Future of Agriculture

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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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Future of Agriculture – The Journey of Blockchain Adoption in Agricultural Supply Chains with Dr. Nishant Dass

Dr. Nishant Dass is an associate professor and Ph.D. Coordinator in finance at Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business. His areas of expertise include major areas of financing and business management including CEO-Compensation, Corporate Governance, Mutual Funds, Trade Credit, and International Finance. He has plenty of published papers under his name with regards to financing and has extensive experience providing sage financial advice to startups and other small companies. He has recently picked up an interest in Blockchain technology, citing it as the next big thing since the internet.

 

In this episode, Dr. Nishant Dass discusses the potential and limitations of Blockchain technology. He explains why Bitcoin is not Blockchain, the kinds of problems Blockchain can solve in the near future, and why Blockchain doesn’t guarantee truth. He also shares what he believes will happen within the next two to three years with regards to its inevitable global implementation.

 

“If the internet is about exchanging information and Bitcoin exchanging money, then Blockchain is about exchanging value.”– Dr. Nishant Dass

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Why he likes to work with startups.
  • How he discovered Blockchain
  • How he applies his knowledge of Blockchain to his work
  • Is the concept of Blockchain overhyped?
  • The differences between Bitcoin and Blockchain.
  • How he sees Blockchain tech developing in supply chains.
  • Situations where Blockchain tech can improve efficiency.
  • The limitations of Blockchain.
  • What we expect to see from Blockchain in the near future.
  • What needs to happen for Blockchain to be successful.

 

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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 – How Tokens are Used to Decentralize the Agricultural S


Tomaz Levak and Ziga Drev are the founders of OriginTrail, a service that developed the first purpose-built protocol blockchain-based supply chains. Their protocol aims to bring trust into the supply chain without the need for a middleman brokering trust. The OriginTrail platform was created to bring blockchain tech to supply chains in an interoperable, scalable, and decentralized manner.

 

In this episode, Tomaz and Ziga discuss their product and how it can solve many of the problems encountered with the current supply chain structure. They explain how their product works, the companies they are testing it on, and how it can impact the agricultural sector in the near future. They also share some of the ways you can become involved in their product, such as by being an investor.

 

“Blockchain is a technology that allows you to get rid of this middleman that is brokering trust.”– Ziga Drev

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • How do you get Blockchain technology to scale?
  • What are the incentives in implementing Blockchain?
  • When did they realize Blockchain was the solution to supply chain problems?
  • How does OriginTrail’s protocol work?
  • How Blockchain changes the way we do open source projects.
  • What is Trace and can you buy it with currency or is it only acquired by participating in the supply chain?
  • What’s the next step for OriginTrail?

 

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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 – Applications for Blockchain in Agriculture – Part 2


In part 1 of our Blockchain series, I discussed the concept of Blockchain and how it can impact the agricultural industry. I highlighted reputable resources, possible points where Blockchain can positively change, and how it can build trust in all market participants from beginning to end. I also compared Blockchain to BitCoin, emphasizing on their similarities, and why it is the next big thing in the agricultural industry. I also discussed the advantages farmers will reap from it and how a Blockchain system can affect our current supply chain.

 

In this episode, I’ll explain other potential applications of Blockchain as well as some of its current limitations and scenarios where applying a Blockchain system helps improve the system for everyone involved in terms accountability and data accuracy. I’ll also explain how Blockchain can help farmers focus on farming instead of other time-consuming transactions.

 

“Enough people need to adopt Blockchain, to where it could be an effective use to the supply chain.”– Tim Hammerich

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Limitations and challenges with Blockchain.
  • Additional applications and opportunities for Blockchain.
  • What needs to be built to utilize Blockchain’s full potential?
  • How it can create a more efficient transaction between clients and suppliers.
  • The potential benefits of Blockchain to logistics.

 

 

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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