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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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10/01/2019
Episode 59 Beef Price Investigation, Fake Proteins and More
This week we take a look at the investigation into beef prices following the packing plant fire in Kansas, plus we talk about other hot topics in the beef industry.
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09/27/2019
Episode 58: Machinery Pete on Harvest Equipment Values
Harvest is just around the corner or for some, it’s already begun.  We talk with Machinery Pete about Harvest Equipment Values and we’ll discuss keys to keep in mind as you set your combine for this year’s unique harvest.
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09/13/2019
EPISODE 57: Latest News & Innovations – Farm Progress
I was recently in Decatur, Illinois for the Farm Progress show and had a chance to connect with many companies and individuals about the latest news and innovations effecting agriculture.  On this broadcast I’ll take you to several points around the show on this edition of the FTC.
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09/05/2019
EPISODE 56: The Rabbi, a Chocolate Maker and an Innovative Truck Stop!
Our title may sound like it’s the opening line to a joke, but it’s real life and the owners of Deluxe Truck Stop can tell you a lot about agriculture and much more!  On any given day, they could see a rabbi checking their records, they could have a chocolate truck stopping in for their specialized s
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08/26/2019
13 WAYS TO KILL YOUR FARM COMMUNITY / FARM LENDING UPDATE
When Canadian farmer Doug Griffiths penned a book, “13 Ways to Kill Your Community,” many folks took notice.  He’s been traveling the country sharing ways farmers and rural Americans can bolster the small towns where they live.  Plus, we’ll get an ag finance update from Rex Brod at US Bank.
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08/12/2019
Episode 54 Michael Willis Cover Crops-Why and How to Use Them
There’s no doubt cover crops can have benefits on fields, but how can you reduce your learning curve and find success more times than not?  We’ll talk with one young farmer who will help you reduce you avoid mistakes and make the most of the process.
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08/02/2019
Wayne Cryts – The Farmer Who Fought the Courts for His Own Grain
Forty years ago this fall Wayne Cryts stored his beans in an elevator near New Madrid, MO.  When the elevator went bankrupt a multi-year battle began for Wayne to get the right to sell those beans.  Hundreds of farmers came to his aid, crossed lines of federal marshalls and brought the story to nati
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07/26/2019
Episode 52: AgroTourism and Farming in the Oil Fields of Illinois
All of the stories stand on their own, but what you may not realize is the fact that all four guests you’ll hear are newly elected state FFA officers who are excelling in the field of agriculture before their 20th birthday.
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07/19/2019
Episode 51: Marketing the 2020 Crop and Beyond, Is Corn Fungicide Economical in 2019?
Chip Flory and Davis Michaelsen share how to take advantage of higher corn prices in 2020 and beyond. Andrew discuss whether applying fungicide on this year’s corn crop makes economic sense with agronomist Jason Worthington.
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