Into the Weeds, Episode 8: Answering your questions with Pipeline Foods grain buyers

In this episode of Into The Weeds, Pipeline Foods' Erin Heitkamp guest-hosts and explores trends in the world of farmland investing and management with Steve Bruere and Dave Muth of Peoples Company. Together, they discuss the consumer and regulatory drivers to focus on longer-term land values and environmental returns, support for new farmers entering the space, and where organic fits in the larger scheme of things.


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Into the Weeds, Episode 7: An exploration of farmland investing and management

In this episode of Into The Weeds, Pipeline Foods' Erin Heitkamp guest-hosts and explores trends in the world of farmland investing and management with Steve Bruere and Dave Muth of Peoples Company. Together, they discuss the consumer and regulatory drivers to focus on longer-term land values and environmental returns, support for new farmers entering the space, and where organic fits in the larger scheme of things.


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Into the Weeds, Episode 6: A conversation with an organic farmer/conventional agronomist

Will Glazik is a bridge-builder. He has one foot in the organic world, being raised on a diverse organic grain and livestock farm where he learned the value of rotation as well as how to use cover crops. His other foot is in the conventional world, working as an agronomist for BCS, a soil testing lab and full-service retail operation in Illinois. Will received his B.S. in Crop Science from the University of Illinois and is a Certified Crop Consultant (CCA) - 4R NMS. He’s spent the last few years building both his conventional and organic consulting base and is able to take lessons from each system and apply it to the other. If he wasn’t busy enough already, he also manages the IDEA Farm Network, a farmer-led learning community that meets in-person and through an online listserv. In all his spare time, he also runs a distillery/brewery with his brothers called Silver Tree Beer and Spirits. Today we talk about a few misconceptions about organic farming and how Will addresses them in his work. We also continue to discuss the challenges we all face relating to tillage, weed control, and fertility. If you have follow-up questions or would like to be added to the IDEA Network Listserv, get in touch with Will directly at w.glazik@gmail.com.

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Into the Weeds, Episode 5: On the Farm - Kade McBroom, SE Missouri

Kade McBroom is a farmer, small business owner, and Regional Program Representative for the Pipeline Foods Farm Profit Program. Living and working in Southeast Missouri, Kade isn't exactly surrounded by organic farmers, making his decision to transition some of his land to organic a popular topic at the coffee shop. In this episode we talk about why Kade made the decision to transition, growing pains, how T1 is going, and how to deal with the cultural and agronomic barriers to going organic. A bonus for this episode is that you can reach out to Kade with any questions or comments that came up for you. He'd love to hear from you: kmcbroom@pipelinefoods.com or give him a call at 573-714-3900.

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Into the Weeds, Episode 4: On the Farm: Joel Layman, SW Michigan

We’re fascinated by transition stories. What was the seed that grew into the decision to start the journey towards organic? What challenges were faced along the way and how were they addressed? What advice would a farmer who’s gone through transition have for others thinking about it? Today we introduce a new category of podcast: On the Farm, where we’ll hear from farmers about their transition experiences and dial down into the production, marketing, and planning processes that have spelled success. Today we hear our first of many On the Farm profiles from Joel Layman, a farmer in South Western Michigan who made the decision to go organic five years ago, and has slowly transitioned more and more of his operation to organic management. In our conversation today, we cover a lot of ground – from his motivation to make the jump to his piecemeal approach to getting through the transition to weed control and fertility strategies. Joel is one of the hundreds, maybe thousands, of farmers out there excited about this new adventure into organic and is looking to the future with hope, and with optimism.

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