Imagine if the Daleks of Dr.Who successfully completed their mission to exterminate all humans! This running feature is one of many pop culture examples of battles between humans and some type of alien invader. In this episode, Steve discusses the extermination of some alien invaders who were threatening the grape industries of California.Read More
Who among us doesn’t love a good mystery? A whiff of danger and a few threads of misdirection leaves one wondering how the detectives will crack the case! In this episode, Steve discusses a murder mystery that nearly went cold: a case of a disease afflicting grapes in the 19th century.Read More
While Paul McCartney ponders, “will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?” Steve wonders who will farm when 62% of U.S. farmers are reaching retirement age. In the season finale, Steve examines the barriers beginning farmers must overcome as well as the vast job opportunities available in agriculture today.Read More
Whether you typically crave a drip coffee or something a bit more intricate and of the Niles Crane type of order, we can all agree that caffeine is necessary, right? On this episode, Steve discusses our collective love of coffee and his journey to discover his “coffee footprint.” What exactly does it take in terms of land and resources to maintain our daily coffee habit?Read More
Our collective desire to get “back to nature” is probably one of the better instincts from the Woodstock era that still resonates today. In this episode, Steve discusses his relationship to gardening and how that has shaped his understanding of agriculture.Read More
Bet you never thought fertilizer was magical but that changes today! In this episode, Steve discusses how scientific discovery brought us fertilizer, effectively changing the game for farmers around the world.Read More
Scammers are having a moment and in this week’s episode, Steve tackles scams within the agriculture & food realm, including a pesky scam that occurs each year around this time…Read More
Need to manage a pest problem? Luckily, there are many ways to do that! From physical to biological to chemical controls, Steve covers an array of pest management strategies farmers can use when an issue arises.Read More
Ag recycles! In this week’s episode, Steve delves into the world of ag stewardship, specifically agricultural container management.Read More
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.