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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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Feb 22, 2017

Most of you will remember today’s guest, Damian Mason, from Episode 04 of the Future of Agriculture Podcast. His charm, humor, and intellect makes him a truly unforgettable person. He is a well-known keynote speaker, coach, and consultant in the agriculture industry.

Damian has been in the agriculture industry for over 23 years. In today’s episode, I took the opportunity to get his views about agriculture as a business. We talk about a variety of topics from consumer perception, baby animals, and he even shares his tips to develop comedic delivery to improve your speaking skills.

 

“We, in the agriculture industry, need to portray a degree of professionalism and modernism in the things that we do.”

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Damian discusses the consumer’s outdated mindset and perception towards the agriculture industry.
  • We talk about the importance of treating agriculture as a business.
  • Damian emphasizes how and why the members of the agriculture industry need to be more professional and modern towards how they do business.
  • He explains why he thinks that people in the agriculture industry should stop referring to animals as “babies” and call them as they are.
  • We talk about agricultural entrepreneurship and the challenges that agriculture professionals face.
  • Damian talks about his perception of the Millennial generation who are in the agriculture industry.
  • He shares the importance of focusing on entrepreneurialism and un-commoditizing our products.
  • Damian discusses comedic delivery and how to effectively deliver humor to your work, shows, and events.

 

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Feb 15, 2017

Food waste is a major issue in the United States, as well as the world. Research shows that about 97% of food wasted in the United States ends up in landfills and the less than 3% of waste that doesn’t see a landfill is being utilized in other commodities such as compost, black soldier fly larvae, and other methods. That means that approximately 30-40% of the calories available to the human population finds their way into the landfill.

Although the global economy and environment are slowly becoming more aware of the massive issue regarding food waste, it’s still one of the biggest issues plaguing, not only the agriculture industry, but also the global economic, ethical, and environment. Public speaker and author of the book, America’s Waste Land, and founder of Wasted Food joins me today to shed some light on this significant issue, share his thoughts on what the ag industry – as well as consumers in general – can do to increase awareness and make a difference in the world by finding different ways to reduce the amount of food wasted throughout the country.

 

“Food waste is simply a poor use of resources. To me, it’s being a poor steward of the Earth.” – Johnathan Bloom

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Why consumers should care about food waste and its impact on the global economics, ethics, and environmental factors.
  • About $200-Billion dollars are squandered nationally by wasted food. That’s about $2,000 per family in food not eaten.
  • The food waste data does not show the amount of ag-level waste because we don’t have a good enough handle on the amount of food being wasted at the farm level.
  • On an international scale, the amount of food wasted amounts to about $2.6-Trillion.
  • Depending on the price of harvest, farmers might not be able to justify the expenditure of time and labor to harvest certain crops such as sweet potatoes.
  • The misconception of “sell by” and expiration dates on food.
  • Where food goes when you put it in the garbage disposal.
  • How several European countries are making progress in reducing food waste.
  • How the ag-community can inspire consumers to utilize food in the best ways possible.
  • The positive changes Johnathan has seen since he began his food waste project.

 

Practical Things Consumers Can Do to Reduce Food Waste:

  • Become a smarter shopper. Plan what food you will need before going shopping.
  • Think more about portion sizes.
  • Use your freezer as a resource.
  • Stop treating “sell by” and expiration dates as the be all, end all. Instead, use them as a guide, trust your instincts and senses.

 

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Feb 8, 2017

On today’s episode of the Future of Agriculture Podcast, my guest is a Purdue graduate who was brave enough to make a career change from being a Turkey breeder in Perdue Farms to sales. Dave Myers shares his journey in farming and how a man changed his perspective when he was taught about the soil and how it can maximize the growth in farming.

As Dave saw the struggles of many growers, he appreciated that with his new career path, he can help growers become more efficient with how they grew their crop. Not only that, he created an online app, Bird Dog, that helps growers market themselves while protecting their reputations at the same time.

 

“Longevity and being able to put together a long term plan is a huge value for many growers.” – Dave Myers

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • He shares the burden of many growers who desire to expand their farming operations, but are concerned about their reputation if they pursue the landowner.
  • As he elaborates the steps he took before Bird Dog was launched, he also enlightens us how Bird Dog helps growers market themselves to landowners.
  • He explains what landlords are searching for when looking for people who would rent their land and what growers are looking for in a landlord.
  • Dave talks more about Bird Dog in terms of geographical coverage of their services, the challenges they face involving landowners and growers, and the benefits of using Bird Dog.
  • He also shares the mistakes and struggles people make regarding landowner-farmer relationship.

 

 

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Feb 1, 2017

On today’s episode of Future of Agriculture Podcast, I found a very interesting man on Snapchat about a year ago and he tells the story of his diversified farm in Mesilla Valley in Southern New Mexico. Jay Hill started his love for agriculture as a young boy while spending time watching the farmers on a 10-acre hobby farm.  He is a first generation farmer whose life in farming started at the very young age of 16.  

Jay shares not only his journey from 16 years back, but also the things that he continues to hold on to as he operates his business that has turned into a diversified commercial operation through the years. From beef to regular commodities, from restaurant distribution to direct consumer, Jay has a lot of wisdom to share especially with how he values and encourages his staff to excel in what they do.

“The key to success with us is employees.”  – Jay Hill

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Jay talks about his unique farming operation and what inspired him to pursue it.
  • He narrates what lead him to start his farming empire with onions that eventually lead to a partnership with a huge packing company.
  • Being young and driven, he shares the initial business plan he had as he started the farming business.
  • He narrates their journey – his and his dad’s – as they went along, which eventually lead his dad to focus on the equipment business while Jay continued the farming side.
  • He shares how the farming business expanded into restaurant distribution.
  • He shares the story of transforming chicken houses, which were actually warehouses, into greenhouses and the method of planting they are applying given such environment.
  • He talks about what has kept them in business – a big part of which is the radical ideas he has being a first generation farmer.
  • He reveals the reasons why the employees are, for them, the key to success and his experience that lead him to value employees that much.
  • As Jay explains the responsibilities that come along with his position in the company, he also names several positions that need to be filled at Hill Farms.
  • He shares how the social media has helped in Jay’s desire for transparency between the company and the consumers especially about concerns with how things were grown.
  • He narrates how he started to pursue photography together with the big progress that he has recently made.
  • He shares his vision 10 years from now.

 

 

Check Out Jay Hill Across the Net:

 

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Thanks for joining us on the Future of Agriculture Podcast – your spot for valuable information, content, and interviews with industry leaders throughout the agricultural space! If you enjoyed this week’s episode, please subscribe on iTunes and leave your honest feedback. Don’t forget to share it with your friends on your favorite social media spots!

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