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Is it best that our food is Local and Organic or Big and Conventional? Our view is “Both, and..” We don’t come to the table with a bias, except that good farming like good food comes in all shapes and sizes. Farm to Table Talk explores issues and the growing interest in the story of how and where the food on our tables is produced, processed and marketed. The host, Rodger Wasson is a food and agriculture veteran. Although he was the first of his family to leave the grain and livestock farm a ...
 
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Sign Up To Receive Our FFA Stories Newsletter! Email address: SHOW NOTES INTRODUCING TOBY WINANS! In 1988 the Future Farmers Of America changed its name to the National FFA Organization because of Toby Winans. Toby Winans was only born 18 years ago, and 1988 is 32 years ago, so how is this possible? Well, Toby Winans is the perfect avatar for the p…
 
Scientific advances are credited (or blamed) for food system progress (or problems) depending on food philosophies and perspectives. Yet new knowledge that comes from new scientific findings can lead to more sustainable systems that reduce waste, limit production of green house gases and feed more hungry people world wide. Some of the necessary res…
 
Tip Of The Week: Make the call, you are not going to pull the police away from something more important. Rural Crime In The U.S. https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2021/01/12/alleged-santa-cruz-vehicle-theft-undone-by-stray-cattle-roundup/ https://wcfcourier.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/authorities-drop-charges-against-animal-right-activists-in-r…
 
SHOW NOTES There are two fundamental issues that have always plagued me when it comes to farming. First, what do we do about urban sprawl and disappearing farm ground? Second, how can a person expect to start a successful farm and be a full-time farmer with land, input, and equipment costs being so high? So, when I was contacted by The Conservation…
 
SHOW NOTES KEY IDEAS: Entrepreneurship is the only option If you want to farm, the further away from a major city you can get the more the land prices will reflect on their production capability. But, there will be less jobs available to you, likely with lower salaries. How will you produce your off-farm income? 92% of farmers in the U.S. rely on i…
 
Sign Up To Receive Our FFA Stories Newsletter! Email address: SHOW NOTES INTRODUCING KAYLA REED! They say that fortune favors the bold, and after hearing this episode I think you will definitely agree. In today’s episode, I am interviewing Kayla Reed. Kayla is a former chapter president at the Pulaski High School FFA Chapter, and she is currently a…
 
Today was an unbelievably long (14 hours) and busy, busy day. So busy in fact, that I almost did not notice that I was in the middle of living the life I had once dreamed about….right up until Hattie walked into my office in her FFA uniform. On today’s episode I want to take you through my day: Loading cattle in the dark at 7am 2 incredible intervi…
 
Sign Up To Receive Our FFA Stories Newsletter! Email address: SHOW NOTES INTRODUCING MEGAN CLARK! I once heard luck defined as “when preparation meets opportunity”. I love this definition of luck because so many people on the sidelines think that people who achieve could easily be replaced by any other person off of the street if they just happened…
 
From farms to citizens of the world of the world inflammation causes disease and makes health impossible. Global transformation will need recognition that farming is medicine for the health of all life and of earth itself. That’s a theme for a KeyNote presentation at EcoFarm by Dr. Rupa Marya: physician, writer, musician, mother, farmer’s wife and …
 
Tip Of The Week Do You Have Assets That Are Not Electronic? (Imagine that you lived in Poland in 1939 when the Nazi’s invaded and took over everything. Everything you ever worked for and put away to take care of you when could no longer work would have been seized. Anything you could not carry on your person as you fled was lost. This the best exam…
 
SHOW NOTES Today’s episode is really special for two reasons. First, it has the potential to be very impactful on the FFA. Second, 80% of the world’s hungry people are farmers. But, unlike U.S. farmers, they are subsistence based and less sophisticated. But programs like Growing Hope Globally are taking farming expertise and productivity from the U…
 
SHOW NOTES KEY IDEAS: In 2011 when we purchased our farm we had a long, long way to go. We bought 25 acres of weeds with a house on them. There were no fences, no irrigation, and the land had not been cultivated in years. I had a small, John Deer tractor with an 8′ disk on the back, and I worked the ground with that. Tons of rocks came up while I d…
 
Buy The Profitable SAE Student WorkbookSign Up To Receive Our FFA Stories Newsletter!Email address:SHOW NOTESIntroducing Cole Searle! I interview a lot of young men and women on this show who are devoted to agriculture. These days you hear so much about kids not wanting to take over farms or continue that lifestyle that when a student who is passio…
 
I Am Charged Up For 2021! We Hope You Are Too!Everyone, if you were not chomping at the bit to get back to work once the Christmas and New Year's Break was over, have you asked yourself why not? You are probably in the wrong job/career/vocation/etc. if you weren't super excited to get back and to have another 10 months of relatively uninterrupted w…
 
Sign Up To Receive Our FFA Stories Newsletter!Email address:SHOW NOTESINTRODUCING EMMA VICTERY!Having a business model on your farm that is sustainable is challenging. Of course, if you are commodity-based there are so many factors that are outside of the control that you've got to get bigger and push harder. If you are smaller you are almost force…
 
Every five years the US Government develops and publishes “Dietary Guidelines For Americans”. The Guidelines for 2020 – 20225 have now been released by the two responsible agencies, USDA and HHS. New approaches have been taken to identify diet patterns for various life stages. The report follows the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines Committ…
 
Tip Of The Week:Create your own “night shoot”. Find some time and a safe location to practice shooting in the dark. And practice using your lighting technology as well as shooting in the absence of any light or technology. I'll tell you how in the episode.Rural Crime In The U.S.https://journalstar.com/news/state-and-regional/crime-and-courts/invest…
 
Happy New Year to all of your. Here is to 2021 being a much better year than 2020! This our annual New Year's show in which my wife and daughter, Autumm and Hattie, join me on the podcast. This is the one episode per year where they make an appearance and we re-cap our farm life. We are making a change this year as I am no longer doing our end of y…
 
SHOW NOTESJason Tatge describes the device that he has created as the "Fitbit for farm equipment". I don't think there could be any more apt description. Jason is the creator of Farmobile which is a device and data capture system that solves many problems that people practicing precision farming in the past faced, such as how to get the data out of…
 
Sign Up To Receive Our FFA Stories Newsletter!Email address:SHOW NOTESINTRODUCING ELYCE BURZALAFF!Cleary my favorite aspect of the FFA is that it exposes students to entrepreneurship. I have a lot of favorite aspects, but it was entrepreneurship that introduced me to the FFA, and that is the aspect that I have been profiling for six years now. I li…
 
I had an interesting day yesterday, and I want to tell you all about it.I have been thoroughly enjoying this holiday season and a bit of a break from my normal routine for the past four days or so. However, even though I haven't been podcasting every day or conducting interviews every day, I am still working on the farm every day during this holida…
 
Sign Up To Receive Our FFA Stories Newsletter!Email address:SHOW NOTESThe FFA Creed talks about a faith born of deeds. This amazing organization has found a way to coordinate thousands of chapters and hundreds of thousands of members throughout the United States into a cohesive unit that operates the same way, in the furtherance of agriculture. One…
 
Tip Of The WeekPut a smart lock on your front doorRural Crime In The U.S.https://www.wfxrtv.com/news/local-news/lynchburg-central-virginia-news/bedford-county-authorities-searching-for-man-after-report-of-attempted-atv-theft/https://www.crimeonline.com/2020/12/20/body-found-in-burned-out-car-in-rural-arkansas-4-arrested/Where The 2nd Amendment Does…
 
Merry Christmas everyone....there is no way for me to write what I said on the show, so please take a listen.While I was looking around at different Christmas stories I came across this Youtube video of my favorite farm author, Jerry Apps, telling a Christmas story. If you heard Jerry the two times he has been on the show, you know how good of a st…
 
“To make a living is not to make a killing. It’s to have enough.” says Wendell Berry in many ways, in scores of books over the years. As we consider the future of the world we need to reflect on the counsel of Wendell Berry who reminds us that the world will take care of us if we take care of it; knowing and loving it. If there was a poet laureate …
 
SHOW NOTESMerry Christmas to all of you! Thank you so much for making it possible for me to do this for the past three years (already)! I have a favorite memory of my time growing up in Valley Home, California that happened 40 years ago on Christmas Eve. I wanted to share this with you for my Christmas episode this year.I could try and type out thi…
 
SHOW NOTESI am a huge fan of two things relevant to agriculture: value added products and wool. And, that is why I was so excited for this interview, it combines both.Kyra Uphoff has been working with "fiber arts" since she first started 4H, years ago. She concentrated on two things through 4H - public speaking and fiber arts. During this time she …
 
Article Referenced In Podcasthttps://www.forbes.com/sites/lauratenenbaum/2020/01/29/digging-in-the-dirt-really-does-make-people-happier/?sh=6266d29031e1Show NotesOn today’s show I wanted to revisit the idea of farm ownership and lifestyle. That is what this show is all about, and I wanted to take some time to discuss this subject with all of you so…
 
SHOW NOTESThe FFA is all about opportunity. From learning about different careers, learning vocational skills, public speaking to doing research the FFA offers abundant opportunities. At what point do these opportunities end? Is it during your senior year of high school, just after graduation, or sometime during your freshman year of college? In to…
 
Covid pandemic demonstrated enormous problems in the food system with food being destroyed while people were going hungry. If we want to revitalize the food system and rural America we have to bring people back. And to do that we need to have work that people can do. @MarionNestle says it can be done and the new team taking shape at the USDA must t…
 
Tip Of The Weekhttps://www.northernfarmer.co.uk/news/18857496.smart-ways-tackle-rise-rural-crime/Rural Crime In The U.S.https://www.beauregarddailynews.net/story/news/2020/12/01/bpso-seeking-information-atv-theft/6473140002/https://houston.culturemap.com/news/city-life/11-30-20-hope-farms-tractor-stolen-recipe-for-success-gracie-cavnar-donate-tyler…
 
SHOW NOTESToday's episode is very exciting. I caught up with Robyn & Ally Spears as they were getting ready to display at the NFR Cowboy Christmas. We talk about their growing antiquities business, Junk'n Disorderly, and how they developed a safari-like experience for antiquers called "Junk Journeys". HOW TO CONTACT JUNK'N DISORDERLY:Website: LINKB…
 
SHOW NOTESKEY IDEAS: Do you dream of farming and being able to stay on your farm full time? Do you love to share agriculture and what you love about it with other people? Do you enjoy livestock and love to brag about the meat you produce on your own place?If the answer to these questions is yes, then selling retail cuts of your own meat at a farmer…
 
SHOW NOTESINTRODUCING ISAAC NORRIS! SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Forest Management PlacementHIGH SCHOOL: Laclede County High School; Conway, MissouriMASCOT: BearsFFA ADVISOR: Mary Ann Keck and Joseph StrattonCONTACT INFORMATION FOR ISAAC NORRIS:Click on the picture below to be taken to the Laclede County High School Ag. Department's website:…
 
If you are reading this you probably already know that our farm is in the Treasure Valley of Idaho, very near the capital city of Boise. Our area is one of the areas in the United States that is experiencing rapid growth due to mass exodus from California and states with similar political climates and circumstances. I believe that what I am seeing …
 
SHOW NOTESToday's episode is very exciting. I am interviewing Michael Bair, the 2020 National Proficiency Winner in poultry production. Michael is also the 2020 state proficiency winner from Ohio in this very same category. Michael's awards and recognition are exciting enough, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Michael lives and works on his …
 
Some of the world’s largest protests are taking place in support of farmers in India. Whether in Delhi, San Francisco or Paris people have gone to the streets to show solidarity with the small farmers in India who are losing essential government support. To generate global awareness of the farmers’ fate, Sikhs in California have brought tractors, t…
 
Tip Of The WeekInscribe some form of ID on portable, metal items. Especially those that are going to be left in the middle of nowhere.Rural Crime In The U.S.An Interview With South Dakota Rancher, Kathy Fortune - Kathy's contact information is below:Website - LINKFacebook - LINKTwitter - LINKhttps://www.wesh.com/article/tractor-stolen-in-sumter-cou…
 
SHOW NOTESAs you all know from listening to the show, I have a very positive outlook on the world of farming and rural living. I believe that those of us who value this way of life has a lot going for us, and we are very fortunate that our values lie in living this way. With this in mind, I tend to look at this lifestyle through rose-colored glasse…
 
SHOW NOTESKEY IDEAS: Roy Jackson has the title "Master Hatter", but I would call him an artist. About three years ago my brother-in-law returned from a work trip to Salmon, Idaho. He told me that I needed to look into "this guy up there that makes hats". That is how I got introduced to Roy Jackson.About a year after that I was watching "The Man Who…
 
SHOW NOTESToday's episode features one of the most unique and interesting, and possibly most dangerous, supervised agricultural experiences we have ever profiled on the Off-Farm Income Podcast.Andrew Mehus is the former chapter president of the Cochrane-Fountain City FFA Chapter. He is now studying wildlife ecology at the University Of Wisconsin, S…
 
SHOW NOTESSign Up To Receive Our FFA Stories Newsletter!Email address:It starts with just a thought, maybe a small fantasy. What if I could just head off to a cabin for 10 days and live like Ernest Hemingway? Then another small step is taken. You apply for an elk tag in that area to give yourself a pre-text to go. Then you draw the tag, and now you…
 
SHOW NOTESOne of things I love about hosting the Off-Farm Income Podcast is being up to date on the latest in technology and what people are doing to advance their businesses. Never has that been more true than today’s Episode. My guest today, Luke Falkenstien, just won the National Proficiency Award for Goat Production. It is easy to see what made…
 
When once again safe to travel through farm country, the bounty of the food system will be evident. So are the perils resulting from misdirected political power. Tom Philpott, author, podcaster and Mother Jones reporter wrote Perilous Bounty to draw attention to the promise and the peril of farm policy and practices that are often not good for farm…
 
Tip Of The WeekGo High Tech On Light Timers And Break Up Any Patterns Burglars Might Notice!Rural Crime In The U.S.https://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/crime/article247563630.htmlhttps://www.peninsuladailynews.com/crime/essential-oils-farm-equipment-taken-from-martha-lane-lavender/Where The 2nd Amendment Does Not Existhttps://www.miragenews.…
 
SHOW NOTES Throughout the course of creating the Off-Farm Income Podcast I have interviewed a handful of photographers that specialize in agricultural and rural themes. I started this back in 2015 and have enjoyed these interviews more and more, each time that I do them. Each of these photographers have fundamentally similar businesses but they all…
 
SHOW NOTESKEY IDEAS: Those of us that work in agriculture, and especially those of us that are working towards a future in agriculture are very busy. We are either totally devoted to the farm or business that we now have started, or we have pinpoint focus on how we are going to achieve that dream and are doing everything we can to reach it.Focus an…
 
SHOW NOTESINTRODUCING BECCA LEHMAN! It is always very interesting to interview students in the early part of the FFA journey. So many students start out small on their projects or in their competitions, and then they grow into more sophisticated projects and supervised agricultural experiences.Each of these students go through a transitional period…
 
SHOW NOTESSign Up To Receive Our FFA Stories Newsletter!Email address:Is your cup half full or half empty? Do you see the issue of feeding an ever growing population with a shrinking amount of land and available water as a sign of doom or just an obstacle to overcome?I am definitely a glass half full person, and I believe that as a people we can in…
 
SHOW NOTESINTRODUCING ASHLYN MOHLING! One of the key principles of the FFA is service, and observing students in their projects for the past six years I have definitely seen great examples of this. One thing is for sure. Once you get introduced to serving others and have that positive experience, it can be something that changes you. And, you defin…
 
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