Director of Selection Services at CHS
What would you expect the Aketta products to taste like?
I don’t know! I would think a little more course then the flour, it depends on how it’s processed.
What do you think the Aketta product would go well with?
I think it would be easier marketing for a speciality appetizer or some dip you could sell.
If you were going to try it was the biggest thing you had to overcome to try it?
Probably the fact that you know it’s an insect.
How much does being in the farming industry effect your desire to try cricket flour because for farmers, insects are pests.
I think famers are open to anything that could value add to what they do. If they can make money at it, they’d be interested in learning more about it.
Do you know if there are any edible products for sale in North Dakota?
No, I don’t, and I’ve never heard about this until chatting with you. I know quite a few foreign countries eat insects.
What challenges to you think the cricket industry will face that parallel the grain industry?
I think one of the biggest challenges would be getting the older generation to use it consistently. Younger generations are more willing to try new things. Younger folks are looking for more generic products and less of the mass-produced products.
Just to clarify generic in the farming industry means: chemical free, fertilizer free.
-In the animal business it means no growth hormones
-In dairy it’s means no growth hormome shots such as Bovine somatotropin (bST) or recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH)
What are the biggest changes you’ve seen in AG in the last 10 years?
Biggest changes in Ag in the past next 10 years been the genetics in seed. They figure for instance how to get corn to produce more bushels more production by changing the genetics of the seeds that get planted. For instance a drought genetic seed that will product more corn with less moisture. It’s cross breeding different genetics to get the results they are looking for. More bushels less water, there’s also a genetic seed that allows farmers to plant further north where there are less growing days; this is true for corn and soy beans.