Voice of Farming Podcasts

Bert Pitt on the Challenge of Farming Today

E62: Bert Pitt on Today’s Farming Challenges

November 2019

At the age of 68, Bert Pitt is lean and tan, with Robert Redford blue eyes and a working man's hands. He's a seventh generation farmer, raising cotton and sweet potatoes now, and lives in his family's ancestral home in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. Farming is both his job and his heritage, and he passionately believes in the value of small family farms. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E62: Bert Pitt on Today’s Farming Challenges »


Dawson Pugh of Middlecreek Farms in the Blacklands of North Carolina

E60: A Visit to Middlecreek Farms in the Blacklands of North Carolina

November 2019

Driving along the North Carolina coastline protected by the Outer Banks barrier islands, I pass swamps, canals and fields. I'm visiting an agricultural region called the Blacklands. The soil is black and fertile and the Blacklands range across eight counties. I'm visiting Middlecreek Farms, a family operation in Engelhard, North Carolina, now run by Dawson and Bethany Pugh. The day's plan to begin harvesting corn has been scrapped in the aftermath of a heavy rain and the farm crew works in the shop making repairs and doing equipment maintenance. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E60: A Visit to Middlecreek Farms in the Blacklands of North Carolina »


Brandon Batten on Tobacco, Hemp and Trade Wars

E68: Tobacco, Hemp & Trade Wars

October 2019

Some farmers see industrial hemp as an opportunity to transition away from tobacco. Hemp is widely grown worldwide as a source of both fiber and oil seed. Harvesting equipment and dryers used for tobacco can also be used to harvest and cure hemp, allowing farmers to repurpose equipment they already own. North Carolina legalized hemp production in 2014 as part of a pilot program. Brandon Batten is one of the farmers producing industrial hemp as part of this program. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E68: Tobacco, Hemp & Trade Wars »


Marlowe Vaughn of Razorback Farms

E58: Pig Farming Family Style at Razorback Farms

October 2019

It's August in North Carolina and I'm here with Marlowe Vaughan and her father Bob Ivey at Razorback Farm, a family-owned pig farm in Goldsboro. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E58: Pig Farming Family Style at Razorback Farms »


Gwen Pitt on the Changing Roles of Women in Farming

E56: Gwen Pitt on the Changing Roles of Women in Farming

October 2019

According to the US Department of Agriculture's census of agriculture, women now make up 36% of farmers and 56% of farms have at least one woman farmer. But this isn't a surprise to today's guest, Gwen Pitt of Pitt Family Farms in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E56: Gwen Pitt on the Changing Roles of Women in Farming »


Dawson Pugh of Middlecreek Farms, North Carolina

E54: Farming with Hurricanes in the Blacklands of North Carolina

October 2019

At Middlecreek Farms, hurricanes shape the way Dawson Pugh farms his land. His property lies just two feet above sea level, and managing water is his biggest challenge. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E54: Farming with Hurricanes in the Blacklands of North Carolina »


Bob Ivey and Marlowe Vaughan

E52: Hogs and Hurricanes in North Carolina

October 2019

We're talking today with Bob Ivey and his daughter, Marlowe Vaughan, owners of Razorback Farms in Goldsboro where they raise pigs as a contractor for Maxwell Farms. Ivey and Vaughan closely follow the news, debates, and lawsuits over pig manure lagoons, odors, and water safety concerns, and they welcomed the opportunity to talk about their own farm operations, and they believe in the value of open communications. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E52: Hogs and Hurricanes in North Carolina »


Gwen Pitt of Pitt Family Farms

E50: Gwen's Cotton

October 2019

Today we're talking with Gwen Pitt at the Pitt Family Farm located in Macclesfield, North Carolina, a rural city in Edgecombe County with a population of just 477 people. Gwen is the scout at the Pitt Farm. She scours cotton and sweet potato fields on the 1100 acres she farms with Burt Pitt, her husband of 40 years, looking for insects and testing the soil. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E50: Gwen's Cotton »


Bert and Gwen Pitt

E49: Pitt Family Farm Story

September 2019

More than 90% of farms in the US are small or family owned and operated businesses. These farms play a vital role in our economy and help to maintain rural populations. But small farms face many challenges, including encroaching urban development, dramatically changing weather patterns, young people moving to urban areas for work, low commodities pricing, and farm financing. What's more, our farming core is aging. The average age of farmers in the US today is 58. Today we share the story of Bert and Gwen Pitt, seventh generation farmers in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E49: Pitt Family Farm Story »


Jamie Ager of Hickory Nut Gap Farm

E:47 Hickory Nut Gap Farm's Jamie Ager on Regenerative Grazing

September 2019

Jamie and Amy Agar, and their extended family, co-own the Hickory Nut Gap Farm business, and the brand Hickory Nut Gap Meats. Both are graduates of Warren Wilson College, and the couple took over running the farm in 2006 with a vision to achieve environmental sustainability through regenerative grazing. What began as a dream is now a thriving business built on relationships, environmental stewardship, and no small amount of courage. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E:47 Hickory Nut Gap Farm's Jamie Ager on Regenerative Grazing »


Nancy Ranney on Regenerative Grazing in New Mexico

E28: Nancy Ranney on Regenerative Grazing in New Mexico

April 2019

If you're like me, you've read or heard of reports and news accounts talking about the negative consequences of producing beef, with greenhouse gas emissions, heavy water use and the welfare of the animals leading the list of concerns. But just when it seems like producing and consuming less beef might be a health and environmental bonanza, along comes an alternative way of doing things. One that uses a fundamentally different approach to things. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E28: Nancy Ranney on Regenerative Grazing in New Mexico »


Kim LeQuire of Kornegay Farms giving a tour of the sweet potato processing room

E11: Kornegay Farms’ Kim LeQuire on the Blessings of a Life in Agriculture

February 2019

Has the buy local food movement helped farmers and open up new markets? Is organic farming really better than conventional farming? And what does it take to run a successful farming operation? We'll discuss these topics and more with today's guest Kim LeQuire. Kim runs Kornegay Family Farms along with her father Danny, mother Susie and brother Dan. Kornegay Family Farms is a 5,000 acre, fourth generation farm in Johnston County, North Carolina. The Kornegay's grow sweet potatoes, tobacco, soybeans, cotton, wheat, and peanuts. The also run four swine finishing floors. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E11: Kornegay Farms’ Kim LeQuire on the Blessings of a Life in Agriculture »