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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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Now displaying: February, 2020
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.

 

Learn more about AgGrad by visiting: 

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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.

 

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

 

 

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.

 

Learn more about AgGrad by visiting: 

Future of Agriculture Website

AgGrad Website

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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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: 

Future of Agriculture Website

AgGrad Website

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

 

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.

 

 

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Connect with Micki Seibel

 

 

 

 

 

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

AgGrad Website

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

 

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