Guest : Just a little background… Lucy Stitzer‘s great-great-grandfather W.W. Cargill, founded the business as a single grain warehouse on the end of an Iowa railroad line in 1865. Today Cargill is our nation’s largest private business and the largest food company in the world. Lucy and her cousin were the first of her generation to sit on the Cargill Board. And Lucy served as a Director of Cargill from 1992-2010. Since 2011, Lucy has been chairman of Waycrosse, Inc., the family office of the Cargill and MacMillan families, where her primary focus is to ensure a successful future for both Cargill and the family. In 2016, Lucy founded “Dirt to Dinner” where she and her team are committed to helping consumers learn more about where their food really comes from, as well as highlighting the hardworking farmers who provide it. Lucy and her team are trying to help all of us in agriculture battle the onslaught of misinformation circulating amongst our consumers. This is a great conversation that touches on so many hot topics.
What’s the Podcast About:
Kevin & Jordan Van Trump sit down with Lucy Stitzer, founder at Dirt to Dinner, to talk about what it was like growing up in the Cargill family, being the first of her generation to sit on the Cargill board, flying airplanes, working on ranches, driving motorcycles, consumer misinformation, rural America’s future, women in ag, how Wall Street money can affect agriculture moving forward, and some of her best advice as well as life lessons. Enjoy!
Guest: Jake Joraanstad is one of the best tech entrepreneurs we’ve had on the show that is focused on bringing innovative software products and solutions to the agriculture value chain. Right now, Jake is the co-founder and CEO at Bushel. In addition to Bushel, Jake is also the co-founder of Emerging Prairie.
Best Quote: “No one is going to invest in you if they don’t believe you have the ability to build the right team.”
What’s the Podcast About:
Jordan Van Trump sits down with Jake Joraanstad, co-founder and CEO at Bushel, to talk about what it was like growing up in North Dakota on a cattle ranch, working on agriculture in space, how Bushel has transformed throughout the years and ended up in the ag space, the importance of focus, how to build a successful team, his best advice for any ag-tech startup, raising money, building a company to 200+ People, how to stop avoiding focus, circuit racing over 100 mph, why he believes you have to fail to learn, his new hobby of beekeeping, working with his family, being involved in the city of Fargo, and why he believes a lot of the traditional ways in agriculture are going digital on mobile devices. Enjoy!
Guest: Grant Wells is the owner & CEO at Wells Ag Supply. Wells Ag Supply provide a full line of products to help producers raise the highest yields from start to finish including seed, seed treatment, in-furrow nutrition, pre and post chemicals, foliar nutrition, fungicides & insecticides, dry fertilizer, poultry manure, soil sampling, fast delivery, and an extensive custom application services. In addition to Wells Ag Supply, Grant is also a part of a new biological company called BW Fusion!
Where to Find Him: Wells Ag Supply & BW Fusion
What’s the Podcast About:
Jordan Van Trump sits down with Grant Wells, Owner & CEO at Wells Ag Supply, to talk about what it was like growing up on a farm in Iowa, being the top sales for Cutco, his ideas about changing the family business, getting chemical giants like DOW to believe in him at 20-years-old, his first big idea in fertilizer, how to take ag retail to scale in multiple states, what to look for when hiring good employees, the importance of delegating as well as not micro-managing, his family, exotic hunting trips he has been on lately, his new company BW Fusion, and the future of biologicals in the ag space. Enjoy!
Guest: Ezra Levine is a former Portfolio Manager at Hilltop Park, a NYC-based hedge fund in the Sports, Media, Consumer and Entertainment industries. Before that he was CFO & CSO of The Spring League. In addition, he’s worked at Bloomberg ABC World News, Reader’s Digest, and ESPN. Now Ezra is the CEO at Collectable, which is modernizing and democratizing the sports card & memorabilia industry through its fractional ownership offerings.
Where to Find Him: LinkedIn & Twitter
What’s the Podcast About:
Kevin & Jordan Van Trump sit down with Ezra Levine, CEO at Collectable, to talk about what’s happening in the crazy hot sports trading card space! In this conversation, we bring a fresh perspective on our investment strategy, where we see the market heading, why we think this is starting to blow up, how NFTs are going to affect the space, and what’s hot in newer and older collections. In addition, you’ll want to listen to this conversation as we dive into the new world of FRACTIONAL OWNERSHIP and how this new model is going to continue to drive prices higher moving forward. Remember, we are starting to see this model in farmland. Enjoy!
Clint Brauer, CEO of Greenfield Robotics and Owner at MG Honors Farms, thought he was done with farming when he left for the west coast after graduating from Kansas State University. After running hard in LA for over a decade in tech at the Sony Corporation, Clint took a pause and decided to come home and use his tech network with the goal of ridding broad-acre farming from its dependence on chemicals. Clint believes he might have a solution through Greenfield Robotics, which focuses on robots that can kill weeds between crop rows without tilling and using herbicides. As Brauer leads a growing transition to sustainable farming through the use of low-cost autonomous robotics, he still farms his own land, MG Honors Farms, which serves as a laboratory for testing production methods and marketing. Overall, Brauer has built a very impressive team around him as he seeks to meet his goals moving forward and change agriculture as we know it today. In this podcast, Clint and I discuss more about why he left farming, his experience in LA, making the decision to come back to agriculture, creating Greenfield Robotics, his first product, getting rid of the chemicals on your farming operation, creating premium markets for yourself, and much more!
“You’re always forced to make decisions. Making decisions fast and being willing to fail as well as having the ability to shift off of them without getting overly emotional allows you to be positioned well above many others in business. If you pause too long, you die.” — Matt Crisp, CEO and Co-founder at Benson Hill
Matt Crisp, CEO and Co-founder at Benson Hill as well as the Chairman and Co-founder of Edison Agrosciences, is an accomplished executive with a strong background in the rapid growth and early commercialization phase of technology companies. Matt started his journey outside the world of agriculture at Radford University earning a bachelor’s degree in Finance. After graduating, Matt joined Third Security, a globally recognized venture capital firm, as a research assistant, eventually working his way up to a managing director. During his time there, Matt focused on corporate development and worked closely with numerous private and public companies in the life science and technology sectors. Matt began his journey in agriculture as the President of the Agricultural Biotechnology Division and Senior Vice President at Intrexon Corporation. In addition, he has held Board of Director positions at Cyntellect, Synchrony, and Radford University Foundation.
In this podcast, Matt and I will cover his appreciation for his staff, the importance of culture within a company, his introduction to the ag space, getting laid off at Intrexon, his passion for wanting to start Benson Hill, his secrets behind innovation, the best ways to go about raising money as an ag-tech startup, the road to landing Google Ventures, the story behind the Benson Hill name, his decision-making process, his family, coming back online after the Coronavirus Pandemic, his love for St. Louis, Benson Hill’s new headquarters, the importance of branding, how important the protein shift is right now, Benson Hill’s new product launches, and what’s next for Benson Hill.
Listen below if you’re looking to learn more about one of agriculture’s leading innovators and why he believes Benson Hill has the best high protein soybean assets in the industry!
“Be who you are, be true to yourself, and strive to do the right thing. Don’t worry about the recognition and trying to be remembered. Just do the right thing.” — Jay Felton, Litigation Partner at Lathrop GPM
Jay Felton, Litigation Partner at Lathrop GPM, has been surrounded by agriculture nearly his whole life growing up on a farm in Northwest Missouri. Jay grew up working as a ranch hand at Felton Hereford Ranch, but chose to take his talents elsewhere. Jay started his journey outside of agriculture at the University of Missouri earning a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. After earning his undergraduate, Jay attended the University of Virginia School of Law and graduated in 1989 as a Hardy Cross Dillard Scholar. Soon after law school, Jay went on to work as a law clerk for the Honorable John R. Gibson at the United States Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit. He also became an instructor at the University of Missouri for nine years starting in 1999. Now, after serving clients for more than 20 years, Jay is currently a Litigation Partner at Lathrop GPM and been selected to Super Lawyers nine times, which is awarded only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state. I should also note, Jay is a fifth-generation farmer and remains actively involved in his family’s row crop operation today.
In this podcast, Jay and I will cover what it was like growing up on a farm in Northwest Missouri herding cattle, what it’s like trying to continue a 5th generation farm, the Missouri-Arkansas State Line Rivalry, attending Missouri and Virginia, what it was like working with John R. Gibson, coronavirus, The Summit at the Summit, feeding the world, the importance of being on time, why his family is so important to him, his love for being outdoors, hiking the great pyramid of Giza, his dream of pheasant hunting in the Dakotas, what he’s reading right now, how he volunteers in the community, how technology is affecting the law space, tips on negotiation, fragmentation in agriculture as well as some opportunities he’s seeing in the future, and a little bit about Lathrop GPM.
Ben Hudye , Chairman at Hudye Group, has been surrounded by agriculture nearly his whole life growing up on a farm in Canada. After school, Ben ventured off in the rock ‘n’ roll business then eventually made his way back to agriculture on the family farm. After many years on the farm, Ben and his brother started buying farms in the U.S. and Canada when everyone else was selling their ground and all odds were against them. Turns out, the brothers knew a little bit about cycles and came out on the right end of the stick! Ben was also very successful in the ag-retail space for a number of years due to the great customer service he provided to better many farming operations he worked with. He has also led his organization through full business cycles, particularly in Agriculture, and the redeployment of capital into diverse asset classes, one currently being Real Estate.
In this podcast, Ben and I will cover what it was like growing up on a farm in Canada, his early dreams of wanting to be in the music business, the four secretsto success, his transition back into farming, how he took his farming operation to the next level of over 38,000 acres, the great commodity super cycle, how to help farming operations grow to be more successful, the importance of customer service, best places to travel, driving the Alaskan Highway, buying property around energy vortexes, supporting charity, and the real estate market.
Listen below if you’re looking to learn from one of the best real estate gurus in the industry and take your portfolio to the next level learning more about cycles!
David Farley, Executive Chairman at Matrix Commodities , has been around agriculture his whole life. He started off his career in agriculture as a jackaroo, which is a young man working on a sheep or cattle station to gain experience to become an owner one day. Then, David went on to work as a farm manager at Colly Cotton. Seven years later, he worked his way up to managing director then CEO growing the company to over 600 people. Not too long after his tenure being CEO at Colly Cotton, David joined Calcot in 2002 as the president, which was one of America’s largest cotton marketing cooperatives at the time. In 2009, he became the CEO at Australian Agricultural Company, which has been around since 1824, owns 15.8 million acres in Queensland & the Northern Territory, and is a publicly-traded company (ASAGF). Now, David serves as the Executive Chairman at Matrix Commodities, who are specialist investors in the global agricultural commodity food chain including private company equity investments, public company equity investments, traders of agricultural physical commodities, and consultants to agribusiness.
In this podcast, David and I talk about a wide variety of life interests such as: what it’s like to live in Australia, how he got in the agriculture industry, being a jackaroo, what it’s like to run a company with 29 million acres & 600,000 head of cattle, his transition from being a farm manager to a CEO, his most important lesson for all CEOs, his hiring process, building company culture, scaling Australia’s largest landowner to the next level, what it’s like to run a publicly-traded company, why family is so important, places he has traveled, his enjoyment of art, and where the markets are going into 2020.
Listen to the podcast below to learn more about this incredibly successful CEO and why he feels building a culture is so important in every business!
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Sam Parr, Co-Founder and CEO at The Hustle , was raised in St. Louis as an athlete and always loved to compete. After high school, Sam attended Belmont University on a track scholarship, where he ran the 400 meter dash. While in college, Sam gained a wide variety of experiences through many jobs and businesses he started along the way. The first business he started while attending college was Moonshine Online. Soon after realizing all the loops he would have to take to make this a real business, he went on to work for American Pickers for 18 months. After that, he started his first successful business called Southern Sam’s, which was a hot dog stand in Nashville that sold wieners as big as a baby’s arm. Then, he decided to send an email to the co-founder at AirBnb, Joe Gebbia, that eventually led to him getting an interview with the man himself. Flying to San Francisco on a five day notice, he got the job and decided to turn it down. After staying at an AirBnb that night, Sam decided to move to San Francisco and start a company called Bunk SF, a roommate matching website, with the guy he stayed in with that night. After selling BunkSF, Sam started a conference for entrepreneurs called Hustle Con. I’m actually heading out there next month and you can buy your tickets HERE today! Sam is currently the co-founder and CEO at The Hustle as well as the owner at The Anti-MBA.
In this podcast, Sam and I talk about a wide variety of life interests such as: getting scholarships to run the 400 meter dash, having dreams to get into the music business, working with American Pickers, starting a business selling moonshine online, learning lessons from Mike Wolfe, learning how to relate to the normal person, starting a hot dog stand in Nashville, starting businesses with people he met on AirBnb, being addicted to competition & adventure, collecting motorcycles, learning to compete with yourself, his love for learning about different cultures in America, starting The Hustle, the cost of acquiring customers, how Facebook advertising has changed over the years, why you should attend Hustle Con, and starting clubs to make your network larger.
Listen to the podcast below to learn more about this young entrepreneur and some of the lessons he has learned from some of the most successful people in their industry!