Vision Tech Perspectives Podcast

“Join Vision Technology Management founder Dave Swain and agricultural veteran Doug Johnson as they delve into the business side of agricultural technology. With nearly 80 years of combined industry experience, they provide thought-provoking insights and perspectives on different issues. Together, they explore how the industry sometimes overlooks the essential aspect of ag technology: the business behind it. Discover their perspectives on effectively navigating the business aspects of ag technology and preparing for the future of the industry.”

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The 2024 Ag Tech Landscape (#17)

In this episode, Doug and Dave discuss the fast-paced Ag Technology market.

Today, a lot is going on with mergers & acquisitions, buyouts, VC investments and a whole slew of start ups.

But what does that mean for the customer, agribusiness or grower? What do they buy? Who do they trust for a longer-term relationship?

These questions and more in this episode of Vision Tech Perspectives.

Landlords, Tenants & Farm Management Companies (#16)

Landlords, Tenants & Farm Management companies.

How is this dynamic changing in the industry?

In this episode, Doug and Dave discuss what is happening with land rental auctions, dealing with the absentee landlords and working with the respective farm management companies.

Enjoy the conversation!

Carbon Contracts – How Should you Approach (#15)

There are so many things going on with Carbon Sequestration and the contracts that are available in the market today, Doug and Dave discuss some of the things that are going on and what to keep on eye on when considering entering the carbon market.

Land Grant Universities w/Dr. Jay Akridge, Purdue University, Part #1 (#12)

Where does the Land Grant University fit in today's fast moving ag tech industry?

Our guest for this episode is Dr. Jay Akridge, former Dean of the College of Agriculture and former Provost of Purdue University. Currently, Jay is back on the faculty in Agricultural Economics at Purdue

We had the opportunity to talk with Jay about Land Grant Universities and its place in today’s industry.  With the changes in the industry from when the land grant system was created, the access of information from the industry as well as the internet and the speed the industry is changing, we wanted to better understand where the Land Grants fit and how we can take advantage of the resources available from all sources in our industry.

This is Part One of the conversation with Dr. Jay Akridge.

EIQ – What is it and its affect on agriculture

Our culture is inundated with acronyms. It has become a norm for agriculture as well.

The latest acronym that we're now seeing is EIQ (Environmental Impact Quotient).

In this episode, Doug and Dave discuss EIQ and how it intersects with ESG (Environmental, Social Governance) and how we will run our operations in the future.

Join us in the conversation and share your questions and thoughts in the comments below.

Used Equipment and Its Technology w/ Guest Alan Hoskins – Episode #11 – Vision Tech Perspectives

We continue our conversation with Alan Hoskins. However, we change the subject to a sideline of Alan's. Used farm equipment.

That used to be a fairly simple topic. Evaluate what you need. Find options, whether at your local dealership or another farmer who is ready to sell. Make sure that the piece of equipment is sound and there are no surprises. And you make the purchase.

Today, it can be a little more complicated. A farmer or rancher still takes the above into consideration, but they now need to evaluate the technology that is on the used piece that is being considered. Hours and price are not all that you need to know.

Some things that need to be taken into consideration. Does the equipment have the same level of technology. For example. If your operation is using RTK correction for automatic steering, then you need to make sure that the used equipment has RTK or the upgrade to RTK is included in the purchase.

This is just the start of the conversation in the next episode of Vision Tech Perspectives. We continue our conversation with Alan Hoskins, President and National Sales Manager for American Farm Mortgage & Financial Services. Alan is a bit of a used equipment guy and we discuss the used equipment and the technology that we need to be aware of when we purchase used equipment.

Should You Question Your Banker w Special Guest Alan Hoskins

Historically, there are aspects of business, even outside of agriculture, that we have tended not to question. We find someone we like to work with and then we continue to do business with them. Without question. Without checking with other vendors to make sure we are getting what we need. One of those, outside of agriculture, tends to be a real estate agent (at least for me). The other, and the topic of this episode, is your ag banker.
In this episode, we welcome a special guest, Alan Hoskins, President & National Sales Director of American Farm Mortgage & Financial Services. We'll talk with Alan concerning the should you and how should you question your banker. Alan also offers other things that you should be expecting from your banker that can be very important to your operation.

Lab-Raised Meat – Episode #8

We've seen the commercials about “impossible burgers,” “beyond meat” and plant-based burgers. These are products that are using plant-based products to replicate the texture, the look and the taste of a beef hamburger.

When we talk about “Lab-Raised Meat,” we are not talking about a plant-based product. We will be talking about meat raised from meat in a lab.

What are the drivers behind these initiatives?

What are the implications to production agriculture?

Join us in the discussion on Lab-Raised Meat and learn with us!