This is U.S. Sustainability
Ep5: Soil Health, featuring a soil scientist, a cotton farmer and an organic farmer

Ep5: Soil Health, featuring a soil scientist, a cotton farmer and an organic farmer

December 22, 2021

What is soil heath? Why is it important? And how can it be improved? Tune in to the latest episode of This is U.S. Sustainability to find out.

We speak to Professor Michelle Wander, a soil scientist at the University of Illinois whose entire career has been dedicated to understanding soil stewardship, and we hear from two award-winning farmers:

Cotton farmer Barry Evans, Field to Market’s Farmer of the Year

A fourth-generation cotton grower in the Texas panhandle, the heart of America’s historic Dust Bowl, Barry has experienced the dangers of blowing topsoil first hand. He shares his resilient approach to dryland farming and how he rises to the dual challenges of water and wind erosion of his soil.

Organic farmer Amy Bruch, The Organic Trade Association’s Organic Farmer of the Year

A follower of the Albrecht Kinsey principles of soil fertility, Amy is credited with evolving her family operation in York County, Nebraska into one of the most cutting-edge organic farms in the country. She talks to us about intentional soil balancing and how, by feeding the soil, she’s feeding the plants and achieving optimal yields.  

E4: A deep dive into water conservation

E4: A deep dive into water conservation

November 23, 2021

In this episode, we take a deep dive into the issue of water conservation.

We travel from Weiner, Arkansas to the central valley of California to find out how some of America’s farmers are rising to the challenge of climate change and extreme weather by implementing water efficiency measures on their land.

We speak to an Arkansas rice farmer who describes his approach to irrigation as a giant mathematical equation and hear from a California almond grower who says that the biggest dilemma she faces is how to harness the rain when it comes.

Tune in now to hear more about the intricacies of multi-inlet rice irrigation, the benefits of whole orchard recycling, and how groundwater banking could be the future.

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E3: Technology and Innovation, from GMOs to precision agriculture

E3: Technology and Innovation, from GMOs to precision agriculture

October 26, 2021

Technology and innovation go under the microscope as we consider the differing approaches between the U.S. and Europe and how technology could play a major role in sustainable food production. We talk GMOs, the cost benefits of variable rate technologies and how farmers everywhere want access to the best tools but sometimes politics stand in the way.

Tune in now to hear from guests including:

·        Monte Petersen, a soybean farmer from North Dakota and a strong advocate for GMOs

·        Peter Hvidsten, a wheat farmer from Northwest Minnesota who uses several practices including variable rate application

·        Benno van der Laan, a public affairs expert who has more than 25 years’ experience in international market access issues associated with agricultural technologies

·        Marie-Cécile Damave, Head of Innovation and International Affairs at agricultural think tank Agridées

E2: Animal welfare, with U.S. expert views and a dairy farmer’s perspective

E2: Animal welfare, with U.S. expert views and a dairy farmer’s perspective

October 7, 2021

Just because the U.S. does things differently doesn’t mean that its animal care practices aren’t as robust as more regulated countries, as our experts explain. 

We also feature a real-life example of animal care in action, from a cattle barn that offers the ultimate in cow comfort – from waterbed mattresses to a milking robot.

Tune in for expert views and on-the-ground experiences from:

  • Tina Hinchley, a dairy farmer from Cambridge, Wisconsin
  • Cheyenne McEndaffer from the U.S. Meat Export Federation, and a former food safety animal welfare officer
  • Tiffany Lee, Director of Animal Care and Compliance at Clemens Food Group, a pork production company, and a trained veterinarian
E1: Family farms, featuring 4th generation cotton farmers and an Alaskan fisherman

E1: Family farms, featuring 4th generation cotton farmers and an Alaskan fisherman

September 22, 2021

In our first episode of the series, we focus on America’s family farms, which make up 98% of all farms in the United States.

We’ll be hearing from:

Jay Hardwick, a cotton farmer from Louisiana who’s in the process of handing over the reins to his sons – the fourth generation;

Native Alaskan Bill Thomas who has been a commercial fisherman for 52 years, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, his great uncles and his uncles before him.

We’ll be talking about the importance of leaving the land in better shape for the next generation and learning about responsible fisheries management in Alaska, where sustainability has been part of the State Constitution since 1959.

Trailer

Trailer

September 17, 2021

Welcome to This is U.S. Sustainability, a new podcast series from the U.S. Sustainability Alliance.

Over the course of the series, we’ll be debunking some of the most common myths and misperceptions about U.S. agriculture and production, by talking to the people who know best.

In each episode, we’ll be speaking to the farmers and fishermen responsible for growing and catching our food to get the inside track on some of the most talked-about issues of the day, from animal welfare to the role of science and innovation in feeding a growing world population.

We’ve got some fantastic guests lined up, such as Tina Hinchley, a dairy farmer from Cambridge, Wisconsin, whose barn offers the ultimate in cow comfort, and Monte Peterson, a fourth-generation soybean farmer from North Dakota who has increased sustainability on his farm by using GMOs.

But before all that, our first episode is dedicated to family farmers, who make up 98% of U.S. farms. These farmers care deeply about their land and passing it on to the next generation. There’s Jay Hardwick, a third-generation farmer, who’s in the process of handing over the reins to his sons – and native Alaskan Bill Thomas who has been a commercial fisherman for 52 years. You could say that fishing is in his blood, just as sustainability is embedded in Alaska’s State Constitution. 

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