How an Indiana Farm Boy Found a Tech Fix For the Food Supply Chain

Aug 16th, 2022

A fourth-generation Indiana farm kid, Nick Carter, 39, grew up expecting to join the family business. But by the time he was in high school in the late 1990s, he knew that was not a viable option. The farm crisis of the previous decade had ravaged the Midwest, and while the Carters dodged foreclosure, the collapse of hog prices drove the family out of farming as a commercial enterprise. Instead, Nick went to college. Twenty years later, in 2017, he co-founded Market Wagon in Indianapolis to help small farms survive by selling directly to local consumers online. Now the Carters' hogs have returned, and the family farm is back in business--without the reliance on a contract from Smithfield Foods. Somewhere along the way, Nick just may have fixed one critical breakdown in the food supply chain. [continue reading]