Keiran Whitaker talks to us about raising Black Soldier Flies on urban waste. Then using those insects as protein for livestock feed.
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.
A cotton grower in Texas and a soybean grower in Minnesota weigh in on how Engenia herbicide worked for them last year, and how they plan to use it this year.
When talking to consumers about ag, be prepared to answer two questions: Who Cares and So What? Owen Roberts is the Urban Cowboy and he has turned story telling into a science. Literally.
Tonight I’m heading up to Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire in Scotland to talk to soft fruit grower Ross Mitchell @rjmitch21
We talk about his family’s farm and their decision to stop dairying in 1999 and expand their 15 acres of strawberries to commercial scale.
We discuss the polytunnels that they grow all their fruit under, which have allowed them to lengthen the growing season from 6 weeks of mid summer, to 8 months of the year.
We go into how they’re using their geographical location to their advantage, before talking in detail about the 4 fruits they grow at Castleton – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and cherries – and the process from planting, right the way through harvesting, and eventually them leaving the farm on supermarket lorries.
We also talk bees! 110,000 of ’em!! They’re bought in to polinate 10 million strawberry flowers, 20 million blueberry flowers, 1.6 million raspberry flowers, 0.5 million cherry flowers – man do they get through some work!
We discuss their labour force at Castleton, which includes 600 EU workers each year, with 450 being there at peak season, and some of the jobs that they do, before going on to talk about the increasing problem of getting access to European labour, and the serious consequences to the UK soft fruit industry.
We also talk about how the family have invested heavily in renewable energy, and their successful farm shop www.castletonfarmshop.co.uk that’s run by Ross’s Wife Anna.
All this and much, much more. It was fantastic to talk to someone as innovative and forward thinking as Ross, and learn more about the Scottish soft fruit industry.
Check it out folks..
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Lesley and Rob go down to Alltech to interview the people behind agriculture’s future ideas. Today we talk with Rebecca Noble and hear how she is helping plants defend themselves against disease.
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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Chad Asmus, BASF Technical Marketing Manager, and Jeff Spencer, BASF Digital Farming Group Development Lead, give us the scoop on Engenia herbicide stewardship.