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13 minutes | Nov 22, 2021
gBETA Agbioscience: a really impressive group of founders
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! You heard that right –gBETA Pitch Night is coming up soon. On this week’s episode, Gerry Dick with Inside INdiana Business is joined by Doug Applegate, Director of gBETA Agbisocience. They talk this year’s fall cohort, innovation in agbioscience and what we can expect from the startups when Pitch Night rolls around. Have you registered to attend the 12/7 event? Link here: https://www.gbetastartups.com/indiana/pitch-night
12 minutes | Nov 15, 2021
Creating soybean innovation for a better planet
She’s a third-year student at Purdue’s College of Veterinary Sciences AND she recently won a competition put on by the College of Engineering where she developed a fabric for use in face masks made from waste stream in soybean processing. Ash Chitnis joins Gerry Dick on this week’s episode of the podcast. They talk animals, the entrepreneurial mindset and keeping your ambition high to avoid regret.
18 minutes | Nov 8, 2021
Creating a community for entrepreneurs
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is home to some of Indiana's best and brightest talent -- an area ripe for entrepreneurial development. On this week's episode, Gerry Dick with Inside INdiana Business talks with President Robert Coons of Rose-Hulman. They talk about the launch of The Sawmill Society, which gives alumni entrepreneurs a forum for sharing insights, experience and inspiration with each other. They also talk Rose-Hulman students, their entrepreneurial efforts and potential for impact on Indiana's agbioscience sector.
18 minutes | Nov 1, 2021
148. Making southwest Indiana an agtech hub for specialty crops
Southwest Indiana is known for its melon production. Now they want to be known for agtech in specialty crops, too. On this week’s episode, Gerry Dick with Inside INdiana Business, talks with Nichole Like, CEO of The Pantheon. They talk about the theatre’s recent renovation and evolution into a business incubator, creating opportunities for entrepreneurs in southwest Indiana and advancing agtech in the region.
14 minutes | Oct 25, 2021
145. Small school making giant impact in agbioscience
Young talent finding their way to the agbioscience sector doesn’t just happen – it takes boots on the ground and effort in spreading awareness about the career opportunities available. On this week’s episode, Gerry Dick with Inside INdiana Business is joined by Sylvia Harris, a Field Atlas Ambassador and senior at Huntington University. They dive into Huntington’s fast-growing agriculture program, connecting students to the agbiosciences through Field Atlas and what it’s like for soon-to-be college graduates searching for their first career. Want to learn more about Field Atlas? Visit myfieldatlas.com.
19 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
144. Family, innovation and starting with “why?”
It started in 1937 with three acres of hybrid seed corn offered by Purdue University and today, it is the largest family-owned, retail seed company in the U.S. Beck’s Hybrids CEO, Sonny Beck, joins Mitch Frazier on this week’s episode. They talk family, using agbioscience innovation to help farmers succeed and exploring the “why” in your work.
14 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
143. Insects: the next alternative protein source
Scientists at IUPUI, the IU School of Medicine and two other U.S. universities have been awarded a $2.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to explore insects as food and feed in agriculture as a response to a growing population, climate issues and food insecurity. On this week’s episode, Gerry Dick with Inside INdiana Business talks with Christine Picard, an associate professor at IUPUI, about The Center for Environmental Sustainability Through Insect Farming. They talk about the basis for this research, why it’s necessary and the industry engagement with their work.
13 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
142. Indiana entrepreneur automating the almond industry
A once aspiring fashion designer, Anna Haldewang is now the founder and CEO of InsightTRAC based in Syracuse, Indiana. On this week’s episode of the podcast, she joins Gerry Dick from Inside INdiana Business to talk finding agtech as a career, developing a Rover to remove mummies and navel orangeworms in almond orchards and her biggest lessons as an entrepreneur
12 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
141. Introducing the 2021 Producer-Led Innovation Challenge Winner
Meet Team Regrow, the winners of the 2021 Producer-Led Innovation Challenge, designed to inspire innovators to create software that makes it faster for farmers to aggregate complex data sets required to participate in Carbon markets. Mitch Frazier, president and CEO of AgriNovus talks with Manal Elarab, global head of business and product development at Regrow. They walk through their solution, collaborating with Indiana producers and what’s next for their company after winning $25K from Purdue Foundry. A special thank you to the presenting sponsor of the Producer-Led Innovation Challenge: Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Indiana Soybean Alliance.
19 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
140. Robotics + giving consumers seed to shelf traceability
What if one day you purchased a bottle of wine from the store and a label on that bottle could trace back to where its grapes were grown? Blockchain technology of that kind isn’t far away and it’s being developed right here in Indiana. On this week’s episode of the podcast, Gerry Dick with Inside INdiana Business is joined by Mont Handley and AJ Moran, the co-founders of Plantennas, a patented Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) sensor enabled, molded fiber, propagation pot and ancillary hardware/software system.
13 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
139. Field Atlas, one year later
Happy 1st birthday to Field Atlas! On this week’s episode of the podcast, Mitch Frazier, president and CEO of AgriNovus is joined by Hannah McGee, a former Field Atlas ambassador and a recent college grad turned agbioscience professional. From Butler from Beck’s Hybrids, Hannah talks about finding Field Atlas in 2020, her ambassadorship and opening the door to new opportunities for her peers on campus (as well as herself). Are you ready to connect with careers that make a difference and feed the world? Visit myfieldatlas.com.
18 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
138. AI and the evolution of animal fertility
For animal breeding and reproduction, the needle hasn’t moved much in recent years...until now. On this week’s episode of the podcast, Gerry Dick with Inside INdiana Business talks with Liane Hart, Founder and CEO of Verility, about their AI technology Fertile-Eyez. They dive into purposing human health technologies for animal health, building a business in Indiana’s agtech ecosystem and advice for entrepreneurs with great ideas that need to materialize.
16 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
137. Innovation: the only thing that will never stop is change
Inari is a huge agbioscience success story in 2021, with new funding and partnerships being announced in the past few months. On this week’s episode of the podcast, Gerry Dick with Inside INdiana Business is joined by Claudia Nari, Chief Product Officer at Inari. They talk change, from Claudia’s career evolution and coming to Inari, and the constant evolution of innovation in agbioscience. Claudia also talks Inari’s latest fundraising announcement, the company’s unicorn status and the future of the Inari in Indiana.
13 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
136. Betting on a winning horse
It’s been a busy summer for Owl Manor Medical as the Indiana-based company's equine horse care product line was acquired by global animal health company, Zoetis. On this week’s episode, Gerry Dick with Inside INdiana Business is joined by Mark Schindel, Founder + CEO of Owl Manor. They talk regenerative medicine, entrepreneurship and the collaborative, innovative uptick happening in northeast Indiana.
8 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
135. Agtech: start with the problem and work backward
To create a solution to a problem or a problem for a solution? That is the question...with an obvious answer. On this week's episode of the podcast, Mitch Frazier, president and CEO of AgriNovus talks with Bret Sitzmann, Head of Grain at Solinftec, on their new grain marketing platform.
14 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
134. Ready for robots: Purdue NW project will streamline labor practices
Northwest Indiana is experiencing a big wave of innovation and a key piece of that comes from the campus of Purdue Northwest. On this week’s episode, Gerry Dick with Inside INdiana Business is joined by Niaz Latif, dean of the College of Technology at Purdue Northwest. They talk about Project TRAVERSE, a $1 million funded effort to develop and test agtech solutions, the need for high-skilled workers to engineer robotics for remote planting and harvesting of crops and their partnership with Hammond-based Digital Crossroads.
13 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
133. Inspiring innovators to bring great ideas forward
Indiana’s agbioscience sector is unmatched in bringing innovative minds together to solve critical issues facing production agriculture. On this week’s episode, Gerry Dick with Inside INdiana Business is joined by John Hays, Global Marketing Manager for Bango Liquid Handling Products, to talk collaboration and the 2021 Producer-Led Innovation Challenge. Stay up with the latest on this year’s Challenge: www.agrinovusindiana.com/challenge.
14 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
132. North meets South on new innovative partnership
Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN) has built a framework to advance innovation and entrepreneurship for their 10-county region and now, the organization is expanding south. On this week’s episode, Gerry Dick with Inside INdiana Business talks with Greg Ottinger, VP of Strategic Partnerships at WHIN. They dive into what makes their testbed model so successful, the potential for agtech innovation in southern Indiana and what the future holds for WHIN and other strategic partnerships.
15 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
131. Getting the data right for Carbon markets
AgriNovus Indiana President and CEO Mitch Frazier chats with Kip Tom, U.S. Ambassador + CEO of Tom Farms, about carbon markets and the data challenges growers are facing ahead of the 2021 Producer-Led Innovation Challenge.
17 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
130. Attention innovators: we’ve got a $25K data challenge for you
AgriNovus recently launched a $25,000 innovation challenge to the tech community to solve a critical data gap that prevents farmers from participating in Carbon markets, where companies purchase credits from farming operations that sequester Carbon. This week, AgriNovus president + CEO, Mitch Frazier, talks about the 2021 Producer-Led Innovation Challenge with Courtney Kingery, CEO of Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council as well as Larry Wilkinson, Noble County producer and ISA Director. To register your team, visit agrinovusindiana.com/challenge.
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