The Tractor Time podcast is published at least monthly and features in-depth interviews with newsmakers and trendsetters in the ecology and agriculture industries.
Hosted by Acres U.S.A. editor Ben Trollinger. Subscribe to our channel on YouTube, iTunes or anywhere podcasts are available. Also, find us on www.acresusa.com, www.ecofarmingdaily.com, and don’t forget to subscribe to our monthly magazine.
Episode 46 will be published in September.
Tractor Time Episode 45: Agroecologist Nicole Masters on Her Love of Soil
Agroecologist Nicole Masters on her new book, For the Love of Soil.
Tractor Time Episode 44: In Defense of Okra (with Chris Smith)
Chris Smith talks about his James Beard Award-winning book, The Whole Okra: A Seed to Stem Celebration.
Tractor Time Episode 43: Rebecca Burgess on the Farm to Closet Movement
Rebecca Burgess talks about her new book, Fibershed: Growing a Movement of Farmers, Fashion Activists, and Makers for a New Textile Economy.
Tractor Time Episode 42: Gerry Gillespie on Renewing Soils with ‘Waste’
Gerry Gillespie sees an untapped agricultural resource in the kitchen scraps and other organic materials we throw away every day.
Tractor Time Episode 41: Darby Simpson on Finding Opportunity During a Pandemic
Darby Simpson is the host of the Grassfed Life podcast and a farmer raising pastured livestock in Indiana. Despite unprecedented challenges, the COVID-19 pandemic could present an opportunity for small farmers.
Tractor Time Episode 40: Marty Travis on Farming in a Time of Pandemic
Marty Travis and his farmer co-op didn’t panic in the face of the coronavirus pandemic — they pivoted.
Tractor Time Episode 39: Sherri Dugger and Judith McGeary
Sherri Dugger and Judith McGeary talk about their activist work on behalf of farmers and the hope of a Green New Deal.
Tractor Time Episode 38: Mimi Casteel and Regenerative Wine
Mimi Casteel, a wine maker in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills, is fast becoming one of the leading voices in the regenerative agriculture movement.
Tractor Time Episode 37: Dr. Zach Bush on Glyphosate, Farming and Human Health
Dr. Zach Bush says regenerative agriculture free of glyphosate is the solution to reversing climate change and restoring our health.
Tractor Time Episode 36: Kathleen Merrigan on the Future of Organic Food
The former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture is still passionate about organic farming and food.
Tractor Time Episode 35: Marty Travis, Farmer to Top Chefs
Marty Travis supplies Chicago’s top chefs and bakers with organic produce. But more than that, he is a master at building relationships.
Tractor Time Episode 34: Paul Dorrance, from Top Gun to Top Grazier
Paul Dorrance is a former Air Force pilot who now raises pastured livestock at Pastured Providence Farmstead in Chillicothe, Ohio. He writes frequently for Acres U.S.A. magazine.
Tractor Time Episode 33: Doug Fine, author, Hemp Bound
Investigative journalist Doug Fine is a true believer when it comes to hemp. And what he believes is this: Hemp will ignite an agricultural revolution and even help combat the effects of climate change.
Tractor Time Episode 32: Bob Quinn, Liz Carlisle, authors, Grain by Grain
From the authors of Grain by Grain, Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle energize and inform our audience about the future of ancient, native grains and how they can help us with our own health, while restoring the environment.
Tractor Time Episode 31: Rodale Institute Pigs & Cathy Payne, Author
We’re going hog-wild with this episode. From the pig operation at Rodale Institute to an interview with Cathy Payne, author of Saving the Guinea Hog, it’s all about healthy pigs and new ideas for your farm.
Tractor Time Episode 30: Carey Gillam, Environmental Journalist, Author
Carey Gillam, is a veteran reporter who has been covering corporate America for 25 years, including Monsanto and most recently, Bayer.
Tractor Time Episode 29: Glen Rabenberg, Soil Expert
Glen Rabenberg is the founder and owner of Soil Works LLC. Glen continues to search for new ways to restore the soil and aid in the production of quality food. He aims to “bring soil back to the way nature intended.”
Tractor Time Episode 28: Dr. Paul Dettloff, V.M.D., Author, Livestock Specialist (from 2007)
The legendary Dr. Paul Dettloff has spent 50 years in large animal veterinary practice, working with farmers all over the world to help them think differently.
Tractor Time Episode 27: Jodi Helmer, Author, Protecting Pollinators
Jodi Helmer is a journalist, gardener and author of six books, who with Island Press is releasing a new book, Protecting Pollinators (available in the Acres U.S.A. bookstore.)
Tractor Time Episode 26: Will Winter, Matt Maier, Thousand Hills Beef Cattle in Minnesota
Guests are Matt Maier, with Thousand Hills Cattle in Minnesota, and Will Winter, a teacher of holistic animal medicine and founder of the American Holistic Livestock Association.
Tractor Time Episode 25: Fred Provenza, Author & Animal Behavior Expert
Fred Provenza is professor emeritus in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University and an animal behavior specialist. He is also the author of Nourishment.
Tractor Time Episode 24: Jeff Moyer, Rodale Institute, 2018 Eco-Ag Award Winner
Jeff Moyer, is a longtime organic farmer, author and lecturer. His work with Rodale Institute, both in hands-on farming and as executive director, is advancing the state of the art of organic agriculture and building bridges to bring these methods to mainstream, conventional farmers.
Tractor Time Episode 23: The 2018 Eco-Ag Preview Special
A preview of the 43rd annual Eco-Ag Conference & Trade show in Louisville, Kentucky.
Tractor Time Episode 22: On Assignment, the Tropical Agriculture Conference in Belize
We are broadcasting from Belize, specifically, Belmopan, Belize, at the inaugural Tropical Agriculture Festival.
Tractor Time Episode 21: Daniela Ibarra-Howell, CEO of The Savory Institute
Daniela Ibarra-Howell is a native Argentinian, an agronomist by profession and has more than 25 years of ranching experience. In 2009, she helped start The Savory Institute, headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, and became its CEO in 2011.
Tractor Time Episode 20: David Montgomery & Anne Biklé, Authors & Scientists
Our two guests both live together in Seattle, and are writers, advocates and change agents and, it should be noted, both are quite brilliant as well – biologist Anne Biklé and geologist David Montgomery.
Tractor Time Episode 19: Judith McGeary, Founder of Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance
Judith McGeary is the founder and leader of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, which represents about 1,000 ranchers and farmers in Texas who help advocate for government to better represent all of its constituents.
Tractor Time Episode 18: Charles Walters, Then, Today and Tomorrow (from 2006)
Charles Walters, the founder of Acres U.S.A., speaks in 2006: “Then, Today & Tomorrow.” You will find it’s still relevant today.
Tractor Time Episode 17: Brendon Rockey, Potato Farmer, Speaker
Brendon Rockey runs Rockey Farms in Colorado, where he grows a wildly diverse field of potatoes. He explains his system in this podcast.
Tractor Time Episode 16: Douglass DeCandia, Farmer and Advocate Against Food Apartheid
Douglass DeCandia is a young farmer from New York. He grows food using natural methods, but he does so with an even greater purpose – to serve those who are forgotten by our food system.
Tractor Time Episode 15: Dr. Nasha Winters, Author and Health Consultant
Dr. Nasha Winters wrote her book, The Metabolic Approach to Cancer, which quickly became a hit with our audience of farmers and good food advocates.
Tractor Time Episode 14: Neal Kinsey, Hands-On Agronomy
Agronomist Neal Kinsey talks about the details in his book, Hands on Agronomy.
Tractor Time Episode 13: 2017 Conference Highlights — Dr. Vandana Shiva, André Leu and Ronnie Cummings
Highlights from the 2017 Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show in Columbus, Ohio.
Tractor Time Episode 12: Edwin Blosser, Farmer & Founder of Midwest Bio-Systems
Edwin Blosser is a longtime instructor in the art of crafting and utilizing high-quality compost in production-scale agriculture.
Tractor Time Episode 11: John Kempf, Founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture
John Kempf is the founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture, a crop consulting company, and is an expert in the field of biological and regenerative farming.
Tractor Time Episode 10: Mark Shepard, Water Control on the Farm
Mark Shepard’s talk from the 2016 Eco-Ag annual conference in Omaha, Nebraska, where he spoke to a very full hall on his sustainable water practices he uses on his farms.
Tractor Time Episode 9: Ben Hartman, How to Make a Living on One Acre
Ben Hartman spoke for more than an hour about a little miracle he and his wife, Rachel Hershberger, created in southern Michigan.
Tractor Time Episode 8: Andre Leu, Author of The Myths of Safe Pesticides
André Leu has written for our magazine for years. He published The Myth of Safe Pesticides in 2014. He has spoken on the dangers of pesticides several times at our annual conference, and will join us again this year.
Tractor Time Episode 7: John Slack and Soils from a Geological Perspective
John Slack does not call himself a geologist or a farmer. He calls himself a prospector. “We went out and looked for calcium,” he says in his talk.
Tractor Time Episode 6: Joel Salatin, the Most Famous Farmer in the World
Joel Salatin is known around most agricultural circles as the most famous farmer in the world. He calls himself a Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer, which is a mouthful, both in words and in meaning.
Tractor Time Episode 5: Jerry Brunetti and Soil as a ‘SuperOrganism‘
Jerry Brunetti, rest in peace, was a fearless advocate for soil management and gave a presentation then called “Soil as a SuperOrganism.”
Tractor Time Episode 4: Susan Sink and the American Farmland Trust
Susan Sink is vice president of development and external relations at American Farmland Trust, a nonprofit organization who collaborates with farmers around the world to help save farmland from development.
Tractor Time Episode 3: Charles Walters and A Return to Intellectualism
As Charles Walters, founder of Acres U.S.A., said in his talk in this week’s podcast, if he had asked his father in 1945, “Are you an organic farmer?” he would have said ‘What’s that?'”
Tractor Time Episode 2: Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, The Story of the Green Man
Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin’s story is not only inspirational, but transcends genres. “Knowledge without wisdom is a more dangerous weapon than the most dangerous weapons we use in wars,” Haslett-Marroquin said in the podcast. “Why? They are the silent killers.”
Tractor Time Episode 1: Abbey Smith and Charles Walters
In our inaugural episode, we interview Abbey Smith with the Savory Institute about her travels, sustainable grazing methods, and how she manages her own ranch in Northern California.