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Connecting Innovation, Investment and Business in Food & Farming Systems

11.00am – 2.00pm March 19 – Vertical Farming Workshop

A dedicated workshop to learn how leading investors and operators in Vertical Farming are scaling production and accessing new markets, with discussion topics including:

Plant Science: What are the latest approaches to optimizing yields in vertical, controlled environment agriculture? Where is the next wave of innovation coming from?

Finance & Business Models: In what creative ways are vertical farms being funded, and how do capital stacks compare?

Technology: Building a holistic indoor farming system that can scale rapidly

Global Potential: Understanding the drivers for adoption in Asia, the economics of vertical farming and the value placed on clean food production

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE: https://worldagritechusa.com/vertical-farming-workshop/

Session Chair:
Brian Mixer, Investment Director, MIDDLELAND CAPITAL, USA

Speakers:
Nate Storey, Co-Founder and CSO, PLENTY, USA
J.J. Price, Business Development Director, SPREAD, JAPAN
John Purcell, Vegetables Global R&D, Lead, Hawaii Business, MONSANTO CAPITAL, USA
Sonia Lo, CEO, CROP ONE HOLDINGS, , USA

3.00pm – 6.00pm March 19 / The World Agri-Tech Pitch Day & The Radicle Challenge (Invitation Only)

Following a rigorous selection process from over 150 entries, eight exciting early-stage start-ups have been chosen to pitch to a panel of investors. In addition to $250,000 investment funding from Radicle Growth acceleration fund, the winner will also present within the Innovation Showcase on Day 2 of the Summit.

Watch as the Pitch Day winner is announced on stage at 1.45pm on Tuesday March 20.

FINALISTS

BEEHERO, Israel
EGGXYT, Israel
HERDDOGG, USA
ROOTWAVE, UK
SOLLUM, CANADA
TORTUGA AGTECH, USA
TRADELANES, USA
VENCE CORP, USA

JUDGES

Kirk Haney, CEO and Managing Partner, RADICLE GROWTH
Arama Kukutai, Co-Founder and Partner, FINISTERE VENTURES
Geoff Kneen, R&D Licensing and New Ventures Manager (North America), BAYER CROPSCIENCE
Dan Cosgrove, VP Business Development, DUPONT PIONEER
Kiersten Stead, Investment Director, MGV

Find out more about the finalists here: https://worldagritechusa.com/pitch-day-radicle-challenge-finalists/

6.30pm March 19 – Networking Drinks Reception Hosted by: (Invitation only)
Hosted by:

Day One — March 20, 2018 Morning

07.45 – 8.45
BREAKFAST BRIEFING: The AgTech Space in Latin America:
What’s Ahead and Why it Matters to the US

As the Latin American agtech ecosystem continues to expand, representatives from leading regional hubs will explore the opportunities for greater collaboration and partnership within the food and farming sector, and examine how the hi-tech model is set to scale across Latin America.

Session Chair:
Tomas Peña, Managing Director, THE YIELD LAB LATAM, ARGENTINA

Speakers:
Irene Arias Hofman, CEO, MULTILATERAL INVESTMENT FUND (MIF), IADB, USA
Mariano Mayer, Secretary of Entrepreneurs & SMEs, ARGENTINE GOVERNMENT, ARGENTINA
Mariano Bosch, CEO & Co-Founder, ADECOAGRO, ARGENTINA
Renato Hersz, Strategy and Corporate Development Director, SOLINFTEC, BRAZIL

09.00
Welcome Remarks from Rethink Events

Jennie Moss, Founder, RETHINK EVENTS, UK

09.05
Keynote Address: How the USDA is Working to Support Technological Innovation in Farming

Speaker:
Greg Ibach, Undersecretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, USA

09.20
Leaders Debate: Harnessing Innovation to Nourish Future Generations Sustainably

• Technology is the key to balancing the food equation but to what extent does technology capabilities today equip us to deal with the global food challenges of tomorrow?
• Is it possible to blend the best ideas of commercial agriculture with organic farming, local food and environmental conservation to deliver a healthy planet and healthy diet that consumers will accept?
• How will the supply chain need to change to respond to the consumer trend towards speciality crops and mass specialization?
• Can digital agriculture open opportunities for growers to get closer to major food buyers, processors and consumers?
• How will consolidation of the major players help or hinder innovation over time? What new ecosystem is set to emerge?

Session Chair:
Brook Cunningham, Managing Director, LAZARD, USA

Speakers:
Dr. Mike Graham Vice President & Global Breeding Lead, MONSANTO, USA
Kip Tom, Managing Member, TOM FARMS, USA
Mark Thompson, Vice President Strategy, NUTRIEN, CANADA
Charles Baron, Co-Founder & VP of Product, FARMERS BUSINESS NETWORK, CANADA
James Weed, Vice President & Leader, Global Trading Analytics, CARGILL, USA

10.10
Invest Now to Feed Tomorrow’s Planet
Understanding the nature and magnitude of the changing structure of agricultural production and R&D landscapes within the United States and worldwide, and their implications for the future.

Speaker:
Philip Pardey, Professor Science and Technology Policy, Department of Applied Economics, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, USA

10.30
Networking Coffee Break

Hosted by:

11.00
Rethinking Yield & Nutrition: Genomics, Cloud Biology & Next Generation Technologies

• How are big data and computational analysis being applied to develop new seed traits and genomic discoveries and offer new ways to measure, map and drive information into better products at a faster rate?
• How are companies using next generation tools to target specific traits to increase yield, nutrition, health, taste, texture and resistance? How will these technologies change the way we eat tomorrow? What can be done to move products through the regulatory system at the right speed? How can these solutions be scaled within the existing supply chains?

Session Chair:
Michael Ward, Head, Patent Practice Group and Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Practice Group, MORRISON & FOERSTER, USA

Speakers:
Howard-Yana Shapiro, Chief Agricultural Officer, MARS, USA
Fayaz Khazi, President, Plant Sciences, PRECISION BIOSCIENCES, USA
James Dale, Professor, Institute for Future Environments, QUT, AUSTRALIA
Paul Rea, Senior VP, BASF Crop Protection, North America, BASF, USA

11.45
Kick-Starting Product Discovery Through Microbes
How some of the world’s oldest organisms will deliver its newest solutions.

Speaker:
Zach Serber, Founder & CSO, ZYMERGEN, USA

12.00
Networking Round Tables
The most interactive session of the program! Delegates choose their preferred topic from the list below, and join the numbered table in the main auditorium. Hosted by an industry leader, it’s valuable opportunity to share ideas, ask questions and network with other delegates focused on the same issue.

1. Pre-Competitive IP & Data Sharing: What systems and platforms are needed to incentivise greater public and private collaboration? – Philip Pardey, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

2. Data & Ag Risk: How can data derived from precision farming technology and predictive modelling be used to create precision prices and customized insurance coverage solutions? – Donald Preusser, FARMERS MUTUAL HAIL

3. On Farm Adoption: What technology solutions do Californian growers need? – Hank Giclas, WESTERN GROWERS ASSOCIATION

4. Soil Health & Microbials: As the industry matures, what will the future value chain look like? – William Buckner, NOBLE RESEARCH INSTITUTE

5. Channel Partners: How are large equipment manufactures looking to partner with start-ups? – Abe Hughes, TRIMBLE

6. Retail Disruption for Farmers: Could an Amazon-like model be applied to agriculture? – Joel Wipperfurth, LAND O LAKES

7. Accelerating Innovation: What lessons can we learn from global hotspots about accelerating adoption of innovation into market? – Nitza Kardish, THE TRENDLINES GROUP

8. Biologicals: Which new technologies are set to transform the crop protection industry? – Peter Jens, KOPPERT BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS

9. Future Farms: How will we be farming in the future? What changes are around the corner and what will never happen? – Kip Tom, TOM FARMS

10. Latin America: Accessing opportunities in the emerging agtech ecosystems in Latin America – Mariano Mayer, ARGENTINE GOVERNMENT

11. Indoor and Vertical Farming: What role will indoor and vertical farming have for precision plants and transforming agriculture? – Roger Buelow, AERO FARMS

12. Commercializing Public Research: How can we enhance technology transfer between the public and private sectors? – Sally Rockey, FFAR

13. Natural Products: What role can these products and technology play in an overall food system to deliver a robust, sustainable and safe food supply? – Steve Webb, DOW AGRISCIENCES

14. IoT and Data Sciences: How real time and online information processing lead to higher efficiency and efficacy on the farm? – Renato Hersz, SOLINFTEC

15. Robotics & Automation: How can we ensure drones, robots and other forms of automation provide real value to farmers? – Reese Mozer, AMERICAN ROBOTICS

16. Remote Sensing: In the future will growers need to visit the field? – Tom Green, SPEARHEAD INTERNATIONAL

17. Synthetic Biology: Opportunities at the intersection of ag and life sciences – Zach Serber, ZYMERGEN

18. New Business Models: What new business models and partnership strategies are emerging between large companies and SMEs? – Vonnie Estes, INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT

19. Country Focus: Opportunities for collaboration and investment in the UK agri-tech sector – Elizabeth Warham, DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE, UK

20. On Farm Adoption: What approaches are successful start-ups using to get technologies on the farm? – Eric O’Brien, FALL LINE CAPITAL

21. Investment Strategies: How will consolidation impact exit strategies? – Aki Georgacacos, AVRIO CAPITAL

22. Corporate/Start-up Intersection: How can big corporations maintain a start-up culture and mindset? – Paul Rea, BASF

23. Intelligent Crop Marketing: How are emerging trends and technologies enabling farmers to get closer to consumers? – Brennan Turner, FARMLEAD

24. AI and Machine Learning: How are technology companies betting big on artificial intelligence? – Kyle Dooley, CNH

12.45
Networking Lunch Hosted By Trimble
Hosted by:

Day One — March 20, 2018 Afternoon

1.45
Announcement: The Winner of the World Agri-Tech Pitch Day and the Radicle Challenge

From the eight finalists who were selected to pitch at the World Agri-Tech Pitch Day and the Radicle Challenge on Monday March 19, one winner will be chosen as the recipient of $250,000 in investment from San Diego-based acceleration fund Radicle Growth. The winner will also present in the final World Agri-Tech Innovation Showcase at 10.45am on Wednesday March 21.

Announcement by:
Kirk L.Haney, CEO, RADICLE GROWTH, USA

FINALISTS

BEEHERO, Israel
EGGXYT, Israel
HERDDOGG, USA
ROOTWAVE, UK
SOLLUM, CANADA
TORTUGA AGTECH, USA
TRADELANES, USA
VENCE CORP, USA

2.00
The World Agri-Tech Innovation Showcase: Early Stage Technology Innovators Pitch Seven-Minute Snapshots of their Solutions

Presenting Companies:
Chida Kanchiswamy, CEO & Founder, PLANTEDIT, IRELAND
Marc Chevrel, Vice Chairman, ARBIOM, USA
Juan Bravo, CEO, AGROBOT, SPAIN
Matti Tiainen, Co-Founder & CEO, PROFARM, FINLAND

Shark Growers & Investors:
Nolan Paul, Head of R&D Strategy & Emerging Technology, DRISCOLL’S, USA
Gideon Soesman, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, GREENSOIL INVESTMENTS, ISRAEL
Kiersten Stead, Investment Director, MGV, USA

2.45
On Farm Robotics, AI & Automation from Speciality Crops to Row Crops

• What is it going to take to bring full AI driven automation onto the farm? What does it mean for existing infrastructure and do we need to redesign the farm and farming systems to deliver the right set of tools that farmers can use?
• What is the future of ag equipment? How are OEMs connecting equipment with automation? How are they looking to diversify and what factors are driving their partnerships and M&A activity in robotics?
• To what extent will robotics and automation relieve pressure on labour shortages in the agricultural sector? How are growers investing in technologies today?

Session Chair:
Clay Mitchell, Co-Founder and Managing Director, FALL LINE CAPITAL, USA
Jorge Heraud, CEO, BLUE RIVER TECHNOLOGY, USA

Speakers:
Hank Glicas, Vice President, WESTERN GROWERS ASSOCIATION, USA
Niall Mottram, Head of Product Development, Industrial & Energy, CAMBRIDGE CONSULTANTS, UK
Danny Royer, Vice President Technology, BOWLES FARMING COMPANY, USA
Kyle Dooley, Leader Data Strategy & Analytics, CNH INDUSTRIAL, USA

3.30
Fireside Chat: From Start-Up to Scale-Up – The Journey of an AgTech Enterprise

Entrepreneurs reveal their biggest failures and pivotal moments en route to success, and share their tips for creating valuable businesses in tomorrow’s food and farming systems.

Session Chair:
Arama Kukutai, Co-founder and Partner, FINISTERE VENTURES, USA

Speakers:
Matt Barnard, CEO, PLENTY, USA
Jeffrey Housenbold, Founding Managing Partner, SOFTBANK VISION FUND, USA

4.00
Networking Coffee Break
4.30
The World Agri-Tech Innovation Showcase: Early Stage Technology Innovators Pitch Seven-Minute Snapshots of their Solutions

Presenting Companies:
Eylon Sorek, CEO, SKYX, ISRAEL
Gil Shalev, CEO, EQUINOM, ISRAEL
Adir Nir, CEO, METOMOTION, ISRAEL
Anastasia Volkova, CEO & Co-Founder, FLUROSAT, AUSTRALIA

Shark Growers & Investors:
Nolan Paul, Head of R&D Strategy & Emerging Technology, DRISCOLL’S, USA
Gideon Soesman, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, GREENSOIL INVESTMENTS, ISRAEL
Kiersten Stead, Investment Director, MGV, USA

5.15
Investor Panel: Unlocking Silicon Valley Style Ambition & Thinking in Agriculture

• How is the agtech investment space evolving? What new segments in agtech are emerging – what are the hot verses hyped segments?
• How are private equity, institutional investors, pension funds and large-scale family offices ready to support new opportunities they are seeing in agtech? What is their primary driver for investing and where is their sweet spot?

Session Chair:
Rob Dongoski, Partner, Global Agribusiness Leader, EY, USA
Joy Basu, Food & Agriculture Lead, THE RISE FUND, USA

Speakers:
Stephen Padgette, Partner, Growth Equity, PAINE SCHWARTZ PARTNERS, USA
Zachary Bogue, Co-Managing Partner, DATA COLLECTIVE, USA
Axel Bouchon, Head of Bayer Life Science Center, BAYER HEALTHCARE, USA
Aki Georgacacos, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, AVRIO CAPITAL, CANADA

6.00
AgFunder Innovation Awards 2018

The AgFunder Innovation Awards recognize the innovators and disruptors redefining the future of the agri-food space. The winners have been voted for by AgFunder’s global network and will be announced at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit, followed by networking with all the nominees at the drinks reception.

Hosted by:

6.30
Networking Drinks Reception Hosted By Zymergen

Hosted by:

Day Two — March 21, 2018 Morning

07.45 – 08.45
BREAKFAST BRIEFING: Driving Innovation in Australian Agriculture

By invitation only: The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) explores opportunities for international investment and collaboration in this fast growing market.

Hosted by:

09.00
Welcome Remarks

Jennie Moss, Founder, RETHINK EVENTS, UK

09.15
KEYNOTE: Enriching the Lives of Farmers and Consumers

Keynote Speaker:
Neal Gutterson, Chief Technology Officer, Corteva AgriScience Agriculture Division  DOW DUPONT, USA

09.30
AI & Data Driven Optimisation on the Farm

• How is data driving greater efficiency on the farm today? What efforts are being made within the agtech ecosystem to unify information and translate this into actionable insights?
• How are deep learning and AI approaches to image analysis being applied to crops to give information about yield? What does this data bring to growers and the supply?
• Edge computing is set to unlock new frontiers in IoT, next generation sensors, AI & Block Chain. What areas are being revolutionized by these hardware/software innovations?

Session Chair:
Adam Anders, Managing Partner, ANTERRA CAPITAL, USA
Abe Hughes, General Manager Agriculture Division, TRIMBLE, USA

Speakers:
Al Eisaian, CEO, INTELINAIR, USA
Cameron Holbrook, Head, Global Business Development, AgTech, AMAZON WEB SERVICES, USA
Jim Chambers, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Agriculture & Weather Analytics, ITERIS, USA
Patrick Christie, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, CONSERVIS, USA

10.15
The World Agri-Tech Innovation Showcase: Early Stage Technology Innovators Pitch Seven-Minute Snapshots of their Solutions

Presenting Companies:
Rob McBride, Co-Founder, BOOST BIOMES, USA
Steven Ridder, Founder & CEO, TERALYTIC, USA
David Davies, Founder & CEO, AGUNITY, AUSTRALIA

Plus The Winner of the World Agri-Tech Pitch Day & the Radicle Challenge

Shark Growers & Investors:
Nolan Paul, Head of R&D Strategy & Emerging Technology, DRISCOLL’S, USA
Gideon Soesman, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, GREENSOIL INVESTMENTS, ISRAEL
Kiersten Stead, Investment Director, MGV, USA

11.00
Networking Coffee Break
11.30
Open Innovation & Pathways to Accelerating Growth

• What collaboration models and global partnerships are being rolled out to push the boundaries of innovation in agriculture and deliver new insights and new solutions?
• How do corporates inspire internal innovation and how do they work with external innovation platforms to accelerate growth?
• What new trends and strategies are emerging across governments and institutions to enhance technology transfer and exploitation of public research?

Session Chair:
Seena Amidi, Director of Food and Beverage and New Materials and Packaging, PLUG & PLAY TECH CENTER, USA

Speakers:
Adrian Percy, Head of R&D, BAYER CROP SCIENCE, GERMANY
George Kellerman, COO & General Partner, YAMAHA MOTOR VENTURES & LABORATORY SILICON VALLEY, USA
Gusui Wu, Technology and Innovation Lead, Bay Area Innovation Center, DUPONT PIONEER, GERMANY
Matt Brown, Director of Business Data, INTERNATIONAL FARMING CORPORATION, USA

Day Two — March 21, 2018 Afternoon

12.15
The Changing Face of Crop Protection & Demand for Bio-Based Solutions

• What bio-based solutions are set to disrupt the crop protection industry? How is the market evolving and what hurdles remain to greater adoption?
• How are major input providers integrating chemical and biological crop protection solutions? How are biologicals being incorporated into their portfolios and how important are they for their future business growth strategy?
• What role will retailers and food companies have in driving forward the transition to sustainable agriculture and the demand for bio-based crop protection solutions?

Session Chair:
Sally Rockey, Executive Director, FFAR, USA

Speakers:
Guy Elitzur, CEO, STK, ISRAEL
Karsten Temme, CEO, PIVOT BIO, USA
Oliver Ratcliffe, VP Business Development, Biologicals, KOCH BIOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS, USA

1.00
Networking Lunch
Hosted by:
1.45
Monetising the Microbiome: Healthy Soils, Healthy Animals, Healthy People

• As our understanding of the health of soil, livestock and people develop, how is this relationship between soil health and food being integrated to deliver new insights? What are the limits to our understanding and how will this change over the next 5-10 years?
• What technologies, such as diagnostics, sensors and predictive modelling, are being developed to deliver the next big breakthrough?
• How is our understanding of gut health and the microbiome delivering new approaches to animal health and wellbeing? How will investments cross over from the human health industry?
• What innovations are being developed that will enable producers to move away from antibiotics?

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

Speakers:
Don Marvin, President & CEO, INOCUCOR CORPORATION, USA
Poornima Parameswaran, CEO & Co-Founder, TRACE GENOMICS, USA
Steve Rowe, President & CEO, NEWTRIENT, USA
Jerry Lynch, CSO, GENERAL MILLS, USA

2.30
Closing Investor Debate

• How are investors taking a systems approach to investments? What new business models are they applying to de-risk their investments and accelerate the adoption in the market?
• What is happening to valuations and what are the exit time lines for digital agtech versus ag biotech?
• What is the right exit for a start-up? What is the right type of company to go public vs a strategic acquisition? What business model do they need to scale their business for an exit and what does it take to get there?
• Investors’ predictions for 2018 and beyond?

Session Chair:
Andy Ziolkowski, Managing Director, CULTIVIAN SANDBOX, USA

Speakers:
Jon Hjelm, Managing Director, Agriculture, Clean Tech & Renewables, CORPORATE INVESTMENT BANKING PIPER JAFFRAY, USA
Phil Erlanger, Founder & Managing Partner, PONTIFAX AGTECH, USA
Mark Cupta, Principal, PRELUDE VENTURES, USA

3.00
Close of Summit
3.00 – 4.00
1-1 Meetings Continue

Make the most of this valuable networking time without any clash with speaker sessions. Connect with other delegates in advance via the meeting tool to pre-arrange meetings in this dedicated space.

4.00 – 6.00
Blockchain Workshop: Filling the Trust Gap in the Agri-Food Business

Join this specialist workshop on the application of blockchain in the agri-food supply chain. We will review the most significant developments in blockchain technology and use case studies to understand its potential impact on agri-food businesses as well as how to overcome the challenges of scaling and adoption.

•  The challenges and opportunities for scaling technology within the agri-food supply chain
•  A customer perspective and demo: Blockchain as a new business model for freshness management
•  IoT sensors and blockchain: The potential of real time conditions monitoring for the lifecycle of food
•  The implications of blockchain for financing in agriculture
•  Blockchain from an investor perspective

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE:
https://worldagritechusa.com/blockchain-workshop/

Session Chairs:
Raja Ramachandram, CEO, RIPE.IO, USA
Philip Harris, Founder, RIPE.IO, USA

Speakers:
Micki Seibel, Advisor, Food & Ag Consultant for Social Capital, RIPE.IO, USA
Mark Zettler, Vice President, R&D and Regulatory Affairs, AGROFRESH, USA
Steve Whalley, CEO, STRATEGIC WORLD VENTURES, USA
Manuel Gonzalez, Managing Director, North America & Head of Innovation, RABOBANK, USA
Brian Frank, Food & Ag Tech Investor, Advisor, FTW VENTURES, USA
Christa Steele, Founder & CEO, Advisor, BOARDROOM CONSULTING, USA

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