Episodes
John Kempf interviews Ray Archuleta, a proponent of healthy soil systems. Ray delves into the history of the soil health movement and the roles that policy, society, and agriculture play in the broader global health context.
Published 04/28/20
John interviews Dr. Arden Andersen, who explores agriculture from the perspective of biophysics and describes why understanding the energetic life forces is the key to gaining next-level performance from our crop genetics and environment.
Published 04/13/20
John Kempf and Dr. Jill Clapperton delve into the science of the rhizosphere. Learn about the impacts of sugar on the microbial system, which crops have rhizobia that work well together, and why rapid root growth is key to inhibiting disease.
Published 03/31/20
John interviews Dr. Norman Uphoff who trialed a new method of growing rice that spread globally within decades, achieving wide adoption of regenerative practices in an era when such practices were much less popular than today.
Published 03/17/20
John interviews Jason Mauck, an Indiana corn, soybean, wheat, and hog producer, who thinks outside the borders of convention and has pioneered a number of innovative practices, measuring for resilience and control on inputs and yields.
Published 02/24/20
John interviews French agronomist, Olivier Husson, who describes soil Eh, a measure of electrons in the soil that is key to gauging nutrient and water absorption as well as disease manifestation.
Published 02/11/20
John Kempf interviews Claudia Carter, Executive Director of the California Wheat Commission, who describes how breeders are working to develop wheat varieties with increased quality and nutritional value.
Published 01/28/20
John Kempf interviews Dr. James White of Rutgers University who explains how plants “farm” microbes, convert fungi from pathogenic to beneficials, and send endophytic ambassadors to forage for plant nutrition.
Published 01/15/20
John Kempf interviews Derek Axten about intercropping, management to increase soil infiltration, controlled traffic farming, and decreasing applied nitrogen and synthetic inputs.
Published 12/16/19
John interviews Dan Kittredge, Executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association. Learn about growing nutrient-dense crops in this provocative conversation between two pioneers who are truly passionate about growing food as medicine.
Published 11/05/19
John interviews Walter Jehne, an Australian soil microbiologist who teaches about the earth’s soil carbon sponge and hydrology. Walter describes how we can manage water to effectively cool the planet and regulate climate change.
Published 10/15/19
John interviews Pierre Weill, a French agronomist who presents a compelling case for applying regenerative practices in food production for better human health.
Published 09/17/19
In this interview recorded live at the Acres U.S.A. Healthy Soil Summit, John Kempf and Vernon Peterson discuss Vernon's knowledge of organic fruit production and marketing, and a call to farmers to tell their story through knowing the nutrient value of their food.
Published 08/27/19
John Kempf hosts a discussion about sowing cover crops on fallow fields where the weather has disrupted crop planting. Participants cover how this can stem weed pressure, safeguard against erosion, and improve soil health for subsequent crops and years.
Published 07/17/19
John Kempf interviews Dr. Jerry Hatfield, Ph.D., plant physiologist and USDA researcher. They discuss plant research at the molecular genetic level, showing how regenerative agriculture provides environmental resilience as well as other soil and plant interactions.
Published 06/11/19
In this episode, John interviews David Montgomery, Professor of Geomorphology at the University of Washington. John and David discuss soil regeneration, David’s observations in developing new topsoil, his deep dive into the science behind it, and the 3 principles of soil restoration.
Published 05/15/19
John and Mike Omeg, an innovative cherry grower who was awarded the Good Fruit Grower award in 2017, talk about bio-intensive systems in cherry production. Mike describes how to scale regenerative practices and the economic benefits of these methods.
Published 04/16/19
This episode introduces a Regenerative Agriculture Podcast first: quotes from actual plants, as translated by Pascal. There are many stories from the field and a few action items, but this interview is not about science and agronomy. It's about a farmers relationship to life, and passion for the work of farming. These are esoteric concepts that Fafard presents eloquently and practically. Thanks for listening! Visit our site www.RegenerativeAgriculturePodcast.com and sign up for our...
Published 03/12/19
Hi Friends - Welcome to Season 2! Thank you for listening, spreading the word, and helping to make this show such a hit! It is my honor to be part of this community along with you! For this opening episode, we are pleased to bring Dr. Don Huber back again! Dr. Don Huber is a leading plant pathologist, Professor Emeritus at Purdue University, and prolific author, contributor, or editor of more than 300 published academic writings and 3 books. For full show notes:...
Published 02/16/19
This show was recorded in front of a live audiences at ACRES Conference 2018. John hosts Ed Curry and takes questions at the end. Ed is an old-school breeder and grower with a new-school mentality. More than 90% of the green chile’s grown are from Ed’s seeds -- and he is now the only breeder of his kind in the world. Even if you don’t grow chilies — you can certainly learn something from this discussion.
Published 12/07/18
Pam is the founder and CEO of Marrone Bio Innovations, a leader in bio-pesticide research and manufacturing. She is a Ph.D. entomologist, turned entrepreneur. Pam is an inspiration to not only the next generation of microbial Ag researchers but to women in science and business. In addition, her work has helped farmers who are looking for more benign ways to address pest challenges. Listen to a fascinating discussion on pesticides, microbial research, insecticidal and fungicidal microbes, and...
Published 11/30/18
This week, we present a follow-up to the interview I conducted last week, in Episode 27, with Gary Zimmer. Gary has been a key figure in the development of regenerative agriculture in America, is a sought-after speaker, and is the author of both The Biological Farmer. I hope you enjoy the chance to dive deeper into some of the topics raised in the previous episode, such as trace minerals, nitrogen management, and carbon.
Published 11/26/18
Gary Zimmer’s impact on modern regenerative agriculture technique and proliferation is hard to overestimate -- with an enthusiasm and zeal that are positively infectious -- we are privileged to have him as a guest on the podcast. He farms with his family in Sauk County, Wisconsin and is the author of two seminal books on biological agriculture, which I highly recommend: The Biological Farmer, and Advancing Biological Farming.
Published 11/09/18
Gabe Brown is a clear, collected, and inspired voice for regenerative agriculture, having implemented and seen great changes on his family's ranch in North Dakota over time. In fact, Gabe’s A-Horizon (topsoil) is 27 in, and the soils on surrounding farms only have 4-6 in of topsoil. Gabe is the author of the recently published and highly-acclaimed book, Dirt To Soil, from Chelsea Green. I highly recommend reading this truly inspiring and informative book. I am pleased to welcome Gabe back to...
Published 11/02/18