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Fresh From The Field Podcast

66 EpisodesProduced by Ken Nelson Website

This podcast from Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development interviews Michigan companies, farmers, and MDARD divisions about Michigan Food and Ag news. Subscribe to stay updated with the newest food and ag info.

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Protecting Food Safety

February 11th, 2022


Food safety. Public health. These are the partnership pillars between MDARD and the Michigan Association for Local Public Health. 

“I think people …

All About Michigan Soil

December 2nd, 2021


World Soil Day is Dec. 5th! To celebrate the importance of soil in our everyday lives, we sat down with well-known soil scientist, Karl Hausler, for an in-depth conversation about the origin of Michigan's State Soil, …

Swine Health and Feed

November 22nd, 2021


In this episode, we sit down with Cheryl Collins, Swine Program Manager and Emergency Coordinator for Animal Industry Division at MDARD and Stevie …

Bovine Tuberculosis

November 12th, 2021


In this episode, we sit down with Nancy Barr, Assistant State Veterinarian with MDARD's Animal Industry Division and Emily Sewell, Wildlife Health …

Michigan Wheat

October 28th, 2021


Michigan is home to a little over 500,000 acres of wheat in 75 of Michigan’s counties. The economic impact of wheat in Michigan is $180 million. Michigan farmers produce over 35 million bushels of wheat annually. In …

Halloween Food Safety

October 21st, 2021


Even though it’s not an official holiday, Halloween is much beloved by children and adults alike. Trick-or-treating, games, and costume parties are …

Emergency Preparedness Tips

September 27th, 2021


September is Emergency Preparedness Month. To celebrate we sat down with, Brad Deacon, Emergency Management Coordinator with MDARD and Elizebeth Weier, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator with MDARD to discuss how …

Food Safety Awareness Month

September 20th, 2021


September is National Food Safety Month. To celebrate we sat down with James Padden, Food Program Manager, with the Food & Dairy Division at MDARD to discuss proper food preparation, how MDARD inspectors keep the …

Farmers Markets & Community | Michigan Farmers Market Association

September 9th, 2021


MIFMA was established in 2006 as a statewide association to promote local food consumption in Michigan by connecting more farmers to consumers through farmers markets. In this episode, we sit down with Hailey Lamb, …

The Danger of Box Tree Moth’s and Asian Longhorn Beetles

August 20th, 2021


August is National Tree Check Month - time to be on the lookout for invasive, destructive pests threatening Michigan's urban and forest landscapes. In this episode, we sit down with Robin Rosenbaum and Rob Miller from …

Protecting Pets and Livestock in Hot temperatures

August 14th, 2021


During the hot summer months, just like humans, pets and livestock are affected by high temperatures. In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Jennifer Calogero and Dr. Mike Thome to discuss how to protect pets and …

MDARD Grant | Slagle's Family Farm

July 21st, 2021


In this episode, we sit down with Slagle's Family Farm owners to discuss their grant from MDARD to expand their kitchen. 

PPPM | Moving Firewood and Invasive Species

July 21st, 2021


In this episode, we sit down with Susannah lott, Invasive Species Program Specialist, and Mike Bryan, Export and Compliance Program Specialist to talk about the importance of burning firewood where you buy it. 

Conservation District Day | How to Protect Soil and Water

July 14th, 2021


In this episode, we sit down with Gerald Miller, President of the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts to talk about Conservation day and how MACD and MDARD work together to preserve Michigan's soil and water. 

All About Animal Feed

June 28th, 2021


In this episode, we sit down with Tim Lyons, Feed Safety and Fertilizer Section Manager, to talk about how MDARD keeps animal feed safe. 

Michigan Dairy Month | Day In The Life of a Dairy Farmer

June 21st, 2021


In this episode, we sit down with dairy farmer Ashley Messing-Kennedy, owner of Sheridan Dairy in Bad Axe. Ashley will talk about what it’s like to be a dairy farmer and also touch on Michigan’s dairy industry and dairy …

Michigan Dairy Month | Hudsonville Creamery

June 11th, 2021


June is Dairy Month, and MDARD will be releasing one podcast per week to celebrate the people and companies integral to Michigan’s dairy industry. In …

All About Asparagus | MIchigan Asparagus Advisory Board, Dwight Fuehring

June 11th, 2021


Michigan is known for having the best asparagus in the nation. What makes Michigan's asparagus so good? In this episode, we sit down with Dwight Fuehring to discuss the secret's behind Michigan's amazing asparagus. 

Celebrating Dairy Month: MWC

June 4th, 2021


June is Dairy Month, and MDARD will be releasing one podcast per week to celebrate the people and companies integral to Michigan’s dairy industry. In this episode, we highlight, MWC and its impact on Michigan dairy …

Plant Health

May 21st, 2021


In this episode, we sit down with plant experts Jan Meeuwsen, manager at De Bruyn Seed, and Keith Eldred, inspector at MDARD. We discuss the best approaches to keeping your plants strong and healthy. 

St. Julian WIne 100 Year Celebration

May 12th, 2021


This year St. Julian Winery celebrates 100 years of Michigan wine!!! St. Julian Wine Co. has been owned and operated by the same family for four …

How to Prevent Mosquitoes and Mosquito-borne Illnesses

May 6th, 2021


In this episode, we sit down with a panel of experts to discuss Mosquito-borne illnesses and mosquito abatement. This episode is packed with great mosquito prevention information and tips on what to do if you, your …

Healthy Michigan Forests - Stewardship Week

April 26th, 2021


In this episode, we sit down with "The Tree Guy" Eric Brandon to discuss the history and future of Michigan forests. We also talk about the importance of Stewardship Week. If you love forests, you'll love this episode!! 

McDonald's & Michigan Food & Agriculture

April 2nd, 2021


The McDonald's system has purchased $154 million in raw products from Michigan suppliers. In this episode, we sit down with two Michigan McDonald's owners and operators to discuss McDonald's relationship with Michigan's …

Michigan Animal Welfare Fund

March 26th, 2021


In this episode, we sit down with Polly McKillop, from AID of MDARD, Becky Neal, MAACO President, and Michelle Reid, Animal Control Officer. We talk …

Food and Agriculture Jobs in Michigan

March 19th, 2021


In this episode of Fresh From the Field, we discuss Food and Agriculture jobs within MDARD and the Michigan food and ag industry. We discuss:

1. …

Invasive Species - Mountain Pine Beetle and Japanese Knotweed

March 5th, 2021


In this episode, we sit down with, Mike Bryan and Rob Millier of MDARD's Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division to discuss the Mountain Pine Beetle and Japanese Knotweed's potential impact on Michigan. 

What are Weights and Measures? w/ Robert DeRubeis

March 5th, 2021


In this episode, I sit down with Robert DeRubeis, Program Manager Weights, and Measures at MDARD. We discuss: 

  • National Weights and Measure's week

Pesticides and Personal Protective Equipment

February 23rd, 2021


In this episode, we sit down with Mike Szynski, a pesticide lead inspector at MDARD, and Patrick Nellenbach, Director of Safety and Security for Star of the West Milling Company. 

Most people have heard of Personal …

Pet & Animal Safety During Cold Weather

January 28th, 2021


In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Michele Schalow of MDARD who shares tips on how to keep your pets and farm animals safe during the cold winter …

Industrial Hemp in Michigan 2021

January 21st, 2021


In this episode, we sit down with guests Gina Alessandri and Molly Mott from MDARD and Blain Becktold iHemp Michigan. We talk about the: 

  • Recently …

How to Properly Recycle Your Christmas Tree

January 12th, 2021


The holidays are over, but your Christmas Tree may still be hanging around. If you don't know how to safely recycle your tree, in this episode of …

End of The Year Message - Director Gary McDowell

December 28th, 2020


In this episode, MDARD Director Gary McDowell shares the challenges and the successes of 2020. He also shares the departments' priorities in 2021. 

Trees For Troops | Peacock Road Family Farm

December 11th, 2020


In this episode, we sit down with Ed Carpenter owner of Peacock Road Family Farm. We talk about his participation in Trees For Troops over the years …

Worker Protection Standard (Growers)

December 9th, 2020


In this podcast we share information with growers that will help them comply with WPS on their farm.

Worker Protection Standards (Worker)

December 9th, 2020


In this podcast we share information with growers that will help them implement WPS standards on their farm. 

All about Michigan Christmas Trees w/ Amy Start and Mike Bryan

December 4th, 2020


In this episode, we sit down with Amy Start, Executive Director at the Michigan Christmas Tree Association and Mike Bryan Plant Industry Specialist. We talk about: 

Where to find different varieties of Christmas …

Holiday Cooking Safety | Kevin Sehlmeyer, State Fire Marshall

November 17th, 2020


Thanksgiving is the #1 day for cooking fires! The holidays are a wonderful time to spend with family, but you must take the necessary precautions …

Michigan Apple Committee

October 29th, 2020


We sit down to discuss everything apples with Dian Smith of Michigan Apple Committee. 

The 2020 Ag Exporter Award | Rob Kukowski of Kamps Hardwoods

September 25th, 2020


In this episode, we sit down with Rob Kukowski of Kamps Hardwood. Kamps is the 2020 recipient of the Ag Exporter of the Year award. We talk about their company, their history, their success and what the accomplishment …

Food Safety Podcast w/ Louis Ognjanovski & Justin Henderson

September 17th, 2020


In this episode, I sit down with Louis Ognjanovski, Michigan Food Field Supervisor with Food & Dairy Division (MDARD

and Justin Henderson, Infectious Disease Unit Manager - MDHHS to discuss how they keep Michigan's …

Emergency Preparedness | Kevin Sweeney

September 10th, 2020


In this episode, we sit down with Captain Kevin Sweeney of the Michigan State Police Department to talk about the importance of preparing for …

Hemp Exports and Certifications

August 27th, 2020


In this episode I sit down with Theresa Sisung, Field Crops and Advisory Team Specialist with Michigan Farm Bureau and Mike Bryan, Plant Industry Export and Compliance Program Specialist with Pesticide and Plant Pest …

MDARD | PPPM: Invasive Species

August 7th, 2020


In this episode we sit down with Robert Miller, Invasive Species Prevention and Response Specialist to talk about what MDARD is doing to treat and prevent invasive species in Michigan. 

Learn more about PPPM here: 

Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA)

August 7th, 2020


In this episode we sit down with Amanda Shreve to talk about how Michigan's Farmers Markets have pivoted during COVID-19. 

Learn more about MIFMA here:

Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association | MDARD

July 23rd, 2020


In this episode I sit down with Amanda Smith who is the Executive Vice President of Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association. We discuss how COVOD-19 has impacting Michigan's restaurant industry and how they are …

United Dairy Industry of Michigan | Eps 20

July 16th, 2020


In this episode we sit down with Jolene Griffith Director of Industry Relations for United Dairy Industry of Michigan. We discuss: 

1) The shift UDIM …

Mosquito Control | MDARD

July 7th, 2020


In this episode. We talk with Brian Verhougstraete of MDARD and Emily Dinh of Department of Health and Human Services about the impact and control of …

LaGrasso Brothers Podcast

June 30th, 2020


Tom LaGrasso of LaGrasso Bros Produce talks about being chosen for the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program, and shares the origins of the historic LaGrasso Brothers company. 

Hemp Ag Pilot Program

June 24th, 2020


In this episode we discuss: 

1) 2019 Hemp Report

2) Changes in testing for THC 

3) The many uses of Hemp 

and much more!! 

Guest include: 

Gina Alessandri - Industrial Hemp Program Director, MDARD 

Craig VanBuren - …

Fresh From The Field | Jolene Griffin of United Dairy Industry of Michigan

June 18th, 2020


Think you know everything about milk? Think again! Jolene Griffin, Director of Industry Relations for United Dairy Industry of Michigan, dispels …

Fresh From The Field | Amanda Shreve of Michigan Farmers Market Association

June 18th, 2020


Farmers Market's are vital in creating a thriving marketplace for local food and farm products. Amanda Shreve, Executive Director of Michigan Farmers Market Association, shares the behind the scenes of what it takes to …

Fresh From The Field | Chris Long of MSU Extension

June 18th, 2020


Who knew potatoes were so awesome!! Chris Long, a Potato Extension Specialist at Michigan State University, dispels myths about potatoes being unhealthy, reveals an awesome superpower potatoes possess, shares the best …

Fresh From The Field | Gary McDowell Director of MDARD

June 18th, 2020


In this episode we sit down with Gary McDowell Director of Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development to talk about his crop disaster …

Gary Download | Gov. Round Table, Algae Blooms, USDA Farmer Relief

June 18th, 2020


MDARD Director Gary McDowell talks about USDA relief funds, Michigan's agriculture and infrastructure crisis, and Algae Blooms in Lake Erie.

Fresh From The Field | Gary McDowell | Farmers Markets and Infrastructure

June 18th, 2020


Director McDowell of MDARD speaks about Farmer Markets and Infrastructure. 

Emergency Preparedness w/ Brad Deacon and Elizabeth Weier

June 18th, 2020


Are you properly prepared if disaster strikes? Check out this very informative episode about how to best prepare yourself and your family, in case a disaster strikes.

Director McDowell - NASDA, McDonalds & Exporter Of The Year

June 18th, 2020


Director McDowell discusses his trip to the NASDA conference, McDonald's relationship with Michigan Ag and The company that won exporter of the year!

Gary - End Of The Year Podcast

June 18th, 2020


Gary shares a year in review of 2019 at MDARD.

MDARD Hemp Podcast w/ Gina Alessandri & Craig VanBuren

June 18th, 2020


A behind the scenes conversation about Hemp production in Michigan. (2019) 

Fresh From The Field | Cherry Capital Foods

June 18th, 2020


Cherry Capital Foods is a unique food distributor based in Traverse City, Michigan. Officially classified as a food hub, we work with farmers, growers and producers both locally and regionally.

By focusing on local and …

Fresh From The Field | McDonalds Podcast MDARD w/ Guest Tony D'Anna

June 18th, 2020


Tony D'Anna speaks to MDARD about McDonalds' contributions to the Food Shelters of Michigan during COVID-19. 

Michigan Beef Industry Commission & Michigan Pork Producers Association

June 18th, 2020


The impact of this pandemic has not been easy, and it is not over. While Michigan’s meat supply chain may experience occasional and temporary suspensions of operations, these breaks are necessary to implement new worker …

Food Bank Council Of Michigan | Dr. Phillip Knight

June 18th, 2020


The Food Bank Council of Michigan has been doing an incredible job around the state during this difficult time. In this podcast MDARD speaks with Dr. …

FRESH FROM THE FIELD: Mike DeRuiter of DeRuiter Farms

June 18th, 2020


DeRuiter Farms, Inc. is a family farm that was started in 1968. Along the beautiful West Michigan shoreline they grow tart cherries, apples, and …

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