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Farm Food Facts
Farm. Food. Facts. And everything in between. A podcast featuring the leading minds in the future of sustainable food systems. Brought to you by the US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.
Sep 15, 2020
Dairy Farmers of America Work With Vanguard Renewables to Feed Food Insecure Families
Today it's all about farmers feeding families. Joining us today are John Hanselman, Chairman and CEO of Vanguard renewables, the largest recycler of food waste in the Northeast who's passionate about recycling organic once considered waste into renewable energy and low carbon fertilizer for food manufacturers, corporations, and food retailers and enhancing regenerative agriculture practices alongside Vanguard farm partners. Joining John is David Darr, senior vice president, chief strategy and sustainability officer of Dairy Farmers of America. David leads, cooperative efforts on sustainability, including environmental footprinting animal care and corporate social responsibility working together. They created the farmers feeding families program, donating milk to families in need since the pandemic started DFA and Vanguard.
Sep 8, 2020
The Collaboration Between Food and Fuel
My guests today are Nathaniel Doddridge, Greg Anderson and Floyd Vergara. Greg Anderson has been farming near Newman Grove, Nebraska since 1977. His form includes land that his great, great, great grandfather homesteaded in 1873. His operation consists of continuous soybeans, alfalfa grass hay, and an Angus cow calf herd is formed no till for 25 years along with being a director on the Nebraska soybean board, Greg currently serves as a governing board member on the national biodiesel board. He's a past chairman of the United soybean board having been appointed by three different us secretaries of agriculture to USB. Floyd Vergara serves as the director of state regulatory affairs for the national biodiesel board in this capacity. He manages the West coast office in Sacramento, California, and is responsible for state regulatory affairs. Focusing on programs in the Western States with over three decades of experience at California air resources board, his expertise includes the low carbon fuel standard climate change and air quality programs, renewable and conventional foods, environmental justice, and other environmental issues. Nathaniel Doddridge has been with Casey's general stores, a chain of more than 2000 convenience stores since August, 2017. He's the vice president of fuels, where he leads the strategy and execution for all facets of fuel prior to Casey's. He held several leadership positions across fuel and operations at Murphy USA.
Sep 2, 2020
How the Transformative Investment Project Can Impact the Future of Food and Agriculture
Today is all about the future of food and agriculture. Our guests are Ramsay Huntley, and Andy Fabin. Ramsay Huntley is the sustainable finance strategist for Wells Fargo, a member of the sustainability and corporate responsibility leadership team. He oversees the development and execution of Wells Fargo sustainable finance strategy. He works with business partners across the bank to develop new opportunities that support Wells Fargo is $200 billion sustainable finance commitment and position the bank to lead the transition to a low carbon economy. He also has the responsibility for the bank's clean tech philanthropy programs, including the award winning Wells Fargo innovation incubator in conjunction with the national renewable energy laboratory. Andy Fabin is part of the multigenerational family owned and operated Fabin brothers farms in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Fabin brothers farms specializes in soybean processing, crop production, cow calf operations, as well as commodity buying and marketing. He's a member of the Bedford farm Bureau club's board of directors, the Pennsylvania soybean board, the Pennsylvania Cattleman's association, the beef quality assurance, Pennsylvania beef council, Indiana County farm Bureau and Pennsylvania farm Bureau is young farmer and rancher committee
Aug 18, 2020
The Importance of Collaboration During Covid-19 with the National Pork Board
This week we interviewed two members for the National Prok Board, CEO Bill Even and Brad Greenway, the2016 Pig Farmer of the Year. Listen as they discuss the importance of collaboration during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Aug 12, 2020
Rob Dongoski of Ernst & Young talks Covid-19 and the Future of Farming
As a Partner at Ernst & Young LLP, Rob Dongoski has over 20 years of experience serving clients in the food and agribusiness sectors. He works with a number of Fortune 500, Global 1000 and private companies in advisory and transaction capacities. He has helped clients develop growth strategies, complete buy-side and sell-side transactions, designed digital strategies and lead significant enterprise transformations. His experience provides clients and colleagues with a unique perspective on their business, innovation and growth issues. As the founder of the EY Global Agribusiness Center, Rob leads EY professionals in all regions of the world to serve agribusiness clients.
Aug 4, 2020
A Conversation with Townsend Bailey from McDonald's
Townsend Bailey leads sustainability strategy for McDonald’s North American markets. In this role, he supports McDonald’s US and Canadian businesses as they leverage the size and scale of their supply chains and 15,000+ restaurants to positively impact issues important for people, animals and the planet. He plays a critical role driving the sustainability strategy and integration into these markets’ supply chains and operations from farm to restaurant through cross-functional collaboration with product leads, communicators, suppliers, industry, and NGOs.
Jul 21, 2020
A Conversation with Former Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack
Each week we explore the issues and trends that agriculture faces through frank and honest conversations with thought leaders across our nation. And who better to discuss this than the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture in President Barack Obama’s administration from 2009 to 2017, Tom Vilsack - along with the CEO of US Farmers and Ranchers in Action, Erin Fitzgerald. Secretary Vilsack is no stranger to serving our country. He began his political career as mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, then on to the state Senate and then as Governor of Iowa for two terms. As leader of USDA Vilsack worked to strengthen the American agriculture economy and create new markets for America’s farmers, ranchers and growers, provided food assistance to millions of Americans, carried out unprecedented conservation efforts, made record investments in our rural communites and led the efforts to provide a safe, sufficient and nutritious food supply. Sec. Vilsack now serves as the CEO of the US Dairy Export Council the non-profit, independent membership organization that represents the global trade interests of *U.S. dairy* producers, proprietary processors and cooperatives, ingredient suppliers and *export* traders.
Jul 14, 2020
Bayer Youth Ag Summit
Today we talk with two members of the Bayer Youth Ag Summit. •Matt Foley, Program Director at Invest Nebraska, joins us to speak about the Youth Ag Summit. The summit gathers diverse agriculture leaders and youth interested in the industry to discuss the future of agriculture and how the next generation can inspire change. •Davyn Surdidjo launched a startup in 2017 called Etani Agro Nusantara. Etani utilizes technology to liberate farmers in his home country of Indonesia from the grasps of middle markets which are far less regulated than those in the United States.
Jul 8, 2020
The Resilient and Dynamic Farmer: Insights from Dan Glickman
Former Secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman, chats with us about the future of the food and agriculture industry. New opportunities for farmers continuously emerge as consumers change how they think about their food.
Jun 23, 2020
Is There An Urban/Rural Divide Around The Environment?
Robert Bonnie from Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions joins us today on Farm. Food. Facts. He discusses his research which answers the question: is an urban/rural divide around the environment, and if so, what is it?
Jun 16, 2020
Feeding America Tackles Hunger During The COVID-19 Pandemic
Anne Swanson, VP of Feeding America, and Carrie Calvert, Managing Director and Government Relations of Feeding America, join us today on Farm. Food. Facts. They describe how foodbanks are working closely with farmers to secure food to those in need during these drastic and unprecedented times.
Jun 9, 2020
Dairy West Provides a Helping Hand Through Curds & Kindness
Karianne Fallow, CEO of Dairy West, discusses their innovative Curds & Kindness program that directs surplus dairy products to those in need throughout Utah and Idaho.
Jun 2, 2020
Public Trust Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic
Matt Coldagelli, Senior Vice-President at Edelman, discusses their Trust Barometer study that measures how trustworthy the public feels towards government, NGOs, business and media. The Spring 2020 update shows that amid the COVID-19 pandemic, government trust surged 11 points to an all-time high of 65 percent, while, even with a four-point increase, there is marked disappointment in how the private sector has performed during the crisis.
May 26, 2020
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Affecting the Biofuels Market
Doug Berven, Vice-President of Corporate Affairs at POET, the world’s largest producer of biofuels, discusses the importance of biofuels to sustainable agriculture and how this pandemic has created great disruption to the industry.
May 18, 2020
Grocery Chain Publix Discusses Leading the Way in Supporting Farmers and Feeding America During the Pandemic
Curt Epperson, Business Development Director: Produce and Floral for Publix, and Thomas Torbert, Senior Sales Associate at Five Brothers Produce, discuss the impact of Publix’s program to purchase surplus produce and dairy direct from Florida farmers and donate it to Feeding America food banks during this pandemic.
May 12, 2020
Dr. Robb Fraley on Biotechnology and Coronaviruses
Dr. Robb Fraley, former Chief Technology Officer at Monsanto, discusses the role biotechnology is playing in learning about the novel COVID-19 coronavirus, and how it can aid in developing treatments and a vaccine.
May 5, 2020
Checking In on the Livestock Industry with Pilaroc Farms
Jennie Schutte and Walt Patrick, owners of Pilaroc Farms, discuss the changes they’re seeing in the livestock industry, due to COVID-19, and what can be done in the future to keep the food supply flowing.
Apr 28, 2020
The Next Generation’s Attitudes Towards Food and Farming
This week, Tim Glenn, Chief Commercial Officer at Corteva Agriscience, joins us to talk about the recent results of their study on the attitudes of Gen Z/Millennials on the future of food and farming as well as how the agriculture industry and Corteva are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Apr 20, 2020
Heifer USA Discusses Their Response to the Pandemic and Their Regenerative Ag Practices
On this 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, we talk with Donna Kilpatrick, from Heifer USA, about their ability to adapt in this time of change and how they continue to value the land through their regenerative agricultural practices.
Apr 13, 2020
Insights on the Pork and Ag Industry During These Challenging Times from the 2019 Pig Farmer of the Year
Chris Hoffman, 2019 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year, talks about our strong food supply and the changes he’s seen in the pork and agriculture industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Apr 7, 2020
Coming Together Around the Table in a Time of Uncertainty
Erin Fitzgerald, CEO of U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance, talks to Phil Lempert about how coming together around the table in times of crisis reminds us that our food supply is strong because of all the individuals and companies that are getting food on the table from farm to fork. Also, there are things we can do now to keep food flowing to those less fortunate.
Mar 31, 2020
Talking with Dr. Mark Jackwood, Molecular Virologist, about Coronavirus in Poultry
Our guest this week is Dr. Mark Jackwood, Molecular Virologist and Professor at the University of Georgia. His primary area of research is the study of coronaviruses in poultry. Today, he is sharing with us what his thirty plus years of research has uncovered with how this virus works, why it isn’t transmitted from domestic animals to humans and what the future holds with possible treatments.
Mar 23, 2020
It's National Ag Day!
Today is National AG Day and in celebration we have with us Greg Horstmeier, the current Chair of AG Council of America and its editor in chief of the digital content newsroom for DTN Progressive Farmer. He grew up on a general crop and livestock farm in central Missouri following high school. Earned a degree in agriculture journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia, with emphasis in agriculture, economics and photo journalism. He's covered agriculture stories in every U. S. State except Alaska and has traveled and written about agriculture and farming in Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe and Africa, and is here to tell us about the changes for this year's National Agriculture Day.
Mar 17, 2020
Changing the Farmer Mindset for A New Supply Chain Model
Today we’re focusing on the farmer mindset and the new supply chain model. And on that topic, we are going to hear from the company Danone, who is working to develop and promote regenerative models of agriculture that protects soil, empower farmers and promote animal welfare. The company says that agriculture is at the heart of what they do. They’re proud to maintain close relationships with over 140,000 farmers worldwide. Back in March 2018, Danone announced its intention to sharpen its focus on regenerative agriculture, protecting soil, empowering a new generation of farmers and promoting animal welfare. With us today to talk about these initiatives is Tina Owens, Senior Director of Food and Agriculture Impact of Danone, North America.
Mar 10, 2020
Trends in Consumer Nutrition with Kara Behlke
It's March and that means it's National Nutrition Month. So we're going to talk about trends in consumer nutrition with a real expert, Kara Behlke RD, who's the director of health and wellness strategy at Schnucks markets. She started with Schnucks in 2012 and created an in-store nutrition program in just one store as a test, partnering with stores and buyers to source healthier products. She also started a celiac support group, to engage customers in new ways through in-store nutrition events and worked on company-wide nutrition marketing programs.
Mar 3, 2020
Renewable Fuels with Jeff Broin from POET
Jeff Broin, the founder and CEO of POET, the world's largest producer of biofuels, is here to talk to us today about the role that agriculture plays in renewable fuels. Jeff was presented with the American Biofuel Visual Award by Growth Energy. This award recognized him for a lifetime of dedication to advancing the biofuels industry. His work in the industry has brought environmental benefits and economic opportunities to individuals and communities across the globe. As CEO of POET, Jeff built the company from a small 1 million gallon per year facility back in 1987 to now the world's largest biofuel producer with 1.8 billion gallons of annual fuel production and 10 billion pounds of high protein animal field, among other products.
Feb 26, 2020
FFA and the Next Generation of Farmers
Over the past week, more than 700,000 FFA members across the country have shared the story of agriculture as part of national FFA week. We celebrate the future farmers of America week for good reason. As the top school-based youth leadership development organization in the nation, FFA continues to help young people meet the new agriculture challenges by helping members develop their unique talents and explore their interest in a broad range of career pathways. On today's episode is FFA President Kolesen McCoy, FFA Secretary Kourtney Lehman and Eastern Region Vice President Tess Seibel.
Feb 25, 2020
Erin Fitzgerald & Sally Rockey Highlight Foster Our Future interviews PART 2
Today is part two of our interview with Sally Rockey, Executive Director of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research and Erin Fitzgerald, CEO of US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. We’re going to hear their insights while we listen back to three interviews from the "Foster Our Future” event in Washington DC earlier this month. Meredith Ellis of G Bar C Ranch, Isaya Kisekka of the University of CA-Davis and Dr. Gene Lester, National Program Director USDA-ARS.
Feb 18, 2020
Erin Fitzgerald & Sally Rockey Highlight Foster Our Future interviews PART 1
Today’s edition is a very special one that you do not want to miss – and we urge your colleagues and friends to listen to as well. On February 5th the second “Foster Our Future” event was held in Washington DC; so we packed up our gear and headed to the Ronald Reagan Building to interview seven of the leaders of US Agriculture and have them share with us what is on their minds and look into their crystal ball and tell us what they see for the future. I’m joined by Sally Rockey, Executive Director of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, who created and hosted “Foster our Future” and our own Erin Fitzgerald, CEO of US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance – both here to discuss the insights that our Agriculture leaders shared. We'll also discuss the other big new from “Foster Our Future”, a new Ag-climate partnership was announced between the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, the World Farmers Organization and USFRA.
Feb 11, 2020
Diversity in Agriculture with Dr. Quentin Tyler
Today I’m joined by Dr. Quentin Tyler the Chair of MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences). He’s also the Associate Dean for diversity, equity and inclusion in the Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. As a member of the CANR leadership team, he spearheads efforts to assist with the management of resources for faculty and staff professional development; provide guidance and vision for recruiting and retaining diverse and inclusive faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students; and identify and respond to areas in need of multicultural engagement.
Feb 5, 2020
John Boyd Jr., National Black Farmers Association President
Black history month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U S history. We're going to share a past conversation I had with one of our nation's most prolific black farmers, John Boyd Jr. who is the founder and president of the National Black Farmers Association.
Jan 27, 2020
Protein First: Keenan McRoberts from United Soybean Board
Today, we're talking with Keenan McRoberts from the United Soybean Board who's here to discuss the focus on their Protein First initiative.
Jan 22, 2020
Dan Esty, A Better Planet author and Yale Professor
Dan Esty is Hillhouse professor of environmental law and policy as a professor at Yale since 1994 he holds faculty appointments in both Yale's environmental and law schools. With a secondary appointment at the Yale school of management. He also directs the Yale center for environmental law and policy. Dan is the author or editor of 12 books including the prize winning book, Green to Gold. How smart companies use environmental strategy to innovate, create value, and build competitive advantage. His latest work, A Better Planet ,was published last fall. The concept of A Better Planet is to bring together the insights of 40 of the biggest and best ideas in sustainability and the environment that are grounded in sound science.
Jan 14, 2020
Carbon Sequestration with Ed Smith from Indigo
Today's Thought leader is Ed Smith, Vice President & Head of Indigo Carbon's carbon initiative which is focused on creating a thriving, voluntary market for carbon credits and other environmental service products. Indigo's market aims to improve grower profitability by compensating them for sequestering large amounts of carbon in their soil, while simultaneously allowing consumers and businesses to offset their carbon footprint through the purchase of high quality, rigorously verified carbon credits.
Jan 8, 2020
Sustainability in Wearables, Avi Garbow, Jeremy Brown
Today's thought leader is Avi Garbow, Environmental Advocate for Patagonia. The Stories You Need to Know: • Farms have the ability to Harvest Energy along with Food • College campus Farm lets Students engage with the Food they Eat •Scientists strive to help Produce Industry combat Foodborne Pathogens This week's Farmer is Jeremy Brown, Texas Cotton farmer.
Dec 30, 2019
Highlights from 2019
Phil Lempert is one on one with USFRA CEO Erin Fitzgerald, where they discuss some of the most memorable moments for 2019's Farm Food Facts. Highlights: • Nancy Kavazanjian - Our Soil Our Strength • Mickey Rubin from the Egg Nutrition Board • John Newton from the American Farm Bureau • Jenna Madsen from Sunderland Farms • Ben Feldman, Executive Director at Farmers Market Coalition • Jill Wheeler, Head of Sustainable Productivity for Syngenta in North America • Joe Koss, Culver's CEO • Rob Trice, Founder of The Mixing Bowl • Marilyn Hershey, Dairy Management Inc. chair
Dec 17, 2019
Neal Carter, Seed Choices, Produce Category Spike
Today we talk with Neal Carter, President and founder of Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (OSF) and creator of the nonbrowning Arctic® Apple. The stories you need to know: • 2019’s Field Days are reflective of the Difficult Growing Season • Farmers consider their Seed Choices after a Tough Growing Season • Retailers expect certain Produce categories to spike in January* *
Dec 11, 2019
Fred Yoder, Addy Battel, Small Farm Drones
Today's Thought Leader is Fred Yoder, Co-Chair for Solutions from the Land (SFL). The Stories you NEED to know: • Lessons learned from Leafy Greens • Making Drones Work for Small Farmers • Data Standardization is critical for driving efficiency into Food Supply Chains. Our Farmer is Addy Battel, Data Standardization is critical for driving efficiency into Food Supply Chains.
Dec 3, 2019
Jason Clay, Weed Control, Livestock-Monitoring Technology
Our Thought Leader is Jason Clay, Senior Vice President for Markets and Food at World WildLife Fund. The Stories You NEED to Know: • Researchers develop Livestock-Monitoring Technology. • Here comes high-tech, mechanical Weed Control. • Grocers need better E-commerce Platforms.
Nov 26, 2019
Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, Marilyn Hershey, Feeding America
Today's Thought Leader is Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, Feeding America's CEO. The Stories you NEED to know: • Paris is opening the world’s Largest urban Rooftop Farm • Recent Study cites the Pork Industry’s strides in Sustainability • Agronomist advises producers: Don’t neglect pasture needs during harvest Marilyn Hershey, a Pennsylvania dairy farmer and chair of Dairy Management inc.
Nov 19, 2019
Ellie Moss, Galen Lee, Sequenced Avocado Genome
Our Thought Leader is Ellie Moss, Lead for the new USFRA report, Navigating the Food Metrics Maze. •Productivity of Farms in the Heartland has Increased over time—except for the smallest Farms. • Scientists have now Sequenced the Avocado Genome...so what is the benefit? • An innovative Retailer has Quadrupled their Online Farmer Engagement. Today's farmer is Galen Lee, former USFRA Board member and farmer.
Nov 12, 2019
Diana Campos Jimenez, Al Renner, Syncing Ag Data
Our Thought Leader is Diana Campos Jimenez, Program Manager at the Los Angeles Community Garden Council. The Stories You Need to Know: • What we can expect from a “Food Safety Modernization Act” Inspection. • Syncing Ag Data is a growing Challenge for Industry • Digital agriculture: the Future is Now Our farmer is Al Renner, Outreach Director for Los Angeles Community Garden Council.
Nov 6, 2019
Rob Trice, The Mixing Bowl, Climate Change and Agriculture
Today's Thought Leader is Rob Trice, the Founder of The Mixing Bowl. The stories you NEED to know: • How the spring season’s Wet Weather and flooding Continues to Impact Agriculture. • No industry will be impacted by climate change as much as Agriculture. • Farmers try to decipher what trends shown in the latest Census of Agriculture mean as they plan their Future.
Oct 29, 2019
Carmela Cugini, Daniel Malechuk, Vertical Farming
Our Thought Leader is Carmela Cugini, EVP, Sales at Bowery, a modern farming company that uses technology to grow produce. The Stories You NEED to know: • More Family Farm households are relying on Various sources of Income. • Plastic is under the microscope—what does that mean for Produce? • Can Food Forests Fight Hunger? Today's farmer is Daniel Malechuk, CEO of Kalera, a vertical hydroponic farm.
Oct 22, 2019
Chad Hart, AG Kawamura, Supply Chain Changes
Today's Thought Leader is Chad Hart, Associate Professor of Economics for Iowa State University. Stories you Need to Know: •Affluent Shoppers are shaping the future of Grocery Retail •How much more are Shoppers willing to pay for Organic Produce? •There are 5 big Supply Chain Changes that Growers should be Ready For Our Farmer this week is AG Kawamura a third generation fruit and vegetable grower and shipper from Orange County, CA who's here to discuss community gardens.
Oct 15, 2019
Marianne Smith Edge, Zack Andrade, 2019 Crop Yields
Today's Thought Leader is Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RDN, LD, FADA, FAND, Founder and Principal, The AgriNutrition Edge, a consultancy committed to assisting food, health and agriculture organizations better understand and navigate the changing food and consumer environment. The Stories you NEED to Know: •A pleasant surprise: Wheat growers are generally pleased with 2019 Crop. •Agronomists are saying 2019 shouldn’t impact 2020 decisions. •In the future, data will drive more decisions than desire. Our Farmer is Zack Andrade from Spinaca Farms
Oct 8, 2019
Joe Koss UPDATE, Bo Stone, Cover Crop Benefits
Our thought leader is Joe Koss, CEO of Culver’s Food News of the Week: •*Cover crops could help protect our Food from the climate’s Severe Weather •Tough planting season offers lessons for the future •New grain could be a step forward for eco-friendly Agriculture* Farmer of The Week: Bo Stone, a North Carolina farmer from P&S Farms
Oct 1, 2019
Dr. James Wetzel, Jeff Howell, Aquaculture
Today's Thought Leader is Dr. Jim Wetzel, an aquaculture researcher / instructor for Lincoln University as well as a member of the research technical committee for the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center. The news YOU need to know: *• *Researchers study Super-Repellent surfaces for Safer Fruits & Vegetables. *• *California’s Central Valley is helping shape the future of American Agriculture. *• *1 in 4 consumers discuss responsible food sourcing online. Our farmer is Jeff Howell, who together with his family, started Triple J Farms, which raises shrimp in an indoor controlled environment in the Midwest.
Sep 24, 2019
Dr. John Newton, Megan Dwyer, Climate Week
Our Thought Leader for today is Dr. John Newton, Chief Economist from the American Farm Bureau Federation. News You Need To Know • For Climate-Smart Farmers, Carbon Solution is in the Soil. • Reducing Farm Emissions may plant the seed for a Cooler Planet. • Is it possible to raise a carbon-neutral cow? Today's farmer is Megan Dwyer, a 4th generation farmer from Illinois who is a Certified Crop Adviser and Precision Agronomist by trade.
Sep 6, 2019
Jill Wheeler, Pat Duncanson, Feed the World
Our Thought Leader is Jill Wheeler, Head of Sustainable Productivity for Syngenta in North America, where she oversees U.S. and Canadian implementation of the company’s Good Growth Plan – a series of six measurable, global commitments designed to improve food security, rural prosperity and environmental sustainability by 2020. The stories YOU NEED to know: 1. Recent USDA Report sees dire Climate-change Impact on U.S. Crops. 2. How to Feed the World and Preserve the Environment. Today's farmer is Pat Duncanson* *is owner of Duncanson Growers and Highland Family Farms, a diversified farming operation in southern Minnesota.
Sep 3, 2019
John Piotti, Kaleb J Hill, Farmers and Youtube
The thought leader for today is* John Piotti*, CEO at American Farmland Trust The stories you need to know: • Are young farmers the new starving artists? • Farmers are Earning revenue from YouTube. Our farmer interview is with *Kaleb J. Hill*, Owner & Farmer at Oakvue Farms
Aug 27, 2019
Michele Payn, Jocelyn Schlichting Hicks, New Organic Research
Today's Thought Leader is Michele Payn, author of Food Bullying: How to avoid buying BS. The stories you need to know: • There’s a New Produce Warehouse in Los Angeles that aims to Prevent millions of pounds of Food Waste. • Rodale Institute Launches New Organic Research & Training Center in Georgia. Our farmer is Jocelyn Schlichting Hicks, the 2019 Good Steward Recognition Award from the National Corn Growers Association
Aug 20, 2019
Erin Fitzgerald, Jasper Claus, "30 Harvests"
Today's thought leader is Erin Fitzgerald, USFRA CEO who discusses the new short film, 30 Harvests. The stories you need to know: • University Scientists call for unconventional Collaboration in Agriculture. • The Meat Industry is working Together on Sustainability. Jasper Claus from 1Camera, the filmmaker responsible for the short film 30 Harvests.
Aug 13, 2019
Julie Shapiro, Ben King, Agriculture Outlook
This week's thought leader is Julie Shapiro, Facilitator for Honey Bee Health Coalition. The stories you need to know: • U.S. Vertical Farms are rising and Producing More • The Agricultural Outlook for the Coming Decade Today's Farmer is Ben King Owner of Pacific Gold Agriculture
Aug 7, 2019
Ben Feldman, Jodi Gauker, Farmers Market Week
This week's thought leader is Ben Feldman, Executive Director at Farmers Market Coalition The stories you need to know: • Organics are still showing a surging Demand. • What can be done to utilize “Ugly Produce” and minimize Food Waste? This weeks farmer is Jodi Gauker, Executive Director at Lundale Farm Inc. and Local Food advocate.
Jul 30, 2019
Alison Edwards, Dominic Biggi, Scott Seus
Today's thought leader is *Alison Edwards*, Director at Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops (SISC). The stories you need to know: • “Three Sisters Community Farm” grows Environmentally Sustainable Food. • There is a Big Market for Small Fruit in Retail. Today's farmers are *Domonic Biggi*, CEO at Beaverton Foods; and *Scott Seus*, Horseradish Farmer at Seus Family Farms.
Jul 23, 2019
Dr. Parameswaran, Meagan Kaiser, Cover Crop Benefits
Today's Thought Leader is *Dr. Poornima Parameswaran*, President and Co-owner of Trace Genomics *The Stories YOU need to know:* * How we can Suppress Pathogens on Farms, Naturally. * USDA takes stock of Cover Crop Benefits. Our farmer is *Meagan Kaiser*, Soil Scientist at Perry Agricultural Laboratory
Jul 15, 2019
Joe Kelpinski, Scott Lonier, Delicious Foods
This weeks Thought Leader is *Joe Kelpinski*, Program Manager at Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) The stories you need to know 1. The most Delicious Foods will Fall Victim to Climate Change. 2. Conservationists advise us to Make Small Shifts over Time. Our farmer interview is with *Scott Lonier*, MAEAP verified farmer in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
Jul 9, 2019
Dr. Robyn Metcalfe, Trey Braswell, App Harvest
Today's thought leader is: *Dr. Robyn Metcalfe*, Director at Food+City and author of Food Routes: Growing Bananas in Iceland and Other Tales from the Logistics of Eating The stories you need to know: • AppHarvest makes an impact on the Produce Supply Chain for U.S. Grocers. • Social Media is Fueling a Market for Novelty Eggs. Our farmer is: *Trey Braswell*, President of Braswell Family Farms
Jul 2, 2019
Erin Fitzgerald, Chip Bowling, Honor The Harvest
Our thought leader for this week's "Farm, Food, Facts" podcast is* *Erin Fitzgerald, USFRA CEO, who discusses the Honor The Harvest event The stories you need to know: • More Latinx Farmers own their Land—and they could help make the Food System more Sustainable.* * • A Climate-friendly Vegetable to consider. This week's farmer is Chip Bowling, USFRA Chairman and Maryland crop farmer.
Jun 26, 2019
Katy Franklin, April Clayton, Avocado Science
Our thought leader for this week's "Farm, Food, Facts" podcast is* Katy Franklin*, Research Manager at ReFED: Rethink Food Waste The stories you need to know: • With Apeel Sciences, could Avocados Last Longer? • Many Retailers tend to struggle with Inventory Forecasting. This week's farmer is *April Clayton*, Farmer Ambassador representing American Farm Bureau Federation
Jun 19, 2019
Franklin Holley, Wayne Fredericks, Monarch Butterflies
Our thought leader for this week's "Farm, Food, Facts" podcast is* Franklin Holley*, Senior Policy Director at Keystone https://farmersformonarchs.org The stories you need to know: • Many foods will disappear if Honey Bees go extinct—here’s an unsettling glimpse at a future without avocados or coffee. • Food Companies turn to Regenerative Agriculture to meet Sustainability Goals. • Trash or Treasure? Upcycled Food Waste is worth $46.7 Billion. This week's farmer is *Wayne Fredericks*, Pollinator Habitat Champion
Jun 12, 2019
Enid Partika, Will Tanaka, Jeremy Brown
Our thought leaders for this week's "Farm, Food, Facts" podcast are* *Enid Partika and Will Tanaka, UCSD students & inventors of "The BioEnergy Project". The stories you need to know: • Survey says the phrase “Buy Local” is unclear for Shoppers. • How Sustainability is Changing Grocery Stores. • A Significant Increase in Cotton Plantings is Projected. This week's farmer is Jeremy Brown, Texas Cotton Farmer
Jun 4, 2019
Geoff Ruth, John Seabrook, Disaster Resilient Farming
Our Thought Leader for today is John Seabrook, Journalist for the New Yorker. The Stories You Need to Know: *•*New UN Agriculture Agency Report says “Disaster Resilient” Farming can Reduce agriculture Risks and yield Economic Gain *•*Atlanta creates the first “Food Forest” in Georgia *•*Humans in my Food Supply Chain? Today's Farmer is Geoff Ruth, a Nebraska Farmer who uses drones to monitor yield and productivity
May 28, 2019
Greg Gershuny, Jamie Robertson, Silvopasture
Our Thought Leader for today is Greg Gershuny, Interim Director of the Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program. The Stories You Need to Know: • Silvopasture: bringing Benefits for both the Herd and the Soil. • The Beef Industry debuts Sustainability Framework. • Opportunity for Timely corn Planting depends on the Soil. • Syngenta and The Nature Conservancy are collaborating on Nature Innovation. Today's Farmer is Jamie Robertson, dairy farmer featured on "American Farms" Reality TV show.
May 21, 2019
Julie Murphree, Michael O'Gorman, Matt Niswander
Our two thought leaders for this Special Edition of the Farm, Food, Facts podcast are *Julie Murphree*, Outreach Director at Arizona Farm Bureau, and *Michael O'Gorman*, Executive Director at Farmer Veteran Coalition. The Stories You Need To Know: • The S.A.V.E. Farm Program is giving Veterans a path after their Service. • The average Age of hired Farm Laborers is Rising. Today's farmer is *Matt Niswander*, Tennessee Farmer, Nurse Practitioner, and Agriculture Advocate
May 14, 2019
Carolyn O'Donnell, John Boyd, Get Snacking Challenge
Our Thought Leader is Carolyn O’Donnell, spokesperson for the California Strawberry Commission. *The Stories You Need To Know:* • California Strawberry Commission announces “Get Snacking Challenge” Campaign • Florida Farm builds Accessible Strawberry-Picking System • Millennials have Specific Requirements when it Comes to Food • Using the Right Vendors can Reduce Food Safety Risks Today's Farmer is John W. Boyd Jr., farmer & founder of the National Black Farmers Association, featured on "American Farms" Reality TV show
May 7, 2019
Polly Ruhland, Kelly Griggs, New Water Rules
Our Thought Leader is Polly Ruhland, CEO of United Soybean Board, who joins us to discuss soybean innovation, the latest research findings and what’s next for soybean farmers. The Stories You Need to Know: *•*California Growers implement New Water Rules to ensure Romaine is Safe for Consumption. *•* Agriculture in Alaska is Booming! *•* Data Shows Fundamental Shifts occurring in American Farming. *•*Expanding Blockchain-based Grocery Store Network can help improve Food Safety. Today's Farmer is Kelly Griggs, row crop farmer - one of the farmers on American Farm on History who has one of the most challenging personal issues being a wheat farmer.
Apr 30, 2019
Christine Daugherty, Jenna Madsen, Generational Farm Transition
Our Thought Leader is Christine Daugherty, Vice President of Global Sustainable Agriculture and Responsible Sourcing at PepsiCo. The Stories You Need To Know: * Managing Soil (and soil fertility) after Flooding * The Hollowing Out of Mid-Sized U.S. Farms * Transitioning a Farm from one Generation to the Next is now Trickier than Ever * A Smartphone App that allows Farmers to Control where their Cows Graze Today’s farmer comes from one of the farm families featured on The American Farm on History. Jenna Madsen, of Sunderland Farms is the daughter of patriarch Scott Sunderland – her husband Brett and their 4 kids are struggling with drought conditions and a downturn in turkey consumption.
Apr 23, 2019
Thom Beers, American Farm, Adapting Agriculture
Our thought Leader is Thom Beers, one of the co-founders of Bobcat, which produces The American Farm, now airing on History. Food News of the Week: •Fixing Food Systems is Imperative for meeting Sustainable Development Goals •An Urgent Call for Adapting Agriculture and Food Systems •High-Pressure Processing can help keep Foods Fresh, Healthy, and Safe •The USDA, EPA, and FDA have released an inter-agency Plan to Combat Food Waste; finally
Apr 10, 2019
Alesha Black, AG Kawamura, Sustainability Goals
This Week's Thought Leader: Alesha Black, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Managing Director the Global Food and Agriculture Program The Stories YOU need to know: • Dairy group wants the FDA to get more strict about Terms used for Non-Milk Products. • Grocers can capture Consumers with Fresh-Cut Fruit. • How “Digital Twins” could allow Retailers give more to Food Banks. • Tyson Foods and Cloud-Based Tech—could this be the next Frontier for reaching Sustainability Goals? Farmer of The Week: AG Kawamura, Third generation fruit and vegetable grower and shipper from Orange County, CA, Former Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture
Mar 29, 2019
Dr. John Newton, Anne Meis, Farmbelt Floods
This week's Thought Leader: With the devistation occuring on our farms and ranches in the midwest, we have invited Dr. John Newton of the American Farm Bureau Federation to give us the most up to date report on exactly what is going on. Stories you need to know: •Farmers are Experiencing incredibly Hard Times from Mother Nature •The Ag Industry is Seeking USDA oversight of genetically engineered Animals •Drones could help Reduce the use of Antibiotics in Livestock. •Is Hydroponics the Future of Farming? •Farmers Markets are Struggling because the Market is Saturated Farmer of the Week: Anne Meis, who, along with her husband Jim, brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Pam Meis, and parents, Jim and Shirley Meis, own and operate a corn, soybean, alfalfa and feeder cattle operation southeast of Elgin, Neb.
Mar 20, 2019
Monica Amburn, Carla Wardin, Food Tech Innovations
Our Thought Leader is Monica Amburn, a registered dietitian/nutritionist with a passion for creative wellness education and communications. Food News Of The Week: •Pepsi Empowers Female Farmers with CARE Partnership •It’s not the Farmers who are “tossing” perfectly good Produce •New USDA Beef “Lifecycle Assessment” discovers Environmental Impacts are Lower than previously Perceived •It has been a critical year for CRISPR—but the technology’s Success Depends on Consumers •How decision-makers in Food Companies prioritize Food Tech Innovations Farmer of the Week: Carla Wardin, Dairy Farmer
Mar 12, 2019
Mickey Rubin, Jim Adams, Protein Trend for Consumers
Today, our thought leader is Dr. Mickey Rubin the Executive Director of the Egg Nutrition Board, and one of the nation’s leaders on sports nutrition and the dietary effects of what we eat on cardiometabolic health outcomes. Food News of the Week: •Want to learn the “Life Story” of a Chicken in your Supermarket? Well, now you can. •High-fat Diets cause Food Prices to balloon—challenging Farmers to Keep Up. •What Food Companies should learn from Smithfield Foods, who has exceeded its Grain Sustainability Goal •Remember those ugly smoke stacks? Turns out there’s a reclaimed smoke-stack Mineral that could help Grow Crops. •It’s all about the retail experience to compete with online shopping Farmer of the Week: Jim is a former chairman of the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and serves as a board member of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance.
Feb 27, 2019
Dr. Nick Goeser, Nancy Kavazanjian, Tinder for Cattle
Our Thought Leader is Dr. Nick Goeser, Vice President, Sustainability Sciences and Strategy, USFRA. Food News of the Week: • Spinach may hold the Solution to the devastating Disease that’s harming Citrus Trees. • How (and where) will Farmers Grow our Food in the Future? • Urban Agriculture can Improve Food Security. • Next Trend: Probiotics for Plants • A Tinder-inspired app is helping Farmers match up potential Partners for their Cattle! Farmer of the Week: Nancy Kavazanjian, Soybean Farmer
Feb 20, 2019
Cattle Ranches and Supermarkets
Our thought leader is Bridget Wasser, Executive Director, Meat Science & Supply Chain Outreach at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Food News of the Week: •Polar Vortex Slammed mid-western Dairy Farmers and Beef Cattle Ranchers •Oregon Rancher is Building Soil Health—as well as a Robust Regional Food System •Has this Company Invented a Weed that could Save Farming (and the Environment)? •Producers design Angus herd Genetics for Better Beef. •A Major Beer offers a #ToastToFarmers as a way to Thank Crop Growers! Farmer of the Week: Kelsey Pope, Colorado cattle rancher & blogger.
Feb 12, 2019
Love for Farmers, Joe Koss, Bo Stone
Our thought leader is Joe Koss, CEO of Culver’s Food News of the Week: •This might be the Answer to Herbicide-Resistant “Superweeds.” •New Research offers Strategies for Sustainable, Profitable Livestock Farming. •This is How “Influencers” will Highlight Produce in 2019. •The Warm Colors of Yellow and Orange will prevail in 2019. Farmer of The Week: Bo Stone, a North Carolina farmer from P&S Farms
Jan 29, 2019
Future of Farming, National Croissant Day
This week on Farm-Food-Facts we will discuss why game-changing research, technology and innovation is critical to the future of farming and the food world – and how you can be a part of it. Our thought leader is Dr. Sally Rockey the Executive Director of the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research or FFAR. A discussion with Brett Kaysen, Ph.D., who leads the sustainability practice at the National Pork Board and is a pig farmer.
Jan 21, 2019
EAT-Lancet Report, Erin Fitzgerald, Cassidy Johnston
Today, our thought leader is US Farmers & Rancers Alliance Erin Fitzgerald putting perspective and an intelligent way to think about the EAT-Lancet report issued last week on the implications for feeding a growing global population – and will share the number one flaw in the process of the commission. Food News of the Week: 1. We know that Crops can be bred to Resist Disease—but is it possible to breed Crops Resilient to Rising Temperatures? 2. Female Ranchers are on the Rise! 3. Recruiting Ants to Fight Weeds on the Farm 4. These are 5 Ways Grocers can Sell More in 2019 Farmer of the Week: Cassidy Johnston, who along with her husband and sons, work a cattle ranch in southeastern New Mexico.
Jan 15, 2019
Expected Food Trends, Katie Brown, Brody Stapel
Today, our thought leader is Katie Brown, Senior Vice President, Sustainable Nutrition at Dairy Management Inc. DMI who manages the National Dairy Council the Innovation for US Dairy and the US Dairy Export Council. Food News of the Week: •Solutions that could help Feed 10 Billion People without depleting the Planet •Fixing a Flaw in Photosynthesis could Tremendously increase the amount of Food we Produce •“Smart Agriculture” could be the Solution to Water Scarcity •Beef sees Rise in Demand for “High End” Cuts •Six Trends expected to Impact the Food Industry in 2019 Farmer of the Week: Brody Stapel of Double Dutch Dairy
Jan 7, 2019
Meal Kit Mania, Zippy Duvall, Chip Bowling
Our Thought leader is is Zippy Duvall, the President of the American Farm Bureau Federation and member of the White House Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert’s news roundup of the week’s top stories in food/agriculture include: •Here is What Retailers and Restaurants can Learn from Farmers •The Salvation Army is starting to Sell Groceries •Meal Kit Mania: Consumers Love this modern Innovative Offering •Amazon commits approximately $22 billion in future Food Purchases as it proliferates Whole Foods. •Consumers are a bit Happier with Supermarkets recently Farmer of the week: Charles “Chip” Bowling, Jr. USFRA Chairman.
Jan 1, 2019
Highlights from 2018
In a special podcast today we revisit three highlights since we launched Farm-Food-Facts – our CEO Erin Fitzgerald will kick off today’s podcast, followed by Walter Robb, the former Co-CEO of Whole Foods and one of the most insightful people in the food world and Jimmy Webb, a past recipient of Georgia’s Farmer of the Year Award who farms corn, cotton and peanuts.
Dec 19, 2018
Ag-Tech Startups, John Newton, Hilary Maricle
Our thought leader is John Newton, American Farm Bureau Federation Economist. Food News of the Week: • This Is How Food Can Have The Power To Transform A Person • A Fresh Solution For Tackling Food Waste In The Supply Chain • Forty Acres Of American Farmland Is Lost Every Hour Due To Development • A New Wave of Ag-Tech Startups: Uber CEO and Alphabet Invest in Urban Farming Farmer of The Week: Hilary Maricle, Farmer, Ag Educator
Dec 12, 2018
"New American Farmer, Kim Kirchherr, Jay Hill
Our thought leader is Kim Kirchherr, an award-winning registered dietitian and a certified personal trainer. Food News of the Week: •Could this App be the Key to Saving Crops from Pests and Pathogens? •We’re Facing a “Storm of Innovation”—is your Supply Chain Prepared? •Meet the “New American Farmer.” •Leading Scientists call for 8-Step Action to Increase Global Soil Carbon Farmer of The Week: Jay Hill from Hill Farms & Wholesome Farms
Dec 5, 2018
More Food Less Pollution, Mary Shelman, Steve Meier
Our thought leader guest is Mary Shelman, Former Director of Harvard Business School's Agribusiness Program. Food News of the Week: •What the latest Climate Report means for Agriculture. •This is how Dairy Farmers can Lead the way in Environmental Stewardship. •Ways to Grow More Food with Less Pollution. •Two Companies are Joining forces to Capture Methane from Hog Manure Lagoons! Farmer of the Week: Steve Meier, his wife Teresa, and their family, have been providing greater Jackson, Missouri area with a unique Christmas experience; offering customers a "choose and harvest" or pre-cut trees.
Nov 29, 2018
Erin Fitzgerald, Don Cameron, Facial Recognition
Our thought leader guest will be Erin Fitzgerald, CEO of USFRA, who will share insights from the Sustainable Agriculture Summit and Panel Discussion. Food News of the Week: •New Holiday Survey Results: "State of Grocery Retail" Report. •KFC & Baidu join forces regarding Facial Recognition. •Young Farmers and Cashing in on Hemp! •"California Wine" Grape Growers must deal with Damage from Catastrophic Wildfires. Farmer of the Week: Don Cameron, of Terranova Ranch in Helm California, will discuss sustainability of the farm, and the California weather events and challenges he deals with including drought, forest fires, and climate change.
Nov 22, 2018
Walter Robb, Darrell Glaser, Thanksgiving Dinner Costs
Our thought leader guest will be Walter Robb, former Co-CEO of Whole Foods who now is investing in food and agriculture start ups and will share his insights on both organic and conventional agriculture – how we need both to work together, the importance of retailers working with farmers, how food and agriculture is moving sustainability forward through technology and continuous improvement. Food News: •Turkey is still #1, but some folks are starting to also serve a new main protein Thanksgiving Dish! •Shoppers are becoming more Comfortable Buying Fresh Produce Online, according to Survey Results. •This is why Farmers Need to Encourage Cranberry Consumption this Thanksgiving •The Clever Tech Keeping America's (Many) Disabled Farmers on the Job •Farm Bureau Survey: Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Down for 3rd Straight Year Darrell Glaser is a farmer and owner of Bar G and Reveille Turkey Farms in Rogers, Texas, where he raises turkeys and cattle. Darrell is a former Face of Fa…
Nov 13, 2018
Erin Fitzgerald, Emily Buck, Zia Daniell Wigder
U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance CEO Erin Fitzgerald discusses how today's farmers "Honor the Harvest" and how food retailers can support the initiative in store and in their promotions. Food News of the week: •Rotterdam's Merwehaven harbor is home to the world's first floating dairy farm •Transparency comes to Thanksgiving as brands offer traceable turkey programs via blockchain to consumers •Post Hurricane Update: Farmers feeling the pain as rising costs and lower prices put further pressure on operations •Robots as "cattle drivers" improve animal welfare and employee safety Farmer of the week: Emily Buck, Ph.D., Ohio Crop and Sheep Farmer and Professor at Ohio State University joins us to discuss soil erosion, pesticide runoff, the Conservation Reserve Program and her recent discussions with retailers at Groceryshop. Special guest: Zia Daniell Wigder, co-founder and Chief Global Content Officer at Groceryshop joins us now to share why it is important for farmers a…
Oct 25, 2018
Jimmy Webb, Hurricane Michael
*U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance CEO Erin Fitzgerald* discusses responsible investment and marketing across the food value chain through new innovations backed by science and shared outcomes. *Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert’s* news roundup of the week’s top stories in food/agriculture include: New Source of Protein, Healthy Living Campaign and “Winning on Reducing Food Waste” Initiative. *Georgia corn, cotton and peanut farmer Jimmy Webb* engages with Phil for a Q&A about Hurricane Michael and its impact on farmers, the farm economy and our food and fiber supply this harvest.
Oct 18, 2018
Brad & Peggy Greenway, Internet of Cows
*U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance CEO Erin Fitzgerald* discusses the recent UN Global Warming report and farmers’ role in carbon sequestration and utilizing biomass for energy. *Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert’s* news roundup of the week’s top stories in food/agriculture include: Impact of Hurricane Michael, “Internet of Cows” and IBM Food Trust Network. *Pig Farmer of the Year Brad Greenway and his wife Peggy* engage with Phil for a Q&A about technology and innovation, continuous improvement in animal care and today’s family farm.