Cover Crops and Cattle In Holistic Harmony Pt. 1

I had the absolute pleasure of connecting with Nate Belcher a little over a year ago and Del Ficke shortly after at a Healthy Farms conference. I now have the honor to work with and learn from them as well as help promote the incredible efforts and fruits of their labor. When you sit down…

Vilsack for Veep? A Good ear for Global and Local Ag Diversity?

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has become a member of the shortlist of viable candidates to join the Democratic Presidential ticket alongside Hilary Clinton. According to his USDA profile, he’s currently serving as the 30th Secretary of Agriculture. Prior to his appointment, Vilsack served two terms as the Governor of Iowa, in the Iowa State Senate and…

Finding Hope In A Hungry World And Investing In Rural Futures

It truly was a family affair to kick off the Rural Futures Conference at Nebraska Innovation Campus. The Heuermann Lecture Series welcomed father and son Howard G. and Howard W. Buffett . Howard W. is currently on faculty at UNL as well as Columbia University while Howard G. is CEO of the Howard G. Buffett…

Collaboration to Create Sustainable Solutions and INFEWS

      What does INFEWS stand for? It represents Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems. These three elements are an umbrella of integrated systems that are present in our daily lives in some form or another.  The National Science Foundation for the 2016 Fiscal Year has requested $74.96 Million for…

Sustainable Farming Through Permaculture Methods

                                         Last Thursday evening I attended my first Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society event , Farmer’s Night Out hosted by New Earth Farm & Goods. The farm,which also is home to Keipos Inc., is located just North of the…

Bread & Cup Market Meal; No substitutions needed

In Lincoln, NE when you want to eat local there’s one place you must go. Chef Kevin Shinn and his wife Karen have owned and operated this wonderful space on the edge of the Historic Haymarket District, Bread & Cup, for just shy of 8 years.  Prior to moving to Lincoln, this was the first…

Hydroponic or Aquaponic; Is it Organic?

Organic food prices are rising in a booming market. This reflects the immense effort put forth by organic farmers to bring to market a product thats production adheres to the rigorous USDA certification standards . Natural grocers throughout the country, led by organic champion Whole Foods, are no longer the only ones focusing on supplying this…

Things Are Heating Up This Summer In The Organic Community. (Pt. 1)

Consumer demand for organic food is rising at an incredible rate, up 11% in 2014 according to the Organic Trade Association. This translates into increased revenue for producers, but also the challenges of keeping up supply. The cost of becoming USDA certified organic on top of the operating costs the organic farmer faces can be intimidating….

In the Kitchen the Egg Comes First

 “The way you make an omelet reveals your character.”― Anthony Bourdain                                       Since I started cooking eggs were a frequent starting point in the kitchen-from Caesar dressing to Hollandaise. Whether you’re baking or cooking breakfast, unless you’re…

A Crisis is a Crisis Before It Becomes Uncomfortable for Everyone

“We cannot continue to ignore this problem of food” -Norman Borlaug, Nobel Peace Prize winner 1970 Food supply throughout the world is not as simple for many as walking into the local grocery store. In many places the supply chain is a short one, that is almost directly sourced from the farm to market or…

Recommended Reading: Tomorrow’s Table

Shortly after moving to Lincoln,NE in 2013 I decided to attend the Heuermann Lecture Series at UNL. The speakers that day were Pamela Ronald and Raoul Adamchak, both on faculty at UC-Davis. This couple is in fact married and fall seemingly on two sides of a very polarized topic based on their titles and fields…