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Connecting Innovation, Investment and Business in Food & Farming Systems

11.00am – 2.00pm March 19 – Vertical Farming Workshop

Join this dedicated workshop to learn how leading investors and operators in Vertical Farming are scaling production and accessing new markets with discussion topics.

Session Chair:
Brian Mixer, Investment Director and Managing 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 COMPANY, USA
Dave Vosburg, CFO and Vice President of Strategy, FRESH BOX FARMS, USA

3.00pm – 6.00pm March 19 Pre-Summit Pitch Day & The Radicle Challenge (Invitation Only)

World Agri-Tech has teamed up with San Diego-based acceleration fund Radicle Growth to host a Pitch Day for early and seed-stage agtech start-ups. In an industry first, Radicle will offer $250,000 investment to the winning company.

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

6.30pm March 19 – VIP Reception (Invitation only)
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Day One — March 20, 2018 Morning

07.45 – 8.45
BREAKFAST BRIEFING: Latin America: Accessing Markets that Are Set To Scale Rapidly

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, BUENOS AIRES
Speakers:
Irene Arias Hofman, CEO, MULTILATERAL INVESTMENT FUND (MIF) IADB, USA
Mariano Mayer, Secretary of Entrepreneurs & SME’s, ARGENTINE GOVERNMENT, ARGENTINA
Mariano Bosch, Chief Executive Officer & 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

09.15
Leaders Debate: Innovation, Consolidation & Nourishing 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?
• Where are the vulnerabilities and where are the technologies to meet those vulnerabilities?
• Is it possible to blend the best ideas of commercial agriculture and the green revolution with organic farming, local food and environmental conservation to deliver a healthy planet and healthy diet that consumers will accept?
• In a reversal of roles, what lessons can farmers, input providers, ag retailers, commodity traders and food companies impart to each other above and below the value chain to accelerate progress? Against a background of consolidation, what new ecosystem of collaboration is set to emerge?
• How is democratization of technology and information impacting the supply chains of seed, crop inputs, and food? How could these change the game?

Session Chair:
Brook Cunningham, Managing Director, LAZARD FRERES & CO, USA

Speakers:
Robb Fraley, CTO, MONSANTO, USA
Kip Tom, Managing Member, TOM FARM, USA
Mark Thompson, Vice President Strategy, NUTRIEN, CANADA
Amol Deshpande, CEO and Co-Founder, FARMERS BUSINESS NETWORK, USA
James Weed, Vice President & Leader, Global Trading Analytics, CARGILL, USA

10.10
Presentation: Invest Now to Feed Tomorrow’s Planet

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

10.30
Networking Coffee Break
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11.00
Rethinking Yield, Nutrition & Crop Protection: 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? 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?
• With the synthetic biology market set to scale rapidly, what new partnerships are being formed between ag and life sciences to deliver innovative solutions?

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
Leveraging the Power of Machine Learning, Automation & Bioengineering

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

12.00
Networking Round Tables: Delegates break into round table discussion groups, each focused on a business-critical issue within agtech and hosted by an industry leader – bring lots of business cards!

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 & 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, SAMUEL ROBERTS NOBLE FOUNDATION

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? – Teddy Bekele, WINFIELD UNITED

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

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

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 FARM

10. Open Innovation: What future collaboration models will be needed to accelerate innovation? – Adrian Percy, BAYER

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

12. 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 DUPONT

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

14. Robotics: What is the future of automation in the field? Reese Mozer, AMERICAN ROBOTICS

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

16. New Business Models: What new business models & partnership strategies are emerging between large companies & SME’s? Vonnie Estes, INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT

17. Country Focus: Opportunities for collaboration in the UK. Elizabeth Warham, DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE

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

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

20. Gene Editing & Nutrition: Can we target specific traits to improve the nutritional profile of crops?

21. Blockchain & Traceability: How will Blockchain change the landscape for the agri-food supply chain?

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

12.45
Networking Lunch Hosted By Trimble
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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, Chief Executive Officer, RADICLE GROWTH, 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, CEO, 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 INVESTMENT, 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

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

3.30
Fireside Chat: The Anatomy of a Successful AgTech Entrepreneur

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 INVESTMENT, 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? What is happening to valuations and what are the exit time lines for digital agtech versus bio agtech?
• How are investors taking a systems approach to investments? What new business models are they applying to de-risk their investments and accelerate market adoption?
• 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

Speakers:
Spencer Swayze, Partner, PAINE SCHWARTZ PARTNERS, USA
Zachary Bogue, Co-Managing Partner, DATA COLLECTIVE, USA
Joy Basu, Impact Sector Lead for Food & Agriculture, TPG ART, USA
Axel Bouchon, Head of Bayer Life Science Center, BAYER HEALTHCARE, USA

6.00
AgFunder Innovation Awards 2018

The AgFunder Innovation Awards recognize the innovators and disruptors redefining the future of 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

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Day Two — March 21, 2018 Morning

07.45
BREAKFAST BRIEFING: Opportunities in Australia’s Fast-Growing AgTech Sector

By invitation only: The Australian Trade and Investment Commission will host an interactive roundtable discussion focused on current Australian initiatives in ag and food tech innovation and explore 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
Enriching the Lives of Farmers and Consumers

Keynote Speaker:
Neal Gutterson, Chief Technology Officer, Agriculture Division DOWDUPONT, 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 is deep learning and AI approaches to image analysis being applied to crops to give information about yield? What value does this data to bring growers and the supply chain? How could real time data being used by growers to optimize conditions within the same growing season?
• 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

Speakers:
Al Eisaian, CEO, INTELINAIR, USA
Cameron Holbrook, Head, Global Business Development, AgTech, AMAZON WEB SERVICES, USA
Jim Chambers, Senior Leader, Global Ag Technology & Productivity, ITERIS, USA
Abe Hughes, General Manager Agriculture Division, TRIMBLE, USA
Sherman Black, CEO, 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 Riddler, Founder & CEO, TERALYTIC, USA
David Davies, Founder & CEO, AGUNITY, AUSTRALIA

Plus The Winner of Pitch Day & Radicle Challenge

Shark Growers & Investors:
Nolan Paul, Head of R&D Strategy & Emerging Technology, DRISCOLL’S, USA
Gideon Soesman, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, GREENSOIL INVESTMENT, 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, underpinning the science base and integrating chemical and biological crop protection solutions? How are biologicals being incorporated into their portfolio 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? How do biological solutions improve the profile of inputs into agriculture to minimise impact to the environment and downstream consumers?

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
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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 the link between 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 TECHNOLOGIES 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 are investors predictions for 2018 and beyond?

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

Speakers:
Jon Hjelm, Managing Director, 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 – 6.00
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, reviewing the most significant developments in blockchain technology with case studies to understand its potential impact on agri-food.

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