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A Look At Virginia Farm Distinctions
For five generations, Matt Lohr’s family farm has thrived in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Lohr grows corn, soybeans, barley and poultry and runs a direct-to-consumer sweet corn business.
As a past commissioner of agriculture for the state, Lohr has seen Virginia agriculture from all angles. The agronomic impact of conservation practices, use of cover crops and nutrient management plans have successfully impacted Virginia crop yields. Now, Lohr is drawn to look ahead at the sixth generation of his family farm, as his six children become involved with the operation. (Farming The Country, episode #3)
From Funeral Home to Field Rows
Andrew Hartshorn’s childhood was as similar to yours as it was different. He grew up in a small town where everybody knew his name. He played community sports and participated in a host of extra-curricular activities. Sound familiar? Probably so, except the Hartshorns’ family business was a funeral home.
When Hartshorn met his now father-in-law, he learned all he needed to know to fall in love with farming and the lifestyle it offered his family. After a long and winding path, Hartshorn is now a successful farmer. (The First Years, episode #1)
Grain Demand and Disputes
Michelle Jones, farmer and president of the Montana Grain Growers Association, is passionate about protecting western farmers and ranchers. From trade disputes to the threat of gluten-free and low-carb diets, she has seen first-hand how national factors can impact rural America.
She empathizes with farmers looking to balance their frustrations when consumer trends impact domestic demand for their product. Jones says commodity organizations can help explain the importance of grain in a daily diet. However, it might be up to science to find innovative solutions for celiac disease. (No Man's Land, episode #6)
Help from a Distant Neighbor
Joe Farris watched his entire Oklahoma cattle ranch burn this past April. He lost pasture, already stressed by drought, cattle and miles of fencing. Farris says it was the biggest fire he’d ever seen; the biggest in 100 years.
Unfortunately, Farris’s story is only one of many. But thanks to Eddie Fahley at Ag Community Relief and hay from Michigan farmers, Farris received help. But why haul hay 1,200 miles to the southern Plains? Fahley says the answer is easy. People employed in agriculture give back to each other in times of need because in reality, we’re all neighbors. (Farm Sense, episode #1)
DC Signal to Noise features Pro Farmer Washington Analyst Jim Wiesemeyer’s commentary on all things agriculture from the Beltway.
AgriTalk addresses the latest issues important to farmers, while "AgriTalk After the Bell" is all about markets. Chip Flory hosts both segments.