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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 17, 2019

 

Aaron Ratner is the Managing Director at Ultra Capital, a company that finances small and mid-size startups in the sustainable technology industry. He has over 20 years of experience in advisory, international investment, and project development with a focus on agriculture and technology. Aaron obtained his MsM from Stanford University and his BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Aaron joins me today to discuss what Ultra Capital is about and what they aim to accomplish with their current business model. He shares his passion for sustainable technologies and preserving Mother Nature. He describes how their business works and their criteria for investing. Aaron also explains why banks aren’t as committed to funding the kind of companies they work with.

 

 

“It is incredibly fulfilling, trying to make the world a better place. From that, there is really no turning back.” - Aaron Ratner

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Aaron's definition of project level equity.
  • What he believes is the one key success factor for Ultra Capital.
  • How their business model runs and a few real world examples.
  • Why banks hesitate to loan money for the kind of clients they handle.
  • The reason he became passionate about this type of business.
  • Their primary criteria and requirements in a startup before they invest.
  • What the future holds for Ultra Capital and their upcoming projects.

 

 

Connect with Aaron Ratner

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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Apr 10, 2019

 

Euler Bropleh is the Founder & Managing Director of Vested World, an investment platform that seeks to bridge the gap between private investors and startups in emerging markets. Euler focuses on emerging markets because he knows what it’s live in a country that barely made any progress in the last 50 years and how access to substantial capital can make a huge difference in the economy of a developing nation. He has served as an angel investor to multiple businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa, some of which are in the ag industry.

 

Euler joins me today to share his commitment to helping developing countries such as Nigeria, Kenya, and Uganda. He discusses how Vested World works and describes some of the companies they helped grow and prosper. He explains some of the risks involved in their business as well as some of its more notable benefits. Euler also discusses what the FIERCE acronym stands for and how he bases his business model around it.

 

 

“If you do well by the people you're working with, your company's going to perform better, and everyone benefits from it.” - Euler Bropleh

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • What Vested World is and its business focus.
  • The history of Vested World and some of their notable investments.
  • Risk and benefits in investing in developing countries.
  • Ag-related companies they've invested in.
  • What made Euler want to invest in Sub-Saharan Africa?
  • What it's like to grow up in an African country.
  • Balancing the needs of the communities he is impacting.
  • What FIERCE stands for and how he considers it with their investment models.

 

 

Connect with Euler Bropleh

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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Apr 3, 2019

 

Scott Bennett is the Director of Congressional Relations at the American Farm Bureau Federation, an independent, voluntary, non-government group that is headed by people who represent the best interests of farmers and their families in the US. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and Political Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Before joining the American Farm Bureau Federation, he was the legislative director for Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a House Agriculture Committee Senior member.

 

Scott joins me today to discuss the developments on lab-grown protein products and their potential benefits to the economy. He explains some of the political aspects of agriculture, particularly on its relationship with government entities. He also describes the differences between plant-based and lab-based proteins and shares his views for the future of lab-grown proteins as well as advice to those who want to support this idea.

 

 

“Five years ago, lab-grown protein was science fiction, but here we are faced with it today. It is the reality.” - Scott Bennett

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • The significance of having a primary jurisdiction with USDA.
  • Policy differences between gene-edited livestock and cell-based meats.
  • His thoughts on the recent press release from the FDA.
  • Plant-based and lab-grown proteins and their key labeling differences.
  • How he sees this technology developing in five years.
  • Getting involved in the local government to pass the necessary laws for agtech.
  • How the public perceives lab-grown protein.
  • The biggest issues facing the current agricultural innovation landscape.

 

 

 

Connect with Scott Bennett

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

 
 

 

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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Mar 27, 2019

 

Henry Gordon-Smith is considered one of the leading experts in urban agriculture. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Agritecture, a global urban agriculture consultation company that seeks to spread and promote the idea of urban and vertical farming. Part of Henry’s duties as Managing Director include overseeing projects, planning events and conferences, and networking with like-minded businesses. He has a BA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia and an MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.

 

Henry joins me today to share his passion for urban farming and discuss some of its more fascinating details. He explains what urban farming is, what makes it different from local farming, and how it can improve a city’s economic growth as well as its sustainability efforts. He shares research data on urban agriculture, how someone can be eligible to have an urban farm, and the potential profitability. Henry also describes what we can expect from their AgLanta conference in April 2019.

 

 

“If a certain population in the city know how to grow food, and there are policies to support it, the city will be able to impact its own food security and be more independent.” - Henry Gordon-Smith

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • How Henry became interested in working in agriculture.
  • Why he chose blogging as a means to spread stories on Agritecture.
  • Why we should be looking into urban farming and how it helps sustainability efforts.
  • Where the most opportunities lie in sustainable urban farming.
  • Emerging green technologies that embody the food, water, and energy systems.
  • The difference between urban and local agriculture.
  • Urban agriculture profitability and investments.
  • The idea of replacing the sun using new technology.
  • The types of plants that can thrive in an urban setting.
  • Minimum requirements for someone to start urban farming.
  • Some of the reasons urban farming fails and how to make it succeed.
  • What to expect at the AgLanta conference.

 

 

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

 

 

Connect with Henry Gordon-Smith

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

 
 

 

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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Mar 20, 2019

Dr. Paul Zorner is the CEO of Locus Agricultural Solutions, an agricultural company that develops microbial “probiotics.” These microbial probiotics aim to become the alternative to conventional farm pesticides, effectively reducing chemical interaction with our crops as well as preserving soil health. Dr. Paul’s responsibilities as CEO include overseeing the company’s strategies, operations, and product development. He has over 40 years of experience in science and R&D operations from multiple international companies.

 

Dr. Paul joins us today to discuss the potential benefits of microbes for soil health and farm yield. He shares the science behind using microbes for soil and their untapped potential for the agriculture industry as a whole. He describes some of the microbes’ functions, how they are to be applied on crops, and how they can reduce pesticide usage. He also explains how these microbes can help reduce carbon gases in the atmosphere.

 

 

“We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about soil microbe ecology.” - Dr. Paul Zorner

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Why he thinks microbes will revolutionize the agricultural industry.
  • The microbes they've developed and their purpose in farming.
  • How he proposes their microbes will work on various crops.
  • How their company produces and mixes microbe "cocktails."
  • Their marketing methods and how they do business with farmers.
  • Carbon sequestration, the atmosphere, and soil sustainability.
  • Real world examples of microbe usage in farms and their potential yields.
  • Why microbes can reduce the use of chemical pesticides.

 

 

 

Connect with Dr. Paul Zorner

 

 

 

 

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. 

 
 

 

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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Mar 13, 2019

 

Matt Zieger is the Vice President of Village Capital, a company that seeks startups offering innovative solutions and disruptive ideas that promote sustainability. As Vice President, he is responsible for developing strategic partnerships with individual investors, private organizations, and government projects. He specializes in cross-sector collaboration which allows him to weave multiple business entities into focusing on sustainability and economic growth.

 

Matt joins me today to discuss the idea of disruptive startups and why being disruptive may not be what the ag industry currently needs. He shares what Village Capital is all about, how they determine which companies they will invest in, and their business processes. He also shares the problems their company believes ag startups should focus on and describes when a company should scale and when it should just stay its course.

 

 

 

“The farm economy is the backbone of the American economy.” - Matt Zieger

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • What Village Capital is and the companies they invest in.
  • The problems in the food system Village Capital aims to solve.
  • Why displacing the ag industry is not always the solution.
  • How they choose companies to invest in within the ag industry.
  • What business models should be to benefit both investors and consumers.
  • Why the "move fast and break things" business strategy is not applicable in ag.
  • Determining whether it's time to grow and scale or to keep the cycle.
  • What excites him the most about the future of the ag industry?

 

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

 

 

Connect with Matt Zieger

 

 

 

 

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. 

 
 

 

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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Mar 6, 2019

 

Ross Thruston is the President and Founder of Livestock Water Recycling, a company that is implementing technology in animal agriculture units that recycles the water and nutrients from animal agriculture systems. He has over 30 years of experience in construction and environmental technology.

 

Jay Binversie is a third generation dairy farmer and the owner of Robinway Dairy and Bucky Organics. Robinway Dairy is a 1700 cow dairy farm based in Kiel, Wisconsin. Bucky Organics is a company that produces and sells organic plant nutrients. Jay has used the Livestock Water Recycling’s system on his dairy farm for over four years, extracting the nutrients from his cow’s manure and using it to create natural organic plant nutrient supplements for farmers.

 

Ross and Jay join me today to discuss nutrient cycling and the manure economy. Ross shares what inspired him to create a system for the agriculture industry and how it impacts farm sustainability. Jay shares the agricultural and economic advantages he has experienced since installing the system on his dairy farm as well as how implementing the system has opened new opportunities for growth and revenue. We also discuss how dairy farmers can utilize the LWR recycling system to extract valuable nutrients and materials from their farms to improve their soil health, increase product yields, and make a positive impact on the economy and environment.

 

 

 

“From a sustainability perspective, what we do in terms of compacting and segregating the nutrients lets the manure economy work so you can take nutrients back to your feed sources - which you were never able to do before.” - Ross Thurston

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • How Livestock Water Recycling got started in the animal agriculture industry.
  • What inspired Ross to create the LWR system for the ag industry.
  • How the LWR system is helping farmers increase product yields and create new income streams.
  • Why Jay decided to implement the LWR system on his dairy farm.
  • The economic advantages of implementing the LWR system.
  • How using the system has impacted Jay’s life and business.
  • The primary pain point that often drives producers to connect with Ross.
  • The impact that the LWR system can have on ag sustainability.
  • How the system can reduce greenhouse gasses in the environment.
  • How it opens new opportunities for new marketplaces in the agriculture space.
  • How the system has helped Jay reduce the use of antibiotics on his dairy farm.
  • The impact that the manure economy has on a farmer’s ability to scale.
  • Why farmers are often hesitant to implement new technologies.

 

 

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Connect with Jay Binversie:

 

 

 

 

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. 

 
 

 

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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Feb 27, 2019

 

Steve Sarracino is the Founder of Activant Capital, a business that invests in growth-stage tech companies worldwide. They provide funding for businesses in commerce, Internet of Things, and data-driven companies. For agriculture, Steve prefers data-driven companies because they can act as a source of truth not just for farmers, but also for consumers. He obtained his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his BA in Finance and Economics at Southern Methodist University.

 

Steve joins me today to discuss how the farmers can benefit from data-driven startups and how it can have positive effects on the ag industry. He describes the current business models that govern the ag industry and the emerging trends in startups. He also shares the type of business models farmers need and describes the kind of companies they’re looking to invest in as well as what new ag startups should seek to address.

 

 

“Farming is basically a dirty data problem.” - Dr. David Williams

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • The current setup in the AgTech industry.
  • The type of business model that can help today's farmers.
  • Why there's a reluctance from farmers to change business models.
  • Their criteria in looking for ag business investments.
  • How their investment process works from start to finish.
  • The types of business leaders they like working with.
  • Problems in agriculture new startups should tackle.

 

 

Key Takeaways:

 

  • If you can partner with the right technology firm and sell direct, that can change the economic model.
  • The average farmer makes about 120 important decisions, all affected by data.

 

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

 

 

 

Connect with Steve Sarracino:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

 
 

 

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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Feb 20, 2019

 

Dr. David Williams is a professor of agronomy and member of the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences with the University of Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Industrial Hemp Program. He has been in the agronomic industry his entire career, wearing hats as a teacher, researcher, and practitioner. David has been a champion of industrial hemp agronomic science research since 2014.

 

David joins me today to discuss the various ways hemp can be utilized other than for its psychoactive properties. He explains what the industry currently looks like and how that will change in the coming years. He also shares some of the concerns farmers raise when it comes to growing hemp, farm data about the plant, and describes how hemp holds the potential to revolutionize the economy.

 

 

“Cannabinoids are evolutionarily thought of as a plant protection molecule. They certainly weren't put on this Earth to get humans high.” - Dr. David Williams

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • David's professional background and thoughts on Kentucky's advancements in the hemp space.
  • What the hemp industry looks like right now and how it might look in the near future.
  • Concerns on hemp sustainability and its effects on the economy.
  • How the Farm Bill will change the way the industry views and uses hemp.
  • The conditions necessary to grow hemp.
  • What farmers can do if they find out their crops are above the THC limit.
  • Common problems farmers encounter in growing hemp.
  • Challenges the hemp industry faces when it comes to scaling.
  • The selling points and applications of hemp.
  • The yield and income farmers can expect from growing hemp.

 

 

Key Takeaways:

 

  • The supply and demand for hemp are going to define the scope and scale of the industry.
  • Hemp is more than just a psychoactive plant, with applications that can potentially disrupt the industry.

 

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

 

 

Connect with Dr. David Williams:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

 
 

 

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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Feb 13, 2019

 

Zev Paiss is a Managing Partner at Farmers Support Group, a company dedicated to helping hemp farmers as well as laying down the foundations for a U.S. hemp supply chain. Their goal is to guarantee buyers for every hemp seed planted. Zev’s extensive business acumen allows him to provide the group with consultation, supply chain development, and investor relations services. He also manages the company’s sustainability development projects.

 

Zev joins me today to discuss the hemp industry, its current state, and what the future holds for it. He shares his background, why he became passionate about hemp farming, and his current projects. He explains the massive economic potential of the hemp industry and why companies in various sectors should take a look. He also describes some of the problems farmers encounter when growing hemp as well as some of his proposed solutions.

 

 

“As the market demands different products, processors are continuing what they can do and figuring out how to scale up.” - Zev Paiss

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • How Zev got started working in the hemp industry.
  • The state of the hemp industry today and what the future may hold.
  • Companies and businesses getting into the hemp industry.
  • Storing hemp products before they are processed.
  • The two emerging subsets on the CBD side of processing.
  • The necessary conditions and considerations to grow hemp.
  • Common problems farmers experience when growing hemp from the first time.

 

 

Key Takeaways:

 

  • The challenge with industrial hemp is you don't want that THC of going above 0.3%

 

 

 

Connect with Zev Paiss:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

 
 

 

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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Feb 6, 2019

 

Ken McCarty manages McCarty Family Farms, a dairy farm that has been in operation since 1914, making it more than a hundred years old. On top of using state-of-the-art equipment, their farm is also Non-GMO Project Verified. Ken is part of the fourth generation of owners and makes sure their daily operations puts emphasis on environmental sustainability and animal welfare among other concerns.

 

Ken joins me today to describe how he and his family run and manages their farm. He shares some of its rich history, its humble beginnings, and why they decided to focus on dairy products. He explains why they went after a Non-GMO certification and how it has improved the quality of their operations. He also discusses how using data instead of instinct is the right way to manage a farm.

 

 

“Growth, to us, isn't milking more cows and getting bigger. Growth is getting better every day.” - Ken McCarty

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Why you should operate in multiple, small locations instead of expanding from one big hub.
  • What his life was like before they decided to move to Kansas.
  • Focusing on exploring milk marketing opportunities and dairy farming.
  • The reason why they are Non-GMO Project verified.
  • The values and principles they want to instill in their company.
  • What's in store for McCarty Family Farms?

 

 

Key Takeaways:

 

  • Dairy from an economic development point of view is attractive to rural-American eco-devo groups.
  • Manage by the data. Let data drive your decisions.
  • Being biased will never let you manage your farms efficiently.

 

 

 

Connect with Ken McCarty:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

 
 

 

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 30, 2019

 

Dick Wittman is the Founder of Wittman Consulting, a company dedicated to training consultants who can help family farm businesses in transitional processes and agricultural finance. Dick is a former manager and the current board chair for a 20,000-acre family farm located in Idaho. He has an extensive farming and ranching background in crops, cattle, and timber. He holds a degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Idaho and a Master’s degree from the University of Utah. Currently, he focuses on public speaking and running Train-the-Trainer workshops, expanding the international resource base of agricultural consultants for family-owned businesses.

 

Dick joins me today to share why it’s important for family farm owners to adopt the “Farm CEO” mindset. He explains why family farm managers need to operate more like executives and how they can change their mindset to function at an executive level. He also shares the skills that are required today to better manage family farm businesses and the importance of being able to adapt your organization to market changes in order to to ensure future success.

 

 

“Most farmers get into farming to grow things, but if they are going to succeed, then they need to be skilled in finance, marketing, and human relations.” - Dick Wittman

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • How Dave got into the consulting side of the agricultural business.
  • The common areas for improvement and management disciplines seen in the typical family farm.
  • The background of The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP).
  • The downturn in the economic market and recognizing that businesses need to change and be optimized.
  • The quick wins that can get results and creating a to-do list of the low-hanging fruit.
  • Using the resources out there and adapting them to your operation.
  • The Train-the-Trainer seminars for consulting professionals.
  • The agricultural outlook and the opportunities to re-engineer your business.
  • How to use data management to make strategic changes and improve your bottom line.
  • Staying ahead through diversification and analysis of value-added resources.

 

 

Key Takeaways:

 

  • Strive to achieve excellence in all areas of your business.
  • Adapt existing resources for your operation.
  • Use data to make strategic business realignments.

 

 

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Connect with Dick Wittman:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This episode is sponsored by: Granular - Manage Your Farm with Confidence

 

Granular is an agriculture software company dedicated to building stronger, more profitable farms. Since 2014, Granular has become a leader in developing web and mobile apps grounded in advanced data science technology to help farmers make data-driven, real-time business and agriculture decisions with greater confidence.

 

To learn more about how Granular’s digital solutions can help you better manage your farm, visit Granular.ag.

 

 

 

2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30

 

Help us celebrate the top 30 future leaders of agriculture! Nominate your favorite up-and-coming, future executives, innovators, and influencers in the following agriculture categories:

 

  • Agribusiness
  • Production Agriculture
  • Research & Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Advocacy

 

Nominations for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list are now open and are scheduled to close Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Self-nominations are accepted.

 

Winners will be announced March 2019.

 

To learn more about the eligibility requirements, announcement date and location, and to nominate for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list, visit: 30Under30.ag

 

 

 

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. 

 
 

 

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! 

 

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Jan 23, 2019

 

Jeff and Garrett Sims are the owners of Sims Farms, a family-owned and operated ag business in the Centralia, Missouri area. The farm was established in 1967, and they’re the 5th generation of farmers who manage and oversee its day-to-day operations. Some of the services they offer include stewardship, soybeans production, and commercial corn production.

 

Jeff and Garrett join me today to describe how Granular has enabled them to manage their business at a more efficient rate. They share how they run the farm, the people they employ, and the crops they grow. They discuss how they adapted to new technologies and how Granular has served as one of their best investments. They also explain the importance of knowing which “shiny object” to focus on and how to tell if a new tool is worth your time.

 

 

“It's great to sell a product, but you have to have people and systems in place to make it work.” - Jeff Sims

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Jeff and Garrett Sims' farming operations and how they manage their farm.
  • Their transition from traditional to automated farm management.
  • How Granular helped them establish an efficient farm system.
  • Sorting through the many new tools and technologies available to them.
  • What matters most when considering using new technology.
  • The number of people they employ and their responsibilities around the farm.
  • Tasks they spend more time on now than they did when they were starting out.
  • What they need to put more emphasis on to continue growing.
  • What they're excited about in the future of agriculture.

 

 

Key Takeaways:

 

  • Some of the technologies out there today give us a good indication of what's coming.
  • All technologies need to be looked at and applied to your business in some way or form.
  • Adapting to new technology isn't as expensive as it was decades ago.
  • As farms become bigger and more complex, you need to hire outside help.

 

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

 

 

Connect with Jeff and Garrett Sims:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This episode is sponsored by: Granular - Manage Your Farm with Confidence

 

Granular is an agriculture software company dedicated to building stronger, more profitable farms. Since 2014, Granular has become a leader in developing web and mobile apps grounded in advanced data science technology to help farmers make data-driven, real-time business and agriculture decisions with greater confidence.

 

To learn more about how Granular’s digital solutions can help you better manage your farm, visit Granular.ag.

 

 

 

2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30

 

Help us celebrate the top 30 future leaders of agriculture! Nominate your favorite up-and-coming, future executives, innovators, and influencers in the following agriculture categories:

 

  • Agribusiness
  • Production Agriculture
  • Research & Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Advocacy

 

Nominations for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list are now open and are scheduled to close Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Self-nominations are accepted.

 

Winners will be announced March 2019.

 

To learn more about the eligibility requirements, announcement date and location, and to nominate for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list, visit: 30Under30.ag

 

 

 

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. 

 
 

 

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 16, 2019

 

Sid Gorham is the President & CEO of Granular, a software and analytics platform that aims to improve farming efficiency and help farmers make better, well-informed business decisions. As the leader of Granular, his responsibilities include setting growth strategies and maintaining a rich and diverse entrepreneurial culture as they scale the company. His extensive experience in leading companies in the tech and mobile industries, as well as seeing the needs of the ag industry, has served as one of his primary drivers in starting the company.

 

Sid joins me today to share how Granular enables farmers to operate and manage their farms better. He shares his passion for tech, his interests in applying tech in farms, and how he got inspired to start Granular. He describes the farming problems their company solves, explains how their business works, and how they integrate new farmers into using their platform. He also discusses some of the current innovations in ag as well as shares his thoughts on the future of farming and agriculture.

 

“In the next 3-5 years, we're going to see a dramatic change in how farmers market their crops and use risk management tools.” - Sid Gorham

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Sid Gorham's tech background and what he finds unique in agriculture.
  • What Granular is and his inspiration in founding this type of company.
  • Where agriculture is right now regarding innovative history.
  • The benefits of using Granular for your ag business.
  • The hardships and successes he experienced in establishing Granular.
  • What AcreValue is and how it helps business-minded farmers.
  • Current problems in the industry that still needs solving.
  • Tips on improving business and employee productivity.

 

 

Key Takeaways:

 

  • The family-owned business structure is unique and dominant in the agriculture industry.
  • It's rare to run across a farmer who isn't trying anything related to data technology.

 

 

Connect with Sid Gorham:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This episode is sponsored by: Granular - Manage Your Farm with Confidence

 

Granular is an agriculture software company dedicated to building stronger, more profitable farms. Since 2014, Granular has become a leader in developing web and mobile apps grounded in advanced data science technology to help farmers make data-driven, real-time business and agriculture decisions with greater confidence.

 

To learn more about how Granular’s digital solutions can help you better manage your farm, visit Granular.ag.

 

 

 

2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30

 

Help us celebrate the top 30 future leaders of agriculture! Nominate your favorite up-and-coming, future executives, innovators, and influencers in the following agriculture categories:

 

  • Agribusiness
  • Production Agriculture
  • Research & Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Advocacy

 

Nominations for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list are now open and are scheduled to close Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Self-nominations are accepted.

 

Winners will be announced March 2019.

 

To learn more about the eligibility requirements, announcement date and location, and to nominate for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list, visit: 30Under30.ag

 

 

 

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. 

 
 

 

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 9, 2019

 

Justin Dahlgren and Eric Thalken are farm managers in Nebraska. They have adapted to using Granular, one of the world’s leading farm management software tools. Granular provides farmers with all the necessary tools that analyze operational, agronomic, and financial information for their farms. Justin’s farm primarily grows corn and soybeans tied to their 8,000-head feedlot. On the other hand, Eric’s 2,300-acre farm has transitioned to organic farming recently and aims to be 100% organic this year.

 

Justin and Eric join me today to share their passion for agriculture and how they utilized current technologies to optimize farm management. They discuss what their farms are all about, the crops they produce, and their specific roles. They describe some of the farming practices that improved the introduction of innovative software. They also explain how farm owners should interpret data in a way that benefits their farming operations and share what they believe the future of agriculture will be like in 25 years.

 

 

“Regenerative agriculture will become a commodity because that will be the only way to produce crops that people want to consume.” - Justin Dahlgren

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Justin's and Eric's farm backgrounds and their current agricultural ventures.
  • Why Justin transitioned to organic farming and how it started.
  • How they determine if they can scale a process.
  • What brought Justin from Sales Agronomy to farming again?
  • Focusing on new prospects and how to choose among many new ‘shiny objects’.
  • Utilizing data gathered from different types of technologies in their farms.
  • Technologies that significantly impacted their farming practices.
  • The people they plan to hire to make data analysis easier.
  • What they believe the agriculture setting will look like in the next few decades

 

 

Key Takeaways:

 

  • Technology is helping farmers become more regenerative.
  • It's not humanly possible to get through all the data and get through everything that is actionable.
  • Farmers have been collecting data for decades, but many farmers have yet to fully utilize them to make the right decisions.

 

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

 

 

Connect with Justin Dahlgren:

 

  • Facebook
  • Email: jdahlgren93@hotmail.com

 

 

Connect with Eric Thalken:

 

 

 

 

 

 

This episode is sponsored by: Granular - Manage Your Farm with Confidence

 

Granular is an agriculture software company dedicated to building stronger, more profitable farms. Since 2014, Granular has become a leader in developing web and mobile apps grounded in advanced data science technology to help farmers make data-driven, real-time business and agriculture decisions with greater confidence.

 

To learn more about how Granular’s digital solutions can help you better manage your farm, visit Granular.ag.

 

 

 

2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30

 

Help us celebrate the top 30 future leaders of agriculture! Nominate your favorite up-and-coming, future executives, innovators, and influencers in the following agriculture categories:

 

  • Agribusiness
  • Production Agriculture
  • Research & Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Advocacy

 

Nominations for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list are now open and are scheduled to close Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Self-nominations are accepted.

 

Winners will be announced March 2019.

 

To learn more about the eligibility requirements, announcement date and location, and to nominate for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list, visit: 30Under30.ag

 

 

 

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. 

 
 

 

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 2, 2019

Tim Moffett is known as the Ag Comedian, as he blends comedy and farming into a finely tuned and unique craft. He likes to combine everyday life on the farm and stand-up comedy to show everyone there is always something to smile and laugh about - even in agriculture. Tim frequently performs at agriculture conventions, fairs, business meetings, corporate events, and even at family reunions.

 

Tim joins me today to discuss comedy in agriculture, a side to the industry most think doesn’t exist. He shares his family background and how he discovered his passion for comedy. He discusses some of his favorite comedic materials and how he engages with his core audience. He also shares his opinions on the idea of organic farming and vaccinations.

 

 

“Not just in agriculture, but life can get you down. Sometimes you just need a good laugh.” - Tim Moffett

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Tim's farm background and how he combines comedy and farming.
  • How he manages their farming business and their Happy Cheese concept.
  • What kept him motivated to run his farm despite the stress of being a comedian.
  • How he appeals to his core ag audience.
  • The material he uses for his comedy that relates to agriculture.
  • Why he's not a fan of vaccinations for his cows.

 

 

Key Takeaways:

 

  • You can only grow as a person by having a mentor that will tell you when you're awful.

 

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

 

 

Connect with Tim Moffett:

 

 

 

 

 

2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30

 

Help us celebrate the top 30 future leaders of agriculture! Nominate your favorite up-and-coming, future executives, innovators, and influencers in the following agriculture categories:

 

  • Agribusiness
  • Production Agriculture
  • Research & Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Advocacy

 

Nominations for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list are now open and are scheduled to close Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Self-nominations are accepted.

 

Winners will be announced March 2019.

 

To learn more about the eligibility requirements, announcement date, and location, and to nominate for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list, visit: 30Under30.ag

 

 

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. 

 
 

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

AgGrad Website

Dec 26, 2018

 

The concept of Soil Health deals with making sure the land where our farms stand will remain the same for the next generation. This was the goal of my journey in bringing the awareness of soil health to the world, and I couldn’t have done it without the help of Jim Loar of Cool Planet.

 

This special episode will be the culmination of all the farms I visited and the amazing farmers I met along the way. I share where I draw my passion for agriculture and being immersed in this scientifically-driven industry. I discuss the different aspects of agriculture and the farmers who best represented them. I explain how much technology is driving the recent agricultural innovations. I also describe the people behind the farms I went to and how they’re contributing to soil health and sustainability.

 

 

“Agriculture exists to solve our most complex problems to meet our most basic needs."

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Round-up of the Stories from the Soil visits and episodes.
  • Where my love for agriculture came from.
  • The farmers I met along the way and why they're awesome.
  • How data and technology have affected the way farmers manage and operate farms today.
  • How innovation is driving the growth of the agriculture industry.
  • The six aspects of agriculture and what they mean from a global perspective.

 

 

Key Takeaways:

 

  • There is an element in agriculture of collaboration. Be willing to help out your neighbor.
  • If you're not doing what's right for the soil, it's going to be very difficult to sustain it for the next generation.

 

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

 

 

 

 

2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30

 

Help us celebrate the top 30 future leaders of agriculture! Nominate your favorite up-and-coming, future executives, innovators, and influencers in the following agriculture categories:

 

  • Agribusiness
  • Production Agriculture
  • Research & Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Advocacy

 

Nominations for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list are now open and are scheduled to close Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Self-nominations are accepted.

 

Winners will be announced March 2019.

 

To learn more about the eligibility requirements, announcement date and location, and to nominate for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list, visit: 30Under30.ag

 

 

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. 

 
 

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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Dec 19, 2018

 

Davon Cook is the Co-Founder of Ag Progress, a company that provides management consulting, family business advisory, and facilitation for ag ventures and other groups. Davon facilitates peer groups of ag operations and is a member of the Family Firm Institute, one of the most extensive networks of thought leaders in the family enterprise field. She received her master’s degree from Texas A&M in Ag Econ and her MBA from the University of Illinois.

 

Davon joins me to share the inspiration behind starting Ag Progress and how their firm works. She describes how their business consulting services help farm owners improve their businesses and the different challenges they face with each client. She also explains the three circles of family business. what succession planning means, and shares what she expects to happen in the future for the ag industry.

 

 

“When you change something in one aspect of the organization, there's movement in other places; it has an impact on the entire system itself." - Davon Cook

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Why Davon calls themselves family business advisors.
  • The difference between corporate farms and family farms.
  • How they started their business and the inspiration behind it.
  • The core business challenges they tackle.
  • The life cycle of any business and their different stages.
  • The three circles of family business and the difference between farms in the '90s and farms today.
  • The definition of succession planning and how they help owners manage it.
  • The changes she expects to see in the future for the family farm industry.

 

 

Manager Minute

 

  • Set goals and your to-do list in A, B, and C categories. Try to focus on what's on your A-list as much as possible.

 

 

Key Takeaways:

 

  • There is value in having the tough conversations by a business owner with their team.
  • Don't assume parting ways is a failure if you're doing the right thing for your family or the business' health.
  • An organization is made up of several parts, each one complimenting and affecting the other.

 

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

 

Connect with Davon Cook:

 

 

 

 

 

2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30

 

Help us celebrate the top 30 future leaders of agriculture! Nominate your favorite up-and-coming, future executives, innovators, and influencers in the following agriculture categories:

 

  • Agribusiness
  • Production Agriculture
  • Research & Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Advocacy

 

Nominations for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list are now open and are scheduled to close Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Self-nominations are accepted.

 

Winners will be announced March 2019.

 

To learn more about the eligibility requirements, announcement date and location, and to nominate for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list, visit: 30Under30.ag

 

 

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. 

 
 

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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Dec 12, 2018

Joe Breker is the owner of the Coteau des Prairies, a getaway lodge that offers stunning views surrounded by prairie farms and fields. He has been farming for over 40 years and practices what the industry calls “No-till” farming, a method that prioritizes soil health. With his skills and knowledge, Joe managed to successfully operate his farm during the dry ‘80s and wet ‘90s, as well as each decade’s poor farm economy.

Joe joins me today to describe how his conservative farming practices have improved their farm’s soil health. He shares how his father was a sustainable farmer and what he did to build on what his father started. He also describes what no-till farming is, how it helps to restore damaged soil and explains the science behind management practices and how it affects soil health for decades.

 

“Once you lose soil health, it's really difficult to get it back." - Joe Breker

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • The farming legacy Joe is a part of and how his father ran the farm.
  • What no-till farming is and what made him utilize this method.
  • How he started his journey in soil health.
  • Maintaining commitment to soil health despite poor farming business conditions.
  • How he processes their compost and the processes involved.
  • Building soil health and how they nurse damaged soil back to health.

Key Takeaways:

  • Farmers know production losses happen because of management practices on their farm.
  • You can't fully restore the health of soil, but you can devise ways to improve it.

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

Connect with Joe Breker:

 

2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30

 

Help us celebrate the top 30 future leaders of agriculture! Nominate your favorite up-and-coming, future executives, innovators, and influencers in the following agriculture categories:

 

  • Agribusiness
  • Production Agriculture
  • Research & Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Advocacy

 

Nominations for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list are now open and are scheduled to close Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Self-nominations are accepted.

 

Winners will be announced March 2019.

 

To learn more about the eligibility requirements, announcement date and location, and to nominate for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list, visit: 30Under30.ag

 

 

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. 

 
 

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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Dec 5, 2018

Brady Sidwell is the owner of Sidwell Strategies, a commodity brokerage that provides a variety of risk management solutions that caters towards those in the agricultural industry. They help farmers manage price risks by trading futures and options on the commodity market. Before focusing on this type of business, Brady enjoyed traveling to 95 countries and working in a lot of them. The experiences he had on his many trips allowed him to form a better understanding of how the economy on agriculture works from a global perspective and apply that to his business.

 

Brady joins me today to share his passion for helping farmers and how it led to the start of Sidwell Strategies. He shares his academic and career highlights, some of the countries he’s worked in and what he learned from them. He describes how China is trying to emulate how Americans look at farming as well as the difference between farmers from either country. He also discusses some of their projects for the coming months.

 

 

“If you think you want to do something, go get an internship related to it and see if that is what you want to do." - Brady Sidwell

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • His academic and career achievements and how he ended up working in the agriculture industry.
  • The Chinese mindset and the ways they're trying to catch up with the American model.
  • The big difference between farmers in the US and farmers in China.
  • What made him leave and eventually return to farming.
  • How big his team is right now and some of their current projects.
  • His experience while visiting North Korea.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Places that are least populated are where agriculture is the most productive.
  • The entrepreneurial mindset is what sets business leaders apart from those who just want to run a business.

 

Connect with Brady Sidwell:

 

2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30

 

Help us celebrate the top 30 future leaders of agriculture! Nominate your favorite up-and-coming, future executives, innovators, and influencers in the following agriculture categories:

 

  • Agribusiness
  • Production Agriculture
  • Research & Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Advocacy

 

Nominations for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list are now open and are scheduled to close Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Self-nominations are accepted.

 

Winners will be announced March 2019.

 

To learn more about the eligibility requirements, announcement date, and location, and to nominate for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list, visit: 30Under30.ag

 

 

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. 

 
 

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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Nov 28, 2018

 

Irving Fain is the CEO & Co-Founder of Bowery Farming, a company that seeks to innovate indoor and urban farming through sustainable methods without the need for pesticides. He is a seasoned entrepreneur who is passionate about expanding access to quality produce. Before he became the CEO of Bowery Farming, Irving began his career assisting early-stage companies and startups in raising capital as an investment banker.

 

Irving joins me today to discuss how he and his company plan to improve indoor farming. He explains the many benefits to indoor farming and what separates them from other companies. He discusses some of the projects they’re running and will run in the near future and shares why they decided to focus on indoor farming. He also explains the technologies they use to reinvent and innovate the local produce supply chain.

 

 

“The best way to generate positive impact is tying that to an economically viable business model." -Irving Fain

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • What Bowery Farming is and why they focused on indoor farming.
  • The technologies that allowed the innovations they developed.
  • What Bowery Farming looks like today.
  • Why they prioritize being in the commercial farming business.
  • Managing pests and diseases without the use of pesticides.
  • The most exciting aspect of their business.

 

 

 

Key Takeaways:

 

  • In building businesses, focus matters a lot. Being focused is a critical component in being successful.
  • With the current systems we have, not only can we know what's happening with the crop, but also what we expect to see from it.

 

 

Connect with Irving Fain:

 

 

 

 

 

2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30

 

Help us celebrate the top 30 future leaders of agriculture! Nominate your favorite up-and-coming, future executives, innovators, and influencers in the following agriculture categories:

 

  • Agribusiness
  • Production Agriculture
  • Research & Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Advocacy

 

Nominations for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list are now open and are scheduled to close Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Self-nominations are accepted.

 

Winners will be announced March 2019.

 

To learn more about the eligibility requirements, announcement date and location, and to nominate for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list, visit: 30Under30.ag

 

 

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 21, 2018

 

Israel Morales Sr. is JV Farms Organic’s lead grower, carrying with him over forty years of farming experience. JV Farms Organic is committed to growing organic crops in an innovative and eco-friendly manner. Israel has extensive experience in not just knowing what produce matches the type of soil you have, but also the various factors involved in soil health. From types of plants and soil varieties to the very insects thriving within the soil itself, Israel’s wisdom regarding organic farming only serves to impress his younger peers.

 

Israel joins me today to impart his wisdom regarding soil health. He shares the story of he and his family came to California and how he met his partner and started JV Farms Organic. He describes what the farm was like before they developed techniques to improve the soil and what it looks like today. Israel also explains how their farm solved the pest issue without the use of pesticides.

 

 

“Your footprints are the best fertilizer. Walk the field." - Israel Morales

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • How Israel came to settle in California.
  • The kind of produce he grows on his farm.
  • How they made the soil capable of growing a variety of plants.
  • The challenges he faced in improving soil health and removing weeds.
  • The best lesson he's learned in his 40 years of being a farmer.
  • When he plans on retiring and what he'll do afterward.

 

 

 

Key Takeaways:

 

  • In maintaining soil health, it's all in the balance of minerals.

 

 

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

 

Connect with Israel Morales:

 

 

 

 

 

2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30

 

Help us celebrate the top 30 future leaders of agriculture! Nominate your favorite up-and-coming, future executives, innovators, and influencers in the following agriculture categories:

 

  • Agribusiness
  • Production Agriculture
  • Research & Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Advocacy

 

Nominations for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list are now open and are scheduled to close Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Self-nominations are accepted.

 

Winners will be announced March 2019.

 

To learn more about the eligibility requirements, announcement date and location, and to nominate for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list, visit: 30Under30.ag

 

 

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. 

 
 

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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Nov 14, 2018

 

Connie Bowen is the Principal and Program Manager of The Yield Lab as well as the Principal of Cultivation Capital. The Yield Lab is an accelerator program for entrepreneurs in the agriculture industry. The program’s mission is to enable agribusinesses to revolutionize agrifood systems and promote sustainability through educational resources and support.

 

Connie joins me today to share The Yield Lab’s mission and how they help entrepreneurs build sustainable agribusinesses through their accelerator program. She discusses how technology is impacting the agriculture industry, how the company utilizes agtech to promote global expansion, and how the company is revolutionizing the accelerator model. She also shares what startup agribusinesses can expect by applying and participating in The Yield Lab’s programs as well as her perspective on the state of technology in the agriculture industry.

 

 

“Our global network is an asset for companies - so we can help them to expand at a rate that is appropriate for them.” - Connie Bowen

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • What inspired her to build a career in the agriculture industry.
  • How she began working with The Yield Lab.
  • How the company is revolutionizing the way accelerators are meeting the needs of agtech and agribusinesses.
  • How The Yield Lab defines agtech.
  • What agribusinesses can expect when applying and working with the accelerator program.
  • Why the company decided to expand into multiple countries.
  • Which countries are their accelerator programs currently available?
  • How The Yield Lab customizes their programs to meet the needs of their portfolio companies.
  • The various programs available through the program.
  • Her perspective on the state of agtech.

 

 

Key Takeaways:

 

  • It is very difficult to expand into a new foreign country, but it is necessary for companies to scale.
  • There is a need for more people to look at ag as a very serious opportunity for innovation.
  • Ag technology, right now, is such a collaborative space.

 

 

Connect with Connie Bowen:

 

 

 

 

2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30

 

Help us celebrate the top 30 future leaders of agriculture! Nominate your favorite up-and-coming, future executives, innovators, and influencers in the following agriculture categories:

 

  • Agribusiness
  • Production Agriculture
  • Research & Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Advocacy

 

Nominations for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list are now open and are scheduled to close Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Self-nominations are accepted.

 

Winners will be announced March 2019.

 

To learn more about the eligibility requirements, announcement date and location, and to nominate for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list, visit: 30Under30.ag

 

 

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. 

 
 

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

AgGrad Website

AgGrad on Twitter 
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Nov 7, 2018

 

Nave Strauss is an arborist and the Director of Street Tree Planting for NYC Parks. His primary function is to make sure New York City and its surrounding areas are equipped with the right combination of trees and plants that can help sustain both public and environmental health. He obtained a degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Forestry from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY in 2008 and has worked with NYC Parks since 2009. He and his team aim to become the best tree planting program in the world.

 

Nave joins me today to share his passion for trees and environmental sustainability. He explains what an arborist is, what they do, and how they participate in various programs involving nature and trees. He also discusses the considerations made when assessing locations and trees to be planted and explains how they aim to improve soil health by way of enhancing soil microbiome as well as how they make use of biochar.

 

 

“Trees are are investments that will outlive all of us." -Nave Strauss

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • What an arborist is and the responsibilities that come with this title.
  • Why it's not odd to be an arborist in New York City.
  • The amount of resources New York City should put into its parks.
  • How trees factor into the public and environmental health in cities.
  • Assessing the number of trees as well as the kind of trees needed per area.
  • What soil science says about soil health and how they address it.
  • Short and long-term solutions to improving soil microbiome.
  • Processes involved in basic tree health.
  • What made Nave choose to work in New York City.

 

 

 

Key Takeaways:

 

  • Governments shouldn’t hesitate to put more resources on tree planting because the benefits trees provide are in the interest of public health.
  • An arborist’s main job is to speak for the trees.

 

 

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

 

Connect with Nave Strauss:

 

 

 

 

 

2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30

 

Help us celebrate the top 30 future leaders of agriculture! Nominate your favorite up-and-coming, future executives, innovators, and influencers in the following agriculture categories:

 

  • Agribusiness
  • Production Agriculture
  • Research & Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Advocacy

 

Nominations for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list are now open and are scheduled to close Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Self-nominations are accepted.

 

Winners will be announced March 2019.

 

To learn more about the eligibility requirements, announcement date and location, and to nominate for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list, visit: 30Under30.ag

 

 

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. 

 
 

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

AgGrad Website

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Oct 31, 2018

 

Alexander Reichert is the Co-Founder & CEO of AgVend, an eCommerce platform that partners with various ag retailers to adapt to the evolving needs of American farmers. Their platform allows farmers to connect with retailers and purchase their products and/or services anywhere and at any time. Alex practices the Build-Measure-Learn philosophy in his life and believes customer satisfaction isn’t an option, but a critical part of success in any industry.

 

Alexander joins me today to describe AgVend, what inspired him to start the company, how it works, and how it seeks to help farmers. He explains the need to have an online presence in the ag industry and why farmers today are more open to online retail stores. He discusses the various ways AgVend can help both farmers and ag retailers in as transparent a manner as possible. He also shares the values and culture he promotes in his company.

 

 

“The ones who start and get on track early are the ones who will be most successful." - Alexander Reichert

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • What AgVend is and what it is designed to do.
  • The story that inspired him to start AgVend.
  • The reason behind the surge of online eCommerce platforms in the ag space.
  • How they develop their business strategies and project ideas.
  • How they guarantee a healthy and profitable platform.
  • Fixing constantly fluctuating quotations on online items.
  • Why customers would be inclined to use their platform.
  • The company values he instills in AgVend.

 

 

Manager Minute

 

  • Retrofitting a culture to a company is nearly impossible.

 

 

Key Takeaways:

 

  • Growers appreciate if they can work with retailers within their community.
  • Technological solutions that combine with the human element are the ones that stick.
  • Farmers today are more comfortable in obtaining information and buying ag products online.

 

 

Connect with Alexander Reichert:

 

 

 

 

 

2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30

 

Help us celebrate the top 30 future leaders of agriculture! Nominate your favorite up-and-coming, future executives, innovators, and influencers in the following agriculture categories:

 

  • Agribusiness
  • Production Agriculture
  • Research & Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Advocacy

 

Nominations for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list are now open and are scheduled to close Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Self-nominations are accepted.

 

Winners will be announced March 2019.

 

To learn more about the eligibility requirements, announcement date and location, and to nominate for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list, visit: 30Under30.ag

 

 

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. 

 
 

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

AgGrad Website

AgGrad on Twitter 
AgGrad on Facebook 
AgGrad on LinkedIn 
AgGrad on Instagram 

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