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This original podcast series is hosted by Anders Gurda, Manager of Agronomy Solutions at Pipeline Foods. It provides in-depth interviews with organic farmers and experts, and covers a wide variety of topics and stories related to organic row crop production. We know that you have plenty of windshield time in your profession, so wanted to give you something to listen to and think about as you plant, cultivate, harvest, and spend those hours on the road. In these episodes, we wander into the weeds so that you don’t have to. Pipeline Foods is accelerating the availability and reliability of non-GMO, organic and regeneratively grown food. We bring transparent, sustainable supply chain solutions to connect the dots for our farming partners and end users of organic grains and ingredients.

This original podcast series is hosted by Anders Gurda, Manager of Agronomy Solutions at Pipeline Foods. It provides in-depth interviews with organic farmers and experts, and covers a wide variety of topics and stories related to organic row crop production. We know that you have plenty of windshield time in your profession, so wanted to give you something to listen to and think about as you plant, cultivate, harvest, and spend those hours on the road. In these episodes, we wander into the weeds so that you don’t have to. Pipeline Foods is accelerating the availability and reliability of non-GMO, organic and regeneratively grown food. We bring transparent, sustainable supply chain solutions to connect the dots for our farming partners and end users of organic grains and ingredients.

Location:

United States

Description:

This original podcast series is hosted by Anders Gurda, Manager of Agronomy Solutions at Pipeline Foods. It provides in-depth interviews with organic farmers and experts, and covers a wide variety of topics and stories related to organic row crop production. We know that you have plenty of windshield time in your profession, so wanted to give you something to listen to and think about as you plant, cultivate, harvest, and spend those hours on the road. In these episodes, we wander into the weeds so that you don’t have to. Pipeline Foods is accelerating the availability and reliability of non-GMO, organic and regeneratively grown food. We bring transparent, sustainable supply chain solutions to connect the dots for our farming partners and end users of organic grains and ingredients.

Language:

English

Contact:

651-491-2562


Episodes

Season 2, Episode 14: Dr. Erin Silva

7/22/2020
Dr. Erin Silva (University of Wisconsin – Madison) is one of the country’s leading experts in organic no-till. This is a great conversation that will get you started on the right foot as you work to increase soil health and decrease erosion.

Duration:00:58:52

Season 2, Episode 13: Sandy Syburg, Purple Cow Organics

5/4/2020
Sandy Syburg (seaberg) is a man on the move. He’s an organic farmer, a member of CROPP cooperative (otherwise known as organic valley) who he grows feed for, president and co-owner of Purple Cow organics, an organic fertilizer company, and If that wasn’t enough, he also runs a school bus company in his home town, Oconomowoc, WI. He won’t tell you he’s busy though, ‘life is full and interesting’ as he says. Today we get an update on spring in Southeastern Wisconsin, talk about Covid19, and...

Duration:00:19:53

Season 2, Episode 12: Mark Cornelius

5/4/2020
Mark Cornelius wears a lot of hats. He was an organic and biological farmer for many years near Odon, IN, runs a crop insurance business, operates a couple elevators, and is now a landlord, renting out the certified organic land that he once cropped. We check in with Mark to hear what this season has in store for him and his neighbors in Indiana, how he sees Covid19 changing the landscape around him, and talk a little bit about what it takes to be a successful organic farmer. We’re here in...

Duration:00:15:38

Season 2, Episode 11: Kade McBroom

5/4/2020
Kade McBroom is a farmer, small business owner, and former Regional Program Representative for the Pipeline Foods Farm Profit Program. Many of you have seen Kade in our Going Organic video series or heard him in Episode 5 of Into the Weed’s first season. But as a quick recap, Kade is a farmer is Southeast Missouri who started his organic transition in 2018 but has he stayed the course? Today we find out. We’ll check in about transition, the response to Covid-19 in Missouri (and how...

Duration:00:25:09

Season 2, Episode 10: Jason Charles, Pipeline Foods

5/4/2020
Jason Charles is one of the cofounders of Pipeline foods and is currently Vice President of food ingredients. But unlike the other cofounders, Jason is also a farmer. He was born and raised on a 12,000 acre organic farm in Southeast Saskatchewan that he still helps to run. He’s worked as a grain merchant for many years, first for a couple of the bigs and eventually starting his own organic marketing company, Charles Commodity Consulting, which was the first purchase made by Pipeline Foods....

Duration:00:17:03

Season 2, Episode 9: Covid-19 and Soil Health with Gary McDonald

5/4/2020
Gary McDonald has been consulting with transitioning and certified organic farmers for over 30 years, and farming himself for many of those. His home range is south central IL, but I’ve seen Gary present and inspire across the Midwest. He’s a row crop cultivation guru, a tireless organic advocate and educator, and a consistent champion for productive, biologically active organic farms. I always appreciate, and am sometimes challenged, by Gary’s thoughts and perspectives. Today we talk about...

Duration:00:31:00

Season 2, Episode 8: BJ McNeil, Rocking Z Farms

5/4/2020
BJ McNeil owns and operates Rocking Z Acres outside of Wessington, SD. A fourth generation farmer, Bj has never let the phrase, “that will never work” slow him down. Whether it was going no till on 4,000 acres at once, being the first farmer in his county to plant round up ready beans or getting into cover crops in a big way even when his neighbors continued to shake their heads at his appetite for the next thing. And now that appetite has a full plate: organic transition on 100% of his...

Duration:00:23:54

Season 2, Episode 7: Carbon Markets and Organic Transition with Angela Knuth

5/4/2020
Angela Knuth and her husband Kerry own and operate Knuth Farms near Mead, Nebraska. They’re fourth generation farmers who are dedicated to regenerative agriculture, diversification, quality, and innovation. Speaking of innovating, the Knuths decided to start exploring going organic a couple years ago and are now in transition. Today we catch up with Angela to talk about that transition, hear how their spring is going, and discuss carbon markets. We also talk about the cloud of covid19...

Duration:00:13:18

Season 2, Episode 6: Matt Leavitt, Albert Lea Seed House

3/18/2020
In this episode, Anders talks to Matt Leavitt, lead organic agronomist with Albert Lea Seed House in Albert Lea, MN about all things organic seed. We covered the differences between Non-GMO and organic seed, regulations you need to know about, organic breeding, and how to select the best seed for your operation.

Duration:00:41:47

Season 2, Episode 5: Organic weed control with Dr. Joel Gruver

11/14/2019
As the name of our podcast suggests, weeds are always top-on-mind for all farmers, but especially organic growers. Successfully addressing weed challenges can be the difference between a bumper crop and tilling a weedy field under. In this episode, Dr. Joel Gruver from Western Illinois University talks about the principles and practices of effective organic weed control, sharing lessons learned from 13 years doing applied large-scale research in organic row crops. Joel is a wealth of...

Duration:01:05:23

Season 2, Episode 4: Chad Stannard

10/16/2019
Chad Stannard runs Pipeline Food’s Non-GMO program and is an expert in all things Identity Preserved. In this episode we cover our seed programs, contracts, and best practices in growing and conditioning Non-GMO crop. Show notes: Seed brochure: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/581e1e7c4402439b5609162e/t/5d6fdbee66eaad00015af185/1567611896688/6-5-19+Pipeline+Foods+Grower+Booklet.pdf Inputs page (seed and fertility: https://www.pipelinefoods.com/inputs

Duration:00:27:08

Season 2, Episode 3: Tim Raile

9/12/2019
Tim Raile’s roots in St. Francis, Kansas go deep. He and his son, Michael, are the 4th and 5th generation to operate the now 8,500 acre Raile Farm that spans the Kansas and Colorado border. After a couple decades of conventional no-till corn and wheat production, Tim decided to start slowly transitioning his ground to organic in 2015. In this wide-ranging conversation, we talk about the reasoning behind his transition, dig into the shifts in thinking and management required and also touch on...

Duration:00:41:11

Season 2, Episode 2: Paul Dietmann - Compeer Financial

9/5/2019
Paul Dietmann isn’t your average ag lender. Besides attending the MOSES organic farming conference for 25 years running, he’s had a fascinating and incredibly varied career: 11 years as a county ag agent, 5 years as director of the Wisconsin Farm Center, wrote a popular book on farm financial management, even served as Wisconsin’s Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. These days Paul is a Senior Lending Officer in the Mission Financing group at Compeer Financial, a member-owned rural lending...

Duration:00:26:08

Season 2, Episode 1: On the Farm - Charlie Johnson, South Dakota

7/10/2019
When his dad transitioned the family farm, near Madison, SD to organic in 1976, Charlie was just getting out of high school. As Charlie puts it, “There was no textbook. There was no manual. There were no organic premiums, there was no market. We basically did it for the philosophy of it.” Over the years, as their farm has grown to 2,500 acres, Charlie and his family have seen the industry grow and change and have successfully ridden the wave. It hasn’t been without its challenges though:...

Duration:00:48:27

Episode 8: Answering your questions with Pipeline Foods grain buyers

3/14/2019
We stayed close to home for the most recent podcast, interviewing members of our merchant team to answer some of your most frequently asked questions. Where are our locations? What do we buy? What do our contracts look like? What advice do we have for growers working with us, or any other grain buyer for that matter? We get into the weeds of how working with Pipeline Foods is different and what you can expect when working with us.

Duration:00:36:12

Episode 7: An exploration of farmland investing and management

1/14/2019
In this episode of Into The Weeds, Pipeline Foods' Erin Heitkamp guest-hosts and explores trends in the world of farmland investing and management with Steve Bruere and Dave Muth of Peoples Company. Together, they discuss the consumer and regulatory drivers to focus on longer-term land values and environmental returns, support for new farmers entering the space, and where organic fits in the larger scheme of things.

Duration:00:31:15

Episode 6: A conversation with an organic farmer/conventional agronomist

12/17/2018
Will Glazik is a bridge-builder. He has one foot in the organic world, being raised on a diverse organic grain and livestock farm where he learned the value of rotation as well as how to use cover crops. His other foot is in the conventional world, working as an agronomist for BCS, a soil testing lab and full-service retail operation in Illinois. Will received his B.S. in Crop Science from the University of Illinois and is a Certified Crop Consultant (CCA) - 4R NMS. He’s spent the last few...

Duration:00:36:34

Episode 5: On the Farm - Kade McBroom, SE Missouri

10/22/2018
Kade McBroom is a farmer, small business owner, and Regional Program Representative for the Pipeline Foods Farm Profit Program. Living and working in Southeast Missouri, Kade isn't exactly surrounded by organic farmers, making his decision to transition some of his land to organic a popular topic at the coffee shop. In this episode we talk about why Kade made the decision to transition, growing pains, how T1 is going, and how to deal with the cultural and agronomic barriers to going organic....

Duration:00:31:22

Episode 4: On the Farm - Joel Layman, SW Michigan

9/25/2018
We’re fascinated by transition stories. What was the seed that grew into the decision to start the journey towards organic? What challenges were faced along the way and how were they addressed? What advice would a farmer who’s gone through transition have for others thinking about it? Today we introduce a new category of podcast: On the Farm, where we’ll hear from farmers about their transition experiences and dial down into the production, marketing, and planning processes that have spelled...

Duration:01:01:54

Episode 3: Organic farmers can get crop insurance too!

7/16/2018
Guest: Ginny Kaupang, Senior Account Executive and VP of Crop Insurance Organic farmers haven’t always had access to crop insurance, and if they did, it was rarely worth it. That’s all changing thanks to years of advocacy and education by folks like Ginny who are working hard to protect organic farmers from risk and make sure it’s an even playing field for American farmers. Ginny runs us through the programs that are relevant for organic farmers and provides invaluable information on...

Duration:00:33:43