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Jun 12, 2019

 

Renee Vassilos is an Agricultural Economist and Regenerative Catalyst. She is the Founder of Banyan Innovation Group, an agribusiness consulting company that support startups in the agriculture sector through market sizing, business model and development, and strategy. Renee has over 15 years of experience working with multinational and government companies such as John Deere and the USDA.

 

Renee joins me to discuss the current startup climate in the agricultural industry. She shares her story and experience while working with big companies like John Deere and where she got her passion for helping startups. She explains why the ag industry hasn’t had any real disruptions in the last few decades and discuss the kind of innovations the industry should look forward to. Renee also describes how the current trade wars are affecting emerging startups.

 

Stay tuned for our Five-Minute Farmer segment with Hannah Esch of Oak Barn Beef.

 

 

 

“I don't think we've been seeing enough technologies that have been hitting the mark.” - Renee Vassilos

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Renee’s career with John Deere and the US Government abroad.
  • John Deere's technology pricing and how smallholder farmers can avail them.
  • Her thoughts on the need for traction for widespread customer adoption.
  • The notable disruptions in the industry within the last decade.
  • How the trade war is affecting innovations and technologies in agriculture.
  • Examples of markets that are spearheading innovation and unique products.
  • Why the ag sector hasn't really been innovative in the past few decades.
  • What nutrient-dense foods are and some examples.
  • Disruptions we can expect to see in agriculture.

 

 

Connect with Renee Vassilos:

 

 

 

 

 

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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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 
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Jun 10, 2019

Ryan had an idea to diversify their farm by raising …of all things…crickets.

Born and raised on cattle and grain farms, they are country kids that know the value of agriculture and the importance of growing and raising food.

They started with 200, very loud, crickets in their basement and now have hundreds of thousands! Crickets are high in protein, nutrient dense, and can be ground into a powder that can be added to snacks and baked goods.

Jun 10, 2019

Carbon deposits on injectors and intake valves are choking your engine

Jun 5, 2019

Tonight I head all the way down to New Zealand to talk to Sophie Barnes, to hear all about her incredible journey from middle English town life, to sheep farming all over New Zealand. 

We also discuss her ongoing battle with endometriosis, anxiety & depression, and how she deals with it on a daily basis. 

I don't use the word inspiration lightly, but I think it's justified in this case. What a girl. 

Episode Sponsors: 

Griffith Elder - Designers & Manufacturers of rugged weighing systems for heavy industrial use www.griffith-elder.com 

NFU Cymru - for more information please visit www.nfu-cymru.org.uk

 

Podcast Partners:

Farmer's Guardian. For the biggest range of news and features from across the Ag industry, please visit www.fginsight.com

Rock & Roll Farming is proud to be a part of the Farm & Rural Ag Network. To find more great podcasts and vlogs, please visit www.farmruralag.com 

Jun 5, 2019

 

Dan Cosgrove is the Chief Strategy Officer at Growers Edge. Growers Edge is a FinTech company that provides financial programs and solutions for the service of the agricultural sector. He is also a Venture Partner at Radicle Growth, an acceleration fund financed by top agtech investors. Dan has extensive experience in business development in the ag industry and is skilled in negotiation, entrepreneurship, international business licensing as well as Mergers, Acquisitions, and Venture Capital.

 

Dan joins me today to discuss the details involved in deciding what startup to accelerate and what company qualifies for an acquisition. He shares the story of how he got started in the industry and shares the highlights of his extensive career. He explains how he became an entrepreneur while working within another company, describes some of the challenges farmers face today, and the kind of technology startups need to focus on for the future. Dan also shares his best tips for startups looking for investment.

 

Stay tuned for our first segment of Five-Minute Farmer with Gavin Spoor of Spoor Farms.

 

 

“You should take feedback from everybody you talk to and learn a bit of something.” - Dan Cosgrove

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • How Dan got started in the agricultural industry.
  • The opportunities and roles he had with Corteva.
  • How he managed to become entrepreneurial while working within another company.
  • His current role at Growers Edge and what Growers Edge is about.
  • The two challenges that farmers have today that aren't being addressed properly.
  • The role he played in the Granular acquisition.
  • The difference between corporate venture capital than traditional venture capital.
  • Quantifying the value of strategic benefits in the venture level.
  • His advice to startups seeking investment.

 

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

 

 

Connect with Dan Cosgrove:

 

 

 

 

 

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 

 

Jun 4, 2019

Rice Farming TV captivates its audience and takes you along for an entertaining journey into the life of California Rice Farmer Mathew Sligar.

Mathew is a third generation rice farmer who, when he isn’t growing rice, travels with his family. In 2018 Mathew received The Circle of Life Award for his creative videos that tell his story about his adventures as a rice farmer. He is passionate about his farm and loves to connect with people from all over the country. His videos stimulate questions from his viewers and fuel his passion to teach others about agriculture in his part of the country.

Jun 3, 2019

Greg Johnson loves to chase down tornadoes! Talking with people who are directly affected by a tornado and showing up to help them find hope in all the destruction brings a human aspect to these storms! Greg says the " original storm chasers" are farmers. We watch and learn the weather like no one else!

May 31, 2019

Think about resale the day you bring that NEW IRON HOME to the FARM!

May 30, 2019

Acres Machinery is an award-winning agri-machinery design and engineering company, based in Co. Roscommon. Here, CEO David Doran outlines some of the significant progress being made by this innovative agtech startup.

May 29, 2019

Tonight I head down to Essex to talk to arable farmer and Chair of the National Farmer's Union Crops Board, Tom Bradshaw.

We talk about the huge changes he's made to his family business, which now sees them farming over 1200ha on 6 different contract farming agreements, as well as having a riding school & 70 stables.

We also talk about the many different forms of personal development he's undertaken over the years, from a Nuffield Scholarship to business and leadership courses, his appearance on the 2013 BBC TV show 'Harvest', and his involvement in the NFU. 

All this, and much, much more. 

 

 

 

Episode Sponsors: 

Griffith Elder - Designers & Manufacturers of rugged weighing systems for heavy industrial use www.griffith-elder.com 

NFU Cymru - for more information please visit www.nfu-cymru.org.uk

 

Podcast Partners:

Farmer's Guardian. For the biggest range of news and features from across the Ag industry, please visit www.fginsight.com

Rock & Roll Farming is proud to be a part of the Farm & Rural Ag Network. To find more great podcasts and vlogs, please visit www.farmruralag.com 

May 29, 2019

 

Richard Hoff is the Director of Viticulture of Mercer Ranches. Mercer Ranches is a grape farm that produces high-quality wine through strict quality control and precise technology. Richard is considered an expert in wine tasting, wine manufacturing, and general viticulture. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Viticulture from Washington State University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

 

Richard joins me today to discuss in great detail how the production of wine works - from the grape to the bottle. He describes the vineyards Mercer owns, the grapes they produce, their different yields, and their farming practices. He explains some of the details involved in processing such as pruning and de-leafing, as well as the technologies they use. Richard also shares some of the problems he looks forward to being solved by technology in the future.

 

 

“There's just not much of an argument anymore whether mechanization is as good as hands.” - Richard Hoff

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Introducing the vineyards, the varieties of grapes they produce, and their wine production.
  • The time it takes to go from planting grapes to extracting wine.
  • The longevity of a vineyard before it has to be replaced.
  • The value of specific varieties of grapes per ton.
  • Various labor challenges they faced that mechanization and automation solved.
  • Implementing new technology and machinery in the vineyards.
  • The methods they apply when creating new vineyards.
  • Determining the best combination that marries quantity with quality.
  • The level of attention required to grow the best grapes possible.
  • The effect of mechanization on data collection.
  • Problems he hopes technology will solve in the future.

 

 

 

Connect with Richard Hoff:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 

 

May 28, 2019

There is more going on than just pulling to a different pump!!

May 28, 2019

Andy Detwiler is not your average grain farmer from Ohio. After a childhood farm accident left him without arms, he has learned to embrace who he is and loves his life as a farmer! He is inspiring his YouTube audience with video of his everyday challenges, and just about the time you catch yourself saying "He won't be able to do that" he proves he can. His down home charm makes him relatable.

May 27, 2019

Sara Shymko is the Executive Director of Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan and is passionate about creating opportunities for young people to have meaningful experiences with food, farmers and agriculture. She was raised on a mixed farm near Jasmin, Saskatchewan and still returns to the farm to help out as often as possible. Sara is a graduate from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Economics.

May 22, 2019

Poultry farmers Patrick & Zanna Joice @UphouseFarm are a remarkable couple. For this episode I spoke to them both about Patrick's terminal Cancer diagnosis, his ongoing battle with severe depression, and how they're trying to help others who may be struggling alone.

To donate to The Naked Farmer Charity Cricket Day @naked_farmer & support the amazing work that The YANA Project do: https://bit.ly/2EhYG6r

 

 

Episode Sponsors: 

Griffith Elder - Designers & Manufacturers of rugged weighing systems for heavy industrial use www.griffith-elder.com 

NFU Cymru - for more information please visit www.nfu-cymru.org.uk

 

Podcast Partners:

Farmer's Guardian. For the biggest range of news and features from across the Ag industry, please visit www.fginsight.com

Rock & Roll Farming is proud to be a part of the Farm & Rural Ag Network. To find more great podcasts and vlogs, please visit www.farmruralag.com 

May 22, 2019

 

Dr. Fiona Edwards Murphy is the CEO and Co-Founder of ApisProtect. ApisProtect is a company that innovates the agricultural industry with its advanced Internet of Things (IoT) technology. Specifically, they help beekeepers both small and large gather the necessary data from their bee colonies through sensors. They aim to help preserve bees and perhaps even reverse the rising colony losses around the world.

 

Fiona joins me today to share her passion for saving bees and how she came up with the idea of using sensor technology. She describes the current bee problem and its possible implications in and outside the agricultural sector. She explains how their sensor technology works, how it helps beekeepers, and its potential usage outside of the pollination industry. Fiona also describes their business model and how they found the market that supported their company.

 

 

“We collect the sensor data and use machine learning to convert the raw data into useful information for the beekeeper.” - Dr. Fiona Edwards Murphy

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • The current situation with the honeybee problem.
  • The factors affecting honeybee deaths across the world.
  • Small and large scale beekeepers and how their businesses operate.
  • Her academic background and how she came to be involved in saving bees.
  • Using sensors inside beehives and the types of sensors they use.
  • Problems that can be detected and solved by sensors.
  • The projects their company has started and their current business plans.
  • How beekeepers are benefiting from their programs.
  • The challenges they have encountered in their business.
  • Fixing and maintaining the sensors they provide to their clients.
  • Their plans for World Bee Day and their partnerships.

 

 

Connect with Dr. Fiona Edwards Murphy:

 

 

 

 

 

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 

 

May 21, 2019

After traveling around the world, Coley Jones Drinkwater came back to the family Dairy Farm, but with a depressed economy and her entrepreneurial spirit, the family invested 2 million dollars into their own creamery. Listen to how she plans on telling agriculture's story through this new venture.

richlandsdairyfarm.com

May 16, 2019

Waterford Distillery is a single malt whiskey distillery located in Waterford City, in the South East of Ireland. The distillery was originally rebuilt in 2004 as a Guinness brewery, shut down a decade later and in 2015 transformed into a state-of-the-art single malt whiskey distillery. Here CEO, Mark Reynier provides an update on progress and of his ambition to create the most profound single malt whisky that has ever been seen.

May 16, 2019

Did you know that some of the world’s best Holstein cows come from Canada’s smallest province? Bloyce Thompson, owner of Eastside Holsteins in Prince Edward Island has a long list of accomplishments that are proof of this. We talk about breeding a million dollar cow, becoming a Master Breeder and how he, as a rookie politician defeated the sitting Premiere of PEI to become the newest Minister of Agriculture.  Also, if you have never heard of a “cow glamour shot”, you are in for a treat.

May 15, 2019

Tonight I head down to the Royal Agricultural University to talk to agri-business student Robyn Hogg. 

We talk about her studies at Cirencester, whether it's an exciting time for young people to be entering the agricultural industry or not, and how since the age of 9 she's lived with severe epilepsy, and the challenges she's faced as a result. 

We also discuss the family's award winning bird food business - www.laverockhallfarm.com 

 

Episode Sponsor: 

NFU Cymru - for more information please visit www.nfu-cymru.org.uk

 

Podcast Partners:

Farmer's Guardian. For the biggest range of news and features from across the Ag industry, please visit www.fginsight.com

Rock & Roll Farming is proud to be a part of the Farm & Rural Ag Network. To find more great podcasts and vlogs, please visit www.farmruralag.com 

May 15, 2019

 

Glen and Jason Newcomer are the sixth-generation owners and operators of Newcomer Farms. Having been established during the time of the Civil War, Newcomer Farms is one of the oldest farms in America. Glen has extensive experience in farm management, agronomy support, and agricultural risk management. Jason returned to the farm after college to help the family operate and innovate the farm to match current trends.

 

Glen and Jason join me to share what it’s like to manage a farm that’s survived many troubling times. They discuss the difference between how the farm was managed decades ago and how it is managed today. Jason explains the reason why he returned to farming and Glen describes some of the tasks Jason helped relieve him from. They also share how they select their board of advisors and their perspective on farm operations.

 

 

“We always have to find ways to become more efficient and more profitable.” - Glen Newcomer

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Glen and Jason Newcomer's agricultural background and the history of their farm.
  • Why Jason is passionate about managing their farm.
  • The difference between how they operated generations ago and today.
  • Why they believe they're in a pinched economy right now.
  • The issues they encountered in the '80s versus the issues today.
  • Why Jason returned to farm operations.
  • Their approach to succession of their farm operations.
  • The new tools they utilize in their day-to-day farm operations.
  • Expectations from the newer generation of farmers.

 

 

Connect with Glen and Jason Newcomer:

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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 

 

May 14, 2019

What could possibly go wrong with asking Jordan Peterson to speak to a group of farmers? Vance Crow, the former Director of Millennial Engagement at Bayer/Monsanto, talks candidly about the social media backlash, and the lessons learned about one group of people trying to squash free speech.

Also, his take on the Bud Light Super Bowl Ad, and cautions that others can "monetize your rage."

May 13, 2019

Elaine Froese, CSP, CAFA, certified coach, is the author of four books dedicated to helping farming families: Building Your Farm Legacy: Tools to Empower Family, Farming's In-Law Factor, Planting the Seed of Hope, and Do the Tough Things Right: How to Prevent Communication

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