Ep 95: Saltwater Fishing with Tom Rowland

I know what your thinking, “Trevor…what’s this got to do with farming?” Well…honestly, not a whole lot. But saltwater fishing is a fun hobby I’ve started to take up and I wanted to learn more from an expert and fellow Waypoint Outdoor Collective podcaster. Enter, Tom Rowland, angler, guide, fishing tv show host, and podcaster. Who else would be filled with knowledge about the basics of saltwater fishing?!

On todays interview, Tom will cover the basics of saltwater fishing, how he got his start, and why fitness plays an important role in his fishing career. I had a ton of fun recording this episode. Look for more podcasts like this, with experts in other fields besides Agriculture, coming soon.

Check out Tom and his podcast/shows at the links below.

Tomrowlandpodcast.com

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Show Notes:

  • Tom’s background
  • Growing up active and fishing
  • Moving to Montana as a guide
  • Moving back to the Florida Keys
  • Best fishing tackle
  • Catching redfish, flounder, mullet, etc.
  • Getting your boat in the right spot.
  • Fitness
  • Tom Rowland fitness challenges
  • Best fishing and weather apps

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Ep 94: What is an “Agrihood?”

Tripp and Carmen Eldridge are the Farm Directors at the Arden development, a project designed to get residents connected with nature. Tripp and Carmen have coined the phrase, “Agrihood” as the slogans for the new neighborhoods as residents can volunteer and work with the community gardens, that supply the community. This is such a cool concept and I’m so excited to learn more with Carmen.

Check out Carmen at the links below

Arden.com

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Show Notes:

  • Carmen’s background
  • The start of “Agrihoods”
  • Importance of getting back to nature/food
  • Farm to table movement
  • Arden developments
  • Community based gardens
  • Resident’s volunteering to work with gardens
  • What might the future of communities look like?
  • Misconceptions

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Podcast Episode 88: Financial Planning from the Experts

2021 is HERE (Thank Goodness!) Most of us are starting the year off on the right foot by using New Years Resolutions to make healthy changes in our lives. Finances are usually a popular are most people tend to focus on, especially as we are still dealing with a pandemic and quarantine. I thought it would be super helpful to learn from a bookkeeping and farming business consultant to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes, financially, with a farm.

Our guest today is Michelle Patten from Patten Bookkeeping & Consulting. Michelle is an expert when it comes to making smart financial decisions on a farm as well as tips on working with family, which is a pretty important issue to focus on. In our interview, Michelle and I chat about her background, why she chose to help farms with bookkeeping advice, how farms can continue to be profitable, as well as the importance of diversifying your farm without spread yourself too thin.

Thanks to Michelle for coming on the show and being the first guest of 2021! Be sure to check out her consulting business at Patten Bookkeeping & Consulting

Check out Michelle at the links below

Patten Bookkeeping & Consulting

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Show Notes:

  • Patten Bookkeeping & Consulting
  • Michelle’s background
  • Farm planning and why some farms fail
  • The difficulty of bookkeeping and finances of a farm
  • How to ensure future generations are in good shape
  • How can farms be profitable?
  • Can farms still be profitable during COVID?
  • Michelle’s consultant work
  • 70% of second-generation family businesses fail. Most farms and ranches are family businesses and they are not immune to this unfortunate reality.
  • “3 Ways to Ensure your Family Ag Business Is Passed to the Next Generation” or “Transition Planning for Farmers and Ranchers- Where to Start”.

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Farmland Investing with FarmTogether

There’s always been three people that I consider “Reliable financial advisors.” My dad, my grandpa (my dad’s dad), and Jim Cramer. The former two have dabbled in the stock market for decades and have seen pretty decent returns. Jim Cramer on the other hand is well known investment guru (and a hilarious one at that). These guys have been a wealth of knowledge to listen to. However, none of them knew about the prospect of farm land investing and how it is much more stable and often safer than stock market investing. Now one company, FarmTogether, is making investing in farmland much easier than ever before.

Recently, I sat down with FarmTogether founder and CEO, Artem Milinchuk, to talk about farmland investing and how FarmTogether is making it a much easier process than ever before.

So why invest in farmland?

First off, why would someone want to invest in farmland? As Artem mentioned in our podcast interview (check it out below), available farmland in the United States is shrinking due to increase in population. Obviously, with an increaes in population, we will need more food than ever. It’s estimated in the next 20-30 years, we will increase world-wide population by 2 Billion people. That’s 2 billion MORE mouths to feed, three times a day, everyday. That’s a lot more food needed than what we produce now. So it seems that farmland value will continue to go up as more farmers are either growing their operations, starting new ones, or even consolidating. With investments in row crops and even specialty crops like apples, and IRR (annual rate of growth an investment) anywhere from 7 – 20%, farm investment looks like a stable and very lucrative investment for any portfolio.

So why FarmTogether?

FarmTogether offers an all-in-one tool to invest in farms across the United States. While other investment sites only offer certain areas, FarmTogether allows you to pick any crop and any location around the country that is part of their extensive listing.

They also do their research when adding farmland to the platform. Using their state-of-the-art technology and curating process, FarmTogether only adds sites with real promise of delivering decent returns for your investment. The farms selected often practice sustainable, regenerative production methods with promises high quality soil and high quality produce. These production methods are growing in terms of populatiry with consumers, so farmers are staying on trend to capitalize as much as possible, both of profit and for environmental reasons.

Also, this isn’t some process where you invest and never hear from FarmTogether. They encourage investors who are looking at starting an account to contact them with questions, comments, concerns, etc. There are also wonderful resources on their website that offer more details on what the investment process is like and much more.

If have been thinking about diversifying your portfolio, I encourage you to check out FarmTogether. It’s a great platform that not only helps farmers, but also investors. Their easy to use site and resources take out the intimidation of investing.

Check out FarmTogether.com or our interview below!

Ep. 93: How FarmTogether is Changing Investing

Curious about learning more when it comes to investing? What about investing in farmland? Then you will find today’s episode very helpful.

This week I sit down with Artem Milinchuk, founder and CEO of FarmTogether, an online investment platform that makes investing in farmland as simple as it’s ever been. In our interview, Artem will explain why farmland investing is usually safer than the stock market, what returns are like, and how a reduction in available farmland might lead to greater profits for investors. Be sure to check out FarmTogether at the links below!

Check out FarmTogether at the links below

FarmTogether Website

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Show Notes:

  • FarmTogether
  • Artem Milinchuk
  • Farm land investing basics
  • Why farmland investing is a safer bet than stocks
  • Investment returns
  • Long-term vs short-term investments
  • Investing strategies
  • Process of farms selection with FarmTogether
  • Availability to US/International Investors

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Ep. 92: What Makes this Hawaiian Chocolate Special?

Just in time for Valentines day, let’s talk about chocolate!

My guest today is Daeus Bencomo, from Lavaloha farm in Hawaii. Today, Daeus will walk us through chocolate production, from cocoa bean to chocolate bark, the role volcanic soils plays in giving their chocolate a unique flavor profile, and how their farm tours are a huge hit with tourists.

Check out Lavahola at the links below

Lavaloha Website

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Show Notes:

  • Lavahola Chocolate
  • Growing chocolate on the side of a mountain
  • What is “single-origin” chocolate?
  • Growing in volcanic soil
  • Harvesting cocoa beans and turning it into chocolate bark
  • History of chocolate
  • Difference between dark, milk, and lite chocolates
  • Farm tours
  • COVID-19’s impact on the farm
  • Misconceptions on farming

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Ep. 91: Boyd Farms Fresh

We are continuing this unintentional streak of meat companies by interviewing one a bit closer to home here in the Florida Panhandle. Boyd Fresh Farms is a 7th generation farm that specializes in beef cattle. Recently, the Boyd family has transitioned to selling direct to consumers here around North Florida. For those familiar with the Boyd name, you might remember Alan Boyd, the former State and US congressman is owner and operator. He, along with his wife Jeannie, daughter Suzanne, son David, and David’s fiancé Kelly, are continuing the tradition of this family farm will transitioning it into a key sector of the food supply chain.

Straight to consumer business are booming now in the age of the pandemic, and with we have seen just how frail the food supply chain is. Now, more farmers and ranchers are doing the work of processing and distribution to keep their food closer to home and costs down for themselves as well as the consumer. This change in supply is huge and has the potential to change the industry as we know it.

This week, I sit down with Alan and Suzanne and talk about the history of Boyd Farms Fresh, transitioning the business to selling direct, and if Alan prefers working with cattle of politicians. This was a super fun interview and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did recording it.

Check out Boyd Farms at the links below

Boyd Farms Fresh Website

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Show Notes:

  • Boyd Farms History
  • Suzanne and Alan’s backgrounds
  • Types of Beef Cattle
  • Inspiration being consumer direct business
  • COVID-19’s impact
  • Bottleneck of U.S. livestock processing
  • Farmer/consumer relationship

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Ep. 90: Honest, Sustainable Meat – The Honest Bison

When was the last time you had Bison? It was probably at a Ted’s Montana Grill or a fancy restaurant. Honestly, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve had a bison burger, time I change that! Our guest today, is bringing one of the most high-quality meats out there, bison and even veal, straight to you door. Sean Lenihan is the founder of Honest Bison, a meat delivery company focused on suppling consumers with healthy, sustainably grown meat. Sean and I will chat about his background and the start of Honest Bison, how they work with ranchers of bison, and even discuss the concept of farmers and ranchers developing costs of food based on nutrition instead of weight.

Check out Honest Bison at the links below

Honest Bison Website

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Show Notes:

  • Sean’s background
  • Working in marketing with companies like Aston Martin and Activision
  • Building a valuable brand
  • The Honest Bison story
  • The popularity of bison
  • Working with ranchers
  • Sustainable ranching and meat production
  • High demand, low availability meats
  • COVID-19’s impact
  • Adjusting cost of food on nutritional content INSTEAD of by weight
  • Benefits of organ meats
  • Ordering from Honest Bison

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Time Blocking

This year I’ve been trying to stay focused. It’s been going ok, except for wh…SQUIRREL!!!

Ok, clearly I still need work. But, one tool that actually has been super helpful is Time Blocking. Queue all the Elon Musk fanboys because this is a tactic that Elon apparently uses daily. Time blocking is pretty much scheduling out your full day in blocks (See? Pretty self explanatory). You plan out your day in 15, 30 or even 60 minute increments and stick with what you have scheduled.

I’ve tried it for several days this year and have found it to be pretty darn useful. 2021 has been extremely busy for me thus far as I’m balancing work (my 9-5 job as a software trainer), Farm Traveler podcast duties, the new side gig as a reporter for the Southeast Regional Ag update, AND starting my masters degree from FSU. Instead of just working on projects as they show up on my schedule or mindlessly going from one project to the next, time blocking enables me to plan and organize each day and the tasks that need to be completed. For example, I’m only checking emails once every few hours instead of every few minutes. I’m planning out interviews during my lunch break at work.

At first glance it seems a bit restrictive to plan out every hour in the work day, but as someone said (I can’t remember who said it but it might have been Thomas Frank from YouTube), “Freedom lies in your structure.” By planning out your day, you actually have freedom. Freedom to focus on projects and tasks when you have set them to be worked on. No more spiritic working. No more jumping from task to task.

So how do you do it?

Simple. The day before or even Sunday night before your work week starts, take about 5 – 10 minutes to plan out your next day. Think about what you need to accomplish and which projects need to be completed first. And here is the tricky part: Stick to the schedule! Try to stick with the scheduled times and their tasks. The first few days, as I found out, you might need to adjust the times for some tasks and that’s totally fine. Find out what works for you! You can time block on a calendar, journal, app, or whatever works for you. I’ve just been using Google Calendar to schedule my day. It’s free and because I have the app on my phone, it sends me notifications a few minutes before each task. There are also tools like ToDoist which I highly recommend. It’s a task list app as well as website.

From Rescue Time’s blog post, link below.

For another great breakdown on Time Blocking, check out Rescue Time’s blog post here.

I’ve found time blocking immensely helpful. I hope you do too.

So let me know what you think!

Will you give time blocking a try? Or do you already use it? Or maybe you use another too. If so, what is it?

Let me know! I’ll add a time block to read the comments. 😀

Ep. 89: Michelle Martin – Jack of All Trades

Today our guest is a farmer. She also has a magazine. She ALSO has a TV Show. SHE ALSO is working on a food label called “Farmer Who”. Talk about a full plate! Michelle Martin is my guest today on the show. Michelle is a farmer, along with her husband, on South Texas. Michelle publishes AgMag which highlights Texas agriculture. Probably my personal favorite project she is working on is a label called “Farmer Who” which allows consumers to scan a QR code on the food label and see a quick video of Michelle and the actual farmer that grew that crop. HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!

Michelle and I chat a lot about ag education and misinformation we see in the industry as well as how she balances all these projects.

Check out Michelle at the links below

Michelle on Instagram

AgMag Webiste

Michelle’s YouTube Channel

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Show Notes:

  • Michelle’s background
  • Her farms methods
  • Biggest misconceptions with agriculture
  • “Farmer Who” 
  • Michelle’s show “Ag on Wheels”
  • Michelle’s magazine “AgMag”
  • How the heck does she manage all these projects?!

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Journaling…Again.

Off and on for the last few years I have attempted journaling. Each morning, actually only mornings where I’m able (aka not lazy enough) to wake up early, I’ll get a cup of coffee or tea, and sit down to journal. The current book I’m journaling with is Bob Goff’s Live in Grace, Walk in Love, which I highly recommend. I’ll read a days passage in the book and then answer the prompt at the end. Usually it’s something along the lines of what I need to trust God with or how I can practice my faith, and believe you me, there is a lot I can improve on both.

When I do journal, I feel pretty productive the rest of the day. It’s a simple habit to start the day that motivates me, kinda like making your bed each morning.

I did finally bite the bullet and buy a 3-week productivity journal. Actually super excited for it. The journal breaks down each day, goals, things your grateful for, habits you want to work on, and a daily reflection. I’m hoping the structure of this, helps me consistently journal as well as continue to find time to journal with Bob Goff’s book.

Although I am not super consistent at journaling, I HIGHLY recommend it. Doesn’t matter your age or stage of life, getting all your thoughts down on paper, really do help digest everything going on. Maybe give it a try if you don’t already journal. Doesn’t matter if you write down one sentence or a few pages, just journal.

One of my greatest creations, and journaling experiments, is a big memory journal I started back in college. I had the idea to write down any huge or impactful moments, just so I could remember the lessons. I’ll keep it brief, but it includes movements from when I was a teaching intern or when I had dinner at a Masonic Lodge. Even moments as big as going to the ER or even, my favorite, meeting Allie. Big moments change our lives. And journaling help our future selves remember them. If you want to hear more about the memory journal (yeah, it does sound cheesy), let me know! I’d be glad to share some stories.

Podcast Episode 85: Pesticides 101

Today our guest is an expert when it comes to pest management in agriculture. Dr. Norman Leppla is a Professor of Entomology and the founding director of UF/IFAS integrated pest management program. IPM, or Integrated Pest Management is one tool farmers use to eliminate pests on their farms. Dr. Leppla is going to explain the process of IPM, how chemical sprays are only one small part of the equation, what consumers should know about pesticides, and how these chemicals work.

Check out IPM and IFAS the links below:

IFAS Website

IPM at IFAS

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Show Notes:

  • Dr. Norman Leppla’s Background
  • Working at the University of Florida IFAS (Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences)
  • Basics on pesticides (IRAC, FRAC, HRAC).
  • How do pesticides work?
  • Organic vs conventional pesticides.
  • Regulating pesticides – EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
  • What is IPM (Integrated Pest Management) and how is it incorporated?
  • What should consumers know about pesticides?
  • How UF and IFAS educate both farmers AND consumers.

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Podcast Episode 84: The Rise of the Farming Simulator

I am a HUGE fan of videos games. Since the dawn of the PlayStation 1, I’ve been gaming for well over two decades. Halo, NCAA Football, Spyro, and the list goes on. Don’t judge me, because pretty much everyone enjoys games nowadays with the rise of mobile gaming.

One game taking the world by storm in Farming Simulator, which has huge followings around the world as well as a popular e-Sports league! Our guest today is Martin Rabl, from the developers of Farming Simulator, Giants Software. Giants Software is a German based gaming company that has been working on the popular farming sim since 2013. The game features countless, name brand tractors and various farming equipment, crop management, livestock, and much, much, MUCH more! I’ve played it for several hours now and the depth of this game in incredible.

In our episode, Martin and I will talk about the development behind the game, how real to life the simulator is, how they work with farmers to stay accurate, and how they manage ongoing content for the game as well as their huge fan base.

Check out Giants Software and Farming Simulator at the links below:

Giants Software

Farming Simulator Website

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Show Notes:

  • Martin Rabl
  • Giants Software: Farming Simulator #FS19
  • Developing a game
  • What goes in to Research and Development for a simulator?
  • Staying accurate with real equipment and technology
  • Working with name brands like John Deere, Case IH, and others
  • Crop and Livestock Management
  • Downloadable Content (DLC)
  • Working with Modders
  • e-Sports Teams
  • Populators of Farming Sim
  • Future plans and development

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When life gives you lemons…make orange juice.

What came first, the title of this post or some lesson? Defiantly the former in this case.

It’s been a minute. But that’s how life is, right? We bought a house and have been working on renovating/moving so things have been crazy.

But that’s usually the way life goes. We never get to pick exactly what happens in our lives when we decide to make a change or improve certain aspects.

So instead of planning to make lemonade out of lemons, sometimes we’ve got to make OJ. Work with what you got. If you’ve got to change your path or your approach, that’s ok. It literally happens to everyone. Just some people are better at adapting than others.

So what do you think? Is it easy to set things up perfectly before we start a change? Or do we need to role with the punches?

Also, hot take, OJ is best. Your thoughts?

Thanks,

-T

Podcast Episode 83: How Artificial Intelligence is Improving Agriculture

Our guest today is Adam Greenberg the CEO of iUNU, a Seattle based startup that provides AI and computer vision technology to drive efficiencies and profits for greenhouse growers. iUNU & Mr. Greenberg has been recognized with a Medal of Excellence nomination from Greenhouse Grower, best new indoor growing technology from United Fresh Produce Association, and was recently named to GPN’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2020. Adam has also been a speaker & panelist at universities, associations, conferences, most recently as a speaker at Hemp Industry Daily as well as University of Maryland’s MAVRIC. Mr. Greenberg led an AI symposium for Congressional staffers on Capitol Hill late last year. He founded iUNU in 2013 to revolutionize the greenhouse industry by using machine vision technology. His passion for agriculture came from his father who is a botanist and entrepreneur. Mr. Greenberg earned his degrees in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Washington and is a former financial analyst at Amazon. He is a fifth-generation native of San Francisco and lives in Seattle, Washington where he enjoys traveling and the outdoors.

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Show Notes:

  • Adam Greenberg and iUNU
  • Developing Artificial Intelligence
  • The reception of iUNU
  • Silicon Valley meets Agriculture
  • How science and farming go hand in hand
  • Using AI to make greenhouse production more efficient
  • Will AI eliminate jobs in agriculture?
  • Showcasing to students that agriculture involves countless technologies
  • Thoughts on the farmer/consumer relationship

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