Cream of the Crop

Cream of the Crop

Highland Ag Solutions is changing the game in agriculture. Our aim is to empower farmers to plan ahead, market smart, care for the environment, and defend their worth like never before. Through this podcast you will hear fresh perspectives from familiar friends that cannot only impact your business, but your life. Join us to discover the heart behind Highland and what it means to be the Cream of the Crop.

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June 9, 2021 28 min

QIMA/WQS (formerly known as WQS) was founded in 1993, offering solutions to the food industry from farm to fork through GFSI recognized certifications (BRCGS, GLOBALG.A.P., SQF, IFS), food safety and ethical audits, quality seals, inspections, training, and supply chain management. Their team of food safety professionals innovates and streamlines processes to offer customers transparency, agility in the marketplace, and unprecedent...

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Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) is a non-profit certification and skill-building organization that seeks to increase transparency in the food supply chain and improve the lives of farmworkers through a team-based approach to training and continuous improvement practices. EFI brings together growers, farmworkers, retailers and consumers to solve the most pressing issues facing the fresh produce industry. Its unparalleled approach se...

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Jordan Carter has been elected as the first female President of the National Watermelon Promotion Board. In this episode we discover how Jordan got involved in watermelon production despite her degree in fashion merchandising. As the Director of Sales and Marketing at Leger & Son, Inc., Jordan has proven that her dedication to learning has paid off.

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What happens when two podcast hosts get together and talk about the ag industry? Patrick Kelly, host of The Produce Industry Podcast chats with us about being an entrepreneur, speaker, author and strategist in the produce and supply chain industry. Patrick's journey has been a pivotal one, mending generational gaps in the industry and helping produce partners thrive.

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GLOBALG.A.P. works with more than 2,000 trained inspectors and auditors working for around 159 accredited certification bodies to perform independent third-party producer audits and issue our certificates. They are the most widely accepted private sector food safety certification in the world. Listen in as we talk with Roberta Anderson, the executive Vice President, GLOBALG.A.P. North America.

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March 30, 2021 32 min

The Packer is the most trusted news in produce and an industry staple since 1893. Articles range from crop updates to retail news, to new product features to recognition of industry leaders. In this episode, we chat with editor Ashley Nickle, a brand leader responsible for content strategy, creation and marketing across print, digital and social media. Along with writing, interviewing and editing, her role includes video, podcastin...

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March 16, 2021 27 min

Highland Fresh Technologies has been a leader in food safety and sanitation for the produce industry for more than 15 years. With a mission to improve arrivals and strengthen food safety sanitation programs, HFT has changed the way farms and packinghouses wash their produce and maintain their equipment  In this episode, we talk with Kyro Morales, Director of Operations, on how HFT got their start and how they are assisting the indu...

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“The ag department is not just about cows, plows and sows,” says Texas Ag Commissioner Sid Miller. We caught up with Commissioner Miller from his front seat GMC studio and talked about handling a 6-billion-dollar budget, providing 5 million public school lunch meals, supporting young farmers and yes, inspecting ping pong balls. Plus, we discuss their support programs to aid farmers hurt by the recent winter storm and the pandemic. 

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Texas is on our minds and in our hearts this week. On this episode, we spoke with Dante Galeazzi of the Texas International Produce Association. TIPA’s mission is to represent Texas grown fruits and vegetables to growers, packers, shippers and anyone in the supply chain. We also discussed Viva Fresh, a show that is connecting us all to the Tex-Mex region. Learn more, listen now.

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Humbled Hoosiers! We caught up with Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and Director, Bruce Kettler from the Indiana State Dept of Ag. On episode #36, we continue our chats with state agriculture departments to find out what they are doing in their neck of the woods. These Indy folks are not only focused on the Indiana Grown program, but also soil conversation and FFA leadership.

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We went straight to the TOP to talk about food safety with Jennifer McEntire, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Food Safety at United Fresh Produce Association. United Fresh has recently announced Class Two of its Produce Safety Immersion Program. Dr. McEntire chats with Highland’s Bristol Wells, Service Specialist Manager who was accepted into the program for 2021. Learn about what the program does and what it means for these profes...

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December 17, 2020 27 min

Dr. Kevin M. Folta has a background in both biology and communications. He has studied biology and agricultural biotechnology for over thirty years, working exclusively in public academic institutions. His group is known for using innovative genomics approaches to identify genes associated with fruit quality, especially flavors and aromas. He has been a professor at the University of Florida since 2002, serving as Chairman from 201...

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November 10, 2020 22 min

Today we celebrate two of America’s heroes, our farmers and our veterans. On this episode of #CreamoftheCrop we are introduced to the American Veteran Coalition, “We cultivate a new generation of farmers and food leaders, and develop viable employment and meaningful careers through the collaboration of the farming and military communities. We believe that veterans possess the unique skills and character needed to strengthen rural c...

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If you are a farmer and haven't tapped into the benefits of the American Farm Bureau, you will after this episode. Do you know that they offer benefits such as media training, advocacy training, personal and professional development training? Plus financial perks with large ag companies like John Deere and others? Elise Stoddard, Managing Director of Leadership Development and Highland's Bristol Wells, talk about how import...

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August is National Peach Month and, in this episode, we talk about the importance of peaches in our food supply and economy. Carlyle Carr, daughter of Titan Farms owners, Chalmer and Lori Anne Carr chats with us about peach farming, the peach industry and what it looks for the future. From orchards to factories, restaurants, bakeries and retail supermarkets…Americans have a passion for peaches. 

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Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd sat down with CEO, Steve Maxwell for Part Two of America’s Sheriff on the Cream of the Crop. Sheriff Judd covers issues from social media to keeping our children safe from predators.

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What better way to kick off Season 3 than with America's Sheriff! Our own Polk County Sheriff, Grady Judd visited the HAS Media Studio and chatted with our CEO, Steve Maxwell. From working with Polk’s large agriculture footprint, to the George Floyd incident, Sheriff Judd is honest and open. Listen to Part One now.

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She’s a mother, farmer, Executive Director and a force to be reckoned with in the blueberry industry. Brittany Lee, Vice President and Farm Manager of Florida Blue Farms, talks with us about her very full but rewarding schedule of being the Executive Director of the Florida Blueberry Growers Association. This first-generation farmer shares her knowledge about machine harvesting and pushing the limits in her operation towards techno...

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GO ROYALS! Leigh Ann Wynn, Assistant Vice President of Advancement and Abby Crawford, Coordinator of Advancement and Ag Programming at Warner University discuss the agriculture program. From extracurricular activities to internship opportunities, Leigh Ann and Abby walk us through how WU helps students achieve their goals.

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Sue Harrell, Director of Marketing, and Tiffany Dale, Director of Member Services and Community Relations for the Florida Strawberry Growers Association chat about the mission the FSGA has for their growers. From their marketing strategies to reach the consumer, to helping growers and the community. Plus, we get some great tips on strawberries!

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