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Regenerative Agriculture Podcast

79 EpisodesProduced by John KempfWebsite

This is a show for professional growers and agronomists who want to learn about the science and principles of regenerative agriculture systems to increase quality, yield, and profitability.

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Episode #80: Kelly Mulville

March 17th, 2022


Kelly Mulville, a veteran agricultural consultant, is the Vineyard Director at Paicines Ranch in San Benito County, California. For more than 25 …

Episode #79: Joe Lewis

February 24th, 2022


Joe Lewis is an internationally renowned scientist recognized for his work in entomology and agricultural studies. His discoveries in the behavioral …

Episode #78: Adam Chappell

December 30th, 2021


Adam Chappell is a regenerative grower and cover crop advocate from Cotton Plant, Arkansas. Adam started growing with his dad and brother on their 7,500 acre property in 2005, but by 2009 pigweed issues alone had nearly …

Episode #77: Rick Clark

November 24th, 2021


Rick Clark is a fifth-generation farmer from Warren County, Indiana. Driven by a desire to work alongside mother nature, Rick has been implementing regenerative practices on his farm for almost a decade. Rick’s …

Episode #76: Tim Parton

September 30th, 2021


Tim Parton is a regenerative agriculture advocate and Farm Manager at Brewood Park Farm in the United Kingdom. Tim has been implementing regenerative …

Episode #75: James Johnson

August 6th, 2021


James Johnson is a fourth-generation farmer in New Mexico and the Vice President of Carzalia Valley Produce. When James finally took over the family farm in the early 2000s the outlook of his operation seemed grim. …

Episode #74: Dale Strickler

July 23rd, 2021


Dale Strickler is an agronomist at Green Cover Seed and prominent author primarily focused on soil health. Dale grew up on a family farm outside …

Episode #73: John Fagan

July 7th, 2021


John Fagan is the Chairman & Chief Scientist at the Health Research Institute, also known as HRI Labs, in Fairfield, Iowa. HRI provides testing services that focus on the nutritional value and biofunctionality of …

Episode #72: Nicole Masters

June 25th, 2021


Nicole Masters is an internationally recognized agroecologist from New Zealand. Fortified by her studies in ecology and plant physiology, Nicole …

Episode #71: Harriet Mella

June 9th, 2021


Harriet Mella is an independent Austrian researcher known for her work uncovering the unexplained phenomena of plant growth and development. Informed …

Episode #70: Steven Bierlink

May 27th, 2021


Steven Bierlink is an apple grower located in Quincy, WA. When Steven returned to work on his family operation after graduating with a business degree, he was driven to meet the many challenges their orchard faced. …

Episode #69: Jason Hobson

May 4th, 2021


Jason Hobson is one of the initial Regenerative Agriculture Consultants at AEA, working alongside John Kempf in the early years and becoming the …

Episode #68: Alvin Peachey

April 23rd, 2021


Alvin Peachey is an Amish organic dairy farmer from central Pennsylvania. Over the course of more than a decade, Alvin has grown his operation to 90 100% grass-fed cows on 92 acres, implementing regenerative practices …

Episode #67: Jesse Frost

March 31st, 2021


Jesse Frost is the Co-Owner of Rough Draft Farmstead in central Kentucky and host of the No-Till Market Garden Podcast. Jesse’s rich background in researching and experimenting with no-till practices lead to his first …

Episode #66: Jon Stika

March 18th, 2021


Jon Stika is an agronomist and former soil health instructor with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Officially retiring in …

Episode #65: Jay Fuhrer

March 12th, 2021


Jay Fuhrer is a Conservationist & veteran Soil Health Specialist from the Natural Resources Conservation Services, located out of Bismarck, North Dakota. With over 4 decades of experience, Jay’s work has been …

Episode #64: Ben Taylor-Davies

February 25th, 2021


Ben Taylor-Davies is a farmer and regenerative agriculture consultant from the United Kingdom. Ben was a conventional agronomist until his wife …

Episode #63: Cannon Michael

January 29th, 2021


Cannon Michael is a 6th generation family farmer in California’s Central Valley. When Cannon first started working at the Bowles Farming Company, it was a broad-acre row crop operation, focused on cotton, barley, and …

Taking Charge Of Your Farm’s Future With Jay Hill

December 8th, 2020


Jay Hill is a conventional farmer and agricultural visionary from the American Southwest. Jay is a new breed of American farmer, focused on …

Reversing Soil Degradation with Dwayne Beck

November 3rd, 2020


Dr. Dwayne Beck is well known for being one of the pioneers of no-till agriculture in central South Dakota and across the High Plains. For more than …

Updating Soil Analysis to Consider Microbial Influence with Rick Haney

October 6th, 2020


Rick Haney is a renowned researcher at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the creator of the Haney Soil Analysis, an innovative extraction …

Rebuilding Rural Economies with Ancient Grain and Regenerative Practices with Bob Quinn

September 15th, 2020


Bob Quinn is a 30-plus year veteran of Regenerative Organic practices and founder of Kamut International, an organization devoted to high quality …

Facilitating Large Scale Transitions to Regenerative Agriculture with Terry McCosker

September 2nd, 2020


In our latest episode, John sits down with one of Australia’s most recognized thought leaders in Regenerative Agriculture, Dr. Terry McCosker. Over …

In Defense of Biological Systems with Robert Linderman

August 11th, 2020


In our latest episode of the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, John interviews plant pathology veteran & agricultural visionary, Dr. Robert …

Building Soil While Cash Cropping with Loran Steinlage

August 4th, 2020


In this episode of the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, John interviews Loran Steinlage of Flolo Farms in Iowa. They discuss his experience in relay …

The Fallacy of Mainstream Potassium and Nitrogen Fertilization with Richard Mulvaney

July 14th, 2020


In this episode of the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, John interviews Professor Richard Mulvaney from the University of Illinois. Dr. Mulvaney is …

Microbial Communities for Carbon Sequestration with David Johnson

June 29th, 2020


In this episode of the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, John interviews Dr. David Johnson, a New Mexico State University research scientist, Adjunct …

Embracing the Connection Between Agriculture and Health with Zach Bush

June 16th, 2020


In this episode of the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, John interviews Zach Bush MD, an educator and a triple board-certified physician who …

Resilient Agriculture Models for The Future with Joel Salatin

May 26th, 2020


In this episode of the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, John interviews Joel Salatin, a well-known lecturer and author and the co-owner of Polyface …

The Role of Carbon in the Soil with Rattan Lal

May 11th, 2020


In this episode of the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, John interviews Dr. Rattan Lal, an acclaimed soil scientist, researcher, and author. Dr. Lal …

Collaboration, Spirit and Change, Perspectives from Ray Archuleta

April 28th, 2020


In this episode of the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, John Kempf interviews Ray Archuleta, an outspoken proponent of healthy soil systems and the …

Biophysics of Soil Plant Systems with Arden Andersen

April 13th, 2020


In this episode of the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, John interviews Dr. Arden Andersen, who holds a Ph.D. in Agriculture and Biophysics. In this …

Developing Disease Suppressive Soil with Jill Clapperton

March 31st, 2020


In this episode of the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, John Kempf interviews Dr. Jill Clapperton, a plant physiologist with an intuitive …

Achieving Genetic Potential of 2-3 X Higher Grain Yield with Norman Uphoff

March 17th, 2020


In this episode of the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, John interviews Dr. Norman Uphoff, who was the director of the Cornell International …

Relay Cropping Grain with Jason Mauck

February 24th, 2020


In this episode of The Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, John interviews Jason Mauck, an Indiana corn, soybean, wheat, and hog producer who thinks …

Redox: The Driver of Soil Microbial Interactions and Nutrient Availability with Olivier Husson

February 11th, 2020


In this episode of the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, John interviews French agronomist, Olivier Husson, whose pioneering work on soil pH and …

High Quality Wheat Production with Claudia Carter

January 28th, 2020


In this episode of the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, John Kempf interviews Claudia Carter, Executive Director of the California Wheat Commission. …

How Plants Absorb Living Microbes and Convert Soil Pathogens into Beneficials with James White

January 15th, 2020


In this episode of the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, John Kempf interviews plant pathologist Dr. James White of Rutgers University, whose work …

Intercropping and Regenerative Soil Management with Derek Axten

December 16th, 2019


In this podcast interview, host John Kempf and Canadian farmer Derek Axten discuss Derek’s path to profitable farming practices. This journey started in 2007 when Derek made a trip to Dakota Lakes Research Farm where he …

Measuring Nutrient Density with Dan Kittredge

November 5th, 2019


Before we present our newest episode, we have a request for you. As we complete our second season of the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, we have a …

Rebuilding The Soil Carbon Sponge, and Cooling the Climate Fast with Walter Jehne

October 15th, 2019


In this episode of The Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, John Kempf interviews Walter Jehne, an Australian soil microbiologist and the Director of …

Providing Affordable Food as Medicine At Scale with Pierre Weill

September 17th, 2019


In this episode of the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, John interviews French agronomist, Pierre Weill, who created a feed company in 1992 in …

Encouraging Achievement on the Farm with Vernon Peterson

August 27th, 2019


John Kempf and Vernon Peterson take the stage for a live-recorded conversation at the inaugural Acres U.S.A. Healthy Soil Summit, held at the University of California Davis Conference Center on August 21, 2019, for this …

Weather Resilience Through Cover Cropping - A Panel Discussion

July 17th, 2019


Record rainfall has resulted in an unprecedented number of unplanted acres in 2019. Farmers must now consider how best to manage these fields for the …

The Carbon Capture Business with Jerry Hatfield

June 11th, 2019


In this episode of the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, John interviews Dr. Jerry Hatfield, Ph.D., a plant physiologist who runs the USDA’s …

A Geological Perspective On Regenerative Agriculture with David Montgomery

May 15th, 2019


In this episode, John interviews David Montgomery, Professor of Geomorphology at the University of Washington. John and David discuss soil …

The Regenerative Orchard: Cherry Success with Mike Omeg

April 16th, 2019


Mike Omeg is a 3rd generation cherry grower who has spent the last few decades farming 350 acres of cherries in The Dalles, Oregon. Mike is an innovator with the vision for new approaches and the analytical mind to …

A Conversation With Plants & Pascal Fafard

March 12th, 2019


Pascal Fafard is a consultant and crop advisor in Quebec, Canada, working primarily with fruit and vegetable growers.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in …

Season 2 Kickoff with Don Huber

February 16th, 2019


Hi Friends!

Welcome to Season 2 of The Regenerative Agriculture Podcast!

Thank you for listening, spreading the word, and helping to make this show …

LIVE at ACRES 2018 with Ed Curry

December 7th, 2018


John Kempf and Ed Curry take the stage in Louisville, KY at the ACRES Conference 2018 — a hotbed for regenerative agriculture practitioners for the …

Biocontrols for the future, with Pam Marrone

November 30th, 2018


"It's a very exciting time to be in agriculture, and a really great time to be a farmer, I think, and a great time to be an entrepreneur." ~Pam …

Concepts of Biological Farming with Gary Zimmer

November 9th, 2018


Gary Zimmer’s impact on modern regenerative agriculture technique and proliferation is hard to overestimate -- with an enthusiasm and zeal that are …

From Dirt To Soil with Gabe Brown

November 2nd, 2018


Gabe Brown is a clear, collected, and inspired voice for regenerative agriculture, having implemented and seen great changes on his family's ranch in …

Traits of Exceptional Farm Managers

October 25th, 2018


In this episode, I explore the characteristics shared by farm managers whose operations are exceptionally successful, and consistently outperform …

Fungi Matters with Peter McCoy

October 17th, 2018


Peter McCoy speaks for the fungi.

His mission is to increase awareness, appreciation and the practical use of all manner of mushroom and mycelia. …

How Nutrition Impacts Dairy Performance with Silvia Abel-Caines

August 31st, 2018


Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines is a Veterinarian with a Ph.D. in Ruminant Nutrition, who is currently working as the Staff Ruminant Nutritionist for Organic …

How To Prevent Nitrogen and Phosphorous Leaching

August 10th, 2018


In this episode, John discusses specific methods for the management of nitrogen and phosphorous for maximum benefit while reducing leaching, runoff, …

3 Things To Do When Plants Don't Respond to Nutrient Applications

July 31st, 2018

Sometimes growers apply fertilizers to crops that don’t respond to the applications like they're expecting. When plant health and vigor is in a decline, and nutrient applications don’t move the needle, how can we …

The Job of a Farmer is to Feed the Soil with Sarah Singla

July 27th, 2018


Sarah Singla is a farmer, agronomist, and educator from Southern France. Her family farm has been in no-till production since 1980. When she took the …

Ecosystem Diversity Prevents Insect Pressure with Jonathan Lundgren

July 20th, 2018


Jonathan Lundgren is an agroecologist, Director of the ECDYSIS Foundation, and CEO of Blue Dasher Farm. He received his Ph.D. in Entomology from the …

The Fallacy of Perfect Soil Reports

July 16th, 2018


Soil analysis should be used as a milestone to monitor progress towards growing healthy crops; they should not be used as a goal. Every nutrient and …

Microbial Influences on Crop Quality with Greg Pennyroyal

July 13th, 2018


Greg Pennyroyal is the Viticulture and Enology Coordinator at Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards in Temecula, California. He is also the Professor …

Vegetative and Reproductive Nutrients with John Kempf

July 10th, 2018


I’ve been asked a lot recently about how to manage vegetative growth versus reproductive growth. On the mini-episode this week, I talk about which nutrients drive strong vegetative growth, and which drive strong …

Rethinking Plant Physiology and Absorption of Nutrients from the Soil with Gerald Pollack

June 29th, 2018


Dr. Jerry Pollack is a pioneering water researcher whose work in structured water and cell biology has been described as being some of the most …

Why Regenerative Agriculture with John Kempf

June 26th, 2018


On the mini-episode this week, I focus on why we should develop regenerative agriculture, how it is different, and why it is important. In the past …

BioEnergetics in Agriculture with Steve Diver

June 23rd, 2018


Steve Diver has earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Horticulture and has conducted research on fruit and nut production, and seasonal changes in …

How Soil Health Impacts Performance of Cherry Varieties with Lynn Long

June 20th, 2018

Professor Lynn Long has worked in sweet cherry research and Extension at Oregon State University since 1988. At that time, the main cherry variety …

Eliminating the Need For Synthetic Fertilizers with Kris Nichols

June 15th, 2018


Dr. Kris Nichols has conducted innovative research on soil biology, understanding how to regenerate soil health quickly. She is the founder and …

Jerry Hatfield on Why Should We Care About Soil Health

May 30th, 2018


Dr. Hatfield is the laboratory director for the USDA’s National Laboratory for Agriculture and The Environment. He has also served on the faculty of …

Plant and Insect Communications in Biological Cropping Systems with Larry Phelan

May 18th, 2018


This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Larry Phelan, a professor at Ohio State University where he heads research programs studying the …

Winning the Weed Control Challenge on Organic Crops with Klaas Martens

May 12th, 2018


This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing a great farmer and friend of mine, Klaas Martens. Klaas has been farming for more than 30 years and has driven the adoption of sustainable farming practices through his work …

Erosion, Soil Balance, and Cover Crops with Steve Groff

May 5th, 2018


This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Steve Groff, a farmer and cover crop pioneer who has also worked with the University of Maryland on extensive cover crop research. Steve founded Cover Crop Coaching in 2016 …

Symbiotic Relationships in Ecology with Don Huber

April 28th, 2018


In this episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Don Huber, a leading plant pathologist and Professor Emeritus at Purdue University. We …

The Value of Nutrient Density with Matt Kleinhenz

April 21st, 2018


In this episode, I interviewed Dr. Matt Kleinhenz, a professor at the Ohio State University in vegetable crop physiology who has done research in …

How Insect Pests Identify Unhealthy Plants with Tom Dykstra

April 17th, 2018


This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Tom Dykstra, the founder and laboratory director at Dykstra Labs, who also has advanced degrees in …

Disease Resistance and Regenerating Soil with Michael McNeill

April 14th, 2018


In this episode, I had an awesome time interviewing Dr. Michael McNeill, who is an agronomic consultant with several degrees in soil fertility, plant …

Social Impacts of Regenerative Agriculture with Gabe Brown

April 14th, 2018


In this episode, I interviewed Gabe Brown, a rancher who is a veteran no-tiller and the owner of Brown’s Ranch in Bismarck, N.D..

We discussed Gabe’s experience farming without applying any fertilizers, the ability to …

Increasing Biological Populations with Robert Kremer

April 13th, 2018


In this episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Robert Kremer, a microbiology scientist for the USDA who also works as a professor in plant …

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