Posts tagged organic crop insurance
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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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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