Sarah Nolet is an internationally recognised food systems innovation expert. She is also the CEO of AgThentic, a global food and agriculture strategy firm. This October, she will share her insights on the future of agtech at the 2018 NFF National Congress.
Sarah spoke with AustralianFarmers about what to expect at this year’s National Congress.
Q. Tell us about yourself and your profession.
I am a systems engineer by training but I work in the agtech space now helping to bridge the gap between agriculture and technology through my company AgThentic.
Q. What inspired you to pursue a career in your field?
I was working as a systems engineer in the defence space and my path was always to make money in tech and then do something useful for the world.
It was through my time on farms, mostly in South America but I also had hobby farms in California, that I realised agriculture was a fantastic industry to both do good and do well in and it was increasingly needing the power of technology and systems engineering. So I switched to working in defence to working in agriculture. It is an exciting time to be in the agtech space.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
I’m really proud of some of the farmers that we have worked with to improve the model that innovation in agtech have come from the tech industry and be pushed into ag.
We work with and help producers to bring innovation into agriculture by using the power of technology through programs and supporting farmers in leading the way in terms of agtech. This is something I am quite proud of.
Q. What is the scope of impact of your work?
By teaching entrepreneurship as a mindset and a skillset, not just as a job title, I think we can help to build the future of agriculture.
By helping producers to be more responsive to their consumers, making things more efficient and bringing farming more profitability through the power of technology and entrepreneurship.
Q. What can the guests at National Congress expect from you as a speaker?
I will bring a bit of an international perspective on the agtech space and hopefully a bit of empathy and understanding of both the start-up side of things and the agriculture side of things and how those two worlds can work together.
For more information on the speakers and registrations click here.