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Welcome to the web home for Field, Lab, Earth, the podcast from the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. The podcast all about past and present advances in agronomic, crop, soil, and environmental sciences, our show features timely interviews with our authors about research in these fields.

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Feb 21, 2020

Tom Frantzen has been in organic agriculture for thirty years with his wife Irene in Iowa. Join us and host Dr. Erin Silva for part three of our four part series on transitioning to organic farming, where we’ll discuss his introduction and transition to organic farming, lessons he’s learned, the values and disciplines he treasures, and the changes he’s seen in organic farming over the decades.

Tune in to learn more about:

  • The benefits of holistic management
  • Why it’s important to match what you value and what you do
  • How owning and caring for livestock can help your crop rotations
  • Why discipline and long-term thinking is crucial in organic farming
  • How plant breeding is advancing organic farming

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Twitter: @Emsilva624


CEU Quiz Link:

Managing through the Organic Transition in Grain Crop Production Webinar Series:

Land Stewardship Project:

Practical Farmers of Iowa:

Allan Savory’s book, Holistic Management: A Commonsense Revolution to Restore Our Environment:

OGRAIN Conference:


This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2018-38640-28416 through the North Central Region SARE program under project number ENC18-166. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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