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In this conversation, Nathan Faleide interviews Carter Williams, a leading voice in the conversation around technology and agriculture. Carter shares his background in aerospace engineering and his experience in developing innovative technologies. They discuss the intersection of health and food, the challenges of implementing technology in the agriculture industry, and the complexities of the farm bill. They also touch on the need for simplifying and digitizing processes in crop insurance reporting. Overall, the conversation highlights the importance of technology and innovation in improving the efficiency and sustainability of the food system. The conversation explores the challenges and complexities of improving the food system and agriculture through technology. It discusses the need for better, more nutritious food that is also affordable and accessible. The conversation touches on the difficulties of changing the current system and the ingrained mindset around food production and consumption. It also delves into the complexities of soil health, regenerative agriculture, and the role of technology in improving farming practices. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the need for increased funding and research in agriculture and the potential for public-private partnerships to drive innovation. The conversation explores the impact of land transfer and the changing dynamics of the agricultural industry. It discusses the construction of soybean crushing plants and the potential shift towards ethanol as a fuel source. The conversation also delves into the consolidation of farms and the need for investment in smaller farms focused on nutrition. The role of venture capital in coordinating innovation and the importance of early adopter customers are also highlighted.


  • The conversation explores the intersection of technology, agriculture, and healthcare, and the need for innovative solutions in these industries.
  • The farm bill plays a significant role in shaping the relationship between production agriculture and food nutrition, but there is a desire to separate the two to allow for more efficient and targeted approaches.
  • Implementing new technologies and processes in agriculture and healthcare can be challenging due to the complex nature of the systems and the political considerations involved.
  • There is a need to focus on improving nutritional density in food and exploring the concept of food as medicine to address health issues related to poor nutrition.
  • Efforts to modernize and streamline processes, such as crop insurance reporting, are hindered by factors like job security and funding considerations.
  • The conversation highlights the importance of collaboration and knowledge sharing between different industries and sectors to drive innovation and progress. The food system needs to prioritize nutritious and healthier food options, especially for children in schools and daycare centers.
  • Implementing regenerative agriculture practices and improving the food system is complex and requires collaboration between various stakeholders.
  • Early adopters play a crucial role in driving change and influencing the adoption of new technologies in agriculture.
  • There is a need for more research and funding in agriculture to address the challenges and complexities of implementing new practices.
  • Public-private partnerships could be a potential solution to accelerate innovation and address the funding gap in agriculture. The transfer of land and the construction of soybean crushing plants will have a significant impact on agriculture.
  • The future of ethanol and fossil fuels is uncertain, but lobbying and political pressure could drive changes.
  • Consolidation of farms is expected, with larger farms becoming more efficient and smaller farms focusing on renting land and implementing regenerative practices.
  • Investment in smaller farms focused on nutrition is needed to provide alternatives to large commodity crops.
  • Venture capital plays a role in coordinating innovation, but early adopter customers are crucial for startups to succeed.


00:00 Introduction and Background

06:15 The Intersection of Health and Food

10:38 Challenges of Implementing Technology in Agriculture

25:44 Simplifying and Digitizing Crop Insurance Reporting

32:01 The Role of Technology in Improving the Food System

38:02 Declassifying information and satellite technology

39:18 The challenges of providing nutritious food to children

41:29 The decline in the quality of school food

44:51 Transitioning to a new food system

48:28 The role of technology in agriculture

51:38 The complexities of implementing regenerative agriculture

54:52 The need for increased funding and research in agriculture

01:01:53 The challenges of scaling technology in agriculture

01:06:48 The need for public-private partnerships in agriculture

01:10:39 The complexities of the food system and the role of private industry

01:14:05 The need for increased funding and research in agriculture

01:15:48 The future of agriculture and the challenges of transitioning away from traditional fuel

01:16:35 The Impact of Land Transfer and Changing Dynamics in Agriculture

01:17:43 The Shift Towards Ethanol and the Role of Soybean Crushing Plants

01:19:56 Consolidation of Farms and the Need for Investment in Smaller Farms

01:28:56 Venture Capital, Early Adopter Customers, and Coordinating Innovation

01:44:39 Regionalizing Perspectives and Collaboration in the Agricultural Industry

Talking AgTech with host Nathan Faleide

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