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October 20, 2016 | Tech Talk | Charlie Trauger

Tech Talk Adds New Author

Charlie Trauger draws on his production ag and software background to provide perspective on technologies affecting commercial agriculture

Photo by Blue Coat Photos

My name is Charlie Trauger and I have been involved in trading, production agriculture, software technology, and sales/business development for the last 31 years. The opportunity to participate in the ‘Tech Talk’ Blog for Feed & Grain magazine is a chance for me to share technical ideas and products that might affect the grain and feed industry. 

Charlie Trauger, GlobalView Software, Inc.

I live in a small town in south central Nebraska and work full time for GlobalView Software, Inc. in Chicago (yes, I commute once in a while). I am also involved in part-time farming and ranching on the family farm that has been around for 135 years. I love living in an agricultural community as well as the chance to work and travel to large cities while doing exactly what I love, merging technology and agriculture.   

Why I am blogging on Feed & Grain's Tech Talk?

With both of my jobs, I get the opportunity to review and utilize new technology and hope to share what I see, both current and future for the grain and feed industry. I have been involved in startups and many new ventures related to technology and have found that just because you can do something does not mean you should! I hope to relay some of those past and future experiences to the Feed & Grain audience for at a minimum, another source of information, and perhaps some opinion of what can affect your businesses in this area.

What will I blog about?

I spend a lot of time in the business development area in agricultural technology, and plan to share what might be beneficial to our industry. Things like drones, block chain software, tools to assist with risk management, compliance, ransomware, etc. and how they might make our lives easier, or perhaps the other way around. 

How can you leave feedback?

I encourage feedback, comments and criticism. I don’t know it all and have a desire to hear from all of you. It’s how I learn as some of my thoughts and ideas won’t always work for you. You can reach me at (312) 628-2977, or email at  Twitter @charlietraug and on LinkedIn. Sorry Facebook users, I recently shut this account down. I read a quote from someone who said “Life is long if you know what to do with it.” That prompted me to review the time I spent vs. value received and well, now I don’t know what my friends had for dinner, but have much more time to spend on other valuable activities. 

Albert Einstein stated “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.”  Looking at people in public with phones pasted to their faces, we might be getting close here! I am heading outdoors now to say hi to my neighbor, check back with me next week.  

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