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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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Jul 26, 2017

What do you think about an all-expenses-paid trip around the world for six months to learn about agriculture? Does it sound too good to be true? It is too good, but it is also true. This adventure is made possible through Nuffield scholarship. Today’s guest, Matt Hocken, is a husband, father, dairy farmer from New Zealand, and a Nuffield Scholar who has travelled globally to research on his chosen topic of specialization - agricultural innovation.

Matt joins me today to share the details of this amazing scholarship program that’s been created for the advancement of agriculture in a global aspect. He gives an overview of the life of a Nuffield scholar and its new international scholarship program. He also shares how this can influence your view of the world and the agricultural industry.


“I think I’ve learned a lot from just observing what you do [in the US]. [Innovation] is also a cultural context.”  – Matt Hocken


This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Specifics on the Nuffield scholarship, their scholars, and a list of participating countries
  • Requirements and qualifications for scholarship application
  • Other programs Nuffield scholars take part in while on their trip
  • What's expected of a Nuffield scholar
  • Elements that Matt looks into in other countries as he studies and writes about agricultural innovation
  • Matt’s agricultural background and the business model he and his family use in their business
  • Backstory of how the Nuffield Scholarship came to be and how it is funded


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Jul 19, 2017

Today’s guests allow us to look at agricultural technology and entrepreneurship from two different perspectives. Kevin Heikes is part of the IN10T, a digital agricultural company that created Farmer Trials. Farmer Trials is a platform that connects people who have new ideas and want to test them on real farms. These people get to work with real farmers who have the skill and resources to assess whether these ideas solve real problems that farmers face.

Also with me is Kyle Morrow, a farmer in Indiana who is currently a customer of Farmer Trials. Kyle shares his experience working with the company and allows us to look at matters from a practical approach since one of the goals of the program is to see things from different lenses.

Today, we see that all new and innovative agricultural technology is nothing until tested and proven effective on the farm. Kevin shares how art and science are combined as a growth strategy used by Farmer Trials; the communication process among the farmer, the ag entrepreneur, and Farmer Trials; and when entrepreneurs can approach Farmers Trials if they have new insights and project proposals.

 

“Having something like Farmer Trials where they can try multiple things within a given year accelerate the learning curve to utilizing the data.” - Kyle Morrow

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Problems that existed on the farm before Farmer Trials came along
  • Requirements farmers had to meet in the past if a company wanted to do farm trials
  • Tasks that Farmer Trials manage and facilitate for agribusinesses
  • Working in the business versus working on the business
  • Why the services offered by Farmer Trials are appealing to companies both big and small
  • How Farmer Trials plan to use the grant awarded them by Kansas Department of Agriculture
  • Who determines the compensation for the projects

 

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Jul 12, 2017

While having guests and learning from people with different perspectives are the typical setup of this show, stopping to reflect on the things that have been discussed and talked about is an excellent way of seeing the learning, growth, and future direction of the program. With this said, today, I’m going to deviate from my normal program flow to look back and see where the journey has taken us.

Today, I’m going to talk about the five big takeaways I have learned from the first 60 episodes of the Future of Agriculture podcast. I also explain how these five big things determine the direction and content of the program.


Agriculture should be looked at from as many different lenses as possible. That’s where we’re going to get the ideas.

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Agricultural technology and agricultural entrepreneurship
  • What agricultural education is about and why it is important
  • Defining cooperative extensions and how this reinforces agricultural education
  • Solving serious problems like environmental impact, sustainability, social issues, hunger, and food waste
  • The generational aspect to each agriculture story
  • Agriculture and empathy
  • How we can practice empathy together in the next 60 episodes of the program

 

 

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Jul 5, 2017

Peter Schott grew up in a family with technologically inclined parents who used computers on their farm even from way back in 1984. Because of this, Peter's curiosity on the possibilities that technology can bring in solving agricultural problems grew. As a result, Peter and another guy from his college dorm decided to work together on offering solutions through mobile apps by establishing their own company called Myriad Mobile.

Today, Peter talks about the significant role that mobile apps play in the future of agriculture and the solution of current agricultural problems. He shares some excellent insights from two different perspectives - one from that of a farmer’s and the other of an entrepreneur. He also explains the significance of knowing your audience, your vision, and the problem you want to solve when thinking of a good app to pursue.

 

“I think the industry is best served if people spend more time listening to their customers and working alongside them rather than telling them what they need.”  – Peter Schott

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • How Peter’s family used computers on the farm in 1984
  • Biggest game-changer for technology on his farm from 1984 to the present
  • How Myriad Mobile came to be and the core of Myriad’s business
  • The platform he created as a result of a cooperative request
  • Challenges of having and creating a mobile team and where he found his success in sales
  • Similarities and differences between developing apps for agriculture and other fields
  • How farmers can differentiate good technology versus salesmanship
  • How powerful Twitter is in connecting with others in the same industry
  • A peak on the process entrepreneurs go through when engaging with a mobile app firm
  • The biggest unsolved problems in agriculture that can be solved by technology

 

 

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