AgriTalk
03/20/2020
FTC Episode 83: Planter checkup – what are you forgetting before heading to the field? / Making a living raising worms
Planters can put a lot of seed in the ground very quickly these days. But there are common mistakes that can cost you lots of money. Learn what most people forget before they head to the field. Plus, I’ll take you to a farm that is thriving by raising worms. 
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03/13/2020
FTC Episode 82: Ken Ferrie on Corn – What 2019 Taught Me to Do in 2020 / Farm Strategic Thinking 101
Ken Ferrie is an expert when it comes to growing corn. On this interview he shares what 2019 taught him to do differently in 2020 and how items within our control help us manage what’s out of our control. And we visit with marketing and leadership consultant, Mark Faust, who discusses the keys to he
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03/07/2020
FTC Episode 81: Crop Insurance – What You Need to Know for 2020 / Challenging Discussions: How to Transition the Farm to the Next Generation
Crop insurance is an important part of most farming operations. Here’s an update on what you need to know for the 2020 season. And in the second half of the show we discuss how one family faced the challenging discussions of transferring ownership from one generation to the next. 
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02/28/2020
FTC Episode 80: Farm to Consumer Marketing – How a New Generation Came Home to the Farm / Who is Pivot Bio?
How can a new generation of farm kids come back home to the farm and thrive by taking products direct to the consumer? It’s an exciting look at what can happen when a college grad saw an opportunity at home. And, you may have heard of Pivot Bio Proven, but what is the technology behind it? We’ll tal
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02/25/2020
FTC Episode 79: What Keeps Employees Efficient and Happy? / The Hawaiian Corn Farmer Who Impacts You
How do you get and keep great employees? Where does pay rank on that list? You may be surprised at some of the answers. Plus, try raising corn in Hawaii. We’ll talk with one man who knows the joys and challenges of raising a crop in a tropical climate.
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02/16/2020
FTC Episode 78: What Precision Ag Technologies are Best For You?
There are many tools available to those wanting to use precision ag techniques to get more out of their crop acres. Which options have the best ROI? What are the easiest items to put into practice? We visit with Shane Myers and Kyle Allen with Gateway Precision Ag who work with farm operations of ma
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02/08/2020
FTC Episode 77: NRCS Chief Matt Lohr on Ag Priorities/Why Farming in Oregon Can be Difficult, and What Two Women There Did to Excel
We visit with NRCS Matt Lohr on priorities for his department and his thoughts on the next Farm Bill. Plus we talk to the 2020 winners of the Executive Women in Agriculture Trailblazer Award. They discuss the challenges for the ag industry in their state of Oregon and how they excelled in their busi
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02/01/2020
FTC Episode 76: 2020 Grain Marketing, What You Should and Shouldn’t be doing now / Updates from Granular
Every marketing year is unique, but early 2020 offers several challenges and opportunities. Naomi Blohm with Total Farm Marketing provide valuable insights we need to now right now. Plus, we get the latest updates from Granular.
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01/24/2020
FTC Episode 75: What is Indigo Ag and how might it change farming?
Many consumers want to know more about the food they eat. Could they also influence the way we farm? One company hopes to reward farmers for how they grow their crops. Plus, we take an “outsiders” view of what farmers need to know about agricultural technology. 
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01/17/2020
FTC Episode 74: Ag Technology – Driverless Tractors Are Here / The End of Soil Sampling?
You may be amazed what tractors are already being used in the field and what they can do. Plus a technology that may make soil sampling obsolete.
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01/10/2020
FTC Episode 73: Does Your Farm Need a Drone? / The Cow in the Neighbor’s Pool - What Insurance Are You Missing?
Using drones in agriculture is not new, but wide-spread use of them is still in the future for most of us.  However, their use on “everyday” tasks may not be that far from reality.  Learn what drone technology may be able to do for you now.  And a topic that may sound boring, but we’ll bring it to l
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01/03/2020
FTC Episode 72: Hemp Production Edition – the Great Opportunities and Potential Pitfalls of America’s “New” Crop
We’ve been hearing a lot about growing hemp these days. Maybe you’d like to try growing a few acres to see if it could be a new crop that works on your farm. Hear from farmers who have first-hand experience growing the crop.
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12/27/2019
FTC Episode 71: How One Town of Under 400 People Raised $8 Million for Their Community
It’s one of my favorite stories to share – a story that should inspire all of us in rural America. Learn how the small town of Shickley, Nebraska began to share their story and what they hoped to do in the future. In the process they’ve raised $8 million!
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12/20/2019
FTC Episode 70: IBM’s take on Farming in the Future / PHARM Dog USA
On this edition of FTC we talk with Steve Laughlin, global general manager for consumer industry at IBM about the role technology and consumer interests have in how we will farm in the future. In the second half of this episode, we’ve all seen dogs trained to help those with physical challenges, but
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12/16/2019
FTC Episode 69: Dairy Farming in Antarctica? / A Visit with the CEO of the Largest Tractor Manufacturer in the World / River Flooding 2.0 / Grainbridge
In this FTC episode we visit with the CEO of the largest tractor manufacturer in the world.  Plus we visit with a farmer who is fighting flood waters for month on end.  And a special bonus – a look at a dairy operation for a trip to Antarctica.
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12/09/2019
FTC Episode 68: When is the Best Time to Fertilize Your Pasture? The Answer May Surprise You/Keys to Beef Herd Health
In this episode we concentrate on beef – the pasture side and better herd health.  What are the keys to know to get the most out of your grass and to prevent sickness in your herd?
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12/03/2019
FTC Episode 67: The Famers Who Turned his Corn Field into a Vietnam Vets Memorial / Are Young People Really Leaving Rural America?
We visit with a farmer who turned his corn field into a tribute to Vietnam Veterans – a full scale replica of the wall in Washington, D.C.  And in the second half of the show we examine a trend we’ve heard for years – are young people leaving rural America?  We perceive the answer is yes, but we may
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11/26/2019
FTC Episode 66: Thanksgiving Special: The Real Story of Pilgrims & Thanksgiving / What’s the most important sandwich to American Agriculture? Here’s One Man’s Take.
Thanksgiving is an important holiday in the United States, but what do we know about the first Thanksgiving?  The story has much to do with farming and the story of how those Pilgrims survived may surprise you.
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11/21/2019
FTC Episode 65: 2020 Market Outlook & 2020 Land and Rental Trends – Where are we headed and how can you prepare?
We take a look at grain and animal protein markets plus get the latest on land and rental trends from the experts at the recent NAFB convention.
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11/17/2019
FTC Episode 64: Tom Dittmer Part II – Ag Trading, Hedging, Margin Calls & Much More from the Biggest Commodity Trader in Chicago
Tom Dittmer began trading at the Chicago Board of Trade in the late 1960s.  He built his firm, Refco, into the largest clearing house and trading firm at the Chicago Board of Trade.  Six years after he sold the company, Refco was no more.  Hear his advice for farmers, hedgers and speculators in toda
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11/17/2019
Episode 63 Tom Dittmer
Tom Dittmer began trading at the Chicago Board of Trade in the late 1960s.  He built his firm, Refco, into the largest clearing house and trading firm at the Chicago Board of Trade.  At the same time, he also became the largest feedlot owner in the world.  We have plenty of ground to cover and many
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10/23/2019
Episode 62 What a World Champion Auctioneer doesn't want to sell
Jared Miller just retired as the World’s Champion Livestock Auctioneer.  Not only does he share his thoughts on auctioneering and livestock markets, but we talk about what he does and does not want to sell. 
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10/15/2019
Episode 61: Tax Planning Update from Paul Neiffer / What Seed to Buy and When to Buy it?
Paul Neiffer is one of our most popular guests as he provides great info to help us prepare for tax season and make wise economic decisions.  We also talk about when farmers are buying seed.  Is there a difference in the age of farmer and what seed company they use?  Listen and get tips on purchasin
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10/10/2019
Episode 60 What Does Clint Eastwood Know about Angus Show Steers?
t was a story that took place 60 years ago this month. It involves and Angus show steer, Clint Eastwood and a host of other characters. It’s a story I think you’ll find interesting and one I thought timely to share here on FTC. In the second half of our show I’ve got three interviews–we’ll focus on
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