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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Pipeline Foods in Argentina

Earlier this year, Pipeline Foods sent a contingent to Argentina to tour our Buenos Aires office and meet with organic certifiers and farmers to learn more about the potential for growth in the organic industry, both in Argentina and in South America as a whole. We explored the city, and then hopped in a truck and roamed the beautiful countryside of southern Buenos Aires Province, talking to farmers, watching gauchos at work and, of course, sharing an asado or two with our hosts. Read on and watch the video to learn more about our trip and what we discovered along the way!

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Pipeline Foods Co-Hosting Organic Field Day

Join the University of Missouri, Pipeline Foods, and Midwestern BioAg for a field day focused on organic row crop production! Whether you’re just curious about what organic farming is, have thought about transitioning, or are already an organic farmer, you’re sure to walk away with something useful to take back to your farm. Come meet other farmers interested in what “going organic” can do for your bottom line and your land. All are welcome.

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Into the Weeds, Episode 3: Organic farmers can get crop insurance too!

Organic farmers haven’t always had access to crop insurance, and if they did, it was rarely worth it. That’s all changing thanks to years of advocacy and education by folks like Ginny who are working hard to protect organic farmers from risk and make sure it’s an even playing field for American farmers. Ginny runs us through the programs that are relevant for organic farmers and provides invaluable information on navigating the system to insulate your operation from risk.

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Into the Weeds, Episode 2: Soil fertility through the transition

Although our crops needs stay the same through transition and into organic production, how we deliver the nutrients and why changes drastically. A new mindset and a new set of tools are necessary, but it’s not as complicated as you might think. Allen takes us through some of the basic theory of soil fertility through the transition and gets beyond the ‘how’ to start exploring the ‘why’.

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Into the Weeds, Episode 1: A conversation about the who, how, and why of Pipeline Foods

In this episode, Anders interviews the Chief Executive of Pipeline Foods, Eric Jackson. Eric shares the genesis story of Pipeline Foods – what inspired him to found the company, what makes Pipeline unique, and what our collective vision is for a future with healthy soils, resilient rural communities, and informed consumers.

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Into the Weeds: Introduction

This Pipeline Foods original podcast series is hosted by Anders Gurda, Manager of Agronomy Solutions. It provides in-depth interviews with organic farmers and experts, and covers a wide variety of topics and stories related to organic row crop production. We know that you have plenty of windshield time in your profession, so wanted to give you something to listen to and think about as you plant, cultivate, harvest, and spend those hours on the road. In these episodes, we wander into the weeds so that you don’t have to.

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Going Organic: Transition Stories from the Field

Welcome to Going Organic, our new educational video series that highlights the struggles/successes farmers experience while transitioning to organic. Join Kade McBroom, Regional Program Manager with Pipeline Foods (and a farmer) as he begins his transition to organic production in Southeast Missouri. He'll keep us updated every step of the way as he "Goes Organic". Stay tuned for more!

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