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The Cutting Edge: A Podcast in Search of New Crops For Wisconsin

The Cutting Edge Podcast UW-Madison Extension

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The Cutting Edge: A Podcast in Search of New Crops For Wisconsin

    Episode #49: Hemp Processing And Manufacturing

    Episode #49: Hemp Processing And Manufacturing

    An interview with three entrepreneurs in the hemp fiber and grain processing industries. Trey Riddle is the Chief Strategy Officer of IND Hemp in Fort Benton, Montana; James Forbes is Co-Founder of Tiger Fiber in St. Louis, Missouri; and Alex Mootz is the President of Complete Agronomy Solutions in Adams, Wisconsin.

    IND Hemp: https://indhemp.com/
    Tiger Fiber: https://tigerfiberhemp.com/
    Complete Agronomy Solutions: https://www.completeagsolutions.com/

    • 1 hr
    Episode #48: Field Notes, UW Hemp Research Updates

    Episode #48: Field Notes, UW Hemp Research Updates

    Recorded at the UW Arlington Agricultural Research Station during the 2023 Hemp Field Day, this episode features Assistant Professor Shelby Ellison and her students/staff as they share preliminary results from SARE and USDA SAC-NIFA grant projects. Each speaker shares their work in about 5 minutes and then takes a few questions. In the order you hear them, the speakers and their topics are:

    Shelby Ellison - Grain/fiber trials
    Cheyanne Mattie - Midwest hemp pest survey
    Phillip Alberti - High cannabinoid hemp variety trial
    Sean Kim - Anthocyanin production
    Ademola Aina - Feral hemp collection
    Grace Connolly - Companion cropping
    Dan Heider (Research Program Coordinator) - IR4 program

    Shelby Ellison lab: https://alternativecrops.horticulture.wisc.edu/
    Emerging Crops hemp webpage: https://cropsandsoils.extension.wisc.edu/hemp/

    • 48 min
    Episode #47: Agrivoltaics Part III, Agronomic Research

    Episode #47: Agrivoltaics Part III, Agronomic Research

    In this third and final episode on agrivoltaics, we dive into the agronomic research studying different types of cropping and grazing systems that may be compatible with solar arrays. We talk to Sarah Moser of Savion, a solar development company, and Eric Romich of Ohio State University about their collaboration "Between the Rows." Then we talk to Brad Heins, Associate Professor of Dairy Management at the University of Minnesota, to get the latest information on grazing cattle underneath solar panels.

    • 59 min
    Episode #46: Agrivoltaics Part II, UW Kegonsa Solar Project

    Episode #46: Agrivoltaics Part II, UW Kegonsa Solar Project

    In Part II of our series on agrivoltaics, we discuss the UW-Madison Kegonsa Research Campus solar project. This project is a collaboration between UW-Madison and Alliant Energy to develop a small-scale solar and agrivoltaics project for research and education purposes on the university-owned Kegonsa Research Campus in Stoughton, WI, just south of the main campus. Joining us are Josh Arnold, Campus Energy Advisor with the UW Office of Sustainability, and Amanda Thomas, Engineer and Project Manager at Alliant Energy.

    • 34 min
    Episode #45: Agrivoltaics Part I, InSPIRE Project

    Episode #45: Agrivoltaics Part I, InSPIRE Project

    Kicking off our series on agrivoltaics - the use of land for both agriculture and solar photovoltaic energy generation - is an interview with James McCall, Energy and Environment Analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). James gives an overview of the InSPIRE project, which explores the environmental compatibility and mutual benefits of solar development with agriculture and native landscapes. The InSPIRE project is funded by the US Department of Energy and managed by NREL. For more information on the program, check out https://openei.org/wiki/InSPIRE

    • 15 min
    Episode #44: Mulberries Part II, Very Mulberry and Habitera Farms with Anil and Smita

    Episode #44: Mulberries Part II, Very Mulberry and Habitera Farms with Anil and Smita

    A conversation with Anil and Smita, co-founders of the Very Mulberry brand and Habitera Farms, an 80-acre commercial mulberry farm in the Bay Area of California. Habitera Farms is the only large-scale commercial mulberry farm in the United States today. It opened for business this spring and operates primarily as a U-Pick farm.

    For pictures of the farm and the Himalayan Purple Mulberry, visit: https://cropsandsoils.extension.wisc.edu/programs/the-cutting-edge-podcast/

    Very Mulberry: https://verymulberry.com/about/

    • 53 min

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