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HPJ Talk is a weekly podcast featuring commentary and news for farmers, ranchers, and those who live and work in the High Plains.

Soil Solutions with Jessica Gnad emphasizes the importance of producing healthy soil, and provides important tips and insights from industry leaders on the topic of soil health and regenerative agriculture.

#RideWithUs #HighPlainsJournal #GreatPlainsRegeneration #SoilHealth

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HPJ Talk is a weekly podcast featuring commentary and news for farmers, ranchers, and those who live and work in the High Plains.

Soil Solutions with Jessica Gnad emphasizes the importance of producing healthy soil, and provides important tips and insights from industry leaders on the topic of soil health and regenerative agriculture.

#RideWithUs #HighPlainsJournal #GreatPlainsRegeneration #SoilHealth

    Leading with Soil Health to Achieve Balance with Mother Nature feat. Rick Clark

    Leading with Soil Health to Achieve Balance with Mother Nature feat. Rick Clark

    Rick Clark is a 5th generation farmer from Williamsport, IN. The main goal on the farm is to build soil health and achieve balance with Mother Nature. Rick has developed and constantly improves a systematic approach to regenerative farming. The farm strives to be a low cost input producer, while maintaining an increase in yield year over year. The farm is 100% NGMO, 100% no till, and 100% cover crop. Rick is currently transitioning the 7000 acre farm to organic. He is most proud of developing a system of organic farming that uses no tillage. He will suppress weeds with cover crops. Rick cares deeply about human health as well, that is one of the main drivers behind the organic no till style of farming. Rick is building a system that will be viable and sustainable for generations to come.
    A few years ago, Rick describes, the farm went through a major rain event. “We had a one-inch rain event on the farm right after we had freshly tilled some soil,” recalls Rick. “I could not believe how far that soil had moved in the ditch and was ready to leave the farm. That was enough.” What started as a desire to solve for discrete challenges on the farm—increasing soil resiliency in response to an eroding rain event—has transformed into a systematic dedication to building soil health across the operation. Farming Green, as Rick calls it, now encompasses a suite of conservation practices including planting cash crops directly into cover crops, no-till practices, rotational grazing livestock, and reducing inputs and energy use on the operation.

    • 30 min
    Precision Farming Tech, Crop Diversity with Livestock, and Regenerative Ag Principles feat. Monte Bottens

    Precision Farming Tech, Crop Diversity with Livestock, and Regenerative Ag Principles feat. Monte Bottens

    Welcome back to Soil Solutions with Jessica Gnad. This episode features Monte Bottens, a fifth-generation Illinois farmer who owns and operates Bottens Family Farm, Grateful Graze, is the Founder and CEO of Ag Solutions Network Inc., and host of the AgEmerge Podcast.
    Monte shares what regenerative ag means to him and how producers can get started with it themselves, focusing on what consumers actually want, and how his operation Grateful Graze is using soil health principles.
    Monte Bottens is a business owner, entrepreneur, and thought leader who has deep roots in agriculture. Raised as a fifth-generation, northwestern Illinois farmer, Monte is a business owner, entrepreneur and thought leader. Monte began his farming career with two bred sows given to him by his grandmother. Thanks to great guidance from his dad and equipment-sharing startup assistance, today he’s the owner of Bottens Family Farm (BFF). 
    The farm utilizes the latest agricultural innovations in precision farming technology and crop management systems while putting into practice advanced regenerative ag principles. BFF produces a diversity of crops and grass-fed livestock. which are sold direct to consumers under the Grateful Graze label.
    He is the Founder, President and CEO of Ag Solutions Network, Inc. (ASN) headquartered in Moline, Illinois, where he leads the development and distribution of the POWER2GRO crop production system. ASN utilizes the latest technological advancements and highest-quality ingredients to enable farmers to build soil health and soil wealth. Monte is also the host of ASN’s podcast, AgEmerge where featured guests discuss new ideas, grower insights, research and emerging technology.


    Monte is the Founder and Partner of California Ag Solutions, Inc. (CAS) in Madera, CA. The CAS team serves farmers of the Central Valley by helping them adopt reduced tillage techniques combined with improved water and nutrient efficiency using ASN’s POWER2GRO system on a wide variety of crops.

    Monte has a love for the agricultural diversity in California. He serves on the leadership team of Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation (CASI) center that develops integrated reduced tillage and irrigation techniques in California and globally. His excitement for ag tech and continuous process improvement also led him to get involved with the UC Davis Entrepreneurship Program and the Sacramento Angels. He has a desire to teach others and make region specific practices applicable for all different crops, soil types, and climates throughout the US. He has presented at many conferences and universities sharing his passion for soil health and agriculture innovation.

    Monte is a graduate of Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. He and his wife Robyn live in Sherrard, Illinois, close to family and the family farm.

    • 30 min
    KDA Division of Conservation: Central Region feat. Chad Basinger

    KDA Division of Conservation: Central Region feat. Chad Basinger

    Welcome back to Soil Solutions with Jessica Gnad.  This is the third of three episodes highlighting the Kansas Dept. of Agriculture's Division of Conservation.

    Chad Basinger is a KDA Divison of Conservation representative for the Central Kansas region. In this episode, Chad shares how he got started farming and developed interest in soil health practices, the unique challenges farmers face in central Kansas, how the Conservation District helps educate farmers and producers on soil health and regenerative practices, and more. 
    Chad Basinger is a farmer and rancher from Pretty Prairie, Kansas. He has worked with the Conservation District, NRCS and the Cheney Lake Watershed on multiple projects over the years to make conservation improvements. Basinger is a consistent voice for sustainable agriculture, whether supporting programs and good land stewardship locally or traveling to Washington D.C. to advocate to our lawmakers.  Alongside his wife, Cassondra, he owns Basinger Land & Cattle.  They grow wheat, soybeans and grain sorghum and manage a cow-calf herd and background and finish calves. Basinger and his wife have 4 children and are actively involved in their community and  their church. 
    Chad Basinger has served on the Reno County Conservation District board since 2019 and is currently the cice-chairperson of the board.  He has served on the Reno County Farm Bureau Board for 9 years, the Reno County Cattleman’s Board of Directors for 3 years and the Garden Plain Farmer’s Cooperative for 6 years, including a tenure as board president.

    • 25 min
    KDA Division of Conservation: Western Region feat. Michael Thompson

    KDA Division of Conservation: Western Region feat. Michael Thompson

    Welcome back to Soil Solutions with Jessica Gnad.  This is the second of three episodes highlighting the Kansas Dept. of Agriculture's Division of Conservation.

    MIchael Thompson is a KDA Divison of Conservation representative for the Western Kansas region. In this episode, Michael shares his thoughts on why and how we can better manage our soil, mitigating erosion and declining water, the unique challenges farmers face in western Kansas, and more. Michael farms in partnership as Thompson Farm and Ranch LLC with his brother Brian and father Richard. The operation is located in Northeast Norton County near Almena, KS.  They grow corn, soybeans, and wheat.  They also manage a cow/calf beef herd that rotationally grazes on native range and diverse cover crops grown on farmland when there is not a cash grain crop growing.  The operation is 100 percent no-till with a focus on increasing biology, soil cover, water holding capacity, and carbon levels of the soils they manage.  
    The last several years Thompson Farm & Ranch has been below their normal precipitation but still has been able to produce good yields in grain crops while providing enough forage for the cattle herd. The change in land management on Thompson Farm & Ranch has made a difference in surviving the years of less than normal rainfall.
    He is a board member for Kansas Soil Health Alliance as well as No-Till on the Plains. 

    • 31 min
    KDA Division of Conservation: Eastern Region feat. Rod Vorhees and Daryl Donohue

    KDA Division of Conservation: Eastern Region feat. Rod Vorhees and Daryl Donohue

    Welcome back to Soil Solutions with Jessica Gnad.  This is the first of three episodes highlighting the Kansas Dept. of Agriculture's Division of Conservation.

    Rod Vorhees and Daryl Donohue are KDA Divison of Conservation representatives for the Eastern and Southeastern regions of the state of Kansas. In this episode, they share their thoughts on the importance soil conservation and conservation partnerships, and the unique needs and challenges for soil health and conservation in their part of the state. 
    For nearly three decades, awareness of soil health and of implementing conservation practices to encourage healthier soil have been promoted at both the local and the state level by Rod Vorhees.  Vorhees is the chairman of the Wilson County Conservation District, and he serves as the chairman of the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s State Conservation Commission (SCC). He has provided leadership, and first-hand knowledge of working on the land, during sessions with soil carbon organization representatives and through contact with soil health organizations at forage plots and land health monitoring locations.  Rod Vorhees’ family’s ranching operation, Lazy VJ Farms, located near Coyville, was recognized with the 2017 Kansas Leopold Conservation Award.  
    A native of Fredonia, Kansas, Daryl Donohue serves as treasurer of the Wilson County Conservation District Board of Supervisors.  He serves as Kansas Association of Conservation Districts (KACD) Area V Director.  Donohue is a rancher in northern Wilson County, Kansas, and he has been utilizing growing season burns, or “summer” burns, as a management practice for about many years.  He actively promotes the use of prescribed burning to prevent cedar tree encroachment and to assist landowners and producers in recovering land invaded by cedar trees and, while doing so, encouraging native grasses and forbs to repopulate and thrive.

    • 30 min
    You Can't Buy Soil Health: Focusing on the Principles, Integrating Livestock, and More feat. Macauley Kincaid

    You Can't Buy Soil Health: Focusing on the Principles, Integrating Livestock, and More feat. Macauley Kincaid

    Macauley Kincaid joins us on the Soil Solutions podcast to discuss how focusing on the pricinciples of soil health is vital for your operation, how integrating livestock helps produce healthier soil, the importance of self-education, how soil health impacts life beyond farming, and more. 

    This episode is jam-packed with tons of great knowledge and info you certainly don't want to miss! 

    • 26 min

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Great podcast!

These ladies do a fantastic job of bringing you current events and news in the wonderful world of ag.

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Great agriculture connection!

Love listening to these two, as well as the interviews they conduct! As a member of the agricultural community myself, I appreciate all of the Midwest news and pieces they curate for their audience. Keep up the great work!

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Great conversational portion! Expert hosts who provide information and relevant guests. It’s one of my favorite podcasts.

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