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Future of Agriculture – Helping Farmers Sell Direct to Food Service with Chris Damico of Farm’d

Chris Damico is the CEO and Founder at Farm’d. Farm’d is described as an online platform that enables farmers to connect to local buyers directly. The idea was born from annual price hikes, long transits, and expensive middlemen. Chris’ company benefit farmers through their transparency in market prices and profitability, as well as offer convenient ways to confirm and adjust orders in real time.

Chris joins me today to describe how Farm’d works and how farmers can join the platforms. He shares what it was like to source for capital and the company’s humble beginnings. He explains how their platform works, the services they offer, and the benefits to both consumer and seller. Chris also discusses what they’re looking for in future users.

“If the technology’s not right at the right time, it’s not going to work.” – Chris Damico

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • How he stumbled on the issues regarding food sourcing.
  • Putting farmers first and how their programs work.
  • Handling food demand and how their farmers are prepared to sell direct.
  • Why the online marketplace is everything in this type of business.
  • The profitability of being part of their system.
  • Sourcing funds from angel investors when they were starting out.
  • Their criteria for farmers wanting to join their platform.

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Shark Farmer Podcast – Bridgette Readel not so wicked stepmom

Get to know the woman who is always posting those agronomic videos on twitter.


Bridgette Readel talks about being a stepmom and a woman in ag

What the Farm Podcast – Jenny Hefty giving back

What do you do when a kid’s “Make A Wish” request is to see big farm equipment? You send him to a farm show!

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: What gets turned on… must be turned off!

Pulse width modulated circuits made easy!

Duty cycles

Salt of the Earth Podcast – Farm Tours Ireland

Farm Tours Ireland was set up in 2012, by long established Louth-based agricultural advisors, father and son team, Gerry and Aonghus Giggins. It was launched in response to a growing appetite among professionals and farmers from overseas, wishing to visit and experience at first-hand, Ireland’s innovative farming and food industry. Here, Aonghus gives some background to the story of operating in what is a niche but burgeoning marketplace.

Future of Agriculture – Irrigation Technology with Leif Chastaine of Waterbit

Leif Chastaine is the Co-founder and COO of WaterBit. WaterBit is a precision ag irrigation company that wants to solve farming problems through its Automated Irrigation Solution technology. Before Leif cofounded WaterBit, he founded and helped grow other companies in the IoT and photography industry. He obtained his BBA in Production and Operations Management from Boise State University.

Leif joins me today to explain how WaterBit can help farmers gather water data through their sensor technology. He shares the humble beginnings of WaterBit and the difficulty in raising funds for this kind of startup. He discusses the pain points farmers have and how they built a solution around those issues. Leif also describes how WaterBit is unique in a type of market that is always full of standout startups.

“Someday we’ll get to the point where you just walk out into the field, stick a device anywhere, and it just simply works.” – Leif Chastaine

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • How WaterBit got started and the problems they want to address.
  • Their sensor technology and how it works for farmers and irrigation needs.
  • Why water cost isn’t the pain point their market is concerned with.
  • Staying close to home in terms of company expansion.
  • How WaterBit stands out in the type of industry they’re in.
  • Placing sensors in the field and how it gathers data.
  • Their company’s plans for the future and the tech they plan to develop.

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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! 

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Shark Farmer Podcast – Ted Hamer black cloud shades less everyday

What the Farm Podcast – Jay Hill not your average farmer

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Don’t let your engine be hot headed. Go with the flow!

Understanding and diagnosing thermostats and electric cooling fans.

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – Always read the questions

Tonight I headed east to Cambridgeshire to talk to arable farmer, David Walston.

We talked about his early days at Eton College with some very famous classmates, the London photography business that he set up after university, and his eventual return to the family farm. 

We also went into some of his illustrious family history, talked about his Father Oliver Walston, his Nuffield study into soil health, and discussed many of the positive things he’s doing on the farm, as well as an innovative new project he’s involved with.

All this and much, much more. 

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