Future of Agriculture

Future of Agriculture: Todays Farm Economy vs the 1980s with Glen & Jason Newcomer

Glen and Jason Newcomer are the sixth-generation owners and operators of Newcomer Farms. Having been established during the time of the Civil War, Newcomer Farms is one of the oldest farms in America. Glen has extensive experience in farm management, agronomy support, and agricultural risk management. Jason returned to the farm after college to help the family operate and innovate the farm to match current trends.

Glen and Jason join me to share what it’s like to manage a farm that’s survived many troubling times. They discuss the difference between how the farm was managed decades ago and how it is managed today. Jason explains the reason why he returned to farming and Glen describes some of the tasks Jason helped relieve him from. They also share how they select their board of advisors and their perspective on farm operations.

“We always have to find ways to become more efficient and more profitable.” – Glen Newcomer

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Glen and Jason Newcomer’s agricultural background and the history of their farm.
  • Why Jason is passionate about managing their farm.
  • The difference between how they operated generations ago and today.
  • Why they believe they’re in a pinched economy right now.
  • The issues they encountered in the ’80s versus the issues today.
  • Why Jason returned to farm operations.
  • Their approach to succession of their farm operations.
  • The new tools they utilize in their day-to-day farm operations.
  • Expectations from the newer generation of farmers.

Connect with Glen and Jason Newcomer:

This episode is sponsored by: Granular – Manage Your Farm with Confidence

Granular is an agriculture software company dedicated to building stronger, more profitable farms. Since 2014, Granular has become a leader in developing web and mobile apps grounded in advanced data science technology to help farmers make data-driven, real-time business and agriculture decisions with greater confidence.

To learn more about how Granular’s digital solutions can help you better manage your farm, visit Granular.ag.

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. 

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 

Future of Agriculture: Online Engagement and Bringing Ag to SXSW with Janice Person

Janice Person is the Online Engagement Director at Bayer Crop Science. In this role, she is responsible for social media and internet outreach towards influencers, bloggers, and the general public throughout the agriculture space. She has connected with thousands of food, lifestyle, and agricultural bloggers and those numbers are still growing. She also blogs on her personal website, JP Loves Cotton.

Janice joins me today to share her responsibilities as Online Engagement Director and some of her notable accomplishments in this role. She describes how she found her passion for the ag industry, especially cotton. She discusses some of the more common mistakes people make on social media and what she’s learned from her experience. Janice also explains what people can look forward to SXSW and why people interested in agriculture should attend.

“Sometimes it’s a lot easier to start a conversation when people know they have some common ground with you.” – Janice Person

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Creating a position title and walking into a position no one’s ever had.
  • Why she started the blog and how it lead to her next career move.
  • Knowing whether or not you’re doing a great job in online engagement.
  • The mistakes most people make on social media.
  • How she uses Quora to spread her influence and engage more people.
  • Why the South by Southwest conference is one of the best.
  • The benefits of being part of another organization.

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Janice Person:

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. 

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 

Future of Agriculture: Computer Vision for Herd Management at the 2-1-4-3 Approach with Aidan Connolly

Aidan Connolly is the Chief Executive Officer at Cainthus, a software company dedicated to helping farmers collect the necessary and critical information they need to manage their farms better. Cainthus’ current project involves the use of sensors that interpret visual information from various farm animals. He is also the author of 2-1-4-3, a book on growing your business. Before becoming Cainthus’ CIO, Aidan previously held the same position at Alltech, an agtech company which he served for over 28 years.

Aidan joins me today to share his current business venture and how this new company can help the farming industry as a whole. He discusses their current sensor project, its applications, and how it can improve farm efficiency. He also explains the overall theme of his book as well as what the title 2-1-4-3 means.

“Make it as honest and uncomfortable as you can be in terms of evaluating what your business really is today.” – Aidan Connolly

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Why Aidan left his previous company and the reason he founded Cainthus.
  • His current projects and how they make use of facial recognition tech on cows.
  • Using sensors in farms and the challenges in managing multiple species.
  • Solving “cow bullying” on dairy farms.
  • How sensors can help find solutions to problems in farming cattle.
  • Why he chose to focus on farm sensors instead of other technologies.
  • What he wants people to learn from reading his book.
  • The 2-1-4-3 approach explained and what to expect from his book.
  • Is investing in agtech a little too overhyped?

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Aidan Connolly:

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. 

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 

Future of Agriculture – Upcycling and the Value of Ruminant Agriculture with Dr. Sara Place

Dr. Sara Place is the Senior Director of Sustainable Beef Production Research at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, an organization that seeks to innovate and educate its members regarding their industry. She specializes in livestock sustainability systems and livestock production research. Sara obtained her Ph.D. in Animal Biology from UC Davis and worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Science at Oklahoma State University.

Sara joins me today to discuss the idea of connecting sustainability and the beef industry. She describes the current state of the beef industry and highlights its effects on global warming. She explains why removing cattle is not the solution to global warming and shares insight into how upcycling can be applied in the beef industry. Sara also shares some of the promising sustainability projects they plan to launch this year and in the future.

“We’re going to have 2 billion more people coming to dinner in the next thirty years, and we only have one planet Earth.” – Dr. Sara Place

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • How beef can become a sustainable resource.
  • Why it matters what more than 80% of cattle eat and its effects on the environment.
  • What Upcycling is and how they plan to use it to make beef sustainable.
  • Examples of Upcycling outside the beef industry.
  • How ruminants differ from other farm animals.
  • The truth about global warming in the context of agriculture.
  • What made her passionate about agriculture and the environment.
  • The sustainability programs they plan to launch in the near future.

Connect with Sara Place

Future of Agriculture – Project Level Equity for Ag Infrastructure with Aaron Ratner of Ultra Capital

Aaron Ratner is the Managing Director at Ultra Capital, a company that finances small and mid-size startups in the sustainable technology industry. He has over 20 years of experience in advisory, international investment, and project development with a focus on agriculture and technology. Aaron obtained his MsM from Stanford University and his BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Aaron joins me today to discuss what Ultra Capital is about and what they aim to accomplish with their current business model. He shares his passion for sustainable technologies and preserving Mother Nature. He describes how their business works and their criteria for investing. Aaron also explains why banks aren’t as committed to funding the kind of companies they work with.

“It is incredibly fulfilling, trying to make the world a better place. From that, there is really no turning back.” – Aaron Ratner

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Aaron’s definition of project level equity.
  • What he believes is the one key success factor for Ultra Capital.
  • How their business model runs and a few real world examples.
  • Why banks hesitate to loan money for the kind of clients they handle.
  • The reason he became passionate about this type of business.
  • Their primary criteria and requirements in a startup before they invest.
  • What the future holds for Ultra Capital and their upcoming projects.

Connect with Aaron Ratner

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. 

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 

Future of Agriculture – International Ag Development through Venture Capital with Euler Bropleh of Vested World

Euler Bropleh is the Founder & Managing Director of Vested World, an investment platform that seeks to bridge the gap between private investors and startups in emerging markets. Euler focuses on emerging markets because he knows what it’s live in a country that barely made any progress in the last 50 years and how access to substantial capital can make a huge difference in the economy of a developing nation. He has served as an angel investor to multiple businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa, some of which are in the ag industry.

Euler joins me today to share his commitment to helping developing countries such as Nigeria, Kenya, and Uganda. He discusses how Vested World works and describes some of the companies they helped grow and prosper. He explains some of the risks involved in their business as well as some of its more notable benefits. Euler also discusses what the FIERCE acronym stands for and how he bases his business model around it.

“If you do well by the people you’re working with, your company’s going to perform better, and everyone benefits from it.” – Euler Bropleh

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • What Vested World is and its business focus.
  • The history of Vested World and some of their notable investments.
  • Risk and benefits in investing in developing countries.
  • Ag-related companies they’ve invested in.
  • What made Euler want to invest in Sub-Saharan Africa?
  • What it’s like to grow up in an African country.
  • Balancing the needs of the communities he is impacting.
  • What FIERCE stands for and how he considers it with their investment models.

Connect with Euler Bropleh

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. 

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 

Future of Agriculture – U.S. Policy on Lab-Grown Meat with Scott Bennett of the American Farm Bureau Federation

Scott Bennett is the Director of Congressional Relations at the American Farm Bureau Federation, an independent, voluntary, non-government group that is headed by people who represent the best interests of farmers and their families in the US. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and Political Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Before joining the American Farm Bureau Federation, he was the legislative director for Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a House Agriculture Committee Senior member.

Scott joins me today to discuss the developments on lab-grown protein products and their potential benefits to the economy. He explains some of the political aspects of agriculture, particularly on its relationship with government entities. He also describes the differences between plant-based and lab-based proteins and shares his views for the future of lab-grown proteins as well as advice to those who want to support this idea.

“Five years ago, lab-grown protein was science fiction, but here we are faced with it today. It is the reality.” – Scott Bennett

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • The significance of having a primary jurisdiction with USDA.
  • Policy differences between gene-edited livestock and cell-based meats.
  • His thoughts on the recent press release from the FDA.
  • Plant-based and lab-grown proteins and their key labeling differences.
  • How he sees this technology developing in five years.
  • Getting involved in the local government to pass the necessary laws for agtech.
  • How the public perceives lab-grown protein.
  • The biggest issues facing the current agricultural innovation landscape.

Connect with Scott Bennett

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. 

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 

Future of Agriculture – The Case for Urban Agriculture with Henry Gordon-Smith of Agritecture

Henry Gordon-Smith is considered one of the leading experts in urban agriculture. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Agritecture, a global urban agriculture consultation company that seeks to spread and promote the idea of urban and vertical farming. Part of Henry’s duties as Managing Director include overseeing projects, planning events and conferences, and networking with like-minded businesses. He has a BA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia and an MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.

Henry joins me today to share his passion for urban farming and discuss some of its more fascinating details. He explains what urban farming is, what makes it different from local farming, and how it can improve a city’s economic growth as well as its sustainability efforts. He shares research data on urban agriculture, how someone can be eligible to have an urban farm, and the potential profitability. Henry also describes what we can expect from their AgLanta conference in April 2019.

“If a certain population in the city know how to grow food, and there are policies to support it, the city will be able to impact its own food security and be more independent.” – Henry Gordon-Smith

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • How Henry became interested in working in agriculture.
  • Why he chose blogging as a means to spread stories on Agritecture.
  • Why we should be looking into urban farming and how it helps sustainability efforts.
  • Where the most opportunities lie in sustainable urban farming.
  • Emerging green technologies that embody the food, water, and energy systems.
  • The difference between urban and local agriculture.
  • Urban agriculture profitability and investments.
  • The idea of replacing the sun using new technology.
  • The types of plants that can thrive in an urban setting.
  • Minimum requirements for someone to start urban farming.
  • Some of the reasons urban farming fails and how to make it succeed.
  • What to expect at the AgLanta conference.

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Henry Gordon-Smith

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. 

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 

Future of Agriculture – Building Local Fermentation Hubs for Microbial Ag Solutions with Dr. Paul Zorner of Locus Ag

Dr. Paul Zorner is the CEO of Locus Agricultural Solutions, an agricultural company that develops non-GMO and organic microbial “probiotics.” These microbial probiotics aim to become the alternative to conventional farm pesticides, effectively reducing chemical interaction with our crops as well as preserving soil health. Dr. Paul’s responsibilities as CEO include overseeing the company’s strategies, operations, and product development. He has over 40 years of experience in science and R&D operations from multiple international companies.

Dr. Paul joins us today to discuss the potential benefits of microbes for soil health and farm yield. He shares the science behind using microbes for soil and their untapped potential for the agriculture industry as a whole. He describes some of the microbes’ functions, how they are to be applied on crops, and how they can reduce pesticide usage. He also explains how these microbes can help reduce carbon gases in the atmosphere.

“We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about soil microbe ecology.” – Dr. Paul Zorner

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Why he thinks microbes will revolutionize the agricultural industry.
  • The microbes they’ve developed and their purpose in farming.
  • How he proposes their microbes will work on various crops.
  • How their company produces and mixes microbe “cocktails.”
  • Their marketing methods and how they do business with farmers.
  • Carbon sequestration, the atmosphere, and soil sustainability.
  • Real world examples of microbe usage in farms and their potential yields.
  • Why microbes can reduce the use of chemical pesticides.

Connect with Dr. Paul Zorner

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. 

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 

Future of Agriculture – Maybe Disruption Isn’t the Answer for Ag with Matt Zieger of Village Capital

Matt joins me today to discuss the idea of disruptive startups and why being disruptive may not be what the ag industry currently needs. He shares what Village Capital is all about, how they determine which companies they will invest in, and their business processes. He also shares the problems their company believes ag startups should focus on and describes when a company should scale and when it should just stay its course.

“The farm economy is the backbone of the American economy.” – Matt Zieger

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • What Village Capital is and the companies they invest in.
  • The problems in the food system Village Capital aims to solve.
  • Why displacing the ag industry is not always the solution.
  • How they choose companies to invest in within the ag industry.
  • What business models should be to benefit both investors and consumers.
  • Why the “move fast and break things” business strategy is not applicable in ag.
  • Determining whether it’s time to grow and scale or to keep the cycle.
  • What excites him the most about the future of the ag industry?

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Matt Zieger

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. 

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