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Future of Agriculture Podcast – Genetic Testing for Soil with Dr. Poornima Parameswaran of Trace Genomics

Dr. Poornima Parameswaran is the President and Co-Founder of Trace Genomics. Trace Genomics is a company that based its business around mapping living soil, analyzing its microbial content, and helping growers maximize yield potential without sacrificing sustainability. Poornima’s goal is to build the world’s most massive actionable body of soil intelligence, allowing even ordinary farmers to have access to expert information on what’s underground. Poornima earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine, her entrepreneurial skills at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and her Bachelor’s degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology at The University of Texas at Austin.

Poornima joins me today to discuss how Trace Genomics seeks to improve farm yield and sustainability through genetic testing for soil. She shares the benefits of knowing which microbes are dominant in a particular farmland. She also explains how their analytics engine works, their process, and what a typical scenario using their technology would be like.

“There are two sides of the coin when you’re looking at what is causing production losses above ground.” – Dr. Poornima Parameswaran

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • The questions farmers have before submitting soil samples.
  • Diseases that can be prevented by genetic testing for soil
  • Knowing when it is a soil health issue instead of a disease problem.
  • Developing food in the perspective of sustainability and not just increased yields.
  • How they know which microbes are important for the soil.
  • The challenges that are top of mind to growers regarding soil health.
  • The action steps they can take based on the data they gathered from growers.
  • Variability of microbe samples in similar soil samples.
  • How they reconcile the difference between gene presence and gene expression.
  • Why they don’t have that many companies as competition.

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Future of Agriculture Podcast – Investing in Farmland with Carter Malloy of AcreTrader

Carter Malloy is the Founder and CEO of AcreTrader, an online platform that seeks to provide a bridge that connects investors and farm sellers. Before starting his company, Carter was a successful Managing Director at Stephens Inc., a large private investment bank. His passion for conservation and agriculture was drawn from his experience growing up in an Arkansas farming family. This passion eventually led to founding AcreTrader.

Carter joins me to share what AcreTrader can do for farm owners and people seeking a long-term investment. He explains how the platform works, what a typical transaction would look like, and some of the fees involved. Carter discusses the total amount of investments in farmland and why it’s still insignificant from the perspective of the entire ag industry. He also describes some of the reasons why farm sellers should use their platform over traditional methods.

“There’s a lot of ways we can work with people who want to sell farmland. For us, it’s exciting to bring new solutions to the market.” – Carter Malloy

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Why he left a successful career in investments to start AcreTrader.
  • The amount of private equity money invested in farmland.
  • The requirements needed to bring the right deals out to the public.
  • Motivations for sellers to use AcreTrader as a platform.
  • How their platform works to provide information in a digestible format.
  • The deal flow and access to market barriers and how they break them.
  • How he describes the ideal seller on AcreTrader.
  • What they do when a partner exits the platform and their contract.

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Future of Agriculture Podcast – Farming in Space with Dr Ray Wheeler of NASA

Dr. Ray Wheeler is NASA’s Plant Physiologist and the lead for Advanced Life Support Research activities in the Exploration Research and Technology Program at Kennedy Space Center. He began his career at NASA in 1988 and the bulk of his research revolved around the use of hydroponic techniques for space farming experiments. One of Ray’s goals is to allow humanity to grow safe and nutritious crops off the Earth.

Ray joins me today to discuss some of NASA’s recent developments regarding planting crops in space. He shares some of the systems and tech that have been made commercial in the ag industry and explains why it’s difficult to experiment with plants in space. Ray also describes some of the benefits of being able to grow plants on other planets.

“We’ve been trying to manipulate the environment to accommodate plants. Now we have the tools to manipulate plants to fit into the environment.” – Dr. Ray Wheeler

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • The research he’s conducted that has made it in today’s agriculture industry.
  • How NASA helped in terrestrial applications of space farming.
  • His recent projects that could be applied commercially in the future.
  • Solving the ever-increasing CO2 emissions with space farming tech.
  • Recent progress on the experimental planting chambers in space.
  • Deciding which crops show promise for space production.
  • The water content of Mars and the prospect of someday growing food there.
  • The critical benefits of being able to grow plants in space.
  • Recovering as much water as possible in space.
  • The effects of low gravity environments on plant growth.
  • His advice for people interested in space farming technology.

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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 – Food 5.0 with Serial Ag Entrepreneur Robert Saik

Robert Saik is a professional agriculture consultant, author, distinguished agrologist, and thought leader. He is a serial entrepreneur who has founded over 15 companies in the agriculture sector. His latest project, AGvisorPRO, is an app that seeks to instantly connect farmers with experts to help them with their queries and problems. Robert is also the CEO of DOT Farm Solutions, a company that specializes in the development of autonomous robotic farming equipment.

Robert joins me today to discuss AGvisorPRO and how it works to support farmers. He shares his reason why he is continually starting new companies, his inspiration to write books, and his personal take on the current state of the ag industry. He describes the importance of sustainability in supporting a growing population as well as provide ideas on how to improve farm efficiency. Robert also explains how the DOT system works and the biggest contribution it can provide the industry.

“If the farm isn’t economically viable, there is no sustainability. So long as we have people, agriculture needs to be sustainable.” – Robert Saik

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • The inspiration that led Robert to write his latest book.
  • Describing the importance of agricultural sustainability.
  • Recent observations in agriculture and how they compare from five years ago.
  • The demand for transparency from the ag sector.
  • His conversation with Bill Gates.
  • AGvisorPRO and how it helps farmers with quick advice.
  • Traditional farm systems vs a DOT system and how DOT products work.
  • The future of DOT technology and implements.

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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. 

Join the Conversation!

To get your most pressing ag questions answered and share your perspective on various topics we’ve discussed on the Future of Agriculture podcast, head over to SpeakPipe.com/FutureofAg and leave a recorded message!

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Future of Agriculture – Irrigating Confidently with Lee Addams of CropMetrics

Lee Addams is the CEO of CropMetrics, a company that pursues innovation in US irrigation services and provide smart irrigation solutions to growers. Lee has experience in business model innovation, business unit growth strategizing, enterprise-level sustainability strategizing, and public sector water resources. He obtained his Ph.D. in Geological and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University and is also a Post-Doc Fellow for Water Resources/International Development at Columbia University in the City of New York.

Lee joins me today to share his passion for improving water irrigation efficiency as well as water sustainability. He describes how he became interested in water irrigation and what led him to work with CropMetrics. He explains how their system works and how it can benefit growers. Lee also discusses what a transaction would look like with a farmer and how they convince them to join.

“It’s what’s happening to 12, 18, to 24 inches under the ground that you don’t see. That’s what’s affecting what water your crop is needing right then, at the moment.” – Lee Addams

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • How Lee found interest in working with CropMetrics.
  • The story behind CropMetrics and their vision.
  • The special technology used by CropMetrics that separates them from other startups.
  • The type of data they plan to utilize to make irrigation more efficient.
  • His thoughts on long term water viability.
  • How they transact their business with growers and what convinces them to join.
  • What they do for farmers who are hesitant in trying something new.

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This episode is sponsored by: Agri-Pulse – For the Latest in Ag Information

Regulation and policy have just as much impact on the agriculture industry and ag-business as Mother Nature. For 15 years, Agri-Pulse has been the leading resource for ag information, reporting on agricultural issues and policies occurring in Washington, D.C., Sacramento, and across the U.S. Agri-Pulse helps keep farmers and ag professionals up-to-date on the latest changes in rules and regulations impacting their businesses – before these policies become law.

Stay up-to-date on the latest ag issues and policies impacting your business by giving Agri-Pulse a test drive. Visit Agri-Pulse.com to start your 1-Month Free Trail today.

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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. 

Join the Conversation!

To get your most pressing ag questions answered and share your perspective on various topics we’ve discussed on the Future of Agriculture podcast, head over to SpeakPipe.com/FutureofAg and leave a recorded message!

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Future of Agriculture – Helping Farmers Sell Direct to Food Service with Chris Damico of Farm’d

Chris Damico is the CEO and Founder at Farm’d. Farm’d is described as an online platform that enables farmers to connect to local buyers directly. The idea was born from annual price hikes, long transits, and expensive middlemen. Chris’ company benefit farmers through their transparency in market prices and profitability, as well as offer convenient ways to confirm and adjust orders in real time.

Chris joins me today to describe how Farm’d works and how farmers can join the platforms. He shares what it was like to source for capital and the company’s humble beginnings. He explains how their platform works, the services they offer, and the benefits to both consumer and seller. Chris also discusses what they’re looking for in future users.

“If the technology’s not right at the right time, it’s not going to work.” – Chris Damico

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • How he stumbled on the issues regarding food sourcing.
  • Putting farmers first and how their programs work.
  • Handling food demand and how their farmers are prepared to sell direct.
  • Why the online marketplace is everything in this type of business.
  • The profitability of being part of their system.
  • Sourcing funds from angel investors when they were starting out.
  • Their criteria for farmers wanting to join their platform.

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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. 

Join the Conversation!

To get your most pressing ag questions answered and share your perspective on various topics we’ve discussed on the Future of Agriculture podcast, head over to SpeakPipe.com/FutureofAg and leave a recorded message!

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Future of Agriculture – Irrigation Technology with Leif Chastaine of Waterbit

Leif Chastaine is the Co-founder and COO of WaterBit. WaterBit is a precision ag irrigation company that wants to solve farming problems through its Automated Irrigation Solution technology. Before Leif cofounded WaterBit, he founded and helped grow other companies in the IoT and photography industry. He obtained his BBA in Production and Operations Management from Boise State University.

Leif joins me today to explain how WaterBit can help farmers gather water data through their sensor technology. He shares the humble beginnings of WaterBit and the difficulty in raising funds for this kind of startup. He discusses the pain points farmers have and how they built a solution around those issues. Leif also describes how WaterBit is unique in a type of market that is always full of standout startups.

“Someday we’ll get to the point where you just walk out into the field, stick a device anywhere, and it just simply works.” – Leif Chastaine

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • How WaterBit got started and the problems they want to address.
  • Their sensor technology and how it works for farmers and irrigation needs.
  • Why water cost isn’t the pain point their market is concerned with.
  • Staying close to home in terms of company expansion.
  • How WaterBit stands out in the type of industry they’re in.
  • Placing sensors in the field and how it gathers data.
  • Their company’s plans for the future and the tech they plan to develop.

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This episode is sponsored by: Agri-Pulse – For the Latest in Ag Information

Regulation and policy have just as much impact on the agriculture industry and ag-business as Mother Nature. For 15 years, Agri-Pulse has been the leading resource for ag information, reporting on agricultural issues and policies occurring in Washington, D.C., Sacramento, and across the U.S. Agri-Pulse helps keep farmers and ag professionals up-to-date on the latest changes in rules and regulations impacting their businesses – before these policies become law.

Stay up-to-date on the latest ag issues and policies impacting your business by giving Agri-Pulse a test drive. Visit Agri-Pulse.com to start your 1-Month Free Trail today.

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. 

Join the Conversation!

To get your most pressing ag questions answered and share your perspective on various topics we’ve discussed on the Future of Agriculture podcast, head over to SpeakPipe.com/FutureofAg and leave a recorded message!

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Future of Agriculture – Cannabis Inputs with Dr Colin Bell of Mammoth Microbes

Dr. Colin Bell is the Co-founder and Chief Growth Officer at Growcentia, a company that specializes in microbial plant bio-stimulants and the developers of Mammoth Microbes. Mammoth Microbes is a product designed to help cultivators find solutions for problems ranging from soil health to crop profitability. He left his position as Research Scientist I at Colorado State University to run a startup that is set to revolutionize the way the ag world looks at microbes. Colin obtained his Ph.D. in Microbiology, Soil Microbiology, Biogeochemistry, and Ecology as well as his Ph.D. in Biology and Soil Microbial Ecology from Texas Tech University.

Colin joins me today to share how Mammoth Microbes can help the cannabis industry reach its full agricultural potential. He describes his life as a researcher and why he wanted to start Mammoth Microbes. He explains how their product works and it’s potential for cannabis cultivators. Colin also discusses some of the company’s plans for the future.

Stay tuned for our Five-Minute Farmer segment with Lanie White, the fourth generation owner of the McFarland White Ranch.

“Water is the unwritten constitution of California.” – Adam Borchard

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Colin’s career background and his work at Mammoth Microbes.
  • The origins of Mammoth Microbes and how they came with the base tech they have in the market today.
  • His transition from academia into the startup world.
  • Their identity as a company and how they differentiate themselves in the industry.
  • The data point on cannabis production and how they use them.
  • The persona of the average cannabis grower today.
  • Differences between outdoor grown cannabis and indoor grown varieties.
  • Plans for the future and projects to look forward to.

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This episode is sponsored by: Agri-Pulse – For the Latest in Ag Information

Regulation and policy have just as much impact on the agriculture industry and ag-business as Mother Nature. For 15 years, Agri-Pulse has been the leading resource for ag information, reporting on agricultural issues and policies occurring in Washington, D.C., Sacramento, and across the U.S. Agri-Pulse helps keep farmers and ag professionals up-to-date on the latest changes in rules and regulations impacting their businesses – before these policies become law.

Stay up-to-date on the latest ag issues and policies impacting your business by giving Agri-Pulse a test drive. Visit Agri-Pulse.com to start your 1-Month Free Trail today.

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. 

Join the Conversation!

To get your most pressing ag questions answered and share your perspective on various topics we’ve discussed on the Future of Agriculture podcast, head over to SpeakPipe.com/FutureofAg and leave a recorded message!

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Future of Agriculture – California Water Law with Adam Borchard of ACWA

Adam Borchard is a Regulatory Advocate for the Association of California Water Agencies or ACWA. ACWA is an organization that seeks to inform Californians regarding their water supply and its policies. He has been actively representing California’s best interests in water policies for over five years and experienced drafting memoranda on various water-related acts in their state. Adam obtained his Juris Doctor in Environmental, Water, Public Agency Law from the University of the Pacific – McGeorge School of Law and his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science and Management from UC Davis.

Adam joins me today to discuss California’s water problems and enlighten us on what its future looks like from a sustainable and political viewpoint. He shares California’s water problem history and explains why it’s difficult to tackle the idea of entities owning water. He discusses some of the projects he believes will greatly help the state if fully implemented. Adam also describes the next big problem that will need to be solved in the future.

Stay tuned for our Five-Minute Farmer segment with Lanie White, the fourth generation owner of the McFarland White Ranch.

“Water is the unwritten constitution of California.” – Adam Borchard

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • California’s water issues and a little history.
  • Who currently owns water and how it affects the farming industry.
  • The state’s geographical imbalance and how it affects the population.
  • His most difficult project to date and regulating water.
  • How water rights can be revoked and seniority factors.
  • The event that became a major water wake up call for Californians.
  • The next problem that California and the rest of the world will have to tackle.

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This episode is sponsored by: Agri-Pulse – For the Latest in Ag Information

Regulation and policy have just as much impact on the agriculture industry and ag-business as Mother Nature. For 15 years, Agri-Pulse has been the leading resource for ag information, reporting on agricultural issues and policies occurring in Washington, D.C., Sacramento, and across the U.S. Agri-Pulse helps keep farmers and ag professionals up-to-date on the latest changes in rules and regulations impacting their businesses – before these policies become law.

Stay up-to-date on the latest ag issues and policies impacting your business by giving Agri-Pulse a test drive. Visit Agri-Pulse.com to start your 1-Month Free Trail today.

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. 

Join the Conversation!

To get your most pressing ag questions answered and share your perspective on various topics we’ve discussed on the Future of Agriculture podcast, head over to SpeakPipe.com/FutureofAg and leave a recorded message!

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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