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Turning Disruptive Technology into Business Strategy through Partnership and Collaboration

PRE-SUMMIT – March 18, 2019

Animal AgTech Innovation Summit
Innovation in Action Tour to UC Davis
World Agri-Tech Pitch Day & The Radicle Challenge
Welcome Drinks Reception Hosted by EY

Day One — March 19, 2019 Morning

08.00
Country Focus Breakfast Briefing: Brazil
08.55
Welcome Remarks
09.00
Governmental Address: The Future of US Agriculture
09.10
Powerful New Partnerships in the Food Revolution

The landscape of global agricultural R&D is changing rapidly, creating opportunities for unconventional and cross-industry partnerships. If tomorrow’s challenges will be solved not by individual institutes or private industry but by creative and powerful collaborations, what new set of partnerships will exist going forward? How will they accelerate our ability to sustainably feed a large and growing population?

09.30
Genomics, Synthetic Biology & the Microbiome: Making “Science Fiction” a Reality

• Gene-editing, microbials and synthetic biology create a powerful cocktail of new opportunities in agriculture and the potential to produce more nutritious, resilient crops with less environmental impact than ever before. N-fixing maize is just one of the holy grails that could lead to a
• What collaborations, partnerships and investment are needed to make the next science fiction a reality?

10.30
Networking Coffee Break
11.00
Smarter Farming: Harnessing the Power of Digital Agriculture

• What new digital technologies are on the horizon that could revolutionize agriculture? How efficient could field operations become?
• What is it going to take to create and deliver seamless systems that are more innovative innovative for growers?

11.45
Investor Panel: Are We Investing Fast Enough and Smart Enough to Create Impact at Scale?

• Which transformational technologies are the leading investors targeting in agriculture? How are these set to impact the food system of the future?
• As agtech matures and attracts growth capital and non-specialist funds, how can different categories of capital align more effectively to help take start-ups to scale?
• What role could investors play in rolling up digital and biological technologies to bring more complete and transformative solutions to market?

12.30
Technology Showcase: Five Start-Ups Present Seven-Minute Pitches
1.30
Networking Lunch

Day One — March 19, 2019 Afternoon

PRECISION TRACK
2.30
IoT and Data: Driving Digitization on the Farm

• What investment and talent are needed to bring digital technologies to the next stage?
• How are emerging partnerships between technology giants and solution providers set to accelerate the roll-out of farm management products globally?
• What are the impediments to greater adoption of digital solutions by farmers? What insights are farmers willing to pay for?

3.10
How Should We Be Applying Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Agriculture?

• AI has taken a quantum leap forward and is redefining the impossible. In the future AI will be affordable and accessible to everyone. How is ML set to transform the agricultural industry?
• How are we going to apply these technologies to radically advance our ability to learn and collapse time in terms of product development?

3.50
Robotics & Automation: Getting Robotics to Work on the Farm

Labour is a massive challenge for speciality crops and the industry urgently needs a viable solution. Many prototype robots exist today, but how do you get beyond proof of concept to a product that has a commercial application?

4.30
Networking Coffee Break
5.00
Roundtable Discussion Groups

The most interactive session of the program: Each roundtable discussion group is hosted by an industry expert, offering you a valuable opportunity to network, brainstorm solutions and share ideas with your peers on your most business-critical issues.

6.00
Networking Drinks Reception

GENOMICS TRACK
2.30
From Lab to Field: Accelerating Product Development in Agriculture
2.35
How Does Research Intersect with Industry?

What collaborations are being created within industry to accelerate the development of innovation from pilot to full-scale commercial application?

3.00
Enabling New Biology for a Growing Planet

A bold new mission for biology aims to sequence, catalogue and characterize the genomes of all of Earth’s eukaryotic biodiversity within ten years.

3.15
A Deep Dive into Next Generation Breeding Technologies

What technologies are on the cutting edge, how are these being developed within academia and where will they take us in the future with next generation produce, disease resistance and food security?

4.00
Partnering for Commercial Impact

• How are corporates benefitting from early engagement with research? What new approaches to corporate partnerships are enabling innovation and driving commercialization pipelines?
• What have been the early successes? How can we overcome the challenges to matching academic process with corporate needs?

4.30
Networking Coffee Break
5.00
Roundtable Discussion Groups

The most interactive session of the program: Each roundtable discussion group is hosted by an industry expert, offering you a valuable opportunity to network, brainstorm solutions and share ideas with your peers on your most business-critical issues.

6.00
Networking Drinks Reception

Day Two — March 20, 2019 Morning

08.00
Country Focus Breakfast Briefing: Australia
09.00
Keynote: How Much Progress Has Agtech Made Towards Climate and Sustainability Goals?

How can we, as an industry, have the greatest impact and deliver on climate and sustainability goals? What is the moon-shot thinking that needs to come next?

09.15
Leaders Debate: Business Model Innovation and New Approaches to Bringing Innovation to Market

• What factors shape both internal R&D strategies and external partnerships and investments? How does the need for talent drive this strategy?
• How are companies positioning themselves to support start-ups? What infrastructure is needed to help start-ups scale and grow fast?
• How are start-ups connecting with corporates? What are the challenges in bringing agile solutions and mindsets to more traditional industries?

10.00
Technology Showcase: Five Start-Ups Present Seven-Minute Pitches
11.00
Networking Coffee Break
11.30
Soil Health: How Can We Fast-Track the Adoption of Solutions to Save the Planet?

• Healthy soils can help mitigate rising carbon levels in the atmosphere and play a complex but crucial role in the health of all living things. This role is still poorly understood, so what are the biggest breakthroughs in our understanding?
• How are solutions being brought to the market and what are the challenges in delivering these solutions at scale? How will imagery and digital insights accelerate this process?
• What collaborations are needed to drive meaningful change and de-risk the adoption of new processes?

12.15
Small Companies, Big Visions: How are Female Entrepreneurs Redefining the Innovation Landscape?

What new business models are being pioneered by start-ups to bring more cohesive, complete and transformative solutions to the market vs individual solutions?

13.00
Networking Lunch

Day Two — March 20, 2019 Afternoon

2.15
Building Better Nutrition & Crop Protection Products for Growers

• What challenges are companies having in empirically proving product value to growers? What do growers want to see in terms of the magnitude and timing of the ROIC uplift in order to justify investing in technologies?
• Corporates are actively acquiring and building out technology platforms to create more transformative solutions. What has been their experience of introducing new solutions to smaller, specialty crop growers?

3.00
Fireside Chat: Growers are at the Front Line of AgTech Innovation. What is Their Experience of Using Technology and How can Start-Ups Better Navigate the Adoption Process?
3.30
Networking Coffee Break
4.00
How is E-Commerce Unlocking New Opportunities for Farmers and The Supply Chain?

• New payment and insurance platforms could tackle issues of pricing transparency, supply chain finance for commodities and access to technologies for farmers. How will these platforms scale and access new markets?
• How are larger companies taking advantage of disruption within the supply chain? Where do they see opportunities to grow their business?
• How do these platforms empower farmers and enable them to gain a competitive advantage?

4.45
Venture Capital: Exits, Acquisitions & The Future of AgTech

• What are the investment opportunities that are attracting corporates and VCs? How are the challenges around adoption impacting their investment strategy?
• What should start-ups be aiming for to attract investment? What are the right thresholds from a revenue and profit standpoint? How are corporates thinking about financial returns?
• Corporate venture capital activity in agtech has expanded dramatically in the last 12 months. What venturing models have had the most success?
• How will consolidation impact the exit strategies for start-ups and investors? What activity are we likely to see in the next 12 months? Could 2019 see the first ever IPO in agtech?

6.00
AgFunder Awards Party

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