Ag Future: Innovation in Agri-Food
#155: Insect-Based Nutrition | Kees Aarts

#155: Insect-Based Nutrition | Kees Aarts

November 10, 2020

Protix is a Dutch nutrition company working to improve future food-production systems by using insect-based foods. Founder and CEO Kees Aarts joins us to discuss what inspired him to pursue creating alternative feed for animals and his vision for a future with less food waste thanks to insect-based ingredients.

#154: Lessons on Breaking into the Ag Industry | Dr. Keith Latson

#154: Lessons on Breaking into the Ag Industry | Dr. Keith Latson

October 27, 2020

While many people working in the agriculture industry were raised around animals and farms, there are others who do not have this background and, instead, learned from the ground up to start their careers. Dr. Keith Latson, a board-certified equine veterinarian and co-founder of FullBucket Health, joins us to share his experience of breaking into the agriculture industry at a young age with no prior experience. Dr. Latson discusses how those who might not have a past in agriculture can break through to build a successful career in the industry, as well as the importance of mentorship and being willing to say yes to opportunities that arise.

#153: Relieving Farm Stress | Padraic Gilligan

#153: Relieving Farm Stress | Padraic Gilligan

October 13, 2020

In a recent study, the American Institute of Stress reported that 75% of today's employees believe that they have more on-the-job stress than a generation ago. This stress has been amplified within the past year, especially for those in agriculture, as they have worked hard to maintain the global food supply chain. Padraic Gilligan of Gilligan’s Farm in Roscommon County, Ireland, joins us on the podcast to discuss some specific solutions he has implemented on his farm to de-stress his operation.

#152: Passing on the Family Farm | David and Tyler Coburn

#152: Passing on the Family Farm | David and Tyler Coburn

September 29, 2020

Coburn Farms has been in operation for more than 200 years, and like many family-owned farms, they are facing a transitional phase from one generation to the next. Father and son duo David and Tyler Coburn join us this week to talk about how they have approached farm succession planning and to share some lessons for both the older generations passing on their businesses and the younger generations beginning to manage those operations.

#151: Data-Driven Farming | Dr. Ranveer Chandra

#151: Data-Driven Farming | Dr. Ranveer Chandra

September 15, 2020

Dr. Ranveer Chandra, chief scientist at Microsoft Azure Global, joins us to explain the company's FarmBeats project and how it is taking the guesswork out of agriculture. According to Chandra, data-driven agriculture makes operations more profitable and sustainable — but some farmers rely simply on their instincts and personal experience to make decisions about their crops or animals. Chandra and the FarmBeats project seek to provide these farmers with data and insights about their operations that will help them make informed decisions for their production.

#150: Carbon Economics | Aldyen Donnelly

#150: Carbon Economics | Aldyen Donnelly

September 1, 2020

Nori is a Seattle-based startup that aims to reverse climate change through their marketplace for carbon removal. Aldyen Donnelly, director of carbon economics with Nori, joins us on the podcast to discuss how the company is helping farmers get paid to fight climate change, how these carbon removal practices can benefit farmers' productivity and what she believes are the keys for encouraging the corporate world to commit to reducing their production emissions.

#149: Precise Pork Insights | Jarrod Sutton

#149: Precise Pork Insights | Jarrod Sutton

August 18, 2020

While food can be a very emotional experience that brings people together, food producers must use technology and rigid analysis to recognize trends in consumer eating habits. Jarrod Sutton, senior vice president of Strategy and Innovation at the National Pork Board, joins us to discuss his role in making the pork industry more responsive to consumers through data-driven insights.

#148: Livestock’s Environmental Impact | Dr. Frank Mitloehner

#148: Livestock’s Environmental Impact | Dr. Frank Mitloehner

July 27, 2020

As more and more companies promote anti-meat products, many consumers have been left with misconceptions about the relationship between livestock and climate change. Dr. Frank Mitloehner, professor in the department of animal science at the University of California, Davis, joins us to discuss the myths about livestock’s impact on the environment and why agriculture is not to blame for climate change, but how it is key for a more sustainable future.

#147: How We Feed the Future | Rob Saik

#147: How We Feed the Future | Rob Saik

July 14, 2020

Rob Saik, CEO of AgVisorPRO, believes that the next thirty years could be the most important in the history of agriculture, and he claims that in order to support the global population in 2050, agriculture will have to become infinitely sustainable. Listen in as he explains his vision of farming technology and how innovation is the key to sustainable agriculture.

#146: Futurist Food Chain | Jack Bobo

#146: Futurist Food Chain | Jack Bobo

June 30, 2020

As a futurist, Jack Bobo works to stay ahead of consumer trends by detecting the disruptors that trigger them. We spoke with him about the rapidly changing global food supply chain, what will impact future trends in agriculture and what he believes is in store for the future of food production and consumer habits.