Rank #1: 011 | Natalina Sents has Passion
This episode's guest is originally from the great state of Iowa. For 12 months, you could say Natalina Sents a wanderer of sorts, traveling all 50 of the United States, with a simple mission to honor the American Farmer.
Natalina shares her point of view on a one-size-fits-all career path, her parent's fears of her traveling the world and the diversity in agriculture she encountered.
She shares what inspired her to pack her bags and set forth on a tour of American agriculture, including the viewing of The Henningsen's Why I Farm video. What's next for Natalina? You'll have to listen to find out.
Jun 16 2017
Rank #2: 023 | Is agriculture really the last frontier in technology?
Its no secret that the general public has become disconnected from their food, fuel & fiber sources. As a whole, agriculture continues to be stumped on the solution. Today's guest, Mary Shelman, is the former director of the Harvard Agribusiness School.
She shares background on Harvard's program including the father of the word agribusiness. As we learn about her background, we move on to discuss a recent tweet describing agriculture as the last frontier for technology. With the advancements in GPS, drones, genetic modification, growth chambers, and RNAi, it becomes a challenge to agree with this statement. Shelman provides her point-of-view, observations and points to sustainability and agriculture's footprint as a heavy concern.
The discussion covers data or, lack thereof, as a culprit to today's real food trend and disconnect. Our conversation digs deep into ownership of data, the collection and how the data should be used and by whom.
What other questions should I have covered in the discussion?
Oct 18 2017
Rank #3: 013 | My Mental Health Confession, Agriculture helping Veterans & increasing profitability with Kristjan Hebert
Part I: Mental Health Confession
3:26: Getting help for my mental well-being after being refused treatment
4:50: Three Takeaways from my experience - reach to the community for help, stop the stigma, reach out, check on each other and show someone you care
Part II: Introducing Kristjan Hebert
8:58: Who is Kristjan Hebert?
10:52: Being the dreamer arm of farming versus the operator
14:43: Utilizing social media to build the farm brand
16:02: Introducing WorkHorseHub.com - matchmaking for agriculture careers
21:47: We need to change mindset over any other risk in agriculture
23:00: The 5% Rule
Jul 07 2017
Rank #4: 036 | How are children in urban areas learning about agriculture?
In the agriculture community, we often hear that someone needs to be teaching children about agriculture. In this segment around community gardens and urban farms, we discover that someone is educating children about agriculture. Listen to find out more.
- 1:50-Investing in urban communities & background on Natasha Nicholes' community garden
- 2:33-Her husband says hits the brakes...a little.
- 3:00-The cost of soil testing in Chicago limits
- 3:50-Harry Connick Jr. raises the bed bar
- 5:10-Kids motivating parents through urban farming
- 6:45-Natasha's seven year old begins a kid edible garden program at the famous Morton Arboretum
- 8:20-Morton Arboretum features childrens' garden
- 9:15-We Sow We Grow Facebook group
- 10:45-Correlation between urban agriculture farms and the education children are receiving
- 15:18-Who are the people behind urban farms?
- 15:45-The missed opportunity
Feb 22 2018
Rank #5: 022 | Meredith Bernard on mom guilt
Oct 11 2017
Rank #6: 044 | Craft Beer, algae, glyphosate and Bud-wi-ser with Aidan Connelly
Join me while I chat with Chief Innovation Officer of Alltech, Inc., Aiden Connelly. We touch on numerous topics.
May 03 2018
Rank #7: 026 | Jay Hill is growing lipstick
This week's episode is a quick listen, yet covers a tremendous amount of ground (pun intended). Jay Hill of New Mexico grows a large suite of crops from pumpkins, chili peppers, sudan grass and everything in between.
As Jay shares the destination of each crop, Jenny is tasked with learning more about cotton and lipstick production.
We cover his incredible story of beginning his farming career with 10 acres at the age of 16 and convincing his father to farm once again. Today, the Hills farm 17,000 with their family and 65 teammates (employees).
- 1:33 - Managing 40,000 Snapchat followers
- 3:21 - Jay the 12 crops they are growing on their farm
- 5:00 - Where does it all go? Midwest, Mexico, Japan, Kentucky, New York?
- 7:12 - Jay schools Jenny on pecans
- 8:40 - Growing cosmetics
- 10:52 - Tracking down labels on cosmetics
- 11:45 - High cotton
- 12:25 - Illinois farmers just sit at home during the winter
- 13:27 - Going from 10 acres to 17,000 acres
- 15:45 - Even Pro-Golfers are interested in farming
- 16:30 - Poultry to Hydroponics
- 18:22 - Working with family sometimes can be the hardest thing anyone has ever done, but at the same time its also the most rewarding.
- 19:30 - The secret to Jay's photography
- 21:02 - Jay reveals a jaw dropping secret
Twitter: @hilljay45 | Instagram: @hilljay45 | hillfarmsnewmexico.com
Nov 09 2017
Rank #8: 034 | Improving food buying decisions: How can @Wal-mart @Xerox @McDonalds @EnvDefenseFund and more work together?
They always say, it takes a village and that village just expanded. There is a new player in the agriculture advocacy world. Today's guest is Nate Birt from Farm Journal's Trust In Food initiative. This new effort kicks-off with the Trust In Food Symposium, Jan. 23-24, in Chicago.
Nate shares about the goals of Trust In Food, how they feel this effort is different than any other and the intense collaboration. The initiative brings together farmers, ranchers, growers, agribusinesses, food companies, food marketing folks, conservation and more.
Jan 17 2018
Rank #9: 049 | Sawyer Brown inspires an ag literacy TV program, a Catfish Farm & Chasing Down @CDMadisonBrown
Anytime someone is making an effort to connect the general public with farmers, ranchers, processors and growers, it’s important to me that we lift them up and highlight them on Keeping Ag Real.
The foundation from where the show “Chasing Down Madison Brown,” began is one based on years of traveling and seeing the pockets of the U.S. Today’s guest is the one and only Madison Brown. If you are in agriculture, she will inspire you to tell your story. Anyone with a curiosity about their food will be motivated to learn more. I’m excited to get the word out about the show.
Jul 13 2018
Rank #10: 046 | Under Secretary Bill Northey | Ag Census process, Trade & President Trump's Connection to Agriculture
Today's episode is brought to you by Alltech. I had the honor of interviewing Bill Northey, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm & Foreign Agricultural Services, during Alltech's #ONE18 event.
We dig deep into the Ag Census process, discuss the Under Secretary and Secretary Perdue's expectations under the Trump administration and discuss the US's trade woes.
Jun 08 2018
Rank #11: 035 | Grocery Store Guru Gracie Weinzierl | Destination grocery shopping, local foods & funny stuff at farmers markets.
This week's episode of Keeping Ag Real, steps off a new segment called "Grocery Store Gurus." Gracie Weinzierl returns as a co-host to chat about destination grocery shopping, misleading local food labeling and funny stuff at farmers' markets.
Feb 03 2018
Rank #12: 50 Episodes of Keeping Ag Real | Special guest Jeff Schweigert & we talk about the Keeping Ag Real Road Trip, Hogging catfish and leaving the farm
Its hard to believe that Keeping Ag Real has hit its 50th episode. Thank you to all of our loyal listeners and guests! You make this show what it is today.
In celebration of the 50th episode, I interview my husband. We discuss the upcoming Keeping Ag Real Road Trip, hoggin' for catfish and what it was like to stop dairying.
We really keep it real with lots of laughing, a little spat and reminisce on the good 'ol days.
Thank you to our sponsors Farm Journal Media | Drover's, Farm Journal & AgDay!
Follow us on our roadtrip beginning July 21st!
Jul 19 2018
Rank #13: 031 | Part 1 with Natasha Nicholes, THE list & what does she think about the ag community
This episode welcomes Natasha Nicholes, a wife, mom, blogger, speaker and advocate for truth behind food - I forgot to mention her bubbly personality and contagious laugh. Natasha sits down with hostess, Jenny Schweigert to discuss her connections to agriculture and being at the top of THE 500 Top AgVocates in 2017 list. We wrap up this first part of a three series pods by revealing her thoughts about the ag community.
Jan 03 2018
Rank #14: 007 | Brian Hogue - Working with President Bush, Arable Media & No You Can't Come Back
What happens when you are told you can't come back to the farm? Brian Hogue visits with us to share this perspective received from his wise father. From his father to working with President Bush, Hogue of Arable Media offers insight on legislative advocacy and living life.
May 12 2017
Rank #15: 041 | What is the correlation between home gardening and the romanticism traditionalism of farming? with Jayson Lusk
Are today's "food police" shaping food policy? If so, who is the driving force behind these celebrity appointed experts? Join Jayson Lusk, author of "The Food Police," as he shares his observations and studies.
Apr 12 2018
Rank #16: 047 Jacquelyne Leffler the Javelin Champion
This episode is packed full. Jacquelyne Leffler is one of the most determined, focused and faithful people I've met. She shares her journey of being a champion Jr. Olympic athlete, competing without an ACL in her knee, meeting Pat Roberts, Kansas Farm Bureau, witnessing President Trump sign the rural broadband bill, tracking down where that money is being spent and details of the devastating drought.
Jun 22 2018
Rank #17: 038 | Is the message "feeding 9 billion by 2050" confusing the general public? with @conniediekman
"We need to feed 9 billion people by 2050."
"America's obesity crisis appears more unstoppable than ever."
In the fall of 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report indicating almost 40 percent of American adults and nearly 20 percent of adolescents are obese — these are the highest rates ever recorded for the U.S.
At the same time, the agriculture community pushes the message that we will need to feed nine-billion people by 2050. While the rhetoric makes sense for farmers, ranchers and agribusiness professionals, the average person isn't receptive.
I visited with Connie Diekman, Director of University Nutrition for Washington University in St. Louis and past president of the American Dietetic Association. We discuss differences in today's collegiate demographic and those in older generations. This leads to multiple nutrition programs which are currently being implemented at Washington University.
Mar 14 2018
Rank #18: 051 | Lauren Arbogast - Amy Schumer makes us take a pledge, commodity group collab needed? And, are you stuck in your community?
This episode with Lauren Arbogast was one of luck. We happened to both be attending She Knows Media's BlogHer Creatives Summit, allow us the opportunity to record an episode.
We talk about how commodity groups, organizations and companies could be pooling their resources and dollars to make a bigger impact with non-farm/ranch folks.
She also emphasizes the importance of communities...and, stepping out of your comfort zone to new communities.
Thank you for listening!
Aug 24 2018
Rank #19: 025 | Joe Mills' Cows Prefer a Stout to an IPA
Indiana farmer, Joe Mills is a think-outside-the-field kinda guy who has been doing cool things well before they were ever cool.
As the 25th episode of Keeping Ag Real, Joe discusses their transition to organic crops and his motto on farming different.
"We only have one lifetime to farm. I'm not going to spend it doing what everyone else does. I hope all the neighbors think I'm crazy."
More information can be found on their website www.millslivestockllc.com, on Twitter by following @TheHippieFarmer.
Nov 01 2017
Rank #20: 037 | You asked, we're delivering. Food Truck Nation, Kiosks & Fresh Smoothie Machines
Have you heard of FastCasual.com? Its a wealth of knowledge for anyone interested in the multi-faceted restaurant and food sectors. The selection of topics which are covered by Fast Casual was too extensive so we asked Twitter, what they'd like to learn more about.
Food Truck Nation was an easy winner, winner, chicken dinner. Jenny had the opportunity to meet with Cherryh Cansler, Managing Editor of FastCasual.com. They talk about the ever growing food truck movement and how it could revolutionize Jenny's smalltown baseball concession stand. Cherryh shares new technologies on the food scene (ie., Fresh Fruit/Veggie Smoothies) and the controversy behind kiosk ordering - think ATM machine meets McDonalds.
- 1:00 - What does Fast Casual mean?
- 2:10 - How have food trucks changed the food scene? Even Arby's has a food truck!
- 3:03 - Making seafood sexy
- 5:30 - Food trucks and baseball. The perfect match?
- 6:40 - There are only so many hot dogs you can eat during a baseball season. Are you with me?
- 7:30 - Food trucks are the new thing for wedding receptions!?
- 7:51 - Jeremy Wolf
- 9:04 - The Rock Stars of Social Media
- 9:40 - New technologies for Fresh Fruit Smoothies
- 10:55 - Great news! Food ordering kiosks are not putting people out of work
- 12:08 - How has technology impacted mom and pop businesses?
- 13:17 - Let's talk about food waste - with smoothie and salad machines increase food waster?
Find additional information about today's guest, CherryH Cansler, visit FoodTruckOperator.com
- @CherryhFastCas on Twitter
Mar 07 2018