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58. #KyleTalksAgtech: Advancing the Hydroponic Industry through Experience w/ Joe Swartz

CropTalk

On this episode of the CropTalk series, #KyleTalksAgTech, Kyle Barnett speaks with Joe Swartz of AmHyro about his journey in farming, the lessons he's learned with over 30 years of experience and how he is setting up future generations of hydroponic farmers for success. 

31mins

10 Mar 2020

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FOA 185: Commercial Greenhouses on Conventional Farms with Joe Swartz

Future of Agriculture

Joe Swartz is the Vice President and Lead Horticulturist at AmHydro, a company recognized as a top innovator in the ag industry and focused on developing products that promote efficient hydroponic growing systems. Joe is also widely recognized as one of the leading consultants when it comes to Controlled Environment Agricultural industries that include commercial greenhouse farms. He specializes in crop production improvements, pesticide-free insect and disease control, and professional grower training, among other skills. Joe joins me today to discuss the economic implications of fusing traditional farming with greenhouse technology. He shares why he is interested in greenhouse farming and how he initially tried it himself. He explains how controlled ag works and the factors required to make it work. He describes the benefits traditional farmers can reap from adapting greenhouse operations. Joe also shares some of the limitations of controlled environment agriculture. “Incorporation of greenhouse techniques into an existing traditional farm is really a very natural and very positive progression.” - Joe Swartz This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast: What Joe's focus was before he became invested on greenhouse technology. Where his interest in controlled ag came from. The importance of the environment and location when it comes to controlled ag. The practicalities of controlled ag during the winter. Benefits of merging traditional farming and controlled environments. The return on investment when it comes to greenhouse farming. Encouraging the youth to join the ag industry. Limiting factors of setting up a controlled environment type of farm. Determining standards of practices for controlled environments. Resources Mentioned: Hydroponics and Controlled Environment Ag with Joe Swartz of American Hydroponics Connect with Joe Swartz AmHydro Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn We Are a Part of a Bigger Family! The Future of Agriculture Podcast is now part of the Farm and Rural Ag Network. Listen to more ag-related podcasts by subscribing on iTunes or on the Farm and Rural Ag Network Website today.  Join the Conversation! To get your most pressing ag questions answered and share your perspective on various topics we’ve discussed on the Future of Agriculture podcast, head over to SpeakPipe.com/FutureofAg and leave a recorded message! Share the Ag-Love! Thanks for joining us on the Future of Agriculture Podcast – your spot for valuable information, content, and interviews with industry leaders throughout the agricultural space! If you enjoyed this week’s episode, please subscribe on iTunes and leave your honest feedback. Don’t forget to share it with your friends on your favorite social media spots!  Learn more about AgGrad by visiting:  Future of Agriculture Website AgGrad Website AgGrad on Twitter AgGrad on Facebook AgGrad on LinkedIn AgGrad on Instagram

34mins

25 Dec 2019

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Future of Agriculture Podcast - Commercial Greenhouses on Conventional Farms with Joe Swartz

Farm & Rural Ag Network

Joe Swartz is the Vice President and Lead Horticulturist at AmHydro, a company recognized as a top innovator in the ag industry and focused on developing products that promote efficient hydroponic growing systems. Joe is also widely recognized as one of the leading consultants when it comes to Controlled Environment Agricultural industries that include commercial greenhouse farms. He specializes in crop production improvements, pesticide-free insect and disease control, and professional grower training, among other skills. Joe joins me today to discuss the economic implications of fusing traditional farming with greenhouse technology. He shares why he is interested in greenhouse farming and how he initially tried it himself. He explains how controlled ag works and the factors required to make it work. He describes the benefits traditional farmers can reap from adapting greenhouse operations. Joe also shares some of the limitations of controlled environment agriculture. “Incorporation of greenhouse techniques into an existing traditional farm is really a very natural and very positive progression.” - Joe Swartz This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast: What Joe's focus was before he became invested on greenhouse technology. Where his interest in controlled ag came from. The importance of the environment and location when it comes to controlled ag. The practicalities of controlled ag during the winter. Benefits of merging traditional farming and controlled environments. The return on investment when it comes to greenhouse farming. Encouraging the youth to join the ag industry. Limiting factors of setting up a controlled environment type of farm. Determining standards of practices for controlled environments. Resources Mentioned: Hydroponics and Controlled Environment Ag with Joe Swartz of American Hydroponics Connect with Joe Swartz AmHydro Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn We Are a Part of a Bigger Family! The Future of Agriculture Podcast is now part of the Farm and Rural Ag Network. Listen to more ag-related podcasts by subscribing on iTunes or on the Farm and Rural Ag Network Website today.  Join the Conversation! To get your most pressing ag questions answered and share your perspective on various topics we’ve discussed on the Future of Agriculture podcast, head over to SpeakPipe.com/FutureofAg and leave a recorded message! Share the Ag-Love! Thanks for joining us on the Future of Agriculture Podcast – your spot for valuable information, content, and interviews with industry leaders throughout the agricultural space! If you enjoyed this week’s episode, please subscribe on iTunes and leave your honest feedback. Don’t forget to share it with your friends on your favorite social media spots!  Learn more about AgGrad by visiting:  Future of Agriculture Website AgGrad Website AgGrad on Twitter AgGrad on Facebook AgGrad on LinkedIn AgGrad on Instagram

34mins

25 Dec 2019

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#044 - Gordon Stewart, General Manager of Joe Swartz Electric

The Electrical Current

Spenser Villwock talks with Gordon Stewart, General Manager of Joe Swartz Electric in Houston, Texas. They discuss growing up in a military family, being an athlete, central Texas small town living, college at Texas A&M, leadership opportunities through the Corps Cadets, and a 4-decade career in the skilled trades. Gordon shares insights about the challenges and humility needed to lead people and lead companies. He believes that 80% of success is the “want to” drive and ambition that a person can bring to the table. He also shares a story of how to survive, should you find yourself shaven from head to toe, without clothes, 9 cents in your hand, and 70-miles from where you’re supposed to be. Hang onto your hats, y’all, this is a great podcast to tune in for. #WeAreIEC

42mins

31 Oct 2019

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2.7 Greenhouses & Guts feat. Joe Swartz

Farm To Taber

Joe Swartz is a 4th generation farmer who started using hydroponics back in its early days—the 1980s—to help keep his family’s small farm open. Some thirty years later, it’s the longest-running hydroponic operation in the US northeast. Joe’s main job now is training new growers. In a hydro industry that’s full of hot new tools, Joe’s a great witness to how they’re still just tools. Running a good operation is still about making sure those tools serve the plants, and the humans on deck have all the training & support they need to use the tools properly. iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/farm-to-taber/id1418015843?mt=2Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/farm-to-taber-podcastRSS subscribe: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:432549147/sounds.rssPatreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=5610560Donate: https://paypal.me/farmtotaber Twitter: https://twitter.com/farmtotaberpod?lang=enFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/FarmToTaber/CreditsSound design & edits: Nat WeinerTranscript: Tanja DraytonIntro music: Fight ‘Em Down, Flash Fluharty

26mins

22 Mar 2019

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10. The Core Principles of Production Haven't Changed For Four Generations w/ Joe Swartz

CropTalk

Results are what count. On today’s episode of CropTalk we are joined by 4th generation farmer, Joe Swartz, whose growing techniques and outcomes prove his hydroponics expertise. Joe is celebrating his 35th year as a full time, year-round grower of herbs and vegetables, and is also the current VP at American Hydroponics, one of the leading hydro-systems equipment manufacturers in North America. Joe came on the show to share his time-tested core principles of growing production.

40mins

11 Mar 2019

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Joe Swartz, "Champions of Change" in Supply Chains

Lean Blog Interviews

This podcast is sponsored by Cardinal Health. All opinions expressed here are those of Joe Swartz and not of his employer or any other organization. Joining me again for episode #301 of the podcast is Joe Swartz, my friend and co-author for our books Healthcare Kaizen and The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen:. You can learn more about our books here. He also contributed a chapter to the book Practicing Lean. (read an excerpt). Today, we're talking about "Champions of Change," as I've been writing about for Cardinal Health.

28mins

20 Feb 2018

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Joe Swartz, 10+ Years of Kaizen at Franciscan

Lean Blog Interviews

Joining me again for episode #299 of the podcast is Joe Swartz, my friend and esteemed co-author for our books Healthcare Kaizen: Engaging Front-Line Staff in Sustainable Continuous Improvements and The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen: Leadership for a Continuously Learning and Improving Organization. You can learn more about our books here. He was previously the guest in episode #187. Joe is Administrative Director of Business Transformation for Franciscan St. Francis Health System in Indiana (his full bio is here). Today is the first part of a two-part discussion, where Joe reflects on the history and evolution of more than ten years of "Kaizen" or continuous improvement in his system. In our next episode together, Joe will be talking about "Champions of Change." I hope you enjoy the discussion!

40mins

7 Feb 2018

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Future of Agriculture 071: Hydroponics and Controlled Environment Ag with Joe Swartz of American Hydroponics

Future of Agriculture

Joe Swartz is the Vice President of Commercial Sales and Technical Support at American Hydroponic, a.k.a AmHydro. AmHydro is a small company in the United States that designs and builds innovative hydroponic systems, a soil-free way to grow plants, and have been doing so for the last 30 years. Joe Swartz himself came from a family of farmers and started researching the science of hydroponics when he saw the traditional methods of farming were no longer paying the bills during the real estate boom of the late 80s. After purchasing the family farm from his father, Joe put his formal education and passion in agriculture to good use and invested time and money into researching and experimenting with different hydroponics system operations. Some said he was a genius, some called him otherwise. Regardless, with hydroponics AmHydro has slowly and steadily made a huge and growing impact towards preserving the environment.  In this episode, Joe tells us all about hydroponics, its advantages and disadvantages, why hydroponics farming is still farming, and how to turn it into a profitable business. “The real issue is that we have a need to be able to put agricultural production in areas not necessarily suitable for agricultural production.”  – Joe Swartz This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast: What is Nutrient Film Technology? How his old-school family reacted to him telling them it's time to find a new path in agriculture. How has controlled environment ag changed from the 80's to now? What factors cause people to think controlled environment agriculture is too hyped? Is that a good thing? How would he advise new farmers who want to proceed in getting started as a grower of indoor farming? What is the correct approach at building a hydroponics business? How big does a greenhouse need to be to make indoor farming profitable? The ballpark price for indoor farming packages. What is Aquaponics? Why some controlled environment agriculture growers fail? His prediction for the future of hydroponic agriculture. Connect with Joe Swartz: AmHydro Twitter We Are a Part of a Bigger Family! The Future of Agriculture Podcast is now part of the Farm and Rural Ag Network. Listen to more ag-related podcasts by subscribing on iTunes or on the Farm and Rural Ag Network Website today.  Share the Ag-Love! Thanks for joining us on the Future of Agriculture Podcast – your spot for valuable information, content, and interviews with industry leaders throughout the agricultural space! If you enjoyed this week’s episode, please subscribe on iTunes and leave your honest feedback. Don’t forget to share it with your friends on your favorite social media spots!  Learn more about AgGrad by visiting:  Future of Agriculture Website AgGrad Website AgGrad on Twitter AgGrad on Facebook AgGrad on LinkedIn AgGrad on Instagram 

44mins

20 Sep 2017

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How to be an Influential Kaizen Coach Joe Swartz

KaiNexus Continuous Improvement Podcast

Presented July 16, 2015 by Mark Graban & Joe Swartz. Why coaching matters to your organization, leaders, and staffPractical methods for coaching staff and leadersHow to develop people to be better improvement facilitatorsNumerous coaching scenarios and examples from Franciscan St. Francis Health and other organizations and other industriesKey coaching fundamentals used at Franciscan

59mins

18 Jul 2015

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