This time it’s all about the bees! From the composition of a working hive to the diseases that plague honey bees, Steve delves into the basics of bees.Read More
Fear is hard-wired into our biology and an integral part of survival. It can, however, become a debilitating force when it is out of proportion to the threat. In this episode, Steve talks about the fear of chemicals and how fear can be manipulated and distorted to make some people fear what they need to survive: food.Read More
Sit back, relax and let Steve take you back to the early days of plant biotechnology! From the first breakthrough to the early pioneers of genetic engineering, Steve takes listeners on a journey to highlight the necessity of GMOs and how activists have mischaracterized biotechnology.Read More
In this bonus episode, Steve chats with Zach Jacobs of Agriculture Future of America about how a new generation of ag students approach farming, what they’re bringing to the table and what makes him passionate about agriculture. Subscribe on iTunes & the Google Play music store today!
Since most of agriculture is inextricably linked to the sunlight, rainfall and temperature patterns that occur in any given geography and at any time, what are the potential impacts of climate change on agriculture? And what can we do to mitigate the effects? On the season four finale, Steve tackles the subject of climate change and how it impacts farming.
Ever try finding a needle in the haystack? It’s a bit like creating safe, effective and timely pesticides to manage insects, crop disease and fungus in the field. In this episode, Steve addresses the lengthy and rewarding process of developing innovative crop protection.
There are a lot of “what ifs” in life and farming is no exception. In this episode, Steve presents a “what if” scenario, discussing an apple grower, what would occur if they didn’t keep up with pest control challenges in the orchard and how those decisions have a distinct domino effect.
And, just like that, a new crop was born…well, not exactly. Steve discusses a crop that has been around since the 1970s, become an important part of the modern food supply and has real “star power” – canola!
What exactly is sustainability and how has the conversation around agricultural sustainability evolved over the years? Steve explores this topic and reminds us that we all have a stake in sustainability and the future of our planet.
Nobody puts produce in a corner! Steve discusses the annual Dirty Dozen list, debunking its claims, particularly its complete lack of science and how it has deterred consumers from eating healthy produce.
What’s in a label? When it comes down to non-GMO labels, a lot of marketing! In today’s episode, Steve discusses how selling fear and advertising misinformation harms farmers and consumers.
POPagriculture is back in its third season and kicks it off with a discussion about food waste. How can we reduce food loss on the farm? Can consumers better control food waste at home? Steve explores these questions and discusses several initiatives and solutions currently underway.
We’re going back to the prairie in this bonus episode! Steve explores the use of prairie strips, an innovative technique used to prevent erosion and nutrient loss as well as increase regional biodiversity
While an encounter with “pod people” may be relegated to a rerun of Invasion of the Body Snatchers on television, for some farmers, scary invasions are far too real! From citrus greening to an invasion on wine grapes, listen to today’s podcast and learn more about modern-day crop infestations that may affect fields near you.
Words, words, words. We all know they have power and sometimes that power is used for less…honest purposes. On today’s episode, Steve explores how emotive language is used to describe today’s agriculture and how that specific language is often used to purposefully mislead, debunking some of the more common “big little lies” about ag technology.
A little-known fact is a lot of the land in the U.S. that farmers tend isn’t land that they own. Instead, they rent it from someone else. On this episode, Steve explores this interesting dynamic, the history of farmland ownership, who actually owns the land and what this all means for farming.
Every physical thing we can see, touch or smell is made of chemicals. In fact, some of the chemicals that are man-made were inspired by chemicals created by nature. In this episode, Steve explores nature, the OG chemist, in all of her beauty, diversity and, sometimes toxic, glory.
On this episode of POPagriculture, Steve discusses the term “local” and how it applies to our food. From questioning what local food truly means to exploring how sustainability factors into food buying decisions, Steve travels through uncharted territory!
Soil isn’t just “dirt” – it is the foundation of healthy agriculture! On today’s episode Steve examines how farmers control crop-eating insects that live in soil and agricultural practices to create and maintain healthy soil.
Is sulfur really the organic pesticide from hell? In this episode of POPagriculture, Steve questions if the benefits of sulfur in agriculture outweigh some of the downsides and sheds a light on why natural isn’t always nice.