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We tell the stories of innovators at the intersection of agriculture and technology to answer the question: what really is agtech and why should you care?

Agtech - So What‪?‬ Sarah Nolet

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    • 4.7 • 59 Ratings

We tell the stories of innovators at the intersection of agriculture and technology to answer the question: what really is agtech and why should you care?

    Defining the Future of Ag Advocacy, with Emma Germano, Victorian Farmers Federation

    Defining the Future of Ag Advocacy, with Emma Germano, Victorian Farmers Federation

    Agriculture is exposed to a complex tangle of laws, trade agreements, and competing visions of the future. For farmers, adjustments by legislators at any level of government can have an impact. So while policy is often an afterthought for operators in tech, the pressure for farmers to be engaged and represented in the formulation of new policy is real.

    It's for this reason that ag has always invested deeply in advocacy groups. Our guest this week is Emma Germano, President of The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) and Managing Director of her family's fruit and vegetable business, I Love Farms.

    • 28 min
    Bonus Ep: Audience Responses to "The Three Fears of Farm Data"

    Bonus Ep: Audience Responses to "The Three Fears of Farm Data"

    Back in May, we published an experimental bonus episode called "The Three Fears of Farm Data". The conversation centered around the legitimacy of fears held by farmers about sharing their farm data, and kicked off with a particularly hot take:

    "We in agtech have completely f*****d farmers by making them afraid of sharing their data."

    The episode got a huge reaction from around the industry - both positive and critical. It's clear that the conversation around farm data is one that everyone in agtech, from farmers and startups to analysts and operators in agribusinesses, seem interested in continuing.

    • 34 min
    The Three Categories of Autonomy in Agriculture, with Andrew Bate, SwarmFarm Robotics

    The Three Categories of Autonomy in Agriculture, with Andrew Bate, SwarmFarm Robotics

    Autonomous farming equipment and robotics in ag is more crowded than ever. Every new acquisition from an incumbent or deployment of venture capital into the space creates more buzz to sort through in the inboxes of analysts, entrepreneurs, and farmers.

    With the industry growing so quickly, it's helpful to have a bird's-eye view of what's happening, and what it means for the future of agriculture.

    So, in this week's episode we give listeners a framework to understand the rapidly moving world of autonomy in ag. Our guest is Andrew Bate, Co-Founder and CEO of SwarmFarm Robotics, who joins us to share his observations on the three major categories of autonomy that are emerging in ag.

    • 35 min
    The Incentives, Barriers, and Willingness to Pay for Carbon Programs in Agriculture, with Emma Fuller, Corteva Agriscience

    The Incentives, Barriers, and Willingness to Pay for Carbon Programs in Agriculture, with Emma Fuller, Corteva Agriscience

    When it comes to designing carbon programs in agriculture, there is a very real tension between the science and the commercial realities of drawing down carbon at scale. Particularly, the question of how to incentivize on-farm practice changes is one that many companies in ag carbon have failed to answer.

    • 37 min
    Ag Insurance...So What?

    Ag Insurance...So What?

    This week we're bringing you the final episode in our three-part series on the future of ag insurance.
    Our journey started with learning the ins and outs of how the sector currently operates (check out the ag insurance 101 episode here) and then talking to key players about new products and technologies entering the industry (check out Damon Johnson on parametric insurance here).
    Today, Sarah is joined by Matthew Pryor to talk through their learnings in a live attempt to develop an investment thesis for ag insurance. They cover:

    •Technologies and business models shifting the CAC/LTV equation in ag insurance
    •How insurance is likely to change as agriculture faces more and more extreme weather events
    •What entrepreneurs disrupting ag insurance need to be excellent at
    •Possible areas for venture investment in ag insurance, from new products to enabling infrastructure and digitally-native business models

    We hope you enjoy this peek behind the curtain of how we think and work, but if you didn't, or you think we missed or got something wrong, we'd love to hear from you! Shout out at @agtechsowhat or via our website.

    • 36 min
    The Future of Insurance in Agriculture, with Damon Johnson, Global Ag Risk Solutions

    The Future of Insurance in Agriculture, with Damon Johnson, Global Ag Risk Solutions

    For a traditionally low innovation industry, things are starting to heat up in agricultural insurance.

    While it remains something of a black box for many people in agriculture, the forces of climate change and technological innovation are creating the right mix of incentives that could change how the whole industry approaches risk.

    This second episode of our exploration of ag insurance (check out the first, a 101 on ag insurance, here!) considers a digitally-native product in the hands of farmers today. Reimagining insurance like this will be the difference between farmers spending hours, days, and weeks dealing with brokers and getting payouts, compared to almost instant quotes, claims, and reimbursements.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

GreggyH ,

Insightful and global.

This is a great podcast thanks Sarah. I am getting value from your global contacts and insightful questioning. Helping me dig through the dross and finding the gems in AgriTech. Cheers Greg

Nick_Agri ,

Nick

Great stories and conversations here Sarah.

Would highly recommend Dec 16 episode: Breaking Into Agrech.

While a reliance on proven systems and generational experience is crucial for agriculture, its major evolutionary periods the world over have been driven by new people with great skills, new perspectives and an ability to challenge convention. Great to see more and more new shoulders to the wheels of food farming and Ag.

Corinna K ,

Great regen ah coverage

Thanks for the excellent information and various perspectives on regen ag/sustainable practices. This is a fantastic resource.

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