Ep 134: KC Cattle Company

To bring in the new year, the first episode of 2022 is a great one. Today, I’m interviewing KC Cattle Company CEO and Owner, Patrick Montgomery. Before starting KC Cattle Co, Patrick spent time as an Army Ranger. Many of the members of the KC Cattle Co family are veterans and have brought what they learned in the service to the company that specializes in wagyu beef. In our chat today, Patrick and I will chat about how he started KCCC, what makes Wagyu so wonderful, how their hotdog was voted “Best Hotdog in the WORLD“, and how they deliver straight to consumers.

This is a fun one! And check out Patrick and KC Cattle Company at the links below.

Website: KC Cattle Company

Instagram: KC Cattle on Instagram

Facebook: KC Cattle on Facebook

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Ep 132: Alberta on a Plate

Canada, a neighbor to the North is home to countless amazing farmers, ranchers, and restaurants. Our guest today is Rheannon Green from Alberta on a Plate, which Canada, a neighbor to the North is home to countless amazing farmers, ranchers, and restaurants. Our guest today is Rheannon Green from Alberta on a Plate, which is dedicated to celebrating farmers and restaurants throughout the province. What was first inspired by Alberta Farm Days has transformed into a huge resource for farmers, consumers, and restaurant owners who all want to support local food. Check them out at the links below.

Website: https://www.albertaontheplate.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abontheplate

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abontheplate

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Show Notes:

  • 40000 farms in Alberta
  • Rheannon’s background Background
  • Start of Alberta on a Plate
  • Alberta farm days
  • Why is a strong local food economy important?
  • Any examples of farmers and chefs working together?
  • How has this helped Rheannon see how food is made and how we can make better food decisions?

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Ep 131: Sweet Thistle Farms

Have you ever been to a flower farm? I sure haven’t! It’s an often overlooked part of the agriculture industry, but flowers are a huge part of horticulture and account for billions of dollars every ear across the US. Today on the show, I’m interviewing Sarah Shoffner with Sweet Thistle Farms, a cut flower and pumpkin farm in the Central Valley in California. In our interview, Sarah and I chat about her background, how she grows flowers and pumpkins, the fall rush with customers, and a loooot more!

Sweet Thistle Farms Website

Sweet Thistle on Instagram

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Show Notes

  • Sarah’s Background
  • Growing pumpkins and flowers
  • Goat dairy
  • central valley California, Fresno
  • Growing flowers from plugs

Question from a listeners:

  • Mildew control in pumpkins…
  • Best way to market flowers besides a farmer’s market?
  • What kind of soil do pumpkins grow well in?

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Ep 130: Is the Food Supply Chain broken?

Can we fix our food supply chain? Yes, we can! And companies like SIMPLi are going to be at the front of that fight. Today, I’m joined with Matt Cohen, co-founder of a company called SIMPLi that is revolutionizing the food supply chain. Learn more how Matt and everyone at SIMPLi are working directly with farmers to bring better products to consumers while also helping those farmers as much as possible.

SIMPLi, an ingredients company whose mission is to bring the best, most nutritious and delicious single-origin ingredients (quinoa, extra virgin olive oil, beans, etc.) from around the world to your kitchen.

Matt and co-founder Sarela Herrada

EatSimpli.com

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Show Notes

  • Matt’s Background
  • Entreprenuers
  • Metaverse
  • Start of Simpli
  • Normal Supply Chain vs SIMPLi
  • Fraudulent food activity?
  • How has Covid impacted these small farmers?

SIMPLi, an ingredients company whose mission is to bring the best, most nutritious, and delicious single-origin ingredients (quinoa, extra virgin olive oil, beans, etc.) from around the world to your kitchen.

  • Eliminate fraudulent activity in the supply chain + create sourcing transparency on a global level. Food fraud is estimated to cost the industry between $30-40 billion per year. By working directly with growing communities in Peru and Greece to consolidate all the middle parties (co-ops, broker, exporter, importer, distributor, etc.), they have been able to create a fully vertical supply chain for getting products from farms to consumers, preventing 100% fraudulent supply chain activity.
  • Combat climate change. Agriculture emits an estimated 10.5% of greenhouse gases. SIMPLi’s partners use regenerative organic farming in order to grow the most nutritious ingredients possible and to minimize the harmful effects that conventional agriculture has on our environment. Simpli has helped 560 farmers and 1,060 acres transition from traditional to regenerative organic working farms.
  • Supporting global farming communities. After harvest, ingredients will touch about seven steps in the supply chain before landing in the hands of a business or consumers. These middle players can trigger a number of transaction fees, taking money directly away from farmers. Because of SIMPLi’s simple supply chain of “Farmer – SIMPLi – You”, they are able to pay above market price and improve the livelihoods of their farmers.

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Ep 112: Jay Williams – Williams Honey Farm

Beekeeping and honey production are not easy tasks. Especially now as bee populations continue to dwindle across the world. My guest today is Jay Williams from Williams Honey Farm in Tennessee. Jay walks us through how he went from film school to beekeeping! Jay and I also talk about the issues facing bees, his beekeeping academy for beginning and novice beekeepers, and how he removes bees from all types of places where they AREN’T supposed to be.

And fun fact for you, Jay’s sister is the one and only Kimberly Williams-Paisley!

 

Jay’s Bio:

Jay Williams has owned and operated Williams Honey Farm LLC for the past 13 years.  He produces award winning honey, raises nucs/queens, teaches in-person/digital beekeeping schools, and coaches/mentors new and seasoned beekeepers.  His bees have been the subject of film and print productions both locally and nationally.  Globally, his beekeeping videos have been viewed more than 7 million times.  Follow along with his daily beekeeping adventures @williamshoneytn or visit www.williamshoneyfarm.com for more info.

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Show Notes

  • Jay’s background in filmmaking
  • Filmmaking now Bees
  • The start of Williams Honey Farm
  • Tactical Beekeeping Academy and Coaching
  • Almond farms and bees…a unhealthy relationship?
  • Growing on Instagram with videos and reels
  • Mites attacking bee populations.
  • Harvesting Bee Pollen
  • What is Bee Venom and is it helpful to humans?
  • Getting stung on purpose? That’s apitherapy.
  • Bee removal process.
  • How Jay makes honey products.
  • Current issues facing bees and beekeeping

Facts on Honey and Bees

  • Queen bees can lay 2000 eggs PER DAY!

Top Quotes

  • “A lot of people focus on the honey.  You’ve got to remember that there are a ton of other thing a bee hive produces.”
  • “No one has figured out how to be the perfect beekeeper.  No one has really mastered it yet.  We’re still paving the way to do it better.”

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Ep 111: Less Waste = Cheaper Food?

Let’s talk about how reducing food waste might mean cheaper foods. Today I’m chatting with David Kat from Wasteless about how they are helping reduce food waste. Did you know that almost 1/3 of all food made for human consumption goes to waste?

David is responsible for establishing lasting partnerships as well as being an ambassador for Wasteless‘ technology. David was the online publisher and business developer for various VNU (now AC Nielsen) enterprises in the Netherlands, London, and Paris. He’s a business developer, entrepreneur, and active investor since 2004. He teamed up early with companies including Mobileye, X-Sight Sys, Magink, and AgentVI to successfully bring their innovations to incumbent industries.

See More at Wasteless.com

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Show Notes

  • David’s background
  • “At Wasteless, we’re helping supermarkets and online grocery stores recapture the full value of their perishable products and reduce food waste through AI-powered dynamic pricing.”

  • What’s the difference between expires and used by date

  • Roughly 1/3 of all food produced for human consumption goes to waste.

  • Food waste at every step – Production, storage, processing, distribution, consumption.

  • Smart digital stores?

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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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Podcast Episode 82: How CashRent Helps Both Farmers and Landowners

This episode is brought to you by CashRent. Checkout CashRent.com for more information on how you can expand your operation or rent your land to farmers.

Available farmland in the United States is dwindling. Now more than ever, farmers are looking at simply renting land to either start their businesses or to expand their operation. In the past, most farmland renting has been handshake agreements, but one company is aiming to fix that and ease the whole process. CashRent was created to better manage the renting process for farmers and landowners. Today on the show, we are joined by CashRent co-founder, Noah Berkson. Noah will explain how CashRent has dramatically improved renting agreements in farming, the importance of getting fair land value, and how they are expanding their business across the Untied States.

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Show Notes:

  • Noah Berkson’s Background
  • Start of CashRent
  • How CashRent’s online auctions work
  • The process of renting farmland
  • Why farmers want to rent land instead of owning land
  • Process of leasing your land
  • Farmer/landowner relationship
  • Getting fair land value
  • CashRent’s strategy towards building relationships
  • Is land ready to farm?
  • Any leasing advantages to organic or sustainable farmers?
  • The future of CashRent

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Podcast Episode 81: What makes Southern Cuisine so Unique?

Today’s episode is a bit different.  Usually we focus on farmers, ranchers, entrepreneurs, and well…you know the deal.  But today, we are talking about food.  Specifically, the unique qualities of Southern Cuisine.  I might be a little biased having lived in the south my whole life, but Southern food is absolutely amazing.  Catfish, greens, fried green tomatoes, cornbread, oysters, and a loooooot more.  But the Southern food scene is much more diverse than you might think.  Our guest today is Stephanie Burt of the podcast, The Southern Fork.   Stephanie is a food and beverage writer and podcaster that highlights the outstanding chefs, farmers, restaurateurs, bakers, and others revolutionizing the food scene here in the south.  This episode was a ton of fun as Stephanie and I geek out about Southern Food, podcasting, and some North Florida landmarks.  Be sure to check out Stephanie’s podcast!

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Don’t forget to check out Stephanie and the Southern Fork at the links below: 

Southern Fork Website

Southern Fork on Instagram

The Southern Fork Podcast on iTunes

Show Notes:

  • Stephanie Burt’s background
  • Start of Southern Fork Podcast
  • What makes Southern cuisine so unique?
  • Stephanie’s favorite and most annoying food trends
  • Lesser known Southern delicacies
  • Chefs growing crops for their restaurants
  • COVID-19’s impact on local restaurants
  • Netflix’s Chefs Table
  • Interviewing Food Network’s  Maneet Chauhan from Chopped
  • The popularity of Apalachicola Bay Oysters
  • Weird Bloody Mary’s
  • Geeking out over podcasts and trying to develop the perfect interview
  • Being in the present during interviews
  • Best food spots in North West Florida
  • Thoughts on the farmer/consumer relationship

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Podcast Episode 80: Behind the Scenes of a Family Orchard

Let’s learn about how fruits are grown and harvested. Specifically, apples, pears, peaches, and much more from McMullin Orchards in Utah.  Angie McMullin from McMullin Orchards will give us a glimpse of what it’s liking working for a family owned and operated orchard.  Angie will explain how the orchard was started, managing multiple harvest times, educating consumers, and much more!  

 

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Don’t forget to check out McMullin Orchard at the links below: 

McMullin Website

McMullin Orchard on Instagram

Show Notes:

  • History of McMullin Orchard
  • Process of growing apples, pears, peaches, cherries, and many other fruits
  • Planting fruit trees and planning out crops
  • Organic vs conventional
  • Harvesting fruits
  • Processing and Shipping to stores or consumers
  • Education consumers
  • Utah agriculture
  • Common misconceptions

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Podcast Episode 79: Investing in Farmland

I’ve just started to invest in actual stocks and man, is there a lot to learn!  But, I didn’t know that investing in farmland is a thing and sometimes sees higher returns than traditional stocks.  One such company helping both investors and farmers is Acre Trader.  Today on the show, we sit down with Ben Maddox to learn about AcreTrader, their mission, and how investment platforms like this help farmers as well as investors.  Check it out if you want to learn more about how stuff like this works!

 

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Don’t forget to check out ACre Trader at the links below: 

acretrader.com

Show Notes:

  • Ben Maddox’s background
  • Start of AcreTrader
  • Bear and Bull markets
  • Investing 101
  • How investing in farmland differs than investing in stocks
  • Returns and investment rates
  • Long-term crops vs short term crop investments
  • How this helps first-time farmers
  • Investing in sustainable agriculture?
  • Can you invest in organic crops?

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Podcast Episode 78: Milk, Cheese, and Showing Dairy Cattle

Tessa Pacion works at Ludwig Farmstead Creamery that produces great milk and even some cheeses.  In our interview today, Tessa will talk about how her animal science degree and working with dairy cattle in college.  Tessa will also address many misconceptions consumers have about milk production like the frequency milk is tested before consumption and why dairy calves are separated from their mothers.  This is a full episode of great information on all things dairy, as well as what showing dairy cattle is all about.

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Don’t forget to check out Tessa at the links below: 

Tessa on Instagram

Ludwig Farmstead Website

Show Notes:

  • Tessa’s background.
  • Animal Science degree and working with dairy cows in college
  • What is homogenization and pasteurization
  • How many times milk is tested before it gets to the consumer
  • Cheese production
  • Misconceptions with dairy cattle
  • Why dairy calves are separated from their moms
  • Cow comfort
  • Showing dairy cattle
  • COVID-19’s impact
  • Switching production from restaurant to grocery stores
  • Experience with farm tours and showing consumers how milk is produced

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Podcast Episode 77: Seed Salesman and Seminole Indian Reenactor

Matt Griffin and I met during our time at the University of Florida, pretty much everyone in the college of agriculture knew everyone.  While we never shared any of the same classes, we both were active in various student organizations and share a love for all things Florida agriculture.  Matt is a seed product development manager by day and a Seminole war reenactor by night.  Our interview will cover a wide variety of topics, like how Matt develops certain plant varieties for his customers, some Florida agriculture history, as well as why he portrays a Black Seminole Indian for various war reenactments.   This is a great one!  Be sure to check out Matt at the links below as well as another podcast interview he was on, The Millennial Salesman.

Matt’s interview on the Millennial Salesman

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Don’t forget to check out Matt at the links below: 

Matt’s Instagram

OmniPresentBeauty – Matt’s photography page

Show Notes:

  • Matt’s Background
  • United Genetics Seed Company
  • Selling seeds
  • Marketing different varieties
  • Researching best growing varieties
  • Working with seed companies vs working with farmers
  • History of Florida Agriculture
  • Importance of remembering our history
  • Seminole Indian Reenactments

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Podcast Episode 76: 4th Generation Michigan Farm

Imagine the pressure of carrying on your family business.  Or better yet, imagine being the 4th generation to work on the family farm, which one day, will be yours.  That’s the challenge and course taken by our guest today, Derek Thom from D & D Thom Farms in Michigan.  Derek will cover the history of his family farm as well as what they grow including wheat, soybeans, cattle, and much more.  

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Don’t forget to check out D&D Thom Farms at the link below:

Thom Farms on Instagram

Show Notes:

  • Derek’s Background –
  • D&D Thom Farms – soybean, wheat, corn, sugar beets, hay, 120 cows, beef steers,
  • Pressures of a 4th generation
  • Michigan Agriculture
  • Crops production methods (organic or conventional)
  • Difference between cash crops and cover crops
  • Beef side of the farm, what type of cattle, daily care, etc.
  • Thoughts on the farmer/consumer relationships
  • What are some misconceptions you think consumers have of farmers.
  • Organic vs Conventional
  • Thoughts on farmer/consumer relationship

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Podcast Episode 74: What is A2 Milk?

Eileen Warburton is a dairy farmer at Sunset Ridge Warburton Farm in Pennsylvania. Her son has a health condition where he can’t drink regular milk without having severe side effects. Determined to find a solution for her son, Eileen found that some of her dairy cows can produce A2 milk, which her son can enjoy with no side effects. So what exactly is A2 milk? You’ll find out in this episode.

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Don’t forget to check out sunset Ridge at the links below:

Sunset Ridge Farms

Show Notes:

  • Eileen’s background
  • Her sons need for A2milk
  • Difference between lactose free milk and A2 milk
  • What type of cows produce A2 milk?
  • Alternative forms of milk
  • Misconceptions consumers have of milk
  • Thoughts on farmer/consumer relationship

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