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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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Apr 1, 2020

Is it possible to become a rancher when you aren’t born into a land inheritance? Aimee Danch and Jeremiah Stent from Square Mile Ranch join us today to talk about their recent purchase of a 370-acre ranch in Walla Walla, Oregon.

 

Like people buy a fixer-upper home for their first one. We’re buying a fixer-upper ranch for our first one and we feel really excited about (it). -Jeremiah Stent

 

Both Jeremiah and Aimee have experience managing ranches across and even outside the country. Originally their goal was to manage livestock and land rather than own their own. They planned on being able to “sell semi truckloads of finished animals and get a paycheck.” But the allure of ownership, autonomy, personally contributing to a local community and being able to manage at their own discretion led them to start looking at land for sale. By pursuing services from the Farm Service Agency Joint Financing Program they were able to gain access to operating loans. Pairing that with an individual investor allowed them to take their first steps into ranch ownership.

 

That’s what people think about farmers and ranchers buying land. They (think) they probably pay for it with what they’re going to grow there. But that's not very common anymore” - Aimee Danch

 

Despite working very long hours and needing to find supplemental income off the farm Aimee explains that their “quality of life is so high.” They enjoy the food they produce, the “amazing relations” with their neighbors, the “hands-on time with their daughter” and the control over their own schedule.

 

There is a huge amount of flexibility in this lifestyle and just the sheer beauty and satisfaction of what we’re doing seems to make up for the other parts.” - Aimee Danch

 

At this time they are raising grass-fed beef, pastured hogs, pastured chickens and grass-fed lambs. Their farming model relies on a small quantity of high-quality livestock focused on a customer base that is “looking to make a direct connection to where they’re sourcing their food and to know what their food is eating.” In this model, they are able to sit down and tell their customers their story and to have them ask questions. This has created a very loyal following in their customer base that by word of mouth continues to expand. I took a visit to one of their pork drop off sites in Boise and was struck by the ability of their product to be used as a powerful tool for building a real community.

 

Their main takeaway for would-be ranchers is to “find somebody to work for that's going to help pay for your education.” Work in the field and gain experience before jumping all in to avoid “a really steep learning curve getting into this.” They also suggest “seeking out people that are going to give you a really hard honest truth about what it looks like.” “Unless you can afford your mistakes” this experience and knowledge will save you from being overwhelmed.

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Meet Aimee and Jeremiah of Square Mile Ranch
  • Learn the journey they took towards gaining ranch ownership
  • Explore how their current ranch model was not what they anticipated it to be
  • Find out what makes their product unique and the retention rate of customers consistent
  • Learn the advantages to ranch ownerships and some of the hardships
  • Hear their advice to would-be ranchers looking to pursue ranch ownership someday

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Mar 25, 2020

 

 

Chris Peacock is the CEO and Founder of AQUAOSO, a company that aims to build a water-resilient future through software and technologies that identify, analyze, and monitor water risk in the economy. Chris is a three-time water tech entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in the water industry. He works with agricultural lenders and helps reduce their financial risk by providing analytics and insights on water risk management.

 

Chris joins me today to share AQUAOSO’s main goal and how it can help interpret water data that can benefit both banks and farmers. He discusses the importance of knowing where farm water is sourced and how much water they use. He explains why there is an imperative need to address water needs from both an economic and humanitarian perspective. Chris also describes what happens if AQUAOSO becomes a successful company in the future.

 

 

 

“The reality is, extreme water events, degrading water quality, these are all happening. We need to find ways to manage around them. We can't really ignore them anymore.” - Chris Peacock

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • My thoughts on the current effects of the coronavirus.
  • What AQUAOSO is and what it aims to do to help farmers.
  • The importance of knowing water data and how it impacts bank loans.
  • How AQUAOSO’s tech can help provide accurate water data.
  • The different water problems and issues each state faces.
  • How Chris defines water scarcity and how it impacts economics.
  • The economics of water and how you price it.
  • AQUAOSO’s plans for the business and what to expect in the future.
  • The water risks we're facing now and what we should do.

 

 

Connect with Christopher Peacock

 

 

 

 

 

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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 Apple Podcasts and leave your honest feedback. Don’t forget to share it with your friends on your favorite social media spots! And be sure to join the new Future of Agriculture Membership for even more valuable information on the future of ag.

 

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Mar 18, 2020

 

 

Mark Kahn is the Managing Partner of Omnivore, an India-based venture capital firm specifically focusing on funding entrepreneurs who are working to advance agriculture and food systems. Before this role, Mark served as the Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Godrej Agrovet and Strategy Manager of Syngenta. Mark earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and has extensive experience in rural marketing, corporate strategy, product development, research and development, mergers and acquisitions, and new business incubation.

 

Mark joins me today to discuss his business, Omnivore, and share his insights on the agritech landscape in India. He shares differences between the makeup of the agricultural sectors in India versus the United States, including how the family dynamic plays a role in certain Indian aspects of agriculture such as dairy farming. Mark also explains impact investing, and what Omnivore looks for when it comes to choosing which start-ups to invest in.

 

 

 

“Venture capital is like jet fuel. If you put jet fuel in a jet, the jet flies. If you put jet fuel in a Ford, the Ford explodes.” - Mark Kahn

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • What led Mark to build his venture capital firm Omnivore and some of the companies the firm has invested in.
  • How to determine whether or not your company is suited for venture capital and the role of scalability in making this determination.
  • Trends Mark has noticed with entrepreneurship and the talent dynamic in India’s start-up sector.
  • The farming dynamic in India, including how many farmers there are in the country and the average farm size.
  • How the Indian dairy industry works, the socio-cultural aspects of this, and the industries India ranks highly in.
  • What leads many smallholder farmers to want to adopt new technologies and how accessibility plays a role.
  • What impact funding and impact investing is, how it is a spectrum, and how it differs from ESG investing.
  • Changes Mark has seen in agriculture, what he sees for the future of agriculture, and why Mark prefers “agritech” over “agtech.”
  • Mark’s thoughts on exits and three ways exits could happen.

 

 

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Mar 11, 2020

 

 

Sam Watson Jones is a fourth-generation farmer and the co-founder of Small Robot Company, an agri-tech startup firm that specializes in advancing agriculture through artificial intelligence and robotics. Specifically, Small Robot Company uses precision agriculture to promote efficiency over speed. Sam is also a director of his family’s farming, house building, and manufacturing business, Howle Manor Group.


Sam joins me today to discuss a different way of looking at precision agriculture and how his brand, Small Robot Company, is making waves in the agricultural industry. He shares some insights on agricultural technology entrepreneurship as well as current trends in agriculture. Sam also highlights how his brand’s technology enables per plant precision agriculture as well as his vision for the future of farming.

 

 

 

“We are not looking to replace the farmer. We are looking for this technology to empower the farmer.” - Sam Watson Jones

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Sam’s journey back to his family’s farm and what he realized about the farm’s business model.
  • The trend of precision farming and how big of an industry it currently is.
  • The potential relationship between small smart machines and per plant precision farming.
  • Concerns Sam has with bigger machines and the impact they could have on soil health.
  • Sam’s perspective on what kills so many entrepreneurial ideas.
  • The power of shifting your mindset from thinking “how” to thinking “who.”
  • The three robots that Small Robot Company is working to create and their functions.
  • Sam’s “farming as a service” model, how it differs from other models, and why his company chose that route.
  • The reason monocultures exist, whether or not it is natural, and the implications.
  • How innovation will influence big players in agriculture.
  • The potential of what could happen to the cost of production over the next five years.
  • How Sam’s farmer background aided his perspectives as an entrepreneur.
  • Sam’s hopes for the future of agriculture, our farmlands, and the 4th Agricultural Revolution.
  • The personality behind Small Robot Company and why this branding matters.

 

 

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Mar 4, 2020

 

 

Michael Stenta is the software developer and owner of farmOS, a web-based app used for planning, record keeping, and general farm management. What sets farmOS apart from other apps is its open-source nature. This means the app can be tweaked or fixed by virtually any contributor. To take advantage of its open-source nature, Michael also created Farmier, a platform that makes it easy for farmers to update or host their farmOS systems.

 

Michael joins me today to discuss what farmOS is, its purpose, and why he decided to develop it. He shares where his passion for programming came from and what inspired him to apply his skills to the ag industry. He explains the unique aspects of creating an app that is open-source by nature and some of the benefits and risks involved with open-source platforms. Michael also describes what the farmOS community is like and the onboarding process involved with using the app.

 

 

 

"We've been sharing ideas forever. It's really the foundation of civilization." - Michael Stenta

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • When his passion for development met agriculture.
  • Comparing software development to solving puzzles.
  • The humble beginnings of farmOS and what it aims to do.
  • What it's like working with an open-source community.
  • The advantages of working with open-source software.
  • The different costs involved in software development.
  • What the farmOS community is like and its members.
  • How farmers will be onboarded using farmOS.

 

 

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

 

 

 

Connect with Michael Stenta

 

 

 

 

 

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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 Apple Podcasts and leave your honest feedback. Don’t forget to share it with your friends on your favorite social media spots! And be sure to join the new Future of Agriculture Membership for even more valuable information on the future of ag.

 

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Feb 26, 2020

 

 

In10t CEO Randy Barker joins me to share some high-level thoughts on customer adoption. He told me it all starts with the farmer, and the recognition that all farmers are different.
 

 

In10t collaborator Chad Rubbelke is a farmer in Central North Dakota who is a great example of someone who is the right type of collaborative, intelligent, and curious farmer collaborator any company would want to work with. Along with Chad, we talk with John Grandin, who is the National Agronomy Coordinator for Compass Minerals, which is an industry-leading plant nutrient company.
 

 

 

 

"Adoption is important to everyone. It's the transactional endgame." - Randy Barker

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • What IN10T looks for in farmer collaborators.
  • The ideas and questions discussed when engaging with farmers.
  • Problems farmers bring up that the company often addresses.
  • The difference between new and old ways of connecting with farmers.
  • How Randy got started with doing technology trials with tech companies.
  • The negative outcomes that can happen if they get the trials wrong.
  • Why Chad chose to work with John and his company.
  • The results of the project and what they learned from the trials.
  • The benefits of using his farm as a testbed for new technologies.
  • What Compass will do with the data they gathered from Chad's farm.
  • The skills Chad has learned since working with Compass.
  • The different challenges and crops Compass encounters.

 

 

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Connect with John Craft and Chad Rubbelke:

 

 

 

 

 

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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 Apple Podcasts and leave your honest feedback. Don’t forget to share it with your friends on your favorite social media spots! And be sure to join the new Future of Agriculture Membership for even more valuable information on the future of ag.

 

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Feb 19, 2020

 

 

Jim Pantaleo is a renowned expert and consultant for Indoor Vertical Farming and offers ag companies sound and technical advice on best practices. Some of his services include performing market research and business development work. Other than companies, Jim also works with different universities such as the University of Arizona, UC Davis, and the University of Santa Barbara. He also enjoys writing about indoor vertical farming and regularly speaks at ag-related conventions.

 

Jim joins me today to describe how indoor vertical farming will change the way we look at sustainable food sources. He shares the current technology available for indoor vertical farming and what we can expect in the next few years. He discusses the myths about soil nutrition and crops regarding indoor environments. Jim also explains why the ag industry is experiencing its own version of the Dot Com era.

 

 

 

"There's no degradation of nutrients when growing indoors because you’re controlling that environment." - Jim Pantaleo

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • The different kinds of skills modern agriculture needs.
  • Why fruiting plants are the goal of indoor agriculture.
  • The current challenges of indoor vertical farming.
  • The debate around nutrients, soil, and natural sunlight.
  • How they control the crops' nutrient inputs.
  • What The AgTech scene in Los Angeles is like.
  • The major costs of having an indoor farm.
  • Startups that have made great strides in indoor farming.
  • Comparing the Dot Com era and the rise of indoor farming.

 

 

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Connect with Jim Pantaleo:

 

 

 

 

 

Share the Ag-Love! 

 

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 Apple Podcasts and leave your honest feedback. Don’t forget to share it with your friends on your favorite social media spots! And be sure to join the new Future of Agriculture Membership for even more valuable information on the future of ag.

 

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Feb 12, 2020

 

 

Michael Bosworth is the President & CEO of Next Generation Foods, a food business that markets and distributes locally produced foods in the Northern California area. Brent Lafollette, Martin Miller, and Robert James Woodry are 5th generation farmers and the founders of Premium Growers, a company that produces and sells a variety of flavored, premium roasted Oregon Hazelnuts. They are some of the many farmers who transitioned from being producers to direct-to-consumer retailers.

 

Michael joins me today to share his company’s humble beginnings. He explains how he puts a price tag on his products and how much of his farm is dedicated to retail. He also describes the benefits of going to food shows. Brent, Martin, and Robert discuss why they decided to start a hazelnut company. They share the effort it took to get their company up and running. They also describe the marketing process involved with their hazelnuts.

 

 

 

“It's incredible what you can learn about how people are using your products.” - Michael Bosworth

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • The origins of Michael Bosworth’s company and how they transitioned from a farm to a food business.
  • The first client who asked them to supply organic ingredients.
  • Adding their margin and how the ingredient price and competition factor in.
  • The percentage of farm production that goes to the food business aspect.
  • Attending food shows and scouting for new food products to offer clients.
  • The type of clients they like to work with.
  • Brent's farming background and how he, Bob, and Marty founded Premium Growers
  • Their hazelnut product and the processing involved before clients receive them.
  • How they set up their business to be a direct-to-consumer type of company.
  • How long it took for their business to become stable.
  • The customer feedback they've received since they started.

 

 

 

 

 

Connect with Michael Bosworth:

 

 

 

Connect with Brent, Martin, and Robert:

 

 

 

 

 

We Are a Part of a Bigger Family! 

 

The Future of Agriculture Podcast is now part of the Farm and Rural Ag Network. Listen to more ag-related podcasts by subscribing on iTunes or on the Farm and Rural Ag Network Website today. 

 
 

Join the Conversation!

To get your most pressing ag questions answered and share your perspective on various topics we’ve discussed on the Future of Agriculture podcast, head over to SpeakPipe.com/FutureofAg and leave a recorded message!

 

Share the Ag-Love! 

 

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 Apple Podcasts and leave your honest feedback. Don’t forget to share it with your friends on your favorite social media spots! And be sure to join the new Future of Agriculture Membership for even more valuable information on the future of ag.

 

Learn more about AgGrad by visiting: 

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Feb 5, 2020

 

 

Micki Seibel is an investor, advisor, and tech builder who was part of the team behind internet products such as Netscape and eBay. She is currently an Operating Partner for Radicle Growth, an acceleration fund that partners with entrepreneurs who have ideas that can innovate the future of food. She has over 20 years of experience in building companies and has made much of it at Silicon Valley. Micki also serves on the advisory board of multiple food system startup companies such as Swarm Technologies.

 

Micki joins me today to share how Radicle Growth is helping startups in the AgTech industry. She discusses the goals of Radicle Growth, their criteria when selecting companies to fund, and the ideas that they want to promote. She describes her career in Silicon Valley and how it led her to be part of the food industry. Micki also explains the effects of climate change on the ag economy and ag innovations.

 

 

 

“Selling to a corn grower in Iowa is not at all the same as selling to a strawberry farmer in California or Chile.” - Micki Seibel

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Solving the problem of rural connectivity in AgTech.
  • Where her interest in food and agriculture stems from.
  • The different companies she has worked for previously.
  • The technical experience she gathered before becoming part of the AgTech industry.
  • How she developed an interest in the connectivity problem in agriculture.
  • Her thoughts on AgTech and IoT companies and what they should focus on.
  • The people behind Radical Growth and the aim of the company.
  • What it takes to sell the same product to a variety of ag markets.
  • The difference between AgTech and a typical tech investing business.
  • Will the ag industry favor indoor farms or regenerative agriculture?
  • The effects of climate change on agriculture innovations.

 

 

Resource:

 

 

 

 

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We Are a Part of a Bigger Family! 

 

The Future of Agriculture Podcast is now part of the Farm and Rural Ag Network. Listen to more ag-related podcasts by subscribing on iTunes or on the Farm and Rural Ag Network Website today. 

 
 

Join the Conversation!

To get your most pressing ag questions answered and share your perspective on various topics we’ve discussed on the Future of Agriculture podcast, head over to SpeakPipe.com/FutureofAg and leave a recorded message!

 

Share the Ag-Love! 

 

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! 

 

Learn more about AgGrad by visiting: 

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Jan 29, 2020

 

 

Mike Barrow is the Project Lead at OpenVino, a company that aims to create the first-ever open-source, transparent winery, and wine-based cryptocurrency under the Costaflores label. Costaflores is a boutique organic winery based in Argentina. As suggested, OpenVino will rely on blockchain technology to engage in a new and innovative way of selling wine products. With over 30 years of experience in IT, data science, and cloud services, Mike aims to disrupt the wine world with a business that converts consumers into shareholders.

 

Mike joins me today to share how OpenVino will innovate the way we consume wine through blockchain tech. He shares his passion for wine, what inspired him to start OpenVino, and why he chose to make the company open-source. He explains their data collecting strategies and how consumers can benefit from buying their cryptocurrency. Mike also describes how wine is priced and why quality is second to story.

 

 

 

“The quality of the wine is not dictated by the quality parameter as much as the story behind it.” - Mike Barrow

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • How an open-source winery works and how you can profit from it.
  • Why it's difficult to sell wine regardless of price.
  • The questions that led him to start an open-source winery.
  • The data he needs to collect and how he makes sure his customers understand it.
  • How blockchain fits into their business strategy.
  • A quick recap of what blockchain is and how it works.
  • Determining the best price for their wine products.
  • Why they chose to tokenize their wine production.

 

 

Resource:

 

 

 

 

Connect with Mike Barrow

 

 

 

 

 

We Are a Part of a Bigger Family! 

 

The Future of Agriculture Podcast is now part of the Farm and Rural Ag Network. Listen to more ag-related podcasts by subscribing on iTunes or on the Farm and Rural Ag Network Website today. 

 
 

Join the Conversation!

To get your most pressing ag questions answered and share your perspective on various topics we’ve discussed on the Future of Agriculture podcast, head over to SpeakPipe.com/FutureofAg and leave a recorded message!

 

Share the Ag-Love! 

 

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! 

 

Learn more about AgGrad by visiting: 

Future of Agriculture Website

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Jan 22, 2020

 

 

Reinier van der Lee is the CEO & Founder of Vinduino, an AgTech company that supports farmers and other producers in the ag industry with products that improve profits and fruit quality as well as increase yield. One of the company’s latest products is the Vinduino R4 Sensor station, an open-source sensor that gives farmers data on water usage and efficiency. Reinier also owns a 4-acre vineyard and credits his need for better irrigation management as the reason why he founded Vinduino.

 

Reinier joins me today to share how Vinduino is helping farmers gather the kind of data they need and understand when it comes to water management. He explains how their products work, what separates them from other AgTech companies, and why knowing how much water you’re using is critical to your business. He also discusses why he chose to keep their products open source and shares some of the upcoming events and projects they have lined up this year.

 

 

 

“Water use is important because it impacts the quality and yield of your crop.” - Reinier van der Lee

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • The contributing factors of understanding their need for water.
  • The methods they used to determine how much water they should use.
  • How Vinduino’s software provides water data for farmers.
  • What inspired them to name their product "Vinduino."
  • Where Reinier’s interest in growing grapes rose from.
  • Why they chose to keep their program open-source.
  • Encouraging others who are not tech savvy to innovate existing solutions.
  • When he decided to scale this his business.
  • What it means to sort good solutions from bad solutions.
  • Why simply more data from sensors is not good enough.
  • What's next for the Vinduino company?

 

 

Resource:

 

 

 

 

Connect with Reinier van der Lee

 

 

 

 

 

We Are a Part of a Bigger Family! 

 

The Future of Agriculture Podcast is now part of the Farm and Rural Ag Network. Listen to more ag-related podcasts by subscribing on iTunes or on the Farm and Rural Ag Network Website today. 

 
 

Join the Conversation!

To get your most pressing ag questions answered and share your perspective on various topics we’ve discussed on the Future of Agriculture podcast, head over to SpeakPipe.com/FutureofAg and leave a recorded message!

 

Share the Ag-Love! 

 

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! 

 

Learn more about AgGrad by visiting: 

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Jan 15, 2020

 

 

David Chan is the COO and Founding Team Member at Farm Together, a company that offers a simplified approach to US farmland investment. The company not only serves Americans, but also welcomes foreign investors who are interested in growing their assets or simply having a continuous source of income in their retirement. David has over five years of Fin-Tech experience in the ag industry. He describes himself as a meteorologist by background, but a financier and technologist by training. David earned his MBA at Harvard Business School and is also part of the Board of Directors at the Harvard Alumni for Agriculture.

 

David joins me today to share how their company, Farm Together, will make it easier for local and foreign investors to invest in US farmlands. He explains how their platform works, when their investors get paid, and the due diligence they conduct prior to putting a property for sale. He discusses several risks involved in investing in different states. David also describes how they plan to put regenerative agriculture in the limelight.

 

 

 

“You must consider what the environment may look like in the future when you are purchasing these properties today.” - David Chan

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Connecting insurance, farmlands, and current trends in institutional investments.
  • The characteristics of the typical user and investor on their platform.
  • How foreign investors can own farm lands in different locations.
  • How their due diligence process works.
  • Knowing the risks of investing in farmlands and how they calculate for them.
  • Why water is always a risk in any irrigated agriculture.
  • How they inform investors of earnings and how investors make money.
  • The feedback they receive from their clients.
  • The SIGMA legislation in California and what it is about.
  • The steps they have taken to make regenerative agriculture mainstream.

 

 

 

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Jan 8, 2020

 

 

Kenneth Quinn is the former President of the World Food Prize Foundation, an organization that seeks to give individuals recognition for achievements that directly improve the quality, quantity, and availability of food in the world. Kenneth is often referred to as “the Ambassador” because he was the US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia. During his time as President, he received various high-level honors and awards from different organizations, including The American Farm Bureau and The Crop Science Society of America.

 

Kenneth joins me today to describe what the World Food Prize Foundation stands for, how it got started, and what makes it similar and different to the Nobel Peace Prize. He shares his journey, his time as Ambassador, and how he began to follow in the footsteps of Norman Borlaug. He explains the current state of agriculture across various countries and the agricultural hindrances that America needs to fix. Kenneth also discusses what he wants his legacy to be and the dangers that Americans face in regards to agricultural research.

 

 

 

“That's what I look for in the world: building peace through agriculture.” - Kenneth Quinn

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Kenneth's life before agriculture and how he started to work in the industry.
  • The countries he’s worked with and the projects he has spearheaded.
  • The laureates who stood out to him over the years and their accomplishments.
  • Their international reach and the different nationalities in their group.
  • Notable agricultural milestones that ushered in an era of peace in American history.
  • His thoughts on China's road and rural infrastructure over the last few decades.
  • How roads are connected to hunger and suffering.
  • The history of the World Food Prize Foundation.
  • Addressing the challenge of feeding 10-billion people on the planet.
  • What he wants his legacy to be for the organization and the world.
  • The danger America faces when it comes to agricultural research.

 

 

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

 

 

Connect with Kenneth Quinn

 

 

 

 

 

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Jan 1, 2020

 

 

Happy New Year, and welcome to everyone listening to the very first episode of the year for the Future of Agriculture podcast. 2019 was such a good year for the show and was rife with amazing guests bearing their trade secrets and intelligent insights into the world of agriculture. To commemorate the year we had, I decided to categorize the overarching themes that summarize what 2019 was like for the Future of Agriculture podcast.

 

In today’s episode, I discuss the five trends that governed much of the events in 2019. I share a few clips of the most well-received episodes that relate to the trends we had. I discuss some of the trends that we’ll be doing a deeper dive this year and some of the changes that will happen. I also share some of your wonderful ideas and suggestions.

 

 

 

“Technology takes away gatekeepers in the food industry, just as it had done so in other industries.”

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • The five themes we discussed in the show throughout 2019.
  • What it means to quantitatively prove farm sustainability
  • The importance of farmer profitability when it comes to innovation
  • Why we should be worried about the future of water for the ag industry
  • Changing Five Minute Farmer to Farmer's Spotlight
  • What's coming for 2020 on the Future of Ag Podcast
  • Ideas to improve the show and audience suggestions.

 

 

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Are a Part of a Bigger Family! 

 

The Future of Agriculture Podcast is now part of the Farm and Rural Ag Network. Listen to more ag-related podcasts by subscribing on iTunes or on the Farm and Rural Ag Network Website today. 

 
 

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Dec 25, 2019

 

 

Joe Swartz is the Vice President and Lead Horticulturist at AmHydro, a company recognized as a top innovator in the ag industry and focused on developing products that promote efficient hydroponic growing systems. Joe is also widely recognized as one of the leading consultants when it comes to Controlled Environment Agricultural industries that include commercial greenhouse farms. He specializes in crop production improvements, pesticide-free insect and disease control, and professional grower training, among other skills.

 

Joe joins me today to discuss the economic implications of fusing traditional farming with greenhouse technology. He shares why he is interested in greenhouse farming and how he initially tried it himself. He explains how controlled ag works and the factors required to make it work. He describes the benefits traditional farmers can reap from adapting greenhouse operations. Joe also shares some of the limitations of controlled environment agriculture.

 

 

 

“Incorporation of greenhouse techniques into an existing traditional farm is really a very natural and very positive progression.” - Joe Swartz

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • What Joe's focus was before he became invested on greenhouse technology.
  • Where his interest in controlled ag came from.
  • The importance of the environment and location when it comes to controlled ag.
  • The practicalities of controlled ag during the winter.
  • Benefits of merging traditional farming and controlled environments.
  • The return on investment when it comes to greenhouse farming.
  • Encouraging the youth to join the ag industry.
  • Limiting factors of setting up a controlled environment type of farm.
  • Determining standards of practices for controlled environments.

 

 

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

 

 

Connect with Joe Swartz

 

 

 

 

 

We Are a Part of a Bigger Family! 

 

The Future of Agriculture Podcast is now part of the Farm and Rural Ag Network. Listen to more ag-related podcasts by subscribing on iTunes or on the Farm and Rural Ag Network Website today. 

 
 

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Dec 18, 2019

 

 

Richard Collins is the owner of California Endive Farms, a farming operation that specializes in growing endive, a vegetable of the chicory family that is so special, it’s grown twice. Due to the strict conditions and labor-intensive manner of growing it, the endive was deemed a rare crop to produce. However, Rich took advantage of this fact and decided to niche down and focus on building a farming business around it. Today, California Endive Farms is still the largest American endive grower.

 

Rich joins us to share the story of how he learned about the endive plant and what made him decide to grow such a complicated crop. He explains what endives are, why they’re difficult to grow, and the market potential it has. He describes the various factors they have to consider and how they manage to control them on their farm. Rich also shares why there’s hardly any competition for them when it comes to growing endive.

 

 

 

“There's a huge window of opportunity for us to grow crops in a much more rational manner with respect to soil and water resources.” - Rich Collins

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Rich’s journey in the ag industry and the people who influenced his business decisions.
  • What endive is, why it needs to grow in the absence of light, and the difficulty in farming it.
  • What the market is like for endive, its uses, and its health benefits.
  • How marketable is it growing endive as a primary source of income?
  • The factors that influence endive growth and the conditions they control.
  • Finding a niche like endive farming today compared to what it was like decades ago.
  • The competition for endive growing and why they hardly have competition.
  • The costs of growing endive and why it's not easy to automate.

 

 

 

Connect with Rich Collins

 

 

 

 

 

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The Future of Agriculture Podcast is now part of the Farm and Rural Ag Network. Listen to more ag-related podcasts by subscribing on iTunes or on the Farm and Rural Ag Network Website today. 

 
 

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Dec 11, 2019

 

 

Bruce Friedrich is Co-Founder and Executive Director at The Good Food Institute (GFI), a company that promotes plant-based and cultivated meat food products by making them just as good, just as convenient, and just as affordable as real meat. Their company has several branches in over six countries, all working towards the goal of making the alternative meat industry more attractive to consumers. Bruce oversees the business’ global strategy and programs. He also works with its directors, staff, and international representatives to guarantee the effectiveness of their programs.

 

Bruce joins me today to discuss how GFI is making plant-based and cultivated meat products more consumer-friendly and just as competitive as traditional meat. He shares where he drew inspiration to innovate food, how the idea of starting GFI began and the company’s current progress. Bruce also explains why they’re not here to disrupt the meat industry and shares his thoughts on animal agriculture.

 

 

 

“Animal-based meat is made up of fats, proteins, minerals, and water. All of that exists in the plant kingdom.” - Bruce Friedrich

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • How Bruce became passionate about improving the world through food innovation.
  • Replacing meat with foods that cost the same or less with their product.
  • Appealing to palatability and cost over environmental impact.
  • What if plant-based meats and traditional meat product consumption rose together?
  • The time needed for consumers to adapt to cultivated meat.
  • How far along they are with regards to scaling their cultivated and plant-based meat products.
  • His thoughts on animal agriculture and their business focus as a company.
  • The difference between disrupting and transforming the meat industry.
  • The big milestones he is excited about in the near future.

 

 

 

Resources Mentioned

 

 

 

Connect with Bruce Friedrich

 

 

 

 

 

This episode is sponsored by Indigo Ag

 

What if surviving a drought began with just a microbe? What could accessing 10,000 buyers do for your agriculture business? Indigo Ag helps farmers improve profitability, environmental sustainability, and consumer health by working with growers to reimagine every aspect of the agriculture industry - from soil to sale.

 

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Indigo. From questions… we grow.

 

 

We Are a Part of a Bigger Family! 

 

The Future of Agriculture Podcast is now part of the Farm and Rural Ag Network. Listen to more ag-related podcasts by subscribing on iTunes or on the Farm and Rural Ag Network Website today. 

 
 

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Dec 4, 2019

 

 

Russ Conser is the CEO of Blue Nest Beef, a regenerative agriculture and food startup. What makes Blue Nest Beef special is how they raise cattle from bird-friendly land, citing that the presence of birds indicates a healthy agricultural ecosystem. Russ specializes in soil health and regenerative agriculture, business strategy development, and managing highly creative people. He was also featured on the podcast two years ago, where he talked about the benefits of multi-paddock grazing.

 

Russ joins me today to discuss how Blue Nest Beef is promoting regenerative agriculture. He explains how birds indicate the health of the ecosystem and why it’s critical to farm on bird-friendly land. He shares data that indicates the benefits of raising cattle over not raising it from a greenhouse gas perspective. He shares the type of grazing system they want other farmers to adapt and why it benefits the soil. Russ also describes why regenerative agriculture is important to every person on Earth, regardless of your political affiliation.

 

 

 

“The birds are the treasure - and the measure.” - Russ Conser

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Defining Regenerative Agriculture and what it's supposed to do.
  • The importance of bird presence in agriculture.
  • Informing consumers on how the food system works and how Blue Nest Beef plans to do it.
  • How Blue Nest Beef works and what sets them apart from other farms.
  • The grazing system they promote and how rotational grazing benefits the soil.
  • Why Regenerative Agriculture is an apolitical issue.
  • Resources and tools Russ is interested in using and working with.
  • Data that says producing beef through regenerative agriculture is better than not producing beef at all.

 

 

 

Resources Mentioned

 

 

 

Connect with Russ Conser

 

 

 

 

This episode is sponsored by Indigo Ag

 

What if surviving a drought began with just a microbe? What could accessing 10,000 buyers do for your agriculture business? Indigo Ag helps farmers improve profitability, environmental sustainability, and consumer health by working with growers to reimagine every aspect of the agriculture industry - from soil to sale.

 

To learn more about Indigo Ag and their mission to improve the environment and agriculture industry, visit IndigoAg.com/Questions

 

Indigo. From questions… we grow.

 

 

We Are a Part of a Bigger Family! 

 

The Future of Agriculture Podcast is now part of the Farm and Rural Ag Network. Listen to more ag-related podcasts by subscribing on iTunes or on the Farm and Rural Ag Network Website today. 

 
 

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Nov 27, 2019

 

 

Dr. Ray Goldberg holds the title of George M. Moffett Professor of Agriculture and Business, Emeritus at Harvard Business School. He’s among the pioneers of modern agribusiness, coining the term himself. He is the author of Food Citizenship, a book that talks about the global food system and the many faces that are leading the charge in changing the way we look at food and agriculture forever. Ray has decades of experience in the industry, from authoring journal articles and teaching materials to holding seminars about climate and its effect on food systems.

 

Ray joins me today to share the progress the ag industry has made over the many years he has watched over it. He describes the need to form a group of individuals that represent different parts of the industry, the reason why he authored his latest book, and what readers can expect. He explains the relationship between capitalism and agriculture, and why the government needs to help small farmers more. Ray also shares his thoughts on millennials and why he looks forward to what they can bring for the next generation.

 

 

 

 

“Unless we get the food system done correctly, we won’t have the kind of productivity or the kind of lifestyle we want for future generations.” - Dr. Ray Goldberg

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Why his first meeting with those in the food and ag business was a disaster.
  • How they came to the decision to constantly renew ag information and relationships annually.
  • The need to limit the number of people in his group.
  • His criteria in choosing the people to be included in his book.
  • The relationship between capitalism in agriculture and the public good.
  • When he coined the term ‘agribusiness’.
  • Why he was adamant at bringing important people in agriculture together.
  • Living in an era of distrust in the food system.
  • His thoughts on millennials and their acceptance of change.
  • The big questions he's always asking himself throughout his career.
  • Why small scale farmers should have more support from the government.

 

 

 

Connect with Dr. Ray Goldberg

 

 

 

 

 

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Nov 20, 2019

Colin Hurd is an entrepreneur and the Business Development Manager at Raven Industries, a highly diversified technology company that provides innovative products and solutions to help feed, connect, and protect the world. Raven Industries recently acquired Smart Ag, a company founded by Colin. Smart Ag is a tech company that develops autonomous farming solutions, selling products that allow farming equipment and machinery to be operated remotely, similar to drones. Colin founded Smart Ag to address the growing labor crisis in production agriculture.

Colin joins me today to discuss why he formed Smart Ag and the kind of technology and solutions they offer to farmers. He describes how he was driven to start Smart Ag, the problems he wants to address, and the people who helped him put the company in the market. He explains the need for Smart Ag to be acquired by Raven Industries and the benefits it has received. Colin also discusses some of the challenges their company faced as a startup, and how he and his team solved them.

 

 

 

“What’s different about a startup versus a large company is everything is just hyper-compressed; things happen at light speed.” - Colin Hurd

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • The journey that led him to start Smart Ag.
  • Labor scarcity and how it became a large problem in the industry.
  • The people who inspired him to focus on autonomous ag technology.
  • Determining whether someone can be a co-founder or the first employee.
  • The challenges of starting a company that promotes autonomous tech.
  • The technical problems they focused on and solved for their company to become successful.
  • Differences between pre and post-acquisition of Smart Ag.
  • Comparing and contrasting a startup and a large corporation.
  • What it means to have an entrepreneurial spirit at a young age.

 

 

 

Connect with Colin Hurd

 

 

 

 

 

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The Future of Agriculture Podcast is now part of the Farm and Rural Ag Network. Listen to more ag-related podcasts by subscribing on iTunes or on the Farm and Rural Ag Network Website today. 

 
 

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Nov 13, 2019

Mariana Vasconcelos is the Founder of Agrosmart, a platform that brings digital agriculture to countries with low internet infrastructures under tropical agronomic conditions. The MIT Technology Review selected her as one of the Most Brilliant Innovators Under 35 and a Global Ambassador for Thought of Food. Being a farmer’s daughter, Mariana was aware of the problems that plague small farmers, especially when it comes to decisions about crops. To solve this gap, she proposed the idea to use AI and IoT to acquire more productive, sustainable, and economic agriculture which is what Agrosmart represents.

 

Mariana joins me today to discuss how Agrosmart works and the problems it seeks to solve for farmers in developing countries. She shares where her drive to start her company came from and the challenges of finding capital and investors. She describes how the data they collect can impact farming practices, especially in countries where farmers rely on instinct to make crop decisions. Mariana also explains why Brazil holds a lot of potential in terms of agriculture and the rising startup economy.

 

 

 

“We wanted to shift intuition-based decisions to fact-based decisions.” - Mariana Vasconcelos

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Where Mariana saw the problem that needed to be addressed in the ag industry.
  • The changes their data can impact on the current farm systems.
  • Why they shifted from irrigation to a digital ag platform.
  • The farmers that can benefit the most from their platform.
  • How farmers can adapt their practices to climate change.
  • The countries they're currently working in and some of their future projects.
  • The crops they focus on and how their platform is universal.
  • Dealing with rural connectivity problems in Latin America.
  • The ag startup ecosystem in Brazil and the kind of companies that are rising.
  • The most challenging aspects of scaling a Brazilian startup.

 

 

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

 

 

Connect with Mariana Vasconcelos

 

 

 

 

 

This episode is sponsored by Indigo Ag

 

What if surviving a drought began with just a microbe? What could accessing 10,000 buyers do for your agriculture business? Indigo Ag helps farmers improve profitability, environmental sustainability, and consumer health by working with growers to reimagine every aspect of the agriculture industry - from soil to sale.

 

To learn more about Indigo Ag and their mission to improve the environment and agriculture industry, visit IndigoAg.com/Questions

 

Indigo. From questions… we grow.

 

We Are a Part of a Bigger Family! 

 

The Future of Agriculture Podcast is now part of the Farm and Rural Ag Network. Listen to more ag-related podcasts by subscribing on iTunes or on the Farm and Rural Ag Network Website today. 

 
 

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Nov 6, 2019

Shay Myers is an onion expert and the owner of Owyhee Produce. Owyhee Produce is a 3rd generation family farm and one of the biggest vertically-integrated onion farms in the United States. Their farm grows enough onions to provide adequate supplies that reach about 6 million Americans annually. Other than managing an onion farm, Shay is also a produce industry influence and agriculture keynote speaker. He is currently working to provide asparagus, hemp, and sweet potatoes to American families on top of their onions.

 

Shay joins me today to describe how their farm differs from most growers when it comes to vertical integration. He shares how his dream to fly was granted when he returned to manage the farm. He discusses some of the early mistakes he’s made as the lead farmer and what he learned from them. Shay also explains some of the challenges in the ag industry, particularly when it comes to working with companies and people, and why the US safe practices system is broken and easily exploitable.

 

 

 

“You can't expect the consumer to be willing to pay you a fair price for something if they don't know what it takes.” - Shay Myers

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Pursuing his passion for flying by having a career in agriculture.
  • How his family responded to his desire to return to farming.
  • What vertical integration is in agriculture and some examples.
  • Some of the mistakes he's made in the industry and what he learned from them.
  • The difference between a yam and sweet potato and why the US doesn't grow yams.
  • What he believes is the most challenging hurdle in today's ag industry.
  • Processing differences between mint oil and CBD oil.
  • His thoughts on growing our own food and importing them and why the US is at a disadvantage.
  • Eliminating labor and overhead costs with innovative technology.
  • Why the system surrounding safety practices is broken.

 

 

 

Connect with Shay Myers

 

 

 

 

 

This episode is sponsored by Indigo Ag

 

What if surviving a drought began with just a microbe? What could accessing 10,000 buyers do for your agriculture business? Indigo Ag helps farmers improve profitability, environmental sustainability, and consumer health by working with growers to reimagine every aspect of the agriculture industry - from soil to sale.

 

To learn more about Indigo Ag and their mission to improve the environment and agriculture industry, visit IndigoAg.com/Questions

 

Indigo. From questions… we grow.

 

We Are a Part of a Bigger Family! 

 

The Future of Agriculture Podcast is now part of the Farm and Rural Ag Network. Listen to more ag-related podcasts by subscribing on iTunes or on the Farm and Rural Ag Network Website today. 

 
 

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Oct 30, 2019

Dr. Fatma Kaplan and Cameron Schiller founded Pheronym, an agricultural biotech company that provides safe, non-toxic, and innovative solutions to solve numerous agricultural problems. They also recently become involved in the development of space nematodes under the company AstroNematode. AstroNematode seeks to establish interstellar agriculture for Earth. The first launching experiment will happen this December and provide data to pave the way for sustainable agriculture outside of Earth.

 

Dr. Fatma and Cameron join me today to share their latest project, AstroNematode, and how it can help provide sustainable solutions for future generations. They describe the origins of this idea and the companies that helped fund the project. They discuss their tie-ins with private companies like Space-X and explain the experiments that will happen in space. They also share what it’s like to work on this project while running Pheronym at the same time.

 

 

 

“If you're going to colonize the moon and Mars, we need to have agriculture.” - Dr. Fatma Kaplan

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • How the project got started and where they found funding.
  • The best qualities of the project and what it can provide data scientists.
  • Their contingencies when the project doesn't work as planned.
  • The kind of animals NASA plans to take to Mars.
  • Why they think nematodes can survive and reproduce in space.
  • The upcoming launch and how the nematodes will be packaged.
  • Making sure the experiments are running smoothly while they remain on Earth.
  • How they manage to run a startup and the nematode project at the same time.

 

 

 

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Oct 23, 2019

Bill York is the Founding Partner, CEO, and Chief Credit Officer at FarmOp Capital, a lending company that provides funding primarily to farm operators. Their independent business model allows farmers to decide which suppliers to buy from. Bill has over 40 years of experience in the ag lending space and has held senior positions in various major ag lending companies. He specializes in business development, particularly increasing profits and assets of the businesses he works with.

Bill York joins me to describe what FarmOp Capital is and its efforts to provide farmers with a helping hand in receiving capital loans. He explains the trends that make their company ripe for the ag industry and the benefits of doing business with them from a farmer’s perspective. He also shares the criteria and requirements they have for their customers and explains what sets their company apart from traditional lending companies.

 

“If you’re able to get a loan that is timely and adequate to meet all of your operating needs, you’re better able to purchase inputs efficiently to buy the optimum level of inputs and actually reduce your costs.” - Bill York

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Converging trends that make the industry perfect for FarmOp Capital.
  • How FarmOp works and the services they offer.
  • How soon farmers should seek a loan to benefit the most from them.
  • The customers they are targeting for the loan services they offer.
  • The kind of crop materials they help farmers finance.
  • Working directly with the customer and the team they assembled for the job.
  • Transitioning from big agricultural lending companies to working with a startup.
  • Why it will be difficult to have competition in what they do.
  • The difference between the typical loan application and what they offer.
  • Assessing the current farm-risk situation and his outlook.

 

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Oct 16, 2019

Anastasia Volkova is the CEO and Founder of FluroSat, a company that provides scientifically-proven solutions to common agricultural problems through advanced remote sensing technologies and data from both airborne and satellite platforms. She is also an aeronautical engineer and obtained her Ph.D. in Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Sydney. Anastasia uses her vast academic knowledge as well as experience in project management in various organizations to make FluroSat the next big thing in AgTech.

 

Anastasia joins me today to discuss how FluroSat works to provide artificial intelligence (AI) for Precision Agriculture Decision Support. She shares why she decided to work in agriculture and what drove her to start FluroSat. She explains how their approach can help farmers and agronomists improve their data collection process and gather more accurate data from their farms. She also explains the limitations of their product and why they decided to expand their service to the US instead of focusing exclusively on Australian agricultural markets.

 

 

 

“The barriers to adoption of precision agriculture are, first and foremost, the fact that data is siloed.” - Anastasia Volkova

 

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • When she decided to stop being an aeronautical engineer and focus on agriculture.
  • Barriers that are preventing farmers from making AI part of precision agriculture.
  • How FluroSat's approach can help agronomists and farmers gather data for their farms.
  • How their product works and the important data it provides to farmers.
  • Success stories where their product improved a farmer's business.
  • Where her experience in aeronautical engineering comes into play.
  • The limitations of their product in the context of crop types.
  • The reasons they decided to expand in the US instead of focusing on Australia.
  • How FluroSat makes money and makes their investors happy.

 

 

 

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This episode is sponsored by Indigo Ag

 

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We Are a Part of a Bigger Family! 

 

The Future of Agriculture Podcast is now part of the Farm and Rural Ag Network. Listen to more ag-related podcasts by subscribing on iTunes or on the Farm and Rural Ag Network Website today. 

 
 

Join the Conversation!

To get your most pressing ag questions answered and share your perspective on various topics we’ve discussed on the Future of Agriculture podcast, head over to SpeakPipe.com/FutureofAg and leave a recorded message!

 

Share the Ag-Love! 

 

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