Big things happening in 2022

In case you didn’t see our post on social media, there will be a slight change to the posting on content on the Farm Traveler podcast channel. But don’t fret, it’s nothing major!

Podcasting has been an amazing hobby that I am now able to turn into a side hustle. I am now producing a few other Ag-related shows, more info on those soon! But, to help with not getting overworked and also balancing my day job and a master program I’m taking, we will be changing up the scheduling of FT content.

Every other Tuesday, you’ll be getting new podcast episodes.

Every other Friday, you’ll be getting new Farm News Friday episodes BOTH on the podcast channel and over on our YouTube channel (and if you haven’t already, go and subscribe to the channel HERE).

That’s it! Nothing else major. Just more time for me to produce high-quality content for you on food and farming.

Thanks again for the support. For listening and sharing this fun passion of mine. Can’t wait to see where it goes in the new year!

Ep 127: Updates on Farm Traveler with that dude Trevor

Hey you! Long time no talk!

Today it’s time for some updates on Farm Traveler! We have some exciting plans for farm visits, visiting some conferences, and starting a new News Network!

I’m so excited. So excited in fact I haven’t needed caffeine in at least 3 weeks.

Okay, that was a lie. BUT, I’m still excited and hope you are too.

Check out the episode below or on your favorite podcast app!

Click here to subsrcibe to the show

Show Notes

Be sure to follow us on social media!

https://www.instagram.com/farm_traveler/

https://www.facebook.com/TheFarmTraveler

https://www.youtube.com/farmtraveler

Subscribe here:

https://podkite.link/FarmTraveler

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Transcript

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Ep 126: Moomers Homemade Ice Cream

Moomers Handmade Ice Cream is home to the best ice cream in Michigan and I can attest to that! It’s also approved by the President of the United States! Today on the show, I chat with Jon Plummer about his family dairy business, how it started, and how they do everything on-site in terms of milking cows, processing the milk, and selling it or turning it into some great ice cream.

Jon (Left) and POTUS (right) with the ice cream.

Check them out at the links below:

Moomers.com

Click here to subsrcibe to the show

Show Notes

  • Background of Moomers
  • Start of the dairy and ice cream
  • Why Holstein cows? Volume of milk!
  • Processing milk on site.
  • What goes into creating flavors?
  • Thoughts on farmer/consumer relationship
  • Traverse City is the Cherry capital of the world!
  • President Biden’s visit

Be sure to follow us on social media!

https://www.instagram.com/farm_traveler/

https://www.facebook.com/TheFarmTraveler

https://www.youtube.com/farmtraveler

Subscribe here:

https://podkite.link/FarmTraveler

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Transcript

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Ep 102: Forward Farming Podcast and Wisconsin Ag

My guests today are Amber and Becca from the Forward Farming Podcast. You might remember Amber, a Wisconsin cranberry grower who we had on a few months ago, who is joined by Becca, a Wisconsin dairy farmer. Amber and Becca are two friends who actually met on social media and were quick to bond over their passion for all things Wisconsin. On our show today, I interview Amber and Becca about their farms, podcasting, and more! And be sure to check out the Forward Farming Podcast, Amber and Becca also interviewed me on podcasting, what I’ve learned, and lots more! Check it out here!

Check out Amber, Becca, and the Forward Farming Podcast at the links below:

Amber on Instagram

Becca on Instagram

Forward Farming Podcast

My Interview on their show!

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Show Notes

  • Amber and Becca’s background
  • Wisconsin agriculture
  • Cranberry production
  • Dairy production
  • Growing up on the farm vs being new to farming
  • Starting a podcast
  • Working with Charlie Berens

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Ep 101: Helping Businesses Turn a Profit

My guest today is Tera Johnson. Tera started out building a organic whey protein business and now she runs the Food and Finance Institute as well as Edible-Alpha, which are all about helping food, beverage, and value-added businesses make a profit.

Check out Tera and Food Finance Institute at the links below:

Edible-Alpha

Edible-Alpha Podcast

Food Finance Institute

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Show Notes

  • Tera’s background.  
  • Starting, Tera’s Whey
  • Inspiration behind Food Finance Institute and Edible-Alpha
  • Tips on being profitable in food, beverage, and value-added agriculture businesses.
  • Boot camps and trainings
  • Starting a food and beverage business
  • Crowd funding vs finding traditional investors
  • The Edible-Alpha Podcast

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Ep 100!!!

Here is the video of our Q & A for Episode 100!

We did it!

I can’t thank you enough for helping us get to 100 episodes! Thank you to ALL our listeners and to our amazing guests for sharing their knowledge and stories.

It honestly doesn’t feel like 100 episodes have gone by. Still feels like I started the podcast last month! But here’s to the next 100 episodes!

I’m slowly learning to appreciate the journey, INSTEAD of focusing on the goal. My goal is to turn Farm Traveler into a media empire. Sound lofty? I hope so. But instead of focusing on not being there just yet, I’m learning (thanks to Allie) to focus on the journey. Focusing on each episode and the stories that are shared make it much more enjoyable. After all, life is all about the journey, right?

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Ep 99: Farmer/Podcaster – Katelyn Duban

Katelyn Duban is a farmer and podcaster from Southern Alberta, Canada. Katelyn was not from a farming background until she married her husband. Now, Katelyn lives the farming/ranching life as well as runs the wildly popular Rural Woman Podcast and WildRoseFarmer brand.

Today on episode 99, Katelyn and I talk about how she got into production agriculture, he new hobby of raising meat goats, and how her podcast got to 200,000 downloads in 2 years! Be sure to check out Katelyn’s podcast and website at the links below!

Check out Katelyn at the links below:

WildRoseFarmer Website

The Rural Woman Podcast

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Show Notes

  • Katelyn’s background
  • A Non-Agriculture background
  • Learning about farming on the job
  • Canada Agriculture
  • Growing grain, oilseed
  • Raising goats
  • Canadian Certified Organic
  • Starting the Rural Woman Podcast
  • Reaching 200,000 podcast downloads in two years

Quotes of the Show

  • “Be your authentic self”
  • “Numbers are vanity”
  • “Be there for when they are successful. Don’t be jealous of their success.”
  • “Ag needs to support Ag.”

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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

Call to Action:

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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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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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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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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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