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Do you want to be on the cutting edge of the latest agtech trends? Or be the first to hear about a hot, new agtech startup? Or know the ins and outs of the latest and greatest technologies in agriculture? The Voices of the Valley Podcast has you covered! Join agtech experts Dennis Donohue (aka “the godfather of agtech”) and Candace Wilson as they interview leading entrepreneurs, innovative farmers and industry analysts to pull back the curtain on all things agriculture and technology.

Voices of the Valley Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology

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Do you want to be on the cutting edge of the latest agtech trends? Or be the first to hear about a hot, new agtech startup? Or know the ins and outs of the latest and greatest technologies in agriculture? The Voices of the Valley Podcast has you covered! Join agtech experts Dennis Donohue (aka “the godfather of agtech”) and Candace Wilson as they interview leading entrepreneurs, innovative farmers and industry analysts to pull back the curtain on all things agriculture and technology.

    How to Make Tech Adoption Go from Revolution to Evolution

    How to Make Tech Adoption Go from Revolution to Evolution

    In a country like Brazil where extraordinarily-resistant pests run rampant on crops, how are agtech venture capitalists saving the day? By providing young economies and companies an opportunity to thrive. Francisco Jardim, founding partner at SP Ventures (Latin America’s largest agtech venture firm), explains how investment in biologicals, agriculture financing (aka AgFinTech) and e-commerce platforms has paved the way for a tech evolution in the country’s farming community. He also explores the potential of a dual hemisphere strategy to accelerate solution in key areas and outlines the exact steps of how biologics in Brazil became went beyond a revolution to become an evolution.

    • 42 min
    When NASA and Farming Collide

    When NASA and Farming Collide

    Explore the intersection of space tech and agtech as Neill Callis—an aerospace engineer turned farmer—delves deep into the issues farmers are grappling with most (think, intense regulations and lack of water and labor) and what tech is on the horizon to solve those problems. Neill, who currently serves as general manager at Turlock Fruit Company, covers everything from solar-powered reverse osmosis systems to optical sorting and desalination. Using insight from his 17-year career at NASA, Neill also provides context to how agtech can be developed faster to help farmers face the headwinds of labor and regulation that batter the industry as well as the automation that ultimately offers a path to keep farms in the United States.

    • 39 min
    Changing the Farm Narrative through Innovation & Workforce Development

    Changing the Farm Narrative through Innovation & Workforce Development

    Karen Ross (California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary) delves into the opportunities 2022 offers for the California farming industry – including meaningful ways to the change narrative of agriculture. She discusses how to create a renewable cycle of economic development, collaboration, new technology invention, and environmental stewardship. Podcast hosts Dennis and Candace also dive deep with Karen on the topics of workforce development, upskilling the current workforce and molding the next generation to quickly advance innovation to feed more people while using fewer resources.

    • 38 min
    Intersection of Ag and Tech: Emerging Trends in 2022

    Intersection of Ag and Tech: Emerging Trends in 2022

    Agtech investor and strategist Seana Day provides a deep analysis into what we can expect to see from the agtech ecosystem in 2022. Tracking 1,500+ agtech companies, Seana reveals what she sees as the top trends for the future year – such as a fintech/agtech crossover, more mergers/acquisitions, expansion of asset utilization and more. Tune in to journey with Seana as she explores the opportunities and challenges for agtech in 2022 and beyond.

    • 38 min
    Building Communities for Resuscitating Water Conservation

    Building Communities for Resuscitating Water Conservation

    What can you do when laws and regulations don’t reflect the current water situation? Groundwater Expert Elisa Blanco shares how communities and private businesses in Chile encouraged the government to invest in groundwater recharge and surface water storage. Her tips include steps on how to build groundwater communities, coordinate capital and human resources, trigger investment in technology and more.

    • 32 min
    How to Become an Agtech Impact Rainmaker

    How to Become an Agtech Impact Rainmaker

    As Israel has long been known as an innovator in water usage, the country’s technologists have helped farmers achieve 30% more yield while using 60% less water. How? Ethy Levy, fund manager at Kinneret Impact Ventures, reveals that collaboration is the key. Listen as she shares tips on adopting innovation, creating the right infrastructure for innovation inside an organization and successfully connecting to up-and-coming startups. Ethy will also dive into Israel’s new tech innovations, discuss water solutions for a global marketplace and provide insight into the right tools needed for commercializing innovations.

    • 35 min

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