The Millennial Ag Podcast

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The Millennial Ag Podcast is the brainchild of Katharine Lotspeich, a Utah dairy farmer, and Valene Lickley, a 5th generation beef rancher from southern Idaho. Both passionate agriculturists from very different backgrounds, we realized our diverse perspectives could play a role in helping to widen agriculture conversations.

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The attacks just keep coming for animal agriculture in Colorado. This week, we're joined by Rachel Gabel of The Fencepost to discuss the PAUSE ballot measure that has been pitched to the state. Effectively banning activities like pregnancy checking, artificial insemination, and possibly other measures to help take the highest care of livestock, this initiative follows on the heels of what feels like a series of attacks on the state's second largest economic driver. Rachel walks us through the proposed language, and discusses how this might impact Colorado ag producers. It's part of a disturbing trend that could easily spread to other ag states. Follow Millennial Ag online:www.millennialag.comwww.facebook.com/millennialagwww.instagram.com/millennial_agwww.twitter.com/millennial_ag

This week we welcome back Colorado state senator Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling). The good senator lets us know what's going on in Colorado agriculture, from a governor-declared state vegan day (with the encouragement for the rest of us to not eat animal products), a ballot initiative aimed at bringing state animal agriculture activities to a screeching halt, and an ag labor bill that would bring even more hardship on the state's number industry and exporter. As always, Senator Sonnenberg is well informed and apt at helping us understand why we cannot sit back and expect someone else to stand up for agriculture and that we must be the solution ourselves. Tune into this week's episode for some key insights and if you live in a different state, take heed. These types of attacks are only liable to continue as they find success in left-leaning states. Follow Millennial Ag online: www.millennialag.com www.facebook.com/millennialag www.instagram.com/millennial_ag www.twitter.com/millennial_ag

Ever wondered about onions? We have to admit, we haven't much either. They're always just solidly, dependably there, waiting to be scooped up along with other pantry staples. They don't often make it into the headlines, and even during the pandemic, we didn't hear too much about them. This week, we caught up with Stephen Parrott, CFO at Fort Boise Produce in Idaho, a company that specializes in onions. Stephen walks us through how this agricultural sector has weathered the pandemic, what it's expecting for 2021, and gives us an inside view at how onions are marketed. This is a great episode with an engaging guest on a topic that isn't often discussed! Tune in.

This week, we take the reins and discuss consolidation in agriculture. We ask if big is bad, and consider what the pandemic has taught us about the American food supply chain. Do you think consolidation in the industry is a good thing or bad thing? Somewhere in between? Let us know! Follow Millennial Ag online: www.millennialag.com www.facebook.com/millennialag www.instagram.com/millennial_ag www.twitter.com/millennial_ag

This week, we dive into what ag producers' bottom lines actually looked like at the end of 2020. Amid near-record high and low prices combined with extreme volatility and more government assistance than usual, it's safe to say that 2020 was a year like no other. We're joined by the Idaho Dairymen's Association CEO, Rick Naerebout, who shares his perspective on how and why producers received payments, what the year ended up looking like for many producers, and his outlook for 2021 in the dairy industry. This episode is filled with great insights and a very engaging guest. Tune in! Follow Millennial Ag online: www.millennialag.com www.facebook.com/millennialag www.instagram.com/millennial_ag www.twitter.com/millennial_ag

We have finally reached the end of 2020. No matter your feelings on the year, whether you look on it as a growing experience or with straight up loathing, there's no denying it was one for the ages. As is our custom, Millennial Ag is sharing with you our reflections on the year and some of our goals for the upcoming months. What are you planning for 2021? Let us know! Follow Millennial Ag online: www.millennialag.com www.facebook.com/millennialag www.instagram.com/millennial_ag www.twitter.com/millennial_ag

Merry Christmas! We bring you our short and sweet Christmas episode, complete with reminisces about our growing up years' traditions, and what we're feeling as we approach the end of 2020. Thank you so much for being a part of Millennial Ag this far, and we wish you and your families a very Merry and safe Christmas. Love, Katharine and Valene Follow Millennial Ag online: www.millennialag.com www.facebook.com/millennialag www.instagram.com/millennial_ag www.twitter.com/millennial_ag

Last year, the nation’s largest dairy food processor, Dean Foods, declared bankruptcy. About two weeks ago, many dairy producers were shocked and taken completely by surprise when they received demands for payment of funds paid to them by Dean Foods, by the company’s estate. This week, we’re joined by Jessica Peters of Spruce Row Farms in Pennsylvania to get the inside scoop on these demands on already-strapped dairy farmers. Follow Millennial Ag online: www.millennialag.com www.facebook.com/millennialag www.instagram.com/millennial_ag www.twitter.com/millennial_ag

As we barrel through the holidays, we thought it might be interesting to bring in a perspective we haven't heard from before: meat processing and research and product development. Natalie Wyne joins us this week to discuss what's really behind some of those labels that make us scratch our heads, including paleo, keto-friendly, and that perennial favorite, all-natural. Natalie sheds a little light on all the double talk in labeling, and talks with us about what fresh, never frozen actually means. This is a great and informative episode from a sector we haven't heard from before. Tune in! Follow Millennial Ag online: www.millennialag.com www.facebook.com/millennialag www.instagram.com/millennial_ag www.twitter.com/millennial_ag