Future of Agriculture

Future of Agriculture Podcast – Managing a Multi-Generational Farm Business with Jeff and Garrett Sims of Sims Farms

Jeff and Garrett Sims are the owners of Sims Farms, a family-owned and operated ag business in the Centralia, Missouri area. The farm was established in 1967, and they’re the 5th generation of farmers who manage and oversee its day-to-day operations. Some of the services they offer include stewardship, soybeans production, and commercial corn production.

Jeff and Garrett join me today to describe how Granular has enabled them to manage their business at a more efficient rate. They share how they run the farm, the people they employ, and the crops they grow. They discuss how they adapted to new technologies and how Granular has served as one of their best investments. They also explain the importance of knowing which “shiny object” to focus on and how to tell if a new tool is worth your time.

“It’s great to sell a product, but you have to have people and systems in place to make it work.” – Jeff Sims

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Jeff and Garrett Sims’ farming operations and how they manage their farm.
  • Their transition from traditional to automated farm management.
  • How Granular helped them establish an efficient farm system.
  • Sorting through the many new tools and technologies available to them.
  • What matters most when considering using new technology.
  • The number of people they employ and their responsibilities around the farm.
  • Tasks they spend more time on now than they did when they were starting out.
  • What they need to put more emphasis on to continue growing.
  • What they’re excited about in the future of agriculture.

Key Takeaways:

  • Some of the technologies out there today give us a good indication of what’s coming.
  • All technologies need to be looked at and applied to your business in some way or form.
  • Adapting to new technology isn’t as expensive as it was decades ago.
  • As farms become bigger and more complex, you need to hire outside help.

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Jeff and Garrett Sims:

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.

2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30

Help us celebrate the top 30 future leaders of agriculture! Nominate your favorite up-and-coming, future executives, innovators, and influencers in the following agriculture categories:

  • Agribusiness
  • Production Agriculture
  • Research & Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Advocacy

Nominations for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list are now open and are scheduled to close Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Self-nominations are accepted.

Winners will be announced March 2019.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements, announcement date and location, and to nominate for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list, visit: 30Under30.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! 

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Future of Agriculture – Scaling an AgTech Company with Sid Gorham of Granular

Sid Gorham is the President & CEO of Granular, a software and analytics platform that aims to improve farming efficiency and help farmers make better, well-informed business decisions. As the leader of Granular, his responsibilities include setting growth strategies and maintaining a rich and diverse entrepreneurial culture as they scale the company. His extensive experience in leading companies in the tech and mobile industries, as well as seeing the needs of the ag industry, has served as one of his primary drivers in starting the company.

Sid joins me today to share how Granular enables farmers to operate and manage their farms better. He shares his passion for tech, his interests in applying tech in farms, and how he got inspired to start Granular. He describes the farming problems their company solves, explains how their business works, and how they integrate new farmers into using their platform. He also discusses some of the current innovations in ag as well as shares his thoughts on the future of farming and agriculture.

“In the next 3-5 years, we’re going to see a dramatic change in how farmers market their crops and use risk management tools.” – Sid Gorham

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Sid Gorham’s tech background and what he finds unique in agriculture.
  • What Granular is and his inspiration in founding this type of company.
  • Where agriculture is right now regarding innovative history.
  • The benefits of using Granular for your ag business.
  • The hardships and successes he experienced in establishing Granular.
  • What AcreValue is and how it helps business-minded farmers.
  • Current problems in the industry that still needs solving.
  • Tips on improving business and employee productivity.

Key Takeaways:

  • The family-owned business structure is unique and dominant in the agriculture industry.
  • It’s rare to run across a farmer who isn’t trying anything related to data technology.

Connect with Sid Gorham:

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.

2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30

Help us celebrate the top 30 future leaders of agriculture! Nominate your favorite up-and-coming, future executives, innovators, and influencers in the following agriculture categories:

  • Agribusiness
  • Production Agriculture
  • Research & Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Advocacy

Nominations for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list are now open and are scheduled to close Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Self-nominations are accepted.

Winners will be announced March 2019.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements, announcement date and location, and to nominate for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list, visit: 30Under30.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

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Future of Agriculture – Managing the Modern Farm Business with Farmers Justin Dahlgren and Eric Thalken

 Justin Dahlgren and Eric Thalken are farm managers in Nebraska. They have adapted to using Granular, one of the world’s leading farm management software tools. Granular provides farmers with all the necessary tools that analyze operational, agronomic, and financial information for their farms. Justin’s farm primarily grows corn and soybeans tied to their 8,000-head feedlot. On the other hand, Eric’s 2,300-acre farm has transitioned to organic farming recently and aims to be 100% organic this year.

Justin and Eric join me today to share their passion for agriculture and how they utilized current technologies to optimize farm management. They discuss what their farms are all about, the crops they produce, and their specific roles. They describe some of the farming practices that improved the introduction of innovative software. They also explain how farm owners should interpret data in a way that benefits their farming operations and share what they believe the future of agriculture will be like in 25 years.

“Regenerative agriculture will become a commodity because that will be the only way to produce crops that people want to consume.” – Justin Dahlgren

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Justin’s and Eric’s farm backgrounds and their current agricultural ventures.
  • Why Justin transitioned to organic farming and how it started.
  • How they determine if they can scale a process.
  • What brought Justin from Sales Agronomy to farming again?
  • Focusing on new prospects and how to choose among many new ‘shiny objects’.
  • Utilizing data gathered from different types of technologies in their farms.
  • Technologies that significantly impacted their farming practices.
  • The people they plan to hire to make data analysis easier.
  • What they believe the agriculture setting will look like in the next few decades

Key Takeaways:

  • Technology is helping farmers become more regenerative.
  • It’s not humanly possible to get through all the data and get through everything that is actionable.
  • Farmers have been collecting data for decades, but many farmers have yet to fully utilize them to make the right decisions.

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Justin Dahlgren:

Connect with Eric Thalken:

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.

2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30

Help us celebrate the top 30 future leaders of agriculture! Nominate your favorite up-and-coming, future executives, innovators, and influencers in the following agriculture categories:

  • Agribusiness
  • Production Agriculture
  • Research & Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Advocacy

Nominations for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list are now open and are scheduled to close Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Self-nominations are accepted.

Winners will be announced March 2019.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements, announcement date and location, and to nominate for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list, visit: 30Under30.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

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Future of Agriculture – Dairy Farmer and Standup Comedian Tim Moffett

Tim Moffett is known as the Ag Comedian, as he blends comedy and farming into a finely tuned and unique craft. He likes to combine everyday life on the farm and stand-up comedy to show everyone there is always something to smile and laugh about – even in agriculture. Tim frequently performs at agriculture conventions, fairs, business meetings, corporate events, and even at family reunions.

Tim joins me today to discuss comedy in agriculture, a side to the industry most think doesn’t exist. He shares his family background and how he discovered his passion for comedy. He discusses some of his favorite comedic materials and how he engages with his core audience. He also shares his opinions on the idea of organic farming and vaccinations.

“Not just in agriculture, but life can get you down. Sometimes you just need a good laugh.” – Tim Moffett

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Tim’s farm background and how he combines comedy and farming.
  • How he manages their farming business and their Happy Cheese concept.
  • What kept him motivated to run his farm despite the stress of being a comedian.
  • How he appeals to his core ag audience.
  • The material he uses for his comedy that relates to agriculture.
  • Why he’s not a fan of vaccinations for his cows.

Key Takeaways:

  • You can only grow as a person by having a mentor that will tell you when you’re awful.

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Tim Moffett:

2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30

Help us celebrate the top 30 future leaders of agriculture! Nominate your favorite up-and-coming, future executives, innovators, and influencers in the following agriculture categories:

  • Agribusiness
  • Production Agriculture
  • Research & Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Advocacy

Nominations for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list are now open and are scheduled to close Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Self-nominations are accepted.

Winners will be announced March 2019.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements, announcement date, and location, and to nominate for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list, visit: 30Under30.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

Future of Agriculture – Stories from the Soil Finale: Why I Love Working in Agriculture

The concept of Soil Health deals with making sure the land where our farms stand will remain the same for the next generation. This was the goal of my journey in bringing the awareness of soil health to the world, and I couldn’t have done it without the help of Jim Loar of Cool Planet.

This special episode will be the culmination of all the farms I visited and the amazing farmers I met along the way. I share where I draw my passion for agriculture and being immersed in this scientifically-driven industry. I discuss the different aspects of agriculture and the farmers who best represented them. I explain how much technology is driving the recent agricultural innovations. I also describe the people behind the farms I went to and how they’re contributing to soil health and sustainability.

“Agriculture exists to solve our most complex problems to meet our most basic needs.”

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Round-up of the Stories from the Soil visits and episodes.
  • Where my love for agriculture came from.
  • The farmers I met along the way and why they’re awesome.
  • How data and technology have affected the way farmers manage and operate farms today.
  • How innovation is driving the growth of the agriculture industry.
  • The six aspects of agriculture and what they mean from a global perspective.

Key Takeaways:

  • There is an element in agriculture of collaboration. Be willing to help out your neighbor.
  • If you’re not doing what’s right for the soil, it’s going to be very difficult to sustain it for the next generation.

Resources Mentioned:

2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30

Help us celebrate the top 30 future leaders of agriculture! Nominate your favorite up-and-coming, future executives, innovators, and influencers in the following agriculture categories:

  • Agribusiness
  • Production Agriculture
  • Research & Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Advocacy

Nominations for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list are now open and are scheduled to close Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Self-nominations are accepted.

Winners will be announced March 2019.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements, announcement date and location, and to nominate for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list, visit: 30Under30.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

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Future of Agriculture – Business Consulting for Farm and Ranch Operations with Davon Cook of Ag Progress

Davon Cook is the Co-Founder of Ag Progress, a company that provides management consulting, family business advisory, and facilitation for ag ventures and other groups. Davon facilitates peer groups of ag operations and is a member of the Family Firm Institute, one of the most extensive networks of thought leaders in the family enterprise field. She received her master’s degree from Texas A&M in Ag Econ and her MBA from the University of Illinois.

Davon joins me to share the inspiration behind starting Ag Progress and how their firm works. She describes how their business consulting services help farm owners improve their businesses and the different challenges they face with each client. She also explains the three circles of family business. what succession planning means, and shares what she expects to happen in the future for the ag industry.

“When you change something in one aspect of the organization, there’s movement in other places; it has an impact on the entire system itself.” – Davon Cook

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Why Davon calls themselves family business advisors.
  • The difference between corporate farms and family farms.
  • How they started their business and the inspiration behind it.
  • The core business challenges they tackle.
  • The life cycle of any business and their different stages.
  • The three circles of family business and the difference between farms in the ’90s and farms today.
  • The definition of succession planning and how they help owners manage it.
  • The changes she expects to see in the future for the family farm industry.

Manager Minute

  • Set goals and your to-do list in A, B, and C categories. Try to focus on what’s on your A-list as much as possible.

Key Takeaways:

  • There is value in having the tough conversations by a business owner with their team.
  • Don’t assume parting ways is a failure if you’re doing the right thing for your family or the business’ health.
  • An organization is made up of several parts, each one complimenting and affecting the other.

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Davon Cook:

2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30

Help us celebrate the top 30 future leaders of agriculture! Nominate your favorite up-and-coming, future executives, innovators, and influencers in the following agriculture categories:

  • Agribusiness
  • Production Agriculture
  • Research & Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Advocacy

Nominations for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list are now open and are scheduled to close Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Self-nominations are accepted.

Winners will be announced March 2019.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements, announcement date and location, and to nominate for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list, visit: 30Under30.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

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Future of Agriculture – Building Soil Health Through No Till Farming and Cover Crops with Joe Breker

Joe Breker is the owner of the Coteau des Prairies, a getaway lodge that offers stunning views surrounded by prairie farms and fields. He has been farming for over 40 years and practices what the industry calls “No-till” farming, a method that prioritizes soil health. With his skills and knowledge, Joe managed to successfully operate his farm during the dry ‘80s and wet ‘90s, as well as each decade’s poor farm economy.

Joe joins me today to describe how his conservative farming practices have improved their farm’s soil health. He shares how his father was a sustainable farmer and what he did to build on what his father started. He also describes what no-till farming is, how it helps to restore damaged soil and explains the science behind management practices and how it affects soil health for decades.

“Once you lose soil health, it’s really difficult to get it back.” – Joe Breker

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • The farming legacy Joe is a part of and how his father ran the farm.
  • What no-till farming is and what made him utilize this method.
  • How he started his journey in soil health.
  • Maintaining commitment to soil health despite poor farming business conditions.
  • How he processes their compost and the processes involved.
  • Building soil health and how they nurse damaged soil back to health.

Key Takeaways:

  • Farmers know production losses happen because of management practices on their farm.
  • You can’t fully restore the health of soil, but you can devise ways to improve it.

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Joe Breker:

2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30

Help us celebrate the top 30 future leaders of agriculture! Nominate your favorite up-and-coming, future executives, innovators, and influencers in the following agriculture categories:

  • Agribusiness
  • Production Agriculture
  • Research & Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Advocacy

Nominations for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list are now open and are scheduled to close Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Self-nominations are accepted.

Winners will be announced March 2019.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements, announcement date, and location, and to nominate for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list, visit: 30Under30.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

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Future of Agriculture Podcast – International Agribusiness in China to Rural Entrepreneurship in Oklahoma with Brady Sidwell


International Agribusiness in China to Rural Entrepreneurship in Oklahoma with Brady Sidwell

Future of Agriculture – Utilizing Technology to Reinvent Local Produce Supply Chains with Irving Fain of Bowery Farming


Irving Fain is the CEO & Co-Founder of Bowery Farming, a company that seeks to innovate indoor and urban farming through sustainable methods without the need for pesticides. He is a seasoned entrepreneur who is passionate about expanding access to quality produce. Before he became the CEO of Bowery Farming, Irving began his career assisting early-stage companies and startups in raising capital as an investment banker.

 

Irving joins me today to discuss how he and his company plan to improve indoor farming. He explains the many benefits to indoor farming and what separates them from other companies. He discusses some of the projects they’re running and will run in the near future and shares why they decided to focus on indoor farming. He also explains the technologies they use to reinvent and innovate the local produce supply chain.

 

 

“The best way to generate positive impact is tying that to an economically viable business model.” -Irving Fain

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • What Bowery Farming is and why they focused on indoor farming.
  • The technologies that allowed the innovations they developed.
  • What Bowery Farming looks like today.
  • Why they prioritize being in the commercial farming business.
  • Managing pests and diseases without the use of pesticides.
  • The most exciting aspect of their business.

 

 

 

Key Takeaways:

 

  • In building businesses, focus matters a lot. Being focused is a critical component in being successful.
  • With the current systems we have, not only can we know what’s happening with the crop, but also what we expect to see from it.

 

 

Connect with Irving Fain:

 

 

 

 

 

2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30

 

Help us celebrate the top 30 future leaders of agriculture! Nominate your favorite up-and-coming, future executives, innovators, and influencers in the following agriculture categories:

 

  • Agribusiness
  • Production Agriculture
  • Research & Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Advocacy

 

Nominations for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list are now open and are scheduled to close Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Self-nominations are accepted.

 

Winners will be announced March 2019.

 

To learn more about the eligibility requirements, announcement date and location, and to nominate for the 2019 AgGrad 30 Under 30 list, visit: 30Under30.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

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AgGrad on Instagram

Future of Agriculture – Building Soil Health for Future Generations with Israel Morales Sr of JV Farms Organic


Israel Morales Sr of JV Farms Organic talks about building Soil Health for Future Generations.