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Matej Stefancic, CEO of Trapview, engaged a multidisciplinary team of agronomists, IT experts and data scientists to develop a unique pest management tool. New solutions for pest monitoring and forecasting allow growers to make real-time decisions. Trials done on apple orchards in the U.S. have already proven
We kick off a new season with apple expert Dr. Tom Kon from NC State's Department of Horticultural Science. During peak harvest season, Dr. Kon reflects on the different variables affecting production, and the new technologies being utilized in orchards to maximize yields. His unique connections with the orchards in the Southeast allow nearly half of his research to be done directly on working farms. 
On the last episode of this season of AgTech360, host Adrian Percy is joined by Han Chen, CEO and co-founder of ZeaKal. They discuss the challenges facing the volume-first row crop industry as well as opportunities to improve its nutrition and sustainability.  ZeaKal is using its photosynthesis-enhancing crop technology to reharmonize the supply chain by building customized solutions, half a million acres at a time.
Adrian Percy is joined by Phil Taylor, Director of Innovation and Outreach for Bayer Crop Science, to talk about open innovation. Even with the largest R&D organization in the industry, Bayer recognizes it cannot achieve its goals and address complex agricultural challenges without open innovation with partners of all types and scale. Taylor presents Bayer's model for open innovation and explores how different models can be applied across industries and disciplines.
Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) epitomizes AgTech and the future of agriculture. Ricardo Hernandez, Director of the CEA Coalition at NC State, joins host Adrian Percy to discuss CEA, present its challenges and highlight its possibilities. Hernandez details the varied spectrum of CEA, from greenhouse tomatoes to vertical farming, as well as its place in the food supply chain.
Adrian Percy sits down with Charles Hall, Executive Director of the NC Soybean Producers Association, to discuss marketing soybeans to the animal industry and where AI and drones fit into the commodity group's goals.
Rachel Vann, a soybean Extension specialist and N.C. PSI platform director, demystifies North Carolina's extension program and discusses its critical role in bringing technology to soybean growers across the country.Correction: The Morrill Act was established in 1862.
Adrian Percy sits down with NC State professor and Extension specialist, Katie Jennings to discuss the biology behind why certain weeds give farmers such a hard time and what her research program is doing to help. Jennings takes us through the limitations and options, from traditional methods like hand-weeding and herbicides to nascent technologies like electrocution, bioherbicides, and robots.For previous episodes from industry perspectives on weed control, check out the first two episodes of season 3!
NC State Extension Specialist David Suchoff gives us a glimpse into the future of alternative crops in North Carolina. From hemp and sesame to sunflowers and flax, Suchoff's research takes market demand and farmer concerns into consideration as he investigates crops that can help farmers reduce economic volatility, adapt to climate change, and respond to shifts in consumer demand.
Supporting Crops of the Future with FFARDr. Jeffrey Rosichan shares how FFAR helps identify and support crops of the future. Peek inside this funding force to discover how some uncommon research projects gain steam. Growers in the U.S. are seeing the benefits of FFAR’s global connections as research projects from around the globe also directly impact their farms. AgTech 360 is brought to you by North Carolina State University, including:The Center of Excellence for Regulatory Science in Agriculture (CERSA)The N.C. Plant Sciences InitiativeThe Southern IPM Center
Combatting Weed Resistance with Harpe BioEntrepreneur Chad Brommer, CTO of Harpe Bio, dabbled with new formulations in his kitchen blender before collaborating with experts to create a new herbicide. The new mode of action in their biologically based herbicide is quickly proving to be effective in regions across the globe. AgTech 360 is brought to you by North Carolina State University, including:The Center of Excellence for Regulatory Science in Agriculture (CERSA)The N.C. Plant Sciences InitiativeThe Southern IPM Center
Dirk Vandenhirtz, CEO of Cropzone talks about electrocuting weeds. Growers in several countries are seeing the benefits of this new technology on their fields and in their pockets. Herbicide resistance is no longer an issue with this novel approach to weed management.AgTech 360 is brought to you by North Carolina State University, including:The Center of Excellence for Regulatory Science in Agriculture (CERSA)The N.C. Plant Sciences InitiativeThe Southern IPM Center
CEO , Fiona Edwards Murphy, speaks about Apis Protect, an Ireland headquartered company that uses a combination of IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (Artificial Intelligence) technologies to remotely extract and interpret data from beehives while keeping that data
Naeem Zafar, Co-Founder, President & Chief Executive Offer of TeleSense talks about an integral part of food production - the step after harvest and before shelving.TeleSense provides remote solutions for grain storage and transportation monitoring. Their products use wireless sensors for temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide monitoring with algorithms to develop actionable insights for quality preservation, and sends information to an App.
Ever wonder how the new technology that we talk about gets funded? In this episode we talk to Kirk Haney, the Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Radicle Growth. Radicle Growth carefully selects innovative ag and food tech start-ups for investment, ensuring that powerful, disruptive technologies reach their full potential.Under Kirk’s leadership, Radicle Growth has become a market leader in early-stage Ag and Food Tech investing and company building and has secured top-tier financial and corporate investors. As a serial entrepreneur, Kirk has raised over $200M in venture capital, private equity and corporate capital and has had three successful exits. He has worked in technology, venture capital and Ag & Food his entire career. He has a clear understanding of what early-stage companies need to do to be successful. Kirk is a proud father and is passionate about food, health and sustainability.
Nick Hamon, CEO at Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC) shares how his company repurposes chemistry that may have traditionally been used in agriculture and applies it to the public health sector while keeping in mind the constraints of return on investment, funding sources, resistance management, efficacy, and overall safety. His company is working toward total eradication of Malaria.
Aidan Connolly, Chief Executive Officer at Cainthus and President of AgriTech Capital, gives his perspective on livestock agtech importance, and how seemingly simple tech can be 
Ingrid Fung, Investment Director at Finistere Ventures, talks diversity in agriculture, consumer-driven Ag Tech, pharmaceutical inspiration in the Ag Tech space, and what she is most excited about moving forward with sustainable ag.
Rodolphe Barrangou, a Distinguished Professor at NC State, talks about the advancements and importance of CRISPR, and where the future of this technology may lead. This episode is filled with great examples of what CRISPR is and its capabilities.Find out more about Rodolphe's CRISPR lab here:
Dean Richard Linton, of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at NC State, talks about the Plant Sciences Initiative and plans for future and current partnerships along with unique approaches to moving forward.
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