Partners

Partners

Interested in learning more about Illinois farm, family and food related places, events and issues? The state’s largest organization of farmers, Illinois Farm Bureau, provides an in-depth look at these topics through this informative podcast.

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April 9, 2021 22 min
In addition to humans, Renold Bleem added animals to his chiropractic practice. Hear why, what results, how it changed him, his wife Melanie, their family and his practice.
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A national forest, multitude of state parks, wine trail, world’s largest attractions, fire breathing dragon, and best of all, warmer climes and closer by, consider exploring southern Illinois. Illinois South Tourism’s Andy Waterman and Southernmost Illinois Tourism’s Carol Hoffman share what’s especially unique at this time of year.
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March 26, 2021 22 min
Many of us reconnected with or increased our appetites for fresh, locally-grown fruits, vegetables and other home-grown products last year, which, along with public health measures, required many farmers, farmers markets and you to adjust. With a preview of what we might expect in 2021, hear from Jenny Kinney, president of the Illinois Vegetable Growers Association, who farms with her family on Piscasaw Gardens Farms, and Janie Max...
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March 19, 2021 15 min
Come with us to an Illinois maple farm to explore sap harvest for syrup along with exploring the craze for this special kind of yogurt made with milk from Illinois dairy farms. Mike Funk with Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup, along with Jodie Shield, R.D., and Partners food writer explore these two home-grown, tasty ingredients.
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March 12, 2021 14 min
Home cooking has taken on some new dimensions for many of us over the last year. Whether you live in the city, suburbs or country, hear from This Farm Girl Cooks food blogger Deanne Frieders, who has a husband, four children, substitute teaching, a crop plus cattle farm and cooking up a storm all on her life’s plate.
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March 4, 2021 18 min
We have more options than ever, most which are grown, raised or made in Illinois. Mark Messina, Ph.D., Soy Nutrition Institute, Shalene McNeill, Ph.D., Myriah Johnson, Ph.D., both with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and Tasha Bunting, Illinois Farm Bureau, provide perspectives to help you make educated and tasty choices.
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February 26, 2021 21 min
The federal government recently released figures on greenhouse gas emissions, while at nearly the same time, a coalition of food and farm sector groups and companies offered up some ideas on ways to spur further progress on climate-related issues by the U.S. agriculture sector. Erin Fitzgerald, CEO of U.S. Farmers & Ranchers in Action, and John Newton, Ph.D., chief economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation, sort out nu...
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February 18, 2021 15 min
Extreme weather can result in some long days and nights for farmers raising animals. Hear how evolving technology helps keep the animals they raise well and growing with pig farmer Thomas Titus, dairy farmer Sarah Lenkaitis, and sheep farmer Brad Temple.
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February 11, 2021 21 min
These are busy days and weeks for flower farmers. They share how to keep your bouquets looking great longer, what to expect this year when it comes to floral prices, more on bouquet subscriptions, floral designer trends, what happened to flower fragrance, and how to get the best deal. Sharing their expertise is Candice Hart, owner of Pollen & Pastry and President of the Illinois State Florists’ Association, and Stacey Shanks, o...
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Illinois communities and businesses such as restaurants have adopted innovative ways to connect with you, like as offering new ways to buy groceries, creating bonfire brunches and other outdoor eating events, even songwriting contests. It’s been a tough year for a sector that at one time, supplied half or more of our meals. Hudson Riehle with the National Restaurant Association and Neil Russell with Sysco share statistics on the im...
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January 29, 2021 26 min
Cure winter and quarantine boredom by planning your new vegetable and flower gardens. Partners gardening writer and Illinois Master Gardener Jan Phipps, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Kelly Allsup, and Extension Local Foods & Small Farms Educator Nicholas Frillman, fill you in on key things to get you off to a good start.
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January 22, 2021 16 min
Hear from Partners magazine food writer, Jodie Shield, RD, and Jenny Yang, who owns and operates Phoenix Bean in Chicago, on all things you might want to know about tofu. Shield provides details on how to warm up with this tasty protein, and Yang shares specifics on where she sources her soybeans, how tofu is made, and where you can find it in Illinois.
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January 14, 2021 13 min
Some farmers and groups that represent them welcomed the opportunity to host the creative forces behind a fast-food chain’s advertising campaign that questioned food production’s impact on climate change. Hear what transpired and resulted from Michelle Miller, known as the Farm Babe on social media, and Fernando Machado, chief marketing officer for Restaurant Brands International, which owns and operates Burger King.
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Might you, your spouse or partner be looking to strengthen or maybe salvage your relationship? A program exists right here in Illinois, it’s free, and you can participate right in your own home. Find out about Illinois Strong Couples with Allen Barton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, University of Illinois; Karla Belzer and Tessa Hobbs-Curley, University of Illinois Extension Family Life Educators. They help im...
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December 31, 2020 24 min
What do farmers markets, snowmobiling, sharing the road, young and new people growing our food all have in common? They represent Illinois farm, family and food-related places, events and issues-related topics featured among the Top 5 Partners podcasts over the last year based on downloads. Rewind – and unwind with us once more in this episode.
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What gadgets did we buy this year? What mood foods did we try out? Have our attitudes toward food availability changed? Hear from Susan Schwallie, executive director for food and beverage consumption, NPD Group, Kevin Ryan, Ph.D., founder, CEO of Malachite Strategy & Research, and Brian Duncan, farmer, vice-president, Illinois Farm Bureau.
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December 16, 2020 12 min
What do health tests and vaccines have to do with growing food? Both have benefited from science that has helped lead to COVID-19 tests and vaccines and potentially more climate-smart, nutritious foods and other products. Fan-Li Chou, vice president, scientific affairs and policy for the American Seed Trade Association, and Clint Nesbitt, senior director, science and regulatory affairs for the Biotechnology Innovation Organization,...
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Whether you’re still on the hunt to cut your own real Christmas tree or find a precut one at an Illinois tree farm or nursery, there are some simple things you can do to keep it looking great for weeks. Hear from Illinois Christmas tree farmer Janie Dollinger, and University of Illinois Extension Educator Ryan Pankau, a forester and arborist, on this year’s tree market, tips you can use, and even where you might find a recipe for h...
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December 3, 2020 28 min
Rivers, rails, unrivaled interstates and international air hubs at both ends help make Illinois a prime location to supply all kinds of food to all kinds of places across the state, country and world. Throw in some of the best land to grow food and farmers that grow it and some say it’s the food capital of the country. Hear from Tom Welge, whose Illinois-based food company employs more than 3,000 people, and Tyler Strom, managing d...
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November 24, 2020 18 min
Yes, you, your family and friends do have several options to get out and have some fun this holiday season while staying safe. Discover details on a Chicagoland arboretum featuring multi-colored trees and landscapes, a north-central Illinois town with its light-filled park lanes, and dozens of other light shows, Christmas tree farms and even drive-in movie theaters hosting holiday movie marathons worthy of your visits. Hear from Mo...
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