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Our mission is to provide farms and operators an independent and unbiased outlet for information related to increasing the profitability of their farming operation. We will be providing farms and operators of all sizes and experience levels access to the latest trends, projections, and the tools necessary to increase farming profitability. We will take each episode to deliver latest news, what's working for active farms, and a topic of focus each episode. Remember, if you aren't farming for profit you won't be farming for long.

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F4F - Ross Chastain Watermelon Farmer/Racecar Driver

Ross Chastain Where are they from, what do they farm, how did they get into farming How’s the family - do they farm with family? Grew up in Alva, Florida  Older brother of NASCAR driver Chad Chastain  How did he get into NASCAR? Busch Race Car Driver Driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Trackhouse Racing  Part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the no. 92 Chevrolet Camaro for DGM ARacing Part-time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, driving the No. 45 Chevrolet Silverado for Niece Motorsports Melon Man - branding  Racing in Nashville in The Battle of Broadway 150 on Thursday, June 27 Known for his “Hail Meon” wall ride at Martinsville  Racing History Started racing at 12 Competed in both late models and fastruck series events Interest from his father’s hobby racing  Moved to Charlotte in mid-2011 He then took over the No. 66 Turn One Racing entry in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series First raced he finished 10th  Connections in watermelon farming industry got him 4 more races 2019: broke the all-time NASCAR record for most consecutive races run across all three national series to start a season Farm Rescue Supporter 8th generation watermelon farmer Helped on farm until he was 13 Has been vocal about one day returning to the farm  Roughly 2,500 watermelons to the acre Ten-year crop rotation 7187 is their bread and butter the past 10-12 years   What is the best thing he has ever eaten and where did he get it from? Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

June 20 • 43m 16.4s

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F4F - Ross Chastain Watermelon Farmer/Racecar Driver

Ross Chastain Where are they from, what do they farm, how did they get into farming How’s the family - do they farm with family? Grew up in Alva, Florida  Older brother of NASCAR driver Chad Chastain  How did he get into NASCAR? Busch Race Car Driver Driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Trackhouse Racing  Part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the no. 92 Chevrolet Camaro for DGM ARacing Part-time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, driving the No. 45 Chevrolet Silverado for Niece Motorsports Melon Man - branding  Racing in Nashville in The Battle of Broadway 150 on Thursday, June 27 Known for his “Hail Meon” wall ride at Martinsville  Racing History Started racing at 12 Competed in both late models and fastruck series events Interest from his father’s hobby racing  Moved to Charlotte in mid-2011 He then took over the No. 66 Turn One Racing entry in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series First raced he finished 10th  Connections in watermelon farming industry got him 4 more races 2019: broke the all-time NASCAR record for most consecutive races run across all three national series to start a season Farm Rescue Supporter 8th generation watermelon farmer Helped on farm until he was 13 Has been vocal about one day returning to the farm  Roughly 2,500 watermelons to the acre Ten-year crop rotation 7187 is their bread and butter the past 10-12 years   What is the best thing he has ever eaten and where did he get it from? Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

June 20 • 43m 16.4s
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Unlocking Crop Potential through Advanced Nutrition

Episode Title: Maximizing Crop Yields with Advanced Nutrition Solutions Guest: Gunther Kreps Overview of the episode's topic: Plant Nutrition and its impact on crop productivity. Understanding Plant Nutrition Importance of plant nutrition in modern farming. When did we really start to get a good understanding of the importance of plant health? Introduction to AgXplore and their role in the agricultural industry. The 5 Phases of Crop Development Explanation of the five phases: Foundation Establishment Architecture Reproductive Maturity Partnering with Crop Nutrition Experts Advantages of collaborating with experts  Access to specialized knowledge and advice. Enhanced productivity and yield optimization. Customized nutrient management plans for improved soil health and sustainability. Addressing Common Farming Challenges Strategies for mitigating stressful environmental concerns. Solutions for slow plant growth, small leaf index or leaf rolling. Techniques to improve grain fill, pod retention, and root development. Small Adjustments for Huge Returns Examples of minor changes in plant nutrition leading to significant impacts. Success stories and case studies from AgXplore’s experience. Closing Summary: Call to Action: Encourage listeners to subscribe, leave reviews, and share the podcast. Additional Notes: Asked to Include ArchiTech OnWard Max Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

June 17 • 1h 23m 42s
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F4F - Carson Kahler the 6th Gen Farmer

Episode Sponsor: https://www.estesperformanceconcaves.com/product/xpr-3-concaves/ In this episode of the Farm4Profit podcast, we welcome Carson, famously known as the 6th Gen Farmer. Carson, along with his brother Chris and father Ryan, carries on a rich family farming legacy in South Western Minnesota. Known for his engaging and humorous approach to promoting agriculture, Carson has amassed a significant following on social media with over 1,000 Facebook followers, 5,000 Instagram followers, and 23,100 YouTube subscribers. Carson shares insights into their farming operations, which include the use of advanced John Deere equipment, like their new combine added in 2023. The farm primarily produces organic sweet corn and peas, and Carson delves into their practices in precision agriculture. He also talks about Agra-GPS, a system he sells that integrates with Deere equipment, explaining how it works and the equipment he's mounted it to. Listeners will learn about Carson's background, including his time working for C&B Operations as a John Deere dealer and his experience rebuilding a JD 6000 Highboy sprayer. With over 255 videos on YouTube, Carson provides a wealth of content showcasing the daily life and innovations on their farm. We also explore Carson's motivations for sharing his farming journey on social media, the cool experiences and people he's met along the way, and his advice for others looking to make their mark in agriculture. Plus, don't miss Carson's take on the best food he's ever had and where he got it. Tune in for an entertaining and educational conversation with Carson, the 6th Gen Farmer, as he shares his story and passion for agriculture. Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

June 13 • 1h 2m 39.8s
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The Future of Cattle Profits: Legacy Beef Co-op Explained

Today, we have a special guest, Chad Tentinger, a fourth-generation cattle farmer from Marcus, Iowa. Combining his passion for cattle and construction, Chad founded TenCorp, Inc. in 2007 and remains deeply involved in the cattle industry. He has partnered with local producers to build two state-of-the-art turn-key cattle operations. Chad is here to introduce Legacy Beef Co-op, a revolutionary cattle producer co-op that bases cattle pricing on the Boxed Beef Cutout, reflecting true consumer demand. We'll explore how this co-op aims to provide higher revenue potential, economies of scale, and favorable processing obligations, ensuring cattle producers are not forced to sell in markets influenced by external forces. We'll discuss Legacy Beef Co-op's new packing plant investment opportunity for Midwest family farm beef producers, offering them a share of retail beef profits and participation in the Cattlemen’s Heritage Beef Company. Chad will share insights on the project's timing, structure, and how it benefits producers, including ideal membership and the future of meat production. Join us for an enlightening episode as we delve into the innovative world of Legacy Beef Co-op with Chad Tentinger. Stay tuned! Introducing Legacy Beef Co-op. A cattle producer co-op that will base the selling of cattle on the Boxed Beef Cutout. A pricing system reflective of consumer demand. In addition to ownership in Cattlemen’s Heritage Beef Company, the co-op will provide these benefits: Cattle Producers should not be forced to sell their cattle in a market influenced by outside forces, that is not reflective of true consumer driven demand and values. How is Legacy Beef Coop going to help with this? Higher revenue potential Economy of Scale Processing Obligations Legacy Beef Co-op today announced a new packing plant investment opportunity that would give family farm beef producers in throughout the Midwest in, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and South Dakota access to a larger portion of the retail beef dollar.  How does this work with ownership? Through ownership in Legacy Beef Co-op, beef producers would become investors in the Cattlemen’s Heritage Beef Company facility in Mills County, Iowa, and participate in its profitability. They would also become suppliers to the facility and enjoy economies of scale typically available only to large corporate feedlots, including pricing based on retail beef value (Boxed Beef Cutout) rather than the CME model, as well as more favorable delivery alternatives.https://legacybeefcoop.com/ Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

June 10 • 1h 9m 28.9s
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F4F - Oh Sheep Sh*t

Kayla and Shannon  2 hairstylist and makeup artists with no farm background - Was in industry was 10 years Wives and mothers Husbands said no to getting sheep with them - Started a sheep farm knowing nothing Farm Start being sheep farmers in September 2022 31 ewe’s and 1 ram Why sheep? Wanted something that their kids could help with Sheep are at Shannon’s farm Winter they are their full time Summer - will graze on a pasture near Kayla’s, pasture near shaylas, and on Shannon’s farm      Their first border collie started learning at 12 weeks old First Dexter calf born this past month Kayla also has chickens  Started having baby sheep this spring  Top TikToks: “Hot Carl” (one of the Rams) busted open his head - they had video going through process of super gluing back together “We’re Sheep farmers of course…” Shannon participated in Canada’s Ultimate Challenge A Canadian reality TV series; a cross-national “obstacle course” Teams compete in various physical challenges (white water rafting or rock climbing) How has social media changed her life? Why do it? How would she start it over differently? Which is their favorite platform? How are you getting your message across through social media? If you were an animal, what do you think you would be? If you could make anything bigger on your body what would it be? Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

June 6 • 1h 5m 34.8s
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Unlocking Farm Efficiency: Pivots and Combines

Episode Sponsor https://www.estesperformanceconcaves.com/xpr-concaves/ XPR3 Link https://www.estesperformanceconcaves.com/product/xpr-3-concaves/   What role does the concave serve in the harvesting process? Do you need a different concave for different crops? Does each combine manufacturer have a different size or style of concave? Do concaves wear out? Is the concave an important investment? How does this effect a listener’s ROI? Stop Rotor Loss Less Damage Boost Profitability How did Estes begin? . Why do some big names in the high yield game run XPR concaves? David Hula, Randy Dowdy, Dan Luepkes, Kevin Matthews, Kelly Garrett, Perry Galloway, Lee Lubbers, Hefty Brothers, Matt Miles, Eric Reed What are some things for producers to consider when thinking about their combine set ups? When making a choice about after market products with combines what is important to consider? Running Side by Side comparisons (Deere and others) 780’s with XPR2 & X9’s with XPR3 What’s the concave market like? Competitive (XPR2 has been good – XPR3 is even better) How do you set yourself apart? What makes Estes Special John Deere Salesman tweet – everyone has better concaves than stock Do you have any combine off season tips for preparation? When we go to the field should we be setting our combines differently for each crop? Would you mind helping us put together some setting tips to share with our listeners for wheat, soybeans, and corn? Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

June 3 • 1h 13m 15.7s
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F4F - Mike and Bo Schlechter - Everglades

@EvergladesTV  50.7k YouTube Subs    John Deere Dealership Founded in 1963, Everglades Equipment Group is a family owned and operated full-service John Deere dealership with 18 locations covering central and south Florida.  Everglades Equipment Group serves a wide range of customers  the largest agricultural producers of sugar citrus  vegetables individual farmers golf courses nurseries & commercial landscape management companies construction businesses We have become one of the largest John Deere dealers in the world by focusing on customer experience  Everglades was initially founded as a farming operation around southeastern Lake Okeechobee (which continues to this day The company traces its beginnings in Florida to the early 1900s when Emanuel and Mary Schlechter, with their seven children, left the Upper Midwest after reading about the vast agricultural opportunities in Florida. (from North Dakota) Started a tractor repair shop Mike What Generation? – 3rd Has he always worked for the dealership What does the farming operation look like? How does he find good help? What was the motivation to start a YouTube Channel Has this been a struggle with “Mother Deere” What are some hobbies? Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

May 30 • 1h 3m 37.8s
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Financial Independence in Farming w/ Mary Jo Irmen

Building Financial Independence in Farming: A Conversation with Mary Jo Irmen Introduction: Today, we're excited to have Mary Jo Irmen, founder of WithoutTheBank.com, joining us to discuss how she helps farmers achieve financial independence. Mary Jo, could you start by giving us a brief overview of your background and how you got involved in helping farmers with their finances? It was never my intent to teach the world about the Infinite Baking Concept much less write two books. However, sometimes in life things find you and in the 2008 the stock market crash lead me to the Infinite Banking Concept. That was all I needed, FiscalBridge, LLC was born then and there. I quickly found people were not comfortable with handling their own finances because the industry leads us to believe we are not smart enough.  This was a truth no one told me about, it is my mission to share it with all and make sure it’s done so in a way you understand and succeed.   Understanding the Concept of Financial Independence Mary Jo, many farmers may not be familiar with the idea of financial independence. Can you explain what it means in the context of farming? How does achieving financial independence differ from simply turning a profit in farming? What if I am skeptical? What is Human Life Value? How much insurance can I have? What if you are not insurable? How old is this concept? Can I use policies I already have? Where do I find my money to start? The Role of Banking and Finance in Farming How does your approach differ from conventional banking? What are some common financial challenges that farmers face, and how do you help them overcome these challenges? With your program where do traditional banks fit now? Building Wealth and Stability What are some key strategies you recommend for farmers looking to secure their financial future? Can you share any success stories or examples of farmers who have significantly improved their financial situation through your guidance? Addressing Common Misconceptions What are some of these misconceptions, and how do you debunk them? What advice do you have for farmers who may be hesitant to explore alternative financial strategies? Can you mix and match? Looking Ahead As the agricultural industry continues to evolve, what trends do you see emerging in terms of financial management for farmers? Conclusion/Summary/Challenge Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

May 27 • 1h 13m 35s
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F4F - Cole Sonne - Sonne Farms

Cole Sonne - Sonne Farms   Mt Vernon South Dakota   @SonneFarms  172k Facebook --  48.4k Instagram – 270k YouTube Subs    My name is Cole Sonne  fourth generation farmer  living in South-Eastern South Dakota.  My father and I raise Black Angus Cattle. we raise bulls Who all is involved? we also grow alfalfa, grass hay, corn, and soybeans.  I started making youtube videos for not just your entertainment, but for mine as well. Has made 740 videos Married – Wife Tiffany Renovated their home at the “South Farm” in 2022 Has a partnership with RFDTV DIY Videos Tutorials Wisdom sharing Farmer Grade with Tork and Sawyer   Why do the social media? Promote Mental Health in Agriculture Farm Safety  Farm Rescue What would he do differently Any cool experiences? Cool people? Advice for others? Merchandise Farm Focus What’s next?   What is the best food you have ever had and where did you get it?   Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

May 23 • 1h 4m 40.6s
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Beyond Drones: Unveiling the Agronomic Benefits

IN-STUDIO INTERVIEW GUESTS:   Sue Brakhane, Chief Agronomist   Travis Biggs, Imaging Services Director INTERVIEW FLOW AND TOPICS (OR GOALS) -  Circle back to who we are as a company, reference founding partners Danny Assman and Ryan Schroeder and their original Farm4Profit interview. -  Emphasize the differences of Terraplex as a drone sales company (our emphasis on service) REALLY deep dive into services. More than just servicing and repairing drones when they crash, but the after-sale service aspect too. Our customers learn SO MUCH more by spending time with our team at drone delivery. We’re so much more than just a “drone-in-a-box” company. (Expand on how *some* companies sell a drone, then ship ‘em...and you’re done). -  Our customers will learn more about they’re buying from us, working with our team members – than they will going it alone, watching YouTube videos. -  Additional Terraplex services expanding into imaging and crop analysis. (Enter importance of having Sue and Travis on our team – what other drone sales company is doing that - ? )   What can farmers learn about their operations with our imaging drones? Gonna learn more about what you’re buying from us - with our team members – than you will go alone, watching YouTube videos.   Touch on agronomic insights of crop analysis. How understanding MORE about crops can lead to better decision making with fungicide or foliar application. Ability to go back of WHERE we need to spray, WHAT we need to spray (and how often) -  Agronomic update. What is the incredibly wet start to this planting season doing right now?   Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

May 20 • 1h 5m 49.6s
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F4F - Jen Hartmann - Corey's CTO Campaign Updates

@jenalyson    Twitter 24.3K Where are they from How’s the family  Quad Cities Married w/ 2 children  Herself and spouse both work for Deere Pat has worked for Deere 20+ years - He’s 2nd generation Deere Lyric’s Graduation John Deere Director of PR & Social Leading the CTO campaign  Received her 15th anniversary ring at Deere Attended AGRITECHNICA - Future Ag Expo in Germany  Her team is all over: 2 in Des Moines, 1 in Vermont, 1 in California, 5 in Quad Cities, 1 in Chicago, Germany  Previous roles at JD 2008: Public Relations Specialist and Gold Key Tour Lead 2011: Communication Manager 2016: Marketing Communications Manager | Compact Construction Equip. 2018: Public Relations and Social Media Manager Jan. 2020: Associate Director, Strategic Public Relations Mar. 2020: Global Director Strategic PR and Enterprise Social Media Has faced a global pandemic, social unrest, election chaos, and a United Auto Workers strike at John Deere all while in this role Autism Advocate Founder and President of Royal Ball Run for Autism  2011: she was diagnosed with a brain tumor that was wrapped around her vagus nerve - manages ability to speak, swallow, and eat Went through surgery believing she would never talk again Idea came to her while she was in recovery from her surgery to remove a brain tumor  Held every June in Milan, IL - June of 2024 will be the 13th run Goal:   Increase awareness and acceptance of autism - a neurological disorder that impacts 1 in 59 children Support local autism programs in the Quad Cities area         Daughter is autistic 3rd yr student at UIowa  In 2022 they became rental property owners Goal is to convert apartments into independent living units for autistic adults                       Start, bench, cut Muffin types: blueberry, choc chip, lemon poppyseed  Music, sports, tv East coast, West Coast, Gulf Shore Cocktail, Seltzer, Margarita Heated steering, sun roof, heated seats TikTok, Instagram, Twitter (X) Fries, onion rings, cheese curds Breakfast, lunch, dinner What’s the best food have you ever had and where did you get it?   Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

May 16 • 59m 49.3s
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Understanding the Cattle Market: Navigating Challenges with Cattle Business Systems

Balance 4 Ward Cattle feeding company based out of SW Iowa, focused on helping and creating more opportunities for the mid-market cattlemen Level the playing field for them so they can compete in the industry We primarily do two things as a company – We Feed Cattle. Provide Additional Services to Cattle Feeders to help them make more money One of those services being our Cattle Business Systems Addressing Challenges in Cattle Ranching:  Could you elaborate on the various challenges cattlemen face on a daily basis?  In what ways were these challenges impacting your profitability and competitiveness in the industry? As we record in Spring of 2024 what type of a market are we coming out of and what type of market are we currently sitting in? Cattle Business Systems What is it?  Well, we recognize that cattlemen wear multiple hats every day and deal with lots of different people : Examples (scrap the pens, processing cattle, oh and your order buyer is calling you saying he’s got a good deal on cattle, while your broker is wanting you to trade the crush and hedge cattle…etc..) We faced the same thing in our operation, and therefore we weren’t competing in the industry.  So we spent time and focused on who was winning in the industry and concluded that we needed to develop a team of people to help us align all of our decisions in our operation and keep us accountable Why does CBS work? The Concept Behind Cattle Business Systems:  What inspired you to develop a team-based approach to tackling these challenges?  How does Cattle Business Systems aim to align decisions within a cattle operation and ensure accountability? Empowering Cattlemen: What are ways we can empower cattlemen to make informed decisions? What advantages do some producers have over others? What is the vision of Balance4Ward for the future of the cattle market? What indicators have your crew/team been paying attention to? The Sale So, Cattle Business Systems, is a monthly membership, that includes a monthly meeting and gives them full access to our team along with full transparency of what we are doing in our own operation to help give them confidence to make decisions and get more of an equal advantage in the industry Our job is to meet with our clients every month, identify opportunities, help them prioritize those, and execute if needed.  And if guys need help executing on those decisions, we have additional services through our platform that we can help them do that – B4W Advantage, B4W Feeders, New Balance Commodities, B4W Operations   Why Balance4Ward? We do it, we have skin in the game Totally transparent on what we are doing in our own operation at B4W Everything from risk management, feed, operations, buying/selling of cattle, corn There is no conflict of interest – not trying to margin you into something else Example: How does this decision affect all the other ones I have to make in my operation Proactive in everything we do (18 months) – we try to maximize/ be the best at profit per head – not about to volume to us Separate the farmer vs. The feeder  Contact us for more information. What are the next steps in learning more about us and what we have to offer? What is the best food you have ever eaten and where did you get it from?     Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

May 13 • 58m 29.6s
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F4F - Karl Armstrong - Canada's Best Farmer?

Welcome to the Farm4Profit Podcast! In this episode, we're joined by Karl Armstrong, a farmer from Southwestern Ontario. Karl shares insights into his farming operation, which focuses on corn, wheat, and soybeans, and winter barley. Beyond the fields, Karl enjoys camping year-round, even in the snow, with a favorite spot being Pinery Provincial Park. He adds a humorous touch to his social media presence, incorporating puns with pictures of Travis Kelce and Andy Reid during games. As a self-proclaimed semi-amateur professional drone crasher, Karl also discusses his experience with John Deere equipment, including the DB60 planter and the 8400R tractor. During harvest season in 2018, he managed a fleet of 5-7 S670 combines. We delve into Karl's perspective on social media and how it has impacted his life. He shares his reasons for being active on social platforms, advice for starting over, favorite platforms, and strategies for getting his message across effectively. Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

May 9 • 1h 19m 18.9s
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Exploring Land Investment Strategies with Justin Bruch

In this episode of the Farm4Profit Podcast, we're honored to welcome Justin Bruch, a fifth-generation Iowa farmer and Co-Founder of AgFunder.com. With a rich background in agriculture spanning four continents, Justin brings a wealth of experience to the discussion. Justin's journey in agriculture began on his family's farm in Iowa, where he cultivated a deep appreciation for the land and its potential. After earning his bachelor's degree in Agronomy from Iowa State University in 2000, Justin embarked on a remarkable career that has taken him across North America, South America, Europe, and Africa. Along the way, he has gained invaluable insights into different agricultural practices, market dynamics, and investment opportunities. As the Co-Founder and Chairman of AgFunder.com, Justin has played a pivotal role in revolutionizing agriculture crowdfunding. With a 100% focus on funding agriculture projects, AgFunder.com has become one of the largest platforms of its kind in the world, empowering farmers and entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to life. In our conversation with Justin, we explore the intriguing topic of land investment and its significance in securing the farming future. We delve into the reasons why people invest in land, examining its long-term benefits and potential for growth. Justin shares his insights on alternative methods for land acquisition beyond traditional means, such as inheritance, cash purchases, or bank financing. Furthermore, we discuss the economics of purchasing land in the current environment, addressing common concerns about cash flow and record-breaking land prices. Justin sheds light on how implementing organic practices can affect access to land, highlighting the challenges and considerations involved in transitioning to organic farming. One particularly fascinating aspect we explore is the role of land investment in the carbon market. Justin explains how investing in land can contribute to carbon sequestration and water conservation, aligning with sustainable farming practices and environmental stewardship. Throughout our conversation, Justin emphasizes the enduring appeal of land investment, despite potentially lower returns compared to other market options. We examine the non-monetary benefits of land ownership, including lifestyle factors, legacy considerations, and the satisfaction of preserving the environment. As we look to the future, Justin shares his predictions for emerging trends in land investment and sustainable practices. He discusses potential challenges and opportunities on the horizon, offering valuable insights for farmers and investors alike.   Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

May 6 • 1h 15m 56s
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F4F - Bridgette Readel

@bmreadel      Instagram 1.6k    TikTok 661  Facebook 1.2k   Twitter 14.6k Sukup Booth 2/29/2024 11:00 AM   Bridgette Readel How’s the family - do they farm with family? Wife, mom, passionate agriculturalist, NDSU Bison & rhubarb advocate What do they want to make sure they see before they leave About Bridgette Farm kid extraordinaire…..NDSU grad Both herself and husband are heavily involved in agriculture and have two adult children Graduated as a high school ag teacher….Now active teaching adults about agriculture product +25 years of industry experience in sales and technical agronomy Worked for Corteva for 10 yrs (until 2022) - market development specialist, enlist field specialist Served as mentor and trainer for +70 students and new hires in sales Active public speaker, radio host, sales mentor Ag director at WDAY 970 AM - broadcasting and media production Lilac Lane Media Agriculture sales training…Negotiations training for ag sellers, personality styles, media training Weekly Ag Education Voice Overs Partners: Rural Minds: mental health … Ag Mafia … Agronomy on Ice Nooner Chats on twitter - little podcast episode with different guests Right now, who inspires you?   Would you rather Be constantly itchy or constantly sticky Eat cold pizza or hot cereal for breakfast Have a cow or horse living in your house Been the oldest or youngest child in your family Live in a boat or a treehouse Publicly speak or do a voice over Go to a trivia night or go to a standup show   Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

May 2 • 51m 14.8s
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Unveiling the Power of Micro-Captive Insurance - The 831(b) Advantage

In this insightful episode of the Farm4Profit Podcast, we explore the fascinating world of Micro-Captive Insurance with none other than Van Carlson, the esteemed Founder & CEO of SRA. With over twenty-five years of experience in the risk management industry, Van brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table, sharing valuable insights on how small to mid-market businesses can leverage 831(b) Plans to effectively manage their property and casualty risks while enjoying significant tax benefits. Van's journey in the industry began with Farmers Insurance Group, where he started as an agent and swiftly rose to prominence, growing his book of business to become one of the largest in his home state of Idaho. Today, his primary goal is to continue the upward trajectory of SRA, constantly innovating and developing new products to meet the evolving needs of the market. The heart of this episode lies in understanding the intricacies of 831(b) Plans and how they offer a unique opportunity for business owners to retain up to 50% of their risk and premiums. By placing funds in a tax-deferred 831(b) Plan, businesses can build a funded reserve for potential losses, thus gaining greater control over claims and even participating in underwriting profits within their plan. It's an ideal strategy for savvy business owners willing to take calculated risks for greater rewards. Van also draws parallels between 401(k) and 831(b) accounts, shedding light on their similarities in terms of tax benefits, contribution limits, and compliance requirements. However, the real magic of 831(b) Plans lies in their ability to mitigate various business risks that may not be covered by traditional insurance, such as supply chain interruptions, cybersecurity attacks, and even brand damage. Delving deeper into the history of 831(b) Microcaptives, Van discusses the legislative milestones and regulatory framework that have shaped their evolution over the years. From the Tax Reform Act of 1986 to the more recent PATH Act of 2015, which increased premium amounts and introduced inflation riders, these legislative developments have made 831(b) Plans an increasingly attractive option for businesses seeking comprehensive risk management solutions. Join us as we unravel the complexities of Micro-Captive Insurance and discover how it can be a game-changer for your business's risk management strategy. Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting out, this episode offers invaluable insights into safeguarding your assets and maximizing rewards in today's dynamic business landscape. Tune in now to learn from the best in the industry and take your risk management strategy to the next level. Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

April 29 • 1h 3m 9.4s
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Farm4Fun w/ Farmer Froberg!

In this episode of the Podcast, we sit down with Farmer Froberg, a fifth-generation farmer hailing from Alvin, TX. With a rich history in farming and a passion for educating consumers about modern agricultural practices, Farmer Froberg shares insights into their family farm, Froberg Farms. We delve into Farmer Froberg's background, including his time as an Army veteran and his experience working at a nonprofit farm that trained veterans—a venture that unfortunately lost its grant funding. Now, Farmer Froberg channels his passion for agriculture into managing Froberg Farms' social media presence and bridging the gap between consumers and the realities of farming. Froberg Farms is a year-round operation, offering a wide array of homegrown fruits and vegetables, along with other goodies like eggs, jellies, and even Christmas trees. Their farm is a hub of activity, boasting an in-store bakery and snack bar, as well as opportunities for visitors to pick their own produce, including strawberries and blackberries. With a rich history dating back to 1936, Froberg Farms has evolved over the years, from its humble beginnings of growing strawberries to a thriving enterprise spanning hundreds of acres. Farmer Froberg shares touching anecdotes about the farm's journey, from family milestones to pivotal moments in its growth and expansion. Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

April 25 • 1h 6m 56.8s
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From Farmhand to Featuring Agriculture - Clayton Lind's Big Goals

In this episode, we sat down with Clayton Lind, founder of Atlas Media Solutions, who shared his inspiring journey of transitioning from a farmhand to a media entrepreneur dedicated to spreading awareness about agriculture. Clayton's passion for storytelling drove him to scale his business, aiming to reach 100 million people online by 2024 and produce Netflix-level pro-ag documentaries by 2025-2026. Through Atlas Media Solutions, Clayton crafts high-quality digital media to showcase the agriculture industry's story, helping clients better connect with consumers. We explored Clayton's background and how his farmhand experience during the pandemic shifted his perspective on agriculture. He highlighted the importance of addressing misconceptions about food origins and empowering consumers through knowledge. Clayton also discussed the role of technology in shaping agriculture's future and shared tips for supporting sustainable practices. Transitioning from a one-man operation to a team of three posed challenges, but Clayton overcame them, offering advice to aspiring entrepreneurs in agriculture. Tune in as we unravel Clayton's journey and the challenges and opportunities of bridging the gap between consumers and the agricultural industry. www.johndeere.com www.meridianmfg.com www.terraplexag.com www.agleader.com Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

April 22 • 1h 0.9s
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F4F - Michelle Martin - AG Mag

Welcome back to another episode of the Farm4Profit podcast! Today, we're joined by the incredible Michelle Martin, a powerhouse in the agricultural industry with a fascinating journey to share. Michelle hails from South Texas, where she and her husband Clayton farm vegetables, raising their son Knox almost on the border with Mexico. Despite her marine degree from A&M, Michelle found her passion in media and reporting, eventually starting her own ag magazines and hosting the popular TV show, Ag On Wheels. With her Ag Marketing company and FarmHer Who initiative, Michelle is revolutionizing how consumers connect with their food, using QR codes to share farmer stories. From growing over 50 varieties of vegetables to spreading ag awareness and even overcoming personal challenges, Michelle's story is one of resilience, innovation, and a deep love for agriculture. Tune in as we delve into her inspiring journey and glean insights from her wealth of experience in the industry.   www.johndeere.com www.sowerlegacyfarmlandfund.com www.brandt.ca www.agleader.com Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

April 18 • 1h 10m 34.1s
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Staying on Top of Today's Ag Economic Dynamics

Fastline: 1:00 Economics Show 10:00 www.johndeere.com www.brandt.ca Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/ Guest:David Widmar Agricultural economist specializing in ag trends and the farm economy  Co-founded Ag Economic Insights in 2014 Prior: Researcher with the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue Who is Ag Economic Insights? History, Mission, Vision Founded in 2-14 by Dr. Brent Gloy and David Widmar Began writing weekly articles focused on insights Regularly spoke at famr and agribusiness events Provides the Crop Budget Outlook What is the current “state of the union” for agriculture? What have been some key factors that have led us to where we are? What needs to happen to help things rebound? How does now differ from the “80’s”? How are global food systems evolving in response to population growth, urbanization, and changing dietary preferences? How are changing consumer preferences influencing agricultural production and marketing strategies, and what opportunities do these trends present for farmers and food producers? How are demographic shifts and labor market trends influencing the availability and composition of the agricultural workforce, both domestically and internationally? What role do immigration policies play in shaping the labor supply and demand dynamics in agriculture, and how might they evolve in the future? How have trade policies and international relations affected the agricultural markets and trade flows? How are policies and incentives evolving to address environmental challenges such as soil degradation, water scarcity, and greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture? What are key challenges and opportunities for rural development in agricultural regions, particularly in terms of infrastructure, access to markets, and rural poverty alleviation? How are digital technologies such as blockchain being used to improve supply chain efficiency and traceability in agriculture? Looking ahead, what do you see as the most promising opportunities and potential disruptions in agricultural economics, and how can stakeholders prepare for the future? What did we miss? Summary and Challenge

April 15 • 1h 8m 48.4s
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F4F - Master Pipe Layer - Randy Nessman

Randy Nessman West Central MN Wife and two boys Likes to camp and be on the lake, down hill skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing Kids in hockey? – other sports? What do they want to make sure they see before they leave  Drain Tile Contractor Other jobs 16/17: worked for agronomy center and then got his CDL  Has also done custom harvesting, spraying, fertilizing, and building grain handling equipment  Farmer Born and raised on a dairy farm that was run by his parents Family quick dairy farm when he was 18 yrs old  Firefighter Joined the fire department at 19 years old Podcaster co-host “Off The Husk” w/ the millennial farmer (why no recent shows?) Mission to become a national voice for agriculture, provide farmer to farmer education and facilitate a collaborative conversation between farmers and the public  Last episode was 6/28/2022 If you were an animal, what do you think you would be? Right now, who inspires you? If you could make anything bigger on your body what would it be? www.johndeere.com www.meridianmfg.com www.terraplexag.com www.agleader.com Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/ Start, bench, cut Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate Curly fry, waffle fry, tots Zach Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Jason Aldean  Sea, snow, sun  Planting, Combining, Laying Pipe Beer, Whiskey, Seltzer/Cider

April 11 • 1h 5m 56s
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Cultivating Stability: How Sower Legacy Farmland Fund Supports Farmers

www.johndeere.com www.brandt.ca www.agleader.com Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/Cultivating Prosperity: How Sower Legacy Farmland Fund Nurtures Farmers' Futures John Deere Booth – Wednesday 11:00 AM   Sower’s Legacy Farmland Fund is a first-of-its-kind solution to one of the largest threats to American farmers – succession. Contributing your farm into the Legacy Farmland Fund allows farm owners to receive financial gain, farms to stay in production and legacies to be preserved.   Introduction: Eric Mueller, Founder and CEO of Sower Legacy Farmland Fund. Briefly introduce the mission of Sower Legacy Farmland Fund. Eric shares the story behind the inception of Sower Legacy Farmland Fund. “I saw succession planning issues tear families apart time and time again along with producers losing acres to farm. I felt called to create a solution that preserves family legacies and helps farmland owners benefit financially from their land.”             What motivated him to establish a company focused on farmland investment? Discuss the core values and vision driving Sower Legacy Farmland Fund. Understanding Farmland Investment Define the concept of farmland investment and its significance in today's agricultural economy. Explore how Sower Legacy Farmland Fund approaches farmland investment differently. Highlight the benefits and opportunities for both investors and farmers in this model. Empowering Farmers How does Sower Legacy Farmland Fund directly benefit farmers? Ability to offer an innovative and powerful solution to maximize estate assets  Can be used as an alternative to 1031 exchange to defer capital gains Greater means of preserving the family legacy  IMPROVED CONTROL & FLEXIBILITY OF A FARMLAND ASSET DIFFERENTIATING ESTATE PLANNING TOOL Unit ownership won't trigger capital gains & leaves the estate intact, with the flexibility to gift, bequest, or liquidate in flexible increments.  Unit holders have access to liquidity after the 1-year contribution period has expired; access that doesn't require the sale of the asset. Discuss the support, resources, and opportunities provided to farmers through the fund. Unit holders immediately diversify their holdings, insulating against indirect factors & expenses that are often outside of an individual landowner's control.  Professional farm managers maximize returns with proper lease structures and oversight, discounts, capital improvements & progressive partnerships. Share success stories or examples of farmers who have been positively impacted. Overcoming Challenges and Future Outlook Address common challenges faced by both investors and farmers in the agricultural industry. Discuss strategies employed by Sower Legacy Farmland Fund to mitigate risks and ensure long-term success. Share insights into the future of farmland investment and the role of Sower Legacy Farmland Fund in shaping it. Summary/Challenge

April 8 • 1h 7m 12.6s
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F4F - Kelsey Banks Overcoming Obstacles

www.johndeere.com www.meridianmfg.com www.terraplexag.com www.agleader.com Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/ Kelsey Banks How’s the family - do they farm with family? Morrisburg, ON Pregnant  Currently with Ceresco as a Buyer and Agriculture Advisor covering south eastern Ontario Previously with NexusBioAg Ontario Grain farmers is sponsoring her to take part in the 2023-24 cohort of the ASA Corteva AgriScience Young Leaders program  Two phases 1) in november came down to Johnston to Corteva 2) conjunction with the Commodity Classic  Agronomist  Grew up in the ag industry Likes to work with canola Licensed Seed Crop Inspector - as of September, 2023 Laurel Lea Farms Grew up growing pumpkin and asparagus…..Known as the Pumpkin Queen  2016: moved and began cash cropping and pumpkin farming 2021: farm in 2 counties on family’s farm  Farms 300 acres corn, soybeans, wheat, and canola Runs share-cropping on 2 farms Goals: Expanding the land she farms Expanding her involvement as a leader within the ag industry Brain Cancer Survivor  Diagnosed in February, 2020 Named the tumor Bob A seizure and pneumonia ended up being a brain tumor Told she couldn’t drive  A first wanted to keep it secret but figured it was better to share everything Joined a group with people diagnosed with similar tumors Was able to spend more time with her dad in the fields  February was the first time she drove to the farm 5 hrs away from home since being diagnosed Spoke with oncologists about cancer from an adolescent and young child perspective   Hot takes - agree or disagree with the statement and why  Pineapple goes on Pizza Peanut butter and eggs make a good burger Getting up at 6 am is too early  Apple music is better than Spotify French fries dipped in ice cream is good Making an itinerary ruins a trip  How have they figured out how to learn something new the quickest?

April 4 • 49m 19.9s
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Carbon Intensity Scores w/ Mitchell Hora

Guest: Mitchell Hora is a 7th generation Iowa farmer and the Founder/CEO of Continuum Ag. His farm has stressed the importance of no-till since 1978 and has become a hub for innovation in the adoption of diverse cover crops, interseeded covers, relaying cropping, small grains, and other soil health practices.  www.johndeere.com www.meridianmfg.com www.terraplexag.com www.agleader.com Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/ Who is Continuum Ag? Started continuum ag while attending Iowa State → now covers 40 states and 15 countries Launched the first soil health data tool, TopSoil, in 2020 Today Mitchell and his team are working with farmers, consultants, and sustainability focused organizations to improve the on-farm monetization of soil health Have Mitchell provide a brief overview of what a carbon intensity score is What does it entail and why it’s important for farmers to understand How can farmers measure and track their carbon intensity what tools or resources are available to assist them Billion Bushel Challenge  helping the industry SCORE (Carbon Intensity Score) over a billion bushels in 2024 drives awareness and participation around low carbon grain needed for biofuel producing, giving Farmers the visibility they need, the control of their premiums & the reward they deserve for growing low CI grain How does the Billion Bushel Challenge drive awareness and encourage participation among farmers in producing low carbon grain for biofuel production? discuss the importance of visibility, control, and rewards for farmers participating in the Billion Bushel Challenge? What role do you see farmers playing in leading the charge with the Billion Bushel Challenge, and how does it contribute to the overall goals of the agriculture industry? With the IRS expected to reveal regulations for the 45 Z tax Credits in 2024, how do you anticipate this will impact farmers and the agricultural industry as a whole? How does the quantified low-carbon biofuel system work?  What are the potential benefits and drawbacks for farmers participating in the 45Z tax credits? What strategies can farmers employ to optimize their CI score? What resources or support systems will be available to assist farmers in navigating the requirements and maximizing their benefits? Are there any potential market implications or shifts in consumer demand expected as a result of the increased production of low carbon biofuels How has the TopSoil program evolved since its introduction? What enhancements can farmers expect to see in the upcoming years? What sets TopSoil apart from other carbon intensity programs or initiatives in the ag industry  What do you envision as the long-term impact of continuum Ag’s efforts in promoting CI awareness and adoption within the agriculture sector? How do you see carbon intensity regulations and incentives evolving in the ag industry? What impact might they have on farmers’ decision-making process What role do you see yourself playing in advancing the CI field? What did we miss? Summary and Challenge

April 1 • 51m 33.9s
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F4F - Ag With Emma

Last time we interviewed her 101.1k on tiktok.  16.3k YouTube subs.    95k Instagram.  7.6k facebook. 12.4k twitter Current stats                            171.5k             228k                            145k                20k                  27k www.johndeere.com www.meridianmfg.com www.agleader.com Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/ – the Acre Gal still a thing? Where she is from? Job experiences – farm tours – cool places she has been  What’s next?   Any weird or crazy interactions from social media? Creepers? What is your “game plan” or “goal”on tiktok?    What makes you angry? – pet peeve What makes you happy?   What is one of the most memorable conversations you have ever had? If you were invisible for a day, what would you do?   Snake draft – best jobs on the farm

March 28 • 1h 52.6s
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Fields of Innovation: David Hula & Spring Equipment Releases

1:00 David Hula Interview 21:00 Corteva Nitrogen Minute 22:50 John Deere Product Releases Today, we're diving into the exciting world of agricultural technology with a special focus on the John Deere product releases unveiled at the 2024 Commodity Classic. Join us as we explore the innovative advancements and cutting-edge machinery that are set to revolutionize farming practices across the country. From precision planting solutions to state-of-the-art harvesting equipment, we'll break down the key highlights and insights from John Deere's latest offerings. Whether you're a seasoned farmer or an industry enthusiast, this episode promises to deliver valuable updates and industry trends straight from the heart of the agricultural world. Tune in as we uncover the future of farming with John Deere at the 2024 Commodity Classic! Episode Notes www.johndeere.com www.meridianmfg.com www.agleader.com Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

March 25 • 1h 15m 31.7s
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F4F - Mark Thomas - High Yield Extraordinaire

www.johndeere.com www.meridianmfg.com www.terraplexag.com www.agleader.com Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/ Mark Thomas Central KY Young Farmer Corn, beans, hay, cattle w/ parents they farm over 2000 acres Wife also has deep farming roots  Have at least 1 daughter (Jules) The Thomas Family was a finalist for the 2021 Outstanding Young Farm Family Award Placed as the runner up (LOSERS) Third Generation Farmer Mom, dad, and grandpa all farmed  Operates BLT Farms Involvement in Community Involved with FFA & 4-H Served as president of the Kentucky Your Farmer’s Association  Active in the Farm Bureau Young Farmers Brings awareness to agriculture through humor on tiktok  Can still fit in high school FFA jacket  Partnership with AgLeader John Deere equipment  Graduated in agriculture economics from University of Kentucky  If you were an animal, what do you think you would be? Right now, who inspires you? If you could make anything bigger on your body what would it be?

March 21 • 50m 22.6s
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Growth, Greatness, and Change: How do we get more?

www.johndeere.com www.meridianmfg.com www.agleader.com https://www.corteva.us/products-and-solutions/crop-protection/Nitrogen-Stabilizers.html @sonomacountywinegrowers      Growing Boards and Associations      Karissa Kruse - President & CEO of Sonoma County Wine Growers 2017 - launched the Sonoma County Center for Ag Sustainability Focused on bringing subject matter experts to Sonoma County  Gave a TEDx talk “Drink the Good Stuff” 2014: selected as a North Bay Business Journal Women in Business Award 2015/16: named Wine Business Monthly Magazine’s Top 50 Wine Industry Leaders 2020: Congressman Mike Thompson names Kruse Women of the Year for his district About Sonoma County For every acre of wine grapes in the county, there are two acres of other diversified ag (apple trees, dairies, cut flowers, and produce) 6% of Sonoma County’s 1 million acres are planted to wine grapes (60k acres) 99% of sonoma county's vineyard acres are certified sustainable 1,800 winegrowers call sonoma county home  80% of the county’s vineyards are The association has a focus of Sustainability, why? 2014: commitment to come the most sustainable winegrowing region in the world Sonoma County Sustainable Wine App Tells the stories of the wine growing families - from the label of the bottle Climate Adaptation Certification          Partnered with the California Land Stewardship Institute for local wine growers Pilot Program to address the sequestration of nitrous oxide and carbon emissions Goal: help growers understand the best practices for climate mitigation in vineyards What happens when you are able to achieve “buy in” from association members? When the board or organization begins to grow, how to you fan the flames for more growth? Collaboration with John Deere - ‘The Farm of the Future’ Announced Jan. 2024 Sonoma County winegrowers and innovative companies can pilot concepts that may eventually result in game-changing solutions Markets with sporting events to Raise awareness and accessibility for Sonoma County Wines Partnerships with the San Francisco Giants and the Houston Rockets Featured in +120 events at the Toyota Arena What fuels her passion to keep going? How best does she learn something new? Summary and Challenge PODCAST LINK & CONTACT INFO Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

March 18 • 1h 18m 2.7s
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Farm4Fun Suzannah Underwood - Auctioneer and Voiceover Queen!

Resources and Links www.johndeere.com www.meridianmfg.com www.terraplexag.com Episode Summary A fifth generation California native from an agriculture family, Suzannah Underwood received her BA in Spanish with a music concentration from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. After graduation, she attended the American Academy of Musical Theatre in New York City before moving on to commercials, film, theatre and eventually finding her love in voice overs. Known for her authoritative yet nonthreatening voice, Suzannah voices many different characters and accents and can voice match different qualities and styles. Suzannah voiced the long-running Rembrandt Tooth Whitening and Emergen C commercials, recently as the voice of Susquehanna Health on the East Coast and Foothill Regional Medical Center on the West Coast and currently is the voice promoting the feature length documentary Unmasking Hope. Her favorite role was playing Little Miss Sunshine from the Mr. Men and Little Miss characters. Suzannah is a graduate of Western College of Auctioneering, World Champion Ringman College and Professional Ringmen's Institute. She loves helping raise money for non-profit organizations. Represented by the Osbrink Agency, Suzannah resides in Southern California with her husband and 2 sons where they spend time out on the ranch with their dogs, horses and cattle. PODCAST LINK & CONTACT INFO Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

March 14 • 51m 14.6s
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Farming into the Future: The TerraClear and GUSS Automation Journey (Rock Picking & Spraying)

RESOURCES & LINKS TerraClear Rock Picking 2:25 -14:30 Guss Automation 15:00- Finale www.terraclear.com www.gussag.com www.johndeere.com www.meridianmfg.com www.terraplexag.com Discover the inception of GUSS Automation, born out of the need to address labor challenges in agriculture. Dave's invention of an autonomous orchard/vineyard sprayer led to a transformation in their business model, eventually catching the attention of industry giant John Deere. Explore the evolution of GUSS Automation, from the groundbreaking Orchard GUSS to innovations like miniGUSS and Herbicide GUSS. Learn how these autonomous sprayers are revolutionizing farming practices and optimizing efficiency in high-value crop markets. Get to know the backstory of Dave and Gary, from their agricultural upbringing to the founding of Crinklaw Farm Services Inc. Hear firsthand how their shared passion for farming fueled the creation of GUSS Automation. Discover the accolades received by GUSS Automation, including the prestigious CES Innovation Award honoree for their Herbicide GUSS. Gain insight into Dave and Gary's vision for the future of agriculture and their commitment to driving innovation in the field. PODCAST LINK & CONTACT INFO   Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

March 11 • 1h 7m 24.9s
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F4F - Walt Duflock, Agriculture Start ups

In this episode of Farm4Profit, we're joined by Walt Duflock, the VP of Western Growers Innovation Center and a fifth-generation farmer from Monterey County. With over 30 years of experience in Silicon Valley tech startups and a deep-rooted connection to agriculture, Walt brings a unique perspective to the table. Walt shares insights into his diverse background, from managing specialty crops like wine grapes and cattle to his extensive experience as a startup advisor and entrepreneur. He delves into his role in building THRIVE into the premier AgriFoodTech Accelerator and discusses the exciting developments in high-value crop innovations. One of Walt's key initiatives is the International Forum of Agricultural Robotics (FIRA), a three-day event showcasing autonomous farming and robotics solutions. He highlights the impact of FIRA USA, which attracted over 2,000 attendees from 30 countries and featured 20 demos and 27 robots in real field conditions. Beyond his work in technology and agriculture, Walt is deeply involved in programs like Rancho Cielo, which supports young people facing challenges with education, vocational training, and life skills development. He discusses the importance of investing in the next generation and empowering them for success. In a fascinating discussion, Walt shares how social media has transformed his life and work. From leveraging platforms like LinkedIn and TikTok to connect with industry professionals to managing the Western Growers YouTube channel, he offers insights into the power of social media for agriculture. RESOURCES & LINKS www.johndeere.com www.meridianmfg.com www.terraplexag.com https://www.corteva.us/products-and-solutions/crop-protection/Nitrogen-Stabilizers.html PODCAST LINK & CONTACT INFO Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

March 7 • 1h 2m 48.6s
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Strategies for Profit, Success, and Efficiency

SUMMARY OF EPISODE The discussion begins with an exploration of the challenges faced by almond growers in finding and retaining skilled labor. From navigating seasonal fluctuations to competing with other agricultural sectors for workers, our guests share their experiences and innovative solutions for addressing labor shortages. Next, the conversation shifts to efficiency on the farm. Our guests reveal the technologies and techniques they utilize to streamline operations, reduce waste, and optimize resource utilization. From precision irrigation systems to data-driven decision-making, listeners will discover practical tips for enhancing efficiency and productivity. Finally, the focus turns to profitability. Our guests offer valuable advice on maximizing returns in the competitive almond market. Whether it's diversifying revenue streams, implementing sustainable practices, or leveraging marketing strategies, our guests share their proven approaches for achieving financial success in almond farming. Tune in to this insightful episode to learn from the experts and gain actionable insights for running a profitable almond farm. Whether you're a seasoned grower or just starting out, there's something for everyone in this discussion on labor, efficiency, and profits in almond farming. RESOURCES & LINKS Meridian Seed Tenders 3-11:30 Corteva Nitrogen Stabilizers 11:30 Farmer Interview 13:00 www.johndeere.com www.meridianmfg.com www.terraplexag.com https://www.corteva.us/products-and-solutions/crop-protection/Nitrogen-Stabilizers.html PODCAST LINK & CONTACT INFO   Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

March 4 • 1h 21m 17.5s
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Farm4Fun - Josh Webb - Idaho Entrepreneur

Podcast Show Notes SUMMARY OF EPISODE Josh opens up about his roots, having moved to Idaho in the 70s after years of dairy farming in Utah. Now, with two separate dairy facilities under his belt, Josh oversees the milking of around 2400 head of cattle. His commitment to innovation is evident in the integration of technology, with 18 robots streamlining operations in one facility. Each cow receives individualized care, from nutrition to milking schedules, optimizing both production and animal welfare. But Josh's farming portfolio doesn't stop at dairy. From Raft River Sod to Heglar Creek Electric, Josh and his partners have diversified their ventures. They've ventured into feedlot operations, custom calf raising, sod farming, and electrical contracting, showcasing their adaptability and business acumen. What sets Josh apart is his forward-thinking approach. Embracing change, he's transitioned management practices to accommodate technological advancements, hiring individuals skilled in working with computers and robots. This high-management style has propelled their operations forward, ensuring efficiency and sustainability. Moreover, the succession plan is in motion, with Josh and his brothers, along with Nathan Garner, poised to take over the reins from the previous generation. Josh's background in banking, with seven years in ag lending, brings a unique perspective to the table, further strengthening their business strategy. As we wrap up, we engage in a word association game, connecting everyday words to agriculture, revealing the diverse and interconnected nature of farming. From coffee to robots, disease to corn, Josh Webb's journey exemplifies the spirit of innovation and resilience that defines modern agriculture. RESOURCES & LINKS http://heglarcreekfarms.com/ www.johndeere.com www.terraplexag.com https://www.corteva.us/products-and-solutions/crop-protection/Nitrogen-Stabilizers.html PODCAST LINK & CONTACT INFO Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen! Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

February 29 • 57m 47.1s
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Charging Ahead: The Potential of Electric Motors in Agriculture

Podcast Show Notes   RESOURCES & LINKS   www.terraplexag.com www.johndeere.com www.steinbauer.us   SUMMARY OF EPISODE   Introduction of Guest: Welcome Sherie Jones from Steinbauer        www.steinbauer.us Briefly introduce Steinbauer's involvement in the agricultural sector. We and our listeners know about how Steinbauer can increase efficiency in diesel and gas motors……but what about electric motors?  How soon will electric motors be effecting or entering the farm realm? Electric Tractors Discuss the shift towards electric tractors in agriculture. Highlight examples like the John Deere SESAM and its impact on emissions and fuel costs. Explore the benefits and challenges of transitioning to electric tractors. Hybrid Tractors Explore the concept of hybrid tractors combining electric motors with traditional engines. Discuss examples such as the New Holland T6.180 Methane Power tractor. Examine the advantages of hybrid technology in farming and its role in sustainability. Is Autonomy easier with Electric Tractors Dive into innovations in autonomous technology integrating electric motors into self-driving tractors. Address concerns and challenges related to autonomous electric tractors. Electric Trucks What would be the adoption rate of electric trucks in agricultural transportation. Is the Tesla Semi and its role actually reducing the carbon footprint of agricultural logistics. Discuss the challenges and opportunities of integrating electric trucks into farm operations. Quick Questions on Various Electric Equipment: Electric Harvesters Electric Sprayers Electric Irrigation Pumps Electric Grain Handlers Electric Farm Utility Vehicles Closing Thoughts Summarize key points discussed during the interview. How best does Sherie learn something new? Thank the audience for tuning in to the podcast. Provide details on where listeners can find more information about the guest and Steinbauer KEY TOPIC MARKERS 1:00 - Nitrogen Stablizers 2:45 - Electric tractors 14:45 - Terraplex ag   PODCAST LINK & CONTACT INFO   Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen!   Visit our Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Text or call our Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

February 26 • 1h 12m 53.3s
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Farm4Fun w/ Bryan Vintika - Mint Farmer

Podcast Show Notes SUMMARY OF EPISODE   We talk with Bryan about his family heritage and what it’s like to move farming locations from one state to another state. We learn about what it’s like to grow mint and enjoy a few cocktails as well.   KEY TOPIC MARKERS     RESOURCES & LINKS   www.terraplexag.com www.johndeere.com Resource link #3    PODCAST LINK & CONTACT INFO   Don’t forget to like the podcast on all platforms and leave a review where ever you listen!   Visit our Website www.Farm4Profit.com Shareable episode link https://intro-to-farm4profit.simplecast.com Email address Farm4profitllc@gmail.com Text or call our Phone 515.207.9640 Subscribe to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSR8c1BrCjNDDI_Acku5Xqw Follow us on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@farm4profit Connect on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Farm4ProfitLLC/

February 22 • 1h 15m 14.7s
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Embracing Change: Navigating the Farm Transition Journey w/ Elaine Froese

Embracing Change: Living an Intentional Life on the Farm   Introduction: Award winning author and coach go-to expert for farm families who want better communication and conflict resolution to secure a successful farm transition.   Brief overview of what listeners can expect from today's episode featuring guest Elaine Froese.   Understanding the Cycle of Renewal Discuss the inherent love farmers have for farming and the reluctance to consider change. Highlight the differing perspectives between farmers and their spouses, especially regarding retirement and moving to town. Identifying Your Current Stage Guide listeners through identifying their current stage on the cycle of renewal map. Importance of recognizing where you are in the cycle for personal growth and decision-making. Explore the emotions and challenges associated with each stage. Taking Action Steps Provide actionable steps for listeners based on their identified stage. Discuss what farmers need to let go of, hold on to, and take on to move forward. Emphasize the importance of aligning actions with personal goals and values. Living Intentionally in Agriculture Discuss the concept of living more intentionally within the agriculture community. Explore the various roles they play in agriculture and the importance of choosing roles  Highlight the tools and research available Guidance for women in agriculture experiencing stress and overwhelm. Emphasize the importance of letting go of what's not working for personal well-being and professional growth.   Recap key points discussed in the episode.   Encourage listeners to reach out to Elaine Froese for further assistance in living more intentionally. https://elainefroese.com/   How best does Elaine learn something new?

February 19 • 1h 13m 41.3s
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F4F - Young Farmers of Iowa - After Party

Check out Terraplex at www.terraplexag.com

February 15 • 1h 3m 33s
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Navigating Crop Insurance in 2024: Strategies for Lower Commodity Prices

- Commodity Prices are down.  This will result in slightly lower MPCI premiums (15-20%), but it also means much lower per acre guarantees than it did in 2023.  $200 an acre less on corn and $100 an acre less on beans.  Unfortunately, input costs are about the same. I included a quick spreadsheet where I used ISU's estimated costs of production to come up with an implied level of MPCI coverage that would be needed to cover costs. You can see the big differences in '23 and '24 - it is not pretty. - Any good crop insurance agent's first job is to find a level of coverage that can cover input costs.  That was easy in '21-'23.  In 2024, it will be impossible for a majority of farmers - especially if they are not willing to buy higher coverages. So we might be stuck just trying to come close to covering inputs. Farmer instinct's may be to back off of crop insurance in order to save a few bucks, but they really should be looking at more ways to keep losses to a minimum. - So we might need to buy higher coverages.  What are our options?  85%, SCO (86% county based), ECO (95% county based), and private (unsubsidized) add-on coverages.  Folks who bought ECO on Corn in 2023 should be pretty happy.  Prices fell enough that even counties with above average yields will be getting ECO payments.   SCO and ECO have both grown in popularity over their short history and I think we will continue to see them grow in the coming years. FMH also has a couple of add-on coverages that work in tandem with SCO or ECO that are pretty good values.  They are called SCO+ and ECO+.  I can really nerd out on these, but we may not want to get this deep. - SCO is an economical way to buy up, but you can only have it when you have elected the PLC program at FSA. Both ARC and PLC programs are more relevant now than they were in the past several years.  They are far from a crop insurance replacement, but they may come into play in 2024. - High level MPCI products are not always needed for good risk management, but they are always a good value because of the subsidy.  History proves farmers will get back more than they put in if they remain in the same programs long enough.  This is true for all subsidized crop insurance plans. - Private Products like Hail and Wind have not changed much and I don't know of any significant rate changes across the country. - The use of precision data to report acres, production, and complete claims continues to grow.  The typical farmer will reduce premium (FSA acres tend to be overstated) and grow APHs (Dividing the same production by fewer acres). Claims are also completed significantly faster.  - FMH itself has a unique story.  We were founded as a mutual insurance company by a group of farmers in the late 1800s in Early, IA.  They were frustrated with losing crops due to hail so they pooled together financial resources to be paid out to those who had the largest hail losses.  The majority of board members and president at that time were from the same family - the Rutledge family.   The Rutledge's still run the company today and have for the entire 130+ years. This last bit seems odd given crop insurance is unique to the American Farmer, but a high majority of crop insurance companies (I think 11 out of the current 14) are run by larger reinsurers that are foreign entities.  On the other hand FMH is a mutual owned by our private policyholders.  So for this reason - we call ourselves "America's Crop Insurance Company." I also thought of another good story from the playgrounds of Aurelia if you will allow me to indulge.

February 12 • 1h 9m 23.3s
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F4F - Aaron Ninneman "Hey There TikTok"

@ninny1083    Instagram ___    TikTok 161.1k   YouTube _____   Twitter _____      You’re helping more than you know. I have slowly built from a small hay farm to off set taxes. Now I farm 400 acres. The business side of farming is the hardest. You guys help cut through the clutter of everything from operating loans to estate planning and have been super helpful in making me profitable. NMichfarmer via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/11/24   Catch Up Where are they from, what do they farm, how did they get into farming How’s the family - do they farm with family? Wisconsin Dairy and beef farmer Wife, 4 boys and 1 girl  What are they up to today? Dairy and beef farmer Farms with his brother His kids help on the farm  Massey 8670, JCB 8310, Fendt 933, Case IH 475 (only machine to make it 2 consecutive years) (Allis tractors?) Precision planting opinion:  HIs grandparents passed away just as the farm starting milking with robots - he has lots of memories of working on farm with them  Other things on farm: Chick coop project just finished up Selling eggs with the increase in eggs being laid in month  Hay - round & square  bales  Makes pure maple syrup on farm  Greenhouse  “Hey there TikTok” His intro to every video  Tell us about the Sign on their farm (lit up for holidays) How has social media changed his life? If you were an animal, what do you think you would be? If you could make anything bigger on your body what would it be?   Hot takes - agree or disagree with the statement and why  Kids should grow up working on the farm  They should be required to work off the farm for 5 years before returning after completing school The youngest child is always the favorite A hot dog is a sandwich  Beer drinking age should be 18 and liquor 21 Elderly people should be required to retake their drivers tests   What’s next for them?   How best do you learn something new?

February 8 • 56m 9.6s
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From Me to We: Navigating Family Dynamics in Succession

Intro:   My name is Andy Caygeon Junkin.  Originally from Bobcaygeon Ontario and most of my friends call me Bobcaygeon or Caygeon.  Married American farmgirl and live in Mt. Vernon Iowa.   Company name is www.Stubborn.Farm  and I just wrote my 7th book "Stubborn".  My nice:  I help stubborn farmers work better together   1/  What is the one thing that is the difference of perspective between generations about succession planning.    the analogy to a girl being in a long term relationship and yet no ring.  The need for commitment.   2/  What is the one thing that successors don't get, that causes their parents to be hesitant?   (Three points on Page 1 of attached).   What do you suggest that is different than what normal farm succession planners suggest?   (9,000 hour rule -I'll take 4 minutes to explain it) 4/  Over that two year period, what are you trying to do?  Why not just do succession planning in two meetings:   (need for humility vs. pride.  The need to get rid of arrogance and create a culture whereby everyone is humble and listening to each other FIRST, prior to the conversation).   Get a performance review starting with successor for 6 months, then 360 degrees for two years.   5/  Why take the extra time?  Why not just have someone come out and sell you a life insurance policy in an afternoon?   6/  Why did you write this book?  No money in writing books for farmers.  Completely different perspective change how farming is done.   7/  When is the right time to start doing succession planning?  8/  What is the benefit nobody really thinks about before starting your process?   5/  How does a successor get the process started, do you pull an ultimatum or what?     In your experience, what is the common misunderstanding or oversight by successors that causes hesitation from their parents, as outlined in the three points on Page 1 of the attached? Initiating the process as a successor can be challenging. How do you recommend successors approach this, emphasizing humility and the need to create a culture of humble listening within the family? Can you share a benefit of the succession planning process that people might overlook or not consider before starting it, especially in terms of improving family decision-making and its impact on farm profitability? Conclusion:   How do you learn something new the best? They can access a free copy of the audiobook (listen to it like a podcast) at www.stubborn.farm  Avoiding succession planning in a family business can have significant adverse effects on mental health for all involved parties. Here are some potential impacts: Stress and Anxiety: The uncertainty about the future and the lack of a clear succession plan can lead to heightened stress and anxiety levels among family members. Concerns about the business's continuity and the financial well-being of each member can be overwhelming. Interpersonal Strain: Without a structured succession plan, family members may experience increased tension and conflicts. Ambiguity about roles, responsibilities, and future leadership can strain relationships, leading to resentment and misunderstandings. Feelings of Uncertainty: Individuals involved in the family business may feel a sense of insecurity when succession planning is neglected. Not knowing who will take over the business or how it will be managed can create a constant undercurrent of uncertainty. Impact on Leadership: For the current business leaders, the lack of a clear succession plan may hinder their ability to confidently step back or retire. The pressure to continue leading the business without a defined transition plan can lead to burnout and a decline in mental well-being. Family Dynamics: Succession planning involves open communication and collaboration. Without it, family members may experience a breakdown in communication, leading to isolation and strained family dynamics. This can affect both personal relationships and business interactions. Loss of Identity and Purpose: Family businesses often carry a sense of identity and purpose for the individuals involved. The absence of a succession plan may leave family members feeling adrift, questioning their roles and contributions to the business. Impact on Future Generations: In situations where succession planning is neglected, the next generation may experience frustration and a lack of motivation to engage in the family business. This can result in a loss of legacy and continuity. Financial Concerns: The financial implications of a poorly planned succession can contribute to mental health challenges. Concerns about the business's financial stability, inheritance issues, and equitable distribution of assets can create significant stress. Regret and Resentment: Individuals who postpone or avoid succession planning may later regret not taking timely action. This sense of regret can lead to feelings of self-blame and, in some cases, resentment towards other family members. Health Consequences: Prolonged stress and anxiety associated with the absence of succession planning can have physical health consequences. Chronic stress is linked to various health issues, including cardiovascular problems and weakened immune function. In conclusion, avoiding succession planning in a family business can have far-reaching implications on mental health, affecting individuals' emotional well-being, relationships, and overall quality of life. Addressing succession planning proactively can help mitigate these negative effects and contribute to a healthier family and business environment.                   Here are the three common problems that are rarely openly said, but often felt by parents:   1. The parents love their kids, but don’t feel that they can take over full management of the farm. At this stage Dad feels he can’t walk away from the business without it collapsing. He feels that once his kids get the reins, they’ll run the farm into the ground.   2. Although he pretends to be humble, the patriarch is arrogant and thinks he’s smarter. He (or she) doesn’t recognize the contribution of his kids over the past 20+ years to the growth of the business and feels that any non-relative would have been a better employee than the successor’s performance. The patriarch (or matriarch) looks at the farm as his, not ours.   3. Parents fear being pushed off the farm. The different generations have been fighting for control for years and don’t have a great working relationship. Dad fears that once he surrenders majority control of the farm’s shares, he won’t be welcome in the shop and die with his slippers instead of work boots on. Thus, he clinches power to his grave.   In some cases, these beliefs are true, and many times these believes are false. Sometimes it is somewhere in between. These fears aren’t often stated but believe me…they are subtly there.   The legendary tale of Alexander the Great and the Gordian Knot dates back to ancient times. According to the story, when Alexander encountered an intricate, seemingly impossible-to-untie knot in the city of Gordium, he decided to tackle it in an unconventional manner. Faced with the challenge, he drew his sword and sliced through the knot, rather than attempting to untangle it as others had failed to do. This bold and decisive action was interpreted as a sign of his destiny as a great conqueror and ruler. The "cutting of the Gordian Knot" has since become a symbol for solving complex problems or overcoming challenges through innovative and forceful means, emphasizing the importance of thinking outside the box and taking bold actions when necessary.

February 5 • 1h 16m 54.6s
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F4F - Junkyard Digs, Kevin Brown

www.johndeere.com Pre-Roll www.terraplexag.com 24:30 https://www.corteva.us/Resources/truchoice-offers.html  12:41 Kevin Brown Raised on a farm in rural America, Kevin's passion for tinkering with machinery began at a young age. From fixing up old tractors to scavenging spare parts from the family junkyard, his formative years instilled in him a deep appreciation for the beauty found in the forgotten and discarded. As he grew older, Kevin's love for automotive history led him on a journey of discovery, exploring abandoned barns, scrapyards, and forgotten corners of the countryside in search of automotive treasures. Armed with nothing but his knowledge, determination, and a trusty set of tools, Kevin set out to revive relics of the past, showcasing their stories and breathing new life into their rusty frames. With the launch of Junkyard Digs on YouTube, Kevin invited viewers to join him on his adventures, sharing his passion for automotive restoration and exploration with a global audience. Through his captivating storytelling and hands-on approach, he invites viewers into a world where each rusty chassis holds the promise of a new beginning and the potential for automotive glory. In this episode, Kevin shares insights into his journey from farm life to YouTube stardom, recounting tales of triumph and tribulation in his quest to unearth automotive treasures. From the thrill of discovering a rare classic buried beneath decades of dust to the challenges of restoration in the face of limited resources, Kevin's stories inspire and captivate audiences, reminding us all of the value found in the forgotten corners of our world. Join us as we sit down with Kevin Brown, the man behind Junkyard Digs, and explore the timeless allure of automotive restoration, the joy of discovery, and the enduring spirit of adventure that drives us all to seek out treasures hidden in the most unlikely of places.

February 1 • 1h 3m 52.4s
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Shading Livestock from the Sun and Harvesting the Sun's Energy

WWIA Strobel Shades www.strobelshades.com How does solar work? Solar panels generate DC energy that is sent to an inverter that converts it to AC energy that you can use for your home or business. The system is integrated with your operation and utility making everything seamless. No need for any crazy upgrades to integrate solar. Any excess energy that you are not using at the time will be sent back to the grid and you will build credits. When the sun sets you will use the credits that you build up. ○ Let's clarify what we do. We are not involved in “solar farms utility grade” WE DO NOT TAKE UP HUNDREDS OF ACRES OF FARMLAND ○ We help offset the cost of electricity of operations by installing solar that is connected to the grid. Depending on the interconnection agreement the solar system can offset 50-100%. ○ You will still get a power bill but reduced. Saving thousands of dollars every month.   Why should farmers invest in solar? The biggest motivation to go solar is the money the farmers can save by reducing monthly power bills and freeing up capital that can be diverted elsewhere or added to the bottom line. Solar Incentives USDA REAP GRANT 50% Total Project up to 1 Million dollars Investment Tax Credit 30% Tax Credit - This goes against your tax liability. It can carry back 3 years or carry forward up to 22 years.New law has passed that you can sell the tax credits as well. Depreciation- A solar energy system is classified as farm equipment. There are also bonus credits depending on location. How much does a solar energy system cost? There isn’t a one-size-fits-all option for solar. Every system is unique. There are many factors to consider. This would include whether it will be roof mounted or ground mounted. How much trenching, wiring,conduit, panel count,inverter count and specific engineering. The great news is that panel prices have dropped in price and will remain flat for a long time. When you add up all the incentives and they can be applied, the incentives pay for the entire project. What is an interconnection agreement? The agreement establishes all the terms and conditions associated with operating the customer's solar system in parallel with the utility's electric power system.   Every electricity company is different. Especially in rural areas. A lot of these terms and conditions haven’t been updated since the 1980s.   What size solar energy system will my farm need? Accuracy is absolutely imperative in order to set realistic expectations. We use the most recent 12 months worth of utility data and analyze everything. This ranges from energy pattern, rate structure, demand charges, on and off peak. We use sophisticated technology to analyze ROI, IRR, payback period and 25 year savings. Also a financial model is presented along with any type of loan option if one is requested. We even take a look at the last 30 years of historical weather data in the exact location of the project. Attention to every detail is important for someone to have the best experience possible. Why go solar now? Won't the technology be cheaper down the road? There has never been a better time to pursue a solar project. The panel technology is so efficient that future technology will be incremental. The alignment of incentives and grants has made this investment a no brainer. There is no other piece of farm equipment that has a 30% tax credit and a grant that can cover up to 50% of the cost. The reality of the grant is we don't know the future of the grant in 2025. It is possible that it can be reduced or stay the same. The fact is it would be a gamble to wait. What is the process for going solar? Evaluation of Project Contract Execution Engineering Design Permitting & Interconnection Approval Equipment Procurement Installation & Commission Long-Term O&M and Monitoring Will solar panels power my building when the grid is down? These systems are interconnected with the grid. If the grid goes down the solar shuts down. This is a safety measure with the utility company. There cannot be any live power while the lineman are working to fix any grid issues. This is where a battery backup can be introduced. Battery technology is still very new and the prices will come down over the years. This should be the last resort considering all farms have generators.

January 29 • 1h 3m 16.7s
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F4F - Chris Koch - Farming with No Arms or Legs

Chris Koch – “X” @IfICan79 5.7k   Insta @Ifican.chriskoch 17.3k    Facebook 49k https://www.ifican.ca/about Awesome show! Whether you are interviewing someone or just talking I have learned from every show. I am an engineer by trade but love farming. This show has taught me so much and I love discussing it with farmer friends! Manure hauling Mike via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/11/24     born and raised in the small farming and ranching community of Nanton, Alberta. Within hours of when I was born my grandma was informed that my parents gave birth to a healthy baby boy however, I was missing both arms and both legs. Without any hesitation whatsoever she simply pointed out the fact that, “Bruce (my father) never did finish anything he started”. I grew up just like any other small-town kid. I played road hockey and baseball with all the others my age I helped out on my grandpa’s farm operating equipment whenever I could. Life was pretty normal. study History and Psychology at University as well as working with The War Amputations of Canada. The War Amps was always, and still continues to be a very important influence in my life. Their Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program has assisted thousands of kids across Canada who were either born missing limbs or lost them due to accidents or for other various reasons. After being away from home for about five or six years it was time to move back to southern Alberta. the opportunity to start working on “If I Can…” It had originally started off as a travel show idea “If I Can…” has since evolved into a message that I deliver via the videos on YouTube as well as speaking at schools, conferences and various other events and venues. Fast-forward to today and I still continue to work in the farming and ranching industry. When I’m not out in the field I am traveling around as a motivational speaker. Been on with Oprah Network (Dr. OZ), has a TedX talk Skateboarding a 10k in Switzerland, completed multiple marathons, Where has he traveled?   How does he best learn something new?   Jail/Prison for a year or: Never participate in another race Never speak to a group of kids again Favorite Food Favorite Drink Guilty Pleasure How long would he spend in prison to have legs?   Or arms? Which would he rather have?

January 25 • 55m 52s
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Discussing the Best Sales and Negotiation Strategies for You

"Cultivating Success: Sales Strategies for Agribusiness" Introduction of our esteemed guest, St John Craner, (pronounced SIN JIN) founder of Agrarian, sales coach, author, and speaker in the agricultural domain. https://www.ruralsalessuccess.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/stjohncraner/ Introducing St John Craner, his business: Agrarian based in New Zealand New Zealand’s most trusted rural sales and marketing training company, dedicated exclusively to the business of agribusiness. share some strategies, tools, and techniques he teaches on human-centered selling and sale psychology to rural sales teams and managers His podcast (48 episodes so far): The Rural Sales Show & he has been featured on many others His book: “How To Succeed In Rural Sales”highlighting his diverse roles as founder, author, speaker, and contributor to reputable publications in the agribusiness space. Who needs sales skills? Farmer to landlords Farmer to understand sales people Direct to consumer What else? The Changing Landscape of Agribusiness Sales Discussing the evolving dynamics of agribusiness sales and how it differs from traditional selling methods. Exploring St John's emphasis on supporting the buyer's buying process and the importance of speaking the buyer's language. Trusted parties rather than a race to the bottom price Human-Centered Psychology in Sales applying human-centered psychology to transform the sales process. universal principles that can be applied to sales teams worldwide, emphasizing the significance of understanding and connecting with the buyer on a deeper level. Does this work in reverse when connecting with a seller? Can we use this as a leg up in negotiations? Bridging the Sales-Marketing Gap What is the gap between sales and marketing in rural companies? buyer's buying process versus traditional, self-serving selling techniques. Should our listeners be building their own brand? Learning to Speak the Buyer's Language Unpacking the essential skill of learning to speak the buyer's language and its impact on sales success. practical tips and techniques for sales professionals in the agribusiness sector. Where does one gain perspective? Winning negotiations Is it true to never split the difference? Does anchoring work when starting a discussion? What are some good tips for our farmers to get better outcomes in negotiations? Thanks to St John Craner for sharing invaluable insights into sales strategies for agribusiness. Summary Challenge

January 22 • 52m 18s
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F4F - Kirsten Diprose - Rural Podcasting Co (AUS)

@ruralpodcastingco      Instagram: 636    Twitter: 4.6k                             @theimpossiblefarmerher          Instagram: 3.1k Where are they from, what do they farm, how did they get into farming How’s the family - do they farm with family? Caramut, Victoria, Australia Ag communicator Farmer and former ABC journalist Podcast builder and coach: ruralpodcastingco  Podcast: Ducks on the Pond Podcast for rural women Interviewed over 50 women  Address unique challenges and opportunities faced by women living in rural areas Rural Podcasting Co Started this year (2023) Coaching - help start podcast Full Podcast Service - develop and produce podcast for individual/business Speaking - event host, next speaker, or podcast guest  Services  Consult: One 90 minute 1:1 session - review individuals content The Pod Launcher: strategy session, 1:1 coaching calls, templates, content reviews and feedback Rural Pod Connect: 30 minute monthly coaching session, group mentoring sessions, templates, content reviews and feedback Podcast Ignite: 90 minute session, coaching calls, templates, content reviews and feedback, voice coaching About Kirsten Journalist for 15 years For Australian broadcasting Corporation Still occasionally present programs Conversation Hour on ABC Radio Melbourne & the Newspaper round on ABC News  2013: moved to a farm 2014: Received the Quill for Reporting Disability (nominated again in 2016) 2021: appointed a Board Director of South West TAFE Currently deputy chair Lives on mixed grazing and cropping farm in south-west Victoria w/ husband & two boys  Adventuring into incorporating a dairy into their farming business Harvested on Christmas this year How has social media changed her life? How would they start it over differently? Which is their favorite social media platform?  If you were an animal, what do you think you would be? Right now, who inspires you? If you could make anything bigger on your body what would it be?   Word association - Take the word we share and say the first thing that comes to mind connecting it to agriculture Movie                                       Hunter                                      America Humorous                                 Fence                                      Rescue Neighborhood                          Smart                                       States Tool                                         Tire                                          Coffee Catalog                                    Exercise                                   Tourist Sunrise                                    Staircase                                  Agronomy                                   What’s next for them? What can our listeners do to help? What do you enjoy most about what you do?

January 18 • 1h 8m 24.8s
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Flight to Future: Benefits and Uses of Spray Drones w/ Terraplex

In this episode of the Farm4Profit podcast, we dive into the world of agricultural innovation with two industry disruptors, Danny Assman and Ryan Schroeder. As spokespersons for Terraplex, they share their journey from feedlot owner and commodity trader to pioneers in the drone technology space. Segment 1: Meet Danny and Ryan Introductions and background of Danny Assman (AUSMAN) and Ryan Schroeder (SHRAADER). Explore their unlikely partnership and the decision to venture into drone technology. Segment 2: From Feedlot to the Sky Discuss the intriguing story behind why a feedlot owner and a commodity trader decided to invest in drone technology. Uncover the exciting outcomes when feedlot expertise meets the capabilities of drone technology. Segment 3: Iowa Aerial Applicators to Terraplex Trace the origins of Iowa Aerial Applicators and its evolution into Terraplex. Highlight lessons learned as business owners in the cutting-edge technology space. Segment 4: The Terraplex Difference Unpack the new business model that addresses farmers' needs and focuses on scalability. Explore the challenges farmers face in the online retail marketplace and how Terraplex turns the "Buy & Crash" scenario into a loyal customer base. Segment 5: Terraplex Team Dynamics Highlight the diverse talent pool assembled by Terraplex, including technology experts, support specialists, and agronomic backgrounds. Discuss how this team differentiates Terraplex from other agricultural retail businesses. Segment 6: Forecasting Drones in Agriculture (2024) Danny Assman shares his expert forecast for drones in agriculture in 2024. Address the need to eliminate online retail as an option for farmers and dispel misconceptions discouraging adoption. Segment 7: Farmer Payback with Terraplex Explore the benefits of partnering with Terraplex, including eliminating fears of flying drones, navigating regulatory challenges, and achieving fast payback on investments. Discuss how Terraplex puts farmers in control of their crops through efficient scalability and instant decision-making. Segment 8: Understanding Regulatory and Compliance Fears Delve into the core fears farmers face regarding regulatory and compliance issues in adopting drone technology. Segment 9: Importance of Choosing the Right Partner Emphasize the crucial role of choosing the right partner in agricultural technology adoption. Highlight that WHO YOU BUY FROM is as important as the technology itself. Conclusion: In this enlightening episode, Danny Assman and Ryan Schroeder offer a glimpse into the transformative world of Terraplex drones and how they are reshaping the future of farming.

January 15 • 1h 9m 13.3s
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F4F- Chad Bell - Super Bowl Commercial Star!

@bellfamilyfarms.  22.9k on titkok   Chad Bell – NW Illinois 6th Generation family farm Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Pigs How was the growing year? Runs a gleaner combine Super bowl commercial Using social media to educate consumers How would he do it differently? Do activists attack him? What benefits has he received? Is it beeswings or red dawg, red eye?  When did he decide he wanted to be a farmer? What has he changed on the farm from other generations? What are the important parts of serving on boards or being involved? What are his hobbies? What is he looking forward to next year?     Would you rather? Iowa Corn or Nebraska Corn Cyclones or Hawkeyes Beach vacation or national park Cocktail or beer Steak or Pork Chop Spring or Fall Breakfast or Supper     Listener Review – Apple You guys are crazy…..good stuff….Thanks to John Deere and Sukup for supporting them ….great stuff Iowa Land Guy – Doug Bear     What would you tell someone who may have lost their fire or passion for farming?

January 11 • 57m 4.7s
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Market Check: Assessing the Pulse of Ag Equipment & Land

General Questions First let’s start by comparing this time last year to this year.  Have there been more or less sales in 2023 than 2022? Is Covid officially done causing issues to the equipment market?  Will Farm Bill discussions have any influence on the market? How about foreign relations with China or the battle in Ukraine? Overall do you feel the current market and recent sales are stronger or weaker than a year ago? What about new equipment?   How are PUK’s effecting the market? What effect do interest rates have on purchasing power? Who have the sellers been? Who have the buyers been? When you reflect on successful sales.  Is there something sellers have been doing that has really been working? or set their sale apart from the rest? How about flipping the script.  What is your best advice for a buyer Do you have a prediction for 2024? Anything else you’d like our listeners to know? Reminder to share CONTACT INFO    What’s your favorite part about what you do? Summary Challenge

January 8 • 1h 25m 55.7s
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The Path to Greatness - Get Started Right

"The Path to Greatness"   The journey to greatness, self-discovery, and achieving one's fullest potential. Set the tone with motivational music.   Clip 1: The Rock-Denzel Washington, Rocky, Steve Harvey Discuss the importance of perseverance, mental resilience, and the "day one" mentality. Emphasize the power of self-belief and the quote, "It's not over until I win." Clip 2: The Power of 365 Days Explore the idea of committing to giving one's all for 365 days without self-sabotage. Highlight the importance of putting in the work consistently over time. Clip 3: Warren Buffet's Wisdom on Prioritization Discuss the significance of prioritizing the top goals and avoiding distractions. Encourage listeners to set exceptional goals for the year. Clip 4: Mel Robbins and Finding Happiness Comparing past moments of happiness with the present and making positive changes. Emphasize the impact of daily habits on overall happiness. Clip 5: Steve Harvey on Owning Your Own Happiness Discuss the importance of challenging personal narratives and enjoying the journey. Emphasize the role of personal responsibility in finding joy. Clip 6: Surfer's Mentality Discuss the importance of enjoying the entire experience of life, including challenges. Relate the surfer's mindset to embracing both highs and lows. Clip 7: Unconventional Happiness Discuss the idea that happiness can come from unexpected places. Clip 8: Turning Hurt into Motivation Resilience and determination required to turn negative experiences into positive actions. Clip 9: Doing What You Don't Want to Do Discipline and mental toughness required to do things you don't want to do. Explore the idea that the path to success often involves discomfort and persistence. Clip 10: Stop Procrastinating Share strategies for overcoming procrastination. The importance of visualizing the future and making choices aligned with long-term goals. Clip 11: Compilation of Motivational Quotes Discuss common themes, such as hard work, resilience, faith, and the belief in oneself. Encourage listeners to reflect on their own goals and commitment to greatness. Conclusion Challenge Hosts Resolutions?                   Clip1 The Rock-Denzel Washington, Rocky, Steve Harvey,  One day or  day one, it's time to get back to work. Who cares? You're tired.  Nobody cared. It's on you. Cut out all the fucking noise. Get back to the fucking mental lab. You got to go for it. I will never quit. I'm going to win. Seize this very minute. What you can do or even dream you can do and begin it. Now, if you know what you're worth, go out and get what you're worth. But you've got to be willing to take the hits. That's where winning is. There are no crappy jams in the. It's just you and your shadow. Say to yourself, it's not over until I win!   Clip2 What would happen if for the next 365 days,  you gave it your all? What if for the next 365 days, not 366, not 364. What if for the next 365 days, you didn't self sabotage? Who would you be  if for the next  365 days, you didn't quit? Who would you become? What type of person would be bred from that trial, that tribulation? I want to find out. And I think that you're doing a disservice to you, to your family, to your lineage, to your future generations, if you don't try to achieve your fullest potential. So, strive for greatness. Because, on the other side of this pain, this bullshit, this trial, this struggle, is greatness. And you can unlock it. But you gotta put in the fucking hours. You gotta put in the work. Yeah. And you gotta put in the 365 motherfucking days.   Clip3 Warren Buffet Quote As you set your New Year's resolutions this year, I want you to remember my favorite Warren Buffett quote. Take the top 25 things you want to get done this year, and write them all down. And then take number 5 through 25 on that list, and this year, avoid doing these at all costs. If you want to be exceptional this year, then you need to ruthlessly prioritize.   Clip4 Mel Robbins I believe that the reason why you want to be happier is because you miss being happier and you can only miss things that you know. I'll give you a simple exercise that you can do that I did with one of our daughters. She dealt with the depression and the grief by drinking herself into the ground and had a complete breakdown. I said, okay, well, here's what, let's start here. First of all, I want you to have this breakthrough where you realize you do know what you need to do. So take out a piece of paper and I want you to draw a line down the center. When was a time that you felt happier than you feel right now? Now on the left hand side of the paper, I want you to write down all the things that were happening in your life then. Like what did your day to day life look like? So you start to write. I left the house at 7 a. m. I was at school all day with my friends. I went to lacrosse practice. I exercised every day. And I'm like, great, now write down what your life looks like now. I sleep till noon. I drink every day. I don't leave the house. I don't exercise. Like, compare. Mm hmm. And change accordingly. Your whole life is about those little things that you do every day. And if you're not happy, get out a piece of paper, draw a line down the center, and write down the things that you were doing when you were a happier or healthier person. And change accordingly   Clip5 Steve Harvey What can I do to be happy? Number one, you have to own your own happiness. Your kids are not going to make you happy. Your spouse is not going to make you happy. A big house is not going to make you happy. Own your own happiness and be responsible for doing those things that bring joy into your own heart, independently of life and people and money and all of that. That it doesn't necessarily give you a happiness. You have to take responsibility of that peace and that joy that lives inside of your heart and not inside of your stuff. The second thing that I think people need to do is challenge their own story because people torment themselves by how they see their life. Challenge your own story. Change the way you talk to yourself about who you are and what happened to you and what you're going to do in your life. You, you wrote the script, changed the story. The third thing that, that, that I think is very important is to enjoy the journey. Not the destination.  A lot of us delay our happiness. When I get to this level, when I get my degree, when I get the kids, when I get married, I'm going to be happy. Enjoy the journey, enjoy the whole step, the whole process. Every day that you get up to strive for whatever it is you're after, you know, I'm a goal oriented guy, but you don't celebrate when you get to the finish line, celebrate all along the way. Celebrate all along the way   Clip6 Surfer If you want to be happier, you need to use something that I call the surfer's mentality. See, because there's something a surfer understands better about life than most other people. See, a surfer wants to get up on the wave, but they don't make the mistake of believing that once they're up, that they're going to stay there forever. When they get up there, they enjoy it and they ride it as far as they can. But at every moment, they realize that that wave is going to crash. and that they're going to fall. And maybe another wave is going to crash on top of them. But they don't let that get them down. Because a surfer understands that there's always more waves coming. And that is the experience of surfing.  Trying to get up on the wave, waiting to get up on the next wave, getting ready and being prepared for the waves. that crash over you. And if you can enjoy the entire experience of being alive, the moments that are challenging as much as the highs, and understand that they are two parts of the same experience, then my friend, you will have won the game   Clip7 MN State Fair What makes you happy? What brings you joy?  Sex.You didn't expect that, did you?   Clip8 And that, um,  that hurt, you know, and I think that just, that flipped a switch in me where I was like, okay, fuck you, watch this   Clip9 Doing what you don’t want to do When that alarm clock goes off at four or five in the morning, your mind says, no, you just say, this is what we do  is what we do now, because to get to where you want to go, the amount of pain involved, the amount of mental pain of how many times you're going to have to do something that you don't want to do to get to where you want to go, there's gonna be more times you do stuff that you don't want to do, then you are going to want to do it.  And then once you do this over and over and over again, it becomes like breathing. I don't want to live this lifestyle, but to get to the other side of this, I have to.     Clip10 Stop procrastinating One of the absolute best ways to get motivation to stop procrastinating and actually start working towards your goals is this. Grab a pen and paper and write down what your ideal life looks like  five years from now and what you have to do in order to achieve that life. Then, right next to it, write down what your life will look like five years from now if you continue to live by the  Have. Put them next to each other and look at them. Look at them and ask yourself which one of these two lives do I truly want and fully realize that you have the option to choose between either one of them. The habits that you are going to live by from this point on will determine which one of these two lives you will end up getting.   Clip11 Adam Sandler – My Tyson – Denzel – Steve Harvey – Kobe – Jay Z – Kevin Hart  You have to think I am the best ever. I'm the most brutal and vicious and most ruthless champion has ever been. What do you want to be in life? I'm a winner.  I'm going to win. So this is how you level up. You need to work hard. The more you put in, the more you get out. It's on you. You can never lose faith. Things don't happen to you. They happen for you. Anything in life will eventually turn good. Always keep going.  Always, no matter what happens, the storm eventually ends.  does and you want to make sure that you're ready.

January 4 • 40m 4.8s
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$520/acre Cash Rent Auction Winning Bid - Story County, IA

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January 1 • 1h 50m 12s
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F4F Alexa Borter - Fields Family & Fun

Alexa Borter, a fellow Iowan farmer hailing from Schappsville, Wisconsin. The episode kicks off with a heartwarming listener review from Nick Andersen, expressing appreciation for the podcast's engaging topics. The conversation begins by exploring Alexa's farming roots, from her location in Schappsville to her journey into agriculture. Alexa, who farms corn and beans among other crops, gives listeners a glimpse into her family life, sharing insights into her marriage and introducing her canine companions, Huey and Tippy. She farms her own ground and recently experienced her first crop in 2021. Alexa provides a sneak peek into upcoming changes for the next year, including the remodeling of a farmhouse. The interview covers her hobbies, from fishing and hunting to traveling, floating, and her love for hockey. In the Bench Cut segment, Alexa reveals her preferences on beer, liquor, and coffee, her choice among Case IH, John Deere, and New Holland, and her favorite musicians—Morgan Wallen, Jason Aldean, and Chris Stapleton. The hosts explore her holiday preferences, food favorites (cheese curds, frozen custard, and fries), and her entertainment choices between TV, podcasts, and books. The episode concludes with a glimpse into what's next for Alexa and a reflection on what she loves most about being a farmer and rancher. This intimate and entertaining interview with Alexa Borter leaves listeners inspired by her passion for farming, family, and the joy she finds in the simple pleasures of life.

December 28 • 53m 49.4s
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Celebrating All Friends - New and Old!

The Value of Having a Nationwide Ag Network: The hosts discuss their experiences and perspectives gained from connecting with farmers nationwide. They explore the question, "Who do you communicate with outside of the state of Iowa?" and share personal anecdotes and success stories about the transformative power of broad social networks in agriculture. Benefits of Having a Large Circle of Friends in Agriculture: The collaborative and knowledge-sharing aspects of a widespread network take center stage. The hosts emphasize the emotional support and camaraderie that come from being part of a larger agricultural community. They reflect on their 2023 journeys, including notable events like NACADE, NFMS, Commodity Classic, Truterra Field Day, Farm Progress, Husker, and Clewiston. Leveraging Technology to Expand Your Network: The podcast explores how social media and online platforms have revolutionized networking in agriculture. The hosts share practical tips on using technology to enhance communication, share ideas, and stay updated on industry trends. A call to action reminds listeners that expanding the network is a collective effort. Stories from Farming Communities Nationwide: The episode features interviews and stories from farmers across the nation who have benefited from a broad agricultural network. From Florida Sugarcane to Gatlin in Oklahoma, Kowalchuk in Canada, Luke in Chesapeake Bay, Bergen in Spain, Derrick Josi's Dairy, Tyne, Chip, Fieldrows Randy, to Quick Dick, the podcast paints a vivid picture of diverse experiences. Listeners are encouraged to share their own stories via social media. Overcoming Challenges and Growing Together: The hosts share insights on overcoming communication barriers and fostering meaningful connections, drawing from their own travel experiences. The role of mentorship in supporting newcomers to the community is discussed, expressing gratitude to the Farm4Profit community and reaffirming the podcast's commitment to fostering a supportive network. Conclusion: The episode concludes by reiterating the importance of cultivating connections in the agriculture community. As the hosts bid farewell, they leave listeners inspired to nurture their networks and continue reaping the benefits of a connected and supportive agricultural community.

December 25 • 49m 15.3s
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F4F - "Just a Jackson Thing" plus Cousins Brad and Becca

In this episode of the Farm4Profit Podcast, hosts tackle an array of topics, from family tractors to miniature farm sets and even the ultimate "Would you rather?" showdown. @justajacksonthing – Jackson (8 yr old) 19,000 TikTok followers Meet Jackson, an 8-year-old TikTok sensation with an impressive 19,000 followers. His miniature farm sets spark curiosity, leading the hosts to ponder whose shop these intricate setups are housed in. Listeners discover that people are sending him toys, including a gift from Growincorn2020. The discussion also touches on Jackson's favorite tractors, his growing collection, and his admiration for Grandpa's equipment. The hosts explore the mystery of "Sweatervest Kyle" and delve into Jackson's adventures, including driving a grain cart with Grandpa. @justbeckythings – Becca (Cousin) Becca, also known as "@justbeckythings," shares her desire to reclaim her account for rants and quirky bad lip syncs. She affectionately refers to her dad as "Grandpa," setting the stage for some family-focused banter. @braddad04 – Brad Laux (cousin) - Indiana Brad Laux, a cousin from Indiana, takes the mic to discuss his JD 7700 combine with a 930f head. The conversation delves into the specifics of his equipment, including an extended auger. The hosts question the number of JD 7700 combines Brad owns and explore the story behind a custom toy. The episode touches on Brad's experiences with a farm simulator and his connection to a tractor chase inspired by a Tony Reed post. The idea of a TikTok page dedicated to finding family tractors sparks interest, leading to a debate on whether there should be a "Stories of Lost Tractors" podcast. The episode wraps up with a lighthearted "Would you rather?" segment: Tune in to Farm4Profit for an entertaining blend of family stories, farm adventures, and the timeless struggle of choosing between sweet tea and lemonade.

December 21 • 1h 10m 41.5s
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Roots of Progress: A Better Way to Farm w/ Rod Livesay

" A Better Way with Rod" Quick overview of Rod's expertise and the mission of "A Better Way to Farm." Rod's background and how he got started in agriculture. The evolution of his farming philosophy and the birth of "A Better Way to Farm." Philosophy and Approach: Discuss the core principles and philosophy behind "A Better Way to Farm." How Rod's approach differs from conventional farming methods. “Jim’s Story” A Better Way to Farm in Practice:  3. Sustainable Farming Practices: - Exploring sustainable and regenerative farming practices promoted by Rod. - Examples of successful implementations and their impact on yield and soil health. Child’s quote “ if more did it we’d all be averaging 450 BPA Technology Integration: Discuss the role of technology in micro biologicals 3 Fine tuned micros Proper testing Data Sorbitol 4 RS Educational Initiatives: Overview of educational programs and resources provided by Rod's platform. The importance of ongoing education for farmers in a rapidly evolving industry. Tissue Testing Timing Product Challenges and Solutions:  Foliar Feeding Must do everything else right Basics must be done right first Free E-Book available Share success stories from farmers who have implemented "A Better Way to Farm" practices. Mike P Story Highlight the positive impact on both productivity and sustainability. Adapting to Change: The importance of adaptability in agriculture and staying ahead of the curve. Advice for farmers looking to embrace new and innovative approaches. Closing:  Thank You and Outro:

December 18 • 1h 14m 6.9s
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F4F - Recorded on a Train Full of Creators

In this episode, we get to talk with 5 different guests! We delve into a remarkable experience at U.S. Sugar, where the intersection of agriculture, technology, and precision farming meets a group of 12 influential figures from the agricultural, transportation, and food and beverage sectors. Join us as we explore the highlights of a unique journey through the heart of Florida agriculture aboard the Sugar Express. Our guests, major influencers hailing from various corners of the country and the world, had the opportunity to witness firsthand the incredible innovations taking place at U.S. Sugar. From cutting-edge technology to precision agriculture and a strong commitment to sustainability, the episode unravels the layers of excellence that define U.S. Sugar's operations. The episode celebrates not just the advancements in technology and agriculture but also shines a spotlight on the backbone of U.S. Sugar – its talented employees. Their dedication and expertise play a pivotal role in driving the company's success and contributing to the positive impact it has on the agricultural landscape. As we navigate through the highlights of this "SWEET" journey, listeners will gain insights into the future of agriculture, the role of precision farming, and the sustainable practices that are shaping the industry.

December 14 • 43m 54.2s
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Sweet Secrets: The Journey of Growing Sugarcane

Join us in this captivating episode of the Farm4Profit Podcast as we delve into the intricate world of sugarcane cultivation and sugar production. We explore the journey from "seed" to sweet, uncovering the fascinating processes involved in creating this sweet commodity. The Sweet Beginnings - Planting Sugarcane: Embark on a virtual journey to Clewiston, Florida, hailed as the "Sugar Capital of the US." We provide a brief overview of the region and dive into the meticulous process of planting sugarcane. Explore the ideal conditions for growth, strategic planning, and the timeline of sugarcane cultivation, crucial for a successful harvest. Sugarcane Farming Techniques: Discover the sustainable and innovative farming practices employed by the US Sugar Company. From soil types and fertility to crop rotation and the length of the crop, we unveil the secrets behind successful sugarcane farming. Delve into the role of technology and machinery, including the traditional hand-planted approach, as we explore the environmental impact and sustainability initiatives in sugarcane agriculture. Harvesting Ritual: Uncover the controlled burning and harvesting process of sugarcane, exploring the environmental implications and machinery involved. Gain insights into the significance of timing and precision in harvesting for optimal sugar yield. Transporting Sugarcane to the Mill: Navigate the logistics of transporting sugarcane from the fields to the processing mill. Highlighting challenges and innovations in efficient transportation, we provide a behind-the-scenes look at this crucial stage in the sugarcane journey. From Raw to Refined: Explore "Sugar Mountain" and witness the transformation of raw sugar into the final refined product. Discuss quality control measures and standards maintained in the refining process, and discover the delicate balance between tradition and innovation in the sugar industry. Environmental Impact and Sustainability: Examine the environmental considerations in sugarcane farming and processing. Dive into the industry's commitment to sustainability, exploring initiatives to reduce environmental impact. Highlighting the carbon capture and release dynamics during the sugarcane burning process, we shed light on the industry's efforts towards a greener future. Conclusion: In the concluding segment, we summarize the entire journey from planting sugarcane to refining it into sugar. Join us as we unravel the intricate tapestry of the sugarcane journey, exploring the traditions, innovations, and sustainability efforts within this fascinating industry.

December 11 • 1h 20m 45.3s
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F4F - Micah Barnes - Miss Rodeo Iowa

In this episode of the Farm4Profit Podcast, we sit down with Micah Lynn Barnes,  with a passion for rodeo and agriculture. Micah shares her journey from NW Iowa, growing up in a rodeo family with Barnes PRCA Rodeo roots, to her college rodeo days and eventually earning the prestigious title of Miss Rodeo Iowa. We explore the multifaceted role of Miss Rodeo Iowa, from extensive travels and photo shoots to the responsibilities of promoting and representing Iowa's rich rodeo and agricultural traditions. Micah gives us a glimpse into her life beyond the crown, sharing her personal connection to farming, ranching, and the rural way of life. Navigating the challenges and rewards of balancing her responsibilities as Miss Rodeo Iowa with her personal and agricultural pursuits, Micah addresses the evolving landscape of rodeo today and reflects on the influences that shaped her journey as a child. To add a touch of fun, we engage in a word association game, exploring Micah's thoughts on terms like "Family," "Competition," and "Tradition." We conclude with a look at what's next for Micah and her perspective on the joys of being a farmer/rancher. Tune in for an inspiring conversation that seamlessly weaves together the worlds of rodeo and agriculture, offering insights into Micah Lynn Barnes's unique journey and her dedication to preserving the rich traditions of the heartland.

December 7 • 54m 30.8s
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Exploring Tax Savings and Planning Tips for Farms

In this episode, hosts David, Corey, and Tanner discuss the critical importance of tax planning for farmers as the year comes to an end. Acknowledging the challenges of dealing with bankers and CPAs, the hosts draw parallels between modern tax planning and the historical grievances expressed in the Declaration of Independence. They are joined by Bill Glazner, an experienced CPA and ag industry leader from Adams and Brown, to shed light on the latest tax developments. Bill emphasizes the need for ongoing strategic planning and not just relying on year-end meetings. The conversation delves into various aspects of tax planning, including meeting frequency with top-tier clients, the role of fractional CFO services, and the impact of rising interest rates on farmers' financial decisions. Bill also provides insights into disaster aid related to extreme weather conditions and shares lesser-known nuggets of information about tax codes for farmers, such as the ability to write off existing soil fertility. The discussion expands to considerations for farmers approaching retirement, where Bill advises planning well in advance to maximize benefits and minimize complications. Overall, the episode offers practical advice and expert insights to help farmers navigate the complex landscape of tax planning, financial management, and strategic decision-making for long-term success.

December 4 • 55m 8.3s
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F4F - Gatlin Didier aka Darrell Bibbins

Gatlin Didier, a multifaceted personality with a massive social media following—334k on Instagram, 1.8M on TikTok, 232k on YouTube, and 505 on Twitter. A true country soul, Gatlin is not only an actor and producer but also a dedicated rancher, passionate about showcasing the country way of life. We explore Gatlin's roots, spanning generations of farming and ranching since the late 1800s in America, with Didier Ranch operating solely within the family since 1902. Born and raised in rural western Oklahoma, Gatlin shares his journey from a childhood on the family's 120-year-old ranch to studying journalism and acting at the University of Oklahoma, ultimately making a mark in LA's acting scene. Gatlin's career took an unexpected turn during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading him back to the farm. He created engaging content like "Farm Stuff with Darrell," explaining farm life with Darrell Bibbins, his cousin, and grandmother. Gatlin's accomplishments include being named among Cowboys and Indians Magazine's Top 21 Influencers and working with notable brands such as Dot’s Pretzels, John Deere, and NASCAR. In a lighthearted segment,  We also play "Start, Bench, Cut" with choices ranging from farm essentials to country music icons. As we wrap up, Gatlin shares insights into his future plans and reflects on what he loves most about being a farmer/rancher. Join us for a fascinating journey into the heart of country living with Gatlin Didier. Don't forget to tune in and enjoy the show!

November 30 • 1h 23m 10.3s
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Navigating Commodity Markets with Andrew Kabes, COO of Lighthouse Commodities

Marketing w/ Lighthouse Commodities Andrew Kabes – COO (pronounced Kubbish like “Rubbish”) Contact Number is 701-516-8025 We are joined by Andrew Kabes, the Chief Operating Officer (pronounced Kubbish like "Rubbish") of Lighthouse Commodities. With a rich background in the commercial grain industry, Andrew takes us on a journey through his early years, including working for the largest inland BNSF shuttle loader and merchandising a significant portion of the US white proso millet crop. Delving into the heart of grain merchandising, Andrew defines its relevance for row crop farmers and livestock producers. He emphasizes the importance of effective grain management and outlines key components crucial for success in this field. Looking forward, Andrew provides a comprehensive outlook on the commodity market, discussing crops and livestock. He sheds light on the significance of forward commodity market outlook for livestock producers, explores the impact of commodity prices on livestock production, and identifies the factors influencing market trends. Risk management takes center stage as Andrew explores strategies for both crops and cattle, including forward contracting and hedging techniques. Balancing risk and reward in commodity trading becomes a key focus. In the toolbox segment, Andrew discusses various tools available for farmers, catering to both beginners and seasoned professionals. For amateurs seeking to understand grain merchandising, he provides valuable guidance, educational resources, and courses to build a foundational understanding. Drawing on expert insights, Andrew shares what his best clients are doing better than anyone else, along with their experiences and lessons learned. He offers valuable advice for navigating the complex terrain of commodity markets. Looking ahead, the episode explores the future outlook for grain merchandising and commodity markets, discussing anticipated challenges and opportunities. A recap of key takeaways wraps up the episode, followed by contact information and a warm thank you to the audience for tuning in. Stay informed, stay engaged, and happy listening!

November 27 • 1h 7m 51.3s
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F4F - John Kowalchuk - Mr. Smith!

@kowalchukfarms1      Instagram 1.8k    TikTok 13.7k   YouTube 661  Twitter 20.8k In this episode, we dive into the world of agriculture and social media with John Kowalchuk from @kowalchukfarms1. With a substantial following on Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, and Twitter, John shares his mission to promote agriculture to the general public. We explore his passion for showcasing farm life, discussing why he feels compelled to share the story of his farm with a broader audience. We start by delving into John's roots – a Central Alberta (Canada) farmer with a wife, three kids, and the invaluable help of his brother and son during harvest. John shares insights into the crops they cultivate, emphasizing the importance of unity among farmers. As we tour John's farm, we learn about the history behind the 100-year-old barn and the extensive work he's put into the property. John's down-to-earth demeanor shines through as he talks about his experiences with unexpected October snow, hosting Italian visitors, and the beauty of harvest sunsets. The episode takes a turn to discuss the 2023 harvest recap, covering the performance of barley, wheat, and canola. John reflects on the challenges and successes of the season, highlighting the significance of weather conditions. We explore how social media has become a game-changer for John, discussing his motivations, preferred platforms, and how he navigates the ever-changing landscape of online content creation. From TikTok to YouTube, John shares the unique aspects of each platform and the impact they've had on his life. In a lighthearted segment, John takes on the "Start, Bench, Cut" challenge, offering his preferences on various farming and lifestyle choices. From crops to social media platforms, John provides entertaining insights into his preferences. Wrapping up the episode, we peek into the future with John, exploring what's next for @kowalchukfarms1. John reflects on the joys of being a farmer and shares what he enjoys most about his agricultural journey. Tune in for a captivating conversation that blends the world of farming, social media, and the passion behind @kowalchukfarms1.

November 23 • 1h 4m 9.7s
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RYSE Aero, Leaftech Ag, and Sukup : Innovating Tomorrow's Farming

In this episode, RYSE Aero Technologies takes the spotlight as it secures a spot on TIME's Best Inventions of 2023 list in the Transportation category. Mick Kowitz, CEO of RYSE Aero Technologies, expresses pride in the groundbreaking RECON, an ultralight eVTOL flying vehicle capable of water take-offs and landings. The RECON, available for purchase in the U.S., has logged over 600 flights, showcasing its accessibility and innovation. Leaftech Ag enters the scene with its revolutionary handheld "Digital Lab," transforming plant analysis with geo-location precision. Delivering rapid, site-specific data on nutrient composition, Leaftech Ag accelerates corrective actions and enhances environmental stewardship, providing a cost-effective solution to elevate crop potential. Sukup brings expertise in grain drying, offering efficient Mixed-Flow, Cross-Flow, and Tower Dryers equipped with the QuadraTouch Pro™ control system. As a family-owned company with a rich history, Sukup's commitment to innovation and sustainability sets the standard in the agriculture industry. This episode unfolds the narratives of three trailblazing companies, each contributing to the evolution of agriculture through technological advancements and groundbreaking solutions. From transformative eVTOL vehicles to handheld digital labs and state-of-the-art grain dryers, these innovations redefine the landscape of modern farming, setting new standards for efficiency, productivity, and sustainability.

November 20 • 1h 6m 14.7s
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F4F - One Legged Mommy - Josie Wendel

@theoneleggedmom               Instagram 32.7k   TikTok 1M    YouTube ___   Twitter ____   Launch Had her entire leg amputated up to her hip joint, and she also had the muscles and tendons cut out of her arm - Had 28 surgeries during the nearly 2 months she spent in the hospital - 4th person in US to have this, and the only one to survive  Review – text line – Mike from the East Coast I’ve listened since 2020 and I always learn something new on the profit shows.  Thanks for taking the time and effort you put into every show. “Go Hawks” Josie Wendel Where are they from, what do they farm How’s the family - do they farm with family? Josie Wendel - Mom of 3 - Farm Wife - 31 What are they up to today? – Mom night out? Amputee In 2015 was diagnosed with a rare strand of necrotizing fasciitis and become an amputee after less than 24 hrs of feeling sick Woke up at 3am on April 3, 2015, with aches and a fever Assumed she had contracted a late-season flu and called off work while their 10-year old son went with his babysitter At noon she developed painful muscles spasms that lasted hours Spent 6 hours taking hot showers because it was the only thing that made her feel better When her husband arrived home at 6pm, she made the decision to go to the ER Waited in the emergency room as it was full at the time Her parents got the hospital around 9:30 pm  Found a football sized bruise on her left shin after ripping the blankets off of her leg (wasn’t there 4 hours ago) Life flighted to another hospital around midnight  1st surgery she had a 5% chance of coming back out  Amputated below her knee with goal of preserving her quality of life Ended up needed at hi disarticulation, an amputation where the entire leg all the way up to the hip joint is removed 2 day after surgery displayed symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis in her forearm - rushed to surgery then  Took out all the muscles and tendons from the top of her arm to clean it out Put a skin graft on top of her arm When her husband wasn’t at the hospital with her he was home making adjustments to it to make it handicap accessible She was in the SICU for 3 weeks before being moved to the burn unit for 2 more week Spend last weeks in the rehab unit Sent home on May 21, 2015 Only saw her son twice in the hospital Had her entire leg amputated up to her hip joint, and she also had the muscles and tendons cut out of her arm Had 28 surgeries during the nearly 2 months she spent in the hospital 4th person in US to have this, and the only one to survive        Today: Works on the farm  Running the tractor Cattle chores Playing with her kids    Word association - Take the word we share and say the first thing thing that comes to mind connecting it to agriculture Coffee                                     Kids                                         Bacon   Steak                                       Cattle                                       School Vodka                                      Traffic                                      Circle Chapter                                   Text                                         Sweat Sentiment                                Houseplant                              Harvest Pumpkin                                  Museum                                  Laughing    What’s next for them? What can our listeners do to help? What can we do to help?   What does she like most about farmers?

November 16 • 38m 9.9s
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From Nutrients to Irrigation: Exploring Subsurface Technologies

Introduction: Brief overview of precision agriculture and the importance of efficient nutrient delivery and irrigation. Segment 1: Meet the Innovators Introduce the representatives from Nutridrip and Netafim. Background, role, and tie to agriculture. Company mission and goals. Segment 2: Nutridrip's Role in Precision Agriculture Discuss Nutridrip's focus on nutrient delivery. How Nutridrip addresses specific challenges in crop nutrition. Key products and technologies offered. Segment 3: Netafim's Impact on Irrigation Explore Netafim's role in precision irrigation. Overview of drip irrigation technology. How Netafim contributes to water efficiency in agriculture. Key products and solutions provided by Netafim. Segment 4: Intersection of Nutrient Delivery and Irrigation Discuss how Nutridrip and Netafim collaborate or complement each other. Examples of successful joint projects. The synergy between precise nutrient delivery and efficient irrigation. Segment 5: Technological Advancements Highlight the latest technological innovations from Nutridrip and Netafim. How technology is shaping the future of precision agriculture. Real-world examples and success stories. Segment 6: Industry Challenges and Solutions Address common challenges in nutrient delivery and irrigation. How Nutridrip and Netafim provide solutions. Insights into overcoming obstacles in precision agriculture. Segment 7: Environmental Sustainability Discuss the environmental impact of Nutridrip and Netafim technologies. How precision agriculture contributes to sustainable farming practices. Future goals for environmental stewardship. Segment 8: Farmer Engagement and Adoption Explore how farmers are responding to Nutridrip and Netafim technologies. Success stories from farmers who have adopted these innovations. Challenges in encouraging widespread adoption. Segment 9: What's Next for Nutridrip and Netafim Future plans, projects, and innovations in the pipeline. Expansion into new markets or technologies. Opportunities for collaboration with farmers and the agriculture community. Segment 10: Closing Thoughts Recap key insights from Nutridrip and Netafim representatives. Express gratitude for their contributions to precision agriculture. Encourage listeners to explore Nutridrip and Netafim technologies. Outro: Thank the audience for listening. Mention upcoming episodes and topics. Invite feedback, reviews, and suggestions. This outline provides a structured flow for the podcast episode, allowing for an in-depth exploration of Nutridrip and Netafim and their impact on precision agriculture.

November 13 • 1h 2m 1.9s
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F4F - Luke McFadden Chesapeake Bay Crabber

Luke @fvsoutherngirl             Instagram: 251k   YouTube: 361k     TikTok: 1.6M   Launch 27 year old first generation crabber and selling crabs direct to consumer Review – Apple Podcasts Matt R 844, 10/20/2023 -Love the show and please keep it up and more John Deere equipment please. Not a farmer yet but want to be a farmer Luke Where are they from, what do they farm, how did they get into farming How’s the family - do they farm with family? 27, a first-generation crabber Chesapeake bay waterman,Captain: F.V. Southern Girl (30ft fishing vessel) - Wife, Lindsey - helps with sales  Last day of crabbing season: October 12  Not an average year: this year had a lot of problems and challenges crabbing every day, selling every weekend and day, written every ad for crabs w/ price,  answered every phone call and text Shipped crab that’s gone across the country  Done a merch line, Shooting, editing, and posting 6 videos a week  Can it catch  Trying baits that the viewers suggest  What were some of the most random things?  Goals: Knowledge of sea creatures He speaks for the watermen whose livelihood is affected by regulations He’s raising money for a group of kids to get a day on the water Growing up  Dad is a psychiatrist and his mom is a stay-at-home mom  Started with an 8ft dingy he bought with $175 of lawnmowing money at 11 Says he doesn’t like working out sponsorship deals? Why?  Maryland Watermen’s Association Will be on the billboard before the be national convention in January  How has social media changed his life? If you were an animal, what do you think you would be? If you could make anything bigger on your body what would it be?   Would you rather Only use tiktok for social media or have everything but tiktok  Use gummy worms or bananas as crab bait  Speak in front of a conference or be recognized at a NFL game  Compete in a rowing competition or bobsledding competition Have a huge (400+) wedding or a small (50) wedding  Shout all the time or only whisper Look like a crab or smell like a crab    What’s next for them? What can our listeners do to help? What does Luke like most about farmers?

November 9 • 1h 14m 45.5s
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Planning and Sizing: Keys to the Perfect Grain Handling Facility

www.sukup.com " Building Your Grain Handling Facility Right"   Explain the importance of proper planning and considerations when building or expanding a grain handling facility. Discuss the significance of choosing the right location for your grain handling facility. Explain factors like soil type, drainage, and accessibility. Highlight the importance of proper space and land use planning. Sizing Up Your Grain Bins Explain the various considerations for selecting the appropriate grain bin size. How do you know how wide and how tall to go? Discuss how crop volume, storage needs, and crop diversity impact bin size decisions. Mention factors like grain quality, airflow, and temperature control. Grain Receiving Capacity Discuss the importance of grain receiving capacity for efficiency. Explain how to choose the right number and size of receiving pits or augers. Drag or auger? Highlight strategies for minimizing bottlenecks during harvest. Grain Drying Capabilities Explain the significance of grain drying in preserving crop quality. Discuss different drying methods and technologies. What kind of dryers are there? How do we know what one is right for our farm? Offer guidance on sizing and selecting the right grain dryer for your operation. Powering Your Facility Explore options for the source of power, do you have to have 3 phase? Discuss backup power solutions to ensure uninterrupted operation. Mention energy efficiency considerations. Methods of Unloading Discuss various unloading methods, such as augers, conveyors, overhead bins and legs. Explain the pros and cons of each method. Provide tips on selecting the right unloading equipment for your facility. Safety and Compliance Emphasize the importance of safety in grain handling facilities. Discuss safety measures, training, and equipment. Automation and Technology Explore the role of automation and technology in modern grain handling facilities. Discuss benefits like remote monitoring, data management, and predictive maintenance. Highlight the potential for improved efficiency and profitability. Maintenance and Long-Term Considerations Talk about the importance of ongoing maintenance for facility longevity. Discuss strategies for preventing wear and tear. Summarize  Challenge

November 6 • 1h 1m 42.1s
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F4F w/ Brandon Hunnicutt - Deeply Rooted in Technology

Brandon Hunnicutt works with his father and brother on land that has been in his family for nearly 120 years. As a 5th generation Nebraska farmer, his days are packed with farm responsibilities, yet he finds time to serve on the National Corn Growers Association and Nebraska Checkoff boards, act as chair of Field to Market, and chase around his seven kids. He’s also learning as much as he can about carbon and sustainability. ​“And when I’m really bored, I start learning about blockchain, because why not?” he laughs. Today, Brandon’s farm grows corn, popcorn, soybeans, and seed corn. Giltner, Nebraska, where Hunnicutt Farms is located, is a good area for corn. In fact, Nebraska is the Cornhusker State for a reason — the state ranks third in the nation for corn production overall, and first in popcorn.  Although the farm has been operating for over a century, the challenges Brandon and his family face today are very different from past decades. Not too long ago, cross-pollination and herbicide drift weren’t understood as serious issues, and many growers didn’t think about an insecticides’ ability to kill everything in a field — harmful or not — from an environmental perspective. Today, concerns about the environment and climate change play a much larger role in farm operations and Brandon has seen the focus shift to the broader environmental impact of these practices.“ These are nuances that growers weren’t thinking about even 25 years ago,” he says.

November 2 • 56m 36.2s
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Transforming Irrigation Maintenance & Repairs: An Episode for Any Crop Farmer

Direct Pivot Parts – Irrigation Maintenance Travis Stephens, founder of www.directpivotparts.com. Meet Travis Stephens Background-tie to agriculture Where is he from? Does he farm? Family? Etc…. Discuss his journey and motivation to start Direct Pivot Parts. Was it a struggle to start? Is there anyone like them? Highlight the key products and services offered by www.directpivotparts.com. Independent rep – how many lines to they sell parts for? Pivot Irrigation What is it? How do the systems work? Why not flood, why not drip? Explain the differences between center pivot, lateral move, and linear move systems. Can you have irrigations pivots anywhere? Factors to consider when designing a system, including field size, water source, and crop type. Direct Pivot Parts - Revolutionizing Irrigation Explain how the platform works and its impact on irrigation systems. Share success stories and case studies from users of the platform. What’s new in the world of irrigation? Is there like a Toyota and a Lexus of pivots? Why do some farmers not buy higher quality parts? What typically breaks down? – what does he sell the most of? What are things our listeners can do to avoid having these common breakdowns? Overcoming Challenges Address the challenges Travis and his team faced while building Direct Pivot Parts. What challenges does he help his customer overcome? What’s it like being in entrepreneurship and navigating the agricultural industry giants. Discuss the future goals and expansion plans for the company. Advice for Aspiring Agricultural Entrepreneurs Offer advice to individuals looking to enter the agricultural tech space. Share valuable resources and tips for success in the industry. Does he need help?   Summary Challenge Invite listeners to visit www.directpivotparts.com for more information and resources. What does Travis like most about working with farmers? Encourage listeners to subscribe, rate, and review the podcast.

October 30 • 56m 8.1s
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F4F - Justin Bruch - Has Farmed on 4 Continents

Justin is a born and raised 5th generation Iowa farmer.  He has actively farmed on 4 continents and has spent his entire career working in agriculture across North America (USA/Canada), South America, Europe, and Africa.     https://mayacornheads.com/about-us/   Justin started working on building Clear Frontier in 2018 and officially launched the business in 2019 after spending 4.5 years as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Canterra Capital. Canterra Capital is the exclusive manager for the Canadian farmland portfolio owned by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB).  During Justin’s tenure in Canada the portfolio grew by 57,000 acres to 175,000.  Justin was responsible for due diligence on new land acquisitions as well as land divestments for the fund.  He also was responsible for working directly with farmers to negotiate new land leases as well as managing active leases in place with tenants.   From 2008-2014, Justin lived and worked in Ukraine.  From 2010 – 2014, Justin was the Chief Operation Officer at Agrokultura Ukraine (traded on Nasdaq Stockholm).  He oversaw the buildup of farmed acres to a height of 135,000 acres as well as refining the portfolio to eliminate the less productive acres.  Justin earned his bachelor's degree in Agronomy from Iowa State University in 2000.  In 2007, he completed his MBA from California State University-Fresno.  Justin is the Co-Founder and Chairman of AgFunder.com, one of the largest agriculture crowd funding businesses in the world with a 100% focus on funding agriculture projects. Justin has remained active in their family farming operation in NW Iowa which has transitioned the majority of the farmland to certified organic in the last 5 years.  This allows him to stay very active in day to day changes in the production of crops and industry changes.

October 26 • 1h 12m 32.9s
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Digital Agriculture: Sowing the Seeds of Online Income

“The Field Advantage of Captive Financing”. General topic summary – Although banks can finance beyond what most captive lenders can, there is also a lot of red tape. Captive financing provides numerous benefits to agriculture customers including competitive interest rates, innovativeness – both tech and financing products, responsive/localized service, alternative funding options, and fast service. How captive financing is different from what a bank does Captive financing benefits to farmers Disadvantages Jordan’s Bio: Jordan Howe is a senior territory sales manager for Nutrien Financial. He provides financing expertise to growers across the Midwest to increase their buying power and maximize every opportunity for success. Learn more at NutrienFinancial.com. How developing an online brand can generate income…. Where are they from, what do they farm, how did they get into farming How’s the family - do they farm with family? Tara Vander Dussen Natalie Kovarik Motto: “Agriculture you can relate to” What platforms are you on? Which platform did you see success on first? Do you think there is one platform better than another? What are ways individuals or companies can “make money” through social media? What was an unexpected revenue generating source through your online brand? Do you consider in-kind or product sharing revenue? Or is it just cost reduction? Where could farmers/producers get started on social media? What could/should they share? Do you start with posting or should you start with a plan? What does a social media plan look like? What are people interested in? Do you recommend a structure to their online presence?  Growing your Brand Where did you start with Discover Ag? What was the biggest contributor to the brand’s growth? What has sustained the audience since it grew? Did you have specials/events that brought people in? What do you recommend to others to draw people in? Does age of target audience matter? Older Audiences How do you get them engaged? How does our listener develop a target audience? What should people expect within the first couple of months of starting a platform? For small business - how to acquire leads in a low cost way? Ex. giving 10% discount to everyone that gives you a follow on instagram Is it easier as a business to build a social media presence or harder? Social Media Facts Less than 2% of the population is directly involved with agriculture 60% of the global population are social media users People use an average of 6.6 different social networks each month Average time spent on social media daily is 2 hours and 24 minutes Tiktok is the most popular platform in terms of time spent  26.8% of users discover brands, products, services via ads on social media 81% of organizations use social media to increase brand awareness 42.62% of organizations plan to increase their social media budget in 2024 72.8% of internet users use social media for brand research  What is Elevate Ag  What did we miss? Summary and Challenge What do you like most about farming and ranching or what do you like most about farmers and ranchers?

October 23 • 1h 13m 27.8s
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F4F - Noah Hubbard the Korean Korn Farmer

Noah @korean.kornfarmer     Instagram: 6.9k    YouTube: 225     TikTok: 208.6k   Catch Up Where are they from, what do they farm, how did they get into farming How’s the family - do they farm with family? Nebraska Came to the US in 1993 (adopted) What are they up to today? What they see that excites them? What do they want to make sure they see before they leave  Mail goal: education the general public what it takes to feed and power the world  4th Generation farm in central Nebraska Raises corn and soybeans on the family farm Creates content on Instagram and TikTok Bachelor's degree in diversified ag and minor in agronomy Dog - Remi  Rides in the tractor Names Equipment Dorothy, Agatha, Irene, Wilma, Adeline Farm Plants Pioneer seed Runs John Deere Loves classic vehicles - 54 chevy pickup Social media Negative comments How do you handle those? How has your audience helped you? How has social media changed his life? Why do it? How would he start it over differently? Which is their favorite platform? How do you deal with negative comments?  If you were an animal, what do you think you would be? Right now, who inspires you? If you could make anything bigger on your body what would it be?   Would you rather Be 4ft tall or 8ft tall Share a bed with a walrus or an eel  Ability to change the past or see into the future Only eat hot dogs or only eat macaroni and cheese Always be cold or always hot  Smartest person or funniest person Have no tiktok or not be able to drive a tractor and combine Adeline or Dorothy (i believe these are names of things)   What’s next for them? What can our listeners do to help? What do you like most about being a farmer?

October 19 • 44m 13s
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Crypto and Farming: A Fresh Perspective with JP Baric

JP Baric, is not only a prominent figure in the world of blockchain and cryptocurrency but also the brilliant mind behind MiningStore.com, a trailblazing platform that has been instrumental in shaping the way we perceive and understand cryptocurrency mining. JP's journey in the crypto space began with an insatiable curiosity for the underlying mechanics of blockchain technology. Over the years, his passion evolved into a mission to democratize the process of cryptocurrency mining, making it accessible to enthusiasts, investors, and businesses of all sizes.   Segment 1: Understanding Cryptocurrency & Mining What is cryptocurrency  What is cryptocurrency mining, and how does it work? Explanation of proof-of-work vs. proof-of-stake consensus mechanisms. Discussion on the role of miners, hardware, and energy consumption in the mining process. How are his miners set up for energy use? Segment 2: Cryptocurrency as a Digital Currency How is cryptocurrency as a form of digital currency and its advantages over traditional fiat currency. What is fiat currency? How can cryptocurrencies be used for transactions and payments? Discuss the role of blockchain technology in ensuring security, transparency, and immutability of transactions. Mention key cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and their use cases. Segment 3: Applications of Cryptocurrency in Agriculture Discuss potential benefits of using cryptocurrency in agricultural transactions and supply chain management. Explore how smart contracts could streamline agreements between farmers, distributors, and consumers. Moo4ISU – selling dairy cows Highlight the challenges and opportunities of implementing cryptocurrency in the agricultural sector. Segment 4: Future Possibilities: Cryptocurrency in Agriculture Speculate on potential future uses of cryptocurrency in agriculture. How could blockchain technology be utilized for tracking the origin and quality of agricultural products? Discuss the potential for tokenizing agricultural assets, such as farmland or livestock. Jaclyn Wilson NFT Address concerns about scalability, regulatory hurdles, and technological adoption in the agriculture-crypto intersection. What are some real-world examples of cryptocurrency adoption in agriculture? What else did we miss? What is some advice for those looking to begin investing in crypto?   What do you enjoy most about farming, what do you like most about farmers? Summary Challenge Contact info

October 16 • 1h 22m 42.6s
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F4F - Tony Reed & Nick McCormick - Illinois Icons

www.agleader.com www.sukup.come www.steinbauer.us www.johndeere.com We explore the stories of the co-hosts of the Straight Forward Farming Podcast. Straight Forward Farming Our goal is to discuss American Agriculture from a farmers point of view. We'll discuss current farming trends, machinery from the past and present, how the farming community has changed for the better and worse, and the sometimes unintended consequences of ag policies from Washington D.C. Grab a cold beer and come join us!!!

October 12 • 45m 46.7s
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Zach Johnson - Millennial Farmer with Wisdom from the Future

Millennial Farmer, Zach Johnson, is a 5th generation family farmer from West Central Minnesota. Zach actively promotes agriculture by sharing his day-to-day experiences on the family farm. His vision is to build the connection between farms and consumers. Zach's mission is to become a national voice for agriculture, provide farmer to farmer education, and facilitate a collaborative conversation between farmers and the public. With over a million subscribers on YouTube, Zach's passion, experiences, knowledge, dry sense of humor and relatable personality make him a hit with audiences of all ages. His unique abilities have made him a valuable asset within the agriculture community. Whether you're a seasoned farmer or simply curious about the world of agriculture, Zach will leave you with a new perspective and a deeper appreciation for the hard work that goes into producing our food. So join Zach on his journey and discover what it truly means to be a farmer in the 21st century.   Jason Cope - Understanding that perseverance is a very important factor. Stay focused on things you know you can achieve and accomplish.You can ‘minimize the background noise’ and continue to focus on that goal.  Do it in a way that’s good for yourself, but also good for others.The growth you’ll experience through that type of perseverance, is life changing.           Royce Johns - Don’t trust everything they say.Consider what they say and listen, but make your own decisions.   Tony Latcham – Don’t stress/worry so much.  Enjoy that time.  Life’s too short.  It passes by in a blink of an eye.    Joy VanWyngarden – Pick friends that are “where” you want to go.Hang out with like-minded people.   Jackie Wilson Flying Diamond Beef - Life will have challenges – keep a positive attitude, think about the big picture and do things for others.    Jacquelyn Leffler - No matter how you grew up in life, no one can take away your education.  But I would now change the word “education” to “experience”.  If you can figure out that the sky’s the limit, you’re gonna go far.There’s no limit to success.  If you have that mentality, success is yours already.    Viren Dsouza - Keep taking chances.  Don’t worry about others’ perception of you.  Do your own thing and go for it.   Nick Tsiolis, Farmer’s Keeper - Be a sponge!Absorb and learn and ask as many questions as you can.  You have energy, time, less commitments and can really throw yourself into learning your craft.  Totally immerse yourself in the learning.  WHO do I want to be, not WHAT do I want to be.  Look at people further along in life, and more successful and have more experiences than yourself.    Tom Stanton Red Star– Don’t be afraid to move.  Don’t be afraid to try something new.   Elaine Froese - Be aware of what your strengths are.  Know what you’re good at and what you should be valued at.  Have family meetings because you can’t assume everyone wants and feels the same as you.   Corey – Buy Land, however you can. Dave – Why are you in such a hurry to grow up?Travel NOW (when you’re young).(Huey & Annie also) Tanner – Go do “it”.You’ll never be fully ready, just go do it.

October 9 • 1h 1m 43.1s
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F4F - Michael Bergen - 1st Gen Farmer & Ultra-Marathoner

@michael_bergen       Instagram: ___    TikTok: ___   YouTube: ___     Twitter: 4.8k    Catch Up Where are they from, what do they farm, how did they get into farming How’s the family - do they farm with family? Aurora, NE Started adult life Father, husband, coach 1st generation Nebraska row crop farmer Family owned and operated farm  --  Irrigated corn and soybeans for biofuels Childhood → Now 2 yrs old - pushed John Deere tractors across the floor 2006 - graduated from UNL → planted 1st crop on 145 acres Now: ⅔ corn, ⅓ soybeans Farms on top of the world's largest source of water, the Ogallala Aquifer - irrigate crops during summer Utilize center pivot irrigation, subsurface drip irrigation, and a smaller amount of flood irrigation Corn stored on farm in grain bins - haul during winter/spring 95% of our corn used for biofuels.    *huge supporter of biofuels Stewards of the land, water, and air  Fun facts: 100 mile runner, Future author Trap shooting - with his son, uncle, nephew Wife is the executive director of Aurora Development Corporation  Broke ground on $20M chemical manufacturing plant - 8/11/23 2 Twin Sons One has special needs (I’m not sure how willing he is to talk about it but posted on twitter) Worked 8 weeks before fair to show his animals Other son plays baseball  Started to let him drive the tractor on his own  Michael coaches high school track  Hamilton County Corn Growers President Leadership Academy - what did this include? Who attended?  Attended Commodity Classic A delegate for Nebraska Corn growers fro Corn Congress General Session Harvest Drought and intense heat ruined some of his crops - Ahead of schedule  If you were an animal, what do you think you would be? If you could make anything bigger on your body what would it be?   Word association  Twitter                                     Trap-Shooting                         Irrigation                      Biofuel Milk                                          Love                Popsicle                                  Mitten   Rainbow          Zoo                                          Bracelet           Submarine                               Whiskey                      Embarrassment          Disgust                        Science           Taxes     What’s next for them? What can our listeners do to help?   What do you like most about being a farmer or about farmers ?

October 5 • 1h 15m 59.4s
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Beginning Farmers Road to Success w/ Gavin Spoor and Ethan Clarke

Beginning Farmer Advice and Story Episode   When do you remember deciding you wanted to be a farmer? How did you decide to become a farmer? What inspired you to start your own farm instead of working on another one? Did you have any prior experience or background in farming? What were the initial challenges you faced when starting your farm? How did you acquire your land for farming? How did you start to acquire equipment for farming? What were your first purchases? Do you still have them? If you started over again would they be your first purchases?  What investments did you make in technology or automation to improve efficiency? Did you do this right away or were they upgrades? What crops or livestock did you choose to focus on and why? How did you learn about the best farming practices for your chosen crops or livestock? Did you face any financial hurdles in the beginning, and how did you overcome them? Did you have to work another job before starting your farm? Did you use loan products?  Private, conventional, government? Did you receive any support or guidance from agricultural organizations or programs? In your first few years, Did you face any weather-related challenges, and how did you adapt to them? How did you market and sell your farm products when you first started? Any marketing advisors help? Did you establish any partnerships or collaborations to enhance your farm's success? How did you build relationships with suppliers, buyers, or other farmers in your area? How did you get neighbors to not see you as “competition”?  How did you handle competition from other farmers or agricultural businesses? What role did networking and community involvement play in your farm's growth? What marketing strategies have you found to be successful in promoting your farm or crops? What were some of the most valuable lessons you learned during the early years of your farm? How did you balance your work-life responsibilities as a first-generation farmer? Is there really a balance in the beginning? Do you really just have to work hard? Did you have any mentors or role models in the farming industry? Have you diversified your farm's offerings over time, and why? What were the key factors that contributed to your farm's success? Looking back could you have done something different to have success sooner? Have you faced any setbacks or failures, and how did you recover from them? What are your future plans or goals for your farm? How do you measure the financial success and profitability of your farm? What advice would you give to someone considering starting their own farm today?

October 2 • 1h 3m 49.4s
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F4F- Tractor Time with Tim - Super Charged Compact Tractors

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLFndeI09kfxpjP9hdLkNrg Tractor Time with Tim YouTube Channel Sponsors for the episode today are: www.johndeere.com www.agleader.com www.steinbauer.us www.sukup.com

September 28 • 58m 14.6s
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Fueling Farming Success

www.agleader.com www.steinbauer.us www.johndeere.com Farm Progress Show 2023 Mike Newland   Mike Newland and I’m the director of agriculture business development for the Propane Education & Research Council, or PERC as you might know us. PERC is an organization that is funded by the propane industry to provide training and education on the safe use of propane in a variety of markets, including agriculture. We also work with partners to develop new propane technologies and initiatives. One of those partnerships is with Sukup Manufacturing.  Explore Mike’s career and hobbies…. What is Propane? How is Propane formed? What is propane made of? Why is it called LP? What’s the difference between propane and natural gas? How long has propane been around? How long will it be around – will we run out? Where does propane come into play for agriculture? Reliability: Not only does your equipment have to be reliable, but the energy used to power it must be too. There are many reasons our customers choose propane to power their equipment but the reliability of the energy source itself is certainly a key reason too.  Environmental Benefits: There is a lot of talk about clean energy and “electrifying everything” to curb emissions. While we at PERC are all about propane, we know that it will take a variety of energy sources working together to achieve sustainability and decarbonization goals.   Versatility: So many uses for propane, but Let’s talk about some of those lesser-known applications or the other ways propane can be used. Agriculture(organic), Transportation, Home Use, others? Cost savings: (True Farm4Profit Value) Producers face very high costs for all farm inputs including energy.  How has LP varied in cost compared to alternative energy sources? What are ways listeners can save by using propane? The Grain Drying Calculator allows users to simply input their average expected yield to determine the propane gallons needed to dry their crops by a specific moisture percentage. By planning and filling tanks before the hustle of harvest and winter seasons, you can make sure you have the energy you need—when you need it. And even save more in the process with those early tank fill programs Address any potential concerns or misconceptions related to propane use in farming Are there safety measures and regulations associated with using propane in agricultural settings? Do you have any insights into how farmers and agribusinesses can make informed decisions about integrating propane into their operations. Talk about the potential for innovation and advancements in propane-related technologies for agriculture. Discuss ongoing research, development, and partnerships that PERC is involved in to further promote sustainable propane use.  What about for PERC—what’s big in 2024?  Soil Steaming, Power Generation, Irrigation  What is the role of education and outreach in raising awareness about the benefits of propane in agriculture? What did we miss – anything extra to cover? Summary Challenge What do you like most about farming or what do y

September 25 • 1h 1m 27.7s
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F4F - The Modern Day Farm Chick & Whiskey Wednesday!

www.agleader.com www.steinbauer.us   Annaliese Wegner @modfarmchick   Instagram: 53k    Email Subscribers: 4k     Facebook: 134k    Catch Up Where are they from, what do they farm, how did they get into farming How’s the family - do they farm with family? Wisconsin girl, dairy farmer, twin mom (Lane & Sage), & wife What are they up to today? What they see that excites them? What do they want to make sure they see before they leave  Wisconsin Dairy Farmer Born into dairy farming Studied dairy science at University of Wisconsin - River Falls Member of dairy club Met her husband (Tom) through the club Now: Tom and Anneliese farm with his parents on Wegnerlann Dairy In-laws established farm in 1986 Grown farm to milk 650 cows, 3 times/day, in double parallel parlor Has your role on the farm ever changed?  Shares modern-day farm life on social media Enjoys cooking, eating, drinking (Whiskey Wednesday), laughing, and hosting Farm + Grow Co. Started this business - she saw the consumer distance from agriculture Communication focused on engaging fellow farmers to share their story Why should farmers share their story? What has your role been through the company?  Farm + Grow Co. Programs The Retreat: Weekend of self-development March 7-10, 2024 in the Wisconsin Dells Goal: obtain tools to help you be the best version of yourself to serve your family, farm, and agriculture The Event: Gathering of 60+ other women (afternoon/dinner) A peer-t0-peer mentoring group Journaling and discussion The Mastermind: A virtual workbook and “session” Teaching how to promote agriculture that works best for you  Audience Details 82% are female Primarily ages 25-35 Is there anything unique you see with your audience? How has social media changed his life? Why do it? How would he start it over differently? Which is their favorite platform? How do you deal with negative comments?  If you were an animal, what do you think you would be? Right now, who inspires you? If you could make anything bigger on your body what would it be?   Would you rather Drink whiskey or tequila Live in a ranch home or old farmhouse Be wiping kids butts or spreading manure Drink white milk or chocolate milk Have meeting virtual or in-person Be on the beach or in the mountains Have a hotdog or a hamburger Fourth of July Parties or New Years Parties   What’s next for them? What can our listeners do to help? What can we do to help?   What do you like most about being a farmer or what do you like most about farmers?

September 21 • 38m 26.8s
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Agris Academy: Educating the Ag Industry

AgrisAcademy-Founders Jeff Kazin and Mike Rohlfsen www.steinbauer.us www.agrisacademy.com Jeff:    spent 30 years in the grain trade.   Tell us some of the craziest/interesting  things you saw HTA squeeze on corn during the early days of farmers and HTA-  No illegal behavior 😊 Customer inspectors from buying countries Dead rats Found in a jail in Houston a first gen farmer.     Can you describe your operation and how your day job as a merchant/trading leader impacted it.     (the tailgate comparison of cost with our local BTO and friend) Mike:    includes 20 years in the grain trade before moving to the ag start up side of the industry. Cargills first employee in Ukraine.   What type of things did you see as you arrived post communist rule. How are things now in Ukraine? not from a farming family.   What was the draw  into ag and trading? What’s something wild you saw in the US trade Still wild today?   Jeff& Mike          What was the trade/series of trades you made the most money? Agris Academy Jeff and Mike founded AgrisAcademy.   We have hundreds of brokers/advisors serving the ag industry.   You make it clear your business is neither broker or advisor. You focus on education WHY?  “You cant win” “We see millions of dollars that should go from the market to farmers Story-  SE corn farmer “the buyer/bully”     Story of harvesting late corn in MN Clients scattered across the US corn belt.    Is there one thing in common they could do to improve their merchandising and marketing? AgrisAcademy has three different practices. Producer, industry partners, commercial Banks -Seed companies - Peanut crushers- other consumers Jeff:   You guys are putting on a Masters Class in merchandising and risk management  this fall.   Why? Comment from young lady post speaking engagement-  “They don’t want to teach us these skills” No platform available to learn at this level Ability to share information to a broader group than our retained clients Can you describe the Masters Class 10 weeks / 2x per week/ 2 hours instruction + 1 hr open interaction  40hours +, evening live class starting December, Office hours for 1-1 instruction, Recorded classes if unable to attend How does a producer sign up for the class?    How are you going to handle the amount of time needed? Limit class size -Interactive teaching with live QA -Scheduled office hours How can someone connect if they are an industry partner or a commercial looking for help? Website / email Micro consulting If you could go back to yourself at age 18 – what advice would you give? Summary/Closing

September 18 • 1h 8m 12.2s
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