71 episodes

Hosted by two commercial row-crop farmers and a dairy farmer, Field Work is a podcast that provides space for frank, realistic discussions about the benefits and challenges of sustainable agriculture. Hosts Zach Johnson, Mitchell Hora, and Tara Vander Dussen (who joined the team in season four) explore the successes and challenges farmers experience as they adopt new practices, while still getting into the weeds on the difficulties.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 619 Ratings

Hosted by two commercial row-crop farmers and a dairy farmer, Field Work is a podcast that provides space for frank, realistic discussions about the benefits and challenges of sustainable agriculture. Hosts Zach Johnson, Mitchell Hora, and Tara Vander Dussen (who joined the team in season four) explore the successes and challenges farmers experience as they adopt new practices, while still getting into the weeds on the difficulties.

    New Mexico Milkmaid Shines in Field Work Debut

    New Mexico Milkmaid Shines in Field Work Debut

    Tara Vander Dussen makes her Field Work debut at Zach Johnson’s Minnesota farm. In this episode, Tara tells Zach and Mitchell about the wonders of New Mexico: sand dunes, square roads, fainting goats, and how she encourages dairy farmers to be more sustainable. She also seems genuinely surprised at the concept of rain.

    • 44 min
    The Hunger for Regenerative Ag Data

    The Hunger for Regenerative Ag Data

    Lots of scientists give farmers advice. But not many of them have actually farmed. Jonathan Lundgren quit the USDA and started Blue Dasher Farms in South Dakota. In just a few years, he’s learned some things, including how difficult farming is. Lundgren is also the driving force behind Ecdysis Foundation, a research organization that aims to study regenerative farming practices on 1,000 farms.

    • 39 min
    Why Kamal Bell Became a First-Generation Farmer

    Why Kamal Bell Became a First-Generation Farmer

    Food deserts are places with limited access to fruits and vegetables. When the topic popped up in one of his college classes, Kamal Bell decided to do more than just talk about it. Bell started Sankofa Farms, a 12-acre farm in North Carolina. He grows kale, raises farm-fresh eggs and keeps bees there. In this episode, Bell talks about overcoming the challenges he faces as a first-generation Black farmer and why he's committed to helping young people gain valuable agriculture experience.

    • 36 min
    The Genius of Prairie Strips

    The Genius of Prairie Strips

    Farmers in 14 states have planted more than 14,000 acres of prairie strips to ease soil erosion. On this episode, Lisa Schulte Moore of Iowa State University explains the science behind planting native grasses and plants. “Prairie strips are oriented perpendicular to that flow of water,” she says. “It's really about slowing that water down, allowing it to infiltrate.”

    • 39 min
    An Interview with USDA's Robert Bonnie

    An Interview with USDA's Robert Bonnie

    Robert Bonnie grew up on a Kentucky farm. Today, he’s one of the most powerful people in agriculture, serving as a top USDA official in the Biden administration. One of the initiatives he’s working on is the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities, a $1 billion program aimed at reducing the ag sector’s carbon footprint.

    Disclaimer: Hosts Mitchell Hora and Tara Vander Dussen have applied for funding from the USDA’s Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program.

    • 45 min
    From Dirt to Soil: The Guys Get To Know Gabe Brown

    From Dirt to Soil: The Guys Get To Know Gabe Brown

    Gabe Brown didn’t grow up on a farm. But today he’s way into regenerative agriculture. On his farm and ranch just outside of Bismarck, North Dakota, Gabe does no-till, cover crops, and a mini-version of mob grazing. He’s also one of the founding partners of Understanding Ag and the author of “Dirt To Soil: One Farmer’s Journey Into Regenerative Agriculture.”

    • 1 hr 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
619 Ratings

619 Ratings

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I’m 12 years old and want to be a farmer.

When I listened to the podcast I was very interested and got hooked. This is one my favorite podcasts, I listen to it almost everyday. I suggest this podcast to all other people. I did like the episode “The Tractor Robots Are Here” it was very fun but informative. I would love it sooooooooo much and give me so much confidence to become a farmer. So please will you please do a episode with Zack, and Chet Larson.

Parker Bergeski ,

This is podcast is amazing.

When I discovered this podcast, it was so interesting to me. I wasn’t raised on a farm, but the out there on farms. Really got me into lot of good things, and less bad things. We have been having farmers since, the world was created. Without them we’ll never be, here on this planet. For this time I appreciate the farmers, out there for making. Food, clothes, and other goods. That’s what I like about farms, including the equipment as well. I’m a Case IH guy 🤣😂

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