Closing the Digital Skills Gap in Rural America

The rural U.S. economy is changing as traditional employment sectors, like agriculture, adopt digital infrastructures. This transition to digital agriculture has highlighted a growing need to bridge the digital skills gap and prepare rural workers for new roles in the workforce that are classified as “middle skill.” Equipping workers for middle skill jobs will allow […]

 

Trade War Challenges in the U.S. Food System

The negative impacts of our trade war with China reverberate throughout the U.S. food and agricultural industries, causing significant changes to our food system and how we interact with it.  Where American farmers once relied on robust trade agreements with countries like China, they now find themselves faced with the daunting task of identifying and […]

 

Climate Week: Agriculture, Food, and the Environment

 The Climate Action Summit of the UN Secretary General and the Global #WeekforFuture organized in response to youth activist Greta Thunberg both took place this week. It also marked the conclusion of Covering Climate Now, a reporting initiative led by the Columbia Journalism Review and The Nation “aimed at strengthening the media’s focus on the […]

 

Closing the Food Gap in Food-Insecure Communities

This is an excerpt from a longer article recently published in Sight & Life magazine (August 2019). It is co-authored by Refresh Working Group members Danielle Nierenberg, Alicia Powers and Sarah Papazoglakis. Recent digital innovations in e-commerce, online grocery shopping, and food and meal delivery services are helping to address food and nutrition insecurity by […]

 

Datasets Powering the Food Industry

Datasets are a key ingredient that feeds data-driven tools for the food system. They are repositories of statistics, images, and/or other relevant information about a particular subject. In the food system, these collections of information on agriculture, food retail, or nutrition, for example, are among the important reservoirs of data used to develop food and […]

 

Melinda Dittmer: Breaking Down Silos in Ag and Food

Melinda Dittmer is the COO of Nexyst 360—a new midwest-based startup developing revolutionary storage, distribution, and product preservation systems with the goal of harvesting and transporting crops, like grain, with 100% traceability back to the field. In her role, she is helping to innovate new technologies that could help to reduce the costs of farming, […]

 

Data-Driven Nutrition in the Digital Age (Excerpt)

This is an excerpt from a longer article recently published in Sight & Life magazine (August 2019). It is co-authored by Refresh Working Group members Danielle Nierenberg, Alicia Powers and Sarah Papazoglakis. Overview Today, data-driven technologies are being used to improve nutrition and health outcomes at the individual level and on a global scale. For […]

 

Broadband Critical for AgTech Development

This is a guest post from Refresh Working Group member Amy Wu, founder and chief content creator of From Farms to Incubators, a multimedia initiative that spotlights women in food, farming, and agtech. She is also a member of the Refresh Working Group Broadband Committee. City of Salinas, “Salad Bowl of the World,” moves to […]

 

Vote for Refresh at SXSW 2020

Refresh hopes to return to SXSW March 13-22, 2020  in Austin, Texas! YOU can help us get there by voting for our panel, “The Data-Driven Food System: From Soil to Supper,” before the selection period ends on Friday, August 23rd. How to Cast Your Vote Visit our SXSW page: https://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/96531 Create a #PanelPicker account Confirm […]

 

Kevin Krueger: Building Sustainable Food Programs at Scale

For Kevin Krueger—the Procurement and Sustainability Manager at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and a Refresh Working Group Member—the hospital cafeteria plays a vital role in the fight to prevent, treat, and cure catastrophic pediatric diseases. In this role, he is responsible for sourcing well over one million meals a year.  Inspired by the innovative […]