservation Fund: Website: Facebook: Instagram: Email:
1 hr 9 min
Beekeeping Today Podcast
Beekeeping Today Podcast
Jeff Ott, Kim Flottum
The Importance of Propolis and More with Dr. Marla Spivak (S3, E33)
Marla Spivak is a honey bee researcher at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Her work has covered a variety of subjects over the years including queen breeding and disease prevention and lately she has been working on the relationship of honey bees and propolis. Propolis is simply a mixture of resins honey bees collect from a variety of plants. These resins protect these plants from diseases and pests that would otherwise harm them. She first became interested when she read that some properties of propolis had a positive effect on human HIV disease. Then she attended a meeting where she learned how ants collect these resins to use in their nests and she was hooked or should we say, propolis stuck with her… to her… to, everything. Propolis has a definite antimicrobial effect on dangerous microbes in the hive and at the same time, manages to help maintain, even increase the positive microbiome in a honey bee’s gut and even their mouth parts. It doesn’t cure AFB or EFB, but is does help keep it in check in an infected colony. Propolis in a beehive moves the needle, researchers feel. It is the foundation for honey bee health. Find out even more by listening to Marla Spivak explain the joys of propolis. Links and websites mentioned in this podcast: * University of Minnesota Bee Lab: * Research - Seasonal benefits of a natural propolis envelope to honey bee immunity and colony health: * "Why Care About Propolis", Marla on YouTube: * Marla's TedTalk on the Disappearance of Bees: ______________ Thanks to Strong Microbials for their support of Beekeeping Today Podcast. Find out more about heir line of probiotics in our Season 3, Episode 12 episode and from their website: This episode is brought to you by Global Patties! Global Patties is a family business that manufactures protein supplement patties for honey bees. Feeding your hives protein supplement patties will help ensure that they produce strong and health colonies by increasing brood production and overall honey flow. Global offers a variety of standard patties, as well as custom patties to meet your specific needs. Visit them today at and let them know you appreciate them sponsoring this episode! We want to also thank 2 Million Blossoms as a sponsor of the podcast. 2 Million Blossoms is a quarterly magazine destined for your coffee table. Each page of the magazine is dedicated to the stories and photos of all pollinators and written by leading researchers, photographers and our very own, Kim Flottum. _______________ We hope you enjoy this podcast and welcome your questions and comments: Thanks to Bee Culture, the Magazine of American Beekeeping, for their support of The Beekeeping Today Podcast. Available in print and digital at Thank you for listening! Podcast music: Young Presidents, "Be Strong", Musicalman, "Epilogue"
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