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The AgEmerge Podcast is here to move the ag paradigm forward by helping you regenerate your soils using new ideas, research, and emerging technologies. Get ready to improve your soils, your crops, your livestock, and your families livelihood.

Hosted by Kim Sheese & Monte Bottens

AgEmerge Podcast Monte Bottens and Kim Sheese

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The AgEmerge Podcast is here to move the ag paradigm forward by helping you regenerate your soils using new ideas, research, and emerging technologies. Get ready to improve your soils, your crops, your livestock, and your families livelihood.

Hosted by Kim Sheese & Monte Bottens

    059 Joe Bassett - Dawn Equipment And Underground Ag

    059 Joe Bassett - Dawn Equipment And Underground Ag

    Have you ever wanted to brainstorm with an ag-tech / equipment manufacturer? Well, that’s just what we did on today’s podcast. Joe Bassett, CEO of Dawn Equipment and Underground Ag joins us to discuss the full gamut of equipment, technology, software, management practices and, farming mindsets that drive research, development, investment and, implementation of these technologies.

    Grab a cup of coffee and hold on tight as Monte and Joe dig through all these topics.

    More about Joe: Joe studied Physics at the University of Iowa and has owned Dawn Equipment since 2015. He founded Underground Agriculture in 2019. Joe and his wife, Rachael, have a daughter, Mimi.

    Got questions you want answered? Send them our way and we’ll do our best to research and find answers.
    Know someone you think would be great on the AgEmerge podcast? Send your questions or suggestions to kim@asn.farm

    We’d love to hear from you!

    • 1 hr 9 min
    058 AgEmerge 2021 Monte Bottens: Soil Health, Spring, Innovation and Ag Tech

    058 AgEmerge 2021 Monte Bottens: Soil Health, Spring, Innovation and Ag Tech

    Have you ever heard the saying, “the second mouse gets the cheese?” Well, today we’ll talk about the work and practical research Monte Bottens and his team are doing on the farm to discern practices that do and don’t work as we continue to fine-tune this system we call regenerative agriculture. As Monte says, they work to be the first mouse, taking one for the team so you, the second mouse can get the cheese! We discuss everything from planting green, companion cropping, livestock integration, and all the ag-tech both present and future to support these endeavors. And, we go on to explore the resources necessary to allow us to scale these practices. Topics from A to Z and everything in between, take a listen!

    • 51 min
    057 AgEmerge Podcast: Will Harris - White Oak Pastures

    057 AgEmerge Podcast: Will Harris - White Oak Pastures

    Thanks for joining us today, we always enjoy visiting with all our guests on the podcast and Monte was particularly excited to speak with our guest today, Will Harris of White Oak Pastures. Will has been recognized all over the world as a leader in humane animal husbandry and environmental sustainability. As a fourth-generation cattleman, he and his family were raising livestock in the typical conventional methods, but in the mid-1990’s Will became disenchanted with the excesses of these industrialized methods. They’d created a monoculture for their cattle, and, as Will says, "nature abhors a monoculture." In 1995, Will made the audacious decision to return to the farming methods his great-grandfather had used 130 years before. Today, we get to journey with Will to understand the mindset, work, and fortitude it takes to risk it all and successfully implement these farming practices. It’s a great conversation, enjoy!

    WILL HARRIS BIO:
    Will Harris is a fourth-generation cattleman, who tends the same land that his great-grandfather settled in 1866. Born and raised at White Oak Pastures, Will left home to attend the University of Georgia's School of Agriculture, where he was trained in the industrial farming methods that had taken hold after World War II. Will graduated in 1976 and returned to Bluffton where he and his father continued to raise cattle using pesticides, herbicides, hormones, and antibiotics. They also fed their herd a high-carbohydrate diet of corn and soy.

    These tools did a fantastic job of taking the cost out of the system, but in the mid-1990s Will became disenchanted with the excesses of these industrialized methods. They had created a monoculture for their cattle, and, as Will says, "nature abhors a monoculture." In 1995, Will made the audacious decision to return to the farming methods his great-grandfather had used 130 years before.

    Since Will has successfully implemented these changes, he has been recognized all over the world as a leader in humane animal husbandry and environmental sustainability. Will is the immediate past President of the Board of Directors of Georgia Organics. He is the Beef Director of the American Grassfed Association and was selected 2011 Business Person of the year for Georgia by the Small Business Administration.

    Will lives in his family home on the property with his wife Yvonne. He is the proud father of three daughters, Jessi, Jenni, and Jodi. His favorite place in the world to be is out in pastures, where he likes to have a big coffee at sunrise and a 750ml glass of wine at sunset.

    REFERENCED LINKS:
    One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoQWLK8-CYE

    Carbon Footprint Evaluation of Regenerative Grazing at White Oak Pastures:
    https://blog.whiteoakpastures.com/hubfs/WOP-LCA-Quantis-2019.pdf

    Grassfed Exchange 2016 - Peter Byck & Will Harris “A Georgia Story”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3Q-GuTn3WU

    Got questions you want answered? Send them our way and we’ll do our best to research and find answers.
    Know someone you think would be great on the AgEmerge podcast? Send your questions or suggestions to kim@asn.farm

    We’d love to hear from you!

    • 59 min
    056 AgEmerge Podcast Dr. Stephan van Vliet: Research at the nexus of agricultural and human health.

    056 AgEmerge Podcast Dr. Stephan van Vliet: Research at the nexus of agricultural and human health.

    Nutrient-dense food, it’s a big topic in regenerative agriculture. It’s just one of the many goals of improved soil health and it’s so very important to our own, human health. But how do we quantify it? What new research techniques are uncovering these connections and how can we identify practices and systems that will improve nutrient-dense food? Our guest today is trying to discover just that, Dr. Stephan van Vliet is a nutrition scientist and metabolomics expert in the Stedman Nutrition and Metabolism Center at Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. van Vliet earned his PhD in Kinesiology and Community Health as an ESPEN Fellow from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received post-doctoral training in the Center for Human Nutrition at Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine.

    Dr. van Vliet’s research is performed at the nexus of agricultural and human health. He routinely collaborates with farmers, ecologists, and agricultural scientists to study critical linkages between agricultural production methods, the nutrient density of food, and human health. Dr. van Vliet uses high-throughput metabolomics techniques to study the presence of bioactive compounds in the whole food matrix and their impacts on human metabolic health.

    Got questions you want answered? Send them our way and we’ll do our best to research and find answers.
    Know someone you think would be great on the AgEmerge podcast? Send your questions or suggestions to kim@asn.farm

    We’d love to hear from you!

    • 1 hr
    055 AgEmerge Podcast - Mikayla Tabert: Soil Health "In Real Life"

    055 AgEmerge Podcast - Mikayla Tabert: Soil Health "In Real Life"

    Thanks for joining us today. Have you seen the acronym I.R.L.? It stands for “in real life’ and that’s what Mikayla Tabert and her family are practicing to improve their farming operation, they’re not just talking about soil health, they are pursuing it in real life. They’re building diversity, using on-farm research, observation, innovation, trial and error, all working together to create a successful system. Is it a perfect science? By no means, but through communicating and articulating their goals with one another they’re moving forward to build resiliency and profitability on their farm and it’s exciting to see it in motion.
    Trinity Creek Ranch, Inc. is a family-run and owned crop and beef cattle farm, dedicated to the health of their animals and land. They practice no-till, cover crops, and rotational grazing to sequester carbon from the atmosphere into their soils. Mikayla and her husband Benjamin farm alongside her parents David and Peggy Miller at Trinity Creek Ranch in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota. We’re excited to talk to Mikayla today as she lets us take a peek into their operation and some of the discoveries they’ve had in their journey. We hope you’ll gain some ideas and insight into practices you can adopt on your farm. And, if you’d like to learn more about what we’re doing to implement these practices, check out our website at asn.farm and there you can click on the links to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Linkedin. There’s a lot of great things happening and always something to learn - thanks for listening!
    Follow Trinity Creek Ranch at https://www.facebook.com/trinitycreekranch

    • 41 min
    054.AgEmerge Podcast: Dr. Joel Gruver Talks Soil Health, Systems and Solutions

    054.AgEmerge Podcast: Dr. Joel Gruver Talks Soil Health, Systems and Solutions

    Join us as we explore the work Dr. Joel Gruver is conducting at Western Illinois University. Dr. Gruver teaches soil science and conservation classes and he’s the recipient of the National No-Till Educator of the Year Award in 2015. We’re going to dive into what tools in the toolbox they use to research organic grain production. You know the old adage for selling real estate is location, location location. Well, in soil health it’s observation, observation, observation. Listen to how he utilizes grower’s field observations and understandings as they assess the changes they’re seeing in the soil.

    We go on to explore landlord/tenant relationships and how landlords are becoming committed to conservation practices and implementing cover crops.

    In addition to teaching, Dr. Gruver is the Director of the WIU Organic Research Program. His research interests include conservation cropping systems with a focus on cover crops and organic grain production, soil organic matter, and innovative teaching methods.

    Got questions you want answered? Send them our way and we’ll do our best to research and find answers.
    Know someone you think would be great on the AgEmerge podcast? Send your questions or suggestions to kim@asn.farm

    We’d love to hear from you!

    • 1 hr 8 min

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Episode 009 was very good and made many good points. Unfortunately, it will probably fall on deaf ears. Oh well, we’ve gotta try or else nothing will change

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