Amanda Ramcharan: Learning the rules of tech on the farm

Amanda Ramcharan has dedicated her graduate studies to researching and studying farm systems in order to understand the conditions in which they thrive. Early on, she realized that she could use her fascination with technological tools and gadgets to help her better understand how farms can use technology to help assess and solve problems that arise in this system.


Refresh Working Group member perspectives on the 2018 Farm Bill

The 2018 Farm Bill is the most consequential legislation on food and agriculture in the United States. It was recently signed into law, and many Refresh Working Group members have been weighing in on how it will impact the nation’s food system for the next 5 years.


Jimmy Wright is defining “high tech, high touch” services in food retail

Jimmy Wright, owner of the independent grocery store Wright’s Market in Opelika, Alabama, learned the ins and outs of the grocery business at an early age.


From soil to supper: How technology influences your dinner

We recently hosted a launch event in Chicago where we were joined by former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, who worked at the USDA during a dynamic time for technology in agriculture.


Bringing AI Within Reach

AI is not the stuff of science fiction. It is often used very loosely to refer to technologies with the capability of processing and making sense of massive volumes of data, many of which (Internet search, email spam filters) we’re already using regularly.


Secretary Tom Vilsack Helps to Launch Refresh!

Last week, The Refresh Working Group was honored to host former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for a fireside chat and panel discussion with working group members Don Bustos of Santa Cruz Farms, Ankita Raturi of USDA, and Ali Lange of Google.


Food + Tech Live Stream on 12/5

Mark your calendars! On December 5th at 5:30 PM CST, the Refresh Working Group will host a live stream conversation on food and tech featuring former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and members of the Refresh Working Group.


The Growth of AI and the U.S. Food System

Emerging technologies are transforming how we produce, distribute, and consume what we eat by bringing food to people instead of bringing people to food.


Our nation needs to accelerate artificial intelligence for farm tech

In anticipation of the Refresh: Food + Tech launch on December 5, we’re excited to share this piece from former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Danielle Nierenberg, Refresh Working Group member and president of Food Tank.


How Algorithms Can Drive Equity in Food Distribution

It’s almost Thanksgiving and we want to rethink how we make our decisions around food. Learn about how algorithms are helping to redistribute food in more equitable and efficient ways.