Future of Agriculture

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! 

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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

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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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AgGrad on Twitter AgGrad on Facebook AgGrad on LinkedIn AgGrad on Instagram 

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

AgGrad on Twitter
AgGrad on Facebook
AgGrad on LinkedIn
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.

Future of Agriculture – Expanding the Global AgTech Ecosystem with Connie Bowen of The Yield Lab


Connie Bowen is the Principal and Program Manager of The Yield Lab as well as the Principal of Cultivation Capital. The Yield Lab is an accelerator program for entrepreneurs in the agriculture industry. The program’s mission is to enable agribusinesses to revolutionize agrifood systems and promote sustainability through educational resources and support.

 

Connie joins me today to share The Yield Lab’s mission and how they help entrepreneurs build sustainable agribusinesses through their accelerator program. She discusses how technology is impacting the agriculture industry, how the company utilizes agtech to promote global expansion, and how the company is revolutionizing the accelerator model. She also shares what startup agribusinesses can expect by applying and participating in The Yield Lab’s programs as well as her perspective on the state of technology in the agriculture industry.

 

 

“Our global network is an asset for companies – so we can help them to expand at a rate that is appropriate for them.” – Connie Bowen

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • What inspired her to build a career in the agriculture industry.
  • How she began working with The Yield Lab.
  • How the company is revolutionizing the way accelerators are meeting the needs of agtech and agribusinesses.
  • How The Yield Lab defines agtech.
  • What agribusinesses can expect when applying and working with the accelerator program.
  • Why the company decided to expand into multiple countries.
  • Which countries are their accelerator programs currently available?
  • How The Yield Lab customizes their programs to meet the needs of their portfolio companies.
  • The various programs available through the program.
  • Her perspective on the state of agtech.

 

 

Key Takeaways:

 

  • It is very difficult to expand into a new foreign country, but it is necessary for companies to scale.
  • There is a need for more people to look at ag as a very serious opportunity for innovation.
  • Ag technology, right now, is such a collaborative space.

 

 

Connect with Connie Bowen:

 

 

 

 

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

AgGrad on Twitter
AgGrad on Facebook
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Future of Agriculture – Soil Health and Public Health with Nave Strauss of NYC Parks


Nave Strauss is an arborist and the Director of Street Tree Planting for NYC Parks. His primary function is to make sure New York City and its surrounding areas are equipped with the right combination of trees and plants that can help sustain both public and environmental health. He obtained a degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Forestry from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY in 2008 and has worked with NYC Parks since 2009. He and his team aim to become the best tree planting program in the world.

 

Nave joins me today to share his passion for trees and environmental sustainability. He explains what an arborist is, what they do, and how they participate in various programs involving nature and trees. He also discusses the considerations made when assessing locations and trees to be planted and explains how they aim to improve soil health by way of enhancing soil microbiome as well as how they make use of biochar.

 

 

“Trees are are investments that will outlive all of us.” -Nave Strauss

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • What an arborist is and the responsibilities that come with this title.
  • Why it’s not odd to be an arborist in New York City.
  • The amount of resources New York City should put into its parks.
  • How trees factor into the public and environmental health in cities.
  • Assessing the number of trees as well as the kind of trees needed per area.
  • What soil science says about soil health and how they address it.
  • Short and long-term solutions to improving soil microbiome.
  • Processes involved in basic tree health.
  • What made Nave choose to work in New York City.

 

 

 

Key Takeaways:

 

  • Governments shouldn’t hesitate to put more resources on tree planting because the benefits trees provide are in the interest of public health.
  • An arborist’s main job is to speak for the trees.

 

 

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

 

Connect with Nave Strauss:

 

 

 

 

 

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

AgGrad on Twitter
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Future of Agriculture – Digitizing Ag Retail with Alexander Reichert of AgVend


Alexander Reichert is the Co-Founder & CEO of AgVend, an eCommerce platform that partners with various ag retailers to adapt to the evolving needs of American farmers. Their platform allows farmers to connect with retailers and purchase their products and/or services anywhere and at any time. Alex practices the Build-Measure-Learn philosophy in his life and believes customer satisfaction isn’t an option, but a critical part of success in any industry.

 

Alex joins me today to describe AgVend, what inspired him to start the company, how it works, and how it seeks to help farmers. He explains the need to have an online presence in the ag industry and why farmers today are more open to online retail stores. He discusses the various ways AgVend can help both farmers and ag retailers in as transparent a manner as possible. He also shares the values and culture he promotes in his company.

 

 

“The ones who start and get on track early are the ones who will be most successful.” – Alexander Reichert

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • What AgVend is and what it is designed to do.
  • The story that inspired him to start AgVend.
  • The reason behind the surge of online eCommerce platforms in the ag space.
  • How they develop their business strategies and project ideas.
  • How they guarantee a healthy and profitable platform.
  • Fixing constantly fluctuating quotations on online items.
  • Why customers would be inclined to use their platform.
  • The company values he instills in AgVend.

 

 

Manager Minute

 

  • Retrofitting a culture to a company is nearly impossible.

 

 

Key Takeaways:

 

  • Growers appreciate if they can work with retailers within their community.
  • Technological solutions that combine with the human element are the ones that stick.
  • Farmers today are more comfortable in obtaining information and buying ag products online.

 

 

Connect with Alexander Reichert:

 

 

 

 

 

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 – Ag Data Transparency with Todd Janzen of Ag Data Transparent


Todd Janzen is an attorney whose practice covers the agricultural industry with the intent to represent farmers and their respective businesses. He is the President of Janzen Agricultural Law LLC, a law firm that specializes in the legal needs of an innovative agricultural industry. He also serves as the Administrator for Ag Data Transparent, a non-profit organization that aims to bring transparency, trust, and simplicity to ag tech contracts.

Todd joins me today to help bring awareness to the idea of data transparency in the agricultural industry. He shares his career journey, what inspired him to become an ag industry lawyer, and explains how data transparency can enable farmers to improve their systems and how they manage their farms. He also explains how companies can get involved, the processes they need to partake, and how he thinks this project can impact the industry as a whole.

 

“Farmers have a much easier time letting a complete stranger know what they’re doing on their farm than they would be letting their own neighbor know.” -Todd Janzen

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Where Todd got his love for agriculture.
  • The risks that come with Ag Data and how to manage them.
  • Technologies that could be collecting data without us knowing.
  • The type of data farmers should be wary of sharing.
  • The processes involved to help farmers become certified.
  • Companies that will not find this type of service useful.
  • The big questions we still need to answer about Ag Data.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • With social media, people are much more tolerable of sharing private data.
  • We have to treat Ag Data with respect and diligence.

 

Connect with Todd Janzen:

 

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

AgGrad on Twitter
AgGrad on Facebook
AgGrad on LinkedIn
AgGrad on Instagram