American Family Farmer

The American Family Farmer Show is the weekly voice for small, independent farm owners, as well hobby farmers and all of those interested in eating natural foods that make as few stops as possible from the farm to the table.

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      Dena Hoff on the National Family Farm Coalition


      Dena Hoff, Vice President of the National Family Farm Coalition, has farmed most of her life and has raised sheep, cattle, alfalfa, sweet corn, edible dry beans, and other crops on her farm in Glendive, Montana, since 1979. She is an active member of her rural community, serving on the Water Commission and the local food cooperative, as well as Montana-based Northern Plains Resource Council.  She represents NPRC to the Western Organization of Resource Councils and to the NFFC.  With Doug, s...


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      Jackie Allenbrand talks helping disabled farmers with our four-legged friends


      Jackie Allenbrand started the PHARM Dog USA program in 2005.  PHARM stands for: Pets Helping Agriculture in Rural Missouri. She and her husband used dogs on their own farm to work the cattle and wondered if a dog could be trained for further farm use.  After meeting a farmer with a partial leg amputation and talking with him about his dog she decided to pursue the idea of training dogs for farmers dealing with an illness or injury.   Since developing the program the group has placed several ...


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      Jesse Laflamme, Pete and Gerry's CEO, dispels egg labeling confusion


      Jesse Laflamme, CEO of Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, took over the family business from his parents, Gerry and Carol. He has raised the bar even higher with his with his commitment to small-scale farming, organic foods, humane treatment of animals, and conservation. Jesse and his wife Sandra love having their children help out at the farm in Monroe, NH. In the podcast, Jesse addresses egg labeling confusion and explains the differences between free range, cage free, organic and pasture ra...


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      Wes King on the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition


      Wes King has worked on sustainability and food policy issues for nearly ten years. He staffs NSAC’s Marketing, Food Systems and Rural Development Committee. Before joining NSAC, Wes spent the previous six years at NSAC member organization, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, working on food access, farmers markets and working-lands conservation policy; and leading efforts to create a more risk and scale appropriate regulatory environment for farms and local food businesses. Prior to that he w...


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      Melissa Miller on the NFU's Beginning Farmer Institute


      Melissa Miller is the education director of the Beginning Farmer Institute at the National Farmers Union. She is responsible for the planning, development, promotion and delivery of youth and adult educational and leadership programs and events. As NFU’s Education Director Melissa is passionate about giving all producers the educational resources they need to succeed, including women and beginning producers. Prior to NFU Melissa managed Common Good City Farm, an urban farm in downtown Washi...


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      42m
       2017-09-20

      Phil Noble on Sage Mountain Farm and food diversity


      Phil and Juany Noble own and operate Sage Mountain Farm, where they are an active part of the organic food revolution that is sweeping across the country. Starting with a small garden, they ended up having some extra produce; not wanting to let anything go to waste they decided to sell it at the local farmer's market.  When locals asked for more and more produce, they decided to become regulars at the market and thus Sage Mountain Farm was born.  All of their fruits and vegetables are grown ...


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      42m
       2017-09-13

      Ricki Carroll and The New England Cheesemaking Supply Company


      How do you make cheese? This was the question Bob and Ricki Carroll asked back in the 70’s before there was such a thing as home cheese making. Intent on becoming more self-reliant, the newlyweds welcomed two dairy goats Mary-Lou, and Dinah to their backyard farm in Ashfield Massachusetts, and began searching far and wide for supplies, ingredients and resources. Working with what little they could find, they began to experiment. Thus began the cheese making journey of a l...


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      41m
       2017-09-06

      USDA's Anne Hazelett on Helping Farms in Rural Areas


      An Indiana native, Anne Hazelett is currently the Assistant to the USDA Secretary for Rural Development. She has worked on agriculture and rural issues for over fifteen years. Working in both the U.S. House and Senate, Hazelett has most recently served as Republican Chief Counsel for the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry where she was an advisor on many issues impacting rural America from Farm Bill programs to broadband and child nutrition. In addition to her public...


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      41m
       2017-08-30

      NFU's Roger Johnson on using ethanol and advanced biofuels


      NFU President Roger Johnson was elected National Farmers Union’s 14th president during the organization’s 107th anniversary convention in 2009. A third-generation family farmer from Turtle Lake, N.D., Johnson previously served as North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner, a position he was first elected to in 1996. Johnson grew up in Farmers Union, participating in the organization’s youth programs, serving as a county president and chairman of the board of a local Farmers Union cooperative. As p...


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      41m
       2017-08-23

      Bill Tomson on Cheese Naming Rights, Sarah Walter on Centre County Farm Tours


      Bill Tomson has been an agriculture reporter for 22 years. He graduated from Central Michigan University and started his career as a correspondent for Knight Ridder in Sao Paulo, Brazil, reporting on soybeans, corn and wheat production. Bill also covered the automobile and telecommunications sectors there. Since then, Bill has covered ag for Dow Jones, Politico and now Agri-Pulse in Washington DC. Bill currently focuses on trade issues for Agri-Pulse, where he recently broke the story on...


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      45m
       2017-08-16