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Carbon Farming Podcast

The Carbon Farming Podcast with Agoro Carbon Alliance brings you the latest news and insights from the world of agricultural carbon. Hear from industry experts, farmers, ranchers and agronomists about the carbon market and farm-based carbon credits in this ad-free podcast. Farmers and ranchers across the United States are increasingly making sustainable practice changes including: transitioning to strip/no-till, adding cover crops, managing nitrogen, and pasture and rangeland management. Now, with the addition of carbon credits − financial products that represent 1 ton of carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere − these practices also provide a new revenue stream. Join us, we're creating a solution that is grounded in soil.

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Ag Carbon Podcast Episode 20: Biodiversity's Role in Ag Carbon
The podcast featuring Christopher Daley, a Carbon Project Development Specialist, looks into the role of biodiversity in the agricultural carbon market. Daley emphasizes the importance of biodiversity,  highlighting its crucial role in sustaining ecosystems and supporting agriculture. Increasing biodiversity offers numerous benefits for farmers and ranchers, including healthier soil, higher yields, and better water management.  While biodiversity is becoming a focus for corporations as part of their climate-related targets, it's also essential for responsible land stewardship and consumer demand. Biodiversity credits, which have been part of the voluntary carbon market for years, are gaining traction, with frameworks like the Global Biodiversity Framework incentivizing projects to address biodiversity loss. Agoro Carbon contributes through practices such as no-tillage farming, cover crops, seeding native plants, and improved grazing practices, which support healthier and more resilient ecosystems. The future of biodiversity credits lies in projects that promote biodiversity across various landscapes,  aligning with the vision of Agoro Carbon.
25:06 4/5/24
One Texas Rancher's Journey to Carbon Capturing
Let's start this new year with a new podcast episode featuring Northern Texas Rancher, Steve Rapp and his dedicated Agoro Carbon Grower Success Agronomist, Shawntel Ervin. Steve grew up in Texas and is also a mixed animal practitioner. He took over his family farm (est. 1922) where they raise cattle, cotton, wheat, and canola; he has farmed for 47 years. Steve is extremely knowledgeable in the areas of soil health and carbon sequestration with his “back to the prairie approach.” When he decided it was time to look for another source of revenue to add to his operation’s bottom line, Agoro Carbon was one of the only ag carbon companies working with ranch and pasture land. Join us in this episode to learn more about Steve’s experience before and during his participation in our carbon program. How do you prefer to listen in? Listen to the episode here, or on your favorite service: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Audible. Browse all our podcast episodes here.
30:14 1/16/24
Soil Stratification's Role in the Ag Carbon Market
Let's zoom in on a specific and very crucial stage of the ag carbon credit generation process - the role of soil stratification. First off, what is soil stratification or also referred to as “soil strata?” Well, here is a little preview: Soil stratification is the process of dividing farm or ranch land into different areas that represent similar soil organic carbon to efficiently sample soil with the most accurate results. What does stratification look like? And how is it related to the monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon credits? Does AI and remote sensing play a part? We cover all that and more in this episode with Tommy Pudil, Agoro Carbon’s Geospatial Analyst. Tommy is a member of the science team. He is originally from eastern Iowa, and attended school at Creighton University in Nebraska, as well as Georgia Southern University in Georgia. During his time at both schools, he used remote sensing to measure the health of vegetation and map land cover using artificial intelligence and machine learning. Growing up in Iowa, farming has always been something that is important to Tommy, and he enjoys using his skills to help the mission here at Agoro Carbon Alliance. In his free time, Tommy likes to fish, hike, lift weights, and spend time with family and friends.  
20:51 12/5/23
The Relationship Between Soil Health & Farm Profitability
Come dive into the world of soil health. In this episode we dig into the relationship between soil health and profitability with Agoro Carbon Science Manager, Dr. John Shanahan.  John is one of our founding scientists team members and brings over 35 years of experience as a professional agronomist in both public (Colorado State University, USDA-ARS, Soil Health Institute) and private sector (Corteva Agrisciences) roles. His expertise consists of nutrient, water, and soil health management in crop production systems. John is also proficient in the use of multiple digital farming tools for helping growers improve profitability and sustainability. Farmers and ranchers run businesses with very tight margins, so profitability is often the most significant barrier to adoption of soil health practices. Listen in to learn more details on topics like the impact of soil health practices on profitability, ag carbon’s relation to extreme weather resilience, and how yields are affected by soil health practices (cover cropping, reduce tillage, nutrient management). Resources mentioned in this episode: Sustainable & Profitable Conservation Farming: Thoughts From A Farmer Economics Of Soil Health Systems
22:49 9/12/23
Generating Ag Carbon Credits with Legumes
Iowa-based Agronomist and Strategic Accounts Manager, Clay Craighton, joins us to chat through the newest way farmers can get involved in the ag carbon market - and it's all about cover cropping with legumes. Cover crops improve soil health and help keep carbon “locked in” to our soil. In this episode, Clay discusses the ins and outs of generating ag carbon credits by diversifying cover crops with legumes, and so much more: What are legumes Legacy conservation growers can participate  How adding legumes to the mix works Types of legume species Application type Farmers that have been managing fields with cover cropping can now qualify to get paid and participate in the Agoro Carbon Alliance program by adding legumes to the species planted. To learn even more about cover cropping with legumes visit the Ag Carbon Knowledge Hub. If you have comments or suggestions, please visit our website or call 888-224-7423. And be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.
18:21 8/15/23
Women in Agriculture: Kerry Hoffschneider & Ashley Bruner
This week is all about women in ag. We are fortunate to have two new guests who share their early beginnings on the farm and pasture, the role of women in ag-based culture, and how it’s evolved. Their own families have lived through the rewards and challenges of farming and ranching. Their insights are eye-opening and maybe relatable to some. Kerry Hoffschneider, Communications Manager at Graze Master Genetics and host of the Underdog Ag Podcast, joins us to discuss her experience in agriculture. She was born into ag - the farm raised her. At a young age you'd find her laying pipe, helping with irrigation, and of course playing in the pasture. Today she continues her work in ag by helping producers through Graze Master Genetics. Ashley Bruner, Global Marketing Manager at Agoro Carbon Alliance, also grew up playing and working on her parent’s Illinois farm. She discusses the passion and minds of women in agriculture; plus, women’s role that have contributed to keeping agriculture alive and well from generation to generation. If you have comments or suggestions, please visit our website or call 888-224-7423. And be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.  
38:49 6/20/23
Life After Signing a Carbon Contract with Kyle Henry
We sat down with Kyle Henry, an Ohio rancher, who is also an Agoro Carbon Alliance member. We chat about the early onboarding process from a rancher's perspective to help others understand what exactly happens after a carbon contract is signed. He transports us to Uhrichsville, Ohio or as he says "a little slice of heaven." Kyle shares his family farm history, the transition from raising dairy to beef cattle, and his current acres of pasture enrolled in the Agoro Carbon program. Kyle takes us through the onboarding phase of our carbon program from the data collection points like herd size and pregnancy rate to the anticipation of his soil sample results. If you have comments or suggestions, please visit our website or call 888-224-7423. And be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.
27:55 3/21/23
Nitrogen in the Carbon Market
This week we borrowed Markus Braaten, Market Development Manager of Digital Agronomy, from our parent company: Yara International. Yara is a respected global leader in soil fertility solutions. Markus discusses alongside Agoro Carbon’s Science Agronomist, Seth Urbanowitz, the topic of Nitrogen (N) use efficiency and Nitrogen's role in the carbon market. Together they cover topics like: How N use efficiency can increase yield, reduce emissions, and lower input costs for farmers when adopting conservation practices N removal vs. reduction Carbon emission avoidance  If you have comments or suggestions, please visit our website or call 888-224-7423. And be sure to follow us on  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.  
28:47 2/7/23
Carbon Opportunities in Iowa
In this episode we welcome Alejandro Plastina, Associate Professor of Economics at Iowa State University alongside his former student and our Cornbelt Carbon Cropping Manager, Clay Craighton.  Dr. Alejandro Plastina specializes in agricultural production and technology, with an emphasis on farm business and financial management. His research focuses on the socioeconomic drivers of conservation practices, voluntary pest resistance management, carbon programs, and agricultural productivity. He chats with us about his research and the role universities like Iowa State have in the voluntary carbon market. If you have comments or suggestions, please visit our website or call 888-224-7423. And be sure to follow us on  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.  
29:03 1/24/23
Agronomy Talk: Drought & Sustainability Practices
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, more than 80% of Texas has been facing drought conditions most of the year, and some areas for much longer. Prolonged drought can lead to crop loss, heat stress and limited feed availability for livestock, as well as increased risk of wildfires. In this episode we discuss drought conditions: how to help mitigate them, what does drought mean for your crops and soil health, and how does is impact carbon sequestration. Our guest are Texas-based agronomist Travis Kidd and Nebraska-based science agronomist John Shanahan. If you have comments or suggestions, please visit our website or call 888-224-7423. And be sure to follow us on  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.
30:58 12/6/22
Partners in Sustainability: Graze Master & Agoro Carbon
We have a new partner we'd like you to meet: the Graze Master Group. Our new, Nebraska-based partner Graze Master Group conducts business with a rancher-first farmer-first mindset. Episode guests are Del Ficke, founder of Graze Master Group and Sales Director of Agoro Carbon, Larry Hafer dive into what make us a terrific pair and how we'll help positively impact ag and our planet together. If you have comments or suggestions, please visit our website or call 888-224-7423. And be sure to follow us on  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.
31:53 11/22/22
Sustainable & Profitable Conservation Farming: Thoughts From A Farmer
In this episode we visit with Frank Rademacher, a farmer from East Central Illinois with several years experience in sustainable practice changes on his farm.  Frank and his family farm a corn and soybean rotation and have been continuously been practicing no-till and cover cropping for the last 5-8 years. Using strategies like crimping high biomass cover crops, they’re reducing synthetic use, growing non-GMO crops while building soil organic matter.  Frank has a bachelor’s in Crop Science and Integrated Pest Management and currently works as a conservation specialist for Precision Conservation Management, a program funded by IL Corn/Soybean Associations. In this role he helps local farmers implement more conservation practices by providing economic/data, agronomy, and funding support. If you have comments or suggestions, please visit our website or call 888-224-7423. And be sure to follow us on  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.      
28:08 10/4/22
Carbon Farming in the Northern U.S. - Challenges & Benefits
In this episode we discuss the challenges and benefits of reducing tillage and adding cover crops in the Northern half of US. Agronomists John Pullis and Steve Hasselman share their experiences with these sustainable farming practices in the upper Midwest.     After working with farmers for years through these practice changes, they offer advice through these practice changes that build healthier soils, better nutrient cycling and water retention.
40:25 8/23/22
You Just Signed a Carbon Contact, Now What?
Do you know what to expect after signing a carbon contract? In this episode you'll learn what happens after a farmer or rancher signs a carbon contract - plus, how they're supported along the way. If you're contemplating a carbon program, you'll learn about some important questions from the farm and ranch perspective to ask in your carbon journey. Perhaps they'll be answered right here!  Steve Hasselman, CCA and Mark Worner are both conservation agronomists who support farmers throughout the transition process after signing up with Agoro Carbon. Supporting our growers throughout the life of the contract is a key part of the Agoro Carbon program's difference.   If you have comments or suggestions, please visit our website or call 888-224-7423. And be sure to follow us on  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.
24:49 8/2/22
Carbon From a Range Agronomist’s View
Agoro Carbon promotes carbon sequestration practices on ranches nationwide. In this episode we dive into what conservation practices look like in range and pastureland. Range Agronomist, Brekke Munks grew up in rural Wyoming on an elk refuge surrounded by rangeland and cattle. With a strong background in agronomy and animal health (Ph.D. Agronomy, M.S. Plant Science & Genetics, B.S. Animal Systems-Biotechnology) she explains what a carbon program entails on a ranch. Rotational grazing, nitrogen efficiency and increasing biodiversity are a few of the practices we will explore. Listen now to learn what carbon farming is like for ranchers and cattle producers. If you have comments or suggestions, please visit our website or call 888-224-7423. And be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.
30:25 7/12/22
A Carbon Buyers Perspective
We are heading up the value chain with Ariel Perez of Hartree Partners to learn the carbon marketplace perspective from one buyer. Hartree Partners is a global energy and commodities firm that provides high-impact, low-cost solutions to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon future and to monetize the potential of that shift for their customers. In this episode you will learn the importance of purchasing carbon offsets to businesses, why some are interested in agricultural carbon offsets, and decision factors that go into purchasing carbon credits. “We will be able to create an additional revenue stream that diversifies and strengthens the livelihoods and the revenue streams for people who are on the front lines growing food and taking care of the land on which we all depend.” -Ariel Perez, Hartree Partners If you have questions, or requests for future podcasts, please visit our website or call 888-224-7423.  And be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.
30:06 7/5/22
Science of Soil Carbon
Indiana Agronomist, Caleb Smith, takes us behind the conservation farm  practices to talk about the science happening under our feet - in soil carbon. Caleb answers some of the common questions he gets about soil organic matter, soil organic carbon, measuring carbon sequestration and how it relates to soil health. From influential factors to common misconceptions - dig in with us as we uncover the science behind soil carbon. If you have comments or suggestions, please visit our website or call 888-224-7423.  And be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.
24:20 6/28/22
Carbon Farming From a Grower's Perspective
In our last episode we talked about how Agoro Carbon Alliance was created to facilitate improvements on the farm/ranch that reduces carbon and sequesters more carbon in the soil. These changes are not only good for soil health and bringing an additional revenue to the farm, but are beneficial to the climate, as well. In this episode we speak with Devin Moon, a wheat producer from Washington who decided to make these changes on his family's farm. He shares he implemented these changes and some of the results he has seen in his time working with Agoro Carbon Alliance. You can see more by checking out this short video. In future episodes we will talk with folks in the carbon farming value chain so that we can better understand how to strengthen our farms and ranches while sustaining our future. If you have comments or suggestions, please visit our website or call 888-224-7423.  And be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn
19:29 4/26/22
Is Carbon Farming for You?
We speak with Agoro Carbon Alliance's agronomists to answer some of the most common questions you may have about Carbon Farming.  Mark Worner (Ohio-based) and Travis Kidd (Texas-based) help growers and ranchers understand the benefits and drawbacks of conservation practice changes that can help your land improve soil health and bring in additional income. In future episodes we will talk with individuals in the carbon farming value chain so that we can better understand how to strengthen our farms and ranches while sustaining our future. If you have comments or suggestions, please visit our website or call 888-224-7423. And be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn
37:42 4/19/22
So What's Carbon Farming?
At Agoro Carbon Alliance, we're taking action across the global food value chain to grow a permanent, farm-based carbon solution through Farm Carbon Credits and certified climate-smart crops. One question that we hear more often than any other is: so what is carbon farming, anyway? In this introduction of the Carbon Farming Podcast, Alex Bell, co-founder and CEO of Agoro Carbon Alliance and Anastasia Pavlovic, co-founder and COO of Agoro Carbon Alliance help us understand what the carbon marketplace is and how it works.   Agoro Carbon Alliance was formed to help farmers and ranchers, in future episodes, we'll chat with individuals in the carbon farming value chain so that we can better understand how to strengthen our farms and ranches while sustaining our future. If you have comments or suggestions, please visit our website or call 888-224-7423.  And be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn
30:49 4/12/22

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