Future of Agriculture 067: Disruptive Agricultural Technologies with Aidan Connolly, CIO of Alltech

Aidan Connolly has been with Alltech for 27 years and is currently its Chief Innovation Officer (CIO).  Alltech is a company that helps farmers feed the world, raise healthy animals, and protect the environment. He works with the company’s research department focused on developing nutrition-based technologies that will capitalize on insights gained through Alltech’s investment in nutrigenomics. Aidan’s main tasks as CIO is to spearhead Alltech’s projects in multiple facets of the agricultural industry, make sure they’re always on the cutting edge when it comes to current technology, as well as incorporating new technologies into how food is produced in the future.


On today’s episode, Aidan shares how he became Alltech’s CIO and how the company decides which innovation to invest in. He also explains the disruptive technologies that will greatly affect the agricultural industry in the near future.


“Brain power and imagination are going to be very important in terms of the roles we play.”  – Aidan Connolly



This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast: 


  • Alltech’s views on disruptive technology.
  • How they strategically decide when to invest in an innovation.
  • What is the Pearse Lyons Accelerator?
  • The 8 potentially disruptive technologies.
  • Is artificial Intelligence something humans should worry about?
  • How he prepares his children for the future.
  • Since 2009, TOP US food and beverage companies have lost an equivalent of $18 billion of market shares. How does this affect agriculture?
  • Can the “local food” movement scale?
  • How should we balance thinking about innovations and our busy lives?



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Tim Hammerich

Tim is a strategic communications consultant, founder of AgGrad, and the host of the "Future of Agriculture" podcast. Originally from California, he is now based out of Boise, Idaho.