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Short profiles about the people who work in agriculture, agribusiness, and agtech. The purpose of this show is agricultural career discovery, agribusiness professional development, and relevant insights for all interested in the agriculture industry. Our hope is that through this podcast, you will find your place in modern agriculture. Maybe that is through finding your career, improving your business, or getting better at your job. Visit AgGrad.com today to get connected to people and caree ...
 
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Today’s episode is with AgGrad 30 Under 30 Winner Alika Chuck. Alika is the Co-Founder and CFO of Pharm Robotics, which is an agtech startup based in San Jacinto, CA. Alika and his Co-Founder are developing a robotic injection system for dairy and beef producers. So like a robot that gives shots to animals. This alleviates labor pressures and labor…
 
Anna Glenn describes life in international agricultural development from her experience in Liberia. She talks about some of the challenges and opportunities of this work. If you've ever considered international work, or just want to develop more of a global mindset, make sure you listen to this full episode! Links: AgGrad YouTube Channel Hope in th…
 
**NEW SHOW NAME AND FORMAT** Give it a listen and let us know what you think of the changes. Today you’ll hear from Clayton Wolfe. Clayton was born to a farm family in Saskatchewan, Canada, but was mostly raised in Arizona. He returned the family farm in Saskatchewan every summer. Since taking over management of the farm, he has launched Northerly,…
 
The legacy of a generational ranch is of great importance to the members of the family and Kaden Eisenbraun feels no different. A seventh generation cattle rancher from South Dakota, his family have raised commercial cattle, a herd of both registered black and red Angus, and even used to show quarter horses. As well as the ranching operation, they …
 
Born and raised in Ohio, it may come as a surprise to most people that when Lynn Moore made the decision to go away from her home base for the first time, she went as far away as Germany for an entire year! Leaving behind her husband who had to stay with his job, learning a new language, and experiencing life at its utmost. Lynn says it all began w…
 
In 2015, Colin Hurd founded a company called Smart Ag that he then sold in a merger acquisition to Raven Industries after four years. After all that work and effort, frustration and excitement, it seems strange that Colin would sell his pride and joy. However, it was for the betterment of Smart Ag and the future of agriculture overall. Savvy busine…
 
Being proactive, planning ahead, building strong relationships, learning as much as she can, and continuing to chase her dreams; Elizabeth Burns-Thompson is a young woman on a mission for agriculture, added value to agriculture, and sustainability! Getting her start growing up in FFA, she originally thought she would be an agricultural education te…
 
It’s a go-to favorite for many people but have you ever thought of why the food is so delicious at Chipotle? Yael Cypers can. She points directly at the company that brings high quality ingredients into an accessible and affordable light through elimination of inefficiencies within the supply chain. A former sustainability supply chain manager for …
 
Persistence Pays Off The farming & entrepreneurial ventures of Jarrod Creasy. It’s with a sense of self-assuredness that Jarrod talks about the plans he made for being an entrepreneur and first generation cattle rancher with his wife. The only catch? He didn’t own land and he hadn’t even asked his future wife on a date, but he knew what was in his …
 
This is a re-release of an interview Tim Hammerich did for the "AgTech, So What?" Podcast by Sarah Nolet. You can find the original episode here: https://www.agtechsowhat.com/bushtechpodcast/2019/09/26/episode-50-tim-hammerich Tim Hammerich is the Founder of AgGrad and the host of the Future of Agriculture podcast. Tim grew up on a hobby farm in No…
 
Don’t be fooled by John Romo’s title as a first year high school agriculture teacher in South Texas. It may seem as if he is a rookie, but he’s more of a veteran than one would guess by his young age. Not only did he graduate from Texas A&M with his undergraduate degree, but he also got his masters from Oklahoma State University. Between the two de…
 
While she may have grown up in the New York City suburbs, Connie Bowen now resides on a farm in small town Scio, Oregon. An entrepreneurial fellowship program for Venture for America helped combine her interest in conservation, engineering and cooking. Using that experience as a springboard, she is now working for Farmacopia Farms! This farm is mor…
 
Mindy McBee knew that she had a passion for working with people but if you had told her she was going to manage pricing and feed for Cargill Feed & Nutrition, she might not have believed you. Mindy began her career journey at Kansas State University in the apparel design program. She found herself navigating through Cargill taking trainings and mov…
 
Locus Agricultural Solutions provides soil amendments to improve its physical or chemical properties. As the Vice President of Agricultural Operations at Locus Ag, Alexander “Alex” Fotsch manages the product development team. He also can be found traveling, networking, working with universities and extension agents, as well as managing the company’…
 
Originally from a cow-calf operation where “if you tried to stick a drill in the ground, it might break,” Jonathan Williams found success in a career that he never would have expected. Jonathan is a regional product agronomist for Hoegemeyer Hybrids. A career that is tasked with crop science, proactive continued education, one-on-one relationships …
 
Meet the people that literally wrote the book on launching your career. Dr. Kerry Litzenberg and Codie Wright join us to share their book Launchers: Don’t Just Take a Job, Launch Your Career. The book was inspired by many questions posed to them by students who were exploring their career options. They hoped to relieve some of the common frustratio…
 
Growing up on a dairy farm, Bo Harstine always thought that if you had an interest in science and animals that you had to be a veterinarian. Through an internship at Select Sires that opened up his awareness to the growing technological genetic advancements in the cattle industry, Bo has been able to find his job not only as a researcher in cattle …
 
If you had an idea and were asked to take time off school, give up all your resources, couch surf and spend your time attempting to fundraise millions of dollars - would you do it? Matthew Rooda did in 2015 when he and his co-founder started forward with an idea to automate swine care and the current health care industry through agricultural techno…
 
Promoting Agriculture on Capitol Hill Riley Pagett’s position has been newly created with the signing in of the 2018 Farm Bill. Formerly working for the National FFA office, Riley is now the Chief of Staff for the Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement for the United States Department of Agriculture on Capitol Hill. Covering a broad spectrum …
 
A member of the agriculture industry for only two years, Jonathan Hua started and failed two businesses before going back to business school with a focus on Capitalist Venture. There he realized he wanted to be an investor in the Silicon Valley but, unsure of how to get his foot in the door, he took a position for a non-profit consultation program.…
 
Throughout internships and explored career paths, Jessica Kueffer wasn’t sure what exactly set her passions on fire when it came to a career. A common denominator was facilitation of trainings and mentorships, which led to a career recommendation by her mentor to a position that was not only her dream job, but one that she didn’t even know existed …
 
Levi Hall spends his time understanding the different challenges of not only the grain industry, but also of running a business across state lines. As the General Manager of Beach Cooperative Grain Company, Levi finds himself split over the state lines of Montana and North Dakota, while also being close to the southern border of Canada. As a young …
 
TEDX and SXSW speaker Reagan Pugh joins us today to share his insight on corporate culture, motivation and identity. In 2016, he was a cofounder of Assemble, a consulting firm in Austin, Texas. Reagan explains generational gaps in finding your own personal identity and how the modern-day relationship with work has led to it consuming our identity. …
 
When faced with the challenging decision of whether or not to take a semester of student teaching as a part of his agricultural education degree, Steven Brockshus found himself deciding to instead focus on his agricultural start up. Constant journaling and notetaking throughout his childhood and in traveling the country as a national FFA officer, h…
 
Imagine getting to work at the forefront of strategy in combating those groups set against the animal agriculture industry - utilizing marketing, communications, speaking engagements, political legislation, industry specific groups and more to ensure that those on farms and ranches can continue raising their animals. Welcome to the world of Allyson…
 
In a world where sustainable agriculture must be at the forefront of marketing, production, and business for farmers and ranchers, it takes individuals like Mackenzie Dierks to help them document, manage, strategize and protect their business. Mackenzie is a Senior Associate at K Coe Isom, an agriculture business advising firm historically focused …
 
Everyday there are fires that have to be put out, but these are the tasks John Farmer tackles as Chief of Staff at Clara Foods. A strong interest and passion in biosecurity and food security, John has been involved with a variety of careers that have moved him further and further into the unique world of sustainable and alternative agriculture. Usi…
 
Despite his friends thinking that all he does is go for coffee, lunches and dinners, Caleb Wright’s active role in social networking is actually a part of his job in public policy at both the state and federal level of the Pennsylvania Legislature. As Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Versant Strategies, Caleb wears multiple hats of social networki…
 
Ethan Smith grew up with production agriculture in his blood and, through involvement with groups like 4-H, FFA, scholarship applications and internships in college, he discovered an interest in farm and ranch management. Ethan now fulfills this role in a diverse and broad ranging “territory” from the southern tip of Texas up through New Mexico and…
 
Some careers have slow downs - times where an employee can be on autopilot and work without much cognitive thinking. This is not the case for Lucas Fuess, the Director of Market Intelligence for HighGround Dairy of Chicago, Illinois. Lucas’ day-to-day job includes crunching numbers, reading reports, analyzing data, and synthesizing all of that info…
 
It may come as a surprise that as a Senior Business Analyst for The Context Network, Seth Pratt isn’t found in an office building crunching numbers day in and day out; he will be found working in his home office in the beautiful ranch lands of southeastern Idaho. When he’s not working on advanced agriculture analysis, Seth is hard at work as a fift…
 
“I love everything that has to do with words,” says Meg Becker and she most definitely does! As the Marketing Specialist at Cargill Animal Nutrition, Meg wears multiple hats that all focus on working with their team on marketing initiatives. This can include anything from internal newsletters, assisting the sales team with marketing material, and c…
 
Karoline Rose took the bold leap of entrepreneurship straight from college graduation in the spring of 2015. Within six months she had made the daring venture to hire her first employee and, since that time, she has used her gut to help her make decisions in hiring five more employees and six contract workers. KRose shares tips for buying, selling …
 
Expectations Study hard. Get good grades. Get a good job. Work nine-to-five for the rest of your life. Coming from a conservative, middle-class family in India, Bharath Sudharsan never considered a career world outside of the standard that he grew up in. Then he came to North America and all of that changed. “There were so many entrepreneurial acti…
 
Never Eat Lunch Alone Andrew Lauver’s grandfather always said, “never eat lunch alone.” A captivating thought that Andrew saw epitomized in a John F. Kennedy story of a tour of NASA, where he asked the janitor, “What do you do?” The janitor’s response? “Send rocket ships to space.” It’s the age old statement that is sometimes forgotten in the moder…
 
Jackie Mundt comes from a long line of national champions. They train, practice, live and breath the passion and the lifestyle that results in the amazing opportunity to bring home a National Championship. However, Jackie’s National Championship is more than just a sporting event, it’s the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Discussion Me…
 
It may seem like a small thing, but investing in relationships in any opportunity can prove beneficial in the building of your career trajectory and professional goals. First connected with AgGrad in 2016 by taking over the Snapchat for National Ag Day, Elizabeth Galbreath has been able to capitalize on seemingly normal encounters to improve her sk…
 
As a formal agriculture teacher from Kentucky, it’s no surprise that while Kirby Green no longer works in the classroom, she is continuously working every day to maximize the productivity and knowledge of herself and others. A former district sales manager for Monsanto, Kirby fulfills the same position now at Bayer Crop Science in Indiana, but how …
 
Taking Risks & Balancing Careers Brittany Bailey’s title of “Millennial, Meat Eater, Mom” on LinkedIn accurately groups the many facets that make up the day-to-day for this mom of two, Meatingplace blogger, and newly named Food Safety Marketing Manager for Zoetis. By following her number one career advice of “not being afraid to take a risk,” Britt…
 
Learn the essentials of business communication and some professional agribusiness resources! This is from a webinar put on for College Aggies Online. Learn more about their program at https://www.animalagalliance.org/connect/#collegeaggies. Visit AgGrad.com for more information about careers in agriculture.…
 
This is a recording from a webinar for College Aggies Online. Learn more about that program at https://www.animalagalliance.org/connect/#collegeaggies. This episode discusses what it means to choose yourself, how to discover your career path in agriculture, and how to leverage communication skills to land your job. For more information about career…
 
"Lucky", "fortunate" and "blessed" are three words that Brandon and Kaitlyn Boerner use to describe their life in the past year. It hasn’t always been easy for the newlyweds, as they struggled to maintain dual careers they are passionate about and a strong relationship. Balancing a relationship where both individuals have careers can be challenging…
 
The alphabet soup behind her name on LinkedIn may be confusing, but Tracy Cotton is the kind of personable and fun loving individual that helps make the complicated and daunting world of insurance not so bad. A passion for helping people, agritourism, and being herself in the fast-paced world of insurance, she’s more than happy to share a little in…
 
As an avid outdoor enthusiast, Damon Taylor has always known that he wanted to have a career in “something outdoors.” Researching degrees in high school opened up the option for him to do just that and he graduated in 2010 with a Bachelors in Science in Natural Resource Ecology and Management with an emphasis in Wildlife Ecology. He has not only en…
 
In focusing on your future career, don’t be tunnel-visioned; understand what your passion and goals are in order to find success in places you may not have considered before! Lexi Marek is a sixth generation farmer from Iowa, whose future dream job hadn’t even been invented when she graduated from high school. “I don’t exactly know my career path b…
 
Managing a side hustle while working a day job is not for the faint of heart. Workaholic and passionate Search Engine Optimization specialist Kelly Stanze has loads of advice to help you not only start your side hustle, but effectively manage it. Learn more about agriculture jobs: https://goo.gl/2d84jC. If you’ve ever felt as if something is lackin…
 
Making a habit of lifelong learning is something that extrovert and ranching enthusiast Kiah Twisselman takes seriously. Avoid falling into the mundane and continue to grow everyday in order to build your professional and personal networks. Learn more about agriculture jobs: https://goo.gl/2d84jC. Learning doesn’t stop once you graduate from colleg…
 
What sparked your love for agriculture? Maybe you had the joy of growing up on a farm or you got inspired by joining a 4-H club as a kid. Or maybe, like Karl Binns, you stumbled into it. In his interview with AgGrad Live, Karl discusses his journey in the agriculture industry and what he’s learned about making a difference. Don’t assume that the ag…
 
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