AgChem Summit 2020 Speaker Preview

Ahead of the agenda release, we are pleased to announce a sneak peek at the confirmed speakers for AgChem Summit 2020

  • Dr. Jerry J. Baron

    Executive Director IR-4 Project

    Dr. Jerry J. Baron is the Executive Director of the IR-4 Project, a cooperative program in the United States of the state agricultural experimental stations, US Department of Agriculture, growers/commodity organizations, the crop protection industry and the US Environmental Protection Agency. The IR-4 Project is national in scope and it conducts research at 28 field research farms and 5 analytical laboratories to facilitate the registration of conventional chemical pesticides and biopesticides on specialty crops and specialty uses. As Executive Director, Dr. Baron is responsible for the day to day operations of the IR-4 Project with an operation budget of approximately $18 million US dollars and 125 full time scientists.

    Dr. Baron has served as the IR-4 Project's Executive Director since September 2006. He started with IR-4 in January, 1986 as IR-4's coordinator of weed science research. From 2000 to 2002, Dr. Baron split his duties with the IR-4 Project and the administration of the IR-4 Project's host institution, Rutgers University. During this period he was Associate Executive Dean of Cook College, Rutgers University. Dr. Baron returned full time to the IR-4 Project in July 2002 when he was named Associate Director in 2002.

    In 1998, Dr. Baron co-authored the second edition of Food and Feed Crops of the United States along with G.M. Markle and B.A. Schneider. This book is the framework of the crop grouping in North America. Dr. Baron has authored nearly one hundred peer reviewed journal articles and several book chapters.

    Dr. Baron has served the scientific community in various aspects participating in leadership roles in multiple organizations. He was President of the Northeastern Weed Science Society in 2008-2009. He was elected as Fellow of this organization in January 2015. He was Chair of the Organization Committee of the first Global Minor Use Summit. He currently is a delegate on the international Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues serves on the editorial board of Outlooks of Pest Management and Board of Directors of the IPM Voice.

    Dr. Baron received his Ph.D. in Horticulture with emphasis on weed management from North Carolina State University and earned his M.S. and B.S. degrees from The Ohio State University with focus on Horticulture and Pest Management.

    He is married and father of three young adults. He is also a competitive runner and certified running coach who has completed 45 full marathons. Other hobbies include soccer referee and gardening.

  • Jay Byrne

    President v-Fluence

    Jay Byrne is president of v-Fluence, a strategic communication and research agency.  Jay has more than 25 years of experience in public affairs, crisis and issues management.  He has held senior communications positions in industry and government including the Clinton White House and U.S. Agency for International Development.  He’s advised dozens of multinational organizations on crisis communications, issues management and science advocacy.

  • Ranveer Chandra

    Chief Scientist Microsoft Azure Global

    Ranveer Chandra is the Chief Scientist at Microsoft Azure Global. His research has shipped in multiple Microsoft products, including Windows, Visual Studio, XBOX, and Azure. Ranveer is leading the FarmBeats, battery research, and TV white space research projects at Microsoft. His work on FarmBeats was featured by Bill Gates on GatesNotes, and he has been invited to present his research on FarmBeats to the Secretary of Agriculture, and on TV White Spaces to the FCC Chairman.

    Ranveer has published over 90 research papers, and has over 100 patents that have been granted by the USPTO. He has won several awards, including best paper awards, and the MIT Technology Review’s Top Innovators Under 35. Ranveer has an undergraduate degree from IIT Kharagpur, India and a PhD from Cornell University.

  • Maria Victoria Corte

    Agriculture, Food and Life, Precision Farming Services - Product Manager SGS Argentina S.A

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  • Helga Flosadottir, PhD

    Chief Executive Officer Atmonia

    Dr. Helga Dögg Flosadóttir, the CEO and co-founder of Atmonia. She also holds the position as the manager of basic research at the Chemical Analysis department of the ICI.  Helga Dögg wrote her PhD in physical chemistry at the University of Iceland and in collaboration with Der Freie Universität Berlin. 

  • Joshua Haslun

    Analyst - Agro Innovation Team Lux Research

    Joshua Haslun is an Analyst on the Agro Innovation team at Lux Research. In this role he monitors and evaluates emerging and innovative agricultural technologies from sectors including crop genetic improvement, precision agriculture, and soil microbiome management to drive future innovations, while navigating challenging regulatory frameworks.

    Joshua has extensive experience across numerous scientific disciplines including quantitative genomics and transcriptomics, immunology, isotope systematics, and microbial ecology. Prior to joining Lux, Joshua was a Research Associate for the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at Michigan State University, where he developed methods to apportion nitrogen losses among diverse soil microbial processes, fostering soil microbiome management methods to improve biofuel feedstock production.

    Joshua obtained a dual-degree Ph.D. in Integrative Biology and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior from Michigan State University and has contributed more than 13 publications to top peer-reviewed journals on diverse subjects. He also holds a B.S. in Biology from Siena College, and an M.S. in Biology specializing in Marine Science from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi.

  • Dr. Tim Lane

    Principal Research Scientist Battelle

    Dr. Lane has been at Battelle for the past 12 years. He possesses a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. from the University of Delaware and has specific experience with atmospheric processes, such as coagulation, condensation, evaporation, wet and dry deposition, as well as spray drift and volatility from pesticide applications. Dr. Lane has experience with both CMAQ and CAMx, which are both atmospheric transport models that are used to predict the atmospheric concentration of many contaminants.

    Dr. Lane also has characterized many spray systems (nozzles, booms, etc.) using phase Doppler anemometry/interferometry, laser diffraction, and/or particle image velocimetry instrumentation.  Additionally, Dr. Lane has helped construct large wind tunnels and environmental chambers at Battelle, where spray drift and volatility testing is performed.

  • Keith Matthews

    Attorney Wiley Rein LLP

    Keith has more than 20 years of private sector and government experience in environmental law related to chemical substances regulation, biopesticides, and genetically engineered organisms. He is a former Director of the Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division (BPPD) in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP). Prior to becoming Director of BPPD, Keith served in EPA's Office of General Counsel (OGC), first as a staff attorney, then as an Assistant General Counsel where he supervised attorneys providing legal counsel to programs in EPA's Office of Air and Radiation, Office of Pesticide Programs, and the Office of Research and Development.

    Keith's practice focuses on the regulation of chemical substances, including agricultural chemical products, microbial products of biotechnology; and genetically engineered agricultural products that are regulated by EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    Keith counsels and advises his clients using his breadth of knowledge on a variety of statutes, including the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Plant Protection Act, and the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard.

  • Jacob Parnell

    Scientist Novozymes

    Jacob Parnell has been working as a scientist at Novozymes for the past 5 years on unlocking technology in the rhizosphere for corn and soy. Jacob attended Brigham Young University and received his doctorate from Michigan State University’s Center for Microbial Ecology. He did a post-doc and later joined the faculty at Utah State University as a research assistant professor.

    In 2011, he accepted the position of staff scientist at the National Ecological Observatory Network in Boulder, Colorado, where he helped to design the scientific strategy for long-term monitoring of soil microbial processes.  

  • Dr. Jeff Rosichan

    Director, Crops of the Future Collaborative Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)

    Dr. Rosichan earned his doctorate in genetics and cell biology at Washington State University and did postgraduate work at University of California, Davis.   He joined FFAR in January 2018 as the inaugural Director of the Crops of the Future Collaborative. 

    Jeff brings 30 years of agriculture industry experience as a senior R&D executive with significant management, scouting and early stage milestone development expertise.

  • Lisa Zannoni

    VP, Regulatory and Government Affairs Inari Agriculture

    Lisa Zannoni, an attorney and pharmacist, is a recognized industry leader in the ag technology policy and regulatory areas. She is a former senior executive at Syngenta, and as global head of regulatory, delivered innovative biotech products to the commercial market. She has held leadership positions in several international industry organizations including CropLife International, Global Industry Coalition, and the Global Alliance for Ag Biotech Trade.

    Her international leadership was recognized as a recipient of the TBJ Women’s Leadership Award. Ms. Zannoni’s current and past appointments include the WVU School of Pharmacy Leadership Council, Chair of the Business at OECD Expert Group on Biotechnology, USDA Federal Advisory Committee on Biotechnology & 21st Century Agriculture, and the Board of Directors of Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc. 

    Ms. Zannoni has been active in STEM education for several years and developed a nationally recognized outreach program for teachers that contributes educational material to USDA Ag in the Classroom. Her previous positions include global head of regulatory and government relations at BASF; Attorney at Hogan Lovells; Administrator at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; and senior executive in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture.