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Apr 17, 2019

 

Aaron Ratner is the Managing Director at Ultra Capital, a company that finances small and mid-size startups in the sustainable technology industry. He has over 20 years of experience in advisory, international investment, and project development with a focus on agriculture and technology. Aaron obtained his MsM from Stanford University and his BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Aaron joins me today to discuss what Ultra Capital is about and what they aim to accomplish with their current business model. He shares his passion for sustainable technologies and preserving Mother Nature. He describes how their business works and their criteria for investing. Aaron also explains why banks aren’t as committed to funding the kind of companies they work with.

 

 

“It is incredibly fulfilling, trying to make the world a better place. From that, there is really no turning back.” - Aaron Ratner

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Aaron's definition of project level equity.
  • What he believes is the one key success factor for Ultra Capital.
  • How their business model runs and a few real world examples.
  • Why banks hesitate to loan money for the kind of clients they handle.
  • The reason he became passionate about this type of business.
  • Their primary criteria and requirements in a startup before they invest.
  • What the future holds for Ultra Capital and their upcoming projects.

 

 

Connect with Aaron Ratner

 

 

 

 

 

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 

 

Apr 16, 2019

Get to know the woman behind the fishing social media Juggernaut know as Darcizzle Offshore

Please visit our sponsor:

https://www.farmersedge.ca/

Apr 15, 2019

She became a vegetarian. Then a butcher. Then an omnivore. Listen to her story here.

Apr 12, 2019

Do not let hydraulic pump cavitation eat away at your farm’s profitability!

Apr 11, 2019

Gordon Stock, Senior Policy Advisor and Government Relations for the Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association

Gordon, not Gord, talks about life after dairy farming and his exciting role in horticulture.

Apr 10, 2019

 

Euler Bropleh is the Founder & Managing Director of Vested World, an investment platform that seeks to bridge the gap between private investors and startups in emerging markets. Euler focuses on emerging markets because he knows what it’s live in a country that barely made any progress in the last 50 years and how access to substantial capital can make a huge difference in the economy of a developing nation. He has served as an angel investor to multiple businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa, some of which are in the ag industry.

 

Euler joins me today to share his commitment to helping developing countries such as Nigeria, Kenya, and Uganda. He discusses how Vested World works and describes some of the companies they helped grow and prosper. He explains some of the risks involved in their business as well as some of its more notable benefits. Euler also discusses what the FIERCE acronym stands for and how he bases his business model around it.

 

 

“If you do well by the people you're working with, your company's going to perform better, and everyone benefits from it.” - Euler Bropleh

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • What Vested World is and its business focus.
  • The history of Vested World and some of their notable investments.
  • Risk and benefits in investing in developing countries.
  • Ag-related companies they've invested in.
  • What made Euler want to invest in Sub-Saharan Africa?
  • What it's like to grow up in an African country.
  • Balancing the needs of the communities he is impacting.
  • What FIERCE stands for and how he considers it with their investment models.

 

 

Connect with Euler Bropleh

 

 

 

 

 

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 

 

Apr 9, 2019

John Coggins is a welder from Kansas. Listen to how a trip up to Nebraska, to help flood victims, changed his life.

Apr 8, 2019

Can a growing global passion for lower carb / high nutrient-dense food boost demand for Irish grassfed produce? In this episode, Ivor Cummins, Chief Program Officer, IHDA outlines some context on this growing trend, along with perspectives on CVD risk-taking to better understand and optimise health.

* In the 90's, Ivor completed a biochemical engineering degree, followed by 30 years spent in corporate technical leadership positions. His career specialty has been leading large worldwide teams in complex problem-solving activity. 

* Irish Heart Disease Awareness (IHDA.ie) is a charity established to raise awareness of heart disease, as a progressive, measurable and treatable disease, that can be detected by a simple calcification test.  

* The charity's founder, David Bobbett, is also CEO and majority shareholder of H&K International, one of the world's largest equipment suppliers to the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) industry. 

Apr 8, 2019

Can a city be designed to feed itself? Henry Gordon-Smith is on the cutting edged of vertical farming.

Apr 4, 2019

This week on the Ontario AgCast, Steve McCabe talks to us about his new role as Executive Director of the Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada, fly fishing and politics. Steve, craft beer and jeep aficionado, lends an interesting perspective on Canada’s role in agricultural technology and manufacturing- listen now!

Apr 3, 2019

Tonight I'm heading across the country to Norfolk to talk to Farmer & former TV Presenter, Jeremy Buxton @EvesHill

We talk about how he came to be living in Paris and presenting TV shows for EuroSport and the many amazing experiences he had, his return to the family farm and the reasons behind it, the changes he's made since, including starting a herd of Hereford Cattle, agri tourism, and his struggles with mental health and why he thinks it's important that we talk about it more as an industry.

All this and much, much more.

Jeremy's a brilliant guy, and it was fantastic to learn more about his journey. Check it out folks..

Apr 3, 2019

 

Scott Bennett is the Director of Congressional Relations at the American Farm Bureau Federation, an independent, voluntary, non-government group that is headed by people who represent the best interests of farmers and their families in the US. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and Political Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Before joining the American Farm Bureau Federation, he was the legislative director for Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a House Agriculture Committee Senior member.

 

Scott joins me today to discuss the developments on lab-grown protein products and their potential benefits to the economy. He explains some of the political aspects of agriculture, particularly on its relationship with government entities. He also describes the differences between plant-based and lab-based proteins and shares his views for the future of lab-grown proteins as well as advice to those who want to support this idea.

 

 

“Five years ago, lab-grown protein was science fiction, but here we are faced with it today. It is the reality.” - Scott Bennett

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • The significance of having a primary jurisdiction with USDA.
  • Policy differences between gene-edited livestock and cell-based meats.
  • His thoughts on the recent press release from the FDA.
  • Plant-based and lab-grown proteins and their key labeling differences.
  • How he sees this technology developing in five years.
  • Getting involved in the local government to pass the necessary laws for agtech.
  • How the public perceives lab-grown protein.
  • The biggest issues facing the current agricultural innovation landscape.

 

 

 

Connect with Scott Bennett

 

 

 

 

 

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 

 

Apr 1, 2019

In 2017, Finistere Ventures, a Californian-based firm, partnered with Ireland’s sovereign development fund (ISIF) to launch a €20m Ireland Agtech Fund (IAF), investing in emerging AgTech startups, to help stimulate growth and offer value across the Irish Agriculture and Food sectors. The Irish Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) also allocated a further €20m in Finistere’s second global agtech fund for global agri investment. Kieran Furlong, venture partner with Finistere Ventures provides an update on this exciting and innovative development.

Mar 29, 2019

Ray Bohacz teaches you how to limit annoying regeneration of the diesel particulate filter.

Mar 27, 2019

Tonight I'm heading down to London to talk to founder and CEO of ethical online grocery company FarmDrop, Ben Pugh. 

We talk about where his love for the outdoors and countryside came from, our broken food system and his determination to change it, how FarmDrop initially came about, what they are & what they're doing, how they're helping British farmers get greater returns, and his hopes for the future. 

All this and much, much more. 

 

Check it out folks..

 

 

 

LONDON MARATHON 2019: As required by Universal law, much like if you're a vegan, if you're doing a marathon you have to tell people about it. Well I'm doing the London one in April 2019, and I'm raising money for the incredible charity FARM AFRICA.

Between 8 February and 8 May donations in support of my London Marathon challenge will go to Farm Africa’s Coffee is Life appeal. Give before 8 May 2019 and all public donations to Farm Africa’s Coffee is Life appeal will be doubled by the UK government.  Your donation will support Farm Africa projects across eastern Africa, and the matched funding you unlock from the UK government will directly fund a Farm Africa project that will give women in Kanungu in western Uganda the opportunity to make a decent living from coffee farming.

If you want to see more about the AMAZING work they do please visit www.farmafrica.org & if you'd like to sponsor me the link is www.justgiving.com/fundraising/william-evans12 and from now until 8th May, the UK Government will match your donation - thank you!

 

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 

Mar 27, 2019

 

Henry Gordon-Smith is considered one of the leading experts in urban agriculture. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Agritecture, a global urban agriculture consultation company that seeks to spread and promote the idea of urban and vertical farming. Part of Henry’s duties as Managing Director include overseeing projects, planning events and conferences, and networking with like-minded businesses. He has a BA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia and an MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.

 

Henry joins me today to share his passion for urban farming and discuss some of its more fascinating details. He explains what urban farming is, what makes it different from local farming, and how it can improve a city’s economic growth as well as its sustainability efforts. He shares research data on urban agriculture, how someone can be eligible to have an urban farm, and the potential profitability. Henry also describes what we can expect from their AgLanta conference in April 2019.

 

 

“If a certain population in the city know how to grow food, and there are policies to support it, the city will be able to impact its own food security and be more independent.” - Henry Gordon-Smith

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • How Henry became interested in working in agriculture.
  • Why he chose blogging as a means to spread stories on Agritecture.
  • Why we should be looking into urban farming and how it helps sustainability efforts.
  • Where the most opportunities lie in sustainable urban farming.
  • Emerging green technologies that embody the food, water, and energy systems.
  • The difference between urban and local agriculture.
  • Urban agriculture profitability and investments.
  • The idea of replacing the sun using new technology.
  • The types of plants that can thrive in an urban setting.
  • Minimum requirements for someone to start urban farming.
  • Some of the reasons urban farming fails and how to make it succeed.
  • What to expect at the AgLanta conference.

 

 

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

 

 

Connect with Henry Gordon-Smith

 

 

 

 

 

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 

 

Mar 26, 2019

Kenny Reinke talks about the historic flooding in Nebraska. Plus how FFA influenced his journey towards farming

Mar 25, 2019

Listen as Julie chats about how easy it is, especially as a first time mom, to fall prey to fear tactics used in media

Mar 22, 2019

Is there an autonomous tractor in your future… maybe NOT!!

Mar 21, 2019

Ryan Orr and his family operate The Log Farm, a working farm right in the middle of Ottawa. With almost 1,000 visitors a day during maple syrup season, they have their hands full doing tours of their pioneer homestead, providing sweet samples and answering questions about farming in the 1880’s and  today. We debate our favorite tasty treats and even come up with some new ones to keep an eye out for.

Twitter  @TheLogFarm

Facebook/thelogfarm

www.Thelogfarm.com

 

#agriculture #farming #rural #family #agritourism

 

Mar 20, 2019

Tonight Im heading across the country to Suffolk, to talk to arable farmer and conservationist, Brian Barker.

We talk about his family farm's incredible connection to the Tudor's, the changes he and his cousin Patrick have made since joining the business, the huge amount of environmental improvements they've done, being an AHDB strategic farm, #SoilMyUndies, the Oxford Farming Conference, #farmwildlife and much, much more.

Brian's one of the most progressive farmers around, and a great communicator, and this is one of my favourite interviews yet.

Check it out folks.. 

 

 

 LONDON MARATHON 2019: As required by Universal law, much like if you're a vegan, if you're doing a marathon you have to tell people about it. Well I'm doing the London one in April 2019, and I'm raising money for the incredible charity FARM AFRICA.

Between 8 February and 8 May donations in support of my London Marathon challenge will go to Farm Africa’s Coffee is Life appeal. Give before 8 May 2019 and all public donations to Farm Africa’s Coffee is Life appeal will be doubled by the UK government.  Your donation will support Farm Africa projects across eastern Africa, and the matched funding you unlock from the UK government will directly fund a Farm Africa project that will give women in Kanungu in western Uganda the opportunity to make a decent living from coffee farming.

If you want to see more about the AMAZING work they do please visit www.farmafrica.org & if you'd like to sponsor me the link is www.justgiving.com/fundraising/william-evans12 and from now until 8th May, the UK Government will match your donation - thank you!

 

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 

Mar 20, 2019

 

Dr. Paul Zorner is the CEO of Locus Agricultural Solutions, an agricultural company that develops non-GMO and organic microbial “probiotics.” These microbial probiotics aim to become the alternative to conventional farm pesticides, effectively reducing chemical interaction with our crops as well as preserving soil health. Dr. Paul’s responsibilities as CEO include overseeing the company’s strategies, operations, and product development. He has over 40 years of experience in science and R&D operations from multiple international companies.

 

Dr. Paul joins us today to discuss the potential benefits of microbes for soil health and farm yield. He shares the science behind using microbes for soil and their untapped potential for the agriculture industry as a whole. He describes some of the microbes’ functions, how they are to be applied on crops, and how they can reduce pesticide usage. He also explains how these microbes can help reduce carbon gases in the atmosphere.

 

 

“We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about soil microbe ecology.” - Dr. Paul Zorner

 

 

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

 

  • Why he thinks microbes will revolutionize the agricultural industry.
  • The microbes they've developed and their purpose in farming.
  • How he proposes their microbes will work on various crops.
  • How their company produces and mixes microbe "cocktails."
  • Their marketing methods and how they do business with farmers.
  • Carbon sequestration, the atmosphere, and soil sustainability.
  • Real world examples of microbe usage in farms and their potential yields.
  • Why microbes can reduce the use of chemical pesticides.

 

 

 

Connect with Dr. Paul Zorner

 

 

 

 

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 

 

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