59 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.

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    • Education
    • 4.1 • 9 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.

    So You Want To Grow Agave?

    So You Want To Grow Agave?

    Imagine a succulent plant with sharp spines that can grow up to 6 feet tall and 10 feet wide. When it flowers, it can grow up to 8 feet tall, and its inflorescence can reach 25–30 feet tall. Sharla and Leo Ortega grow agave, a plant used for tequila and many other products. They talk about navigating the challenges of raising this "behemoth" crop.

    • 46 min
    Aquaculture: From Dinner Plates To Aquariums

    Aquaculture: From Dinner Plates To Aquariums

    Those who like to cast bait or a fly in the stream probably like a good salmon or trout filet, but it would never come close to meeting American's demand for fish. Welcome to the aquaculture industry. Jacob Bledsoe, Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist — Aquaculture Research, shares how fish farms are advancing, consolidating, and competing with imported products to provide fish or grocery stores, restaurants, and pet stores.

    • 46 min
    Mind Your Melon - Preventing Farmer Suicide

    Mind Your Melon - Preventing Farmer Suicide

    Marshal Sewell's thoughts about the farmer's mental health changed with the suicide of his father. In this podcast, Marshal talks about his own quest to prevent further suicides through open dialogue about the pressures of farming and steps that can be taken to identify and help someone going down that path. He shared how he started the Mind Your Melon movement.

    • 48 min
    Keeping Your Family Safe On Rural Roads

    Keeping Your Family Safe On Rural Roads

    This is a must-hear podcast for every family who drives. Roadways and highways in rural areas look safe because they are less crowded, but they account for 75% of fatalities. Factors such as high speeds, distractions, and lack of patience combined with wildlife, agriculture equipment, and a false sense of security create dangerous dynamics. Jessie Barrus, Idaho Transportation Department District Engineer, and Cory Juber, Idaho State Police Trooper from North Central Idaho, share their experie...

    • 53 min
    Inventing Farm Game - A Farmer's Story of Crisis & Survival

    Inventing Farm Game - A Farmer's Story of Crisis & Survival

    George Rohrbacher found himself in the middle of nowhere, with only the lights from his tractor, pondering how he was going to save his farm. Farm markets in the late 1970s were tanking, and very little rain had fallen on his newly acquired dry farm. And then, out of nowhere, he decides to risk it all on a board game. You will not want to miss this.

    • 49 min
    Parachuting Beavers

    Parachuting Beavers

    Yes, it is absolutely true! Back in 1948, biologists threw beavers out of airplanes over Idaho's rugged backcountry with parachutes to help them rebuild ponds and other water structures. This podcast will have you laughing as Ben Goldfarb, environmental journalist, author, and "Beaver Believer," tells how it all went down. Ben also shares how biologists are seeking healthy strategies for beavers to coexist with their human neighbors.

    • 45 min

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