198 episodes

Damian travels all over the globe talking to audiences about trends in the business of food, fuel, and fiber. With his clever wit and down-to-earth delivery, he has turned these topics into an interesting (and sometimes controversial) podcast.

The Business of Agriculture Podcast Damian Mason

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Damian travels all over the globe talking to audiences about trends in the business of food, fuel, and fiber. With his clever wit and down-to-earth delivery, he has turned these topics into an interesting (and sometimes controversial) podcast.

    198 - Turning Food Waste Into Fertilizer For Indoor Ag

    198 - Turning Food Waste Into Fertilizer For Indoor Ag

    We waste about 35% of the food we produce. In poor countries it’s more due to lack of infrastructure, in affluent countries it’s because food is cheap and easy to discard. But there’s an environmental cost that will increasingly become an issue. Re-Nuble is an Ag startup that seeks to prevent food waste while giving an assist to indoor Agriculture. The company harvests vegetative waste and turns it into a pasteurized, pathogen free fertility product for soil-less indoor farming operations.
    
    Sponsored by LandTrust landtrust.com

    • 37 min
    197 - Beyond Fake Meat — Opportunity For Plant Proteins: Lentils, Peas and Beans

    197 - Beyond Fake Meat — Opportunity For Plant Proteins: Lentils, Peas and Beans

    No, we're not talking about pretend meat in this episode. We’re talking lentils, peas, and beans and their potential growth opportunity as a food and crop category. Lionel Kambeitz, CEO and co-founder of Above Food, explains his company's role in providing improved plant protein products to a hungry marketplace. He discusses food tribalism, the concept of "naturally regenerative” crops, and the five specifications his company requires of their contract farmers. In many ways this is a discussion about where food production and marketing is headed, beyond plant proteins.

    Sponsored by LandTrust landtrust.com

    • 39 min
    196 - Sales & Sales Management in a Changing Agriculture

    196 - Sales & Sales Management in a Changing Agriculture

    Bobbi Brockmann, VP of Sales for Immucell, manages 9 field sales reps as well as the behind the scenes staff who cover the entire country calling (principally) on dairy operations. She joins me to discuss how changes in scale, size, and management of farms has changed how companies go to business. What do Ag sales people do in a world adapting to online commerce, where simply showing up with an order form won’t cut it? As a seasoned veteran, adapting to succeed in marketing and sales, Ms. Brockmann shares her five success traits and much more. Bonus: a dire prediction about the future of Ag Sales — half of those who do it, won’t be necessary soon!

    • 42 min
    195 - Managing Resources for Productivity & Profitability

    195 - Managing Resources for Productivity & Profitability

    Business, in very simple terms, is the act of exploiting one’s resources to create something of value. For production Agriculture this means utilizing the sun, water, and soil, along with inputs to create a crop. But how do you know how much and which resources to apply? Turns out there’s a great deal of analysis and consultation that goes on behind the scenes of a productive Agricultural operation. The leadership of Brookside Laboratories joins me to discuss resource management with a member of their Amplify consultant network. 

    Sponsored by Harvest Profit harvestprofit.com and LandTrust landtrust.com

    • 44 min
    194 - Inflation, Food, And What It Means For The Ag Economy

    194 - Inflation, Food, And What It Means For The Ag Economy

    At this point in 2020, Ag was receiving the first of two rounds of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program and things looked a bit bleak. Today, commodity prices are roaring, farm land prices are surging, and farm income projections may enter record territory. But, is this merely the leading edge of hyper inflation for the overall economy? And what about those land prices — they are actually dropping in the west due to water, not productivity or the economy. How will labor cost adjustments and grocery prices impact The Business of Agriculture? Curt Covington with AgAmerica Lending joins me for an informative discussion.

    Sponsored by Harvest Profit harvestprofit.com and LandTrust landtrust.com

    • 50 min
    193 - Climate Change Reality & What It Means For Ag

    193 - Climate Change Reality & What It Means For Ag

    Eric Snodgrass has a title long enough to fill the front and back of his business card. Basically, he’s a weather dude, atmospheric scientist, and former professor. Eric joins me to discuss climate reality. What’s happening with the weather, what it means for Agriculture, and why blaming bovines for green house gasses is like ordering a Diet Coke to wash down your 10,000 calorie buffet dinner. We cover a lot of ground in this very entertaining episode.

    Sponsored by Harvest Profit harvestprofit.com and LandTrust landtrust.com

    • 50 min

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