Perspectives Podcast

Listen as the top agricultural minds of the northeast talk farming, politics, and other relevant topics.

Although the podcast is no longer being aired, we encourage you to listen to the past episodes available below.


Ep 5 Perspectives Podcast – Lt. Governor Phil Scott

Episode 5- March 18, 2016 – Lt. Governor Phil Scott – 32:49

In this episode, we get to learn more about Vermont’s Lt. Governor Phil Scott. Growing up in Vermont and working on farms Phil is a leader not only in politics but also in business.


Ep 4 Perspectives Podcast – Drive to Feed Kids

Episode 4- January 20, 2016 – Drive to Feed Kids- 32:49

Tune in to hear Randy Shanks, V.P. of Nutra Blend, discuss the Drive to Feed Kids initiative.


Ep 3 Perspectives Podcast – Ownership Transfer of a Farm

Episode 3- October 13, 2015 – Ownership Transfer of a Farm- 32:07

In the third episode of the Perspectives Podcast, we talk with Attorney, Mike Wool, about the details of farm ownership transfer, how to avoid unnecessary taxes, as well as many other considerations you should think about when preparing to pass the farm on to the next generation.

Mike provided these helpful worksheets that will get you going: Download All Documents (.zip)


Ep 2 Perspectives Podcast – FSMA – Food Safety Modernization Act

Episode 2- August 5, 2015 – FSMA – Food Safety Modernization Act– 27:33

In the second episode of the Perspectives Podcast, we discuss the sweeping effects that FSMA regulations will have on agricultural businesses in Vermont and beyond. Our guests include Louise Calderwood, government relations director of the Northeast Agribusiness & Feed alliance and former deputy secretary of Agriculture for the state of Vermont; as well as David Santos, co-owner and general manager of Phoenix Feeds and Nutrition. Listen in as we find out who it affects, the origins of FSMA in preventing bioterrorism, and if the new regulations will increase the cost of feed to farmers.


Ep 1 Perspectives Podcast – Water Quality and Vermont House Bill

Episode 1- June 5, 2015 – Water Quality and Vermont House Bill H.35– 1:01:00

In this first episode, we bring dairy farmer and Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition Vice President, Ben Dykema, of Wilcon Farms in North Ferrisburg, Vt; Jane Clifford, of Clifford Farms, who is the Executive Director at the Green Mountain Dairy Farmers Cooperative Federation, and also part of the Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition; and Louise Calderwood, a dairy industry consultant, expert on water quality issues, and professor at Sterling College, together to discuss the details of the recently passed H.35 water quality bill in Vermont.