*Topics, sessions, and times are subject to change
Brittany Onslow, Conference Producer, Smithers
Dr. Richard Linton, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University
This session will showcase the latest innovations in the agriculture industry such as advancements in AI, IoT, digital technology, precision ag and more.
Moderator: Josh Haslun, Ph.D., Analyst, Lux Research
Ranveer Chandra | Chief Scientist of Microsoft Azure Global
Data-driven techniques help boost agricultural productivity by increasing yields, reducing losses and cutting down input costs. However, these techniques have seen sparse adoption owing to high costs of manual data collection and limited connectivity solutions. Our system, called FarmBeats, includes Cloud, IoT & AI innovations for agriculture that enables seamless collection and analysis of data across various sensors, cameras, drones, and satellites. In this talk, we will describe the system, and outline some of the AI challenges we are currently addressing for agriculture.
Matt Carstens | Senior Vice President of Truterra, LLC
The sustainability journey starts on the farm and must be lead by farmers. However, technology and data are agriculture’s best path forward to make scalable, continuous improvement in sustainability.
For drones, IoT and data, regulations for pesticides, Farm Bill update, biopesticide/biostimulant product definitions and more.
Moderator: Melissa Johnson, Formulation Science & Technology Leader, Corteva
Dr. Steve Rosser, Knoell USA, LLC
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This session will showcase the latest innovations in the agriculture industry such as emerging technologies, onsite fertilizer producers, next-generation biofertilizers and biopesticides, online marketplaces with agronomic tool and more.
Moderator: Dr. Paul Ulanch, Executive Director, Crop Commercialization Program, North Carolina Biotechnology Center
Dr. Jeff Rosichan | Director, Crops of the Future Collaborative of Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) was established by Congress in 2014 to be complementary with the USDA and provide a mechanism to leverage public funding to support agricultural research. FFAR works with diverse stakeholders to identify knowledge gaps and set priorities for research funding that addresses problems that are of common interest to both the public and private sector. With increasing population growth, clearly there is a need to harness new technologies to benefit consumers, producers and the environment.
With industry consolidation, companies will need to focus on increasingly bigger market opportunities, often with a shorter path to commercialization to satisfy shareholder demands. This trend makes it more difficult for any single company to maintain competitive research programs and internal expertise in many areas. To stay competitive means a shift to increased reliance on innovation coming externally. Public private partnerships and consortia approaches allow companies to pool resources and make smaller bets to explore and de-risk new areas of research.
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Paul Schmitt | Assistant Professor of Chemistry of Wabash College
Second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy has recently emerged as a rapid, non-destructive imaging method inherently selective for certain crystalline materials, including many agrochemical active ingredients. SHG microscopy was used to selectively image active ingredient crystallization directly on leaf surfaces for the first time. Following an overview of foundational experiments in this space, ongoing work using SHG as a feedback tool for agrochemical formulation development will be discussed. This new technology could help inform the next generation of pesticide products that maximize efficacy, minimize waste, and ensure optimized agricultural output for a growing world population.
This session will address how to register your product, regulations, and how to introduce your product to market, and the challenges that come with a new product, certifications and licensing for specialty crops.
Dr. Jerry J. Baron | Executive Director of IR-4 Project
Keith Matthews | Attorney of Wiley Rein LLP
As the market for biopesticides continues to expand, so too do the regulatory challenges facing these products. This presentation will discuss the regulatory scheme applicable to biopesticides in the United States, and provide insights on how to successfully navigate the FIFRA maze.
Moderator: Dr. Paul Reibach, Technical Director Chemistry, Smithers
Panelists coming soon!
Poster Session displayed in exhibit hall
During the pitching hour in the main conference room, speakers will have 5 minutes to explain their company, technology/product, and requirement before taking questions from the audience. Following the Pitching Hour, the drinks reception will begin in the main exhibit hall. To qualify, each speaker must have a poster, a maximum of 5 slides and the presentation must cover the material as cited in the abstract.
Topics can include and are not limited to:
Moderator: Bob Kennedy, Chief Strategy Officer, Vestaron
Jan Christopherson | Application Scientist of ChemAxon
The wealth of knowledge available to modern chemistry teams necessitates the automation of many parts of the compound design process. The presence of much information in formats incompatible with most cheminformatic solutions often turns this into an embarrassment of riches. The increasing complexity of enterprise solutions often makes the addition or replacement of informatics tools challenging, but lightweight, purpose-built solutions are attractive alternatives.
We will present a general method for the mining of chemical knowledge from a variety of document formats in an automated fashion, removing this barrier for the agroscientist. Additionally, we will demonstrate how such tools can be integrated into the iterative small molecule design process, by providing straightforward interfaces for accurate prediction of physical properties as well as indicators such as Tice’s rule relevant to the agrochemical industry. All this has been performed in common workflow tools, allowing for easy deployment and use of third-party tools.
Helga Flosadottir, PhD | Chief Executive Officer of Atmonia
The Atmonia technology will enable growers to produce their own N-fertilizer on-farm with no demand for transportation, in a sustainable manner, with no carbon footprint.
Current methods for N-fertilizer production are vast industrial production processes with high carbon footprint and great transportation demand.
With the Atmonia system aqueous N-fertilizer will be produced from air, water and electricity. This fertilizer can be directly applied to field through irrigation using the systems in place thus providing a holistic approach to sustainable production and use of N-fertilizer.
Dr. Hilde Revets | Chief Scientific Officer of Biotalys
Presentation of our innovative technology platform for the rapid generation of innovative protein-based biocontrols that combine the high-performance of chemicals with the clean safety profile of biologicals.