224 episodes

Damian travels all over the globe talking to audiences about trends in the business of food, fuel, and fiber. With his clever wit and down-to-earth delivery, he has turned these topics into an interesting (and sometimes controversial) podcast.

The Business of Agriculture Podcast Damian Mason

    • Business
    • 4.4 • 71 Ratings

Damian travels all over the globe talking to audiences about trends in the business of food, fuel, and fiber. With his clever wit and down-to-earth delivery, he has turned these topics into an interesting (and sometimes controversial) podcast.

    224 - Will $1 Billion Make Meat Cheaper?

    224 - Will $1 Billion Make Meat Cheaper?

    In January of 2022 the Biden administration announced that one billion dollars of government money would be deployed to make meat less expensive. This, in response to the recent (and rapid!) run-up in protein prices. Details of the plan are still a bit unclear. One major objective of the spending is to expand slaughter capacity among smaller scale meat processors. Will this make meat less expensive for the consumer? Will it help meat producers? Jim Heimerl, a large-scale Ohio pork producer who also dabbles in beef production, joins me to discuss meat realities.

    Sponsored by LandTrust landtrust.com

    • 35 min
    223 - Why Biden’s Meat Plan Is Misguided

    223 - Why Biden’s Meat Plan Is Misguided

    The Biden administration kicked off the new year by doubling down on its spending to change the meat processing industry. Their proposal calls for $1 billion to be dedicated to expanding independent meat processing. Expanding local and regional meat processing away from the oligopolistic packers is a fine concept, especially for us who rely on small, independent butchering facilities in rural America. But…the stated purpose of the legislation is to lower meat prices for consumers and that math simply doesn’t add up. Todd Thurman joins me to discuss the economics of meat.

    Sponsored by LandTrust landtrust.com

    • 42 min
    222 - Grass Seed, Hazelnuts, Trucking & More — 3 Oregon Women Explain Their Ag Enterprises

    222 - Grass Seed, Hazelnuts, Trucking & More — 3 Oregon Women Explain Their Ag Enterprises

    Running south of Portland, Oregon, the Willamette Valley runs about 120 miles and the farmers there produce some 300-plus crops. One major crop is grass seed. If you’ve bought a bag of grass seed at your nursery or home improvement store, there’s a very good chance it came from Oregon. While speaking to the Oregon Seed League conference, I ran across Brenda, Macey, and Shelly — three women with family roots in Oregon Ag who are now running their own diversified Ag operations. Each of them used their base in grass seed production to expand their Ag operations into tree nuts, a trucking company, and even an international Ag export company.

    Sponsored by LandTrust landtrust.com

    • 44 min
    221 - Beef: Production, Genetics, and Perspective from 2 Ranchers

    221 - Beef: Production, Genetics, and Perspective from 2 Ranchers

    Like most things in production Ag, there’s a whole lot going on before the burger hits your plate. How has beef production changed, what cattle genetics are sought after, where has beef steered its ship wrong in the past, will we see vertically integrated beef the way the pork and poultry industry have gone, what’s in the future for American beef? I sit down with Kim Ford of Cross Diamond Cattle Company - a major producer of Red Angus genetics, and Randall Adolph of Freedom Hills Ranch of Illinois to discuss all this and more.

    Sponsored by LandTrust landtrust.com

    • 38 min
    220 - From Grain Carts to the Future (& Many Things In Between!)

    220 - From Grain Carts to the Future (& Many Things In Between!)

    Jon Kinzebaw and his company, Kinze Manufacturing, lay claim to being the inventor of the grain cart — in an Iowa welding shop — 51 years ago. Today, Kinze Manufacturing is a global short-line Ag implement company whose 650 employees make and sell grain carts, planters, and tillage equipment. Jon’s daughter, Susie, company president, joins me for a wide ranging discussion about business and Agriculture. Just a few topics covered: the evolution of farm equipment, how the supply chain squeeze is impacting machinery sales, international growth, consolidation, the innovative and decision making advantages of being an independent company, and why using what you make makes you more intuitive. Enjoy!

    Sponsored by LandTrust landtrust.com

    • 42 min
    219 - What Business-Minded Farms Should Know In 2022

    219 - What Business-Minded Farms Should Know In 2022

    In general, the corn belt has had a good and prosperous last couple of years. But what lies ahead for grain farms in 2022? Of note, cost of production is spiking! Chris Barron and Shay Foulk of Ag View Solutions predict a $166 increased price of production per acre of corn and $64 increase per acre of soybeans. Chris and Shay join me to discuss issues, financials, and decisions facing farming operations at this time. Their company advises successful farms throughout the U.S. and Canada on financial and management decisions.

    Sponsored by LandTrust landtrust.com

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

amy flemmingg ,

Amazing Podcast

Wow I love this podcast. Damian is incredibly knowledgeable and delivers with accuracy, passion, and even a good sense of humor, which I enjoy. His analysis is deeply thought-provoking and spot on. Damian my only critique is sometimes you speak a bit too fast, but other than that, I love listening to you. This is an amazing podcast for anyone wanting to look below the surface and gain an acute awareness of issues affecting the industry

Arlie K ,

Damian knows his stuff!

Damian consistently nails it! No matter the topic, I gain something from every episode. Easily the most genuine and value-packed podcast in the agricultural space right now!

Dgamom ,

Not bad

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

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