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Welcome to the Future of Agriculture Podcast with Tim Hammerich. This show explores the people, companies, and ideas shaping the future of agribusiness. If you are curious about innovations in AgTech, rural entrepreneurship, agricultural sustainability, and food security, this is the show for you! For more details on the guests featured on this show, visit the blog at www.FutureOfAg.com. Or, to learn more about career opportunities in agriculture, visit www.AgGrad.com Make sure you’re subscribed so you can catch another fascinating ag innovator next week!
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Jan 25, 2017

On today’s episode of Future of Agriculture Podcast, I have the privilege of talking with the Casey Neistat of Agriculture – Matthew Sligar.  He documents his life in relation to rice farming through video blogging.  He creates artistic videos that are made in engaging and amusing ways.

Matthew is a rice farmer from Gridley, California.  He shared with us today where he got his inspiration and confidence to launch his website Rice Farming TV.  We also talked about some of the episodes on his website that have greatly impacted him, his family, and the community that encourage him to continue and push on.  He looked back and shared with us parts of his life that contributed to the overall productiveness of the videos.

 

“In 2015, medium grain rice from California won the world’s Best Tasting Rice Award.  So, not only do we grow rice in California, but it’s premium,
award-winning quality rice.”  – Matthew Sligar

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Matthew shares his inspiration to launch Rice Farming TV.
  • He shares the untold story about a mom who reached out to him when she saw the Halloween video that was aired on TV as she watched the response of her child with autism towards Matthew who handed over rice grains and candies to trick-or-treaters.
  • He also shares his unexpected journey from college, to the time he met his wife, and back to the family farm.
  • He talks about the amount of time he spends filming and editing the episodes together with the personal challenges he encounters such as balancing work, family, and hobby.
  • He even shares with us the equipment he uses for filming and editing the episodes.
  • He discusses how he chooses which part of his life he would share in each episode.
  • He expresses his desire for his children when asked about passing the farm to the next generation.
  • He also mentions some things he foresees in the future of agriculture.

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Jan 18, 2017

I recently had the opportunity to attend a media event held by Monsanto announcing the new project initiatives that the company will be unveiling in 2017. The information, research, and development that this company has invested to bring better technology and products to the agriculture industry is simply amazing.

On this week’s episode, I’m talking with Dr. Shannon Hauf of Monsanto. Dr. Hauf graduated with a background in plant breeding and weed science, then later, she began working at Monsanto where she became experienced in many fields and departments, including pricing, sales, product strategies, and currently leading her own team within the company.

She shares her insight into some of the new products the company will be launching this year, how they hope this new technology will help farmers and others within the agriculture industry, explains what “biologicals” and “digital agriculture” are and why they are important aspects farmers should consider on their farms. She also offers her advice to agriculture graduates on how the market is changing and how they should embrace these changes.

 

“There’s room for all types of food on the dinner plate.” – Dr. Shannon Hauf

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Hauf explains what her role is at Monsanto, her responsibilities at the company, and the type of projects her team focuses on.
  • She explains what the term “biologicals” means in the agriculture industry and why focusing on this area is important to the future of the industry.
  • She shares how ideas at the company evolve into projects and how long it typically takes for a new product to be released to the public.
  • She explains how agricultural professionals can help educate consumers about biological advancements and the benefits in their field.
  • She explains how the company is looking at the “colony death” problem plaguing the honeybee population and what technology integrations they are using to investigate and resolve the issue.
  • She explains what Climate Corp is and why Monsanto acquired the company.
  • She shares where Monsanto hopes to expand their services and products and why they believe they can help improve the future of agriculture in these areas.
  • We discuss the product initiatives the company is unveiling this year and which ones she’s most excited about.
  • She explains why it takes Monsanto 12 years to launch new agriculture technologies and products into the mainstream agricultural population.

 

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Jan 11, 2017

On today’s episode, we're talking about insights the future of American agriculture from a policy perspective and what’s going on in Washington D.C. that is affecting it's future. The transition from the Obama administration to the Trump administration as well as the new farm bill on the horizon makes for an exciting time to look behind the curtain and figure out what is going on in our nation’s capital.

I’m very excited to have my guest, Sara Wyant, on the show. Sara founded Agri-Pulse Communications twelve years ago, which is the premier communications media company that covers stories on agricultural, energy, and environmental policy issues. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her service in the agriculture community and is also still involved in her family’s farming operation in Iowa where she grew up.

Sara will be sharing some fascinating insights with you about the future of agriculture.

 

In regards to validating news stories, do your homework. Find various reputable sources such as Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Agri-Pulse for information you can trust. - Sara Wyant

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • She tells us how she became interested in journalism.
  • Sara shares some details about her family life.
  • We hear about how problems in agriculture encouraged her to start Agri-Pulse.
  • She tells us how the team decides on what stories to bring to their readers.
  • Sara tells us how she determines the success of her website.
  • We talk about how social media affects her business.
  • She offers her view on why it’s taking so long for the Trump team to nominate a Secretary of Agriculture.
  • We discuss using Twitter as a tool to inform her readers on important issues.
  • She tells us about what she’s most proud of accomplishing in the last twelve years.
  • I ask her how she handles building relationships in the media while not affecting quality in reporting.
  • Sara explains what ‘off the record’ means to her agency.
  • She explains how Agri-Pulse differentiates itself from other media outlets.
  • Sara tells us how she knew it was time to expand her team when she was just starting out in Agri-Pulse.
  • Sara talks about what she sees in the future for the agriculture industry.

 

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Jan 4, 2017

Utilizing Food Waste for Urban Agriculture with Tinia Pina of Re-Nuble

The United States has a shortage of people who want to work in agriculture. We’ve gone from most of the population to only one percent of people working in this industry. There are fewer people with farms and a lack of individuals who want to make long lasting and meaningful careers in agriculture.

There is something we can do about attracting interest in farming, though, such as enticing professionals from other industries to pivot into urban agriculture, like our guest Tinia Pina did. Tinia worked in the financial sector until she learned about the problems that existed related to entrepreneurial opportunities in agriculture. Today she is the founder and CEO of Re-Nuble, a New York City company that converts food waste into organic fertilizer.

 On today’s show, Tinia shares the story of how she established Re-Nuble, and shares her insights about food waste and what it’s like to be a minority entrepreneur in the agriculture industry.

 “The lack of proper nutrition and fresh available food options impacts our future generations.” Tinia Pina

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Tinia talks about how teaching her students opened her eyes about food.
  • We talk about the supply chain that supplies organic food scraps.
  • She cites reasons why the company may not be using all the waste that is produced in the city.
  • Tinia tells us who her typical customers are.
  • She explains OMRI certification in relation to Re-Nuble.
  • Tinia tells us about her transition from the financial world to a full-time career in agriculture.
  • She shares her vision on the issue of food waste.
  • She fills us in on what the urban agriculture/ag-tech scene is like in New York.
  • Tinia tells us how she attracted her first customers.
  • She shares her thoughts on competition.
  • She discusses the disadvantages to being a minority in the agriculture sector.

 

 

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