Nate Dorsey, RDO Equipment Co. on the Agriculture Technology Podcast
February 1 marks one year since the launch of the Agriculture Technology Podcast. As a special treat, host Tony Kramer invited the podcast’s producer (and, for all you newer listeners out there, its original host), Nate Dorsey on the show to talk about how it all began, how he creates each episode of the podcast, and the most important item of all: Nate’s favorite episodes.
Here are a few of the highlights from the conversation.
I’d like to welcome our special guest, Nate Dorsey. Nate, will you start by giving us your background in the industry?
The way I got into agriculture is really different than most. A lot of people in the industry grew up around farming. I did not. I grew up traveling; I lived in a lot of different countries and was exposed to agriculture in a broad sense.
After earning my bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, I started migrating to agriculture. I enjoyed learning about food production and working with farmers and technology. So from there, I earned a Masters in Agronomy, worked for about a year and a half in Hawaii, and then moved to North Dakota. North Dakota is a great place to be if you’re involved in agriculture; there’s a lot happening here with RDO Equipment Co. and John Deere, specifically.
You definitely took the roundabout way into the industry, unlike me; I grew up with it and it has been in my blood since day one!
You’re the one who got the podcast kicked off. Talk about why this idea came about and why are we doing it?
In the agriculture world, we’re always driving – to and from fields, visiting customers or business partners. I want to do something productive, learn about new things, listen to stories, and find ways to engage my mind, so I listen to podcasts. I saw value in podcasts. Then I spoke to a customer who mentioned he listens to them in the tractor. I realized, like me, our customers want to learn new things and stay up to speed with agriculture. It was an opportunity for us, as one of the largest and premier John Deere dealers, to do something to share info with customers and our employees.
What goes into making a podcast?
First off, I’m not a podcasting expert! I’m a pretty creative person and have a background in video editing but never hosted or produced a podcast. So it has been a learning experience. I read reviews to find the equipment we needed, keeping in mind our big goal was we wanted it to be mobile; we wanted to go to our customers, partners, wherever they might be and record from anywhere. And we have!
As the producer I want to give a shoutout to all those who do listen to the podcast.
Yes, thank you everyone out there who listens to the show!
We’ve done a lot of different episodes, do you have a favorite?
There are a few that really stick out. My favorite though was…
What was Nate’s favorite episode of the podcast? And what were the other top episodes he mentioned? Listen to the full episode to find out.
Nate and Tony discussed more details about this podcasting adventure, including how far the podcast has reached, globally (hint: it has been listened to on every continent except one).
Catch up on all episodes from year one of the RDO Equipment Co. Agriculture Technology podcast, and be sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode.
Host Tony Kramer is a product specialist at RDO Equipment Co. To contact Tony with questions or about being a guest on the podcast, find him on Twitter at @RDOTonyK.