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Day One: April 29th

*Topics, sessions, and times are subject to change

Wednesday, April 29th | Day One

Registration Opens & Continental Breakfast

  1. Registration Opens & Continental Breakfast

  2. Event Welcome

    Brittany Onslow, Conference Producer, Smithers

  3. Opening Remarks

    Dr. Richard Linton, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University

Session I: Revolutionizing Agriculture with Innovations in Digital Technology

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

  1. FarmBeats: Empowering Farmers with Affordable Digital Agriculture Solutions

    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.

  2. The Intersection of Technology with Sustainability

    Matt Carstens | CEO of Landus Cooperative

    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.

  3. Panel | AI and IoT – How Emerging Technologies are Changing the Ag Industry

    Moderator: Josh Haslun, Lux Research

    Panelist Include:

    • Ranveer Chandra, Chief Scientist, Microsoft Azure Global
    • More Coming Soon!
  4. Networking Break and Coffee

Session II: Regulatory Challenges and Industry Updates

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

  1. Compliance requirements in supply chain of pesticide products in China

    Vivian Tang | Head of Biocides Regulatory Affairs Department of Chemical Inspection and Regulation Service Limited(CIRS)

    • Background introduction, like pesticide definition in China, pesticide categories, and main management principles for pesticides in China.
    • Requirement on raw materials, including active ingredient, and inert ingredients
    • Requirement on market access, including registration, label
    • Requirement on customs release
    • Requirement on post-market supervision
    • Case study
  2. Can Import Tolerances Promote Harmonizing MRLs and Global Trade?

    Dr. Steve Rosser, Knoell USA, LLC

    Abstract Coming Soon!

  3. Panel | Regulators Panel: Global Update for the Ag Industry

    Moderator: Melissa Johnson, Formulation Science & Technology Leader, Corteva

    Panelist Include: 

    • Keith Matthews, Attorney, Wiley Rein LLP
    • more coming soon!
  4. Networking Lunch Break

Session III: Ag Innovations and Disruptive Technologies

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

  1. Driving Innovation with Public-Private Partnerships

    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.

  2. Presentation To Be Confirmed

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  3. Imaging Agrochemical Active Ingredient Crystallization Directly on Leaf Surfaces Using Second Harmonic Generation Microscopy

    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.

  4. Networking & Coffee Break

Session IV: Product Testing & Specialty Crops

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.

  1. Evaluating Agchem Labeling on Specialty Crops

    Dr. Jerry J. Baron | Executive Director of IR-4 Project

    Abstract Coming Soon!

  2. Regulatory Challenges Facing Biopesticides

    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.

  3. Panel | Challenges of Introducing Your New Product to Market

    This panel will discuss the challenges of introducing a new product to market, whether that be a pesticide or technology, all types of products have their struggles when entering a new market. The panelists will discuss going through regulations, registrations, educating the market and more.        

    Moderator: Bonnie MacCulloch, Knoell USA

    Panelists coming soon!

Session V: Pitching Hour – Start Ups and Innovative Technological Advancements for the Ag Industry

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:

  • Next generation biofertilizers
  • Biopesticides
  • Onsite fertilizers
  • Incubators for ag companies
  • Start-ups
  • Disruptive technologies
  • Precision ag
  • GLP data collection
  • Product development
  • Robotics, AI and IoT

Moderator: Bob Kennedy, Chief Strategy Officer, Vestaron

  1. ChemAxon Informatics Tools

    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.

  2. Atmonia – Reinventing the Nitrogen Economy

    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. 

  3. AGROBODY™ bioactives: a new generation of protein-based biocontrols shaping the future of sustainable and safe food supply

    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.

  4. Performance of Ingevity bio-based stickers in pesticide formulations

    Ingevity provides green and sustainable solutions to purify, protect and enhance the world around us. In agriculture applications, Ingevity supplies kraft lignosulfonates dispersant and bio-based adjuvant. Our newest addition is the AltaHance™ product line, featuring at high green content, ease of handling, tunable rainfastness, great compatibility with various surfactant and solvent, and versatility in different formulation types. AltaHance also performs much better under challenging conditions, such as hard water and cold temperature, comparing to benchmark pinene-based stickers. The three products under AltaHance (S, 2S and 3S) offer different degree of rainfastness improvement under the same loading level. Using mancozeb SC formulation as an example, with only 1% addition of AltaHance S, 2S and 3S into the final formulation, the rainfastness was increased by ~20%, ~30% and ~44%, respectively.

  5. Closing Remarks

  6. Evening Welcome Reception