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September 21
Spotlight - Future View From the C-Suite: Bolthouse Farms
Vonnie Estes

Description: In this episode, we speak to two executives from Bolthouse Farms about innovation. The Bolthouse Farms story is a great business case on what innovation and collaboration can bring to a company. Innovation is woven through everything they do and think about. There is also an open invitation to reach out to the company with innovative ideas/products/technology at [email protected]

Speaker:

  • Zak Karlen - General Manager Farms - Bolthouse Farms
  • Michael Rosenthal - CFO, GM and Chief Innovation Officer - Bolthouse Farms

Vonnie Estes, PMA: 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 for the Produce...

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September 14
From Boots on the Ground: Using Data Management Platforms in the Field
Vonnie Estes

Description: Hear from Randy Pequignot about his journey as a field supervisor for Del Monte AND data management administrator. He uses software to accumulate Ag data from contract of growers through to the processing of snap beans. Randy gives a great view of what is important to him and how data management has helped his operation and his time management. It is always great to hear the voice of the customer of new technology!

Speaker:

  • Randy Pequignot, Field Supervisor Del Monte

Vonnie Estes, PMA: 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 for the Produce Marketing Association. And I've spent years in the Ag-tech...

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September 07
Tackling the Carbon Challenge: Track, Trace and Transparency
Vonnie Estes

Description: The race to develop systems for carbon capture and reduction is on! We dig deeper into the carbon challenge and talk with two innovators who are working with food companies to ensure transparency across the supply chain. The speakers tie together the importance of ESG, effects of climate change, carbon programs and how technology is the “unlock” to solve these issues.

Speaker:

  • Anthony Kingsley, Benson Hill
  • Dave Stangis, founder of 21C IMPACT

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 for the Produce Marketing Association. And I've spent years in the AgTech sector. So I...

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August 31
Cyber Security in Agriculture: What You Need to Know
Vonnie Estes

Description: How safe is your information? How do threat actors get into your company and what do you do if it happens? Hear from the experts about the current state of affairs and how you should protect yourself and mitigate risk.

Speaker:

  • Andrew Rose, Senior Advisor at F3Tech
  • Brian Dysktra, CEO - Atlantic Data Forensics, Inc.
  •  Bill Danker, Principal Industry Consultant - AgTech SAS

Vonnie Estes, PMA: 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 for the Produce Marketing Association. And I've spent years in the AgTech sector. So I can attest, it's hard to navigate this ever-changing world in developing...

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August 24
Technology Transforming Business Operations – Why It Matters
Vonnie Estes

Description: Listen to a real life example of Lipman Family Farms and their supply chain management technology adoption journey. We hear about the value of a good partner, constant iteration and finding the right pace of adoption.

Speaker:

  • Aaron Hutchinson, CEO, CropTrak
  • Justin Roberson, Chief Administrative Officer, Lipman Family Farms
  • Jamie Marin, Production Operations Analyst, Lipman Family Farms

Vonnie Estes, PMA: 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 for the Produce Marketing Association. And I've spent years in the Ag Tech sector. So I can attest, it's hard to navigate this ever changing world in...

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August 17
Gene Editing: The Future of the Produce Industry?
Vonnie Estes

Description: What is gene editing? How is it different from GMOs? Today, experts will discuss real world examples of gene editing. The ability to develop climate-resistant crops with higher nutrition and less food loss are a couple of benefits of gene editing. Could this be the path forward for our industry to develop improved foods with lower environmental impact? 

Panelists:

  • Dr. Haven Baker, Co-founder and Chief Business Officer, Pairwise
  • Gilad Gershon, CEO, Tropic Biosciences
  • Dr. Fayaz Khazi, CEO, Elo Life Systems

Vonnie Estes, PMA: 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 for the Produce Marketing...

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July 20
Food safety: A fireside chat with Nate Storey, CSO of Plenty
Vonnie Estes

Description: A conversation with Nate Storey about how Plenty thinks about and deals with food safety issues. Listen to this candid discussion about the challenges and types of solutions the produce industry (indoor and out) faces with food safety and traceability.  

Speaker: Nate Storey

Vonnie Estes, PMA: 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 for the Produce Marketing Association. And I've spent years in the ag-tech sector. So I can attest, it's hard to navigate this ever-changing world in developing and adopting new solutions to industry problems. Thanks for joining us and for allowing us to serve as...

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July 13
Bringing the public with you…. Lessons in social license and plant genetics
Vonnie Estes

Description: I sit on the other side of the microphone with Sarah Nolet from the agtech….so what podcast. We discuss a wide range of topics from genetics to clean tech.

Speaker: Sarah Nolet Founder & CEO, AgThentic Co-Founder, Tenacious Ventures Host, AgTech...So What? Podcast

Vonnie Estes, PMA: 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 for the Produce Marketing Association. And I've spent years in the ag-tech sector. So I can attest, it's hard to navigate this ever-changing world in developing and adopting new solutions to industry problems. Thanks for joining us and for allowing us to serve as your guide...

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July 06
Who is Kalera and what is their secret weapon for genetics?
Vonnie Estes

Description: Kalera is one of the fastest-growing and largest vertical farming companies. It has high-yield, automated, data-driven hydroponic production facilities designed for rapid rollout with two operating facilities in Orlando, one in St Paul, MN and one in Atlanta. It plans to open five additional large-scale facilities across the US by early 2022, including locations in Houston, Denver, Hawaii, Columbus, and Seattle.

Kalera has had a very busy year with the acquisition of Vindara, an indoor ag breeding company and building an impressive team and board. Hear from Daniel Malechuck the CEO of Kalera about their journey and also from Jade Stinson, co-founder and CEO of Vindara about the importance of breeding to indoor ag. Speakers:

  • Daniel Malechuck the CEO of Kalera...

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June 29
What are biologicals and are they a viable alternative to conventional inputs?
Vonnie Estes

Description: The development of agricultural biologicals - biostimulants, biopesticides and biofertilizers - is growing as global agriculture looks to move towards more sustainable ways to boost yields and new methods of crop protection. Growers are increasingly looking to agricultural inputs based on microbes to both reduce and complement the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers in their fields. Biological controls have been around for years, but represent only 10% of fungicide and sales and have not yet made a dent in nutritional inputs and skepticism still remains.   Speakers:

  • James Pearce, Chief Scientific Officer – Boost Biomes
  • Karsten Temme, CEO — Pivot Bio
  • Dr. Brynne Stanton, Head of Strategic Innovation — Joyn Bio

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June 22
Bright Farms, Oysters and Beer with Paul Lightfoot
Vonnie Estes

Description: Join a lively discussion with Paul Lightfoot, founder and president at Bright Farms. We talk about his journey with Bright Farms over the last 10 years and the strengths he sees with indoor growing around supply chain and water. Paul has also started a newsletter called Negative Foods and is on a mission to eat and promote foods based on regenerative farming practices that draw carbon from the atmosphere. Paul believes if we eat foods that draw down carbon on a net basis, our food system will be a lever to reverse climate change. We cover climate change, carbon negative foods, a challenge to organic crop systems and oysters and beer.   Speakers:

  • Paul Lightfoot President & Founder BrightFarms

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June 15
Chile: A private / public sector success story
Vonnie Estes

Description: This episode focuses on the success story of fruit production in Chile. The public and private sectors have worked together to expand production of fruit using all types of technology and innovation. In 2019, the fruit-growing sector in Chile achieved record exports, of over $6.5 B US dollars with an increase of 3.6% compared to 2018. This is a reflection of Chile's strategy of expanding into new markets which has led to a significant increase in the number of export destinations, up from 78 markets in 2003 to 129 in 2019. Hear about the work being done in both sectors. And enjoy your winter blueberries.   Speakers:

  • Andres Rodriguez, Agricultural Attaché to the United States & Canada, Embassy of Chile
  • Stanley Best, Director Nacional de Agricultura de...

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May 11
Big happenings in Israel in AgTech (Part 2)
Vonnie Estes

Description: I had so much interest in being on the podcast in Israel that we are doing Part 2! As a global innovation hub, Israel uses novel technologies to lead the AgTech and FoodTech industry towards a more efficient and sustainable future; it serves as a global laboratory for producing more food using fewer resources. Israeli start-ups are improving traditional agriculture by introducing new, groundbreaking technologies in the field. The country has a strong ecosystem with universities, a long history in food production with multinational VC’s and Corporates involved in financing and strong government support. In Part 2 of our episodes on Israel, we hear from experts and industry veterans on what is happening in Israel and why it is a good place to start a company. The...

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May 04
The Latest in AgTech SPAC’s, Carbon Markets, Indoor Farming & More with Vonnie Estes & The Modern Acre
Vonnie Estes

Description: I turn the microphone around with Tim and Tyler Nuss from The Modern Acre. We hit updates and insights in some hot topics in agriculture. We talk through the recent coming together of PMA and United Fresh, the latest in carbon markets, agtech exits including SPAC’s, indoor farming, and seeing a Rivian in the wild! This episode has it all.

Speakers:

  • Vonnie Estes, Vice President, Technology, PMA
  • Tim Nuss, Senior Manager, Customer Success at Apeel Sciences, Co-Founder at The Modern Acre, Partner of Nuss Farms
  • Tyler Nuss, Group Manager, Commercial Purchasing at Rivian, Co-Founder of The Modern Acre, Strategy & Marketing for Nuss Farms

Vonnie Estes, PMA: Welcome to PMA takes on tech. The podcast that explores the problems, solutions, people, and ideas...

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April 27
Big happenings in Israel in AgTech (Part 1)
Vonnie Estes

 

Description: As a global innovation hub, Israel uses novel technologies to lead the AgTech and FoodTech industry towards a more efficient and sustainable future; it serves as a global laboratory for producing more food using fewer resources. Israeli start-ups are improving traditional agriculture by introducing new, groundbreaking technologies in the field. The country has a strong ecosystem with universities, a long history in food production with multinational VC’s and Corporates involved in financing and strong government support. In Part 1 of the a 2 part series on Israel, we hear from experts and industry veterans on what is happening in Israel and why it is a good place to start a company. The conversation ranges from plant genetics to hyperspectral machine vision...

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April 20
Singapore’s well-designed AgTech ecosystem
Vonnie Estes

Description:With little farming land, Singapore imports 90% of the food it consumes. Coupled with the recent supply chain shocks, the government has set up a number of programs and incentives for local food production and innovation. In this episode, we hear from there different companies in the well-functioning AgTech ecosystem in Singapore. Benny Chng from SGInnovate discusses the companies they are investing in at this time and why food and ag are important. We also hear from Foong Yoke Oon who with her husband is building Ubertas Agritech, a vertical farm to serve Singapore. And Adrian Teo from DiMuto a global commerce solution company for the produce market. These three conversations illustrate what a good ecosystem can bring to a sector with government support, private sector...

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April 13
Why it’s time to invest in the Food Supply Chain and where to look
Vonnie Estes

Description: Be ready to take notes! This episode covers the needs of the food supply chain which was pushed into the spotlight by COVID-19. As we saw shortages on the shelf, and supply disruption and dislocations in production and distribution, this complicated question arose: What does it take to get data flowing from farm to plate to resiliently manage the supply chain? Brita and Seana have previously covered the well-funded ends of the supply chain. Seana in AgTech and Brita in Foodtech. They believe there is tremendous, untapped opportunity for vertical-specific technology companies which are focused on serving the unique needs of the food supply chain. After listening to this episode, you will to! Moderator: Vonnie Estes, Vice President of Technology, Produce Marketing...

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April 06
AgTech in South Africa
Vonnie Estes

Description: Chief Economist Wandile Sihlobo talks about what technology is important in boosting productivity in Africa along with how growing more produce can help address unemployment on the Continent. We also hear from two entrepreneurial companies from South Africa who have developed solutions to problems Wandile discusses and have gone global. Greg Whitaker from AgrigateOne discusses how their produce supply chain data systems supply insights to growers and buyers.  Vic van den Berg from Aerobotics talks about their intelligent tools for orchards.  Moderator: Vonnie Estes, Vice President of Technology, Produce Marketing Association Panelists:

  • Vic van den Berg – VP of Grower Relations, Aerobotics
  • Wandile Sihlobo Chief Economist, Agricultural Business...

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March 09
SBIR grants: A way to grow early-stage innovation without dilution
Vonnie Estes

Description: You have a great innovative idea that will have revolutionary impact on the produce industry. You have tapped out friends and family but you aren’t ready to go to a VC and give up equity in your business yet. What can you do? Government funding is a great way to help advance your small business's technology. One of the most popular government funding avenues is the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program. SBIR is a United States government program, coordinated by the Small Business Administration, intended to help small businesses conduct R&D. The funding is a grant that requires no equity. In this episode, hear from experts about how the program works and examples grants and their benefits. Moderator: Vonnie Estes, Vice President of Technology, Produce...

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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 

    Vonnie...

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