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Devoted to highlighting the people & companies in agriculture who impact our industry and help feed the world.

    What Can be Learned from the Dutch Farmer’s Protest?

    What Can be Learned from the Dutch Farmer’s Protest?

    In this week's North American Ag Spotlight, Chrissy Wozniak & Bill Bullard of R-CALF USA talk about what can be learned from the Dutch Farmer’s Protest. North American Farmers should be paying attention to what is happening in European countries, and Bill gives the run down on what we should be looking out for.

    Bill Bullard joined R-CALF USA as the organization’s first Chief Executive Officer at national headquarters in Billings, Mont., on April 9, 2001.

    Bullard has testified on behalf of R-CALF USA members before Congress and executive branch agencies, has managed numerous lawsuits on behalf of the organization, and is the organization’s registered lobbyist.

    Bullard, formerly a cow/calf rancher in Perkins County, S.D., served as the Executive Director of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission from 1995-2001. He has a B.S. in Political Science from Black Hills State University and completed a year of graduate studies at the University of South Dakota.

    The Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA) represents the U.S. cattle and sheep industries in trade and marketing issues to ensure the continued profitability and viability of independent U.S. cattle and sheep producers. R-CALF USA (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers of America), is the largest producer-only membership based organization that exclusively represents U.S. cattle and sheep producers on domestic and international trade and marketing issues. R-CALF USA, a national, non-profit organization,  is dedicated to ensuring the continued profitability and viability of the U.S. cattle industry. R-CALF USA’s membership of more than 5,000 consists primarily of cow-calf producers, cattle backgrounders, and feeders. Its members are located in 43 states, and the organization has many local and state association affiliates, from both cattle and farm organizations, along with various main street businesses as associate members of R-CALF USA.

    R-CALF USA is the single largest producer-only organization fighting to bring back mandatory country-of-origin labeling, fighting to stop anti-competitive and unjust practices by the packers, to prevent high-risk imports from countries with disease outbreaks, fighting to allow U.S. cattle producers to promote their USA beef within the beef checkoff program and make the program voluntary.

    Learn more about R-CALF at https://www.r-calfusa.com/ or call 406-252-2516.
    The American Royal is a non-profit organization based in Kansas City since 1899. They provide opportunities for youth & adults from around the country to compete in Livestock Show, ProRodeo & Horse Shows. Also known for the World Series of Barbecue®, which is their largest fundraiser. Events including the barbecue allow them to give over $1 million annually for youth scholarships & support agriculture education programs. Learn more at https://agr.fyi/americanroyal
    FIRA USA 18-20 OCT. 2022 (FRESNO-CA): The only 3-day event dedicated to the California and North America market for autonomous agriculture and agricultural robotics solutions.Learn More at https://agr.fyi/fira

    • 32 min
    Does Stubborn Live on Your Farm?

    Does Stubborn Live on Your Farm?

    In this week's North American Ag Spotlight Chrissy Wozniak has an inspiring conversation with Andy 'Caygeon' Junkin about his struggle that almost ended in suicide. He's now devoted his life to helping farm families survive and thrive while passing their legacy to the next generation.

    He's had nearly 15 years of helping stubborn farmers work better together, and says, "I'm proud I have saved hundreds of family farms, but my biggest life accomplishment is marrying the right girl and having a marriage that has exceeded my expectations." Hear his whole story as we put the Ag Spotlight on Stubborn.farm.

    Farm succession is simply strategic planning. Yet, it can be deeply emotional for all involved because it impacts everyone’s future. If your family is stubborn with each other everyday, what should be an afternoon conversation, almost always escalates into a 10-year family feud.

    Does stubborn live on your farm? Learn more here - https://stubborn.farm, and if you're interested in the Masterclass you'll find it here - https://stubborn.farm/start-here/
    The American Royal is a non-profit organization based in Kansas City since 1899. They provide opportunities for youth & adults from around the country to compete in Livestock Show, ProRodeo & Horse Shows. Also known for the World Series of Barbecue®, which is their largest fundraiser. Events including the barbecue allow them to give over $1 million annually for youth scholarships & support agriculture education programs. Learn more at https://agr.fyi/americanroyal
    FIRA USA 18-20 OCT. 2022 (FRESNO-CA): The only 3-day event dedicated to the California and North America market for autonomous agriculture and agricultural robotics solutions.Learn More at https://agr.fyi/fira

    • 1 hr 7 min
    American Agri-Women: Strengthening the Voice of the People

    American Agri-Women: Strengthening the Voice of the People

    In this week's North American Ag Spotlight Chrissy Wozniak talks to the president of American Agri-Women Heather Hampton Knodle about the organization's mission and what they've accomplished.

    American Agri-Women are women from farms, ranches and agri-business forming a nationwide coalition of state and commodity affiliates and at-large members with a mission to provide networking and leadership development opportunities as we educate each other and the public about issues impacting our ability to feed, fuel and clothe our country and others around the world.

    Heather Hampton Knodle grew up working on her family’s farm near Windsor, Illinois and continues to farm with her husband Brian and their four children in Montgomery County where they grow corn, soybeans, winter wheat and black Angus cattle. Their use of technology informs their efforts to apply regenerative practices across their farm and capture data to improve management. Heather earned her bachelors in agriculture news/editorial with emphasis in geography and economics and the equivalent of a minor in Russian language and area studies from the Univ. of Illinois, including an academic year at the University of Nottingham, England and exchange with St. Petersburg Agricultural Institute in Russia. Her masters work in post-socialist privatization was at University of Illinois Springfield as she launched her communication consulting business that quickly evolved into association management. Heather has served as Executive Director for the Upper Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri Rivers Association and statewide organizations in Illinois as well as the volunteer President of Illinois Agri-Women. She was the founding chairman of the public-private Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation and the $250 million, 11-county bond authority Central Illinois Economic Development Authority. In her time as an elected official on the Montgomery County Board, she helped leverage $6000 in coal royalty funds into a more than $15 million privately-funded fiberoptic to the premises buildout.

    She has been appointed by four governors to serve on the Illinois Governor’s Rural Affairs Council and was reappointed in 2021 by the Federal Communications Commission to serve on the Precision Agriculture Task Force and chair the Examining Current and Future Connectivity Demand Working Group. Heather also serves as Farm Journal Foundation’s Lead Farmer for Illinois to advocate for agricultural research investments and training for smallholder farmers in developing countries.

    Learn more about American Agri-Women at www.americanagriwomen.org.
    The American Royal is a non-profit organization based in Kansas City since 1899. They provide opportunities for youth & adults from around the country to compete in Livestock Show, ProRodeo & Horse Shows. Also known for the World Series of Barbecue®, which is their largest fundraiser. Events including the barbecue allow them to give over $1 million annually for youth scholarships & support agriculture education programs. Learn more at https://agr.fyi/americanroyal
    FIRA USA 18-20 OCT. 2022 (FRESNO-CA): The only 3-day event dedicated to the California and North America market for autonomous agriculture and agricultural robotics solutions.Learn More at https://agr.fyi/fira

    • 59 min
    From a German Family Farm to International Ag Entrepreneur: Marcel Kringe & the Bushel Plus Story

    From a German Family Farm to International Ag Entrepreneur: Marcel Kringe & the Bushel Plus Story

    This week Chrissy Wozniak sits down with Marcel Kringe to hear the Bushel Plus Story. From a German Family Farm to International Ag Entrepreneur, Kringe has a robust and unique history in farming around the globe!   
    Marcel Kringe, grew up on a family farm in Germany, where he pursued an AG Engineering degree. Work & travel studies in Canada, Russia and Brazil led him to move to Canada.   He has learned English on the go while working on different farm operations all over Canada, before settling in Brandon MB for a job as a Cargill Agronomist. Marcel left his corporate career and focused full-time on his hobby, called Bushel Plus. Today, the Agricultural products of Bushel Plus are sold in 28 countries and Marcel since co founded another manufacturing, as well as a custom software development company.  
    Marcel works tirelessly to develop a great working environment for his teams and new products in pursuit of ensuring the safety and profitability of farmers!  
    The Bushel Plus System is the authentic combine calibration system, designed to quantify your harvest loss by determining exactly how accurate your combine is calibrated. Every farmer’s goal is to maximize efficiency and to minimize combine losses during harvest. We offer the most reliable and robust calibration system for the harvest industry – which makes our all-in-one system the #1 combine loss measurement system and device on the market. The Bushel Plus system includes precise, dependable instruments that are designed to easily be used with any combine. With your safety in mind, all units are remote controlled and portable so that no wiring or bolts are needed to attach to any combine. Our magnetic drop pan can be used with multiple machines and is easy to move from one combine to the other – no tools needed!  
    Learn more at https://bushelplus.ca/ 

    This episode is sponsored by GAPS Ontario.


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    The American Royal is a non-profit organization based in Kansas City since 1899. They provide opportunities for youth & adults from around the country to compete in Livestock Show, ProRodeo & Horse Shows. Also known for the World Series of Barbecue®, which is their largest fundraiser. Events including the barbecue allow them to give over $1 million annually for youth scholarships & support agriculture education programs. Learn more at https://agr.fyi/americanroyal
    FIRA USA 18-20 OCT. 2022 (FRESNO-CA): The only 3-day event dedicated to the California and North America market for autonomous agriculture and agricultural robotics solutions.Learn More at https://agr.fyi/fira

    • 1 hr 12 min
    American Royal Livestock Show: Advocating for Agriculture Since 1899

    American Royal Livestock Show: Advocating for Agriculture Since 1899

    In this week's North American Ag Spotlight Chrissy Wozniak speaks with Allyssa King of the American Royal Society. The American Royal Livestock Show is happening again this fall!

    The American Royal has been Advocating for Agriculture Since 1899. It's a non-profit organization based in Kansas City since 1899. We provide opportunities for youth and adults from around the country to compete in our Livestock Show, ProRodeo, and Horse Shows. Many people know us for our World Series of Barbecue®, which is actually our largest fundraiser. Events including the barbecue allow us to give over $1 million annually for youth scholarships and support agriculture education programs.

    Allyssa King began her career at the American Royal as an intern nearly 14 years ago. Upon completing her internship, Allyssa came to the realization of her passion for the American Royal.

    Allyssa was given an opportunity in 2012 to expand her skills, with the Equine Manager position. The following five years found Allyssa, developing and expanding the horse events.

    2017 found Allyssa back at her roots as the American Royal Livestock Manager. Getting back to what she loved, Allyssa expanded, increased and developed the American Royal Livestock Show helping to make it what it is today. Allyssa is proud and blessed to be able to work along so many amazing team members and volunteers, that all make the American Royal Livestock Show a success. In the past five years, the Royal has expanded breeding cattle shows, breeding lamb and goat shows and the Royal Elite Drive.

    Allyssa is active in her community as an Executive on the Johnson County Fair Board and volunteers at the Johnson County spring livestock shows.
    2022 finds Allyssa moving on to her next adventure at the American Royal as the Director of Communications. It will be exciting to see what the future holds for both Allyssa and the growing American Royal.

    Learn more about the show at www.americanroyal.com

    This episode is sponsored by TECC Ag.

    Crop status alerts sent to growers or trusted agronomists. Artificial intelligence screens for trouble areas and crop stages so that you can make your own assessment of crop production risks. Hi-Res, ground-based imagery available on platforms of your choice.

    Contact TECC Ag for a  field up for free remote crop scouting at TECC Agriculture
    The American Royal is a non-profit organization based in Kansas City since 1899. They provide opportunities for youth & adults from around the country to compete in Livestock Show, ProRodeo & Horse Shows. Also known for the World Series of Barbecue®, which is their largest fundraiser. Events including the barbecue allow them to give over $1 million annually for youth scholarships & support agriculture education programs. Learn more at https://agr.fyi/americanroyal
    FIRA USA 18-20 OCT. 2022 (FRESNO-CA): The only 3-day event dedicated to the California and North America market for autonomous agriculture and agricultural robotics solutions.Learn More at https://agr.fyi/fira

    • 19 min
    Marketing Your Ag Business Starts with Human Connection

    Marketing Your Ag Business Starts with Human Connection

    Amanda Stanton knows that marketing an ag business starts with human connection. This week she talks to Chrissy Wozniak about their shared passion - marketing ag based companies.

    Amanda owns Stanton Small Business Marketing, providing simple, sustainable & social marketing solutions for small businesses in the agricultural space.

    She's the daughter of the only agricultural John Deere dealer in Connecticut. Stanton was COO for 4 years before selling the business to United Ag & Turf. She stayed on as Marketing Manager for another year and a half, then realized her heart was truly in small business and agriculture, decided to start her own marketing consulting business supporting farms, equipment dealers, and other small businesses.

    Amanda also advocates for Agriculture in Connecticut through social media and a bi-weekly segment on NBC CT highlighting farms, causes, and events in her state. She's passionate about agriculture in Connecticut and shopping small. Working on an exciting project with Connecticut Foodshare (the largest food bank in CT) through which they are purchasing food from local farms to distribute to those in need through a grant from the state.

    Learn more about Stanton Small Business Marketing at - https://www.stantonsbm.com/
    The American Royal is a non-profit organization based in Kansas City since 1899. They provide opportunities for youth & adults from around the country to compete in Livestock Show, ProRodeo & Horse Shows. Also known for the World Series of Barbecue®, which is their largest fundraiser. Events including the barbecue allow them to give over $1 million annually for youth scholarships & support agriculture education programs. Learn more at https://agr.fyi/americanroyal
    FIRA USA 18-20 OCT. 2022 (FRESNO-CA): The only 3-day event dedicated to the California and North America market for autonomous agriculture and agricultural robotics solutions.Learn More at https://agr.fyi/fira

    • 35 min

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