Keeping Ag Real

Keeping Ag Real Podcast – Inspiring the Future of Women in Agriculture

Today’s episode is the first of its kind as we will be featuring two guests.  The first is Jackie Applegate, Head of Global Vegetable Seeds and Environmental Science for the Crop Science Division at Bayer. The second guest is Jeanette Lombardo, American Agri-Women’s current President.

Even though this episode is intended to inspire women in agriculture, men, you need to listen as well… these ladies bring advice to the table which applies to everyone, no matter your packaging! As you will hear Jackie say in the episode, “So, it’s not us versus them. It’s how we together can make a difference.” These ladies bring advice to the table which applies to everyone, no matter your packaging.

Thank you to the support of Bayer Crop Science and American Agri-Women for sponsoring today’s episode.

Keeping Ag Real – Bayer & Monsanto, European food & agriculture

Kristin Reese, aka Local Farm Mom, has been my companion on a couple of recent adventures. In this episode, we share our experience exploring Europe’s food and agriculture, while also attending Bayer’s Future of Farming event – the first event since the acquisition of Monsanto.

Our journey through Switzerland taught us the importance of slowing down in life. In Germany we learn there are no speed limits & the Netherlands provided a one-of-a-kind event involving Dutch Cooking.

Take a listen to learn more.

Special thanks to Bayer for inviting Kristin and I to the Future of Farming event.

Keeping Ag Real – Under Secretary Bill Northey | Ag Census process, Trade & President Trump’s Connection to Agriculture

Today’s episode is brought to you by Alltech. I had the honor of interviewing Bill Northey, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm & Foreign Agricultural Services, during Alltech’s #ONE18 event.

We dig deep into the Ag Census process, discuss the Under Secretary and Secretary Perdue’s expectations under the Trump administration and discuss the US’s trade woes.

Keeping Ag Real Podcast – Brooke Clay tries to enter Witness Relocation Program, she is savin’ the booties plus when your doc gives GMOs a no

Have you ever met one of those people who makes your mind explode? Enter one of the hottest names in the food and agriculture world, Brooke Clay. Fluent in pop culture, Brooke shares about her role as producer of Chasing Down Madison Brown. In this episode, she schools me on the phrase Pork Chops & Applesauce, something which I’ve always believed to be a Schweigertism.

We get serious about savin’ booties and the lack of agriculture education involved in becoming an doctor. The show is wrapped up with excellent life advice that is so Brooke Clay.

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Keeping Ag Real Podcast – Craft Beer, algae, glyphosate and Bud-wi-ser with Aidan Connelly

Join me while I chat with Chief Innovation Officer of Alltech, Inc., Aiden Connelly. We touch on numerous topics.

Keeping Ag Real Podcast – Brian Randolph – A will to live life to the fullest and spread positivity in his path

He’s faced near complete paralysis, having his legs amputated and being in a coma, twice. Despite these challenges, Brian Randolph is one of the most positive people I know. Unfortunately, his battles aren’t over and he needs your help. Brian is waiting for a kidney transplant and liver tissue donation. Take a listen to his incredible story, then return here to complete Mayo Clinic’s Living transplantation questionnaire to see if you might be a match.

Watch Brian take a few more steps at PT!

Keeping Ag Real Podcast – Trey Hill plants corn in March, soybeans & is near 100% cover crop. You might even call him a grain BTO with connections to D.C.

Meet Trey Hill of Harborview Farms

Keeping Ag Real Podcast – What is the correlation between home gardening and the romanticism traditionalism of farming? with Jayson Lusk

Are today’s “food police” shaping food policy? If so, who is the driving force behind these celebrity appointed experts? Join Jayson Lusk, author of “The Food Police,” as he shares his observations and studies.

Keeping Ag Real – KeepingAgReal Enters the Terrible Two’s | Happy Birthday Edition

We are celebrating with a guest host on this week’s episode of Keeping Ag Real.

The mission: Provide the listeners with a better look at my personality by inviting a guest host to interview me, myself and I.

The result: She or he makes me laugh until my stomach hurts. And, has a heck of a time telling us all that Keeping Ag Real is part of the Farm & Rural Ag Network.

Thank you to everyone’s support this last year! I can’t wait to see what is in store for year two.

Take a listen!

Keeping Ag Real – You asked, we’re delivering. Food Truck Nation, Kiosks & Fresh Smoothie Machines

Have you heard of Its a wealth of knowledge for anyone interested in the multi-faceted restaurant and food sectors. The selection of topics which are covered by Fast Casual was too extensive so we asked Twitter, what they’d like to learn more about.

Food Truck Nation was an easy winner, winner, chicken dinner. Jenny had the opportunity to meet with Cherryh Cansler, Managing Editor of They talk about the ever growing food truck movement and how it could revolutionize Jenny’s smalltown baseball concession stand. Cherryh shares new technologies on the food scene (ie., Fresh Fruit/Veggie Smoothies) and the controversy behind kiosk ordering – think ATM machine meets McDonalds.

Time stamps:

  • 1:00 – What does Fast Casual mean?
  • 2:10 – How have food trucks changed the food scene? Even Arby’s has a food truck!
  • 3:03 – Making seafood sexy
  • 5:30 – Food trucks and baseball. The perfect match?
  • 6:40 – There are only so many hot dogs you can eat during a baseball season. Are you with me?
  • 7:30 – Food trucks are the new thing for wedding receptions!?
  • 7:51 – Jeremy Wolf
  • 9:04 – The Rock Stars of Social Media
  • 9:40 – New technologies for Fresh Fruit Smoothies
  • 10:55 – Great news! Food ordering kiosks are not putting people out of work
  • 12:08 – How has technology impacted mom and pop businesses?
  • 13:17 – Let’s talk about food waste – with smoothie and salad machines increase food waster?


Find additional information about today’s guest, CherryH Cansler, visit

  • @CherryhFastCas on Twitter