Big data leads to bigger changes in the ag industry

Crop field

In the 21st century, data is king in any industry. The more you know about customers, product performance and production, the more efficient and relevant your company can become. Agriculture has been relying on data for a long time. When seeds were planted and crops harvested by hand, farmers had already begun collecting data, better understanding which soil yielded a … Read More

Feed screening can curb the threat of feed contamination

“Waiter, there’s a fly in my soup.” “Don’t worry, he won’t eat much.” I’ve always been able to appreciate a light-hearted, albeit nerdy joke. But tell it to a feed producer, and you might face a more serious reaction; they’re less likely to laugh when a fly lands in their soup, or more importantly when contaminants, such as metal or … Read More

Monitoring antibiotic use in animals can lead to improved animal welfare and safer feed for all

Antibiotics have been widely used since the 1940s and are in part responsible for the dramatic reduction in illness and death from infectious diseases. I’ll be the first to admit they’ve saved me on several occasions. With more than 100 types of antibiotics, each is designed to target certain infections by killing bacteria or preventing them from reproducing. However, scientists … Read More

How to Survive the Ag Industry’s Holiday Hangover

Agriculture combine harvester

Are you feeling it? The holiday hangover that left a warpath of stress and anxiety? The gift-shopping, dessert-baking, party-hosting, nut-cracking craziness of December is enough to make most people want to hide alone in a dark corner until winter has officially thawed and spring has officially sprung. We all feel it. Now, add the increasing stress, anxiety and overall demand … Read More

The Reality of Recall Planning

Sometimes, the best introduction is to get straight to the point. Now more than ever, consumers are interested in the safety of their food supply, and they’re showing a growing concern when it comes to the ingredients farmers and ranchers feed their livestock.  In recent years, several high-profile recalls have shined a spotlight on the feed industry and for good … Read More

Sprout Solutions featured in Thinking Bigger: Helping Commodity Traders and Feed Mills Harvest the Power of Data

Sprout Solutions’ software enhances full suite of agribusiness operations Company // Sprout Solutions Entrepreneurs // Gretchen Henry and Jim Taylor What They Do // Sprout Solutions has created two platforms for ag-based clients. CommodiTrade helps traders manage logistics, storage, analytics and other factors so they can reduce risk and better leverage their assets. Milling Station enables feed mills to view and trace ingredients in their inventory, track … Read More

Millennials are the future of the ag industry

The reality is that Millennials are the new face of agriculture; in fact, the industry is expected to grow by 70 percent over the next 10 years, and during that time 80 percent of working Baby Boomers will exit the workforce. I began working in agriculture eight years ago, and more times than I can count, I’ve been the only … Read More


Ever had an omelette, or drank a glass of milk, and wondered how the cow that made your food got fed? Well, thanks to the over 6,000 feed mills in the US, you don’t have to. These mills, some of which have been around for centuries, keep livestock and other animals raised for husbandry well fed across the country. But … Read More