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.
On today’s special bonus episode of POPagriculture, Steve discusses the basics of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), a growing strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests through a mixture of techniques like biological control, habitat manipulation and use of resistant varieties. Listen to learn the ABCs of IPM!
On the latest episode of POPagriculture, Steve continues to explore why there are crop pests and questions if our farming methods have thrown nature out of balance, exacerbating agriculture’s pest problems.
Ready to take a walk on the wild side? Steve Savage is back for POPagriculture’s second season and kicks it off with a discussion about genetic diversity and how humans alter crops from their wild states to create something edible and sustainable.
In the POPagriculture season one finale, hear how Steve became involved with plant biology and agriculture. Spoiler: it’s not your typical agriculture tale!
Pesticides…they’ve come a long way! In the latest episode of POPagriculture, Steve discusses hazard, risk and the evolution of pesticide safety.
Organic: it may not mean what you think it means! In this episode of POPagriculture, Steve explores how crops are grown according to organic standards, what that means for pesticide use and, while it may sound inconceivable, how this relates to the movie, The Princess Bride!
In this week’s episode of POPagriculture, Steve muses that “wheat is like wine,” claiming the crop has its own terroir, similar to wine. So sit down, pour yourself your favorite glass of vino and discover how wheat shares more characteristics with wine than previously thought!
In this week’s episode, Steve talks with Alan Bjerga, agricultural reporter at Bloomberg News. Steve and Alan discuss the changing landscape of American agriculture, and Alan provides his perspective on the state of agriculture news reporting in the U.S.
In this episode, Steve recounts the history of tilling and how the Dust Bowl prompted a change in farming methods to manage weeds.
In this episode, Steve discusses how fruits and vegetables are kept fresh after they’re harvested to ensure reliable access to healthy produce and reduce food loss.
Did you know that plants can get sick, too? That’s right, just like us, plants can get diseases. In this episode of POPagriculture, Steve takes listeners on a historical trip to recount the many times plant sickness became a real problem for people.
One of Steve’s favorite John Mayer songs has the line, “love ain’t a thing, love is a verb,” and he applies this ethos to agriculture, too. In this episode, Steve discusses the many risks , decisions, stewardship, and work that is involved in today’s agriculture. After all, “farm ain’t a thing, farm is a verb!”
What makes a plant a weed? At one level it’s a very human definition – it’s a plant that is growing somewhere we don’t want it. That could be in your lawn or garden. It could be in a farmer’s field. It could be in a National Park. Anywhere they can grow, the weeds are calling…
POPagriculture is Steve Savage’s latest project in conjunction with the CropLife America Foundation. This podcast series combines his love of agriculture and pop culture for an interesting and engaging experience. The newest podcast in this series is coming soon!