Podcasts

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 336 | Talking Ohio Pork Congress, feral swine challenges, and timely Farm Bill update

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, Matt Reese and Dusty Sonnenberg travel to the Ohio Pork Congress for an in-depth discussion with Ohio Pork Council board member, pork producer (and the owner of a new flamethrower) Nathan Schroeder alongside Josh Scramlin, the regional director of producer services of the National Pork Producers Council serving Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.

Additional audio includes Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo talking with Cheryl Day, executive vice president of the Ohio Pork Council, for an update on the developing feral swine challenge in Ohio and the unique methods being discussed to control it going forward.

Dusty has a chat with Luke Crumley of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association for a timely and matter-of-fact Farm Bill update as it has a challenging road ahead in the 2024 election year.

All that and more in this week’s Ohio Ag Net Podcast!

TimeSection
0:00Intro and Pork Congress Discussion
2:38Cheryl Day talks Feral Swine
8:50Luke Crumley talks Farm Bill
23:40Back to the group at Pork Congress
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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 335 | Crops and Congress: Farm Bill & Crop Insurance Edition

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, host Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal and Dusty Sonnenburg of Ohio Ag Net talk with Larry Davis of Ag Resource Management. Larry talks about what to expect in the upcoming Farm Bill and how crop insurance will look this year. The crop insurance deadline is March 15. 

 More in this week’s podcast:   

  • Matt Bowers, Dye Real Estate: Matt discusses upcoming auctions and how the price of agricultural land is still high. 
  • Corey Farrens, Madison County Farmer: Corey talks with Dusty about the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association Corn Yield Contest as he was the overall corn yield winner. He talks about his growing practices and what led him to be the winner. 
  • Lincoln Winner, Darke County Farmer: Lincoln talked with Dusty as he was a regional winner in the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association Corn Yield Contest. He is a junior at Versailles High School, making him the youngest winner to date. 
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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 334 | Get Swiftie About Conservation

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, host Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal and Dusty Sonnenburg of Ohio Ag Net talk with Alan Sundemeier, CAP Coordinator and OSU Extension. Alan discusses the Conservation Action Project (CAP) and an upcoming program. The project started more than 35 years ago and aims to support seven counties near the Maumee River with conservation practices to protect Lake Erie.  

 More in this week’s podcast:   

  • Matt Bambauer, Bambauer Fertilizer and Seed: Matt discusses grain storage and monitoring of it with the ever changing Ohio weather.  
Intro0:00
Matt Bambauer3:58
Main Conversation, Alan Sundemeier10:25
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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 333 | Ohio Farm Bureau Buzz

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, host Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal and Joel Penhorwood of Ohio Ag Net talk with Paul Lyons, Ohio Farm Bureau Vice President of Membership. They talked about the recent American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah and the Young Ag Professional Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Paul shares about his experiences at the annual meeting and gives an overview of Ohio recognition. 

 More in this week’s podcast:   

  • Luke and Kayla Durbin and Joe Everett, YAP State Committee: They talk with Joel about the recent YAP Conference, their role on the State Committee, and their own agriculture background. 
  • Scott Fenwick, Clean Fuels America: Scott is the Technical Director for Clean Fuels America and talks with Dale about the biodiesel technology world. 
  • Brandon Kern, Ohio Soybean Council and Ohio Soybean Association: Brandon works as the Director of Public Affair and Issue Analysis and he talks with Dusty about US EPA and Endangered Species Act in relation to pesticide use. 
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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 332 | Planting Seeds: A Night for Young Professionals

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, host Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal and Dusty Sonnenburg of Ohio Ag Net talk with Ashely Tate a student at The Ohio State University, Julia Brown and Wendy Hovey both of Ohio Soybean Council.  They talk about the Night for Young Professionals that is coming up on February 1, 2024. The night helps students develop professionally with keynote speakers and panel discussions preparing them for their future careers after the classroom. The night is made possible by The Ohio State University, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, Ohio Soybean Council, and Ohio Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net. 

 More in this week’s podcast:   

  • Tadd Nicholson, Ohio Corn and Wheat: Dale talks to Tadd about ethanol and celebrating the sweet 16 of ethanol production in Ohio.  
  • Katherine Brown, AFBF Discussion: Katherine talks to Joel about being in the top 16 at the American Farm Bureau Federation Discussion meet at the annual meeting. 
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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 331 | Legal Lingo With Leisa Podcast Edition

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, host Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal and Dusty Sonnenburg of Ohio Ag Net talk with Leisa Boley Hellwarth who is a lawyer and columnist of the monthly Legal Lingo column. She talks about the articles she has written and what farmers need to pay attention to as they move into 2024.

 More in this week’s podcast:   

  • Todd Wilkinson, NCBA President: Dale talks to Todd about the farm bill and cattle inventory as need for more food increases with growing population. 
  • Dr. Dave Shoup, Wayne County Farmer: Dave is the Pork Industry Excellence Award Winner and he talks with Matt about herd health, his service to his community, and the upcoming Ohio Pork Congress.  
Intro0:00
Todd Wilkinson2:52
Dr. Dave Shoup9:37
Main Conversation, Leisa Boley Hellwarth15:15
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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 330 | ODA Director Brian Baldridge

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Brian Baldridge is the featured guest for the first Ohio Ag Net Podcast of 2024, joining hosts Matt Reese and Joel Penhorwood. The three discuss a wide variety of issues, including Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, ODA’s groundbreaking of the new animal diagnostics laboratory, H2Ohio, the new recommendation to lead the Ohio State Fair and Ohio Expo Center, as well as much more. Director Baldridge also gives a recap of the big items of 2023 as well as the issues that lie ahead in 2024, including farm preservation and even a quick chat about artificial intelligence.

Other guest audio in the podcast includes:

  • Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo visits with Tom Fontana and Jeanne Gogolski on GrowNextGen
  • Ohio Ag Net’s Dusty Sonnenberg hears from Dale Arnold, director of energy policy at Ohio Farm Bureau, about the issues of the day in that changing world.

Times:

Intro and conversation with ODA Director Brian Baldridge0:00.000
Tom Fontana and Jeanne Gogolski on GrowNextGen4:51.299
Dale Arnold on energy25:17.182
Back with Director Baldridge28:28.342
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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 329 | Festive Folks and Farm Wisdom

In this festive edition of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, hosts Matt Reese and Dusty Sonnenberg bring holiday cheer and valuable insights from Larry Davis and Elizabeth Long of Ag Resource Management (ARM). As an added bonus, it’s the annual Christmas Sweater Day – so a bit of a festive flair is brought to the podcast!

Interviews:

  • Dale Minyo and Jamie Brown – GrowNextGen Teacher of the Year: Jamie Brown is the GrowNextGen Teacher of the Year from Miami East.
  • Dusty and Leah Curtis – OFBF Policy Council: Dusty chats with Leah about CAUV (Current Agricultural Use Value) and Property Taxes.
  • Dusty and Jordan Hoewischer – OFBF Director of Water Quality and Research: Dive into a discussion at the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation as the two explore topics such as H2Ohio and the Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative (OACI), shedding light on water quality and conservation efforts in the state.
  • Special Christmas Message: Stay tuned until the very end as Matt Reese shares a special Christmas message, wrapping up the episode with holiday warmth and good wishes.
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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 328 | Deer Harvest, OFBF Annual Meeting, and More

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, host Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal talks with Dan Armitage who is a freelance outdoor writer and author. Dan is a columnist for the Ohio Country Journal. He talks about deer season and an all encompassing update around the state of Ohio.     

 More in this week’s podcast:   

  • Lindy McLaughlin and Evan Hahn, Farm Credit Mid-America: Dale talks to them about the Stock the Trailer Program through the country fair season. 
  • Bill Patterson, Ohio Farm Bureau President: Dusty talks with Bill to get an update about the recent Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
  • Jack Irvin, Ohio Farm Bureau Vice President of Public Policy: Talks with Dusty about the recent Farm Bureau Annual Meeting including updates on policy. 
  • Elizabeth Hawkins, Ohio State University Extension: Elizabeth works as a field specialist in agronomic systems and she talks with Dusty about how weather patterns are changing in farming and how precision agriculture can help this new challenge. 
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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 327 | Wassail Wonders: Toasting to Tradition

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, hosts Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal and Dusty Sonnenburg of Ohio Ag Net talk with Shelly Detwiler who is from Union County. She is a berry farmer and also writes a monthly column for the Ohio Country Journal. Shelly talks about the history, recipes and tradition behind the holiday drink,  wassail.

 More in this week’s podcast:   

  • Amanda Northstine, Teacher: Amanda talks with Dale about the GrowNextGen program and the benefits she sees in her junior high classroom. 
  • Jeff & Doug Greig, Greig Christmas Tree Farm: Matt Talks with Jeff and Doug about the Christmas tree season and their success  
  • Dr. Ian Sheldon, Professor at The Ohio State University: Matt talks with Dr. Sheldon about international trade.
Intro0:00
Amanda Northstine3:23
Jeff & Doug Greig13:36
Dr. Ian Sheldon21:07
Main Conversation, Shelly Detwiler34:01
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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 326 | Restoring the Soil of Tomorrow with No-Till Farming

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, hosts Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal and Dusty Sonnenburg of Ohio Ag Net talk with Ted Logan who is the current Ohio No-Till Farmer of the Year. Ted is a farmer in Morrow County that switched to no-till around 15 years ago. Initially, he switched to save on labor, but he now shares the benefits his soil has experienced.  

 More in this week’s podcast:   

  • Mike Heffelfinger, Van Wert County Farmer: Mike joins Dale to talk about a farmers perspective on the GrowNextGen program through the Ohio Soybean Council and Ohio soybean farmers. 
  • Ani Katchova, The Ohio State University: Ani is a professor at OSU and she talks with Matt about the farm income outlook.  
  • Tim Trotter, Edge Dairy Cooperative: Tim is the CEO and he chats with Joel about the legislative issues that are facing the dairy industry. 
Intro0:00
Mike Heffelfinger4:30
Ani Katchova9:58
Tim Trotter16:32
Main Conversation, Ted Logan23:35
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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 325 | Spilling the Beans About the Farm Bill Extension

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, hosts Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal and Dusty Sonnenburg of Ohio Ag Net talk with Brandon Kern, Director of Public Policy and Issue Analysis at the Ohio Soybean Association. They talk about the future of the Farm Bill with the recent extension of the 2018 Farm Bill. Brandon also talks about priorities of soybean farmers and other policy updates. 

 More in this week’s podcast:   

  • Jonathan Coppess, University of Illinois: Jonathan talks with Matt about the Farm Bill process and what it looks like in broad terms. 
Intro0:00
Jonathan Coppess6:48
Main Conversation, Brandon Kern17:30
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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 324 | Energy Outlook

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, hosts Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal and Dusty Sonnenburg of Ohio Ag Net talk with Brent Sohngen, a professor of environmental and resource economics in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at The Ohio State University. They discuss energy prices for gas and diesel, especially as prices trend lower. With the decrease in prices, Brent talks about what this means for different sectors of agriculture. 

 More in this week’s podcast:   

  • Scott Raber, Bane-Welker Equipment: Dale and Scott talk about expansions Bane-Welker Equipment is currently undergoing.
  • Bret Davis, Delaware County Farmer: Brett chats with Dale about on-farm biodiesel use. 
  • Peter Gehres, Jeff Martin Auctioneers: Peter stops in to talk with Matt about recent equipment prices and the outlook of it. 
  • Jeff Wolfe, Director for Ohio Poultry Breeders Association: Matt visits Jeff at the Ohio National Poultry show in Columbus, OH. 
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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 323 | A Dive Into CAUV

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, hosts Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal and Dusty Sonnenburg of Ohio Ag Net talk with Leah Hetrick, Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Legal Education and Member Engagement. They discuss Current Agricultural Use Value, also known as CAUV, for Ohio farmers. Nearly half of Ohio’s counties will be reevaluated this year, determining property value. Hetrick explains that farmers have recently been having questions especially regarding taxes and what it means for farmland value. 

 More in this week’s podcast:   

  • Scott Fenwick, Clean Fuels Alliance American: Fenwick is the technical director and he talks about biodiesel with Dale.
  • Morgan Anderson & National FFA Convention Update: Joel talks with newly elected Eastern Region Vice President, Morgan Anderson. He also mentions Ohio FFA highlights at the 96th National FFA Convention.  
  • Lawrence Onweller, Fulton County Farmer: He chats with Matt about slow harvest progress with high moisture levels. 
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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 322 | Ag Credit Aims to Develop Rural Communities

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, hosts Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal and Dusty Sonnenburg of Ohio Ag Net talk with Libby Wixtead and Phil Young, both of Ag Credit. They talk about all things Ag Credit such as their podcast ‘Ag Credit Said It,’ mission statement, community involvement and agriculture finances. As an agricultural cooperative, Ag Credit works to give back to their customers while developing the communities they serve.     

 More in this week’s podcast:   

  • Steve Reinhart, United Soybean Board: The United Soybean Board recently conducted a survey on soybeans and animal agriculture and Steve talks with Dusty about the results of it.
  • Wendy Osborn, Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association: Wendy talks with Dusty about the recent Ethanol Trade Group that visited Ohio learning about corn production within ethanol.   
Intro0:00
Steve Reinhart4:12
Wendy Osborn8:42
Main Conversation, Libby Wixtead and Phil Young14:14
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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 321 | Soybeans and Livestock Go Toegether Like Two Beans in a Pod

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, hosts Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal and Dusty Sonnenburg of Ohio Ag Net talk with Laurie Isley, United Soybean Board, Communication & Education Committee Chair. She talks about soybeans’ role in livestock diets and what research the United Soybean Board does to maximize feed efficiency. Laurie is also a farmer from Michigan, so she gives a brief harvest update.     

 More in this week’s podcast:  

  • Doug Miller, Between the Rows Farmer: Doug gives a harvest update as he is one of this years Between the Rows Famers located in Fayette county. 
  • Madi Layman, Ohio Soybean Council: Madi talks with Dale about biodiesel and the history behind its start till today. 
  • John Linder, OCWGA Board Member: Dusty talks with John about the recent Ethanol Trade Team that he hosted on his farm. 
  • Jack Bardakjia, Gapuma Ltd: Jack is from the United Kingdom and he talks with Dusty about his time in the United States learning about ethanol and his experience with the Ethanol Trade Team
  • William Aidoo, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy in Ghana, Africa: William is from Ghana and he talks to Dusty about his experience learning about ethanol and corn production as part of this Ethanol Trade Team.  
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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 320 | A Royal Story

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, hosts Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal and Dusty Sonnenburg of Ohio Ag Net talk with Rebekah Hardacre, the 2023 Ohio Fairs Queen. Rebekah is also a member of the Ohio Army National Guard. They talked about her reign as queen including the many fairs she attended throughout the summer. Her reign concludes at the upcoming Ohio Fair Managers Association Convention held each year in early January.  

 More in this week’s podcast:  

  • Micah Mensing, GrowNextGen Ambassador: Micah talks with Dale about his path leading up to the GrowNextGen Ambassador program and where his career path has led him since then.
  • Evan Hahn, Farm Credit Mid-America: Dale talks with Evan about National Co-Op Month and the history behind Farm Credit. Evan also mentions all the different services and benefits Farm Credit offers its customers. 
Intro0:00
Micah Mensing1.50
Evan Hahn11.08
Main Conversation, Rebekah Hardacre17:55
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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 319 | Farm Labor and Dad Jokes with OFBF

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, hosts Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal and Dusty Sonnenburg of Ohio Ag Net talk with Michael Bailey, Vice President of Strategic Partnership at Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. Bailey shares about labor issues that are happening in the agriculture sector everyday. He shares Ohio Farm Bureau’s efforts in helping to bring light to and reduce this ongoing challenge in American agriculture.  

More in this week’s podcast:  

  • Arthur Erickson, Hylio: Erickson is the CEO of Hylio and he talks with Dusty about drone technology in relation to the future of agriculture.  
  • Meat Export Trade Mission: Two Ohio agriculturists recently went to Korea with the Meat Export Federation. They talk with Matt about their conversations in Korea around Ohio’s Beef and Grain industries.
  • Devin Dye: Dye talks with Matt about real estate and the sale of farm land.
  • Lisa Mitchell, Gerald Grain: She talks with Matt about the pieces of grain in relation to storage this fall. 
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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 318 | Professionally Building the Next Generation

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, hosts Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal and Dusty Sonnenburg of Ohio Ag Net talk with Julia Brown of the Ohio Soybean Council and Paige Teeters, a senior at Wilmington College. They discuss the Night for Young Professionals that is happening this week at Wilmington College. The event is in partnership with the Ohio Soybean Council and the Ohio Ag Net and Ohio Country Journal. It strives to prepare college students for life outside of education and aims to connect students to industry professionals. 

More in this week’s podcast: 

  • Horacio Lopez-Nicora, The Ohio State University: Celebrating National Nematode day, Dusty talks with Lopez-Nicora about the microscope worms and what affects thy present crops with.
  • Robert Sprague, State Treasurer: Matt talks with Sprague about the Ag Link program
  • Margaret Jodlowski, The Ohio State University: She talks with Matt about the labor challenges that are affecting the agriculture market.  
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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 317 | Agritourism: A Consumers Dive Into Agriculture

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, hosts Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal and Dusty Sonnenburg of Ohio Ag Net talk with Rob Leeds of The Ohio State University Extension in Delaware County. They talk about agritourism and the popular rising demand of bringing consumers to the farm. Leeds talks about growing your agritourism business and the importance of them in Ohio and beyond.      

More in this week’s podcast: 

  • Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association: Matt talks with the OCWGA folks about ethanol and the Farm Bill. As September comes to an end agriculturists are eagerly waiting on a new Farm Bill to be passed.  
  • Ty Higgins, Ohio Farm Bureau: Ty and Joel talk about mental health and agriculture and the importance of breaking the stigma.  
  • Ohio Soybean Association: Patrick Knoff and Brandon Kern talk with Dusty about the U.S. EPA and changes to use of pesticides.
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