On-Farm Trials Podcast with the PNW Farmers' Network

by PNW Farmers' Network

Here on the On-Farm Trials Podcast, host Carol McFarland dives into the different trials that come with farming systems innovation in the inland Pacific Northwest, speaking with professionals all across the region about how they get things done.

Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • On Farm Trials ft. Tom Conklin

    On Farm Trials ft. Tom Conklin

    In this episode we hear from Tom Conklin of Wittman Family Farms outside of Cul de Sac, Idaho on how their farm team works together to design, track, and evaluate their ‘farm scientific trials’ from cows to water and towards lower inputs and diversification goals.

  • On Farm Trials ft. Tracy Eriksen

    On Farm Trials ft. Tracy Eriksen

    In this episode we hear a career retrospective from Tracy Erikson outside of St. John, WA, and how his lifetime pursuit of learning has evolved innovation and trials on the farm along with his impact on the landscape over decades. He describes starting the fabrication of his first no-till drill up to current interests and trials looking under the microscope for signs of soil health, spray water quality, and opportunities in drone technology on the farm.

  • Clint Zenner and Kendall Kahl (pt. 2)

    Clint Zenner and Kendall Kahl (pt. 2)

    This episode of the On-Farm Trials podcast features Clint Zenner of Zenner Family Farms in Genesse, ID and his collaboration as a PI on the PNW cover crops project alongside Kendall Kahl of the University of Idaho. A conversation with them highlights years of working together that has resulted in a wealth of knowledge on cover crops, cows, and even earth worms! Listen to their conversation about how they are working together to ask and answer important soil health and cropping systems innovation for the farm and region with their on-farm trials.

  • Clint Zenner and Kendall Kahl (pt. 1)

    Clint Zenner and Kendall Kahl (pt. 1)

    This episode of the On-Farm Trials podcast features Clint Zenner of Zenner Family Farms in Genesse, ID and his collaboration as a PI on the PNW cover crops project alongside Kendall Kahl of the University of Idaho. A conversation with them highlights years of working together that has resulted in a wealth of knowledge on cover crops, cows, and even earth worms! Listen to their conversation about how they are working together to ask and answer important soil health and cropping systems innovation for the farm and region with their on-farm trials.

  • On Farm Trials ft. Russ Zenner

    On Farm Trials ft. Russ Zenner

    Our guest for this episode is Russ Zenner, a retired farmer from Genesee, Idaho. Listen to the conversation to hear him describe the trials from the early days of Direct Seeding in the region, value-added and identity-preserved marketing, and share his thoughts on climate change and goats, working with research and conservation partners, and the importance of life-long learning.