Podcast Episode 61: Crop Dusters and World Explorers

 

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Growing up I always thought planes were super cool.  Especially fighter jets.  Every few days or so, F-15 Eagles based out of Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, would practice their dogfighting maneuvers over the middle school I went to.  At break or PE, my friends and I would always stare up to the sky and watch them.  We would always cheer anytime we saw some jets pop some flairs or fly fast enough to break the sound barrier.  An even rarer treat is when they would buzz the school so close that you could almost see the pilot.

I’m still fascinated with airplanes and when I found out today’s guests combine both aviation AND agriculture, I just had to have them on.  Tyson and Cally are the two adventurous people behind Ag Aviation Adventures.  Through social media outlets like YouTube and Instagram, Tyson and Cally document the behind the scenes workings of crop dusting, their daily schedule, and also educate consumers on how spraying effects crops.  Their videos are super informative and take viewers inside the cockpit with Tyson as he talks about various agriculture topics during his spraying route.  This is a great conversation with Tyson and Cally and I highly suggest you check out their YouTube and other content.

 

Listen to the episode on the apps below:

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Check out AG Aviation Adventures at the links below:

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Instagram

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Adventure Rig on Instagram

Show Notes:

  • Start of Ag Aviation Adventures
  • Daily life and schedule of crop dusting
  • Offseason life
  • Fighting misinformation
  • How much pesticides is used on crops
  • Spraying GMO and organic crops
  • How Cally runs the ground operation
  • What makes crop duster planes so special
  • Fish guts for organic crops?

 

What I learned from this episode:

  • I’ve always wondered how exactly crop dusters line up and spray their crops.  I always thought it was just a line of sight sort of system, but thanks to Tyson, we all have a better understanding.  On the front of the aircraft is a lightbar that is connected to the plane’s GPS system.  Based on pilot input into the GPS, both before and during the flight, the lightbar helps guide the pilot to the correct approach angle before passing over the field.  This guiding system helps ensure very little overlap occurs when spraying fields.

 

Call to Action:

I hope you are enjoying these interviews as well as learning a thing or two about food production and the agriculture industry.  If you think a friend or family member might enjoy the podcast, consider sharing it with them!  Simply sharing the website, http://www.thefarmtraveler.com, or telling them to search “Farm Traveler” on their favorite podcasting app, are great ways they can listen and stay up to date on episodes.

 

 

 

Podcast Episode 60: Are GMOs safe to eat? Science says: YES!

 

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My favorite topic, GMOs!  Today we talk with Michael Stebbins of GMO Answers.  GMO Answers is a fantastic website that thoroughly explains the science and research behind GMOs.  Michael will explain the GMOs available today and how several government agencies like the USDA, FDA, and EPA all have regulations in place to ensure GMOs are not only safe for consumption but also safe for the environment.  What better way to learn about GMOs than from the experts behind them (aka not listening to an anti-GMO person who only gets their “facts” from health blogs or Wikipedia).

This is a great episode for anyone curious to learn about GMOs and how they fit in with organic and traditional agriculture.

 

Listen to the episode on the apps below:

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Check out GMO Answers at the link below:

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Show Notes:

  • GMO Answers
  • GMOs aka Genetically Modified Organisms
  • GMOs on the market today and their uses
  • Common grocery store items you use that might have GMOs
  • Common misconceptions consumers have
  • The science behind GMOs
  • What science says about the health of genetically engineer food
  • Where GMOs fit in with organic and traditional agriculture
  • GMOs around the world
  • Do GMO crops allow farmers to spray pesticides 24/7?  (Short answer: No!)
  • The cost of creating GM crops
  • How genetically engineer crops help farmers produce more with less

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What I learned from this episode:

  • GMOs are checked by several different government agencies to ensure they are safe not only for human consumption but also that they have no negative impacts on the environment.  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) all have varying approval processes in place before GMOs can be used commercially.  The FDA for example tests and makes sure that GMOs are safe for you to eat!

 

Check out the SciShow’s breakdown of some lifesaving GMOs.

 

Call to Action:

I hope you are enjoying these interviews as well as learning a thing or two about food production and the agriculture industry.  If you think a friend or family member might enjoy the podcast, consider sharing it with them!  Simply sharing the website, http://www.thefarmtraveler.com, or telling them to search “Farm Traveler” on their favorite podcasting app, are great ways they can listen and stay up to date on episodes.

 

 

 

Podcast Episode 59: Gene-editing to make plants tastier and healthier

 

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Imagine one day eating Doritos, Cheetos, or your favorite chips or candy bar and being guilt-free from sugar, fat, and the other not so healthy aspects of junk food.  Thanks to gene editing and food science, that future might not be too far off.  Our guest today is Jim Blome, CEO of Calyxt.  Calyxt is a plant-based technology company that is working on developing plants to not only be healthier for consumers, but also healthier for the planet.  Through gene-editing, scientists at Calyxt are able to create plants with healthier oil levels, completely remove trans fats, and create crops with higher yields.  In our interview today, Jim will explain the work going on at Calyxt, how gene-editing differs from genetic modification (GMOs), where their technology fits in with the organic vs traditional agriculture debate, and how they are able to remove unhealthy fats from foods.

If you’re curious to learn more about plant breeding and gene editing, check out the For More Information Link below to visit the BBC’s page on the topic.

 

Listen to the episode on the apps below:

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Check out Calyxt at the links below:

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Show Notes:

  • Jim’s background and start with Calyxt
  • Calyxt gene-editing technology
  • Gene editing vs Genetic Modification (GMOs)
  • Speeding up plant breeding
  • How Calyxt can help agriculture be more sustainable
  • Growing better feed for cows
  • Healthy oils
  • How Calyxt works with USDA and FDA to ensure these items are safe for consumers
  • Where gene-editing fits in with organic vs traditional agriculture
  • Covid-19’s effect on Calyxt
  • Jim’s thoughts on the farmer consumer relationship

 

What I learned from this episode:

  • Gene editing and genetic modification are similar but also very different.  Gene editing only allows editing with genes of that species, so no foreign DNA is brought into that cell.
  • Scientists can create healthier versions of the products we are currently eating.  We can add fiber, oils, etc, to products we already enjoy.  Maybe one day we can eat a super healthy version of Chetto’s?  One can only hope!

 

For more information on Selective Breeding, click the link below!

BBC: Selective Breeding and Gene Technology

At the above link, learn how we created broccoli, cabbage, and kale from wild mustard!

Call to Action:

I hope you are enjoying these interviews as well as learning a thing or two about food production and the agriculture industry.  If you think a friend or family member might enjoy the podcast, consider sharing it with them!  Simply sharing the website, http://www.thefarmtraveler.com, or telling them to search “Farm Traveler” on their favorite podcasting app, are great ways they can listen and stay up to date on episodes.

 

 

 

Podcast Episode 58: Microgreens and Corner Stores

 

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Mike Jackson is the founder of Kentucky Greens in Louisville, Kentucky.  With Kentucky Greens, Mike is growing hydroponic microgreens, lettuce, and other produce.  Not only is he venturing in the hydroponic industry, Mike is also trying to change a huge problem many of us are completely unaware of, the lack of fresh, nutritious food in corner stores.  Many low income families rely on these convenient stores for cheap food, but often can’t find fresh food or anything besides canned or heavily processed food items.  To combat this, Mike is working with several non-profits to provide consumers with healthier choices and better food and agriculture education.

 

Listen to the episode on the apps below:

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Check out Kentucky Greens at the links below:

Kentucky Greens on Facebook

Website

Kentucky Greens on Instagram

Show Notes:

  • Mike Jackson and the start if Kentucky Greens
  • Growing Microgreens
  • Hydroponic Systems
  • Organic hydroponics?
  • Working with non-profits
  • Helping raised garden beds
  • Ag in the city
  • Corner stores
  • Expiration dates on cans
  • Surviving vs thriving
  • Convenience
  • Farm to School
  • Working with charter schools

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Podcast Episode 57: Supplying San Francisco with Organic Produce

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Earl Herrick is the founder of Earl’s Organic Produce, a California based produce distributor located in San Francisco.  In our interview today, Earl will explain how he started the company at the Golden Gate Park, his thoughts on how organic can feed the world, how they are working around the Coronavirus, and how he works with both growers and consumers to better the organic produce market.

 

Listen to the episode on the apps below:

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Check out Earl’s Organic Produce at the links below:

Earl’s Organic Website

Instagram

Facebook

Show Notes:

  • Start of Earl’s Organic Produce in 1988
  • Golden Gate Park
  • Working with growers
  • Quality products
  • Passion
  • Organic production
  • Droughts / California Fires
  • Trees and drought
  • Climate impact
  • Getting supply during the dormant seasons
  • Working around the Coronavirus
  • Researching best practices
  • Educating consumers

Call to Action:

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Podcast Episode 56: The Booze Traveler Talks Hemp

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Want to see the interview?  Check it out on our YouTube Channel.

I’ve done a lot of cool things thanks to this podcast.  But interviewing today’s guest might top the list.  One of my favorite shows is Booze Traveler.  It highlights drinks and spirits from across the world and the transition they play in local life.  I’ve always thought of mixology and the art of spirit making as super cool.  Alcohol demands respect and to be enjoyed responsibly.  Much like food, it is something each culture has it’s own spin on.

The host of Booze Traveler is our guest today (trying to contain excitement) Jack Maxwell!  Jack and I will talk about his start and how he landed a Booze Traveler.  He also has a new project, The High Road with Jack Maxwell, in which he explores the booming hemp industry and the many ways people are using it.

Sit back and get ready for an awesome episode.  And if you like, feel free to crack open a cold one and enjoy.  You can even join our toast at the end of the interview.  Be sure to check out Jack and his new project at the links below!

Listen to the episode on the apps below:

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Check out Jack at the links below:

The High Road with Jack Maxwell YouTube Channel

Jack’s YouTube Channel

Jack on Instagram

Show Notes:

  • Jack growing up in Boston
  • Jack’s start on Booze Traveler
  • Oddest Drinks from around the world
  • Guinness Factory Tour
  • Temple Bar
  • Tahiti Drink
  • The High Road with Jack Maxwell
  • Why the hemp industry took off
  • Difference between hemp and marijuana
  • The benefits of hemp

Call to Action:

Enjoy this podcast?  Consider leaving a review on iTunes.  If you’re listening on an iPhone or iTunes, leave a 5 Star review AND a written review!  These reviews help the podcast show up higher in the search results.  If you’re on Andoird or Spotify, consider following/subscribing on your podcast listening app of choice!

Podcast Episode 55: The Farm Babe talks organic, food labeling, and celebrity endorsements

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Michelle Miller, aka the Farm Babe, is a farmer, Ag speaker, advocate, myth-buster, and the list pretty much goes on a country mile. In our interview today, Michelle will talk to us about how her path lead her from Los Angeles to farming in Iowa and becoming one of the most popular agriculture influencers out there. Michelle will also touch base on fear mongering labels, Glyphosate, and her thoughts on organic vs conventional.  Be sure to check out Michelle at the links below.

 

Listen to the episode on the apps below:

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Check out Michelle at the links below:

TheFarmBabe.com

Facebook

Show Notes:

  • Los Angeles to Iowa
  • Dr. Drew Show
  • “Dirty Dozen”
  • Non-GMO Label
  • “Big Money” food labels
  • Fear Mongering
  • Speaking engagements
  • Differences between organic and conventional produciton
  • Organic pesticides vs conventional pesticides
  • How celebrity endorsments could help agriculture
  • Sharing the story of Ag
  • PETA
  • Glyphosate
  • Organic lobbyists
  • #FactsNotFear

Call to Action:

Enjoy this podcast?  Consider leaving a review on iTunes.  If you’re listening on an iPhone or iTunes, leave a 5 Star review AND a written review!  These reviews help the podcast show up higher in the search results.  If you’re on Andoird or Spotify, consider following/subscribing on your podcast listening app of choice!

Podcast Ep. 35: Former Director of Millennial Engagement at Monsanto – Vance Crowe

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Our guest today is a fellow podcaster and agriculture enthusiast, not to mention a jack of all trades.  Vance Crowe has served as the Director of Millennial Engagement for Monsanto, a Communications Strategist for the World Bank Group, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, Communications Coordinator at NPR, and much more!  Now, Vance spends his time as a communications consultant, podcasting, and offering talks with companies about technology and communicating with  critics and stakeholders.  Be sure to check out his podcast, the Vance Crowe Podcast!  Support fellow podcaster making great content!

Connect with Vance:

Vance’e Website

Vance Crowe Podcast

Additional Episode Links:

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Show Highlights:

  • Vance’s background
  • Starting work as the Director of Millennial Engagement at Monsanto
  • Educating and engaging millennials about agriculture and technology
  • Working with Monsanto
  • Learning from scientists at Monsanto
  • History of GMOs
  • Common Monsanto misconceptions
  • Vance Crowe Podcast
  • Getting started podcasting
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Interviewing retired Monsanto Scientist Fred Perlak
  • Dr. Kevin Folta
  • Keynote speaking engagements
  • Thoughts on farmer/consumer relationship

Podcast Ep. 34: Bridging the gap between farm and fork – Animal Ag Alliance

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Animal agriculture is a vital part of the industry that is receiving a ton of media attention with debates on plant based meats, carbon emissions, and much more.  Our guest today is Casey Kinler with Animal Agriculture Alliance.  Animal Ag Alliance is all about keeping everyone in animal agriculture on the same page as well as bridging the gap between farm and fork.  Casey will explain the mission of Animal Ag Alliance, tips they give to livestock farmers, information on their Primed and Prepared Summit, and more.

 

Connect with Animal Ag Alliance:

Animal Ag Alliance

Facebook page

Instagram

Additional Episode Links:

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Show Highlights:

  • Animal Agriculture Alliance
  • Animal activists
  • Farm and Fork
  • Primed and Prepared Animal Ag Alliance Summit
  • Educating with social media
  • Combating misinformation
  • Biggest animal agriculture misconceptions
  • Plant based meats
  • environmental stewardship of animal agriculture

Podcast Ep. 33: Supplying seeds to small scale farms – Johnny’s Selected Seeds

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Have you wondered where exactly get their seeds from?  Today our guest, Blake Thaxton, is a sales rep for Johnny’s selected seeds.  Blake will explain the importance of building relationships with customers, what Johnny’s Selected Seeds has to offer, and much more!

Connect with Blake and Johnny’s Selected Seeds:

Johnny’s Selected Seeds

Blake on Instagram

Blake on Twitter

Additional Episode Links:

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Show Highlights:

  • History of Johnny’s Selected Seed
  • How Blake got started
  • UF Extension
  • Selling Seeds
  • Small farms
  • Organic farms
  • Hydroponic farms
  • Challenges growers face
  • Production methods
  • Fighting pests
  • Hydroponics
  • Hydroponic Growers
  • Farmer/Consumer relationship

Podcast Ep. 32: Ranching, Farming, and Family – JaTanna and Natalie of Ranch Wives Beef Co.

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JaTanna and Natalie are the brains behind Ranch Wives Beef Company.  They also have some of the hardest jobs out there, working on a ranch and being mothers.  JaTanna and Natalie will talk to us today about their life ranching in Nebraska and Montana, using social media to educate consumers, and much more!

Connect with JaTanna and Natalie:

Ranch Wives Beef Website

Ranch Wives on Instagram

Additional Episode Links:

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Show Highlights:

  • Ranch Wives Beef Company
  • Life on the Ranch
  • Montana and Nebraska Ranching
  • Beef
  • Dry Aged Beef
  • Social Media Usage
  • Agriculture Advocates
  • Family life on the farm
  • #Ranchlife

Podcast Ep. 31: Dr. Kevin Folta – Discussing Genetic Engineering and the Matoke Banana to solve vitamin deficiencies

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Our guest today is THE Dr. Kevin Folta from the University of Florida.  Dr. Folta is a professor in the Horticultural Sciences Department and spends his spare time advocating for genetic engineering and bridging the gap between science and consumers.  Dr. Folta will tell us about his research, how exactly scientists make GMO crops, issues facing genetic engineering, and the dangers of misinformation with genetic engineering.  This is a GREAT episode full of valuable lessons we all should take when it comes to battling misinformation.

Connect with Dr Folta:

Talking BioTech Podcast Website

iTunes for Talking BioTech

Dr. Folta’s Blog

Dr. Folta on Twitter

Additional Episode Links:

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Show Highlights:

  • GMO’s
  • Genetic Engineering
  • University of Florida
  • “Frankenfoods”
  • Editing Salmon Genes
  • Advocating for Science
  • Future of Genetically Engineered Crops
  • Fighting vitamin deficiencies in Uganda
  • Matoke Banana
  • Building Trust
  • NON-GMO Label

Podcast Ep. 25: Jared Regier – Vegetable Academy

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Our guest today is Jared Regier.  Jared is the creator of Vegetable Academy in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.  Vegetable Academy is designed to teach urban farming and small scale vegetable production.  We will discuss how the academy started, the impact they hope to have with sustainable agriculture, and more!

Check them out at the links below:

Vegetable Academy Website

Vegetable Academy Instagram

Additional Episode Links:

Podcast on iTunes

Podcast on Spotify

Podcast on Waypoint

Key points we will cover:

  • Start of Vegetable Academy
  • Agriculture in Canada
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • “Ah-Ha” Moments with growers
  • How to start a small scale vegetable garden
  • Tips and Tricks with Gardening

Launch of the Farm Traveler Podcast

The Farm Traveler Podcast is now live! 

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We are so excited to bring you interviews with farmers, ranchers, extension agents, teachers, and countless other people involved in the agriculture industry.  We hope this podcast not only better informs consumers but that it also gives individuals in the ag industry a chance to share their knowledge as well as their experiences.

Starting today, you can search for the Farm Traveler Podcast in iTunesSpotify or your favorite podcast app.

                               

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You can even listen to the podcasts on our website on the Podcasts page and follow the link to the podcast player.

Each week we will bring you a new episode, rotating between production agriculturalists one week and people working in the ag industry in supporting roles the next week.  Just a few examples of upcoming episodes: vegetable farmers in South Florida, extension agents from Texas and Maryland, dairy farmers, hop farmers, honey producers, and more!

Thank you for joining us on this venture.  If you enjoy the podcast, please subscribe and rate the podcast and of course, share it!  Or if you’d like to be on an episode, please email us at farmtravelerseries@gmail.com.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Trevor

The future Farm Traveler Podcast

A few weeks ago we decided to dabble with the idea of starting a Farm Traveler podcast.  There’s got to be a million podcasts out there right?  So why start another one?  But the more we thought about it, the more practical it seemed.  I sat down and scrolled through my Facebook friends list and the Farm Traveler Instagram page and messaged as many people as I could that might be willing to be on the show.  I was hopeful but also doubtful that anyone would say yes.  Much to my surprise, we’ve got a boatload of guests who were willing and eager to be on the show!  After three weeks of planning, we already have 10 episodes finished and another 5 set for the next two weeks.  How crazy is that?!  So far we’ve covered cheese making, the olive industry in Texas, and Ag Ed programs in Georgia, just to name a few!

Now the point of this podcast is two-fold:

  1. Teach consumers about food production
  2. Provide a resource for farmers and individuals in the ag industry to share their stories

We all have a story to tell.  Farmers especially have countless stories of success, failure, and loss that are often overlooked.  I want to bring those stories to light so we can see who they really are and learn what we can do to better support American Agriculture.  I also think it’s best for consumers to learn about food production straight from the source and not a soccer-mom blog, a reality star doctor, or a friend they know that once stepped foot on a farm in middle school and claims they know everything about agriculture.  Let’s learn straight from the people in the Ag industry that are doing their part in bringing you the safest, most abundant food supply in the world.

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On April 6th, the Farm Traveler Podcast will officially launch on iTunes and Spotify.  Simply search on those platforms for ‘Farm Traveler Podcast’ or check our website.  On launch day, you will be able to listen to our first three episodes with the first being a detailed account of why we are doing the podcast and what you can expect over the course of the series.  We have interviewed vegetable producers, dairy farmers, cheese makers, Ag Ed professors, extension agents, and people working for a wide variety of companies in the ag industry.  Every week we will bring you a new episode in hopes of learning more about the ag industry and the people in it.

Stayed tuned to Farm Traveler for news and updates on the podcast.  Each week we will post who our guest is and what topics we will be discussing.  Now if you could…Tell EVERYONE you know about this podcast!  This isn’t a typical podcast, this is important!  Get the word out so we can crash Apple Podcasts because we have so much traffic for the podcast.  Seriously…if this happens I promise I’ll buy everyone a Chick-fil-A gift card.  No lie.

Thanks for stopping by and we can’t wait for you to listen to the Farm Traveler Podcast.

-Trevor