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Extension Out Loud Podcast: The Farm Bill

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Cornell Cooperative Extension's new podcast, Extension Out Loud, launched with a miniseries on the farm bill that covers conservation, local food, dairy, nutrition and more! Join hosts Paul Treadwell and Katie Baildon for a series of expert interviews that reveal what the farm bill means for NYS farmers and citizens. Listed below is information on each episode including descriptions, links to speaker bios, transcripts, and links to other relevant information.

Each episode of Extension Out Loud is produced by Paul Treadwell with help and advice from Katie Baildon and R.J. Anderson.

Thank you for tuning in! 

Episode 1: An overview of the 2018 farm bill 

Featured Guest: Julie Suarez, Associate Dean of Governmental and Community Relations in the College of Agriculture and Life Science at Cornell University

In this episode, Julie discusses the history and process of passing the farm bill as well as its current status in Congress. She also discusses the particular importance of the bill to NYS food systems, farmers, and citizens. Download a PDF of the transcript here.

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Episode 2: Conservation and the farm bill

Featured Guests: Amanda Rodewald, professor and director of conservation science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Allan Gandelman, owner and farm manager of Main Street Farms

The farm bill is the largest source of funding for private land conservation in the country. In this episode we learn how that funding is used to conserve land, what it means to conserve land, and some programs in NYS that help farmers and landowners to practice conservation. Download a PDF transcript of this episode

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Episode 3: Local food and the farm bill 

Featured Guest: Cheryl Thayer, Local Food Distribution and Marketing Specialist with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest New York Team

This episode explores the concept of local and regional food systems and how they impact the economic, social, and nutritional health of NYS communities.  Download a transcript of this podcast here. 

Bonus Episode: Farm to School and food hubs

After wrapping up episode 3 the hosts talked with Cheryl Thayer about several of the programs she mentioned and she graciously agreed to venture out into the world and talk with Dave Walczak of the western New York food hub, and Bridget O'Brien Wood Director of Child Nutrition Services for the Buffalo, New York school district. Download a PDF of the transcript here. 

Episode 4: Dairy and the farm bill 

Featured Guest: Andrew Novakovic, E.V. Baker Professor of Agricultural Economics at the Dyson School at Cornell University

This conversation explores the economics of dairy and current challenges that dairy farmers are facing with a focus on the impact of the farm bill on the NYS dairy industry. Download a PDF of the transcript here. 

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Bonus Episode: Cornell Cooperative Extension and dairy 

Guests Jerry Bertoldo, dairy specialist with CCE Northwest NY Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Program and Tom Overton, CCE associate director and director of PRO-DIARY, discuss CCE programs supporting dairy farmers across New York State. Download a PDF of the transcript here.  

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Episode 5: Nutrition and the farm bill 

Featured Guests: Lara Parrilla, nutrition & community development issue leader with CCE Tompkins County, and Randi Quackenbush, advocacy & education manager with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

In the final episode of the farm bill series, we talk about nutrition. Over two thirds of farm bill funding goes towards nutrition programming, particularly for food insecure families. Lara and Randi share how the farm bill impacts the food security of families in NYS particularly though the Eat Smart NY program and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.

R.J. Anderson/ CCE