This week We Dig Plants welcomes esteemed guest Mark Smallwood, who is the Executive Director of the prestigious Rodale Institute. Tune in for an extremely important and pertinent episode on issues from genetics to the 2012 Farm Bill. Did you know that according to the Farming Systems Trial, the longest-running side-by-side U.S. study comparing conventional chemical agriculture with organic methods, organic yields match conventional and outperform them in years of drought and environmental distress? Rodale has helped prove that and it gets better! Learn about Rodale Institute's collaboration with the Farmer-Veterans Coalition that, through the GI Bill, is helping unemployed veterans learn new skills and position them for jobs in agriculture as well as Mark's vision for an agriculture-supported-community. This episode is sponsored by Fairway Market.