In this edition of the SMART farmer podcast, we are talking to one of the smartest people on the planet when it comes to modern agriculture. Robert Fraley grew up on a small farm in Illinois and developed a passion for plants that became his life’s work as a microbiologist and biochemist. He was awarded the World Food Prize in 2013, together with two others who helped pioneer the scientific breakthroughs that have led to smarter farming around the world. Robb Fraley has worked for Monsanto his entire career and as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer he has essentially been the public face of the agribusiness giant, so he regularly has the opportunity to explain the importance of biotechnology to the world, to those who will listen.
Anne Meis is a family farmer from Elgin, Nebraska who raises corn, soybeans, and beef with her husband Jim. She serves on the Nebraska Soybean Board and the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance board. She talks about the importance of technology such as genetically modified crops for smart farmers.
Phil Borgic has a family farm in Nokomis, Illinois where he raises hogs, corn, soybeans and wheat. He also serves on the board of directors for the National Pork Producers Council and the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. In this podcast, he talks about how today’s production methods are both humane and sustainable, in addition to being smart.
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Jeanette Merritt is a 4th generation Indiana hog and soybean farmer, a Purdue University graduate, former farm broadcaster, Director of Checkoff Programs for Indiana Pork and serves on the Indiana Soybean Alliance board and the board of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA).
The subject of this SMART Farmer podcast comes from Michigan where she and her husband have a dairy operation that has been in her family for over a century. Carla Wardin is dedicated to telling the real story of dairy farming through her blog Truth or Dairy, and in 2014 was chosen to represent agriculture as one of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance Faces of Farming and Ranching. Jamie Johansen had the pleasure of sitting down with Carla to find out why smart farming is so important to her.
Tennessee native Jennifer Houston and her husband Mark own and operate East Tennessee Livestock Center in Sweetwater, Tennessee. In this edition of the podcast, Jennifer talks about how the business of producing and marketing beef cattle has become smarter in recent years.
Learn about today's smart poultry and egg producers from a poultry industry veteran who has worked in nearly all aspects of the business. Monty Henderson started as a broiler service manager with Tyson Foods and later with Campbell Soup Company. He served as president of Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation and in 1994 joined George’s, Inc., as president and CEO where he retired in 2010. In addition to serving as a past chairman for U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, Henderson has served on the Board of Directors for the National Chicken Council and as a director of the American Egg Board.
Brad Greenway of South Dakota was named 2016 Pig Farmer of the Year by the National Pork Board. The award recognizes a pig farmer who excels at raising pigs using the industry’s We Care ethical principles that include not only raising pigs humanely and safely, but also promoting a safe workplace and contributing to the local community – and Brad does all that, in addition to being the chairman for the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.
In this episode of the SMART Farmer podcast we meet Scott VanderWal, a third-generation corn and soybean farmer and cattle feeder from Volga, South Dakota.
In addition to operating the family farm with his father and brothers, Scott serves as vice president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, president of the South Dakota Farm Bureau, and is a board member of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.
Bev Flores with John Deere discusses how the 180-year-old company continues to innovate for farmers and ranchers. She took part in a recent National Ag Day event with the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA).
Nancy Kavazanjian farms with her husband Charlie Hammer in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin on land that has been in his family for 150 years. She grew up on Long Island, made a career as an agricultural journalist, has served as chairperson of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance and currently serves on the board representing the United Soybean Board.
Galen Lee has a diversified 4th generation farm operation in southwest Idaho that produces sugarbeets, asparagus, and peppermint, as well as dairy and beef. In this podcast, he talks about how sugarbeets are raised and made into sugar and how biotech varieties have made them more sustainable. He also talks about how he raises peppermint for the oil that is used in things like gum, candy and toothpaste! Galen is president of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association and a board member of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.
This SMART Farmer podcast features Ohio pig farmer Lauren Schwab, one of the USFRA Faces of Farming and Ranching - known on Twitter as FarmGirlWCurls.
Illinois grain farmer and USFRA board member Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare talks about using technology on her family farm
This second edition of the SMART Farmer podcast features Chip Bowling, a grain farmer from Maryland who is chairman of the National Corn Growers Association and Vice Chair of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA)
This first SMART Farmer Podcast episode includes comments from U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance CEO Randy Krotz who explains how today's SMART farms use the latest technology to be more sustainable. Katie Brenny, a beef producer from Minnesota, talks about how she uses technology on the farm and how USFRA is helping to educate the public.