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Podcast #283 – Jim Lancaster, CEO of Lantech, on “The Work of Management”

Joining me today is Jim Lancaster, CEO of the company Lantech, a manufacturer that is the leader in stretch wrap technology and innovation, as well as case handling equipment. Jim is also author of the new book, published by the Lean...Show More Summary

Alltech Young Scientists Compete at #ONE17

POST UPDATE Two bright thinkers representing North America in the 12th annual Alltech Young Scientist (AYS) program in Louisville, Kentucky this week at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference have each won the world’s most prestigious agriscience competition for university students. Show More Summary

Moocall Text Alerts Connect Farmers to Their Animals

Emmet Savage was an Irish entrepreneur with business ventures in the areas of fashion importing and construction when he first got the idea for Moocall, a company that holds the power to revolutionize the challenges of calving season and bring a new form of smart farming technology to cattlemen all over the world. The creation and launch of Moocall sent... Read More

Simplicity and Mobility with AgriWebb

The Pearse Lyons Accelerator program is a tremendous opportunity for a start-up company, says Kevin Baum, co-founder of AgriWebb. He and other members of the program were at the ONE: Alltech Ideas Conference this week to pitch their ideas in the final phase of their support training. For Baum that meant the chance to share about his digital farm management... Read More

Sec. Perdue Defends Trump Budget

Farmers and ranchers are concerned about President Trump’s “Taxpayer First” budget released this week but Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue defended significant cuts to USDA in the name of balancing the budget. “I don’t think there’s any reason to sugar coat this,” Perdue said to reporters on a press call Tuesday. Show More Summary

ZimmCast with @IFAJ Presidents at #ONE17

Past and current Presidents of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists were attending this week’s Alltech Ideas Conference and Cindy’s Golden ZimmComm Microphone got a work out interviewing them for this week’s program. Show More Summary

Alltech Young Scientists Compete at #ONE17

Two bright thinkers are representing North America in the Alltech Young Scientist (AYS) program in Louisville, Kentucky this week at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference. Joshua Gukowsky has just finished his undergraduate degree from the...Show More Summary

Alltech Celebrates Joy of Disruption

Dr. Pearse Lyons has built a small empire from modest beginnings in Lexington, Kentucky in 1980 and he has done it all by being disruptive. “The question is what disruptive road are you on?” Dr. Lyons asked at the beginning of his presentation during the opening session of ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference 2017 – Disrupt the Disruptors. Lyons talked... Read More

SMART Farmer Scott VanderWal

In this episode of the SMART Farmer podcast we meet Scott VanderWal, a third-generation corn and soybean farmer and cattle feeder from Volga, South Dakota. In addition to operating the family farm with his father and brothers, Scott serves as vice president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, president of the South Dakota Farm Bureau, and is a board member... Read More

It’s Time to Disrupt the Disruptors

Disruption is everywhere. Disruptive ideas are impacting the way we farm. This year ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference is centered around creating a world-wide disruption of your own. We are just days away from the awe-inspiring event...Show More Summary

AEM Holds Rural Broadband Access Panel

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) hosted Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and representatives from equipment manufacturers John Deere and HammerHead Trenchless for a panel discussion on Capitol Hill on May 18th focused on the expansion of rural broadband access as part of lawmakers’ work this year on infrastructure. Show More Summary

Soil Health Institute Announces Action Plan

The Soil Health Institute (SHI) today unveiled the “Enriching Soil, Enhancing Life” Soil Health Action Plan during a National Press Club event. “This is an exciting time to be working in soil health,” said SHI president and CEO Wayne Honeycutt. Show More Summary

Secretary Perdue Testifies at First Hearing

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue testified at his first hearing as the new head of USDA. The House Agriculture Committee welcomed Perdue to Capitol Hill Wednesday to testify on the “State of the Rural Economy.” Perdue acknowledged that the current state of the rural economy is challenging. “Our farm economy is down about a 50 percent drop in net income... Read More

Podcast #282 – Dr. Lisa Yerian & Nate Hurle from The Cleveland Clinic

My guests for Episode #282 of the podcast are two continuous improvement leaders from Cleveland Clinic: Dr. Lisa Yerian and Nate Hurle. Lisa is the Medical Director, Continuous Improvement and Nate is the Senior Director, ContinuousShow More Summary

A Lesson From Toyota: Thanking Employees for Pointing Out Problems

Thanks to Lean Frontiers for sharing a story from Mike Hoseus on LinkedIn. Mike is, of course, co-author of the excellent book Toyota Culture: The Heart and Soul of the Toyota Way (written with Jeff Liker, who I just learned is retiring from the University of Michigan... Show More Summary

Nebraska Governor Praises Grain Trade with Mexico

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts asked grain industry officials from Mexico and the United States join him Tuesday for a press conference to highlight the importance of Mexico to U.S. agriculture and how the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has benefited both countries. Show More Summary

NAMA Reflections From Lynn Henderson

The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) is celebrating 60 years as a professional organization dedicated to the business of agricultural marketing. Lynn Henderson with AgriMarketing Magazine has been involved with NAMA for the...Show More Summary

Undeniably Dairy Campaign Launched

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, in partnership with Dairy Management Inc., have launched Undeniably Dairy, the first industry-wide campaign of its kind to grow consumer confidence in dairy products. “Through the Innovation Center for U.S. Show More Summary

U.S. Beef Regaining Access to China

Following one more round of technical consultations, China is to allow imports of U.S. beef on “conditions consistent with international food safety and animal health standards and consistent with the 1999 Agricultural Cooperation Agreement,...Show More Summary

Webinar Preview: Digital Improvement Boards & KaiNexus

I’m going to be presenting a webinar with Dr. Greg Jacobson, the CEO and co-founder of KaiNexus on Tuesday May 16: Taking Improvement Boards Digital: How Leading Companies are Improving Visual Management It’s a free webinar… register...Show More Summary

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