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Is it best that our food is Local and Organic or Big and Conventional? Our view is “Both, and..” We don’t come to the table with a bias, except that good farming like good food comes in all shapes and sizes. Farm to Table Talk explores issues and the growing interest in the story of how and where the food on our tables is produced, processed and marketed. The host, Rodger Wasson is a food and agriculture veteran. Although he was the first of his family to leave the grain and livestock farm a ...
 
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The health of land and the health of bodies are connected. Or as Kate Kavanaugh explains it’s about mind, body and soil. Kate is a butcher, a farmer, a newly podcast host and more — all existing within the regenerative ag space. As a butcher, she founded Western Daughters Butcher shop in Denver featuring local grass fed beef, pork and chicken from …
 
Sheep may be today’s most popular animal for a new breed of sustainable farmers and ranchers with new consumers who are discovering a taste for lamb, raised right. To meet this opportunity lamb processor Superior Farms and sheep producers from six states have launched a state-of-the-art sheep facility, in Nephi, Utah. Superior Farms CEO, Rick Stott…
 
Seeds are the source of all food. Will seeds save us? The FAO reports that only nine crop species now account for the majority of the world’s food supply. There has been a 90% decrease in plant breeding diversity since the early 1900’s. Farmers are not able to save seeds for future planting that are protected by intellectual property laws and 4 cor…
 
Worthwhile endeavors that are to protect and regenerate the Earth, must be “Earthwhile”. Nestled in the heart of California’s San Benito County among sweeping oak-studded hillsides, Paicines Ranch is habitat for a diversity of wildlife including animals, birds, insects, trees, plants, grasses, springs, rivers, and more. Ranch owner,Sally Callhoun s…
 
Regenerative agriculture can significantly curb climate change, but only if it’s coupled with racial and land justice. UC Santa Barbara professor and writer Liz Carlisle’s book, Healing Grounds: Climate, Justice, and the Deep Roots of Regenerative Farming explores how we got here and how we heal the earth and the food system. Along the way she shar…
 
A food system revolution is under way that begins with farming better. From his Blue Dasher Farm in South Dakota and the non-profit Ecdysis Foundation, Jonathan Lundgren professes that “we can grow food and conserve biodiversity and environmental health” by making innovative practices scalable and transferable to as many farms as possible . Nothing…
 
Caroline and Jesse McDougall work everyday to build abundance, diversity, and resilience on their farm in rural southern Shaftbury Vermont. Studio Hill Farm transitioned from conventional chemical management to organic holistic management in 2012. To rehabilitate 250+ acres of degraded land, they raise sheep, pigs and poultry on pasture and use reg…
 
Almost 50 years ago the Agriculture Council of America started National Ag Day. Since then across America, agriculture has been recognized and celebrated on a day or all week in March of every year. It is based on the belief that everyone should:understand how food and fiber products are produced; appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing …
 
Country music legends and livestock on a farm in East Tennessee surprisingly have something in common. Aliceson and Barry Bales own a family farm in East Tennessee where they raise grass fed and finished beef, pastured pork and chicken and their CEO (Chief Egg Officer) son has a pastured egg operation. Aliceson has published a cook book and Barry i…
 
Local Butcher Shops are coming back as more consumers want to experience the craft, knowledge and quality assurance of old. The new version of an old tradition provides local, humanely treated, pasture raised beef, lamb, pork and poultry. Expert butchers not only know how to cut meat, they can answer questions on production practices, menu ideas an…
 
Distinguished Named Professor Jayson Lusk, Agricultural Economics. (Purdue University/ Mark Simons)Food insecurity is a reality for 16% of the public and 32% are waiting for their next pay check before they can buy food. Trends like this matter and are now being discovered by the Center for Food Demand Analysis and Sustainability at Purdue Universi…
 
The most hated chore on most farms is paperwork. From her family farm in Nebraska Peggy Meyer thought there had to be a better way, so she created an app to help farmers manage their paperwork more efficiently. She felt the pains of time management and record keeping and wanted to build something to help! Somehow between raising 6 kids and farming,…
 
When we think of pasture sounds, it's moo, baaa, or whinnies. So why not quacks, clucks and honks.? Well poultry in the pasture is the gateway to farming since the aspiring farmers can start with just a few acres, as did Jeff Siewicki in South Carolina. He had to figure out how to start with low investment and no experience but with passion to spar…
 
Some are concerned about whether or not the foods they buy contain GMO, genetically modified organisms, or what USDA refers to as Bioengineered. As a result of a 2016 Bill passed by Congress and signed into Law by President Obama, USDA regulations have just gone in to effect that specifies that foods that are bioengineered or contain bioengineered …
 
Technology in smart phones and watches help people identify current and emerging issues that Doctors can address. Do animals deserve any less? Rapidly improving technology helps ranchers, farmers and their veterinarians know everything they need to about an animal's current condition and anticipate problems that are likely to occur. Beyond monitori…
 
Regenerative? Organic? Real Organic? Non GMO? Sustainable? Biodynamic? Consumers understandably get confused by the terms when they just want to buy the best food for themselves and their families. "Best" can mean everything from climate to nutrition but always includes taste. On his "Save Our Soil" (SOS) farm in Australia, Mark Rathbone is a firm …
 
U.S. President Joe Biden holds a video conference with farmers, ranchers and meat processors to discuss meat and poultry supply chain issues, from an auditorium on the White House campus in Washington, U.S. January 3, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstPresident Biden has launched a well-funded action plan for a"Fairer, More Competitive and More Resilient…
 
There have been major, well-documented problems with child labor overseas in production of various food imports. These foods make their way into the US market--another reason consumers want to know who produced their food. Anne Ross with Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services emphasizes that it isn't fair for ethical farmers to have to compete with tho…
 
Bacon crisis? Or not? Since Californians voted to require more space for pigs, chickens and veal calves, consumers have started to worry about what it will mean for the price and availability of bacon. The effects will not only be felt in California but nationwide for pig farmers, meat packers, food distributors, restaurants, supermarkets and consu…
 
“To make a living is not to make a killing. It’s to have enough.” says Wendell Berry in many ways, in scores of books over the years. As we consider the future of the world we need to reflect on the counsel of Wendell Berry who reminds us that the world will take care of us if we take care of it; knowing and loving it. If there was a poet laureate …
 
With climate change what is the future of agriculture? The author of The Dreamt Land, Mark Arax draws from his chronicles of California over the past three decades to consider where we've been and where we're headed to address the future of agriculture in a time of climate change. No writer has devoted more pages to the story of California agricult…
 
Because ‘we are what we eat,’ the Native American food sovereignty movement is working to revitalize and perpetuate traditional food systems in order to promote good physical, cultural and spiritual health for Indigenous peoples. This is being done through the promotion of seed sovereignty and the reclamation and rematriation of Native heirloom see…
 
Small holder farmer provide over 80 to 90 % of food production in Africa. However much more food is needed and farmers need to earn more money to lift them and their families beyond subsistence, just getting by. Larta Institute has introduced Farm to Table Talk to OCP a Moroccan based global plant nutrition company serving farmers on five continent…
 
Successful agriculture requires a continuous supply of new ideas and technology for farmers of all types to meet the demands of global and local markets, profitably. Over 100,000 from the farm to table global supply chain are once again making their way to the Central Valley of California to experience the World's largest outdoor farm show, the Wor…
 
"Green Washing" is a better recognized term than "Humane Washing" but it's the same idea of claiming to be as good as your customers want to hear. Exaggerations or plain mistruths take liberty with the true facts of the matter. Farm Forward is one organization that is watching and calling out retailers and others in the food chains that they believ…
 
Food is changing. How will we eat? That’s the question posed in the Farm To Table Talk Clubhouse room to Troy Hooper a multi- business entrepreneur in the hospitality space with a consulting practice to build and scale emerging brands. Troy and Rodger Wasson are joined live in the Clubhouse room by a large group of members. Joining the conversation…
 
Nothing less than the future of the world is the focus of the gathering in Glasgow Scotland, known as COP 26. The California Secretary of Agriculture, Karen Ross was there to share the progress and goals of agriculture in California and from there talks with Farm To Table Talk host, Rodger Wasson.Farm To Table Talk tarafından oluşturuldu
 
Beth Hoffman was living the good life: she had a successful career as a journalist and professor, a comfortable home in San Francisco, and plenty of close friends and family. Yet in her late 40s, she and her husband decided to leave the big city and move to his family ranch in Iowa—all for the dream of becoming a farmer, to put into practice everyt…
 
The Chefs’ Manifesto is a chef-led project that brings together 1000+ chefs from around the world to help deliver a sustainable food system. As chefs bridge the gap between farm and fork, the Chefs’ Manifesto empowers chefs with a framework tied to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This framework consists of simple, practical action…
 
COVID disruptions again showed that instead of dependence on a few global meat conglomerates, States and Provinces need more small-scale slaughter and cut-and-wrap facilities -- creating skilled jobs throughout rural communities. The Biden Administration's commitment to increase fairness in livestock and poultry markets, and USDA’s new short-term f…
 
In our ideal world the best farming finds its way to the best restaurants. One of those journeys leads to Allora in Sacramento where the best things in life belong together, food and wine. Allora is the dream of a sommelier and a chef; husband and wife. Two partners who love Sacramento and are infatuated with Italy. Featuring over 250 wines, fresh …
 
"Experience is everything," says Gigi Berardi, Ph.D., author of Food Wise: A Whole Systems Guide to Sustainable and Delicious Food Choices, “We all eat, but we make different choices about what to eat and how.” Improving how we make these choices can mean the difference between continued frustration with what we put in our bodies and a more healthf…
 
Rewilding can regenerate our relationship with nature/soil, sequester carbon, increase biodiversity, nourish foods and heal our communities. Rewilding is happening in Nelson County, Virginia with 100% grass-fed and finished cattle, heritage & holistically foraged pigs, and 100% grass-fed sheep on the Timshel Wildland --a 400-acre regenerative, proc…
 
World leaders have committed to tackling global hunger, climate change and biodiversity loss at an historic UN Food Systems Summit. More than 150 countries made commitments to transform their food systems, while championing greater participation and equity, especially amongst farmers, women, youth and indigenous groups. What is this global food sys…
 
Everything is changing down on the farm, except for the laws. How do farmers and ranchers keep up while they diversify in to direct to consumer sales, wedding sites, field dinners, local meat processing, pesticide drift, agri-tourism, cottage food, food safety liability, NIMBY neighbors, run off, carbon credits, etc? The trusty local lawyer may not…
 
Call it what you will, the climate is weird and getting more dangerous. Still reactive blanket prescriptions for changing the world's diets must take in to account that over 800,000 people are subsisting on incomes of $2 per day. In these areas the most serious threat is physical and cognitive stunting of up to 30% of the children due to poor diets…
 
The world can draw down all of our Carbon emissions if agriculture fully embraced regenerative agriculture. Soils must be regularly monitored by probing carbon levels because the more that is in the soil the less is in the atmosphere. These themes are promoted by the Chico Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems to reduce greenhou…
 
Global regenerative abundance is the goal and holistic management is the way to get there. It's an abstract perspective at first, but when coached to this vision by the Savory Institute's Global Network Coordinator, Abbey Smith we get the picture. The Savory Institute sets out to regenerate the world's grasslands and in that journey regenerates far…
 
To cook, farm or eat in a different way requires taking that first step. On Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Ben Glassen has taken first steps in regeneratively raising animals and providing them to consumers who are taking their own first steps, reaping the benefits of regenerative livestock production. Ben's approach includes leasing (or bor…
 
COVID-19 forced thousands of farmers, fishermen, butchers, and food suppliers to make incredible changes that they had never imagined. Fortunately, in the emerging food chain, suppliers of all sizes can compete in the digital world at the intersection of technology and food. Joseph Lee, Co-Founder and CPO of Freshline shares the story of how new ve…
 
What does Social Science have to do with our food system? Professor Silvia Secchi a Social Scientist at the Public Policy Center at the University of Iowa believes it has a key role to play as is clear by her favorite quote from T. W Shultz, "It is especially the social sciences -economics, sociology and political science -which, if prosecuted with…
 
If food insecure populations can't make it to food markets, bring it to them. With this idea and a grant from the California Department of Agriculture for a Farmers Market Food Truck, this is a dream come true in West Sacramento. Sara Bernal is the program manager for the West Sacramento Urban Farm Program and now with a vehicle the size of a tradi…
 
Food waste presents its own serious crisis. As awareness has risen about the impact of climate change on our environment, we are learning the significant role that food waste plays. In America, 40% of the food supply, from farm to table, is wasted. This excess food ends up in landfills where it creates methane gas, a major contributor to the warmin…
 
Before he became the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson envisioned a country of 'citizen farmers' who would be engaged in government. Jefferson would have been pleased with citizens like Iowa farmer Francis Thicke and Vermont farmer Dave Chapman who climb off their tractors to Zoom with the Secretary of Agriculture about needed …
 
If more of us pledged our head to clearer thinking, our heart to greater loyalty, our hands to larger service and our health to better living it would be better for us, our clubs, our community, our country and our world. That's been the 4-H pledge for generations, although our "world" is a welcome additional beneficiary. 4-H is not just for farm k…
 
Louis Bromfield planted seeds of the food revolution and reminds us to "Never forget that agriculture is the oldest of the honorable professions and that always the good farmer is the fundamental citizen of any community, state or nation." We are reintroduced to the wisdom and vision of Louis Bromfield in the recently published book, "The Planter o…
 
On-farm agriculture operations have been excluded from federal labor law since 1935. California filled this gap by creating its own law in 1975, the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act (“ALRA”) that gave union organizers the right to physically access the farm property in order to solicit support for unionization. Growers challenged this re…
 
Will eating less meat save the planet? Some say so but science says no. of course if you're looking for a reason to eat less meat and tell others to do the same, climate change seems to add to your case. However, if you're looking to make real impact on the climate, transportation and construction are still much more important than agriculture. Dr.…
 
Except for the air we breathe, nothing is more important to life on earth than water. Humans can live up to 60 days without food but only a few days without water. So water is life and the worsening climate is severely impacting life as we know it. In California alone it is estimated that nearly a million acres of previously productive farmland wil…
 
Not all farmers are old.. Millennials are coming back to family farms and ranches in impressive numbers. After college and trying other adventures many are deciding that their passion and what seems best for their families is to be back in rural areas where they bring enthusiasm and a renewed commitment to grow livestock and crops in a way that is …
 
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