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Make Hay: Empowering Farmers to Share Their Stories and Boost Income

Make Hay, a new digital platform, is on a mission to amplify the voice of America's agriculture industry by empowering farmers and agricultural producers to share their stories directly with consumers. Founded by CEO Scott Nelson, the company recognizes the growing demand for transparency in food production and aims to bridge the gap between consumers and the people who produce their food.

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Innovation
Innovating Beyond the Cooperative’s Boundaries

How Farmer-Owned Cooperatives Can Lead Through External Innovation

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Research
Unlocking Insights from the Agrifood Economy: A Call to Action for Industry Leaders

Harnessing Industry Sentiment for Strategic Decision-Making and Growth

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Transforming Agriculture: Insights from Investors in the Gold & Black Agri-Food Fund

Discover how innovative investments in the Gold & Black Agri-Food Fund are driving transformative solutions in the agricultural industry.

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The DIALogue

Welcome to The DIALogue, which covers industry happenings, entrepreneurial wisdom, advanced agrifood analysis, and so much more. We help YOU stay in the know for everything ag-tech.

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Adapting to the Growing Imperative for Farming as a Sustainability Solution

As sustainability becomes increasingly essential across various sectors, it is imperative for cooperative managers to ensure their operations align with environmental and social governance (ESG) principles. This alignment, necessitated by regulatory demands and consumer preferences for sustainable products, is reshaping the agricultural retail landscape.

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Innovation
Adapting Agricultural Retail to a Dynamic Omnichannel Customer Market

As the agricultural sector continues to evolve, it is imperative for agricultural retailers (Ag Retailers) to embrace omnichannel strategies to stay relevant. These strategies need to seamlessly integrate traditional customer service approaches with the rising dominance of digital channels, ensuring a holistic shopping experience for customers.

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Innovation
Enhancing Relevance in a Dynamic Agricultural Market

Farmer-owned cooperatives are at a critical juncture where the need to adapt and innovate is paramount to maintain relevance in a rapidly evolving marketplace. The focus must be on enhancing their role as essential service providers to the agricultural community, particularly through the adoption of new technologies, the development of customer-centric products and services, and the strategic positioning of crop advisors.

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Food Safety & Security
The Drive for Efficiency in Agricultural Retail

Consolidation of the U.S. Ag Retail industry is driven by a number of factors, but one clear factor is the heavy focus on improving efficiency through operational synergies. There is a pressing need for farmer-owned cooperatives to adopt strategic measures to capture more synergies across their business both geographically and across enterprises to realize the efficiency their counterparts are seeking.

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Food Safety & Security
Agricultural Retail in Transition

The agricultural retail industry is experiencing profound changes due to evolving customer needs, advancing technology, and shifting business models. A key trend shaping this industry is consolidation.

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Spring '24 Newsletter - From the Desk of Dr. Allan Gray

DIAL Ventures brought together visionary leaders from various segments of the agrifood industry to forge digital solutions aimed at ensuring a sustainable and prosperous future for agrifood.

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Innovation
Introducing Make Hay: Revolutionizing AgTech Marketing through Authentic Storytelling

DIAL Ventures has added another AgriTech startup to its portfolio. Make Hay, the fourth company DIAL Ventures has launched through its studio process, is an innovative B2B marketing platform designed to transform the agriculture industry's narrative by amplifying authentic, farmer-generated content.

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Mira Award
Awards
Mira Talent Impact Award

DIAL Ventures is featured in the Talent Impact category. This reflects our open innovation approach and bringing in entrepreneurs from a wide variety of industries into Agrifood and then providing experiential training. We do this by combining engagement with industry experts and a full curriculum of startup leadership training, with a goal of launching high-impact startups to benefit the Agrifood industry and our world's future.

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Winter '23 Newsletter - From the Desk of Dr. Allan Gray

I am delighted to share the concepts from Pitch Day, held on December 1st by DIAL Ventures at Purdue’s Burton Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship.

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Fall '23 Newsletter - From the Desk of Dr. Allan Gray

DIAL Ventures hosted the Digital Innovation Opportunity Assessment Workshop on Sept. 19 and 20 and it was a great success! Over the two-day event, we united 60+ industry leaders.

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Awards
Only Venture Studio Nominated

On the heels of launching its third agri-tech startup, DIAL Ventures is acknowledged for its commitment to innovation and impactful industry change.

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Summer '23 Newsletter - From the Desk of Dr. Allan Gray

Pitch Day was held on June 16, and it was highly successful! Our Fellows showcased their top business concepts in front of our corporate and investment partners.

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Spring '23 Newsletter - From the Desk of Dr. Allan Gray

The Spring Residency trip was simply amazing! Witnessing the inspired and enthusiastic Fellows as they soaked up the problems we uncovered in the agriculture and food industries on this trip was quite the experience.

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Innovation
DIAL Ventures Launches New QR + Mobile Solution Targeting 100% Uptime for Agri-Food Equipment

Gripp is the third startup launched from DIAL Ventures’ venture studio program.

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Innovation
New Startup Oaken Announces Launch; Giving Agribusinesses an All-in-One Platform for Farmland and Lease Management

Oaken is second announced startup to be launched from the DIAL Ventures’ studio program, which delivers innovative digital solutions to the agri-food industry

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Fintech
Fintech in the agriculture industry

The North American agribusiness landscape is continuously evolving due to factors such as climate change, technological advancements, and shifting consumer preferences.

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Awards
Spring Ideation Challenge Winners Announced

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Fall 2022 Pitch Day
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Winter '22 Newsletter - From the Desk of Dr. Allan Gray

Our studio cycle finished on a high note in 2022, see all that happened!

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Innovation
DIAL Ventures partners with the Institute for Innovation Science

What will it take to achieve sustained innovation in the agri-food industry? DIAL Ventures is uncovering just that!

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Data Science
AgTech and Data Science

Organizations should strive to have the correct collection of capabilities to utilize data generated, which will create a competitive advantage.

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Innovation
Croft creating and supporting migrant worker and employer relationships

Croft automates manual workflow processes, digitizes documents, and improves collaboration between growers, farmers, their H-2A legal experts, government agencies, foreign workers, and all other organizations involved.

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Awards
Ideation Challenge winners announced!

DIAL Ventures was honored to partner with Purdue University students for the Fall Ideation Challenge!

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Disruptive innovation in the agriculture industry
Innovation
Disruptive innovation in the agriculture industry

The agri-food system is ready for digital innovation and we must overcome the barriers that currently exist. 

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Allan Gray and AgriTalk Host
Innovation
Allan Gray of Purdue University talks Agtech Venture Studio

Dr. Allan Gray was welcomed by the AgriTalk show to share DIAL Ventures' strategy for innovating in food and agriculture with the operation of its venture studio.

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Data Science
The use of analytics and data in the Ag supply chain

DIAL ventures partners with Purdue University to publish featured article in Agriculture & Applied Economics Association

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