16 episodes

Dive into the most relevant topics of sustainable and organic farming through interviews with farmers and ag professionals, as well as audio from MOSES Conference workshops and field days. Organic Specialist Chuck Anderas hosts this podcast.
Sponsored by Gempler's.

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    • Education
    • 5.0, 8 Ratings

Dive into the most relevant topics of sustainable and organic farming through interviews with farmers and ag professionals, as well as audio from MOSES Conference workshops and field days. Organic Specialist Chuck Anderas hosts this podcast.
Sponsored by Gempler's.

    Do the Numbers: Organic Grain Transition

    Do the Numbers: Organic Grain Transition

    Paul Dietmann from Compeer Financial and Jon Jovaag, a farmer near Austin, MN, help us do the numbers on transitioning to organic grain production. We talk through how to think through cash flow versus profitability during the transition years, what crops to use in your rotation, and why you’d want to do it in the first place.



    LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

    Turning Grain into Dough

    OGRAIN Compass 

    Compeer Organic Bridge Loan

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    • 41 min
    Do the Numbers, Part 2: Dairy Graziers on the Economics of Dairy Grazing

    Do the Numbers, Part 2: Dairy Graziers on the Economics of Dairy Grazing

    Organic dairy graziers Thelma  Heidel-Baker and Ricky Baker join Chuck to talk about what they've done to have a financially viable 60-cow dairy. This episode builds on part 1 with Dr. Jon Winsten from 6/4. Part 3 is the virtual field day June 24th with Thelma, Ricky, and Jon where we’ll talk about the economics of grazing as well as production, conservation, and more. Register now to be on that Zoom event.



    Listen to Thelma's conservation conversation on the In Her Boots podcast.

    • 37 min
    Do the Numbers: The Economics of Dairy Grazing

    Do the Numbers: The Economics of Dairy Grazing

    You can’t control the price of milk, but you can control how much it costs you to produce it. Dr. Jon Winsten from Winrock International outlines three key metrics to look at when considering a dairy farm’s financial viability: feed efficiency, labor efficiency, and capital efficiency. 

    This is part 1 of 3 grazing training installments this month. In two weeks, part 2 will be a podcast episode with organic dairy graziers Thelma Heidel-Baker and Ricky Baker. Part 3 will be a virtual field day on June 24th with Thelma, Ricky, and Jon where we’ll talk about the economics of grazing as well as the production and conservation aspects.



    Learn more about the Pasture Project.  

    Learn about equity efforts for communities of color in the food system in this Civil Eats story.



    Join Jon and MOSES for a virtual field day June 24 at Bossie Cow Farm in Wisconsin.

    • 40 min
    Starting a Cooperative, Part 2

    Starting a Cooperative, Part 2

    This is part 2 on cooperatives with Kelly Maynard from the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives. In part 1, we talked about the importance of group work, goals of co-ops, and questions to ask before getting started. This week, we get into the role of feasibility studies, grants and loans to get started, what kinds of businesses are best suited for coops, and more on the principles that cooperative businesses can teach us.

    • 30 min
    Starting a Cooperative, Part 1

    Starting a Cooperative, Part 1

    Kelly Maynard is a Cooperative Development Specialist at the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives. Kelly spoke at the 2020 MOSES Organic Farming Conference about how to start a cooperative. We share clips from her workshop presentation and connect with Kelly to dig a little deeper into the world of cooperatives. Look for Part 2 next week.



    Visit the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives.
    Free webinars on cooperative governance 

    • 21 min
    Rebuilding a Just Food System after COVID-19

    Rebuilding a Just Food System after COVID-19

    COVID-19 is stressing the food system in unprecedented ways. Farmers and local food advocates have a unique opportunity to build new and more just food systems. Today’s guest is Dan Cornelius. Dan is a farmer, a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, and is the Intertribal Agriculture Council’s Technical Assistance Specialist for the Great Lakes Region. Dan shares his thoughts on food systems, the role seeds play in resilience and food sovereignty, cooperatives, and some examples from work different Tribes have been doing that pre-date the pandemic.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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8 Ratings

vanderwoudetm ,

Informative, helpful host and great guests!

Thanks to MOSES for putting on a relevant and useful series. Great to hear perspectives of farmers who are adapting and growing in a pandemic. Keep it up!

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