23 episodes

This podcast will surprise you! It is not your ordinary farm podcast. These are fascinating stories, from technology to human interest, where we talk to captivating people who are changing the landscape of the world around us. Hosted by the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation.

Dirt Road Discussions Idaho Farm Bureau Federation

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

This podcast will surprise you! It is not your ordinary farm podcast. These are fascinating stories, from technology to human interest, where we talk to captivating people who are changing the landscape of the world around us. Hosted by the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation.

    Between A Rock And An Easier Place

    Between A Rock And An Easier Place

    Ask any farm kid from the last 50 years how much they liked rock picking and see their reaction. Most would say it was pretty fun for the first 15 minutes and miserable for the rest. Today, farmers can't afford to have sizeable rocks damage their increasingly expensive farm equipment in the fields. As with all aspects of agriculture, farms are looking to automation. Trevor Thompson, President of TerraClear Technologies, takes us through developing drone technologies that see rocks from the sky and machines that extract them from the ground with minimal disruption to the soil.

    • 32 min
    Good Nutrition Doesn't Have To Be Complicated

    Good Nutrition Doesn't Have To Be Complicated

    Millions of books are sold every year with all kinds of glamorous tips and gimmicks to get people to think the food they eat will give them what they want. Unfortunately, many of these fad diets aren't sustainable. Sheri Glazier is a farmer and nutritionist known as the Dirt Road Dietician. On this podcast, she walks us through how people can live life, not be too extreme, and use basic principles of nourishment to have good health for themselves and their families.

    • 45 min
    What Matters Most: A Farm Family's Story

    What Matters Most: A Farm Family's Story

    Dirt Road Discussions has shared stories from many people from across the country. In this special holiday episode, we share a touching story of hope and perseverance told by Lynn and Susan Steadman who lost their house in a fire. Their words remind us of what is truly important in life.

    • 12 min
    Strawberries are Florida's Jam

    Strawberries are Florida's Jam

    Florida has the fun job to grow the majority of strawberries for the United States during the winter season. Whether they are surviving a hurricane, covid, regulation changes, or labor shortages, the strawberry industry is an exciting place to be. Michelle Williamson, Operation Manager of G&F Farms, and Kenneth Parker, Executive Director of Strawberry Growers Association, give us a front-row seat to this billion-dollar "sweet treat".

    • 37 min
    Antiques Get New Life With The "Tractor Doctor"

    Antiques Get New Life With The "Tractor Doctor"

    With a collection of over 100 antique tractors, it is one man's job to revive these historic machines. This behind-the-scenes interview with Rob Bearden, aka Tractor Doctor, takes us through his story and process. These old tractors are a tribute to farmers who took horse teams out of the fields and adopted new technology that changed the future of agriculture.

    • 25 min
    Making New Plastics With Potato Waste

    Making New Plastics With Potato Waste

    Whether it is a candy bar wrapper or medical equipment, the world uses millions of plastic products. An exciting emerging technology, using starches from potato waste and other crops, can potentially change the plastic industry and waste management of plastic products. BiologiQ CEO Steven Sherman shows how agriculture waste is being accessed to make a new and strong plastic that is more biodegradable after its use is done.

    • 36 min

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