Ag+Bio+Science

AgriNovus Indiana

This weekly podcast dives into the agbiosciences sector in Indiana, where 21st Century agriculture, life sciences innovation and cutting-edge technology converge. Ag+Bio+Science is an in-depth conversation with leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs in the space. Learn more about the pioneering industry and where it's heading from those leading the way.

All Episodes

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 

Nov 22

13 min 20 sec

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.  

Nov 15

12 min 17 sec

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. 

Nov 8

17 min 51 sec

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. 

Nov 1

18 min 13 sec

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. 

Oct 25

13 min 59 sec

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.

Oct 18

19 min 22 sec

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. 

Oct 11

14 min 13 sec

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

Oct 4

13 min 11 sec

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.

Sep 27

11 min 35 sec

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.

Sep 20

18 min 37 sec

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. 

Sep 13

12 min 59 sec

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. 

Aug 30

18 min 9 sec

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. 

Aug 23

16 min 16 sec

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. 

Aug 16

13 min 8 sec

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.

Aug 9

7 min 59 sec

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. 

Aug 2

14 min 15 sec

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. 

Jul 26

12 min 53 sec

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. 

Jul 19

14 min 12 sec

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.

Jul 12

15 min 15 sec

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. 

Jun 28

17 min 6 sec

Indiana's animal health + nutrition sector is fast-growing and ripe for innovation and collaboration in the coming years. The key question: how do entrepreneurs and startups in the space obtain funding to fuel that growth? On this week's episode of the podcast, AgriNovus President + CEO Mitch Frazier is joined by Julia Stephanus, Partner at Borealis Ventures. They talk bringing products to market, animal health as human health and Indiana's vast potential in the space. 

Jun 21

18 min 38 sec

A Purdue researcher has received $1.4 million in funding for his groundbreaking work to produce a biosensor-based decision-making tool that will combat bovine respiratory disease.  On this week’s special episode, AgriNovus CEO Mitch Frazier is joined by Dr. Mohit Verma at Purdue University to talk about innovation in animal health and nutrition, its correlation to human health and bringing ideas to market.  

Jun 14

14 min 53 sec

Did you know ocean port access from southern Indiana can get your product to Italy in 18 days? Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics sector is booming and with brands like Apple, Toyota and Amazon coming to the state, that momentum won’t soon slow down.  On this week’s episode of the podcast, Gerry Dick from Inside INdiana Business is joined by Bryce Carpenter, Vice President of Industry Engagement for Conexus Indiana. They talk about Indiana's innovative power in the sector, lessons learned from COVID-19 and the evolution of our supply chain. 

Jun 7

14 min 23 sec

Many innovations in agtech come down this principle: how can we do more with less and protect our natural resources? On this week’s episode, Gerry Dick with Inside INdiana Business, is joined by Joe McGuire, CEO of Pure Green Farms, to talk all things indoor hydroponic farming.  The conversation dives into the control capabilities that a high-tech indoor facility allows for maximum output, scaling up and choosing South Bend as their home location.  

May 24

11 min 14 sec

Employers in the agbioscience sector now have the opportunity to reach high-level talent through the AgriNovus Indiana job board, released this week. In partnership with ISDA and Farm Credit Mid-America, the job board connects from early career to senior level talent to opportunities available in Indiana and with Indiana-based agbiosciences companies. On this week's episode of the podcast, Gerry Dick with Inside INdiana Business is joined by Melissa Rekeweg, Senior Director of Talent for AgriNovus Indiana. They talk about industry feedback and needs that led to the job board's creation and how this will better connect employers with core and allied talent in the agbiosciences.

May 17

11 min 56 sec

We put gen-z on a panel and asking them what you REALLY want to know: what are you looking for in an employer?   Field Atlas manager, Skylar Clingan, hosts two of our Field Atlas ambassadors – Emily Miller (University of Southern Indiana) and Maranda Elswick (Purdue University) - to tackle everything from where gen-z is searching for their jobs to the difficulties of navigating a career search in a COVID world. 

May 10

14 min 31 sec

While normally foe in the athletic arena, these two schools are teaming up for something big.   On this week’s episode of the podcast, Gerry Dick with Inside INdiana Business, is joined by Miki Pike Hamstra, Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs at IU McKinney School of Law, and Nicole Olynk Widmar, Professor of Ag Economics, Associate Department Head and Graduate Chair at Purdue’s School of Agriculture, to talk about the recent collaboration between the two schools: a joint ag law degree. They speak to the where, why and how and what might be ahead for future collaboration between the two schools. 

May 3

14 min 10 sec

Field Atlas ambassadors are the agbioscience voice on campus, connecting their peers to opportunities and careers in a sector that many had no idea even existed. On this week’s episode of the podcast, Cayla Chiddister from AgriNovus is joined by Samantha Worden, a Field Atlas ambassador and student at Butler University.   Samantha talks about breaking the family cycle of working in healthcare, becoming an ambassador and showing Butler students what the agbiosciences are all about. 

Apr 26

10 min 7 sec

A recent report released by USDA and Purdue University shows strong opportunity for college graduates pursuing careers in agbioscience. On this week’s episode of the podcast, Gerry Dick with Inside INdiana Business is joined by Marcos Fernandez, Professor of Animal Sciences at Purdue University, to talk about the report’s findings and what’s ahead for careers in the sector.   Read more about the 2020 report here: https://agrinovusindiana.com/2021/03/12/usda-employment-study-shows-strong-outlook-for-college-graduates-interested-in-agbioscience/ 

Apr 19

12 min 22 sec

By the time Steve Booher founded Smart Guided Systems, he had already launched and sold four other businesses. On this week’s episode of the podcast, the serial entrepreneur is joined alongside his new CEO, Jerry Johnson, to talk their intelligent spray control system – Smart-Apply.  Steve and Jerry talk with Gerry Dick at Inside INdiana Business about serving the grower, sustainability and their recent partnership with global equipment powerhouse, John Deere.  

Apr 12

15 min 21 sec

When Morgan Sparks became a Field Atlas Ambassador, she knew she would be helping other students connect to careers in agbioscience. What she maybe didn’t expect, though, is that her career search would change as well.   On this week’s episode of the podcast, Morgan talks with Gerry Dick at Inside INdiana Business about her semester in the Field Atlas Ambassador program, how the platform is helping students connect to agbioscience careers and the current job market from the perspective of a college student beginning their search.  

Apr 5

9 min 7 sec

Purdue University was named 3rd nationally in startup creation by IP Watchdog Institute last year, and in the words of Wade Lange, Chief Entrepreneurial Officer of Purdue Research Foundation and Purdue Foundry, there is the potential to do more.  On this week’s episode, Wade sits down with Gerry Dick at Inside INdiana Business to talk innovation in the agbiosciences, the state’s need for young entrepreneurial talent and what resources are lacking for startups in Indiana.  

Mar 29

15 min 17 sec

There’s a new kid in town and they brought their robots with them. On this week’s episode of the podcast, Gerry Dick with Inside INdiana Business is joined by Mike DiPaola, North American general manager and vice president of sales for Taranis.   They talk about the company’s choice to relocate global headquarters to Indiana, their precision scouting AI technology and where the future of agtech is quickly headed.   

Mar 22

14 min 35 sec

What if college you had the opportunity to go back and start your higher education in step with a professional development internship program? Not just one that locks you into a career that you'll do for life, but helps you diversify and discover all of your opportunities? What if you had that internship for your entire college career? On this week's episode, Gerry Dick with Inside INdiana Business is joined by Clayton Michael-Butler with AgReliant Genetics as the two discuss their brand new Seed Academy - a three-tier learning and development program designed to connect first-year college students to careers in agbioscience. 

Mar 15

13 min 8 sec

Food waste is a global issue -- the United Nations reports $1 trillion in wasted food across the world annually. On this week's episode, Gerry Dick with Inside INdiana Business is joined by Rian Mc Donnell, CEO of Flowaste, to talk agtech as a solution to reform our food's supply chain. Rian talks about his time at Notre Dame and launching his business here in Indiana. Flowaste recently completed a $270k round of pre-seed funding. Learn more about that here: https://agrinovusindiana.com/2021/03/02/flowaste-secures-270k-pre-seed-funding-round-led-by-plug-and-play-ventures/

Mar 8

7 min 43 sec

This week Inside INdiana Business Host Gerry Dick sits down for a one-on-one discussion with Gleaners Food Bank CFO/COO Joe Slater.

Mar 1

11 min 54 sec

This week Inside INdiana Business Host Gerry Dick sits down with University of Notre Dame students and Field Atlas Ambassadors Kyle Walker and Katherine Urasky.

Feb 22

12 min 20 sec

Inside INdiana Business host Gerry Dick sits down for a discussion with Paul Ousterhout and Keith Hoeing of the Benton Group. The pair won AgriNovus Indiana's Producer-Led Innovation Challenge. 

Feb 15

13 min 3 sec

This week Inside INdiana Business Host Gerry Dick sits down with Cheri De Jong of Natural Prairie Dairy.

Feb 8

19 min 22 sec

This week we have a special discussion for our podcast from the Ernst and Young + AgriNovus COVID-19 Moderated Discussion. AgriNovus Indiana President + CEO Mitch Frazier leads the discussion with Jayson Lusk, Distinguished Professor and Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University and Brian Bourquard, Senior Director at E-Y-Parthenon, Food and Agriculture Strategy.

Feb 1

29 min 5 sec

To create a successful innovation in the agbiosciences, entrepreneurs must have a solution that makes a farmer’s operation more efficient, sustainable and profitable. On this week’s episode of the podcast, Gerry Dick with Inside INdiana Business is joined by Drew Schumacher, founder of Rogo Ag, to talk about robotics paving the way for better soil health. Drew also touches on the life of an entrepreneur, growing a startup in Indiana and his advice to young people considering it as a career path.

Dec 2020

15 min 57 sec

From plant to final product, students at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology are rolling up their sleeves in the school’s first semester offering of a food chemistry course. On this week’s episode of the podcast, Gerry Dick with Inside INdiana Business is joined by Luanne Tilstra of Rose-Hulman to talk about the course’s popularity, the curriculum and how this offering applies to the every day life of a college student who wants to work in STEM upon graduation. Luanne also talks about her role in the launch of The Center for Diversity and Inclusion, actively promoting diversity on campus and how far Rose-Hulman has come since she started as a professor in 1992 – before the school was co-ed.

Dec 2020

14 min 24 sec

AgriNovus Indiana recently released a new report, Innovative Agbioscience in Indiana: 2020 Assessment, showing the sector contributes $39 billion to the state economy. This week's special episode features Mitch Frazier, president + CEO, of AgriNovus Indiana with Simon Tripp and Deborah Cummings of TEConomy Partners.  Read the full report here: https://agrinovusindiana.com/research/

Nov 2020

26 min 2 sec

There has been an uptick in entrepreneurial activity this year, paving the way for more startup creation and collaboration in the agbiosciences. On this week’s episode of the podcast, gBeta Indy’s Geoff Zentz joins Gerry Dick with Inside INdiana Business to talk about the organization's Agbioscience Cohort. Interested in learning more about the 2020 startups participating in the accelerator? Join us for Pitch night on Friday, 11/20: - https://live.remo.co/e/gbeta-agbio-science-and-indy-vir/register

Nov 2020

13 min 14 sec

As the agbioscience sector routinely introduces new innovations, the question should always be asked: is this solving a real problem for producers? Or does it create a problem that’s only solved by new innovation? On this week’s episode of the podcast, Gerry Dick with Inside INdiana Business talks with Andy Tauer at Indiana Farm Bureau about the ongoing Producer-Led Innovation Challenge with AgriNovus Indiana, Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Indiana Soybean Alliance. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/ProducerLedPod

Nov 2020

10 min 53 sec

While in college, Adrienne Woodward could have sworn her career would lead her down an equestrian path. On this week’s episode of the podcast, Adrienne joins Gerry Dick at Inside INdiana Business to talk about her present-day career path at United Animal Health where she works with an entirely different species: swine. Adrienne is a featured nutritionist on our career profiles section of Field Atlas – a career exploration platform designed to connect high-school and college students to the diverse opportunities in agbioscience. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/FA-Nutritionist 

Nov 2020

9 min 47 sec

Along with most other large events in 2020, the National FFA Convention is providing a virtual experience in lieu of its otherwise massive annual event in downtown Indianapolis. On this week’s episode of the podcast, Gerry Dick with Inside INdiana Business sits down with Blaze Currie at National FFA to talk about this year’s convention and Blue Room.

Oct 2020

14 min 4 sec

AgriNovus Indiana recently wrapped its 3-week Hackathon series with Forbes. Among those involved was High Alpha Innovation, and CEO Elliott Parker joins Gerry Dick with Inside INdiana Business on this week’s episode to talk about the experience. Elliott also talks about innovative environments, Indiana’s unique opportunity to be a global leader in agtech and what young entrepreneurs need to be doing now to set themselves up for success.  

Oct 2020

11 min 11 sec

In a time where life has slowed drastically in some aspects, research at Indiana University is as busy as ever. And while you might think of business, informatics or medicine when it comes to their expertise, the university is hard at work in the agbioscience space, as well. On this week’s episode of the podcast, Gerry Dick with Inside INdiana Business talks with Fred Cate, VP of Research for Indiana University. They talk innovation in the COVID-19 era, research collaboration among businesses and universities in Indiana and what IU is working on to directly help farmers with efficiency, actionable decision-making and environmental change.

Oct 2020

11 min 6 sec

It’s episode 100! This week, Gerry Dick with Inside INdiana Business is joined by Melissa Rekeweg, senior director of talent for AgriNovus Indiana, to talk all things Field Atlas – a career exploration platform launched in September that connects high school and college students to careers in the agiosciences. Learn more about Field Atlas: www.myfieldatlas.com.  

Oct 2020

12 min 29 sec