This is a show for professional growers who want to increase quality and yield -- for growers and agronomists who want to learn about the science and principles of regenerative agriculture systems. For those who believe there are better ways to grow.
A Geological Perspective On Regenerative Agriculture with David Montgomery
In this episode, John interviews David Montgomery, Professor of Geomorphology at the University of Washington. John and David discuss soil regeneration, David’s observations in developing new topsoil, his deep dive into the science behind it, and the 3 principles of soil restoration.
The Regenerative Orchard: Cherry Success with Mike Omeg
John and Mike Omeg, an innovative cherry grower who was awarded the Good Fruit Grower award in 2017, talk about bio-intensive systems in cherry production. Mike describes how to scale regenerative practices and the economic benefits of these methods.
Hi Friends - Welcome to Season 2!
Thank you for listening, spreading the word, and helping to make this show such a hit! It is my honor to be part of this community along with you! For this opening episode, we are pleased to bring Dr. Don Huber back again! Dr. Don Huber is a leading plant pathologist, Professor Emeritus at Purdue University, and prolific author, contributor, or editor of more than 300 published academic writings and 3 books. For full show notes: www.RegenerativeAgriculturePodcast.com
This show was recorded in front of a live audiences at ACRES Conference 2018. John hosts Ed Curry and takes questions at the end. Ed is an old-school breeder and grower with a new-school mentality. More than 90% of the green chile’s grown are from Ed’s seeds -- and he is now the only breeder of his kind in the world. Even if you don’t grow chilies — you can certainly learn something from this discussion.
Pam is the founder and CEO of Marrone Bio Innovations, a leader in bio-pesticide research and manufacturing. She is a Ph.D. entomologist, turned entrepreneur. Pam is an inspiration to not only the next generation of microbial Ag researchers but to women in science and business. In addition, her work has helped farmers who are looking for more benign ways to address pest challenges. Listen to a fascinating discussion on pesticides, microbial research, insecticidal and fungicidal microbes, and much more.
This week, we present a follow-up to the interview I conducted last week, in Episode 27, with Gary Zimmer. Gary has been a key figure in the development of regenerative agriculture in America, is a sought-after speaker, and is the author of both The Biological Farmer. I hope you enjoy the chance to dive deeper into some of the topics raised in the previous episode, such as trace minerals, nitrogen management, and carbon.
Gary Zimmer’s impact on modern regenerative agriculture technique and proliferation is hard to overestimate -- with an enthusiasm and zeal that are positively infectious -- we are privileged to have him as a guest on the podcast. He farms with his family in Sauk County, Wisconsin and is the author of two seminal books on biological agriculture, which I highly recommend: The Biological Farmer, and Advancing Biological Farming.
Gabe Brown is a clear, collected, and inspired voice for regenerative agriculture, having implemented and seen great changes on his family's ranch in North Dakota over time. In fact, Gabe’s A-Horizon (topsoil) is 27 in, and the soils on surrounding farms only have 4-6 in of topsoil.
Gabe is the author of the recently published and highly-acclaimed book, Dirt To Soil, from Chelsea Green. I highly recommend reading this truly inspiring and informative book. I am pleased to welcome Gabe back to the show.
During John's many years as a field consultant, and his further work with growers at AEA, he has built a portfolio of the characteristics that bring outstanding results when farmers apply them to their management techniques. In this episode, John explores the characteristics shared by farm managers whose operations are exceptionally successful, and consistently outperform similar farms in the region.
Peter McCoy speaks for the fungi. His mission is to increase awareness, appreciation and the practical use of all manner of mushroom and mycelia. Peter is a co-founder of the grassroots advocacy group, Radical Mycology. He is also the author of a book by the same name which I’ve found to be the most thorough, current, and inspiring mycological reference available. Peter recently started the world’s first mycology school (Mycologos), dedicated to the practical arts and science of working with fungi.
Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines is a Veterinarian with a PhD in Ruminant Nutrition. Her research on dairy nutrition led to her work optimizing dairy performance with best practices. We discuss the roles of minerals in plant health, the science of immunity, and more.
The Job of a Farmer is to Feed the Soil with Sarah Singla
Sarah Singla is a farmer, agronomist, and educator from Southern France who has spoken to growers the world over. We expand on Sarah’s compelling vision for the regenerative future in agriculture with multiple examples and options to fit any farm.
I talk about how a soil test can be a detriment when not used properly, what to look for in a soil test, what the numbers aren’t telling you, and why you can decrease your annual fertilizer inputs and get a better crop response.
Microbial Influences on Crop Quality with Greg Pennyroyal
Greg Pennyroyal is the Professor of Viticulture for Mt. San Jacinto Community College. We discuss the role of the microbiome in impacting fruit quality and the debate on stressing vines for increases in flavor and yield, plus many more fascinating topics.
Vegetative and Reproductive Nutrients with John Kempf
In this episode, I talk about which nutrients drive strong vegetative growth, and which drive strong reproductive growth and development, along with the hormonal interactions which drive plant dominance.
Rethinking Plant Physiology and Absorption of Nutrients From the Soil
Dr. Jerry Pollack is an award-winning water researcher whose work creates a completely new paradigm of cell biology and nutrient absorption. In this episode, we discuss the role of water in nutrient absorption across cell membranes and plant roots.
In the past, conversations have been had on sustainable agriculture. In this episode, I explore what we want to sustain, why regeneration is important, and how regenerative farming systems impact the bottom line in a way that sustainability cannot.
Steve Diver has worked in agriculture with government bodies and private companies since 1984. In this episode, we discuss rock powders, biology, and bioenergetics, the oxidation/reduction potential in soils, and the value of bioenergetics in agriculture.
How Soil Health Impacts Performance of Cherry Varieties with Professor Lynn Long
Professor Lynn Long has worked in cherry research at Oregon State University since 1988. In this episode, we discuss soil health, varietal performance, how modern dwarf rootstocks compare to older varieties, and successfully reducing bacterial canker.
Eliminating the Need For Synthetic Fertilizers with Dr. Kris Nichols
Dr. Kris Nichols has researched soil biology, understanding how to regenerate soil health quickly. In this episode, we discuss harnessing fungi to decrease the use of synthetic fertilizers and the symbiosis between bacteria and water retention.
Dr. Jerry Hatfield on Why Should We Care About Soil Health
Dr. Hatfield is the director for the USDA’s National Laboratory for Agriculture. He has served on the faculty at UC Davis and is a Past President of the American Society of Agronomy. In this short episode, we discuss improving plant efficiency, the fundamental functions of soil aggregate structure, and more.
Plant and Insect Communications in Biological Cropping Systems with Dr. Larry Phelan
In this episode, I interview Dr. Larry Phelan, a professor at Ohio State University where he researches the role of soil microbes in plant health and susceptibility to disease and insect pests in biological farming systems. We discuss plant and insect communications, soil communities, the concept of biological buffering and other fascinating topics.
Winning the Weed Control Challenge on Organic Crops with Klaas Martens
In this episode, I interview Klaas Martens, who has driven the adoption of sustainable farming practices through his work with numerous national organizations. We cover cultural management, weed control, crop rotations, and many more in-depth topics.
Erosion, Soil Balance, and Cover Crops with Steve Groff
In this episode, I interview Steve Groff, a farmer and cover crop pioneer who founded Cover Crop Coaching in 2016, and has spoken to audiences across the world on the use of cover crops across the full range of agricultural applications.
Symbiotic Relationships in Ecology with Dr. Don Huber
In this episode, I interview Dr. Don Huber, a leading plant pathologist and Professor Emeritus at Purdue University. We discuss how to manage soil-borne diseases with crop rotations, the management needed to grow 500 hundred bushels corn, and much more.
The Value of Nutrient Density with Dr. Matt Kleinhenz
In this episode, I interview Dr. Matt Kleinhenz, a professor at the Ohio State University in vegetable crop physiology, researcher of horticulture and crop science. We cover important topics, including how growers can stay up-to-date on breakthroughs.
How Insect Pests Identify Unhealthy Plants with Dr. Tom Dykstra
We discuss Dr. Dykstra’s fascinating work in bioelectromagnetics, entomology, and agriculture. Dr. Dykstra is the founder and laboratory director at Dykstra Labs, holds advanced degrees in entomology and has worked with Dr. Phil Callahan.
Disease Resistance and Regenerating Soil with Dr. Michael McNeill
In this episode, I interviewed Dr. Michael McNeill, an agronomic consultant with degrees in soil fertility, plant physiology, and quantitative genetics. We discussed how farming has changed since the green revolution, disease resistance, and more.
Social Impacts of Regenerative Agriculture with Gabe Brown
In this episode, I interviewed Gabe Brown, a veteran no-till rancher. We discussed Gabe’s experience farming with no fertilizer applications, and the tremendous opportunity of growing non-commodity crops.
Increasing Biological Populations with Dr. Robert Kremer
In this episode, Dr. Robert Kremer, a microbiology scientist for the USDA who also works as a professor in plant sciences at the University of Missouri, we discuss building carbon, choosing soil inoculants, and more fascinating insights into soil biology.