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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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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

Friends, we’re at the tail end of 2020. It’s certainly been a year for the books and the temptation to let the rest of the year slide is certainly enticing. This week, we share with you how we’ve leaned into some discomfort and change as the year starts to turn, and how it’s helping us learn grace for ourselves, focus on growth, and recognize that change isn’t just reserved for January 1. Join us as we lean into some vulnerability, and share what is and isn’t working for us as we learn how to risk and grow. Follow Millennial Ag online:

For once, the both of us were in the same place to record this week, and we bring you our annual gratitude episode. We each share things that we're especially grateful for in this crazy year, some life updates, and encouragement to finish the year strong and with grace. Millennial Ag, thank you for the chance to bring you our thoughts and perspectives through this medium. We can't do this podcast adventure without you, and we're so glad you're on this ride with us! Happy Thanksgiving from us to you and yours. Follow Millennial Ag online:

This week, we are excited to bring you Katharine's parents, John and Maria Nye. Dairying together for nearly 40 years, John and Maria join us this week to talk about the decision they made five years ago to market their milk in a completely new way than most producers in the United States do. They discuss some of the challenges and opportunities that have arisen from this decision, how life has changed, and why dairying is fun again, in the words of John. They wrap up with some excellent advice for young people in agriculture, and throughout the episode, their passion and love for what they do is evident and inspiring. You don't want to miss this episode of the Millennial Ag Podcast! Follow Millennial Ag online: