Field Notes Podcast
#83: Farmer-to-Farmer: Teaching Financial Literacy
n today's episode, we sit down with Heather Weeks, AgChoice Loan Officer, to discuss her experiences with the Farmer-to-Farmer Program through USAID. Heather tells us her story of how she got involved, why she loves the volunteer program, and what she has learned over the years.
#82: Fall Farm Safety Reminders
In this week's episode, we talk with Jana Davidson, Content Education Specialist with the Progressive Ag Foundation. Davidson reminds our listeners of some safety tips as we gear up for harvesting season, and also talks about stress management during the busy time.
#81: Crop Insurance Myths Debunked
In this week's podcast episode, AgChoice Crop Insurance Specialist Joel Alsdorf busts common crop insurance myths. Listen to learn how crop insurance can help you survive a disaster and return your business to profitability, improve your cash flow in a down year and manage your risk.
#80: Words of Wisdom from a Young Farmer
In this week's podcast episode, we meet AgBiz Masters graduate and dairy farmer William Thiele. William shares the history behind his farming operation, challenges he has faced along the way, and advice for other young farmers just like him.
#79: Why Benchmark?
In this week's podcast episode, AgChoice Business Consultant Mike Hosterman tells us the importance of benchmarking and how to do it. Listen to learn why farming operations should care about how they compare to their peers and what to look for in benchmarking.
#78: Back to School in the Ag Classroom
For this week's podcast episode, Krista Pontius, agricultural teacher at Greenwood High School in Millerstown, Pennsylvania, sits down with us to share her favorite parts about teaching for Back to School Month. Krista tells us her perspective on how ag education might look in the future and how the community can offer support to the classroom.
#77: Building Better Mental Health
In this week's podcast episode, we chat with Dr. Laura Bryan, EAP Director of the McLaughlin Young Group, about building better mental health. Dr. Bryan offers advice on dealing with negative thoughts and strategies for improving mental health. We also discuss AgChoice's Member Assistance Program, a supportive resource for customers to using during challenging times.
#76: Down Payment: What is it and why is it important?
In this week's episode, we talk down payments with AgChoice's Katie Epstein, Assistant Regional Manager of the Chambersburg and York offices. Katie explains what a down payment is and what future buyers should know about them in order to be successful borrowers.
#75: Looking Ahead with Darrell Curtis
In honor of our 75th podcast episode, we interviewed AgChoice CEO Darrell Curtis to discuss the company's milestones so far in 2021 and what to look forward to for the remainder of the year. Listen to hear how you can be entered to win a pair of Apple Airpods in this special edition!
#74: Top Tips for Farm Recordkeeping
In this week's podcast episode, we talk with AgChoice Accounting Officer Kenny Nearhoof on the importance of recordkeeping in farm operations. Listen to hear how and why you should keep record of payroll and taxes, as well as Kenny's advice for accounting success.
#73: Penn State Berkey Creamery
In this episode, we talk with Jim Brown, Assistant Manager of the Penn State Berkey Creamery about the creamery's history and how it has changed over the years. Listen to learn more about the milk and ice cream business and hear our guest's favorite ice cream flavor for this National Ice Cream Month.