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This season our hosts Adam Dittman, Todd Friedman and Kirk Maag of Stoel Rives' agribusiness, food, beverage and timber industry group are interviewing respected industry leaders and discussing how they, and their companies, are embracing innovation and capitalizing on new opportunities to move their industries forward in an ever-changing world.

Episode Three: Diversity in Agriculture: From its People to its Products with Elin Miller, Founder of UmpquaNut Farm & Umpqua Vineyards

Elin Miller, founder and owner of UmpquaNut Farm and Umpqua Vineyards joins host Kirk Maag, sharing her perspective on issues including:

  • Diversity within the agriculture industry;
  • Challenges facing Oregon’s vineyard owners;
  • Lessons learned as EPA Regional Administrator; and
  • Service in international agriculture development.


Episode Two: A Bright Future for Agriculture with Phil Ward, CEO of Oregon Future Farmers of America

Oregon Future Farmers of America CEO Phil Ward joins Stoel Rives agribusiness partner Kirk Maag to discusses training the next generation of ag industry leaders, bridging the urban/rural divide, and leading state and federal agencies that embrace collaboration with industry and more.

Topics include:

  • Oregon FFA’s Importance to the Future of the Agriculture, Timber and Natural Resource Industries
  • Addressing the Urban-Rural Divide
  • Optimism for the Future of Agriculture

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Episode One: Keeping America Fed with Jeff Huckaby, President & CEO of Grimmway Farms

Grimmway Farms’ President & CEO Jeff Huckaby joins Stoel Rives agribusiness partner Adam Dittman to discuss Grimmway Farms and its rise to becoming a global produce leader and the world’s largest producer of carrots. The two also talk about changes in the farming industry over time and the drastic effects the pandemic and global warming have had on the industry.

Topics include:

  • The Current Landscape of Agriculture in the US
  • Climate Change and the Impact on Water Distribution
  • Supply Chain Challenges
  • Successfully Farming Organic Production at Scale

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Key Contributors

Adam H. Dittman
Todd L. Friedman
Kirk B. Maag
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