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Groundswell podcast opens up grower, agronomist dialogue


A new podcast series by GroundWork is bringing all the agronomic players together. Through Groundswell, farmers, agronomists, and researchers can weigh in on new tools, technologies, and practices that help farmers sustain their land by improving water quality and soil health.

“Farmers should feel encouraged by what our partners in the field are sharing,” says Kenny Avery, CEO of Verdesian Life Sciences and co-host of the Groundswell podcast. “Their research and experiences prove how sustainability and profitability are achievable together.”

Avery and Greg Thompson, president and chief operating officer of Verdesian, will interview farmers who are proving the impact of sustainable practices, such as Katie Sawyer from McPherson, Kansas, and retail agronomists who are helping farmers to adopt these practices, such as Bob Nutt, crop production manager at Ottawa Coop, a partner of the Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN program.

Groundswell will also feature industry leaders like Nick Goeser, director of the Soil Health Partnership, and Lara Moody, senior director of stewardship and sustainability programs at The Fertilizer Institute, to share continued research efforts and advancements in sustainable practices.

“Farmers know that sustainability is important, but as an industry we can help them continue to build a sustainable future that is based on science and proven technology,” says Avery.

Avery and Thompson believe that Groundswell will encourage farmers to talk with their agronomist about trying a new practice, trialing a new technology, or exploring a new tool that could help them operate more efficiently, sustainably, and profitably.

“We are addressing agronomic challenges as opportunities,” says Avery. “We’re looking at how farmers can improve their nutrient use efficiency, soil health, and water quality, which is a formula we know produces higher yields.”

Groundswell will be published each month from planting through harvest and is available for streaming on SoundCloud, iTunes, and Google Play.

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