A Scot Across the Pond http://markisutherland.com Mark I Sutherland Tue, 23 Nov 2021 15:55:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0.2 72429925 Discussing Missouri’s Global Leadership in Agtech http://markisutherland.com/2021/11/discussing-missouris-global-leadership-in-agtech/ Mon, 08 Nov 2021 15:33:00 +0000 http://markisutherland.com/?p=2007 Missouri Partnership will be taking part in the International Café at REAP 2021, and Mark Sutherland, CMO of Missouri Partnership, recently sat down with Agri-TechE to discuss [...]]]>

Missouri Partnership will be taking part in the International Café at REAP 2021, and Mark Sutherland, CMO of Missouri Partnership, recently sat down with Agri-TechE to discuss the event. 

capoten francais Laascaanood Q: Agri-TechE members have been involved in a number of missions, and since that last one there has been a change of administration in the U.S. – have there been any interesting developments?

There have been a number of changes at the national level, but very few changes at the state level. And this is a good thing. Missouri has been focused on agritech partnerships for years, including sustainability and climate change, and ensuring precision farming can provide the tools, insights and data needed to ensure we can provide the food, fuel and fiber for a growing population while ensuring we can protect the environment for future generations.

Missouri has also had an international focus for years, as exhibited in the recent agritech missions from Missouri to the UK and from Cambridge to Missouri. Organizations and companies from across Missouri are keen to build more connections across academia, R&D, commercial and governmental areas of focus.

https://parquejoyero.es/17186-how-to-buy-paxlovid-in-us-28069/ Net Zero is becoming increasingly important for agrifood value chains in the UK. What sort of trends are you seeing? Where do you see the opportunities developing?

One of the things many of us discovered a few years ago is the striking similarity between what happens in the UK agritech ecosystem and what happens in the Missouri agtech ecosystem.

Vertical farming, food development, precision ag and sustainability are part of the ethos in Missouri and many organizations are focused on them. Just recently, AeroFarms announced a vertical farming project in the St. Louis region in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund and the St. Louis Controlled Environment Agricultural Coalition. This new 150,000 square foot indoor vertical farm is AeroFarms’ largest to date and will increase productivity up to 390 times greater than traditional field farming, while using up to 95 percent less water and zero pesticides.

paxlovid sans prescription Santa Cruz de Tenerife The International Cafe is a new feature of REAP – what do you want to achieve at the event?

Missouri is a state of partnerships. We work closely with numerous organizations from across the state, and have travelled with many of them to Cambridge in the past. There is a strong interest and desire to work together to ensure agriculture continues to become what the future needs it to become. And we look forward to being at REAP with our Missouri partners, and with our friends in the UK.

Smithfield cost of paxlovid canada It is great that Missouri Partnership is a sponsor of REAP – why did you choose REAP?

The work that Agri-TechE does to build international partnerships and to provide resources to UK agritech innovators is essential to the future. We are honored to be a member of Agri-TechE and we look forward to seeing many of the people we have met before and introducing new people to the opportunities that exist between the UK and Missouri. And we are thrilled to be a sponsor of this amazing conference.

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London Tech Week: How Missouri Powers the Mars Mission http://markisutherland.com/2021/09/london-tech-week-how-missouri-powers-the-mars-mission/ Wed, 15 Sep 2021 18:36:00 +0000 http://markisutherland.com/?p=1988 Missouri Partnership CMO, Mark Sutherland, recently spoke with Ron Nowlin, SVP of Aerospace and Military Aviation at EaglePicher about all things SpaceTech on London Tech [...]]]>

Missouri Partnership CMO, Mark Sutherland, recently spoke with Ron Nowlin, SVP of Aerospace and Military Aviation at EaglePicher about all things SpaceTech on London Tech Week’s Elevating Founders podcast.

During the session, Mark and Ron discussed the level of innovation it takes to power the Mars missions, why it’s imperative to surround yourself with people smarter than you, and what it takes to build products that just cannot fail.

“EaglePicher started back in the 1920s doing battery work, and so getting into the space industry, the early batteries that were used were silver-zinc batteries that we still build today,” said Nowlin. “In fact, EaglePicher produced the batteries used in the first U.S. satellite, Explorer 1, and from there our involvement just ballooned into a lot of different missions, including the Mars missions of today.”

“The Mars missions are amazing. The latest Mars mission, the Perseverance, really felt to me like the earlier space programs of the 60s and 70s,” said Nowlin. “It is really starting to reinvigorate space and what happens there. We had 10 silver-zinc batteries that powered the launch vehicle, we had four thermal batteries that helped power the landing system, and then we have a lithium-ion battery that provides the primary power for the rover as it drives around the surface of Mars.”

Both being Missouri residents and advocates, the pair shared how the big pull of living in Missouri is the lifestyle from outdoor activities, sports, and the friendliness of the people.

“We are very nicely located in the center of some major universities, one of those being Missouri S&T,” said Nowlin. “Being able to recruit locally is really important to us, and the workforce that comes to work for us tend to stay in the area for a very long time.”

“Missouri is known for its outdoor activities. A lot of people enjoy hiking, and there are a lot of lakes in the area for people to enjoy,” said Nowlin. “But in general, the one thing that I always find about this area, is that people are always surprised at how friendly everyone is. And our customers always talk about how open and transparent everyone is in dealing with them.”

You can listen to the full podcast here.

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How to Invest and Expand in the USA http://markisutherland.com/2021/08/how-to-invest-and-expand-in-the-usa/ Tue, 24 Aug 2021 18:41:00 +0000 http://markisutherland.com/?p=1992 A successful expansion or relocation is all about risk reduction and customized solutions. There are many factors and considerations in play, and aligning everything to [...]]]>

A successful expansion or relocation is all about risk reduction and customized solutions. There are many factors and considerations in play, and aligning everything to avoid setbacks and roadblocks is important.

In June, I moderated a virtual panel session entitled ‘Innovation and Opportunity in the Heart of the USA’ as part of the build-up to London Tech Week in September 2021. The session brought together several innovative leaders to discuss their experience in the heart of the USA, and to share advice on how to successfully enter the USA market. I was joined by Lisa Tamayo (CEO, Scollar), Donn Rubin (President & CEO, BioSTL), Doug Austin (Director of Product Development, EaglePicher®), and Jim McKelvey (Co-Founder, Square) to talk about the benefits they have enjoyed being in Missouri, and some considerations for businesses to move or expand to the state.

The panelists agreed that there is an abundance of partnership opportunities and a huge appetite for collaboration in Missouri, regardless of industry. There is a connected community that exists among startups, investors, and business partners, as well as a talent pool with a strong work ethic in Missouri.

At the panel session, we also touched on some considerations from the panelists leading up to their move to Missouri or entry into the USA.

One example discussed was about FinTech companies in places such as New York City and San Francisco. Consider the number of businesses there that are competing for the same space, and for the same customers. The opportunities for smaller companies to become recognized as even a medium player in their industry are slim, and getting that big break can be tough.

In states like Missouri, companies can make their investment go further when it comes to setting a physical office and paying for general cost of living. It’s also easier to meet the right people. Being home to the second-highest concentration of financial securities brokerage firms among major USA metropolitan areas, there are a lot of important people nearby. Not only will companies find it easier to engage with people, they will also be able to grow faster and be a big deal in a smaller place rather than a smaller deal in a big place.

At the panel session, the members also highlighted that the infrastructure in Missouri is one of its selling points. The culture and entertainment options are statewide, and not just in St. Louis or Kanas City. Yes, there are some world-renowned museums and championship professional sports teams in those two major cities, but there is so much more. Amazing lake lifestyles, the live music capital of the world, and hundreds of wineries, breweries and distilleries are all in Missouri. The air fare and availability of daily flights are considerations for companies where business activities such as travelling takes place often. Finding out the infrastructure available and how it supports your business needs is key.

Being in a state like Missouri can also bring further economic benefits to your organization. One of the panel members spoke about feeling unwelcomed in California due to city taxes that amounted to tens of millions of dollars. By expanding in Missouri, the company was able to spend the money they would otherwise have had to give their former home city to make their business a success.

As a conclusion to the session, the panelists emphasized the need for you to do your homework before deciding where to expand or relocate. The process of finding an ideal location will take time, and the initial investment that needs to be made to decide if a place is suitable for your company will help build confidence, familiarity and a network of community to welcome you with open arms.

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Five Challenges Facing the Global Agtech Industry in 2021 http://markisutherland.com/2021/07/five-challenges-facing-the-global-agtech-industry-in-2021/ Tue, 20 Jul 2021 18:45:00 +0000 http://markisutherland.com/?p=1995 The global agriculture industry is facing arguably its greatest challenge since farming was first recorded in history more than 12,000 years ago. As the world [...]]]>

The global agriculture industry is facing arguably its greatest challenge since farming was first recorded in history more than 12,000 years ago. As the world population is rapidly ever-growing, and with 10% of people remain undernourished, there is a severe urgency for our farmers to increase production of food, fuel and fiber.

I recall having conversations on the global challenges facing the industry at the former Monsanto back in 2008, and since then, the expectations from our farmers have not lessened. Expanding urbanization is creating greater land pressures, and societal demands are driving the industry to consider how it can best maximize yield efficiency while simultaneously using fewer resources to increase efficiency and profitability.

Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of working with many innovative leaders in Missouri over the years at Monsanto, in 39 North, at BioSTL, in the Animal Health Corridor and at numerous other institutions, organizations and companies across the state. Missouri has been a key part of such conversations, but it will take global collaborations and partnerships to address these serious issues.

Fortunately, the international agricultural technology sector, known as agtech or agritech, is providing the bridge between the capabilities of producers and the needs of consumers. Following on from the first three agricultural revolutions of planting and sustaining, mechanization, and biotech, agtech is the driving force behind the Fourth Agricultural Revolution.

And there are five key challenges agtech must solve.

molto paxlovid price in australia The world needs more food

Approximately 925 million people around the world are currently suffering from hunger. According to estimates compiled by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), by 2050 we will need to produce 60 percent more food to feed a world population of 9.3 billion. To meet the demands in feeding our people today and tomorrow, we will require a significant overhaul of agriculture models. New technologies and processes that can improve yield efficiency from a more diversified range of products can guarantee continuous supply of fresh food. Addressing the issues of food deserts is part of this challenge, which will require the adoption of indoor or vertical agriculture, using the latest efficiencies in lighting, inputs and environmental controls. Besides, the spread of agricultural best practices to developing nations is an absolute must to move people from subsistence farming to producing a surplus that can feed those around them. paxlovid discount card  

Demand for energy is increasing

The global biofuels market is expected to be worth more than $300 billion by 2030 as consumers increasingly look to more sustainable forms of fuel. While the global production of transport biofuels dropped last year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, production of ethanol, biodiesel, and hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) are expected to make a quick recovery. New technologies will have a critical role in supporting this anticipated increase in demand and the balance between food and fuel must be maintained.

We have to ensure there is an agriculture industry left for future generations

 The consumption of agricultural produce has been the cornerstone of human life since the beginning of time. Farming has been a major employer and the backbone of communities living around the world for centuries. Advanced technologies, increased automation, and greater mechanization are helping to support increased consumer demand. However, in the drive towards greater adoption of technology, it is important to retain focus on the important socio-economic benefits of farming to families and communities.

In 2019, 22.2 million full- and part-time jobs were related to the agricultural and food sectors, accounting for 10.9 percent of total U.S. employment. Moving with the times while sustaining valuable employment will be a critical balance in the future. Our family farms have been focused on this for generations, and we must do what we can to support their legacy. 

Supply chain challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic brought into sharp focus the challenges faced by the food supply chain and the importance of domestic and local production. Global food prices have increased by 38 percent since January 2020, according to the World Bank. More countries are facing acute food insecurity, hence the greater use of digital technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) can help streamline the supply chain, retain value for producers, and feed demand from consumers.  

We have to improve our stewardship of the planet

Growing global environmental, social and governance (ESG) requirements mean the agricultural industry must continue to intensify its focus on sustainable processes and procedures to minimize environmental impacts. Reducing excess use of inputs, increasing vertical farming, and increasing the production of plants immune to diseases will support such ambitions. As farmers continue to focus on building the industry for the next generation, we must support them in their efforts and ensure they have the tools they need to advance, while still protecting the future.

Partnerships are key to addressing challenges

These global challenges are bigger than any one company, organization or country could solve alone. It’s important for the leaders in the global agtech ecosystem to work together to make outcomes even more impactful for the benefit of the world.

As the global leader in agtech, Missouri is the place for industry players to come together to tackle these challenges head-on. Missouri is home to around 100,000 farms and its agtech industry is responsible for developing innovative technologies and research in plant science and animal health, transforming agriculture. Missouri also has the largest concentration of plant science PhDs in the world and is home to a cluster of several world-leading companies that generate almost 60 percent of global animal health industry revenue.

And we want you here also. Come visit and collaborate. Come invest and create jobs. Come stay and grow with us.

It’s no surprise that more agtech and agritech companies are choosing to locate here. Want to know who they are, and how you can do the same? Read why Missouri is the right move for your agtech business here.

Together, we can meet the global ag challenges and ensure that our future is one of growth, and a lack of hunger worldwide.

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Missouri is the Heartbeat of North American Business http://markisutherland.com/2021/04/missouri-is-the-heartbeat-of-north-american-business/ Mon, 26 Apr 2021 18:48:00 +0000 http://markisutherland.com/?p=1999 At the center of the U.S. is a state as rich in commercial infrastructure as it is in lifestyle opportunities. That state is Missouri. The [...]]]>

At the center of the U.S. is a state as rich in commercial infrastructure as it is in lifestyle opportunities. That state is Missouri.

The European, a quarterly business publication published by Chase-Publishing in London, recently highlighted Missouri and the many reasons it is a prime business location.

Missouri sits at the heart of the U.S., bordering eight states, giving businesses a huge strategic advantage by providing access to customers via road, rail, water or air. The Missouri and Mississippi rivers converge in the state, creating a prime asset for both business and recreation. Airports across Missouri provide non-stop access to more than 70 domestic and international destinations.

Minimal regulations, maximum business success

“In Missouri, you can forget the egos and complications that sometimes come with doing business,” says Mark Sutherland, CMO of Missouri Partnership. “Here, we’re no-nonsense. State government focuses on infrastructure, workforce development, and keeping costs low, all the while staying out of the way, so that you can actually do business. Missouri is a place where high quality of life meets low cost.”

Missouri has a 4% corporate tax rate, the second-lowest rate among states with corporate income tax. The state has held an AAA bond rating for more than half a century. A long-time top-ranked state for business, the environment in Missouri is low-risk, safe and stable.

Exclusive connections, exceptional talent

In Missouri, you’re only one phone call away from business leaders. The state prides itself on making businesses successful, and does more to ensure you have the opportunity, connections and support you need to build and grow. With training programs like Missouri One Start and Apprenticeship Missouri (one of the largest and most successful apprenticeship programs in the country), Missouri works hard to keep its talent upskilled so that companies can move forward.

Check out the full article from The European here.

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The UK/US Free Trade Agreement – An Essential Deliverable in 2021 http://markisutherland.com/2021/01/the-uk-us-free-trade-agreement-an-essential-deliverable-in-2021/ Fri, 29 Jan 2021 19:57:00 +0000 http://markisutherland.com/?p=2002 Throughout 2020, the UK and the US engaged in a series of intense meetings to discuss what our friendship looks like going forward. Now that [...]]]>

Throughout 2020, the UK and the US engaged in a series of intense meetings to discuss what our friendship looks like going forward. Now that the UK has exited the European Union, while still staying connected and involved with the European continent, we have the opportunity in front of us to craft an economic relationship that shows the world how it should be done.

The UK’s analysis shows that an ambitious FTA could increase GDP in the US by $10 billion, and the UK would be the largest economy with which the US has ever signed a comprehensive bilateral free trade agreement. This is a deal for Main Street and the High Street, with SMEs on both sides of the Atlantic set to gain the biggest opportunities, whilst ensuring all our consumers can access a wider range of affordable products.

The current numbers are also clear – the UK and the US are an integral part of each other’s economies. We are each other’s biggest investors and over one million jobs in both countries are supported by this relationship. A formalised trade agreement is not just common sense, it is economic sense and we should realise the opportunity as soon as we can.

Strong progress has been made since the US and the UK began negotiations in May 2020, and both sides seem to be confident that we can reach a comprehensive agreement which would provide a significant and mutual benefit to our economies and advance mutual priorities.

Today, it is reported that the development of the FTA is well advanced. The UK and the US have agreed most of the text in most of the chapters and have closed an ambitious SME chapter. Our countries are in a position to move rapidly to a conclusion that will give both of our economies a much-needed shot in the arm. Yes, there are areas of ongoing discussion, as is common in all trade negotiations. But both negotiation teams are clear there is a deal to be done.

And that deal will be one that is good for the UK, good for the US, good for Missouri, and an example to the world of how international partnerships and trade between nations can create a better future for all.

Let’s get this done!

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A Virtual Burns Nicht http://markisutherland.com/2021/01/a-virtual-burns-nicht/ Mon, 25 Jan 2021 14:24:22 +0000 http://markisutherland.com/?p=1982 There are three parts of a traditional Burns Night that may be difficult to replicate in a home setting however, the Immortal Memory, the Toast to the Lassies and Reply to the Laddies, and the Address to the Haggis. So, as a public service, here are three videos from days gone by for your use and enjoyment.]]>

In late January, Scots from around the world gather together to eat, drink and celebrate Scotland’s national poet, the late Robert Burns. Unfortunately, this year many celebrations have been cancelled due to COVID.

So, like many other families, my family will be gathering at home tonight, enjoying some fine haggis, some good Scotch, and raising a glass to the memory of Rabbie Burns. And I hope you will do the same.

There are three parts of a traditional Burns Night that may be difficult to replicate in a home setting however, the Immortal Memory, the Toast to the Lassies and Reply to the Laddies, and the Address to the Haggis. So, as a public service, here are three videos from days gone by for your use and enjoyment.

First, the Immortal Memory.

And second, The Toast to the Lassies and the Reply to the Laddies.

And finally, as no Burns Night is complete without speaking in prose to a lump of meat, here is my amazing late father giving a rather unique Toast to the Haggis.

I hope this Burns Night allows you to create special memories with your family in a way that only Scotland can bring you.

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2021 is the Year of the Special Relationship http://markisutherland.com/2021/01/2021-is-the-year-of-the-special-relationship/ Fri, 15 Jan 2021 15:36:12 +0000 http://markisutherland.com/?p=1979 Welcome to 2021, the 75th anniversary of the birth of Churchill’s UK/US “special relationship” in Fulton, Missouri! As a Brit in America, from my perspective [...]]]>

Welcome to 2021, the 75th anniversary of the birth of Churchill’s UK/US “special relationship” in Fulton, Missouri! As a Brit in America, from my perspective 2021 is the continuation of a long-term relationship between the UK and the US. Best of friends for a long time, after a rocky start, and 2021 has the potential to take our relationship to new levels of partnership and cooperation through a new free trade agreement (FTA).

The UK and US do more together than any other two countries in the world. We are each other’s closest allies with links at every level of society, culture, defence, intelligence and the economy, and a new free trade agreement will reinforce our relationship for the future as we confront pressing global challenges together.

And America believes in this relationship. A recent Emerson College poll (October 2020) found that more than 60% of Americans believe a free trade agreement between the US and the UK would strengthen US global leadership, and that the UK-US alliance is more important than it was 5 years ago. And our business communities are vocal in their support for a deal as well, including the US Chamber of Commerce, who describe an agreement as a “vital opportunity.”

 In the years ahead we will face significant global challenges. As we have in the past, the UK and US must stand shoulder to shoulder, along with our allies, in defence of our values and freedoms.

In 2021, the UK will chair the G7. Promoting free trade will be a top priority for the UK’s Presidency of the G7 and the UK will work with the other G7 partners to ensure that the global free trading system on which our economies are based remains fair, competitive and secure. In order to boost the global recovery, the G7 will in 2021 harness its shared belief in free and fair trade to drive growth through open, resilient, greener and more inclusive trade. This offers a clear opportunity for the UK and the US to work together to reassert our mutual leadership and cooperation based around open economies and vibrant democracies.

As two advanced countries with a belief in the power of trade, a belief that workers should be treated fairly and a belief in the empowerment of the consumer – a trade deal can set a new high-water mark internationally and positively impact the economic recovery in both our nations. Trade will be an integral part of the recovery, and it will be vital to build the resilience of our supply chains to withstand future crises. Together we can lead the world in showing that cooperation and free trade are crucial to a global recovery.

I look forward to what the future brings for both our countries in 2021, and beyond.

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The Princess Royal’s International Opportunity http://markisutherland.com/2020/01/the-princess-royals-international-opportunity/ Tue, 14 Jan 2020 11:32:00 +0000 http://markisutherland.com/?p=1962 Members of the British Royal Family are incredibly active in support of a huge number of charities around the world. These charities are driven by [...]]]>

Members of the British Royal Family are incredibly active in support of a huge number of charities around the world. These charities are driven by the hard work of self-sacrificing volunteers and staff, and their efforts benefit greatly from the support of their Royal Patron.

I recently had the privilege of interacting with one of those charities, Opportunity International, during a recent visit by Her Royal Highness (HRH) The Princess Royal (Princess Anne) to the US. And this charitable organization is impressive and creative.

Opportunity International works around the world, providing microfinance loans, training, and support that empowers 10 million people working their way out of global poverty. Here’s how it works. An entrepreneur in a developing nation applies for a micro-loan. The organization invests in the entrepreneur’s business, and the business owner makes payments back to the organization.

So far it sounds like a normal bank. Here’s where it gets very different. Not only do the repayments go to support other entrepreneurs in developing nations, but those of us outside of the organization can donate towards a specific business plan on their website at opportunity.org.

And their services go beyond just the loan. They also provide savings accounts, financial training and community support—empowering entrepreneurs to work their way out of poverty and build a new and sustainable future for themselves and their families. To date, they have created or sustained more than 20 million jobs, and impacted millions more.

The organization has been transforming lives since 1971. Today, they work in 23 countries and have big dreams for more.  And HRH The Princess Royal has been their Patron since 1998, working directly with entrepreneurs in Ghana, Mozambique, Peru and the Phillipines.

It’s an incredible organization and I encourage you to visit the website and find an entrepreneur to support at https://us.opportunity.org/clients. You will be transforming lives through economic empowerment, and your donation will change the future of families for generations to come.

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Talking UK on KMOX http://markisutherland.com/2019/12/talking-uk-on-kmox/ Mon, 16 Dec 2019 23:23:35 +0000 http://markisutherland.com/?p=1956 From time to time, I have the fun experience of chatting with KMOX Radio’s Mark Reardon about all things British. Today, we chatted about the [...]]]>

From time to time, I have the fun experience of chatting with KMOX Radio’s Mark Reardon about all things British. Today, we chatted about the recent UK elections, Brexit and what comes next.

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