Into the Weeds, Episode 6: Misconceptions about organic farming

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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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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