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Cotton Industry Veteran Joins The Seam to Direct Operations, Projects

MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 3, 2020 – The Seam, a leading provider of commodities trading and food and agriculture software solutions, today announced the appointment of Bill Turner as Director of Project Management and Operations. Turner reports to Mark Pryor, Chief Executive Officer at The Seam.

“We are excited to have Bill on board our growing team, as we engage and expand our work in various agricultural sectors,” said Pryor. “Bill brings an incredible amount of experience and knowledge to the company, with more than 35 years in the cotton merchandising industry. We look forward to his continued success on behalf of our customers and industry partners.”

As Director of Project Management and Operations, Turner is responsible for supporting and enabling The Seam’s projects, programs and structured work efforts, including customer service. He also works in collaboration with the information technology and marketing teams to ensure alignment on deliverables and strengthen business development initiatives.

Prior to joining The Seam, Turner served as Director of U.S. Operations for Noble Americas/COFCO, where he led various teams, including customer service, operations, domestic and international logistics and export/docs. Before that, he was VP of Cotton Purchasing at TNS Mills. He also held the role of purchasing trader for ECOM and established its sales office in South Carolina. Turner has been the direct business liaison and subject matter expert for several technology initiatives and projects.

“I am thrilled to be a part of this emerging, innovative team,” said Turner. “The Seam has been an integral part of the supply chain for cotton for 20 years, and I have known several of the people here for a long time. To join The Seam now, when we are expanding our reach into food and other agriculture services, is both motivating and challenging. It’s a great organization to be a part of.”

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AgTech Company News

Forbes Technology Council Pros Predict the ‘Next Big Thing’ in Cybersecurity and Encryption

Our CEO, Mark Pryor, shared his insight into what’s ahead in cybersecurity and encryption. Here’s what he had to say to the Forbes Technology Council:

“Fueled by the rise of distributed applications, new advancements in encryption technologies allow private data to be stored on public, decentralized networks. Exciting developments in proxy re-encryption (PRE) make this possible, and usability is critical. Data owners can grant or revoke access to their encrypted data without having to worry about the complexities of encryption and key management.”

Read more via Forbes.

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AgTech Company News

The Seam Sponsors GiveCamp Memphis

GiveCamp Memphis/Design for Good is a weekend-long event where professionals from designers, developers and database administrators to marketers and web strategists donate their time to provide solutions for nonprofit organizations. Since its inception in 2007, the national GiveCamp program has provided benefits to hundreds of nonprofits, worth millions of dollars of developer and designer time in services.

“After you and The Seam hosted our first-ever community outreach event in November, this was the biggest GiveCamp Memphis we’ve ever had, by far,” said GiveCamp Memphis organizer Lance Hilliard. “We’re on track to continue our growth toward our 2021 event! Additionally, Tammy’s talent for delivering details-aware results with a reliably kind and constructive disposition is nothing short of amazing. Her round-the-clock contributions this weekend enabled countless stakeholders to perform at their absolute best.”

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AgTech Sustainability

From Dirt to Shirt & Seed to Shelf: The Importance of Sustainability in Every Part of the Supply Chain

By: Mark Pryor, Chairman and CEO at The Seam

From dirt to shirt and seed to shelf, The Seam acknowledges that traceability and transparency in agriculture production is essential to each step in the value chain.

With innovations in agtech and the implementation and adoption of data standards throughout the supply chain, consumers are now able to trace the source of the agricultural products they purchase providing assurance through digital accountability. Technology has become more accessible, capable and affordable, which lowers the barrier to entry for farming operations to embrace digitization that will ultimately convey their story of continuous improvement in sustainable farming.

WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE?

Essentially, it is the ability to produce enough agricultural products to meet present needs without endangering the environment, public health or economic profitability. If food and ag products are not produced with care, future generations of farming will be at risk. The big idea behind sustainable farming is to minimize one’s environmental footprint and enforce good stewardship of the land and natural resources.

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Kristi Lofton: Back to her Roots

Kristi Lofton works in agricultural technologies. A graduate of Tech901’s Code 1.0 course, Kristi works as a software engineer for The Seam, a locally based software company focused on agricultural commodities trading and sustainability efforts. I’ll get back to the concept of “agricultural technologies” a little later on (it’s a big deal, I promise).

Until her current job at The Seam, Kristi’s issue wasn’t that she didn’t enjoy her job. She just felt like she could be doing more: “Everyone has to figure out their life,” she told me. “I was always interested in a lot of things- but not interested enough.”

You see, Kristi had mastered the pivot long before she made the shift from Vet Tech to IT. Kristi Lofton grew up in Hughes Arkansas, just 40 minutes outside of Memphis. She worked for her father during farming season, helping with the soy beans and wheat their family grew.  Her father and mother still own the farm to this day. 

I drove a tractor on my father’s farm growing up, and I always told myself that’s not what I want.

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AgTech

Breaking Barriers Between Supply and Demand Using Technology

The economic law of supply and demand explains the relationship between products and the desire for consumers to purchase them. It outlines how each factor affects the other, and how this relationship determines the price of goods and services. When it comes to agriculture, this principle is a driving force behind technology in the supply chain.

When demand exceeds supply, prices tend to rise. And when supply exceeds demand, you can expect to see prices fall. These shifts can be difficult to measure and prepare for. However, with technological advancements in today’s market, there is more room for predication and more time for preparation.

Shifts in a supply curve can sometimes be the result of advances in technology that reduce the cost of production. If the cost of production goes down, sellers will often lower prices. This plays into the world of agriculture as agritech companies continue to improve the quality of their products and tools. As these companies work to perfect their technologies, and as farmers implement them in the field, they are able to offer products to consumers at a lower price. As a result, farmers and agriculture professionals can invest in more agritech developments, causing the supply curve to shift.

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AgTech

How Technology Is Shifting Our View of Agriculture

Innovation is at the heart of agriculture. From the beginning, farmers have continually invented new techniques to improve the efficiency of planting and harvesting crops, and recording data to help inform those techniques. Today, the landscape of agriculture is changing at an exponential rate. This is largely due to the wide scope of digital technologies that are now transforming the agritech industry.

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AgTech

In-The Know: Bi-Weekly Agritech Round-Up (May 10, 2019)

The world of agritech is changing every day. Check out our bi-weekly round-up to stay in-the-know on the evolving world that is agriculture technology.

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AgTech

Innovation in Agriculture: Why it Matters

As industries across the globe evolve and adapt to new operational landscapes, it is important for the agriculture industry to take note. As the supply chain changes and becomes more technologically advanced, there is an opportunity for growth in agriculture.

Changing tradition doesn’t have to feel daunting. Consider how innovation could benefit agribusinesses and how they fit into the evolving environment of global agriculture.

The Purpose of Innovation in Agriculture

Innovation in agriculture is meant to modernize farmers’ processes and help farms operate as efficiently as possible. New ideas and operations are also needed to help protect farmers against unpredictable variables such as weather patterns, labor shortages and loss of profit. With the help of innovation, industry leaders can adapt quickly and seamlessly when something changes.

The private sector continually invests in research and development to keep up with demand and create new products that excite consumers, while also improving their quality of life. Agriculture is no exception to these trends. Whether it’s using data standards to measure the quality of crops, introducing automated farming equipment, or improving food sustainability, innovation in agriculture doesn’t have to be a foreign concept. The future of agriculture is now, and it requires collaboration and next-step thinking.

The Future of Agriculture

There is so much to learn about modern farming. Investing in agritech is one way to take the next leap in innovation. Partnering with companies that are developing technologies to make farming and selling crops easier on the farmer can improve efficiency in business operations and ensure high-quality products are reaching customers.

The demand for traceability and transparency by consumers is at an all-time high. People want to know what they are investing in and how it is going to benefit them. Solutions like blockchain technology are becoming crucial to business practices. Innovation in agriculture is not going to slow down anytime soon, and deciding to take part in the evolution can save time, money and resources.

When you combine the hardworking nature of farmers and new scientific research, a promising foundation for the future of agriculture is formed. Being a part of agricultural change not only benefits the farmers of today, but it also sets up a prosperous future for generations to come.

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AgTech

In-The Know: Bi-Weekly Agritech Round-Up (April 26, 2019)

The world of agritech is changing every day. Check out our bi-weekly round-up to stay in-the-know on the evolving world that is agriculture technology.