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This show explores the people, companies, and ideas shaping the future of the agriculture industry. Every week, Tim Hammerich talks to the farmers, founders, innovators and investors to share stories of agtech, sustainability, resiliency and the future of food.

We believe innovation is an important part of the future of agriculture, and real change comes from collaboration between scientists, entrepreneurs and farmers. Lead with optimism, but also bring data!

For more details on the guests featured on this show, visit the blog at www.FutureOfAgriculture.com.

Future of Agriculture Tim Hammerich

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 245 Ratings

This show explores the people, companies, and ideas shaping the future of the agriculture industry. Every week, Tim Hammerich talks to the farmers, founders, innovators and investors to share stories of agtech, sustainability, resiliency and the future of food.

We believe innovation is an important part of the future of agriculture, and real change comes from collaboration between scientists, entrepreneurs and farmers. Lead with optimism, but also bring data!

For more details on the guests featured on this show, visit the blog at www.FutureOfAgriculture.com.

    FoA 410: The Farm to Fashion Supply Chain With Paul Ensor of Hemprino

    FoA 410: The Farm to Fashion Supply Chain With Paul Ensor of Hemprino

    Headstorm: https://headstorm.com/
    AGPILOT: https://headstorm.com/agpilot/
    Hemprino: https://www.hemprino.co.nz/
    Prime Future Newsletter: https://primefuture.substack.com/
    We’ve all heard the stats about how little of what consumers pay makes it back to the farmer or rancher. Some producers, like New Zealand sheep farmer Paul Ensor, are seizing the opportunity to capture more of that value.
    "A lot of farmers don't know where their produce goes once it leaves the farm gate, but we're very well connected and we know what standards they require for us to grow the wool under. And so it's all about adding value and the best way to do that is be better connected to our end customer, farm to fashion."
    Paul is capitalizing on this farm to fashion opportunity in a number of ways, including his own natural fiber brand called Hemprino, which is a blend of 80% fine merino wool and 20% hemp. 
    "There's a lot of wool blended with synthetic fibers to give it various attributes, whether to make the yarn stronger or more durable or give it some stretch. So we thought, well, why can't we do that with another natural fiber?"
    Hemprino has been successful and Paul says he’s having a lot of fun, but running a consumer focused business on top of a farming operation, is not an easy challenge to take on.
    "The supply chain is very challenging. So like when the wool leaves the farm, it's almost at times up to 18 months before we can have a garment to sell. So just all that managing that time from leaving the farm gate to hitting the store, if you like, has been quite challenging."
    Paul Ensor of Hemprino talks to guest host Janette Barnard on today’s Future of Agriculture podcast.

    • 39 min
    FoA 409: Is Agtech Entering A GenAI Era? Conversations From World Agri-Tech

    FoA 409: Is Agtech Entering A GenAI Era? Conversations From World Agri-Tech

    Headstorm: https://headstorm.com/
    AGPILOT: https://headstorm.com/agpilot/
    Bayer Announcement: https://www.bayer.com/media/en-us/bayer-pilots-unique-generative-ai-tool-for-agriculture/
    Bayer AgPowered Services: https://www.bayer.com/media/en-us/bayer-collaboration-with-microsoft-connects-farm-data-to-address-lack-of-data-interoperability-in-agriculture/
    Microsoft World Agri-Tech Reflections: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/industry/blog/sustainability/2024/04/02/world-agri-tech-2024-pioneering-agriculture-resilience-with-ai/
    Claudia Roessler World Agri-Tech Reflections on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/claudia-roessler-microsoft_world-agri-tech-2024-pioneering-agriculture-activity-7180973495110057984-Bay4?utm_source=share&utm_medium=member_desktop
    FoA 111: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning with Jeremy Williams https://futureofagriculture.com/episode/future-of-agriculture-111-artificial-intelligence-and-machine-learning-with-jeremy-williams-of-monsanto 
    FoA 361: Meet Norm, FBN's AI-Powered Ag Advisor with Kit Barron and Charles Baron https://futureofagriculture.com/episode/foa-361-meet-norm-fbns-ai-powered-ag-advisor-with-kit-barron-and-charles-baron
    FoA 266:Microsoft Wants to Democratize Data-Driven Agriculture https://futureofagriculture.com/episode/foa-266-microsoft-wants-to-democratize-data-driven-agriculture 
    FoA 345: Alphabet's Moonshot to Scale Sustainable Agriculture via Machine Learning with Dr. Elliott Grant of Mineral https://futureofagriculture.com/episode/foa-345-alphabets-moonshot-to-scale-sustainable-agriculture-via-machine-learning-with-elliott-grant-of-mineral 
    “Yield Maps Killed Agtech Software, Can AI Fix It?” https://tenacious.ventures/insights/yield-maps-killed-agtech-software-can-ai-fix-it 
    Bailey Stockdale LLM Benchmarking: a href="https://www.linkedin.com/posts/gbstockdale_anthropic-claude-opus-is-the-new-leader-in-activity-7173365123196112896-SkEt?utm_source=share&utm_medium=member_desktop" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 37 min
    [Field Report] Paul Sullivan of P.T. Sullivan Agro on SWAT MAPS

    [Field Report] Paul Sullivan of P.T. Sullivan Agro on SWAT MAPS

    SWAT MAPS: https://swatmaps.com/
    Follow Paul Sullivan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SullivanAgro
    These Field Report segments are short occasional episodes where we will hear from the people who actually use and hopefully benefit from the innovations we discuss on the show. 
    We’ve already been doing this through the spotlight segments that have aired at the end of about one episode every month. I’ve really enjoyed these sort of customer testimonials that are provided from our quarterly presenting sponsors. 
    So I’m taking what we were doing with those spotlights and creating standalone episodes with a similar concept: only now sometimes it will be associated with the sponsor, and sometimes not - just profiles of farmers and other users of agricultural innovations giving their report from the field. 
    In today’s case, Paul Sullivan is a certified crop consultant and agronomist in Eastern Ontario. He has operated his agronomy services firm, P.T. Sullivan Agro, since 1997, and started using SWAT MAPS in recent years. This part of Ontario which is just outside of Ottawa, is mostly corn, soybeans and wheat. Paul’s work focuses on developing crop plans around nutrient management, pH, pesticides, and some genetic recommendations as well. 
    Before starting the business, Paul spent eight years as a soil and crop advisor with the ministry of agriculture and food covering three counties with the provincial extension group there. So he has a long history of working directly with farmers to solve agronomic problems.

    • 13 min
    FoA 408: The Future of Precision Agriculture With Dr. Steve Shirtliffe and Dr. Preston Sorenson

    FoA 408: The Future of Precision Agriculture With Dr. Steve Shirtliffe and Dr. Preston Sorenson

    Variable Rate done RIGHT with SWAT MAPS: https://swatmaps.com/
    University of Saskatchewan Precision Agriculture Certificate Program: https://admissions.usask.ca/precision-agriculture.php
    I wanted to have a conversation about cutting edge tools and the future of digital agriculture, and I definitely think we succeeded in bringing that to you today. Both Steve and Preston are thinking deeply about the best ways to collect and analyze data, think about variability, and utilize this deeper understanding for real world outcomes on farms. 
    Dr. Preston Sorenson is a research associate in the department of soil science at the University of Saskatchewan. His work focuses on mapping soil properties using a range of data sources, usually from satellite imagery and elevation data. He also works a lot with soil sensor systems, in particular for rapid carbon measurements. And carbon measurement is something we definitely get into today. 
    Dr. Steve Shirtliffe is a professor also at the University of Saskatchewan but in the department of plant sciences. As I mentioned in the opener, he pivoted his career about seven years ago from his focus in agronomy to now working in the area broadly referred to as digital agriculture. His focus is on crop imaging and understanding in-field spatial variability and what causes it. 
    Steve and Preston talk about digital tools, ag data, artificial intelligence, and what the future might hold for precision agriculture.

    • 37 min
    FoA 407: Attracting Top Talent to Solve Agribusiness Problems with Christian Guffy of The Context Network

    FoA 407: Attracting Top Talent to Solve Agribusiness Problems with Christian Guffy of The Context Network

    Variable Rate done RIGHT with SWAT MAPS: https://swatmaps.com/
    The Context Network: https://contextnet.com/
    Today's episode features Christian Guffy of the Context Network. I wanted to bring Christian on the show to talk about talent and growing a client services firm. I think those are both interesting and important topics that I haven’t done a good job of covering on the show. 
    In client services, which is the business I’m in with the consulting that I do, all you have to sell is your talent. So finding ways to recruit, retain and develop talent is extremely important. It’s important in any business, but especially in a business where your people’s abilities is the only thing you have to offer. Christian had some great perspective on this and some interesting insights into the way Context operates. 
    For some quick background here, and some context on Context: Christian is a Partner at The Context Network and has been with the firm in a variety of roles for 10 years. He has a wide range of experience in working with clients across the food and agriculture value chain with notable focus on the upstream crop and animal sectors. He has worked with clients in the development and execution of strategic plans along with market and competitive intelligence. He has also advised companies on corporate financial planning including capital expenditures, business unit divestitures, and strategic acquisitions. Context's clients are many of the largest companies in the agriculture industry including manufacturers in crop protection, animal health, ag equipment, seeds, processing and handling, and many others.

    • 40 min
    [Field Report] Corteva Research Associate Brett McArtor on SWAT MAPS

    [Field Report] Corteva Research Associate Brett McArtor on SWAT MAPS

    SWAT MAPS: https://swatmaps.com/
    Corteva Agriscience: https://www.corteva.com/
    These new Field Report segments are short occasional episodes where we will hear from the people who actually use and hopefully benefit from the innovations we discuss on the show.
    We’ve already been doing this through the spotlight segments that have aired at the end of about one episode every month. I’ve really enjoyed these sort of customer testimonials that are provided from our quarterly presenting sponsors.
    So I’m taking what we were doing with those spotlights and creating standalone episodes with a similar concept: only now sometimes it will be associated with the sponsor, and sometimes not - just profiles of farmers and other users of agricultural innovations giving their report from the field.
    In today’s case, Brett McArtor is a senior research associate at Corteva Agriscience based in Johnston, Iowa. Corteva has three major focuses: crop protection, seed, and digital which supports those other two - and that’s where Brett works. Since graduating from Iowa State, Brett has remained focused on working with farmers to perform trials and research projects on their operations. He thinks of it as farmer-led science to figure out how new products fit into their management systems and affect their bottom line. He also brings that information back to the company to help formulate or position products to better suit farmer needs.

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

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245 Ratings

245 Ratings

Dr. Ned French ,

Love FoA!

I continue to listen to Tim’s podcasts, because I can consistently count on interesting thought-provoking, and ag-relevant content. Tim is prepared, asks great questions, and keeps it meaningful. FoA is my go-to podcast for agriculture.

Doug Woolf ,

Great podcast on Agriculture

Really enjoyed listening to your guest on Teff. I am trying to eat healthier and just ordered some of the product. It was enjoyable to listen to here story about growing a different cash crop. I also enjoyed the podcast on growing food in the commercial buildings. Thanks for what you do to spread the news of great new business ideas in agriculture.

Britton Broderick ,

Keep up on what’s interesting in Agtech

Always enjoy listening to the show. A great way to get introduced to, and keep up with, innovation in agriculture. Approachable for those outside the industry, so we can better understand how we can continue to feed a growing planet. Especially enjoying the recent episodes on regenerative agriculture and other advances in sustainability.

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