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March 02
AgTech Investing: Where is Smart Money Going?
Vonnie Estes

Description: Understanding where investors put their money in 2020 will help guide predictions for 2021. In this session Ingrid Fung, an Investment Director with Finistere Ventures, will discuss what areas of agricultural technology venture capitalists invested in in 2020. We will also hear from AgTech companies about what it took to weather COVID-19 and fundraise during such a difficult year.

Panelists:

  • Ingrid Fung, Investment Director, Finistere Ventures
  • Jacqueline Heard, Founder & CEO, Enko Chem, Inc.
  • Han Chen, Co-founder and CEO, ZeaKal, Inc.

Vonnie Estes: Welcome to PMA Takes on Tech, the podcast that explores the problems, solutions, people, and ideas that are shaping the future of the produce industry. I'm your host, Vonnie Estes, vice president of technology...

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February 23
Driscoll’s and Plenty: The best of GxE and beyond!
Vonnie Estes

Description:  Join the conversation with Nate Storey of Plenty and Scott Komar of Driscoll’s about their R&D collaboration. Driscoll’s and Plenty are partnering to bring berries with superior flavor to all regions of the world.  Plenty will incorporate Driscoll’s proprietary genetics and berry expertise into its advanced, indoor farming technology using its plant science, data science, and robotics expertise. Through this controlled environment, Plenty can consistently deliver great flavors from Driscoll’s varieties, while also optimizing for texture and size. The indoor environment allows companies to meet the future needs of consumers worldwide, including geographical locations that are not hospitable to growing strawberries.   Speakers:

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    February 16
    Brazil: A Booming AgTech Ecosystem
    Vonnie Estes

    Description: In this episode, we continue our virtual tour to Brazil to explore the AgTech explosion. We discuss the flourishing tech and innovation ecosystem developing in the country. Startups in Brazil have access to a market with one of the highest levels of mobile saturation, a wide range of investment options from local and international Brazil-centric funds, and support from a government that has made driving business growth one of its key priorities. In agriculture specifically, Brazil has transformed itself from food importer into one of the world’s leading producers in less than 30 years. Brazil is the first tropical country to be among the world’s leading food exporters. It is now the leading producer and exporter of sugar, coffee and orange juice, and the second...

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    February 09
    Personalized Nutrition: N-of-1
    Vonnie Estes

    Description: We would all like to know what exactly we should eat to make and keep us healthy and to support maximum performance. And some of us would follow the advice! This would require knowing our genetics, immediate environmental factors, and the nutrient make up of the exact food you’re are eating. This requires data from your body and the food. I would love to open an app and have it all there for me. Listen to this episode to find out where we are in the that process. We hear from Dr. Sarah Laskey, a data scientist, Dr. Haven Baker from Pairwise and Greg Shewmaker from Teak Origin talk about what their companies are doing to make and keep us healthy.  

    Guests

    • Dr. Haven Baker Pairwise
    • Greg Shewmaker Teak Origin
    • Dr. Sarah Laskey 

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    February 02
    AgTech Happenings in Australia
    Vonnie Estes

    Description: PMA Takes on Tech hits the virtual road to explore what is happening in other regions. Agriculture is an important and growing industry in Australia. The country has thriving agtech clusters and world-class life sciences institutions that support industry, investment, academia and government to commercialize new products and processes.  However like most regions, global warming and diminishing natural resources present challenges to agriculture along with the rising cost of energy, labor, fertilizer, seeds and herbicides. Searching for solutions to these challenges with in-country support has created a good environment for Agtech to grow and prosper. We talk to Sarah Nolet and Matthew Pryor who are center stage for this growth. And also two entrepreneurs: Dr. Nancy...

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    January 22
    Water conservation in Controlled Environment Agriculture
    Vonnie Estes

    Description: Controlled Environment Agriculture, including indoor and greenhouse production, is a small but high-potential, rapidly growing part of the food system. CEA can play a role to ensure food security and supply chain resilience. And also meet consumer demands around transparency, traceability, and sustainability while supplying nutritious, high-quality products that taste good. CEA requires a fraction of the water of other types of production, often up to 90-95% less. In this episode we talk to Dr. Alexa Lamm about water conservation technology in CEA and then two giants in CEA: AppHarvest and Plenty about how they manage their water use. 

    Guests

    • Dr. Alexa Lamm, Associate Professor at University of Georgia in the Department of Ag Leadership and Communication...

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    December 15
    What is the Consumer's Role In The Food, Ag & Health Story?
    Vonnie Estes

    Description: Join this conversation originally recorded at Crusonia on the Delta: Food is Health Digital Forum in November. We dig into three areas: the consumer, the modern food system and action for progress. We come at these topics from different perspectives and experiences but all with an eye to make food healthier and more accessible for a healthier planet.

    Guests
    • Michelle Gloeckler, 30-year Retail and Consumer Goods C-level Executive; Walmart, Hershey’s
    • Matt Crisp, CEO, Benson Hill
    • Vonnie Estes, VP of Technology, Produce Marketing Association (PMA)

    Vonnie Estes: The second season of PMA Takes On Tech, the podcast that explores the problems, solutions, people, and ideas that are changing the future of the produce industry. I'm your host, Vonnie Estes, Vice...

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    December 08
    Regenerative Agriculture: Where’s the Data?
    Vonnie Estes

    Description: Regenerative Agriculture is one of the most talked about trends in the food supply chain – from producers to consumers and large food brands. In some circles it has a emotional following based on strong beliefs, not science. Having to adapt has become the norm for many farmers across the world. Changes to weather patterns, climate unpredictability and the need to protect our natural environment means that producers are now looking for new ways to enhance the resiliency of farms, boosting sustainability and biodiversity in the process. Regen Ag is farming for outcomes in a specific location considering the entire ecosystem, not using the same playbook across all systems. In this episode, we talk to two brothers working with their family farm to transition to...

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    December 01
    Bee Buzz: The importance of pollination to the produce industry
    Vonnie Estes

    Description: Pollinators are essential to the production of many of the micronutrient rich fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and oils we eat. In fact, 5-8% of global crop production depends on animal pollination for sustained production, yield and quality. In this episode we will talk to 3 experts in the field. We will first hear from Dr. Christian Maus- Entomology & Pollination Science Lead at Bayer Crop Science. He has been studying pollination globally for over 20 years and will talk to us about the importance of pollination and some of the challenges. We will also hear from two startups, Omer Davidi, CEO & Co-Founder of BeeHero https://www.beehero.io/ and Ellie Symes CEO of Bee Corp https://www.thebeecorp.com/ about their two different high tech solutions to monitor and...

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    November 24
    Exploring the “Last Mile” of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
    Vonnie Estes

    Description: This episode is a rebroadcast of a live PMA Virtual Town Hall held in September. In this episode we talk about the Last Mile for fresh produce and meal delivery. It is a truism in the on-demand industry today that the very last step of the supply chain is the most crucial, as well as the most problematic. Owing to its place in the end of the chain, it is often referred to as the ‘Last-Mile Delivery’. Distributing produce and prepared food direct to consumer was gaining traction prior to the pandemic and we have seen more mainstream acceptance as a result of it. We hear from Ashley Tyrner CEO and founder of FarmBox Direct, Manoel Coelho CEO and founder of Speedbird Aero and Bobby Healy CEO and founder of Manna Drone Delivery. Here are the videos mentioned in...

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    November 17
    Exploring the “First Mile” of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
    Vonnie Estes

    Description: We start Season 2 of PMA Takes On taking on the "first mile." The first mile in the produce industry is from harvest through packing and shipping and on into the supply chain. This includes the technology used for harvesting, shipping, packaging, storing, transportation and tracking. It is the first part of the “messy middle” and is very messy. We talk to Seana Day Partner at Better Food Ventures about defining the first mile and the challenges in making our industry run. We then talk to Gary Loh Founder and CEO of Dimuto and Ken Bui Global Head, FreshCloud Infrastructure and Analytics at AgroFresh about how their companies are helping the produce industry globally with these challenges.

    Guests
    • Seana Day, Partner, Better Food Ventures
    • Gary Loh, Founder...

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    August 12
    How COVID-19 is changing technology and technology companies
    Vonnie Estes

    Description: The COVID-19 pandemic is having a seismic effect on businesses in the produce industry, but there are lessons that can be learned. This is an opportunity to fine tune business continuity and contingency plans, and also a chance to define what is truly important and find new ways in which to grow. Join our conversation with three innovators who are responding with new solutions when challenges demand them. Discover how all along the fresh produce supply chain, technology formed in response to COVID is producing safer, more efficient tools for our industry.

    Guests
    • Boaz Bachar, CEO and Co-Founder, FieldIn
    • Carolyn Mooney, CEO and Founder, nextmv.io;
    • Lou Perez, Co-Founder and VP of Technology, Apeel Sciences

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    July 28
    PMA Takes on Tech Episode 5: Solving for the Sixth Food System
    Vonnie Estes

    Description: The history of the world’s food systems has had major shifts - from hunting, gathering, fishing and foraging through the current industrial food system. The fifth and current food system has exhausted its growth trajectory and the world is, once again, staged for a major transformation in the way that food is grown, distributed and produced. There is a movement away from an industrialized, monoculture system built to provide calories and yield to one based on healthy people and sustainable, equitable ecosystems. In the produce industry we are all about nutrient-dense fresh food for healthy people and a healthy planet. In this episode, we talk to Caesare Assad, CEO of Food System 6 a nonprofit accelerator whose mission is to support impact driven entrepreneurs as they...

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    July 14
    PMA Takes on Tech Episode 4: The Realities of Foodservice
    Vonnie Estes

    Description: COVID-19 has shocked the foodservice industry on all fronts. Restaurants are having to open and close at a moment’s notice. Foodservice operators and suppliers are responding and modifying their business models for the new post-crisis world. How we plan, how supply chains move, and how we collaborate is all going to change. In times of rapid and drastic shocks, those who are quick to adjust will lead the way for the industry to follow. New technology and increased use and reliance on existing technology will help the industry plan for the future. Join the conversation about current state of food service with Vesta Foods and two different types of technical solutions from Avolast and Agtools.

    Guests:

    • Jin Ju Wilder - Director Of Marketing And Business Development...

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    July 02
    PMA Takes on Tech Episode 3: Can technology solve the produce labor shortage?
    Vonnie Estes

    Description: Vonnie Estes explores the labor shortage in produce production with guests Dr. Phil Martin, John Purcell and James Terry. Dr. Martin discusses labor issues in produce production while John Purcell explores breeding solutions and James Terry talks about integrated hardware and software in-field solutions.

    Vonnie Estes: Welcome to PMA Tech, the podcast that explores the problems, solutions, people, and ideas that are shaping the future of the produce industry. I'm your host Vonnie Estes, the Vice President of Technology at the Produce Marketing Association. I've spent years in the Agtech sector, so I can attest, it's hard to navigate this ever changing world. Thanks for joining us and allowing us to serve as your guide to the new world of produce and technology.

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    June 15
    PMA Takes on Tech Episode 2: What food and agtech venture capitalists are thinking now
    Vonnie Estes

    PMA Takes on Tech: What food and Agtech venture capitalists are thinking now PMA Vice President, Technology, Vonnie Estes is joined by Sanjeez Krishnan with S2G and Rob Leclerc of AgFunder in a conversation about how the Ag and food tech venture capitalist sectors look today. Among topics discussed are what investors are saying and doing, what are the current needs and solutions, and what is going on with startups.

    Vonnie Estes: Welcome to PMA Tech, the podcast for fresh produce professionals that explores the people, companies, and technology solutions that are shaping the future of the produce industry. I'm your host, Vonnie Estes, vice president of technology for the Produce Marketing Association, and I've spent years in the Agtech sector, so I can attest it's hard to navigate...

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    June 14
    PMA Takes on Tech Episode 1: What do we do with all these onions?
    Vonnie Estes

    PMA Takes on Tech: What do we do with all these onions? PMA Vice President of Technology, Vonnie Estes introduces PMA Tech, the podcast for fresh produce professionals that explores the people, companies and technology solutions that are shaping the future of the produce industry. Later, Estes sits down with Shay Myers and Michael Helmstetter to discuss the impact that COVID-19 has had on the industry and what solutions have been created and utilized.

    Vonnie Estes: Welcome to PMA Tech, the podcast for fresh produce professionals that explores the people, companies and technology solutions that are shaping the future of the produce industry. I'm your host, Vonnie Estes, Vice President of Technology for the Produce Marketing Association. I've spent years in the ag tech sector, so I can...

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