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Episode 190: Douglas Poole’s Badge of Honor–Farming in North Douglas County

8.11.20 The joke is that farmers from other harsh environments come to north Douglas County just to be glad they’re not farming there. But for the farmers who do make the region home, surviving—even prospering—in the harsh environment, is a badge of honor. Which is why episode 190 is entitled “Douglas Poole’s Badge of Honor–Farming in North Douglas County”. Poole is the former president of the Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association, and an accountant in his former life. He brings the sensibilities of both to his farming operation, as well as a willingness to push the agronomic envelope by incorporating cover crops and livestock into his operation. Subscribe to Wheat All About It! on iTunes or other podcast apps for Android phones like Stitcher and Pocket Casts. The podcast is also available at the Washington Grain Commission website at wagrains.org and on the WGC Facebook page. 

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Bonus: An episode from the archive!

From August 27,  2017, revisit episode 35  as Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the WGC,  rides along with Washington Grain Commission Chairman Gary Bailey as he drives his tractor pulling a bank-out wagon during harvest.

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Episode 190: Douglas Poole’s Badge of Honor–Farming in North Douglas County

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Episode 189: A Wake-up Call From Limagrain’s Jim Peterson

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Episode 188: Has Canola’s Time to Shine Finally Arrived?

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Episode 187: A Most Serious Subject, Suicide on the Farm

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Episode 186: Joe Sowers, Our Man in Manila

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Episode 185: Maximizing Farm & Family

7.7.20 In another context 46 year old Steve Henning may be middle age, but in Eastern Washington where 58 is …

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Episode 184: No Matter the Age, There Are No Free Rides In Farming

6.30.20 Are the lessons and challenges for wheat farming’s younger generation any different from those on the older end of …

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Episode 183: Not Senator Mark Schoesler’s First Recession

6.23.20 When you’ve been representing Eastern Washington in the Washington Legislature since 1993, you’re bound to have encountered a recession …

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Episode 182: Working Together Communities of Farmers Can Reduce Herbicide Resistance

6.16.20 Farmers cooperate on a host of issues, why not at reducing the incidence of herbicide weed resistance? In episode …

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Episode 181: Clark Neely Leads WSU’s Variety Testing Program into a Brave New World,

6.9.20 The COVID-19 pandemic has upended many aspects of life in Eastern Washington including the cancellation of in-person Variety Testing …

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Episode 180: Older & Wiser, Insight from Money Farm Founder Mike Krueger 2

6.2.20 Want to know why so many farmers question U.S. Department of Agriculture data? Mike Krueger suggests it may not …

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Episode 179: Older & Wiser, Insight from Money Farm Founder Mike Krueger

5.26.20 He recently retired from more than 40 years helping farmers sell their grain, but that hasn’t stopped Mike Krueger …

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Episode 178: A Philippine-Centric View of South Asia Wheat Demand

5.19.20 The Philippines has been the No. 1 market for Pacific Northwest soft white wheat for four years running, reason …

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Episode 177: Thrust and Parry—WSU Economist Randy Fortenbery Takes on Wheat and the World’s Woes 2

5.12.20 There have been a lot of changes around the world as a result of COVID-19, including an oil market …

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Episode 176: Thrust and Parry—WSU Economist Randy Fortenbery Takes on Wheat and the World’s Woes

5.5.20 What does a COVID-19 world look like to an agricultural economist? In episode 176 and next week’s episode 177 …

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Episode 175: Wheat in the Time of COVID-19

4.28.20 City-dwellers are dealing with major impacts from the coronavirus, but life on the farm is also undergoing changes. In …

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Episode 174: The Inside Scoop on Northwest Wheat Research

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Episode 173: More World Wheat O’Clock Report!

4.14.20 Are you seeking a respite from the steady drumbeat of coronavirus coverage? Then it’s time to cue up the …

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Episode 172: The Why’s and Wherefore’s of Wheat Prices—WSU Economist Randy Fortenbery Sets the Scene, 2

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Episode 170: Much Discovered, Much More to Learn: Four Voice From the Falling Number Summit

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Episode 169: Falling Numbers Summit Round 3: Some Answers, But a Whole Lot of Questions Too

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Episode 168: The Angst of Ty Jessup, Marketing Manager for HighLine Grain

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Episode 167: One Falling Numbers Punch in the Gut is Enough!

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Episode 166: A Sunny Long Range Weather Forecast For Wheat Farmers. . .Until August

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Episode 165: Setting Standards, Breaking Barriers at Today’s WSCIA

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Episode 163: The Episodes About the Biggest Threat to PNW Production Agriculture

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Episode 162: The Old World Order is Dead! Long Live the New World Order! 2

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