Future of Agriculture

Future of Agriculture – Ag Literacy for Kids with Simone Kain of George the Farmer


Simone Kain is the co-creator of George the Farmer, a social enterprise that focuses on educating kids about proper farming practices as well as how food and fiber are produced using apps, music, videos, picture books, and free curriculum-aligned educator’s guides. She drew inspiration from a 2012 survey in Australia that shows 10-12-year-old students don’t know where their food comes from. Simone describes George the Farmer as “everyone’s mate” and tackles the daily activities of Australian farming with passion.

 

In this episode, Simone explains how George the Farmer educates children. She shares the story behind George the Farmer, how they structured their app, and why knowing where your food comes from is essential. She also discusses the need for people to learn that a career in agriculture is not always about farming and how George the Farmer aims to do just that.

 

“We try to get kids to start thinking about the amazing opportunities available in agriculture.” – Simone Kain

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • The origins of George the Farmer.
  • What their app aims to do.
  • Who their market is and their target age group.
  • Their response from those who don’t have a farm background.
  • How kids have benefited from their app.
  • Their future projects for George the Farmer
  • Their process in trying to get George the Farmer in television.
  • The challenges they’ve faced
  • What surprised her the most in this project?

 

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Future of Agriculture – CrowdFARMING with Chris Rawley of Harvest Returns


Chris Rawley conceived the idea of crowdfunding platforms for agriculture while visiting a farm investment in Central America. He would soon start Harvest Returns, a crowdfunding company that serves investors looking to diversify their portfolio and invest their money on actual farms. Before founding Harvest Returns, Chris obtained corporate management roles in various companies and once served as a defense consultant at Special Operations Command Headquarters thanks to his military experience. He has been investing in real estate and agriculture for almost twenty years.

 

In this episode, Chris discusses how his company helps both farmers and investors. He shares how he got the idea of starting Harvest Returns, the company’s main goals, and what makes them different from other agricultural crowdsourcing platforms. He also shares some of their recent projects as well as some of their strategies in handling difficult markets.

 

“Agriculture is for people with long-term investment horizons.” – Chris Rawley

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • What is equity crowdfunding?
  • Who are their primary clients?
  • What does Harvest Returns invest in?
  • What assurance do investors have that their farm will be well managed?
  • What would compel farmers to give up some of their ownership to get money?
  • How do they handle a two-sided marketplace?
  • How does their company make money?
  • What made them start the company?
  • How many deals have they closed so far?

 

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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 – Farmer and Rancher Advocacy with RJ Karney of the American Farm Bureau Federation


RJ Karney is the Congressional Relations Director of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), an organization founded in 1919 that aims to be the country’s Voice of Agriculture. He is a government relation specialist with over nine years of regulatory advocacy and federal policy experience. His position at AFBF makes him a federal lobbyist whose goal is to get the government to listen to the different problems farmers experience as well as solutions that require government backing. He specializes in rural development, unmanned aircraft systems, broadband, and economic development.

 

In this episode, RJ shares AFBF’s advocacies as well as their various goals for agriculture. He shares what AFBF is all about, their projects, and their insight for the future of agriculture. He explains the importance of internet connection for crop and ranchlands, why the opportunities in rural America go beyond farming and ranching, and why 80% of farmer income is not through farming.

 

“We have to change the narrative that there aren’t opportunities in rural America.” – RJ Karney

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • What is the American Farm Bureau Federation?
  • What do they mean when they say they are a grassroots organization?
  • Some of the projects he’s worked on.
  • What is their advocacy from a legislative standpoint?
  • How they balance the needs of certain farmer groups versus other farmer groups if they are at odds.
  • Areas that can positively impact rural economies.
  • What is the Farm Bill and why is it important?
  • American Farm Bureau Federation’s diverse farm members.

 

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Future of Agriculture – The Role of Cooperative Extension in Modern Agriculture with Dr. Jason de Koff


Dr. Jason de Koff is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist at Tennessee State University. He holds a Ph.D in agronomy from Perdue University and has received numerous awards including the NACAA Achievement Award and the TAAA&S Communications Award (Learning Module Southeast Region) in 2016.

Dr. de Koff joins me on today’s episode to discuss how cooperative extension programs are helping to spread unbiased information throughout the agriculture industry to help improve the future of agriculture. He also explains how cooperative extensions are encouraging the future of careers in agriculture, how they are helping new farmers get started in the agriculture industry, and how drones can be used in agricultural production.

 

“Cooperative extension agents are really the unsung heroes of the extension program.” – Dr. Jason de Koff

 

This Week on the Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • The history of cooperative extension programs and how the organization was funded.
  • The importance of the cooperative extension providing an unbiased voice in the agriculture community.
  • Who the cooperative extension programs help on a day-to-day basis.
  • Project examples of how the cooperative extension programs work.
  • What are “needs assessments” and how they help cooperative extensions decide which projects to focus on next.
  • How cooperative extensions work with private industries.
  • How they are helping new farmers learn valuable skills in the agriculture industry.
  • How they are educating farmers and children to use drones in agriculture.
  • Evaluating project effectiveness for the USDA and stakeholders.
  • How to learn more about cooperative extension programs in your local area.

 

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Future of Agriculture – Final Perspectives on Blockchain with James Song and Alex Danco

James Song is the CEO and Founder of ExsulCoin, a startup based on blockchain technology that focuses on helping solve the world’s refugee crisis. A large part of this project is an app he developed called Exsul. Exsul delivers free basic education and is currently undergoing tests at a refugee camp in Bangladesh.

 

Alex Danco is an Associate at Social Capital, a group consisting of technologists, capitalists, and philanthropists who find and fund startups that can help change the world for the better. Alex is what you call a futurist, a person who always looks at things in a very, very long-term perspective.

 

In this episode, James discusses what ExsulCoin is all about and why they decided to focus on the growing refugee problem. He shares ExsulCoin’s mission, projects, and why they preferred to establish a strong foothold in Myanmar. Alex shares his thoughts on the future of cryptocurrencies. He shares his opinions on the ICO trend and why most of them are no different from Ponzi schemes. He explains why offering a big ICO can make users lose interest in a company’s projects and provides his tips to those who want to get involved in blockchain with agriculture applications in mind.

 

“The more serious the idea and the better the development team behind it, the less companies will need to do one of these ICOs in the first place.” – Alex Danco

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Should we be concerned with limited transactions regarding cryptocurrency?
  • What is ExsulCoin and what is it all about?
  • What is Nanowork?
  • How does ExsulCoin commit to confidentiality?
  • What’s going on in Myanmar and why James chose to invest in that country.
  • Why most ICOs are just get rich quick schemes.
  • How to tell the difference between legitimate ICOs and those that scam others.
  • Why doing a big ICO is actually a bad marketing strategy.
  • Alex’s tips when it comes to investing in cryptocurrencies.
  • The best way to get involved in blockchain and support its growth.
  • What people who want to be involved in both agriculture and blockchain should invest in.

 

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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.

 

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Future of Agriculture – Farmer and Rancher Perspectives on Data, Blockchain and the Consumer with Jerod McDaniel

Jerod McDaniel is a farmer and cattleman from Texhoma, Oklahoma. He is progressive when it comes to farm-related data, and new technology and practices. He is quite open and excited about the idea behind blockchain and how it would impact farmers like him. Jerod took over his grandfather’s farm in 1995 when he was just 18 years old which has enabled him to acquire the necessary skills for traditional farming as well as learn and integrate new ways to make the different processes involved much more efficient. He is considered one of the agriculture industry’s top Twitter influencers.

In this episode, Jerod discusses what farmers like him expect from blockchain technology. He shares some of the issues farmers and ranchers currently face and their current solutions, and how blockchain technology can elevate the systems they already have in place. He also describes the importance of having the right data when it comes to breeding with the right genetics and how it can make an otherwise slow year profitable.

“The best thing about blockchain technology is it would unify the platform people use.”– Jerod McDaniel

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

How much do farmers value data?
Why, even with data, it would be difficult to remove the farmer from farming.
What data is he collecting now that he didn’t previously?
Data points regarding cows he is more interested in.
How will blockchain help ranchers?
When it comes to data, what makes the beef industry different from the poultry and swine industries?
His opinion on the cryptocurrency trend?

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Future of Agriculture – Farmgate Blockchain Applications with Emma Weston of AgriDigital

Emma Weston is the CEO and one of the founders of AgriDigital, a commodity management company that combines advanced technical and industry expertise with aesthetic design and intelligent systems to develop seamless solutions to complex logistical, risk, customer management, and commodity issues in the agricultural sector. Emma leads the company’s business strategies, investor engagement, and their own Blockchain and talent management. She also has responsibilities in sales and operations.

 

In this episode, Emma shares how their company works with Blockchain and how it enables them to support farmers. She describes the impact Blockchain has on the future of transactions and why it will eventually become a standard in the industry.

 

“A platform approach means there is a single source of data and a single source of truth.”– Emma Weston

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • How Blockchain helped solve problems for their company.
  • How does Blockchain solve the payment security problem?
  • What’s the difference between Blockchain transactions and today’s internet transactions?
  • How their company utilizes Blockchain tech when it comes to finance.
  • Incentivizing the buyer to pay earlier than they should.
  • How can Blockchain provide transparency without exposing sensitive information?

 

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Win a free book on Blockchain!

 

Want to know more about Blockchain? We are giving one lucky listener a copy of the book Blockchain: The Beginner’s Guide to Understanding the Technology Behind Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency. Learn the basics of Blockchain, Bitcoin, and other cryptocurrencies and how they work.

 

To enter for your chance to win, click this link and follow the instructions. The lucky winner will be randomly selected on February 15 2018, so don’t miss out!

 

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.

 

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Future of Agriculture – Blockchain and the Internet of Food with Raja Ramachandran of Ripe.io


Raja Ramachandran is the CEO of Ripe.io, a company that considers itself as the Blockchain of food. Ripe.io offers solutions to food problems that involve data transparency while also providing answers to many consumer questions. Raja has a background in finance and FOREX trading and is fond of using financial technology, cloud-based systems, machine learning, and Blockchain to help solve problems around food on a global scale.

 

In this episode, Raja shares the idea behind Ripe.io, their mission, and how they can make use of Blockchain to solve problems specific to food and agriculture. He explains why Blockchain is not the answer, but part of a solution and how consumer feedback helps make the system work better. He also describes the current application of Blockchain now as well as how he sees it being implemented in the short term.

 

“Once you recognize the things you know and don’t know, you’re gonna be looking for different tools to make certain things happen.”– Raja Ramachandran

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Why they created Ripe.io
  • Why did they focus on food in applying Blockchain?
  • Where does the data end up and where is the value in it?
  • How consumers can contribute to the Blockchain.
  • How does a company insert themselves in the middle of a system where the purpose is to get rid of the middle?
  • Who are their ideal customers?
  • What was the Sweet Green Pilot all about?
  • What can Blockchain do for food waste?
  • Is an ICO something Ripe.io is interested in?

 

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Win a free book on Blockchain!

 

Want to know more about Blockchain? We are giving one lucky listener a copy of the book Blockchain: The Beginner’s Guide to Understanding the Technology Behind Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency. Learn the basics of Blockchain, Bitcoin, and other cryptocurrencies and how they work.

 

To enter for your chance to win, click this link and follow the instructions. The lucky winner will be randomly selected on February 15 2018, so don’t miss out!

 

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!

 

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Future of Agriculture – FOA How Blockchain Works with Alex Danco of Social Capital


Alex Danco is an Associate and member of the Discover Team at Social Capital, a partnership consisting of philanthropists, capitalists, and technologists who together share the same goal of funding startups and ideas that can create value and change on a global scale. Alex is fond of thinking and writing about the future, and has authored a number of blogs that discuss the future of human society and technology all over the web. This penchant for futurism has made him grow fond of little yet novel ideas that just need a bit of capital to get started.

 

In this episode, Alex explains how Blockchain works. He discusses what made Blockchain a necessity, how it was initially conceptualized, and why Bitcoin paved the way for its mainstream introduction. He also describes just how cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum have value, and why they are not that different from gold.

 

“When people talk about Blockchain, it’s just the record of the process that happens.” – Alex Danco

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • The beginnings of Blockchain
  • The problems that Blockchain could solve
  • Why Bitcoin and Ethereum have value.
  • How to determine the value of cryptocurrencies.
  • The difference and similarities between gold and Bitcoin.
  • What does it mean to build an agricultural product on the Blockchain?

 

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Win a free book on Blockchain!

 

Want to know more about Blockchain? We are giving one lucky listener a copy of the book Blockchain: The Beginner’s Guide to Understanding the Technology Behind Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency. Learn the basics of Blockchain, Bitcoin, and other cryptocurrencies and how they work.

 

To enter for your chance to win, click this link and follow the instructions. The lucky winner will be randomly selected on February 15, 2018, so don’t miss out!

 

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!

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Future of Agriculture – How Blockchain Technology Can Help Farmers in Developing Countries


David Davies is the Founder of AgUnity and AgriLedger. AgUnity enables the world’s smallest and poorest farmers to have access to a means to lift themselves out of poverty through smartphone and blockchain solutions. AgriLedger is the smartphone app AgUnity developed that records and transacts incorruptible data through blockchain technology. The app allows virtually every user to know their transactions and data are kept safe and tamper-proof.

 

In this episode, David Davies shares his ideas and vision for the future of blockchain and the agricultural industry. He explains the different problems blockchain can solve, how their app integrates blockchain technology as well as how it can boost farmer’s income significantly.

 

“What we use the blockchain here for is having a permanent record of trust.”– David Davies

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • What inspired him to start AgUnity and AgriLedger?
  • How their app helps farmers increase their income and efficiency.
  • What blockchain would enables us to do that the internet wouldn’t.
  • Why they give farmers free phones.
  • How does a typical transaction work with their app?
  • Why they don’t use any form of cryptocurrency in their transactions.
  • Other industries that can benefit from their app.
  • Things blockchain just isn’t capable of despite the hype.

 

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Win a free book on Blockchain!

 

Want to know more about Blockchain? We are giving one lucky listener a copy of the book Blockchain: The Beginner’s Guide to one lucky listener. All you have to do is click this link, follow the instructions, and you might just win this awesome book! The lucky winner will be randomly selected on February 15 2018, so don’t miss out!

 

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!

 

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