Our latest smart farmer is Emily Buck, a crop farmer from Ohio who also produces sheep. Last year, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) chose Emily to be one of their faces of farming and ranching, which has given her the opportunity to do on a national platform what she already does at home in Ohio – talk to the non-farm public about what farmers do and why they do it. While being full time active on the farm, Emily is also a professor of agricultural communications at Ohio State University – which tells you how smart she is! Jamie Johansen interviewed Emily at the recent Ag Media Summit.
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.