Day 1: June 12th

June 12th

Registration & Welcome

Registration & Welcome

  1. Registration & Welcome | Exhibit Hall Opens

  2. Welcome & Opening Remarks

    Conference Producer, Smithers

Session I: Environmental Regulatory Landscape and the Expanding Global Concerns

Moderator: Dr. Robert Kennedy, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Vestaron

In this opening session of our conference, leading experts share insights on regulatory standards, emerging technologies and scientific research techniques accelerating social impact and potentially improving society. We will discuss how we can apply new policies and ways of thinking about problematic issues that face our planet. The use of standardized and inventive measures is crucial to bridging the gap between regulators, stakeholders, and social change.

  1. Keynote: Power, Politics and Profiteering: 2020 Challenges to Modern Agriculture Freedom to Operation

    Jay Byrne | President of v-Fluence

    Jay Byrne is president of the agriculture issues management and research firm v-Fluence who also run the global Bonus Eventus Network of more than 5,000 agvocates, experts and other diverse stakeholders supporting science-based regulations, policies and market options for sustainable agriculture.  Jay will provide an overview of the global and regional advocacy, market and political challenges facing crop protection and related sectors.  He will provide the latest radar for new trends and emerging challenges sharing insights from v-Fluence’s global issue and stakeholder intelligence tracking into key topic trends and related tactics facing agricultural producers and input providers. Jay will share insights into the context, motivational background, and realistic threats assessments required to develop and put organization freedom to operate plans to effective use.

    • Crop Protection
    • Biotechnology and NBT’s
    • Animal Health and Productivity
    • Other Intersecting Trends: water quality, clean food, and political food
  2. Mid-year U.S. Regulatory U.S. Update on Biostimulants: State and Federal

    David Beaudreau | Executive Director of U.S. BioStimulants Coalition

    • Brief overview of biostimulants industry 
    • Update on Biostimulants Workgroup Efforts
    • Latest on EPA Guidance
    • Latest on 2018 Farm Bill implementation regarding biostimulants
  3. Networking Break

  4. Progress toward globally harmonized regulations for Plant Biostimulants

    Terry Stone | Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Sustainability Programs of Agrinos

    • Plant biostimulants are becoming an increasingly important component of sustainable crop production
    • Plant biostimulants are neither pesticides nor fertilizers but represent a unique category of agricultural input
    • While globally harmonized regulations do not exist, there is progress in specifically defining and regulating these products
    • A clear, consistent, predictable process to market for plant biostimulants will benefit all stakeholders of these products
  5. Proper evaluation of biochemical products objectives to meet regulatory objectives

    Dr. Scott H. Jackson | North American Regulatory Lead of Knoell USA

    Proper evaluation of the product goals is essential for registering products. Regulatory requirements for biofertilizers, biostimulants and biochemical products vary greatly as do the resources required to register these products under varying state and federal regulations. 

    Careful consideration of data requirements, and time to registration should also be factored into product goals. This presentation provides a taxonomy for the evaluation of product registration goals which are helpful for deciding the best path to the market place from simple fertilizer solutions to soil applied amendments to biostimulants to full FIFRA registrations.  Some practical example will be presented during the talk.

Session II: Market Dynamics and Future Trends in E-Commerce

Moderator: Walid Al-Khadar, PhD, Manager Regulatory and Governmental Affairs- Biologicals, BASF

Join us for a comprehensive review of agribusiness major market trends and outlook, growth restraints, challenges, and key issues of the competitive landscape and value chain. We will evaluate the emerging E-Commerce drivers and potential disruptive supply chain game-changing effects.

  1. Readying your Agrichemical company for a digital transformation

    Joshua Haslun | Analyst - Agro Innovation Team of Lux Research

    Digital transformation is occurring across commercial industries and a similar transformation is emerging in the agrichemical sector. Currently 90% of growers receive inputs directly from agrichemical manufacturer/distributors that apply traditional business to business (B2B) models, but digital transformation provides the opportunity to relieve pain points from the B2B model; for example, enabling product performance comparisons, decreasing transaction speed, and enabling data driven product selection and recommendation. We will walk through the current market trends and landscape of this digital transformation, discuss emerging E-commerce business models, and provide insight regarding the digital future of the agrichemical industry.

  2. Generating Supply Chain Insights for Global Enterprises

    Dr. Jordan Winkler | Director of Business Development of Descartes Labs

    • How monitoring crop production globally
    • Environmental applications of AI
    • Precision conservation
    • Technology and data availability
  3. Lunch Break

Session III: Big Data Revolution in Agribusiness and Intellectual Property Concerns

Moderator: Dr. Wendelyn Jones, Global Head of Food Chain and Brand Protection, Corteva Agriscience

During this session we discuss, the integration of technology into farming practices and how data collection and dissemination is becoming an integral part of agribusiness. The need to produce more food using fewer inputs, boost yields and cost savings to the farmer is a driving industry force. With more advances in this sector, many questions have arisen about who owns data collected, and best practices to keep intellectual property safe. 

  1. How Will Digitization Impact Agriculture?

    Rene van Schaik | Head of Digital Seeds & Traits Technologies and Analytics of BASF

    • High density genotyping
    • Sensor based phenotyping
    • Envirotyping
    • Predictive Breeding
    • Digital Transformation
    • Flexible IT infrastructure
  2. Intellectual Property Issues in the Agrochemicals Industry

    Maximilienne Giannelli, Ph.D. | Intellectual Property Attorney of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

    • Before entering into a collaboration or joint venture, companies should take measures to ensure the continued protection of their intellectual property, including both patents and trade secrets.This talk will focus on key steps to take both before and during a collaboration or joint venture to help ensure your rights remain secure, drawing from real-world disputes as a guide.
    • Having a solid understanding of the value of your patent rights can help inform your business decisions. This is true whether your company is entering into a collaboration or joint venture, acquiring patents from a third-party, or assessing its own assets. This talk will thus provide tips for evaluating the strength of patents covering agrochemicals, including factors that courts have focused on when evaluating the validity of such patents. This section of the talk will also comment on specific factors relevant to the validity of agrochemical polymorph patents using real-world examples.   
  3. Internet - Based - with - BlockChain Data Capture and Management

    Fate Thompson, Jr., PhD. | President of iAdvantage Software, Inc.

    What are our electronic data capture, management and review capabilities in 2019?  Where must we go? The current status and the continuing evolution of capturing and managing data for chemistry, biology [plant and animal] and the environment for EPA, OECD, USDA, or FDA submissions and for protection of proprietary technology will be discussed.  Today’s market offers multiple browser-based systems with varying degrees of flexibility, security, access, audit trails and reporting functions, which facilitate efficient data management, organization, and availability.

    However, only with the integration of block chain technology, will these enhanced communications tools of the internet offer maximum value. Block chain increases the value by guaranteeing data accuracy, access security, regulatory compliance, and protection of proprietary technology.

    • Existing security vulnerabilities and hacking is a real threat
    • Integration of block chain technology into existing internet – based systems for AgChem data
    • management solutions
    • Case studies about two recent successful integrations of block chain technology into the food
    • distribution industry and into legal notice posting and distribution by IBM and RTI respectively (both in RTP)
    • Does integration of block chain technology in internet- based systems for AgChem R&D data management create value by guaranteeing data accuracy, access security, regulatory compliance, and protection of proprietary technology
  4. Networking Break

Session IV: Marketing Outreach Strategies & Genetic Power

Moderator: Paul Reibach, PhD, Technical Director Chemistry, Smithers Viscient

As with any relatively new advances in technologies and products within a market, it is important to understand consumer awareness and perceptions in order to design robust marketing campaign strategies with accuracy and transparency. Technology and research are continuously evolving and we must find the best routes for communicating innovative benefits like gene editing through appropriate and responsible educational outreach methods. If executed correctly, it can help build the market while educating its audience by furnishing credible information to increase public awareness and interest. 

  1. Should You Be Using CRISPR in Your Ag Business?

    Vonnie Estes | VP of Technology of Produce Marketing Association

    • Navigating access and commercialization of gene editing
    • CRISPR has the potential to address important challenges brought on by climate change, like drought and changing pest populations. We can also develop crops that are more sustainable with higher nutritional value and better flavor.
    • As exciting as CRISPR is, a number of challenges for widespread adoption exist.
    • Reduction to practice, Regulation, patents, potential partners in gene editing
  2. Agriculture at a Crossroads: CRISPR

    Kevin Diehl | Director Seed Regulatory Business Platform of Corteva Agriscience

    The overarching theme is addressing what it takes to successfully innovate in agriculture using gene editing as a model.  Innovative technology is the first step and the one that we, as technology developers, focus most of our attention.  However, to ensure market acceptance and success, we must also focus on appropriate policy development and social license as we innovate

  3. Closing Remarks

  4. Evening Networking Reception

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