U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) has partnered with AgWired for a SMART Farmer podcast. It features interviews with USFRA farmer leaders who use data and technology to be more sustainable and to help build a smarter version of the American farm and ranch.
SMART Farmer Podcast – Episode 1
In the first episode, USFRA CEO Randy Krotz talks about how people can relate to the SMART Farm concept – just like a smart phone or a smart home. Then we visit with Katie Brenny from the recent Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show to find out how she and her husband use the latest technology to produce beef more sustainably on their operation in Minnesota. Click here to listen.
SMART Farmer Podcast – Episode 2
Our second episode features Maryland grain farmer Chip Bowling, vice chairman of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance who was recently in Panama with the U.S. Grains Council. He talks about his family farm, which is located almost in the shadow of the DC beltway, and how he uses the latest innovation and technology to be more sustainable so his operation will stay in his family. Click here to listen.
SMART Farmer Podcast – Episode 3
Our third episode features Illinois farmer and USFRA board member Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare who was recently at Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas. Roberta says she and her husband are first generation farmers, with their daughter and son-in-law recently joining the operation, so farming smart is important to them. Click here to listen.
SMART Farmer Podcast – Episode 4
The fourth episode of the SMART Farmer podcast comes from National Ag Day in Washington D.C. where USFRA Faces of Farming and Ranching representative Lauren Schwab talked about SMART Farming. Lauren, who is known as FarmGirlWCurls on Twitter and Facebook, loves sharing her love of piglets on social media and educating non-farmers about the business. She talks about how technology helps keep her piglets safe and warm, and how her cell phone is one of the most important tools on the farm. Click here to listen.
SMART Farmer Podcast – Episode 5
In the fifth episode, we talk to Galen Lee, a 4th generation farmer in southwest Idaho who produces sugarbeets, asparagus, and peppermint, as well as dairy and beef. In this edition of the SMART Farmer podcast, he talks about how sugarbeets are raised and made into sugar and how biotech varieties have made them more sustainable. Click here to listen.
SMART Farmer Podcast – Episode 6
The sixth episode of the SMART Farmer podcast talks to Wisconsin soybean farmer Nancy Kavazanjian. Nancy and her husband, Charlie Hammer, farm on land that has been in his family for 150 years. She grew up on Long Island, made a career as an agricultural journalist, has served as chairperson of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance and currently serves on the board representing the United Soybean Board. In episode 6, Nancy talks about GPS and biotechnology. Click here to listen.
SMART Farmer Podcast – Episode 7
The seventh episode of the SMART Farmer podcast is a little different. Instead of a single person, we’re looking at a whole company, John Deere. Despite what many might think, John Deere was not a farmer, but a man who invented a machine that helped pioneers break through rich Midwest soil. Ag Wired spoke to Bev Flores is Media Relations Manager for John Deere at the 2017 National Ag Day event in Washington DC. Click here to listen.