Podcasts

In this episode, Dylan Strike of Strike Farms near Bozeman, Montana, talks with GAP internal auditor David Wise about the farm's strategy for keeping wildlife and other unwanted animals off the farm....

The first in a series of podcasts with Troy Bishopp, who custom grazes 100 percent grassfed dairy heifers and beef in southern New York. In this series, ATTRA specialist Lee Rinehart talks with Troy about decision-making throughout the grazing season. Situational grazing is all about thinking beyond the inputs, and observing, forecasting, and adapting to the changing conditions inherent in the grazing world. In this first podcast, Troy discusses preparing for the winter and provides some insight into his planning process for the upcoming year. Bishopp offers planning charts for graziers here....

In this episode NCAT Program Specialist Martin Guerena interviews organic famer Luis Guevara of Rancho La Familia from Santa Maria California. It includes his biography; 38 years of farming experience; early years and markets; reasons for diversification; current markets; production challenges; climate change challenges; pest control techniques; fertilization practices; compost; cover crops; rotations and advice to new and beginning farmers....

In this episode NCAT Program Specialist Martin Guerena interviews Martin Barnes of Capy Organics in Yolo County, California. The interview touches on the farm's early years and starting the Davis farmers market; its first crops; diversification of crops; the transition from markets to CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture); the expansion to Southern California and the Pacific Northwest; technological innovation; expanding its CSA to 50,000 customers; its pest challenges then and now; its fertilization program with compost and foliar applications; and Martin's advice to beginning farmers on land and markets....

Entrevista con Luis Guevara agricultor orgánico del Rancho La Familia de Santa María California. La Entrevista incluye: biografía, experiencia de 38 años como agricultor, principios, mercados, diversificación de productos, expansión de mercados, desafíos de producción, cambio climático, control de plagas, fertilización, rotación de cultivos y consejos para agricultores principiantes....

In this episode, NCAT Local Food Specialist Demetrius Fassas talks about the challenges and opportunities of introducing a local food Harvest of the months in Plevna, a small town in rural eastern Montana. The school's two food-staff members, Connie Long and Bertie Reger, talk about the challenges of finding the food; the importance of having a supportive school administration; and the positive impacts of the program on the students....

In this episode, internal GAP auditor David Wise talks with Tom McCamat of the Forbidden Fruit Orchard near Paradise, Montana, about the cooling equipment and strategy he uses for his peach crop. The interview is part of a video series, "Farm-Based Approach to Food Safety – the Internal GAP Audit."...

In this episode, Tom McCamat of Forbidden Fruit Orchard near Paradise, Montana, discusses the picking, and packing operation on the peach orchard. The interview is part of a video series, "Farm-Based Approach to Food Safety – the Internal GAP Audit."...

In this episode, Dylan Strike of Strike Farm near Bozeman, Montana, talks with internal GAP auditor David Wise about how the diversified operation traces its crops. The interview is part of a video series, "Farm-Based Approach to Food Safety – the Internal GAP Audit."...

In this episode, Ken Mugg of Muff Family Farm near Tallapoosa, Georgia, talks with Margaret Scoles, executive director of the International Organic Inspectors Association, about the considerations that went into Ken deciding to become organically certified. The interview is part of a video, "What to Expect at an Organic Livestock Inspection."...

In this episode, we take a question from the "Ask an Ag Expert" feature offered by NCAT's ATTRA program. The question is whether it's a better idea to start a pastured poultry egg operation. To ask an ag expert a question – free of charge, go here....

In this episode, Tracy Potter Finns and Margaret Debona from Country Rail Farm near Huson, Montana, talk about why they became GAP certified and the process of developing their food safety plan. This podcast is also available as part of a video series – Farm Based Food Safety Video series....

In the this episode, Michael McCormick, the executive director of the Food Resource Center in Livingston, Montana, talks about how the FRC grew from a more typical food pantry to a more active role in addressing poverty and its effects in the community. FRC now has a commercial kitchen, where it conducts vocational classes, and offers a lot of healthy food produced by local and Montana ag operations. The philosophy is to help people improve their lives, not simply feed them for a day....

In this episode, Demetrius Fassas, a Local Food Program Specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, and Aubrey Roth, the Montana Food to School Coordinator with Montana Team Nutrition discuss the producers' role in the "Harvest of the Month" program in Montana. The program features a different Montana agricultural product in participating schools each month....

In this episode, Kevin Ellis, a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, visits with two presenters at the 2017 Texas Hispanic Farmer and Rancher Conference. Farmer Juan Raygosa of the Terra Preta Farm and Deputy Director of the Sustainable Food Center Joy Casnovsky talks about marketing strategies for working directly with hospitals and other institutions as well as work-site CSAs....

In this episode, Demetrius Fassas, a Local Food Program Specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, and Aubrey Roth, the Montana Food to School Coordinator with Montana Team Nutrition discuss the "Harvest of the Month" program in Montana. The program features a different Montana agricultural product in participating schools each month and engages students through preparation of the food and "Don't Yuck My Yum" taste tests....

In this episode, National Center for Appropriate Technology Sustainable Agriculture Specialists Dave Scott and Lee Rinehart discuss ATTRA's new Grazing Plan Calculator and run through an example of using it. The calculator, along with ATTRA's other grazing materials, are available at in our Livestock and Pasture section. Download the free calculator here....

Dave Scott, a livestock specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology and co-owner of Montana Highland Lamb near Whitehall, Montana, discusses how to prepare for the "before, during, and after" of shearing....

In this episode, Andrew Coggins, Agriculture Project Coordinator with the National Center for Appropriate Technolgy’s headquarters in Butte, MT, discusses the goals of cover cropping. He also describes the cover-cropping strategy NCAT’s SIFT demonstration farm in Butte....

In this edition, Andrew Coggins, Agriculture Project Coordinator at the National Center for Appropriate Technology’s headquarters in Butte, MT, discusses the keys to creating an effective composting strategy....

In this episode, NCAT Horticulture Specialist Tammy Howard speaks with Betsy Miller, Montana Department of Agriculture food-safety coordinator, about new regulations coming into effect as a result of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011. In this podcast, they focus on FSMA’s produce rule....

David Wise is a farm food safety consultant in Montana. He currently works with farmers throughout the state on helping them with their GAP certification and doing internal auditing of farmers food safety plans. In this edition of ATTRA: Voices from the Field, Tammy Howard talks with him about the internal audit program and different food safety certification programs throughout the state....

This podcast features excerpts from a panel discussion on marketing that took place during an NCAT workshop on vegetable production and business management held at the Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas, 1n May 2017. NCAT’s Southeast Regional director Margo Hale facilitated the discussion, and the panelists were (in order of appearance) Mary Bone of Lighthouse Produce Farms in Fargo, AR; Ben Maddox of New South Produce Cooperative in Little Rock, AR; and Paul Chapracki of Ozark Alternatives in Lowell, AR. In this segment the panelists discuss successful strategies for selling at the farmers market and through CSAs. They also offer on pricing your produce and setting yourself apart in the marketplace....

Robert Maggiani, a horticulture specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, talks with Larry Butler, co-owner of Boggy Creek Farm in Austin, Texas. They talk about the farm and the value added products it has sold over the years. The farm's website is available here. There is a short description of the farm here. The conversation is part of the Beyond Fresh project, a SSARE-funded project with the following objectives: 1. Research opportunities for value-added processing of sustainably grown fruits and vegetables in Texas, with special attention to the appropriate scale of production. 2. Increase the sales and profitability of value-added products by sustainable and organic fruit and vegetable growers in Texas. 3. Educate and organize growers, facilitating key decisions about topics such as appropriate business structures, values-based branding, sustainability requirements, and scale of production. 4. Cultivate increased collaboration, coordination, and support for value-added enterprise development in the sustainable and organic sector by strengthening inter-industry value chains and rural-urban linkages and quantifying regional economic impacts....

Ocean farming is the new frontier for sustainable and restorative food production. More than that, it holds promise for job creation, coastal community development, and ecosystem restoration. In this podcast Lee Rinehart, a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, is joined by Bren Smith, executive director of Greenwave, a non-profit focused on expanding opportunities for fisherman and farmers to start sustainable shellfish and aquatic plant farming enterprises. Bren, a former commercial fisherman turned ocean farmer and advocate, explains the multitrophic 3-D Ocean Farming concept, and invites listeners to share in a new vision for seafood production. For more on ATTRA's sustainable agriculture resources, including Ecological Fisheries and Ocean Farming, click here....

The world demand for seafood is increasing and is putting pressure on our oceans for protein. And as the human population increases, it is crucial that we foster ecological and regenerative systems to produce seafood that reverses the ocean degradation we have caused through overfishing and unsustainable fish farming methods. Fish production and harvest is largely industrial in nature. To be sustainable, fisheries must be developed on a place-based ecological model of restorative systems that regenerate and sustain our waters while providing opportunities for farmers and fishermen to reclaim the waterfront. In this video, National Center for Appropriate Technology Program Specialist Lee Rinehart discusses ATTRA's new Ecological Fisheries and Ocean Farming website, which has resources to help farmers, fishermen, and communities make decisions in developing ecologically appropriate, place-based seafood production enterprises. ...

In this podcast National Center for Appropriate Technology specialist Luke Freeman hold a conversation about blackberries with Dr. John Clark of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. They get in depth on Dr. Clark's broad experience with blackberry research; changes in the industry; and new cultivars that are becoming available....

In this podcast, ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Luke Freeman talks with Dr. Curt Rom of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville about growing organic brambles in high tunnels. They touch on the advantages of growing in high tunnels and some of the obstacles Dr. Rom has dealt with during his research production of blackberries and raspberries. They also touch on the economics of growing organic brambles in high tunnels and how producers have successfully used high tunnels in areas where the climate isn't conducive to growing brambles. Luke recently updated the popular ATTRA publication, "Brambles: Organic Production," which is now available as a free download on the ATTRA website....

Guy Ames, NCAT horticulturist and fruit grower in the Arkansas Ozarks, shares his experiences living with and trying to manage vertebrate pests like birds, deer, rabbits and more. Vertebrate pests distinguish themselves from insect pests and diseases by their ability to learn, an ability that makes them both harder to control and possibly more manipulable to control....

Guy Ames, NCAT horticulturist and fruit grower in the Arkansas Ozarks, shares his experiences living with and trying to manage vertebrate pests like birds, deer, rabbits and more. Vertebrate pests distinguish themselves from insect pests and diseases by their ability to learn, an ability that makes them both harder to control and possibly more manipulable to control....

No, the butcher did not have it for his dinner. By federal law, any beef that is older than 30 months is subject to the Specific Risk Material regulation. All custom, state, and federally inspected processing plants must remove the brains, eyes, spinal cord and a large portion of the vertebral column from the final cuts of beef. This results in the absence of some traditional cuts and 10-15 percent less pounds back in your box. In this podcast, NCAT livestock specialist Dave Scott and Justin Fisher of Ranchland Packing Company in Butte, Montana, discuss the law and its affects....

In this episode of ATTRA: Voices from the Field, John Wallace, who manages the SIFT Farm at NCAT's headquarters in Butte, Montana, talks about the challenges of growing in the relatively short and cool climate at the farm. He discusses what SIFT has learned about overwintering, particularly focusing on parsnips and onion crops. John also talks about the cover crops the farm is experimenting with....

Hot humid areas need especially large and frequent inputs of organic matter to maintain soil fertility, yet standard cover crop recommendations don't always work in these locations. In this podcast drawn from his popular webinar, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Justin Duncan uses his own organic farming experience in Texas, discusses some particular cover crops (including some unfamiliar in the United States) that can be used build soil organic matter in hot and humid areas in USDA Hardiness Zones 8,9,10 and beyond. The webinar was is a product of the Subtropical Organic Agriculture Research (SOAR) project, and is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2013-51106-20970....

Hot humid areas need especially large and frequent inputs of organic matter to maintain soil fertility, yet standard cover crop recommendations don't always work in these locations. In this podcast drawn from his popular webinar, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Justin Duncan uses his own organic farming experience in Texas, explains how to choose cover crops (including some unfamiliar in the United States) to build soil organic matter in hot and humid areas in USDA Hardiness Zones 8,9,10 and beyond. The webinar was is a product of the Subtropical Organic Agriculture Research (SOAR) project, and is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2013-51106-20970....

Hot humid areas need especially large and frequent inputs of organic matter to maintain soil fertility, yet standard cover crop recommendations don't always work in these locations. In this podcast drawn from his popular webinar, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Justin Duncan uses his own organic farming experience in Texas, explains how to build soil organic matter in hot and humid areas in USDA Hardiness Zones 8,9,10 and beyond. The webinar was is a product of the Subtropical Organic Agriculture Research (SOAR) project, and is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2013-51106-20970. ...

In this episode, NCAT Specialist Linda Coffey discusses her new publication, "Working with Your Meat Processor." She finds that miscommunications between producers and processors often lead to different expectations, and she talks about some of the issues that often arise because of those differing expectations. "Working with Your Meat Processor" is available on the ATTRA website....

In this episode, Tammy Howard, an agronomy specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, speaks at a USDA Risk Management Agency sponsored tour of Terrapin Farm near Whitefish, Montana. She discusses the uses of cover crops for various purposes, including fertility, weed management, and increasing biomass. She also discusses crop rotation and termination....

In this podcast, NCAT Energy Specialist Stacie Peterson discusses ATTRA's new Farm Energy Efficiency Tutorial. This series of lessons is designed for farmers who would like to increase the energy efficiency of their farm and processes. It features tutorials on farm building efficiency, outdoor lighting, irrigation efficiency, solar, small-scale wind, and biodiesel....