The Future of Biologicals and What Producers Should Be Doing Next

Kevin Van Trump & Jordan Van Trump sit down with Dave Stark, President of Agriculture at Holganix; Mitch Eviston, CEO at Meristem; Bodie Kitchel, National Director of Agronomy at Biodyne; and Todd Loechler with The Van Trump Report to discuss everything happening in biologicals right now and what the space looks like moving forward.

Together we cover a lot of great topics and get into a great conversation about tons of questions growers are asking surrounding the topic of biologicals right now and what producers can start doing to better maximize the product. Keep in mind, we are seeing tons of results from many different companies how biologicals are reducing input costs, increasing soil health, changing tillage practices, advancing disease management, adjusting weed pressure, and helping producers better market carbon. This podcast is definitely worth the listen and it certainly provides tons of great insight for any industry. I should note, the office has already started to prepare for FARMCON, so this will be our last webinar for 2021. We will try to pick back up with these towards the end of January. Hope you all enjoyed them and learned a lot! Our goal is to keep advancing the ball for the next generation in 2022!

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Transportation Forecast… The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Kevin Van Trump & Jordan Van Trump sit down with Tom Williamson, Owner at Transportation Consultants Co; Mike Wood, President at Cline Wood Agency; Nate Asplund, President at Columbia Strategic Consulting Group; and Todd Loechler with The Van Trump Report to discuss everything happening in transportation right now and what the space looks like moving forward.

Together we cover a lot of great topics and get into a great conversation about all the issues surrounding transportation right now in the United States as well as other countries. Keep in mind, we touch on some ag specific transportation, but we also cover a lot of macro thoughts surrounding the trucking industry, railroads, warehousing, and the US ports. This podcast is definitely worth the listen and it certainly provides tons of great insight for any industry. As many of you already know, I tend to be pretty optimistic in almost every situation. After this conversation, I feel like there are many things to worry about surrounding the transportation space moving forward in 2022 and it doesn’t feel like it is getting any better…

Next Week will we be releasing a webinar that is focused on “biologicals” with several gurus from inside the space. Please enjoy! We are trying to bring lots of great NEW insight…

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Future of the Dairy Industry and Will Market Share Be Taken By Alternative Options Moving Forward?

Kevin Van Trump & Jordan Van Trump sit down with Justin Ohlde, Owner at Ohlde Dairy; Nathan Kells, Owner at Circle Bar Heifer Ranch; and Todd Loechler with The Van Trump Report to discuss everything surrounding the future of the dairy industry and if we see market share being taken from alternative options like almond, soy, and oats moving forward. Keep in mind, we initially had a few beef guys scheduled to be on the call, but had some last-minute cancelations.

Together we cover a lot of great topics and get into a great conversation about how producers can best transition their operations for the next generation as more and more alternative options come on the market. Keep in mind, both of our guests have over 10,000 head and +50 employees.

Remember, our entire objective in this Van Trump Farms podcast series is trying to search and find people who have new ideas and thoughts that will help us get our farms on the right track for future generations. None of us want to work this hard to leave a dying entity to our kids. Instead, we want to leave them with something that we have on the right track for the future and out ahead of the next big set of hurdles. This podcast is definitely worth the listen and it certainly provides some ideas and strategies that can be put in place today and make a huge difference for our future generations. I also love the fact the group provides some insight and details about pitfalls and problems they have experienced along their journey. Good stuff!!!

Next Week will we be releasing a webinar that is focused on “transportation” with several gurus from inside the space. Please enjoy! We are trying to bring lots of great NEW insight…

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The REAL Scoop on Regenerative Agriculture… from REAL Producers Making it Work and Banking Good Profits!

Kevin Van Trump & Jordan Van Trump sit down with Rick Clark, Owner at Clark Land and Cattle; Mitchell Hora, Founder & CEO at Continuum Ag; Ray Archuleta, Founder of Soil Health Academy; Cristian Barcan, VP of Sustainability & Industry Affairs at Rabo AgriFinance; Melissa Nelson, Owner at Field Scientist at Performance Crop Research & Co-Owner at South Bend Industrial Hemp; and Todd Loechler with The Van Trump Report to discuss everything surrounding regenerative agriculture, reducing input costs, and the benefits of using a cover crop. Overall, the group covers a lot of great topics in this conversation and we get into a great debate about how a producer transitions into regenerative agriculture at scale. Definitely worth the listen and certainly provides some ideas as well as potential pitfalls from producers who are putting regenerative agriculture practices in place today!

Next Week will we be releasing a webinar that is focused on cattle with several guru’s from inside the space. Please enjoy! We are trying to bring lots of great NEW insight…

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Where Are The Premiums and Specialty Crops on the Horizon

Kevin Van Trump & Jordan Van Trump sit down with Matt Crisp with Benson Hill, Gil Shalev with Equi-nom, Steve McKaskle with McKaskle Family Farm & Braggadocio Rice Mill, and Todd Loechler with The Van Trump Report to discuss everything surrounding where producers can start to find premiums and specialty crops becoming more popular on the marketplace moving forward. Overall, we covered a lot of great topics in this discussion and even brought up a very interesting subject about the idea of climate-friendly rice. Definitely worth the listen and certainly one way to potentially pivot from the traditional farm.

For anyone interested in trying non-GMO soybeans in 2022, please call 816-876-6888 or email jordan@farmdirection.com and we can get you pointed in the right direction. Some of the more popular varieties with seed still available for 2022 include 2.3, 3.7, 3.8, and 4.4 maturity zones. Keep in mind, the seed is FREE and treatment is FREE as well if you sign up before the end of the month.

Next Week will we be releasing a webinar about regenerative agriculture with several guru’s from inside the space to help producers understand if it is worth the extra work or not. Please enjoy! Lots of great NEW insight…

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Can Carbon Credits Add An Additional Revenue Stream To Your Operation?

Kevin Van Trump & Jordan Van Trump sit down with Robert Herrington with Prairie Foods, Kyle Mehmen with MBS Family Farms, Todd Loechler with The Van Trump Report, Ben Gordon with Corteva Agriscience, Caleb Smith with Agoro Carbon Alliance, and Tom Daniel with Nutrien Ag to discuss everything surrounding carbon credits and what producers should be doing next. Keep in mind, this webinar starts off a little slow with some basic questions, but make sure to stick around till at 60 minutes in when the conversation heats up a bit. Overall, it was a great conversation and definitely worth listening to!

Next Week will we be releasing a webinar about specialty crops with several guru’s from inside the space helping to bring more premiums to the producer. Please enjoy! Lot of great NEW insight…

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Next Generation Agronomy – Where Input Prices Are Heading and Post Harvest Biologicals

Kevin Van Trump and Jordan Van Trump sit down with Grant Wells with Wells Ag Supply, Bodie Kitchel with BW Fusion & Biodyne USA, and Todd Loechler with The Van Trump Report to discuss what to think about input prices moving forward, how to lower input costs for 2022, and how applying a post harvest biological can help improve plant health. Overall, we discuss many other topics such as the difference between biology and chemistry, how to handle the recent tar spot breakout, and how producers can start to gain more premiums as blockchain technology enters the ag space.

For anyone interested in applying a post harvest biological this year, please call 816-876-6888 or email jordan@farmdirection.com. Keep in mind, we know this product isn’t for everyone and you can most likely get it from who you’re currently working with, but we like working with Grant Wells and BW Fusion because they truly take pride in only offering products that work. If it doesn’t work, then they go out of their way to figure out why it didn’t work. For what it’s worth, I also find it very interesting that guy in the input space, selling fertilizer, is trying to explain to us how to reduce input costs. Next week will we be releasing a webinar about the wild wild west of carbon credits. Please enjoy!

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Working With the Family on the Farm, Improving Grain Logistics, and Having A Front Row Seat in Ag Tech the Past 20 Years with Bret Sitzmann

Guest: Bret Sitzmann, Head of Ecosystem & Grain at Solinftec, is an experienced business manager and marketing director in agriculture with a demonstrated history of working with technology and digital tools across the globe. Bret grew up on a farm in a small town in Northwest Iowa and has been surrounded by agriculture his whole life. Bret started down his ag journey once he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy and Crop Science from Iowa State University. After college, he went on to work for Farmers Cooperative Co as a sales agronomist as well as Floyd Valley Grain as a grain merchant. Soon after that, he moved on to working with Monsanto Company, The Climate Corporation, and Bayer Crop Science. In addition, before Bret recently joined Solinftec, he worked with IBM on The Weather Channel team. It’s also worth mentioning, Bret farmed for over 15 years in Le Mars, IA on his own after he graduated college and sold DeKalb seed as well.
Jordan Van Trump sits down with Bret Sitzmann, Head of Ecosystem & Grain at Solinftec, to talk about growing up in the world’s ice cream capital, what it’s like being an Iowa State fan, his experience working with Farmers Cooperative Co & Floyd Valley Grain, how seed technology started hitting the market place in the early 2000s, the difficulty of farming on his own right out of school, his decision to walk away from farming, working with your family on the farm, how drones could potentially affect the custom spraying space, the future of autonomous machinery, sustainability, carbon markets, what it was like working with IBM, how important leadership is within a company, the story behind Solinftec and how it got started in the sugar cane space, being one of the biggest ag tech companies in South America, trying to gain market share in the US market, and some of the biggest disruptors to watch out for in agriculture moving forward.

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Investing in Emerging Markets, Focusing on Cash Flow, and Becoming a Full-Time Investor with Codie Sanchez!

Jordan Van Trump sits down with Codie Sanchez, founder & writer at Contrarian Thinking, to talk about investing in emerging markets, being a conflict journalist on the US Mexican border, learning to ask tough questions, becoming a full-time investor, working with Goldman Sachs, leveraging good debit, buying small businesses, how to better hire employees, developing agri-hoods, how to better cash flow as an individual, the one thing she would change to become a full-time investor earlier, learning from someone who has already done it before you, and her theory about collecting people. Enjoy!

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Going Public in 2021, 70,000 Acres of Non-GMO Soybeans, and Breaking Into The Yellow Pea Market with Matt Crisp!

Guest: Matt Crisp, CEO and Co-founder at Benson Hill as well as the Chairman and Co-founder of Edison Agrosciences, is an accomplished executive with a strong background in the rapid growth and early commercialization phase of technology companies. Matt started his journey outside the world of agriculture at Radford University earning a bachelor’s degree in Finance. After graduating, Matt joined Third Security, a globally recognized venture capital firm, as a research assistant, eventually working his way up to a managing director. During his time there, Matt focused on corporate development and worked closely with numerous private and public companies in the life science and technology sectors. Matt began his journey in agriculture as the President of the Agricultural Biotechnology Division and Senior Vice President at Intrexon Corporation. In addition, he has held Board of Director positions at Cyntellect, Synchrony, and Radford University Foundation.

What’s the Podcast About:

Kevin & Jordan Van Trump sit down with Matt Crisp, CEO & co-founder at Benson Hill, to talk about going public in 2021, new team members, non-GMO soybeans, how the company is getting into the yellow pea space, and many other fun topics high level CEOs are wondering about right now. Enjoy!

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