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Future of Agriculture Podcast – The Treasure and the Measure of Regenerative Agriculture with Russ Conser of Blue Nest Beef

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

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

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

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

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

Resources Mentioned

Connect with Russ Conser

This episode is sponsored by Indigo Ag

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

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

Indigo. From questions… we grow.

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

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Future of Agriculture Podcast – Dr. Ray Goldberg, the Father of Agribusiness

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

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

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

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

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

Connect with Dr. Ray Goldberg

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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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Future of Agriculture Podcast – The Journey of an AgTech Entrepreneur with Colin Hurd of Smart Ag

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

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

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

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

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

Connect with Colin Hurd

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!

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Future of Agriculture Podcast – Data Insights for Farms of All Sizes with Mariana Vasconcelos of Agrosmart

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

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

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

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

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

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Mariana Vasconcelos

This episode is sponsored by Indigo Ag

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

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

Indigo. From questions… we grow.

We Are a Part of a Bigger Family! 

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

Join the Conversation!

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

Share the Ag-Love! 

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Future of Agriculture Podcast – Farm Tour with Shay Myers of Owyhee

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

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

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

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

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

Connect with Shay Myers

This episode is sponsored by Indigo Ag

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

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

Indigo. From questions… we grow.

We Are a Part of a Bigger Family! 

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

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!

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Future of Agriculture Podcast – Nematodes in Space with Dr Fatma Kaplan and Cameron Schiller of AstroNematode

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

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

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

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

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

Resources Mentioned

Connect with Dr. Fatma Kaplan and Cameron Schiller

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!

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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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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!

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

Future of Agriculture Podcast – Bringing People to the Table to Innovate in Animal Agriculture with Kerryann Kocher

Kerryann Cocher is a Principal at Rock Road Consulting, a practice that focuses on improving the translation of science and technology into something that will give value to farmers, ranchers, and other producers. Kerryann specializes in helping struggling ag businesses to be competitive again by providing re-engineering solutions. She is also an expert on animal health, feed ingredients, and protein production.

Kerryann joins me today to share the various opportunities and untapped potential in animal agriculture. She describes the challenges that the animal agriculture industry currently faces and the solutions she proposes to resolve these issues. She also explains how she brings people to the table to innovate in animal agriculture and why she remains motivated about the success of the animal agriculture industry.

“It’s more than a choice to play in ag; it’s a lifelong commitment.” – Kerryann Kocher

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • The jump she made from working in the corporate environment to starting a company of her own.
  • Practical problems she helps her clients address.
  • The reason behind the lack of innovation regarding animal health.
  • How to make the animal agriculture industry more innovative to catch up with the competition.
  • Areas of agriculture that are more at risk than others.
  • How dietary changes can affect the meat and dairy industry.
  • The conversations she’s had with industry professionals about the future of protein.
  • Why she remains motivated in the success of the animal ag industry.

Resources Mentioned:

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This episode is sponsored by Indigo Ag

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

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

Indigo. From questions… we grow.

We Are a Part of a Bigger Family! 

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

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!

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Future of Agriculture – Profitable and Sustainable Agriculture at Scale with Shonda Warner of Chess Ag Full Harvest Partners

Shonda Warner is the Owner of Chess Ag Full Harvest Partners, an asset management business that specializes in investing in the agricultural industry. She has over 25 years of experience in financial asset management and once held the position of Executive Director at Goldman Sachs. Shonda gained experience in trading grains from her career at Cargill in Kansas City and Minneapolis.

Shonda joins me today to discuss how Chess Ag Full Harvest works and how it makes investing in agriculture easier. She shares her inspiration for starting the company, the systems they have in place, and their commitment to having a good impact on the environment. Shonda also shares her advice to those who want to start a business in the ag industry.

“We need to be good stewards of the earth and the communities in which we’re active.” – Shonda Warner

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • How she formed the idea of starting Chess Ag Full Harvest Partners
  • The company’s first investments and their returns.
  • The problems they want to solve involving ancillary services to make farming a successful venture.
  • Her sales pitch to investors and the projects she proposed.
  • Their commitment to the environment and the community.
  • The scale of their operations and their plans for further expansion.
  • The products they produce in their facilities.
  • Her advice to the young generation who are interested in starting their own ag business.

Resources mentioned:

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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!

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