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The Modern Acre is a community of farmers, professionals, and entrepreneurs passionate about building their ag businesses through modern day innovation and technology. If you’re in the ag industry and looking for strategies for your business and inspiration from industry leaders and disruptors, you’re in the right place.

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The Modern Acre is a community of farmers, professionals, and entrepreneurs passionate about building their ag businesses through modern day innovation and technology. If you’re in the ag industry and looking for strategies for your business and inspiration from industry leaders and disruptors, you’re in the right place.

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Smart and insightful

By radioestes - Jul 09 2019
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Great resource for entrepreneurs in AgBiz. Loved the episode with Paul from Nikkal Farms.

Great profiles of Ag innovators and influencers

By Tim @ AgGrad - May 02 2019
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Fascinating content/guests!

iTunes Ratings

94 Ratings
Average Ratings
89
2
3
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0

Smart and insightful

By radioestes - Jul 09 2019
Read more
Great resource for entrepreneurs in AgBiz. Loved the episode with Paul from Nikkal Farms.

Great profiles of Ag innovators and influencers

By Tim @ AgGrad - May 02 2019
Read more
Fascinating content/guests!

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The Modern Acre | The Business of Food & Agriculture

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The Modern Acre is a community of farmers, professionals, and entrepreneurs passionate about building their ag businesses through modern day innovation and technology. If you’re in the ag industry and looking for strategies for your business and inspiration from industry leaders and disruptors, you’re in the right place.

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

Rank #1: 1: Introduction to The Modern Acre | Agriculture for the Next-Generation

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We made it! Episode 1 of The Modern Acre. On the first episode of the podcast, we share more of the vision of The Modern Acre and who we are. We’ll let our voiceover guy take it from here…

“The Modern Acre - Agriculture for the Next-Generation Farm & Business

The Modern Acre is a community of students, farmers, professionals, and entrepreneurs passionate about building their ag businesses through modern day innovation and technology. If you’re in the ag industry and looking for strategies for your business and inspiration from industry leaders and disruptors, you’re in the right place.

Stay tuned and join the community of ag innovators at themodernacre.co

Thanks, voiceover guy.  But seriously, we are really excited about starting this podcast and hope it will provide a ton of value to you!

You can connect with Tim and Tyler HERE

Feb 03 2018

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Rank #2: 57: Scaling Up a Farm and Ag Business with Doug Brunner

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You won't want to miss this episode talking with Doug Brunner, a California farmer and businessman who left his family's dairy operation to start and scale his own farm. Doug has a passion for agriculture and shares his experience of navigating farming in 2019. He also talks about a new venture called The Ag Center 59, which is one-stop-shop of ag businesses, servicing farms across California. Tune in!

Connect with The Ag Center 59 Website | Instagram

Connect with The Modern Acre Website | Instagram | Twitter

Mar 19 2019

41mins

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Rank #3: 82: Regenerative Ag, Direct-to-Consumer, Social Media & Food Labeling with Primal Pastures Founder and Pasturebird CEO, Paul Greive

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Paul Greive is founder of Primal Pastures, a pastured livestock farm that delivers high-quality, fresh meat direct to consumer. Paul shares his amazing story of founding the company to feed his family healthy, real food and how it grew to become a successful company. He talks about their focus on growing regeneratively, the role of social media, and how he has launched a wholesale company called Pasture Bird. Tune in!

Connect with Primal Pastures Website | Twitter | Instagram

Connect with The Modern Acre Website | Instagram | Twitter

Sign up for Acre Insights HERE

Sep 10 2019

38mins

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Rank #4: 13: Using Social Media to Build Your Business with Jay Hill

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In this episode, we talk to Jay Hill, who grew his family's 10 acre hobby farm into a 17,000 acre farming operation today. Jay talks about his journey from a 16-year-old who knew he wanted to build the farm to how he has scaled the farm to multiple locations with a diverse crop portfolio. Jay has successfully leveraged social media to not only build brand awareness, but also to drive sales to his business. This is a must-listen! So much good info.

Connect with Jay Twitter | Instagram

Connect with The Modern Acre Website| Instagram| Twitter

Apr 17 2018

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Rank #5: 67: Managing the Farm Using Technology with Agworld's President, Zach Sheely

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Zach Sheely joins us to talk about how his interest in technology started on his family farm and evolved to his current position as President of Agworld. Agworld is one of the leading farm management companies, helping farmers take control of their business and operate more efficiently. Zach walks us through how he joined Agworld and helped them grow over time. This is a jam-packed episode you can't afford to miss!

Connect with Agworld Website | Twitter

Connect with The Modern Acre Website | Instagram | Twitter

Join our Closed Facebook Group HERE

May 28 2019

44mins

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Rank #6: 43: Using Social Media to Build Your Business with Jay Hill

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We are re-airing one of our most popular episodes ever! Well worth a second listen as there's so much good stuff packed in this one.

In this episode, we talk to Jay Hill, who grew his family's 10 acre hobby farm into a 17,000 acre farming operation today. Jay talks about his journey from a 16-year-old who knew he wanted to build the farm to how he has scaled the farm to multiple locations with a diverse crop portfolio. Jay has successfully leveraged social media to not only build brand awareness, but also to drive sales to his business. This is a must-listen! So much good info.

Connect with Jay Twitter | Instagram | Podcast

Connect with The Modern Acre Website| Instagram| Twitter

Nov 20 2018

48mins

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Rank #7: 2: Climbing Everest and Managing Ag Supply Chains with John Stenderup

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“A flamethrower is at stake here people.”

On this episode, we interview John Stenderup, Strategic Sales Executive for C.H. Robinson. We discuss what growing up on a farm was like, studying international ag business at Cal Poly, and transitioning to supply chain management, logistics, and global trade for fresh produce. We also get into what his recent Mount Everest climb was like. Needless to say, it’s a jam packed show!

John talks about learning about hard work doing odd jobs on the farm and how that established a foundation for him later in life. We discuss the disruption of technology in agriculture in the past 10 years and how that will continue to change the industry at a faster pace. John highlights the importance of relationships, networking, and partnering with academia to push innovation. 

Connect with John HERE

Read the Cal Poly article HERE

Feb 03 2018

40mins

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Rank #8: 48: The New Way to Analyze Soil DNA with Trace Genomics Co-Founder, Poornima Parameswaran

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Whether you're interested in building an ag business or want to know more about advancements made in agronomic testing, this episode is FIRE. This interview was the perfect way to kick off 2019. We interview the President and Co-Founder of Trace Genomics, a technology startup changing how agronomic testing is done through testing the soil's DNA and getting that information in the hands of farmers. So much good stuff in this one, tune in!

Connect with Trace Genomics Website | Twitter

Connect with The Modern Acre Website| Instagram | Twitter

Jan 02 2019

28mins

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Rank #9: 26: Maximizing A 20-Acre Flower Farm with Adam and Jenn O'Neal

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This week we talk with Adam and Jean O'Neal of PepperHarrow Farm. PepperHarrow Farm is a 20-acre boutique flower farm in Iowa that Adam and Jenn have scaled over time without increasing acreage. They have done this by leveraging multiple revenue streams and optimizing their business strategy. We talk everything from farmers markets to growing an authentic social media. SO much good value in this episode, tune in!

Connect with PepperHarrow Farm Website | Instagram

Connect with The Modern Acre Website| Instagram| Twitter

Jul 17 2018

31mins

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Rank #10: 83: Insight into the Digital Farming Revolution with Chris Paterson of Xarvio and BASF

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Chris Paterson is the North America Lead for Xarvio, the digital farming arm of BASF. Chris has been involved with agronomy and agribusiness across North America for 25 years, and for the past ten years has been directly involved with the development of new business applications and value streams around the Digitization of Farming, Agribusiness, and AgriFood. He shares more about his career, and insights into how agriculture has evolved over time with some key insights into where the industry is going.

Connect with Xarvio Website | Twitter

Connect with The Modern Acre Website | Instagram | Twitter

Sign up for Acre Insights HERE

Sep 17 2019

45mins

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Rank #11: 66: World Ag Expo Spotlight! Improving Farmers Yields with Fieldin

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We're happy to continue to partner with the International Agri-Center, which is set to hold the 53rd World Ag Expo February 11-13, 2020.

Listen to Jennifer's episode HERE

Fieldin was recently awarded the AgFunder Innovation Award for Farm Tech category for its smart harvesting and spraying technology! We had the great opportunity to sit down with Neil Knaak to learn more about Fieldin. Neil shares more about the exciting technology that Fieldin has developed, how the team has grown the business, and what priorities are for the next year. You won't want to miss this episode with one of the hottest agtech startups around!

Connect with Fieldin Website | LinkedIn

Connect with The Modern Acre Website | Instagram | Twitter

Join our Closed Facebook Group HERE

May 21 2019

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Rank #12: 88: An Inside Scoop Into Ag Media with Paul Schrimpf of Meister Media

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Paul Schrimpf is an award-winning journalist who has covered the agriculture market since 1998. He is Group Editor of the Agribusiness Group at Meister Media Worldwide, with full editorial responsibility for CropLife®, CropLife IRON, and PrecisionAg® Professional.

Paul shares his story of joining Meister and his perspective on the ever-changing agriculture industry, sharing insights you won't want to miss throughout the episode. Tune in!

Connect with Meister Website | VISION Conference

Connect with The Modern Acre Website | Instagram | Twitter

Sign up for Acre Insights HERE

Join our Closed Facebook Group HERE

Oct 22 2019

37mins

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Rank #13: 3: Ag Financing & Investing through Crowdfunding with Austin Maness

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On this episode, we talk with Austin Maness, COO of Harvest Returns, a crowdfunding platform for ag investing. Austin talks about learning about agriculture and farming from his grandparents, his extensive military service, and helping start an innovative ag business. 

Harvest Returns provides farmers with more flexible financing options that a traditional loan, while also providing an alternative, passive investment for investors. Austin provides some examples of ag businesses they have worked with and talks about how the industry is trending and adopting technology.

This is a good one, tune in!

Check out Harvest Returns HERE

Connect with Austin HERE

Feb 03 2018

37mins

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Rank #14: 61: Helping Farmers Solve the “Food Waste” Problem with Christine Moseley, Founder and CEO of Full Harvest

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Tune in this week to hear how Christine Moseley has grown her startup, Full Harvest, to fix one of the biggest problems in agriculture: food waste. Full Harvest is the first B2B marketplace for imperfect and surplus produce. Christine shares the details behind how the company started, the challenges she's faced, and what the company is focused on the rest of the year. Don't miss this episode!

Connect with Full Harvest Website | Instagram

Connect with The Modern Acre Website | Instagram | Twitter

Apr 16 2019

35mins

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Rank #15: 72: Forbes AgTech Summit Spotlight! Using Drones for Orchard Monitoring with Aerobotics CCO, Andrew Burdock

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2018 Forbes Ag Tech Episode

We had the pleasure of participating in the 5th annual Forbes AgTech Summit this year in Salinas, California. To learn more about what we learned at the show, sign up for Acre Insights.

Aerobotics focuses on early pest and disease detection enabled by drone imagery and artificial intelligence. We talked with Aerobotics Chief Commerical Officer, Andrew Burdock, who is working to scale up their U.S. operation. Andrew talks more about the origins of the company, how they were successful in South Africa, and how they are approaching entering a new market. This episode is jam packed, don't miss it!

Connect with Aerobotics Website | #Trees&Tech | YouTube

Connect with The Modern Acre Website | Instagram | Twitter

Join our Closed Facebook Group HERE

Jul 02 2019

36mins

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Rank #16: 73: Industrial Hemp Farming and CBD Products with Paul Clift of Nikkal Farms

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Finally The Modern Acre podcast discusses hemp and CBD! The introduction of the new Farm Bill opened the floodgates to a new business opportunity. This week we talk with the founder of Nikkal Farms, Paul Clift, who talks all things hemp and CBD. He farms 7 acres of industrial hemp and is currently focusing on launching a retail line of CBD products. Learn more about his approach to this fast-paced industry on this episode!

Connect with Nikkal Farms Website

Connect with The Modern Acre Website | Instagram | Twitter

Sign up for Acre Insights HERE

Join our Closed Facebook Group HERE

Jul 09 2019

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Rank #17: 81: Founding a Successful Food Company in an Exploding Category with Caulipower CEO, Gail Becker

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Gail Becker is the founder and CEO of Caulipower. Gail left an incredibly successful career in PR and marketing to launch a food company focused on making comfort foods with healthier ingredients. Caulipower came on the food scene with their incredibly popular cauliflower pizza crust. Gail shares her compelling story of starting and growing the company and you won't want to miss it. Tune in!

Connect with Caulipower Website | Twitter | Instagram

Connect with The Modern Acre Website | Instagram | Twitter

Sign up for Acre Insights HERE

Sep 03 2019

30mins

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Rank #18: 14: Expanding Into Hydroponics with AmHydro VP, Joe Swartz

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If you’ve wanted to learn more about hydroponics and how the technology can fit into your business, this is the episode for you. We talk with Joe Swartz, Vice President of Sales with American Hydroponics, or AmHydro. He has over 30 years of hydroponics experience, originally converting his own farm to maximize the business.

Joe shares important insight into what hydroponics is and what it isn’t, how it compares to organic methods, and how to discern up and coming technology. We get into how AmHydro has innovated by building a solution oriented business and focusing on the success of their customers. Tune in to learn more about building a business around the proven method that can diversify farms: hydroponics!

Connect with AmHydro Website | Instagram

Connect with Joe Twitter

Connect with The Modern Acre Website| Instagram| Twitter

Apr 24 2018

46mins

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Rank #19: 80: Finding Your Voice in Agriculture and Fighting for Farmers with Ryan Jacobsen, CEO of the Fresno County Farm Bureau

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Ryan Jacobsen is the CEO and Executive Director of the Fresno County Farm Bureau. He is also the host of the television show, Valley's Gold, which provides a behind-the-scenes look of the California agricultural industry. We talk with Ryan about the current state of the ag industry, how we has managed and grown the Farm Bureau, and the importance of using your voice in agriculture.

Connect with Fresno County Farm Bureau Website | Twitter | Valley's Gold

Connect with The Modern Acre Website | Instagram | Twitter

Sign up for Acre Insights HERE

Aug 27 2019

34mins

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Rank #20: 10: Bringing Price Transparency to Agriculture with Farmers Business Network Co-Founder, Charles Baron

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Charles Baron, VP of Product and Co-founder of Farmers Business Network, talks with us about the values of the company that has disrupted the ag industry with price transparency. FBN is a company based around a network of farmers that leverages data to provide valuable insight and market intelligence back to the farmers. In our words, Farmers Business Network is "robinhood" for the ag industry.

Charles talks about how and why he and his co-founders were inspired to build this business based around technology and the challenges they faced right from the start. He talks about how they had to boot strap the business to build traction and how they really focused on listening to their customers to innovate their product. FBN is a true Modern Acre case study, tune in!

Connect with Farmers Business Network Website | Twitter | YouTube

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Mar 27 2018

51mins

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