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This podcast is brought to you by New York Agriculture in the Classroom and the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation, with guest hosts from Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom, Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom, and Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, as we explore how agriculture meets some of our most basic needs of food, fiber, and fuel. We’ll hear from educators who are creatively teaching and inspiring their students in food and agriculture. And we’ll hear from industry experts showing the technology and science of modern agriculture and food production.

This podcast is brought to you by New York Agriculture in the Classroom and the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation, with guest hosts from Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom, Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom, and Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, as we explore how agriculture meets some of our most basic needs of food, fiber, and fuel. We’ll hear from educators who are creatively teaching and inspiring their students in food and agriculture. And we’ll hear from industry experts showing the technology and science of modern agriculture and food production.

Location:

United States

Description:

This podcast is brought to you by New York Agriculture in the Classroom and the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation, with guest hosts from Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom, Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom, and Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, as we explore how agriculture meets some of our most basic needs of food, fiber, and fuel. We’ll hear from educators who are creatively teaching and inspiring their students in food and agriculture. And we’ll hear from industry experts showing the technology and science of modern agriculture and food production.

Language:

English


Episodes

Aquaculture in Florida

4/12/2021
How familiar are you with aquaculture? Florida has a large aquaculture industry, especially with ornamental fish. In this episode, you’ll hear from Eric Cassiano, Assistant Extension Scientist with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Eric discusses Florida’s aquaculture industry, including interesting facts and some historical context. You’ll also hear from Broderic and Caroline Ogzewalla, who both teach agriculture at Haines City High School. They...

Duration:00:44:59

Pork in Iowa

4/5/2021
Pork production is an important part of Iowa agriculture. Iowa is the number one pork producing state, in part because of high levels of corn and soybean production, which is what pigs eat! In this episode, you’ll hear from Jarrod and Shari Bakker, who have a farrow-to-finish pig operation alongside of a show pig operation. You’ll also hear from Tara Norman, an elementary school teacher that uses agriculture regularly in her classroom, and also leads an Ag Club for her students after school....

Duration:00:44:30

Cotton in Oklahoma

3/29/2021
What do you know about cotton? Join guest host Melody Aufill of Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom this week to learn more about cotton production and education! In this episode, you’ll hear from Brandon Varner, manager of CHS Cotton Gin in Frederick, Oklahoma. You’ll also hear from Lisa Sizelove, a third-grade teacher in Frederick who incorporates cotton into regular classroom instruction. Through these interviews, we hope you’ll learn about the cotton production, the ginning process,...

Duration:00:43:54

Eggs in Iowa

3/22/2021
From omelets to cakes, eggs are an important kitchen staple. In this week’s episode, you will learn about egg production in Iowa from the perspective of an Iowa egg farmer and a high school family and consumer science teacher. In this episode, you’ll hear from Denise Harmsen, an egg farmer and active member of the egg production community, about chickens, eggs, and how they go from farm to grocery store. You’ll also hear from Megan Thorson, a high school family and consumer science teacher...

Duration:00:44:59

Nursery Production in Oregon

3/15/2021
Do you like getting new plants from box stores or local nurseries? You have maybe purchased something from Oregon! In this week’s episode, you will learn about nursery production in Oregon from the perspective of a nursery Plant Health Manager and an elementary school teacher. In this episode, you’ll hear from Martha Sleeper, Plant Health Manager with Everde Growers, who works with her teams to provide safe and healthy plants to consumers across the country. You’ll also hear from Marc...

Duration:00:45:00

Flowers in New York

3/8/2021
New York Agriculture in the Classroom is thinking spring in this episode all about flowers. The cut flower business is interesting because it can be hyper-local, or incredibly global – and everywhere in between. First we will meet Jess Beretz, owner of Farmhouse Floral Design, as we talk about the twists and turns in her path that helped her find her calling in agriculture. Michaela Kehrer is the agriculture teacher at Berne Knox Westerlo. Michaela grows incredible dahlias, and these flowers...

Duration:00:43:54

Beef and Soybeans in Iowa

3/1/2021
Join us this week, where we learn about beef and soybean production in Iowa, and how the two industries work together! In this episode, you’ll hear from Kent Musfeldt, an Iowa beef farmer and cattle nutritionist who helps cattle farmers balance their animals’ diets properly – oftentimes using soybean products! You’ll also hear from Rhonda Osborn, an elementary teacher in the Des Moines metro area who incorporates agricultural concepts like beef, soybeans, corn, and turkey into her classroom....

Duration:00:44:42

Horticulture in Florida

2/22/2021
Join guest host Becky Sponholtz of Florida Agriculture in the Classroom to learn more about horticulture! In this episode, you’ll hear from Austin Spivey of Cherry Lake Tree Farm, who works with a team to provide Florida with trees and bushes best suited to ornamental use in the southeastern United States. You’ll also hear from John Martinez, a teacher from Orlando, who has worked with a team of teachers to provide their students with hands-on learning through Eco Club. Through these...

Duration:00:44:56

Honeybees in Oregon

2/15/2021
Join guest host Jessica Jansen of Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom to learn more about our favorite pollinators: bees! In this episode, you’ll hear from Carolyn Breece of Oregon State University Extension, who works with commercial and backyard beekeepers to keep their hives healthy. You’ll also hear from Dawn Alexander, a 5th grade teacher who incorporates lots of agriculture into her curriculum, including one especially enjoyable honeybee unit. Through these interviews, we hope you’ll...

Duration:00:44:59

Wheat in Oklahoma

2/8/2021
Join guest host Audrey Harmon of Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom to learn more about wheat production and education in the Sooner State! In this episode, you’ll hear from Marty Williams, a 5th generation farmer who produces wheat on his Oklahoma farm. You’ll also hear from Tammy Will, a middle and high school science teacher, who incorporates wheat into her science curriculum. Through these interviews, we hope you’ll learn about the science of wheat production and how well the...

Duration:00:39:17

Corn in Iowa

2/1/2021
Iowa is the nation’s leading corn producing state. The grain raised is used in livestock feed, human food ingredients, ethanol, and distilled spirits! In this episode, you’ll hear from Amanda and Ryan Bare, owners of Century Farm Distillery. They take pride in sourcing the corn for their spirits from family farms and passing those stories along to the consumer. You’ll also hear from Lanae Bristow and Will Foley, elementary school teachers from southwest Iowa, who work with a local ethanol...

Duration:00:44:59

Urban Agriculture in New York

4/23/2020
When thinking of urban centers in New York, the first that likely comes to mind is the Big Apple – New York City. However, Upstate New York hosts 4 large population centers including Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Albany. Farming on rooftops and in small lots is not something unique to our five major cities in New York, and we are excited to share with you a thriving urban farm on 5.8 acres in Syracuse – changing your idea of what farming can look like. Charter schools are not unique in...

Duration:00:44:59

Berries, Vegetables, and School Gardens in New York

4/15/2020
This episode brings you the perspective of what it’s like growing specialty crops in New York State. We don’t have the longest growing season in the country, but are still able to support bountiful crops of delicious berries, sweet corn, peppers, zucchini, squash, tomatoes, and so much more. We also know that school gardens are one of the most popular ways to engage our students in food and agriculture, as they have the opportunity to touch and experience every single step in the food system...

Duration:00:44:59

Turkey in Iowa

4/6/2020
Iowa is a top-10 turkey producing state, primarily raising toms (male turkeys) for meat. Iowa is a good place to raise turkeys because of the easy access to grain for feed, and farmland to spread the manure that turkeys leave behind. In this episode, you’ll hear from Katie Hermanson, a turkey farmer and Agriculture in the Classroom coordinator that wears many hats in her community. Katie will talk about her family’s farm and what turkey production looks like. You’ll also hear from John...

Duration:00:44:59

Dairy in New York

4/6/2020
Dairy is the largest sector of New York’s agriculture industry. Not only do we produce a lot of milk, but we also process a large amount of our favorite dairy products – including cream cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, and cheese. You will meet Paul Molesky, the Operations Manager for Allenwaite Dairy in Schaghticoke, NY. While also running his home beef cattle operation, Paul can be found in the milking parlor or barns of Allenwaite, interacting with his diverse workforce. With his ability...

Duration:00:44:59

Soybeans in Iowa

3/5/2020
Along with corn, soybeans are a main cash crop in Iowa. Though most people only think of corn when they think of Iowa, many farmers depend on soybeans as a protein source for their livestock, and as a second crop to rotate with corn to benefit their soil health. This episode, you will meet Jordan Spear of Corteva AgriScience, who has worked as a soybean researcher since his college internship. He will share how soybean researching and genetics has changed over time, and how that innovation...

Duration:00:44:59

Entrepreneurship in Agriculture

3/5/2020
The food industry is ripe with potential for a motivated entrepreneur. Consumers are searching for new flavors, products, and food processing techniques from the local ingredients they know and love. Food and agriculture are moving fast today, and it is important that our spirited business owners and students with the next big idea feel supported in their communities and with their ideas. This episode features James Munn, owner of Black River Valley Natural, a new dairy creamery located in...

Duration:00:44:59

Beef in Iowa

3/4/2020
Iowa is good at raising lots of types of crops and livestock, and beef cattle is no exception. Since Iowa is home to lots of corn and soybean production, a grain feed source is handy for livestock producers. But Iowa also has lots of pastureland, which may not be quite suited for row crop production. Many of Iowa’s cattle farms are situated on these pastures, where cows and calves graze the thick Iowa prairie grasses. In this episode, you’ll meet Corinne Rowe of Rowe’s Red Cows...

Duration:00:44:59

Pigs And Sustainability in Iowa

1/9/2020
The pork industry is big in Iowa. In fact, Iowa raises more pork than any other state. These animals grow and reproduce efficiently, eat the crops grown in Iowa, and naturally produce a high-quality fertilizer. Because of this, sustainability can be a big part of the conversation when talking about raising pigs and pork. Listen along as we hear from pig and grain farmer Mike Paustian, and middle school social studies teacher Beth Laughbaum to hear how sustainability plays a role in what they...

Duration:00:44:59

Maple Syrup in New York

1/9/2020
Maple Syrup is an abundant and sustainable crop, and the New York’s maple industry is vibrant and growing. While maple syrup is a product rooted in tradition, it is also an incubator for innovation. Today’s producers are finding new ways to market their product not only within their communities and state, but also in international markets. While pure maple syrup will always be popular, value-added products are continually being developed to engage new maple consumers. Today you can find...

Duration:00:44:59