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In six months, we built a drone program that spanned 17 countries, substituted more than 30,000 hours of hazardous work, and provided more than $10 million of commercial benefit. The AES Corporation quickly became recognized as a leader in the use of drone technology across the Power & Utility sector. Unlike most of their peers, AES never established a...
I've walked 250 miles across conference and trade show floors across the world and met somewhere north of two thousand people. I've set on the organizing committee of international trade-shows, worked booths, received awards, served on panels, and even hosted sessions. I once worked 10 days straight at tech expos in Las Vegas, something I would not recommend. Here...
The fourth industrial revolution has arrived and just in time. Robotics, machine learning and agricultural science have teamed up to create the next generation of vertical farming. This is how we will feed Generation Alpha as they grow into their expected 150 year lifespan. As we as a society switch from a grain-based diet to a plant-based one, I'm...
Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. Each of us was born into a family, into a life, and into a body that we didn’t ask for (that we know of). I’m a firm believer that we all have the ability to rise from our condition. That journey just happens to be...
It's a wrap! What an inspiring way to spend three days here in Washington, D.C.. The Association for Vertical Farming and the University of District of Columbia outdid themselves.  The event connected me with thought leaders, commercial ventures, financiers, agronomists and directors of policy. Here's everything you missed at the CAUSES and AVF Summit. Day One: Urban Agriculture & Vertical...
I grew up on a piece of abandon farmland in north east Oklahoma. When I turned 11 years old, my family put me behind the wheel of a Kubota tractor and made it my job to manage the property.  For the next 10 years of my life, I would work outdoors 40+ hours a week, from May to September,...
how much poison can your heart handle before giving out?  How about your children? Can their nerves and immune system fight of the requirements of keeping American farms profitable? These are questions I never hope to answer. In the modern era of Instagram, super-sonic airplanes, and machine learning - it's incredible to me that more than 10,000 PhDs  go...
Iraq is a terrifying place to be right now. Last year there were 16,361 civilian casualties of the violence (read more). That's nearly 50 people a day. The sheer terror those people must live in is unimaginable to me. Yet here in Washington, D.C., I am struck by an even more incredible number - the number of deaths due...