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Day One — March 28 Morning

08.00
Registration & Breakfast

 

08.45
Welcome to the 2017 Rethink World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit

 

09.00
The Future of Farming: Opportunities & Challenges for US Agriculture 2017 and Beyond

• With the new political regime, how is the government looking to support the agtech sector?
• How is government looking to bridge the communication gap between technology providers and farming groups and communities?
• How will wider policies of trade, regulation and immigration potentially impact this sector?

Speaker:
Kip Tom, CEO, TOM FARMS, USA

09.15
Global Leaders Debate: Driving Forward Change in the Agri-Food Continuum

• As external pressures around sustainability, consumer trends and the changing diet of the emerging middle classes takes centre stage, how are these demands driving forward change at the farm level?
• What technologies are needed to provide solutions for these new demands and where are the opportunities to collaborate and build a bridge between silos in the food value chain?
• Where are the biggest threats and disruptions occurring and what influence do we see coming from China, Asia and India?

Session Chair:
George Bilicic, Vice Chairman, LAZARD FRÈRES, USA

Speaker:
Jim Blome, CEO & President, BAYER CROPSCIENCE, USA
Ismael Roig, SVP & CSO, Head of Strategy, ADM, USA
Mike Vande Logt, EVP & COO, WINFIELD SOLUTIONS, USA

10.00
How are Data Analytics and a Machine Learning Approach to Forecasting Crop Yields Creating a New Paradigm in Smart Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains?

• Powerful predictive and forecasting analytics have the potential to transform the food and agriculture industries, enabling better decisions and in real time.
• What disruptions are we seeing across the value chain including the grain industry, input suppliers and food producers?
• How is this information being used to monitor harvests and relate to growers, as well as deliver fresh insights, such as responsible sourcing across the supply chain?

Session Chair:
Stefani Millie Grant, External Affairs & Sustainability, UNILEVER & Chair, FIELD TO MARKET, USA

Speakers:
Dave Gebhardt, Global Director Strategic Partnerships, GEOSYS, USA
James Weed, Vice President & Leader of Global Trading Analytics, CARGILL, USA
Mark Johnson, CEO, DESCARTES LABS, USA
Pat Christie, President & CEO, CONSERVIS, USA
Adam Irrer, Manager of Wine & Grape Supply, E&J GALLO WINERY, USA

10:45
Networking Coffee Break

 

11.15
Keynote: Blockchains In Agriculture – A Game Changer?

Speaker:
Bob Sutor, VP Solutions & Mathematical Sciences, IBM RESEARCH, USA

11.35
The World Agri-Tech Innovation Showcase: Growth Stage Technology Innovators Present Seven-Minute Snapshots of their Solutions

Shark Investor Panel:
Gideon Soesman, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, GREENSOIL INVESTMENTS, ISRAEL
Mark Cupta, Principal, PRELUDE VENTURES, USA

Presenting Companies:
Antoine Hubert, CEO, YNSECT, FRANCE
Gregg Steinberg, CEO & Director, GROWCENTIA, USA
Jorge Heraud, CEO, BLUE RIVER TECHNOLOGY, USA
Jim Brandle, CEO, PLATFORM GENETICS/VINELAND RESEARCH & INNOVATION CENTRE, CANADA
Karin Wehlin, CEO, BOMILL, SWEDEN
Andy Renz, VP Business Development, VESTERON CORPORATION, USA

12.30
Networking Round Tables. Delegates will break into round table discussion groups, each focused on a business-critical issue within agri-tech and hosted by an industry leader – bring lots of business cards!

 

13.15
Networking Lunch Break

 

Day One — March 28 Afternoon

14.15
Keynote: Exploring the Abundant Potential of Gene Editing Applications for Agriculture and a Healthy Food Supply

• Where is the low hanging fruit and what breakthrough applications will see beyond this – for example in crop disease?
• Overcoming resistance to agrochemicals is one potential application – but is this seen as progress?

Speaker:
Neal Gutterson, Vice President, Research and Development, DUPONT PIONEER, USA

14.30
CRISPR & Crops: A Whole Value Chain Perspective

• Gene Editing/CRISPR opens the doors to all kinds of potential food production improvements. How is the technology currently being applied and how are retailers, farming co-operatives, growers and technology developers looking at the opportunities and challenges?
• Technology adoption will ultimately be driven by consumer acceptance, so how is the industry looking to develop an effective dialogue with consumers? How can the industry gain a “social license” to apply gene-editing technologies to food production?

Session Chair:
Terry Fleck, Executive Director, THE CENTRE FOR FOOD INTEGRITY, USA

Speakers:
Vonnie Estes, Vice President of Business Development, CARIBOU, USA
Craig Wilson, Vice President, QA & Food Safety, COSTCO WHOLESALE, USA
David Darr, General Manager of Farm Services and Vice President of Sustainability, DAIRY FARMERS OF AMERICA, USA
Haven Baker, Vice President Plant Sciences, SIMPLOT, USA
Dave Sterry, SVP Global R&D, DRISCOLLS, USA

15.15
Networking Coffee Break

 

15.45
Keynote: Mapping the Disconnect between Venture Funding and the Commodity Cycle

• Why are certain ventures hard to fund right now or certain deals difficult to get?
• What can we learn from these cycles from the last 10-15 years and extrapolate when and where the biggest investment opportunities will emerge in the future?
• What returns do we need to see to continue sustained growth in the future?

16:15
The World Agri-Tech Innovation Showcase: Series A Stage Technology Innovators Present Seven-Minute Snapshots of their Solutions

Shark Investor Panel:
Gideon Soesman, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, GREENSOIL INVESTMENTS, ISRAEL
Mark Cupta, Principal, PRELUDE VENTURES, USA

Presenting Companies:
Diane Wu, Co-Founder, TRACE GENOMICS
Allison Kopf, Founder & CEO, AGRILYST, USA
Liron Brish, CEO, FARM DOG, ISRAEL
Jeff Orrey, CEO, GEOVISUAL ANALYTICS, USA

17.15
Investor Panel: Where is the Uber in Ag & Why Isn’t It Here Yet?

• Where are the true differentiators and what technology companies are achieving scale and scope? How are technologies scaling up outside the US?
• Global investments in agtech are gathering pace, but how long will this pattern be sustained over the next four years with the commodity price downturn? Where is the capital going to come from as agtech transitions towards B & C stage rounds?
• Does the industry see an IPO in agtech coming soon and where will we see major consolidation?

Session Chair:
Susan Mac Cormac, Partner, MORRISON & FOERSTER, USA

Speakers:
Kirk Haney, CEO, RADICLE, USA
Andy Ziolkowski, Managing Director, CULTIVIAN SANDBOX VENTURES, USA
Aki Georgacacos, Co-founder and Managing Partner, AVRIO CAPITAL, CANADA
Charles Hunting, Managing Partner, TSING CAPITAL, AUSTRALIA
Brook Porter, Partner, KPCB, USA

17.45
Evening Keynote: We See a New Agriculture: Hi-Tech Farming in Latin America

Gustavo Grobopatal, President, GRUPO LOS GROBO, ARGENTINA

18.00
Networking Drinks Reception

 

Day Two — March 29 Morning

07.30 – 08.30
Precision Agriculture Engineering in the UK: Opportunities for International Cooperation

An Invitation-Only Breakfast Briefing hosted by the UK Department for International Trade focused on current UK initiatives in precision agricultural engineering and the opportunities for international companies in this fast-growth market.

08.00
Registration & Breakfast

 

09.00
The New Face of Innovation & Commercialising R&D

• As global agribusinesses ride the wave of consolidation and the commodity down turn, how are they looking to strike a balance between integrating and leveraging core technology platforms and diversifying to new ones?
• To what extent are agribusinesses accelerating their external innovation and licencing partnerships? After consolidation, who will become the ultimate customers, how will the balance of power shift?
• How are smaller companies re-writing the model for accelerating R&D to the field using cheaper faster methods?
• How are new tools in plant genomics and cloud biology are empowering smaller companies, and what collaborations

Session Chair:
Adam Anders, Managing Partner, ANTERRA CAPITAL, NETHERLANDS

Speakers:
Sam Eathington, Chief Scientist, THE CLIMATE CORPORATION, USA
Steve Webb, R&D Director, DOW AGROSCIENCES, USA
Matthew B. Crisp, CEO, BENSON HILL BIOSCIENCES, USA
Zach Serber, CSO & VP of Development, ZYMERGEN, USA

09.45
The World Agri-Tech Innovation Showcase: Series Early Stage Technology Innovators Present Seven-Minute Snapshots of their Solutions

Shark Investor Panel:
Gideon Soesman, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, GREENSOIL INVESTMENTS, ISRAEL
Mark Cupta, Principal, PRELUDE VENTURES, USA

Presenting Companies:
Karin Wehlin, CEO, BOMILL, SWEDEN
Xuemei Germaine, CEO, MICROGEN BIOTECH, IRELAND
Ashish Malik, CEO & President, BEE VECTORING TECHNOLOGY, USA
Jerry Feitelson, CEO, AGRIBODY TECHNOLOGIES, USA

10:45
Networking Coffee Break

 

11.15
Delivering the Future Farm

• In the current commodity downturn, which technologies present an opportunity to growers?
• How can technologies be stacked to offer complete solutions to growers? Is there a need for a digital platform leader?
• What are the right networks that will enable the IoT in agriculture? Where does the telecommunications industry see an opportunity in this space?
• To what extent could advances in AI and robotics bridge the gap in future labour shortages?

Session Chair:
John Hamer, Managing Director, MONSANTO GROWTH VENTURES, USA

Speakers:
Niall Mottram, Head of Product Development, Industrial & Energy, CAMBRIDGE CONSULTANTS, USA
Wade Barnes, CEO, FARMERS EDGE, USA
Adam Kell, Partner, COMET LABS, USA
Michael Toto, Global Director of Strategic planning for IoT, VERIZON, USA
Kyle Dooley, Leader, Data Analytics and Services, CNH INDUSTRIAL, USA

12.00
Networking Lunch Break

 

Day Two — March 29 Afternoon

13.00
The Future of Soil Health & the Plant Microbiome

• Where will soil health be in 10 years’ time? What investment is going on below the ground? Which technologies are going to move the needle in terms of increased yield, water use and sustainability and which companies are delivering a truly game changing platform? How are technologies being stacked to deliver value?
• What products are already going to the customer and what solutions are growers interested in buying – how does this process currently work?
• How can smaller companies collaborate with major corporates, what partnerships is the industry looking to form?

Session Chair:
William Buckner, CEO & President, NOBLE FOUNDATION, USA

Speakers:
Don Marvin, President & CEO, INOCUCOR, USA
Scott Uknes, Co-CEO, AGBIOME, USA
Jeff Keiser, VP Strategic Sales & Marketing, ITERIS, USA
Brian Hefty, CEO, HEFTY SEED COMPANY, USA

13.45
Investment Models & Partnerships for Accelerating On-Farm Commercialization

• Given the complexity of agricultural systems, new partnership and accelerator models are being offered, with fresh approaches to accelerating the path to commercialization. What new solutions are they bringing to the table and how do they help companies get onto the farm early? What opportunities does this present for scale up?
• Can business models that share risk and reward with the farmer encourage on-farm adoption and scale faster?
• How do we see the procurement and the distribution and supply chain channel changing? What disruptions are on the horizon that could overcome some of the hurdles to channel access?
• How are public farm-side investments approaching these challenges? What are the opportunities for entrepreneurs to collaborate?

Session Chair:
Arama Kukutai, Co-Founder & Partner, FINISTERE VENTURES, USA

Speakers:
Phil Erlanger, Managing Partner, PONTIFAX AGTECH, USA
Ole Peters, Head of Digital Farming Technology, BAYER, GERMANY
Amol Deshpande, CEO & Co-Founder, FARMERS BUSINESS NETWORK, USA
Joe MacIlvane, former President, WONDERFUL ORCHARD, USA
Tom Spearhead, Executive Chairman, SPEARHEAD INTERNATIONAL, UK

14.30
Plenary Sessions Conclude & Access Latin America Workshop Begins

 

ACCESS LATIN AMERICA: OPPORTUNITIES FOR COOPERATION, 2.00 – 5.00 PM

The new “Access Latin America” workshop is your opportunity to discover where the greatest opportunities lie, and to meet government officials, growers, investors, accelerators and technology partners from the region.

The workshop will take place on the afternoon of March 29, immediately following the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit. Spaces are limited and are priced at just $395, so register today to secure your place.

To find out more about Accessing Latin America and to read the agenda, please click here.

REGISTER BY JANUARY 31 TO SAVE $300


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