118 episodes

Damian travels all over the globe talking to audiences about the topics surrounding the business of food fuel and fiber. With his clever wit and his easy to understand delivery, he has turned these topics into interesting (and sometimes controversial) podcast topics.

The Business of Agriculture Podcast Damian Mason

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Damian travels all over the globe talking to audiences about the topics surrounding the business of food fuel and fiber. With his clever wit and his easy to understand delivery, he has turned these topics into interesting (and sometimes controversial) podcast topics.

    118 - Selling Fruit, Specialization, and Way More with The FruitGuys Founder Chris Mittelstaedt

    118 - Selling Fruit, Specialization, and Way More with The FruitGuys Founder Chris Mittelstaedt

    Chris Mittelstaedt isn’t from a farming background but he became an Agricultural entrepreneur at an early age — he sold vegetables from his mom’s garden around his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood out of a radio flyer wagon. Today, Mr. Mittelstaedt owns and runs The FruitGuys, a fruit business specializing in delivery to corporate offices. Chris started The FruitGuys in 1998. The company now delivers throughout the United States. The FruitGuys makes a concerted effort to source product from local and smaller producers. Chris joins me to discuss how his business operates and where he sees opportunity in Ag’s future. You’ll like his perspective and you’ll enjoy the conversation. Bonus: if you have a great idea in need of funding for your own farming operation, you might even want to apply for a grant through the The FruitGuys Community Fund. I’ll let Chris explain...

    • 42 min
    117 - Walmart Didn’t Bankrupt Borden Dairy (or Dean Foods!)

    117 - Walmart Didn’t Bankrupt Borden Dairy (or Dean Foods!)

    On January 6th, 2020, Borden Dairy filed for bankruptcy protection. The 163 year old milk processor’s announcement comes just 2 months after Dean Foods - the nation’s largest milk processor - filed for bankruptcy. Within minutes of the Borden news breaking, social media warriors were blaming Walmart for the company’s demise. Friend of show and dairy woman, Katharine Lotspeich joins me to sort out the reality of milk, the marketplace and why we in agriculture can’t keep blaming Walmart for a changing landscape. Consumer tastes are changing while large scale companies seem content to sit on their commodity business model. What does this mean for the future of food production and processing? Listen and find out!

    • 44 min
    116 - Meat vs. Veganism: The Battle is on in 2020

    116 - Meat vs. Veganism: The Battle is on in 2020

    This week’s Golden Globe Awards is the first (of way too many) Hollywood awards shows for the year. It’s also the first award show to distinguish itself by serving an all-vegan menu. This, along with increasing media hit pieces on the meat industry’s safety and environmental impact, have me convinced 2020 will be a flash point in the argument against livestock farming and meat consumption. In this episode we’ll discuss Hollywood hypocrisy, Time Magazine’s person of the year Greta Thunberg, political food police, the U.N., and how all those forces are out to dictate food choice.

    • 26 min
    115 - Grass Fed Beef - with Rich Bradbury

    115 - Grass Fed Beef - with Rich Bradbury

    Rich Bradbury is an Oregon rancher with an eye on the future. Along with other cattlemen, he started a cooperative to process and market their brands of beef. Country Natural is their conventional beef product but he’s most excited about their other brand, Desert Mountain Grass Fed Beef. And that’s where the growth has been. Rich talks to us about ranching in the desolate drylands, the potential for selling carbon offsets, and the business of producing and marketing grass fed protein. You may prefer your beef grain-fed, but the current trends point to a future of more grass finished bovine.

    • 46 min
    114 - Food Fear

    114 - Food Fear

    I’m so excited to announce the release of my new book, Food Fear — How Fear is Ruining Your Dinner and Why You Should Celebrate Eating. It’s straight talk about food, foodies, farming, food fights, food police, food myths, and the future of food and food production. Nicole Hahn joins me in this episode to discuss the memorable and intriguing content in Food Fear. She should know, she was the book’s “first read.” You’ll like the conversation as we discuss the very real issues the Business of Agriculture faces from a consumer who is too often fearful of their food.

    • 32 min
    113 - Regenerative Agriculture with Gabe Brown

    113 - Regenerative Agriculture with Gabe Brown

    I first heard of Regenerative Agriculture this spring via congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s televised town hall meeting. Given Ms. Cortez’s stance and multiple comments on the evils of cheeseburger consumption and cow farts, I assumed this thing she was talking about was as outlandish as her other views. Then I was introduced to Gabe Brown’s book, Dirt to Soil — One Family’s Journey Into Regenerative Agriculture. Mr. Brown is a Regenerative Ag pioneer and promoter. He came to this style of food production out of economic necessity 20 years ago. The results have been quite positive. Gabe joins me to explain his business practices and tell his story.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

garretson ,

Honest and Informative

Damian is a great speaker in person and carries that enthusiasm and straightforward dialogue into his podcast. Awesome platform for the commercial Ag industry!

Dgamom ,

Not bad

There’s a lot of interesting guests and great information if you can get past Damian Mason’s ego.

Tim @ AgGrad ,

Entertaining & Insightful

Damian does a great job discussing Ag issues in an engaging way.

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