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Farm Traveler

Farm Traveler

Author: Trevor Williams

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Have you ever wondered how your food is made? Join us as we interview farmers, ranchers, entrepreneurs, and agriculture experts to not only learn more about the food and agriculture industries, but also to help bridge the gap between farmers and consumers.

57 Episodes
Ag 101: Hydroponics

Ag 101: Hydroponics


The future of sustainable agriculture is...hydroponics?  Let's find out more about hydroponics on this second episode of Ag 101. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Let's talk about the food supply chain! AKA How food goes from the farm to your table! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
When you hear Tennessee you might think about Gatlinburg, the "moonshine" tastings, and the Great Smokey Mountains. Or maybe you're a huge college football fan and picture Neyland Stadium, aka Rocky Top, and the mascot, Smokey. Whatever you might picture is probably not agriculture, despite it being the largest industry in the state. Our guest today is Matthew McClanahan, an Ag Lawyer, Advocate, and rancher from the great state of Tennessee. Matthew will tell us about his background growing up on the farm, practicing Ag Law, and advocating for agriculture with the American Farm Bureau. In our discussion, Matthew will explain the diversity behind the Tennessee agriculture industry and its impact on the state's economy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Our guest on the show today is Jason Medows, pharmacist, rancher, and podcaster of the show Ag State of Mind. Jason started his podcast to help start the conversation on mental health in agriculture and how it is impacting farms across the country. Be sure to check out Jason's Podcast on your podcast app of choice as well as Farm Traveler is part of the Waypoint Outdoor Collective, the Podcast Network for the Outdoorsman. Checkout all of the Waypoint Outdoor Collective Podcasts HERE. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dr. Jack Payne is the University of Florida’s Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources and the leader of the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, known as IFAS. Dr. Payne previously held positions at Iowa State, Utah State, Texas A&M, and Penn State. He also served as the national director of conservation for Ducks Unlimited. He has led IFAS for nearly 10 years. He has essentially served as CEO for the R&D arm of Florida’s $160 billion-a-year agriculture and natural resource industry, the state’s second-largest after tourism. As one of the nation’s highest-ranking academic agricultural administrators, Dr. Payne has been a national leader in garnering support for the land-grant system to which the University of Florida belongs. He has also used his platform as a national leader to consistently champion science as the basis for good decision making. In our interview today, Dr. Payne will highlight his career as head of the University of Florida's IFAS, the many land-grant colleges he has worked at, and his time spent at Ducks Unlimited. Dr. Payne will also touch base on how land-grant colleges have helped improve farming across the country and how the Florida agriculture industry manages to be one of the most diverse in the country. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Former National FFA Advisor, Dr. Larry Case was appointed by the United States Department of Education in 1984 as the education specialist for agriculture, agribusiness, and natural resources education, one of his many responsibilities included his time spent as the National Advisor. During his tenure, FFA membership grew a tremendous amount, the organization's named changed, and numerous educational innovations were made for agricultural education.   In our interview today, Dr. Case will discuss his upbringing in Missouri, how he transitioned from teaching high school agriculture education classes to working with the Missouri department of education and the Missouri FFA. Dr. Case will also highlight experiences and job duties during his tenure as National FFA Advisor and what he has been up to since he retired from the position in 2010. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Row cropping isn't easy. Neither is pork production. Motherhood surely isn't a walk in the park either. Now imagine doing all three!   Kylie Epperson is a row crop farmer, pork producer, and mother on their family farm. She is also a fellow podcaster with Midwest Farm Wives podcast which shares advice on farm life and motherhood. On top of all that, Kylie is also an avid agriculture advocate! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Our guests today are David Plummer and Michael Ferguson from Illinois based Aerial Influence. David and Michael will both explain how drone technology has changed in recent years, the many uses of drones in the agriculture industry, and what regulations drone pilots must follow. They will also tell us how police and fire departments are starting to use drones by aiding in search and rescue operations and even drones being used in delivery services.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Our guest today is Mark Stock, who along with his brother Ron, co-founded BigIron Auctions, which focuses on large equipment auctions and offers both weekly onsite and online auctions. Mark will explain the journey he and his brother took from growing up on a farm to becoming successful entrepreneurs and how their auctions take advantage of the internet to bring potential buyers equipment from all over the country. Mark will also explain the advice he gives to farmers on making additional income like leasing hunting land on farms, and how to get the best deal in an auction. And of course, Mark will give us a taste of that famous auctioneer voice.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Paul Hoff is THE most interesting man in the world. Enjoy a look into his mind. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Going viral can lead to some pretty neat opportunities like going on talk shows or even just having your message reach millions of people. Our guest today went viral just a few months ago (Sept 2019) in an attempt to fight some popular false claims about the agriculture industry. Amanda Radke is an Agriculture Speaker, Beef Blogger, pretty much a jack of all trades. Amanda has a background in Ag Communications, writing for BEEF Magazine, and working with beef cattle. She currently runs her website (, advocates for agriculture as a guest speaker to numerous events, and writes a Beef newsletter. You might remember Amanda from a few months ago when she went viral for a post in which she asked Ellen for a chance to come on her show to talk about beef production and some false claims the media continues to state about agriculture. Today on the show, Amanda will talk about her speaking background, beef facts and misinformation, and how going viral helped get her message out there. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Our guest today is Ryan Lefers is the co-founder of Red Sea Farms located in Saudi Arabia.  He is now putting his experience to work by doing his part to help develop technologies that help feed the world. In our interview today, Ryan will explain the process of growing plants in saltwater and what the farmer/consumer relationship is like in Saudi Arabia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
As you might be able to tell, lately, we have had several other podcasts on the show. The podcast industry is certainly booming, and the agriculture sector is taking advantage of that boom by creating numerous agriculture related podcasts. One such podcast is Field Work, a podcast centered around row crops and how they can play a part in sustainable agriculture. Hosted by Zach Johnson and Mitchell Hora, Field Work talks about successes, failures, and tips and tricks the row crop sector face. Today, we are joined by Mitchell as he explains how they started the show, what some common themes are, and much more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Our guest today is a quality assurance representative in the potato industry by day and a podcaster by night. His name is Nate and his podcast is called Everyone Has a Story. Nate works in the potato capital of the U.S. and will explain what his job entails as well as the inspiration behind his podcast, Everyone Has a Story. His podcast is all about bringing to light all the unique stories and experiences we all have and develop during our lives. Nate's podcast is a great show so be sure to check it out!   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Our guest today is Matt Brechwald. Some of you might know him as the man behind podcasts like Off Farm Income and the new podcast, Microphone Money. In our interview today, Matt will talk about the many reasons farmers might need some off farm income as well as entrepreneurship advice he gives his listeners. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
It's the beginning of a new year! Most of us might have made some goals to better ourselves in the new year in ways like eating better, exercising more, basically getting in shape like The Rock. Our guest today is Emily Shaw, better known on Instagram as Dairy Girl Fitness. Emily has created a platform on motivating people to get fit and as she puts it, "Help women build confidence, feel strong & eat the foods they love." Emily will share her knowledge on planning your workouts, best practices on diets and supplements, and how she advocates for the dairy industry. This is a super informative podcast if you are interested in fitness and getting in shape this year! Be sure to follow Emily on her Instagram page for more fitness advice! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Did you know there is something like 200,000 misleading marketing labels at grocery stores? Our guest today is the author of several books including, Food Bullying: How to Avoid Buying B.S. and Food Truths: From Farm to Table. In her books, Michele covers all the misleading claims that confuse consumers at the grocery store, explanations behind nutrition labels, and steps on how you can not fall victim to crazy labeling techniques. Be sure to check out Michele's work at the links below. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The history and techniques of butchery work is something you don't hear or see very much of anymore as the neighborhood butcher becomes a thing of the past. Well today we will learn a thing or two about the art and science behind butchery work. Our guest today is Jake Levin. Jake travels to farms, chefs, and homesteaders and processes whole animals. Jake also does workshops to showcase his process and most recently released his book, Smokehouse Handbook. His book focuses on the history, techniques, and some recipes for smoking meats. Check out Jake on Instagram: @therovingbutcher Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
David Hafner is a farmer and rancher from Martin County, Florida. David is passionate about agriculture and advocating for agriculture in the sunshine state. Today, David will tell us about his background, agrotourism experiences he has had, his farming operation, and more!   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
There is a HIGH chance that you will be eating some turkey on Thanksgiving day. And there is also a pretty high chance that turkey is produced from our guest today, Butterball! Today we have the pleasure of interviewing two people that work at Butterball, Rebecca Welch, the senior brand manager, as well as Wellie Jackson, a Butterball contract grower. Rebecca will talk to us about the history of Butterball, the Turkey Talk-Line and much more. Wellie will explain what it's like to be a contract grower, the process of raising turkeys, misconceptions, and some great Thanksgiving cooking advice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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