AgTech and Soil Science with Dr Darren Hughes

Dr Darren Hughes met with 120 different investors during the first investment round of his AgTech company, Laconik. Since then, the total raise has pushed through AUD$1 million and has the support of venture capitalists and government.

Prior to Laconik, Darren held technical and management roles over a 20 year career as an agronomist.

He shares a tough story about his first industry job in the US, comes from a 4th generation family farm and aims to ‘explore ways to feed the world through science’.


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Whisky Numbers with Ian Page

Doctor Ian Page is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Maryland, acquiring his PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics in 2015.

After completing his studies, he founded a microeconomics research lab with the University of Maryland’s First-Year Innovation and Research Experience (FIRE) team and is currently an Associate Director of the program.

Ian is also popularly known for his work in the Journal of Wine Economics on age statements of whisky.


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A Recipe For Change

By James Henderson

The hospitality environment we live in is diverging.

There are those who appreciate the in-person nature of our craft and those who would rather get their meal delivered to their couch. The shortest path to sustenance is cutting out the art of our industry and distilling it into a pure science, where robots serve for the purpose of meal delivery and patrons sit, undisturbed, on social media.

May we consider that technology, in all it’s magnificence, is in itself a tool — a powerful tool of humanity that must be harnessed appropriately — carefully applied.

I’m not suggesting we fear technology’s impact and ability to disrupt, but rather that we steer it in a direction that we’d like — a direction that proliferates more important ideas than those possessed by simple minds.

Without the influence of industry players who speak up and push for the appropriate change, technology will mutate our beautiful industry into a beast that we aren’t proud of.

There will be job losses. But they will reallocate.

There will be business closures. But new ones will rise in their place.

Be someone who supports the creation of a robust entity to balance Hedonism and longevity in an industry that flirts with myopia.


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