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A Talk with Fred Provenza. Part 1 – Podcast

Thu, 12/19/2019 - 13:15
This episode is the first of two featuring a conversation between Kara Kroeger, a sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable agriculture program, and Fred Provenza. Fred is a well-known author and expert on animal health, human health, plant health, and how they are related – as well as their role in the care of ecosystems. Kara works out of NCAT’s Southwest Regional Office in San Antonio, Texas. The conversation took place at the recent 2019 Regenerate Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, hosted by the Quivira Coalition, Holistic Management International, and the American Grassfed Association. There may be a bit...

Organic Agriculture in the South – Podcast

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 12:37
In this podcast, Jeff Schahczenski, agricultural and natural resource specialist with NCAT, has a conversation with Marty Mesh of Mesh & Associates of Gainesville, Florida about the current and future development of organic production in the South. While certified organic farming and ranching has been expanding nationwide, its growth in the southern United States has been much slower. In this episode, Jeff and Marty explore many reasons for this slower growth. Marty Mesh is a leader in organic agriculture in the south and nationwide. A pioneer, visionary, and expert in organic agriculture and food systems, Marty began organic production in...

Direct Marketing Meat with Dave and Jenny Scott. Part Two. Processing

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 16:06
Today’s episode is the second in an ATTRA: Voices from the Field ongoing series on Direct Marketing Meat. Linda Coffey, a livestock specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable-agriculture program, follows up on a listener’s question by interviewing her colleague, NCAT ATTRA Livestock Specialist Dave Scott and his wife and partner, Jenny, about their direct-marketing meat business, Montana Highland Lamb. Linda works out of NCAT’s Southeast Regional Office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Dave works out of NCAT’s headquarters in Butte, Montana. In the previous episode, Dave and Jenny shared their farm story, and we focused on the marketing aspect of their business....

Give Thanks and Don’t Miss the Soil Conference!

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 14:19
ATTRA: Voices from the Field is taking a bit of a holiday break this week to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family. We sincerely hope that everyone has a terrific holiday. Next week, we’ll be back with the second in the Direct Marketing Meat series. In it, Linda Coffey and Dave Scott, both livestock specialists with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable agriculture program, along with Dave’s wife, Jenny, will talk about the always important issue of processing. In the meantime, don’t miss the chance to register for the inaugural Soil Health Innovations Conference, March 30-31 in Bozeman, Montana, on the campus of...

Direct Marketing Meat with Dave and Jenny Scott – Podcast

Wed, 11/20/2019 - 12:16
This episode is the first of an occasional ATTRA: Voices from the Field series on Direct Marketing Meat. Linda Coffey, a livestock specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable-agriculture program, follows up on a listener’s question by interviewing fellow NCAT ATTRA livestock specialist Dave Scott and his wife, Jenny, about their direct-marketing meat business, Montana Highland Lamb. Linda works out of NCAT’s Southeast Regional office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Dave is on the staff at NCAT’s headquarters in Butte, Montana. Although the listener was asking about lamb, and both Dave and Jenny produce lamb, this series will be useful for anyone direct...

Allen Williams and Adaptive Stewardship Management Grazing – Podcast

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 10:53
In this episode, Lee Rinehart, a sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable-agriculture program, talks with world renowned rancher and grazing educator Allen Williams. Lee, who works out of NCAT’s Northeast Regional Office in Keene, N.H., and Allen talk about what Allen calls adaptive stewardship management grazing and how it could increase the supply of livestock on the market as it helps solve many issues currently associated with animal agriculture. For more information on this topic, you can contact Lee Rinehart directly at lee@ncat.org. Related ATTRA Resources Nutrient Cycling in Pastures Building Healthy Pasture Soils Soils and Compost Grazing Resources...

A Beginning Farmer Tells Her Story – Podcast

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 11:03
In this episode, Margo Hale, director of NCAT’s Southeast Regional Office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, interviews Lauren Stine, a beginning farmer in Northwest Arkansas. Lauren shares how she went from being a lawyer in California to raising goats in Arkansas. She talks about the keys to her success, obstacles she has faced, and the resources that have helped her. Lauren also explains the ways she is educating others about pastured-based livestock production. For more information on this topic, you can contact Margo Hale directly at margoh@ncat.org. ATTRA Resources ATTRA Farm Start-Up resources ATTRA Internship Database Farm Business Start-Up Checksheet Getting Started...

Integrating Livestock with Cash and Cover Crops – Podcast

Wed, 10/30/2019 - 13:17
This podcast is part of a Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education project for integrating livestock with crops. In this episode, Dave Scott, livestock specialist at NCAT’s Rocky Mountain West Office in Butte, Montana, has a conversation with Roy Benjamin, a farmer of nearly 20,000 acres in Devon, Montana. For the past few years, Roy has been integrating livestock with his crops. In this episode, you’ll hear about his experience with his operation and lessons he has learned. Before we get started, I’d like to point out that towards the end of the podcast, when Roy is talking about his...

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