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Salt of the Earth Podcast – Aidan Connolly, CEO Cainthus

In this podcast episode, I speak with Aidan Connolly, CEO of Cainthus, a computer vision company that turns visual information into actionable insights for farmers. Aidan has also served as Chief Innovation Officer with Alltech and more recently accepted into the prestigious Forbes Technology Council.

Future of Agriculture Podcast – A New Ag Lending Model with Bill York of FarmOp Capital

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

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

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

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

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

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Shark Farmer Podcast – Craig Hickman NZ farmer

Is farming a birthright?

Listen as I talk to Craig Hickman about how he became an equity owner in his dairy, even though he didn’t come from a farm family

What the Farm Podcast – Jack Sintic the future is interested in ag

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Call the police…someone stole my throttle cable!

What you need to know about drive-by-wire throttle control.

Future of Agriculture Podcast – AI for Precision Ag Decision Support with Anastasia Volkova of FluroSat

What the Farm Podcast – Kim Salerno ag social media

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AgTech…So What Podcast – Victor Friedberg on Systems Investing and Transition from Commodity

There aren’t very many Venture Capital funds focused on food systems transformation, but today’s guest co-founded one of them. Victor Friedberg is the co-founder of S2G ventures, a Chicago-based firm that has backed companies across the ag and food industries such as Beyond Meat, Maple Hill Creamery, X, and Y. Victor is also the founder of Foodshot Global, a non-profit consortium of companies focused on creating a food system that’s more healthy, sustainable, and equitable.

Victor’s background is as a tech entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, where he built one of the early social networks and raised money from corporates like Motorola and Venture Capital firms. But now Victor is interested in helping revolutionize the food system, bringing technology, systems thinking, and capital to support game changing innovations.

In this episode, Victor and I chat about a range of things, from how he became interested in the food system (hint: it involves a vacation), to the opportunities he sees for farmers as more technologies and new business models challenge the status quo of the current system.

He also shares a story about the intersection of new technologies and established practices. You’ll have to listen to the episode to hear the story, but here’s the result 🙂

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To learn more about Victor and what he’s up to, check out these additional resources:

Shark Farmer Podcast – Kylie Epperson rising from ashes

Imagine investing everything into something on your farm… only to see it go up in flames.
Listen to Kylie Epperson talk about her views on farming and more.

Salt of the Earth Podcast – Thomson & Joseph

David Atherton, CEO of Thomson & Joseph, a UK-based dairy nutritionist and soils expert, provides some background to an intriguing soil-improvement programme that he has helped pioneer.