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Top 10 Most Popular Tractor Time Podcast Episodes of 2022

The Tractor Time podcast is yet another way Acres U.S.A. seeks to put its ecological, economical farming education out into the world! Each episode is a wealth of information, featuring in-depth interviews with newsmakers and trendsetters in the ecology and agriculture industries.

Take a look at the most downloaded episodes of Tractor Time podcast in 2022 – have you listened to them yet?

10 – Indigenous Systems of Agriculture with Kelsey Ducheneux-Scott (#61)

Kelsey Ducheneaux-Scott
Kelsey Ducheneux-Scott

This episode features fourth generation South Dakota rancher Kelsey Ducheneaux-Scott, who is the director of programs for the Intertribal Agriculture Council, which seeks to build and restore indigenous foodways in Native American communities. She’s also a co-owner of DX Beef, a direct-to-consumer grassfed beef operation on the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation. Listen to the episode here.

9 – André Leu, Ronnie Cummins and Dr. Vandana Shiva on Growing Life (#62)

Graphic featuring profile photos of André Leu, Dr. Vandana Shiva and Ronnie Cummins, plus the front cover of the book "Growing Life"
André Leu, Growing Life: Regenerating Farming and Ranching, Dr. Vandana Shiva and Ronnie Cummins

In 2021, renowned regenerative farmer, author and speaker André Leu came out with a fascinating new book – Growing Life: Regenerating Farming and Ranching. In this episode, Leu discusses this new book with two friends and colleagues – Ronnie Cummins (co-founder and International Director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) and its Mexico affiliate, Via Organica) and Dr. Vandana Shiva (a world-renowned environmental thinker, activist, feminist, philosopher of science, writer and science policy advocate). Listen to the episode here or watch it on YouTube here.

8 – Joe Lewis on Talking Plants, Smart Insects and A New Farm Language (#60)

author W. Joe Lewis
Joe W. Lewis

This interview features entomologist and author of A New Farm Language, Joe W. Lewis. Lewis spent his career in entomology with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service at the Tifton Campus of the University of Georgia. It was there that he worked to unlock the secrets of how plants and insects communicate with one another, particularly how plants use SOS signals to recruit beneficial insects to their defense. Based on those groundbreaking insights, Lewis and his colleagues developed holistic and sustainable approaches to pest management within agricultural systems. In 2008, along with his colleagues John A, Pickett and James H. Tumlinson, Lewis received the prestigious Wolf Prize in Agriculture. Listen to the episode here.

7 – Beth Hoffman, author of Bet the Farm (#63)

Beth Hoffman jumping in the air beside a river
Beth Hoffman

This episode features farmer, author and former journalist Beth Hoffman, who moved to rural Iowa a handful of years ago with the dream of taking over her husband’s family’s 530-acre farm. She wrote about her experience in the book Bet the Farm: The Dollars and Sense of Growing Food in America, and discusses it with us on the podcast. Listen to the episode here.

6 – Nicolette Hahn Niman on Defending Beef (#64)

Nicolette Hahn Niman
Nicolette Hahn Niman

This episode features Nicolette Hahn Niman – former environmental attorney, rancher and author of Righteous Porkchop and Defending Beef: The Ecological and Nutritional Case for Meat. Hahn Niman discusses why she believes cattle, and other grazing animals, can be used as tools for restoring both human health and ecological balance, and that wisely managed livestock can help repair ecosystems, fight climate change and improve human health — all at the same time. Listen to the episode here.

5 – Croatan Institute’s Lauren Manning on Regenerative Finance (#69)

Lauren Manning looks over her left shoulder while sitting on her horse in a green pasture
Lauren Manning

This episode features with Lauren Manning, the owner of Ozark Pasture Beef and senior associate at Croatan Institute, an independent, nonprofit research and action institute whose mission is to build social equity and ecological resilience by leveraging finance to create pathways to a just economy. Manning discusses the challenges built into the booming interest in the regenerative ag industry, what pieces are missing, and how the investors lining up at the gate can help – or they can hurt.. Listen to the episode here.

4 – Anne Biklé and David Montgomery on What Your Food Ate (#67)

David Montgomery and Anne Biklé
David Montgomery and Anne Biklé

Before they gave the opening keynote address at the 2022 Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show earlier this month, authors, scientists and scholars Anne Biklé and David Montgomery sat down with us on a Tractor Time podcast episode to discuss their newest book, What Your Food Ate: How to Heal Our Land and Reclaim Our Health. Listen in as they talk about their book, how they see us building a more resilient human being through changing our food supply to focus on nutrient density, microbiology and plain old common sense. Listen to the episode here.

3 – Rick Clark on Soil Health, Cover Crops and No-Till Techniques (#65)

Rick Clark
Rick Clark

This episode features Rick Clark, a fifth-generation Indiana farmer proving that no-till organic production methods can lead to both a profitable business and a healthy, balanced ecosystem. Yes, that means no till, no pesticides, no herbicides, no synthetic fertilizers. But it isn’t just about what he isn’t doing. Clark is also perfecting the craft of cover crops as well as the use of livestock within cropping systems. Clark says his strategy is to work with Mother Earth to create self-sustaining, closed loop ecological systems that are teeming with biodiversity. But he’s also obsessed with collecting data and using technology to his benefit. Listen to the episode here.

2 – Dr. James White, Jeff Lowenfels and Laura Decker on Soil Microbiology (#68)

Dr. James White
Dr. James White

This episode features Laura Decker, the owner and operator of microBIOMETER, Dr. James White, a professor of plant biology at Rutgers, and Jeff Lowenfels, the author of several books, including a new one in 2022, Teaming with Bacteria. This fascinating trio discusses why microbiology is an important topic for all farmers and ranchers today. Listen to the episode here.

1 – Louis Bromfield and the Most Famous Farm in the World (#66)

Malabar Farm book cover
Malabar Farm: Louis Bromfield, Friends of the Land and the Rule of Sustainable Agriculture by Anneliese Abbott.

This episode features Annaliese Abbott, long-time contributor to Acres U.S.A. magazine and author of the book Malabar Farm, about the life and legacy Louis Bromfield. Bromfield was a Pulitzer Prize-wining novelist who became an Ohio-based, hard-partying prophet of a new kind of agriculture in the post-war era. Listen to the episode here.

Stay Tuned!

Be sure to listen to Tractor Time podcast on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can also listen to and download episodes on our Tractor Time podcast page at Stay tuned for new episodes coming in 2023 – and subscribe to the Acres U.S.A. Weekly Digest newsletter to get updates when new episodes drop!