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February 18, 2021 32 min

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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Host Justin Machell, our VP of Business Development and Analytics chats with Walt Shappley, Director of Marketing and Customer Experience on how growers can make big changes in 2020. From the technology of Highland FS365 and changing your food safety program to explaining our Data Covenant, which protects your data. These two don't miss a beat. This episode is jam-packed with useful information! 

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July 13, 2020 24 min

With $200 in her bank account and a huge leap of faith, Michelle Martin left her job to start The Ag Mag, a print and digital magazine dedicated to farmers and ranchers in the Rio Grande. But Michelle didn’t stop there. Michelle started Farmer Who, a program which allows the consumer to quickly access information with their phone by the Farmer Who label on packaging. She is also the owner and host of Ag on Wheels available on RFD T...

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Artha Jonassaint takes us through her years in FFA, what it was like to take a gap year to be the state president, to now being a sophomore at Harvard College. She discusses her passion for advocating for agriculture in a more urban environment such as college and what she hopes to see for agriculture in the future. 

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Dennis Ross served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011 to 2019. After he retired from Congress, he returned to his hometown of Lakeland, FL where he joined Southeastern University as a distinguished professor of political science to launch the American Center for Political Leadership (ACPL). The ACPL is a center for key research activities, academic programs, courses, workshops and resources geared towards preparing our ...

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Bud Chiles, son of late Governor Lawton Chiles, describes how he turned his passion to help the decline of the American family farm into an organization of farmers and consumers called American Grown Inc. Currently, Bud serves as its National Director, and is joined by Kalan Royal who works alongside him. Together they are uniting U.S. growers and farmers and helping them use their voice to demand American grown produce.

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Jamie Viramontes chats with Bristol Wells about growing crops in the Southwest, her absolute love for farming and what she is learning by working alongside husband Cole. Jamie explains why keeping your faith and staying positive helps cope with the highs and lows of farming while being a working mom and wife.

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Chelsea Consalo is the Vice President of Produce Operations for Consalo Family Farms. We talk with Chelsea about working in the family business, from starting as their food safety coordinator to her present-day role as the VP of Operations. We learn about why Chelsea has such a passion for agriculture and why she is so excited about the Produce Marketing Association’s Emerging Leaders Program.

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From her farm family, to getting into trouble for hauling hay at 9, Kameron discusses it all. Kameron Harwell of Grimmway Farms chats with host, Bristol Wells on farming, family and working your way through a tough but rewarding industry.

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Elizabeth "Beth" McQuaig-McIntyre of Anna’s Garden, 66, is a retired English teacher who became a blueberry farmer later in life. Although much of her life was spent teaching and raising her three sons, this leg of the journey at Anna’s Garden and Mallard Point Packing is proving to be a wonderful challenge. Beth describes her start into the blueberry industry, tells us how she deals with it all, and has some wise words for...

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