How can a three-year-old Kansas City company help change farmers and consumers’ lives? It’s quite simple due to the software platform that Naithan Jones and his team at AgLocal designed. They have a growing desire to efficiently serve beef and put more money into farmer’s pockets. AgLocal eliminates the middleman and allows the farmers and retailers to have a direct relationship in selling and buying premium beef.
What AgLocal Provides
AgLocal developed their application to help provide a solution to local ranchers and chefs. They fulfil the need of providing quality meats to restaurants. In turn, local farmers are able to sell most of their meat and not waste any. Of course, AgLocal receives a portion, but not as much as distributors would receive.
AgLocal provides more than beef though. They are providing a new wave of farming. Sustainability with AgLocal goes further than saving local businesses money. AgLocal saves the planet by reducing carbon footprints left by distribution giants such as Sysco and US Foods.
Creating Greater Profits for Local Farmers
There just aren’t enough American farmers to help raise our cattle. In 1910, there were over 6 million farms and today about 3 million. The loss of business to large distribution competitors who ship nationwide forces farmers out of the industry. This is a rapid reduction of 330 farmers a week. Only 25% of family farms gross an income over $50,000 during this frustrating process.
AgLocal is the way for farmers to earn more money. Farmers can now sell every piece of the cattle and paid more than wholesale pricing. AgLocal matches farmers with retailers of similar scale so they can grow together.
Restaurants Can Serve the Quality Beef They Want
So what is it that restaurants want? They want premium beef cuts such as fillets and steaks. But, the cost to transport specific meats in small orders costs a lot of money. Also, the supply may not be available for the chef’s daily needs.
The AgLocal app allows local farmers to post their meat availability so restaurants can order according to their needs. Chefs also want to know where their beef is coming from. The AgLocal app encourages farmers to upload photos of their farms and operations to give purchasers a visual on their sustainable practices. Chefs can rest assured knowing they are receiving quality beef.
Placing the Power Back Into Consumers Hands
Consumers want power over what they eat. They want organic products and they want ecofriendly solutions. Unfortunately, commercial agriculture companies seem to have the power and control what consumers eat.
AgLocal encourages farmers to load supporting information on their app to teach consumers how their farms work. This also encourages education and a growing interest in America’s farmlands. Consumers support farms by going to restaurants that serve from AgLocal suppliers.
Consumers can appreciate knowing their food is safe using the AgLocal process. For instance, according to this February 2014 News Release, the Rancho Feeding Corp issued a Class I recall of 8.7 million pounds of beef produced between January 2013 and January 2014 “because it processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection.” These beef products were unfit for human consumption.
Other disturbing news that consumers are learning include that livestock production facilities feed cattle corn, of which they should only eat grass. Eating corn makes them more susceptible to diseases, liver failure, and bloating. These commodity feedlots treat sick animals with antibiotics. Would you eat beef if you knew the animal was sick just a week prior to slaughter?
How AgLocal Can Make a Global Impact on Sustainable Livestock Production
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that by 2050 the demand for livestock products will increase by 70%, even in a world where consumers are turning to vegan friendly options. This includes developing countries such as Russia, Brazil, China, and India. So, to keep up with the demands, industrial livestock production facilities will increase their production and emit even more greenhouse gases. 45% of the emissions are attributed to the feed production and processing alone.
There is a lot of energy consumption in the industrial facilities, high transportation costs of slaughtered animals, and little regard for animal welfare, safety of food, or the environment. However, transforming our lands to grazing areas, the greenhouse emissions will decrease, production can increase, and more income will generate.
AgLocal works with government officials to ensure situations like that at the Rancho Feeding Corp does not happen again. Founder and CEO, Naithan Jones, has a personal interest as his wife’s family is ranchers and his brother is a chef. With no current competitors and the support of private investors such as Ben Horowitz, co-founder of the venture capital fund, Andreessen Horowitz and Marc Ecko, philanthropist, fashion designer, and founder and Chief Creative Officer of Marc Eckō Enterprises, this company will soon bring new sustainability efforts to Americas farms.