Future of Agriculture

Future of Agriculture: Agtech Foodtech and Ag Entrepreneurship with Louisa Burwood-Taylor of Agfunder

AgTech has experienced quite a boom over the years. There is no question that innovation can boost tremendous improvements in the Agriculture industry. And like me, many Agriculture professionals and business owners are curious and eagerly awaiting the next big thing from AgTech.

Louisa Burwood-Taylor is currently at the heart of the AgTech industry as the Chief Editor of AgFunderNews.com. She was originally a financial journalist and was privileged to shift to AgTech just when the industry started gaining significant progress.

In today’s show, Louisa shares her experience in AgTech, along with invaluable entrepreneurial advice, insight and a glimpse of what is to come in the industry.

“Agriculture is the least digitized industry in the world, which is pretty concerning because it is one of the most essential industries in our daily lives.”

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • The Agriculture industry is currently experiencing an Intersection between food, technology, and entrepreneurship.
  • Women are making great strides in the Agriculture industry and it makes sense to have more of their voice in the corporate scene, because they influence more than half of the food choices in the family).
  • Consumer demand and changes are really going to impact how farmers plant, what they plant, and how they grow it.
  • There’s a huge potential for robotics to revolutionize farming, but it has not yet raised much funding because the technology is not quite there yet and it can be quite expensive.
  • Louisa shares the “hot” areas for AgTech where there are a lot of start-ups and tech innovation hubs.
  • She discusses what accelerators do and their role in AgTech.
  • Entrepreneurs are demonstrating more enthusiasm with AgTech this year.
  • It may take some time before AgTech finds another unicorn, because the investors have pulled back over the last few years.

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Future of Agriculture: The Return of the Most Entertaining Man in Agriculture, Damian Mason

Most of you will remember today’s guest, Damian Mason, from Episode 04 of the Future of Agriculture Podcast. His charm, humor, and intellect makes him a truly unforgettable person. He is a well-known keynote speaker, coach, and consultant in the agriculture industry.

Damian has been in the agriculture industry for over 23 years. In today’s episode, I took the opportunity to get his views about agriculture as a business. We talk about a variety of topics from consumer perception, baby animals, and he even shares his tips to develop comedic delivery to improve your speaking skills.

“We, in the agriculture industry, need to portray a degree of professionalism and modernism in the things that we do.”

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:
Damian discusses the consumer’s outdated mindset and perception towards the agriculture industry. We talk about the importance of treating agriculture as a business. Damian emphasizes how and why the members of the agriculture industry need to be more professional and modern towards how they do business. He explains why he thinks that people in the agriculture industry should stop referring to animals as “babies” and call them as they are. We talk about agricultural entrepreneurship and the challenges that agriculture professionals face. Damian talks about his perception of the Millennial generation who are in the agriculture industry. He shares the importance of focusing on entrepreneurialism and un-commoditizing our products. Damian discusses comedic delivery and how to effectively deliver humor to your work, shows, and events.

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Future of Agriculture: Food Waste with Jonathan Bloom

Food waste is a major issue in the United States, as well as the world. Research shows that about 97% of food wasted in the United States ends up in landfills and the less than 3% of waste that doesn’t see a landfill is being utilized in other commodities such as compost, black soldier fly larvae, and other methods. That means that approximately 30-40% of the calories available to the human population finds their way into the landfill.

Although the global economy and environment are slowly becoming more aware of the massive issue regarding food waste, it’s still one of the biggest issues plaguing, not only the agriculture industry, but also the global economic, ethical, and environment. Public speaker and author of the book, America’s Waste Land, and founder of Wasted Food joins me today to shed some light on this significant issue, share his thoughts on what the ag industry – as well as consumers in general – can do to increase awareness and make a difference in the world by finding different ways to reduce the amount of food wasted throughout the country.

 

“Food waste is simply a poor use of resources. To me, it’s being a poor steward of the Earth.” – Johnathan Bloom

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Why consumers should care about food waste and its impact on the global economics, ethics, and environmental factors.
  • About $200-Billion dollars are squandered nationally by wasted food. That’s about $2,000 per family in food not eaten.
  • The food waste data does not show the amount of ag-level waste because we don’t have a good enough handle on the amount of food being wasted at the farm level.
  • On an international scale, the amount of food wasted amounts to about $2.6-Trillion.
  • Depending on the price of harvest, farmers might not be able to justify the expenditure of time and labor to harvest certain crops such as sweet potatoes.
  • The misconception of “sell by” and expiration dates on food.
  • Where food goes when you put it in the garbage disposal.
  • How several European countries are making progress in reducing food waste.
  • How the ag-community can inspire consumers to utilize food in the best ways possible.
  • The positive changes Johnathan has seen since he began his food waste project.

 

Practical Things Consumers Can Do to Reduce Food Waste:

  • Become a smarter shopper. Plan what food you will need before going shopping.
  • Think more about portion sizes.
  • Use your freezer as a resource.
  • Stop treating “sell by” and expiration dates as the be all, end all. Instead, use them as a guide, trust your instincts and senses.

 

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