Entries by osaez

Getting Smarter: 2018 Commodity Classic

“The general trend is that everything is getting smarter.” states co-founder and COO Todd Golly when describing that technological advances within the industry, “Whether it’s accounting systems, tillage tools, crop protection products, or application equipment, everything is getting smarter and trying to use data and algorithms to make farms more efficient and profitable.” Todd points […]

Can the Midwest Own Innovation In BigFood Agriculture?

As the innovation ecosystem in Chicago and the Midwest expands with almost breathtaking speed, we are establishing ourselves as best-of-class in fields such as nanotechnology, robotics, digital and financial tech, material science and advanced manufacturing. I want to add one more area in which the Midwest can be recognized as the world’s leader in innovation. […]

Aker wins the Clean Energy Trust Challenge

There are no words to describe winning, the validation of the hard work of your team, and gaining more enthusiastic supporters to achieve your purpose. Yesterday was a defining day for Aker as we continue to move the ball down the field to bring meaningful tools for faster adoption of precision agriculture practices globally. We are honored to […]

Can the Midwest own innovation in Big Agriculture?

As the innovation ecosystem in the Midwest expands with almost breathtaking speed, we are establishing ourselves as best-of-class in fields such as nanotechnology, robotics, digital and financial tech, material science and advanced manufacturing. I want to add one more area in which the Midwest can be recognized as the world’s leader in innovation. It is […]

GAIN Panel at Invest Midwest

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure to sit along-side 25 early stage investors in an Ag leader panel about agriculture technology trends, industry challenges and opportunities ahead. Moderating the panel was Claire Kinlaw, Director of Agriculture practice, LARTA Institute. The other panel participants were Pete Nelson, President, Ag Innovation Development Group; Blake Hurst, President, Missouri Farm […]

Efficient farming helps everyone win!

Brazil had the highest deforestation rate in the world. In the 1960s, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon became more widespread as policies were introduced to eliminate hunger and to pay off its debt obligations. Much of the new arable land in the region had poor soil, which made plantation-based agriculture unprofitable, especially for corn and […]