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This event features expert presentations from Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C., FMC Corporation, Rantizo, Corteva Agriscience, Ingevity, TSG, Innatrix, Varsha Bioscience and Technology Private Limited, and many more!

 

Registration and Opening Remarks
Registration Opens & Continental Breakfast
Welcome & Opening Remarks

Brittany Onslow, Conference Producer, Smithers

Session I: Market Landscape, Registration Processes and Regulations
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Intellectual Property Update for the Agricultural Industry — Using Intellectual Property for a Competitive Advantage
Also Featuring:
  • Leanne M. Rakers, Principal, Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C.
Agricultural companies looking to get ahead in today’s complex business environment must quickly develop a competitive advantage and shield it from prying competitors. Intellectual property rights can protect your innovative ideas and brands from copying by competitors. Doug Robinson and Leanne Rakers will lead an informative and practical session that will teach attendees the fundamentals of intellectual property rights that are particularly relevant to the agricultural industry. The presentation will include a discussion of the current state of intellectual property laws in the United States, using examples based on current trends in the industry. Topics we will discuss include: Patents: Current fundamentals of patent protection and enforcement mechanisms, using examples from current industry trends; Trademarks: Current fundamentals of trademark protection, using examples from current industry trends; Copyright: Current fundamentals of copyright protection, using examples from current industry trends, including product packaging and product design; Trade secrets: Current fundamentals of trade secret protection, using examples from current industry trends, including manufacturing techniques and other processes that are difficult to reverse-engineer; and Employee Agreements: Current trends in using employee agreements to ensure proper ownership of intellectual property and to help maintain intellectual property protection. The presentation will address intellectual property issues in a manner tailored to the post-COVID world, including new methods of reaching consumers and brand differentiation, and will also address emerging technologies relevant to the agriculture industry, in the context of current trends in intellectual property. We anticipate the presentation take approximately one hour, but can limit or expand it to take more or less time depending on what works best for the schedule.
Douglas A. Robinson | Principal, Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C.
Networking & Coffee Break
Session II: Understanding the Regulatory Path – Nurturing the Waves/Ways of Technologies
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This session will address how to bring new products and technologies to market and what requirements that will take. Whether they are regulatory in nature or not – bringing a greater understanding to the industry will help better the success of products and technologies within the marketplace.
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Panel: Connecting with Partnerships and Making Technology a Commercial Reality
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Technologies don’t all have good regulatory focuses. What kind of regulatory challenges are there? Costs? Timelines? How to bring these technologies to market – whether they are regulatory in nature and bringing a greater understanding? How did partnerships help make technology a commercial reality?
 
Networking Lunch
Session III: Working Together to Improve the Industry
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Partnerships – how are we working together? This session will be less case study and more collaboration focused with how the industry is able to work together and how to help improve the future with more partnerships.
Building Up Ecosystems Across Ventures with R&D and Commercial Partnerships
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Corteva Agriscience Spray Prescriptions Applied Through Rantizo's UAS Network
Also Featuring:
  • Michael Ott, CEO and Founder, Rantizo
Corteva Agriscience and Rantizo are partnering in the precision application of agrichemicals to improve farmer profitability and sustainability. Corteva is a leading agricultural company providing seed, crop protection and digital products and services in more than 140 countries. Rantizo is the US leader in certified drone spraying by unoccupied aerial systems (UAS) and provides a turnkey solution to fit the specific needs of a farmer’s field. Corteva is developing predictive tools for precision spraying (the right product at the right location at the right time and the right rate). Corteva will test proprietary targeted crop protection applications in farmers’ fields throughout the US, together with Rantizo, who provides a nationwide licensed Contractor network and the flexible, timely, and precise application methods needed for this effort. Rantizo Contractors offer drone application services utilizing autonomous drones and mixing systems and proprietary software by licensed and insured pilots. Drone spraying offers flexibility compared to ground based spraying and can be used when the soils are too wet for heavy ground equipment, or when spraying is needed only in parts of the fields (spot spraying, zone-based spraying). It also offers advantages over other spray methods, with more precise application and the potential for reduced drift. The possibility to use multiple drones allows for easy scaling, and also the ability to spray multiple products efficiently and economically. Corteva and Rantizo believe UAS spraying provides an efficient and targeted method that offers farmers a more precise, profitable and sustainable solution through the value chain.
Brice Floyd | Research Scientist in Predictive Agriculture, Corteva Agriscience
Networking Break & Coffee
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Session IV: Sustainability
Improving the Sustainability of Crop Protection Formulations with Bio-Based Coformulants
The challenge of maximizing crop production to support the world’s growing population while minimizing environmental impact, decreasing operating costs and aligning with global regulations has become increasingly important for the commercial agriculture industry. To solve these challenges, pine-based chemistry provider Ingevity continues to innovate and develop high-performing agricultural co-formulants made almost exclusively from renewable resources. There are five key performance- and sustainability-enhancing benefits provided by Ingevity’s co-formulants: • Better field efficacy • Excellent performance with high loading, multi-active premixes • Less pesticide resistance • Reduced pesticide application rates and longer retreatment intervals • Excellent safety and performance with a wide range of biological actives
Allie White | Technical Sales, Dispersants, Ingevity
Session V: Pitching Hour – Poster Session displayed in exhibit hall
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Speakers will have 5-8 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.
Networking Reception
Registration and Opening Remarks
Registration & Breakfast
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Brittany Onslow, Conference Producer, Smithers
 
Session VI: Connecting the New Technologies – Making A Reality
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What are the barriers to making some of these start up technologies to come to life? How can the agrochemical industry help farmers incorporate the technology? This session will include presentations on how to work with new technology, how chemical providers and regulatory bodies can help be the connecting piece to collaboration and innovation.
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Presentation To Be Confirmed
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Presentation To Be Confirmed
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Networking Break
Session VII: Product Testing
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This session will address how to register your product, regulations, and how to introduce your product to the market and the challenges that come with a new product, certifications and licensing.
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Panel: Registration, Certification and Licensing
Panelists:
  • Kelly Rahn, Vice President, State Affairs & Head, TSG
  • More coming soon
This panel will address the challenges with registering new products, the process, what certifications are necessary and how to put out a new product to the market.

 
Networking Lunch
Session VIII: Microbiomes, biostimulants and pesticides
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Long-term Eco-Friendly Biocontrol for Crop Pathogens
Innatrix is an agricultural biotechnology company developing sustainable biological products to control untreatable crop diseases and pests. We are combining an understanding of the dynamics of pathogen/host interactions, with patented protein evolution technology, to develop novel biopesticides. Compared to the conventional pesticide approaches, we are using a more economical way to develop eco-friendly protein based biopesticides, to control untreatable and economically important crop pathogens. Pathogen/pest resistance is a huge issue in the crop fields; based on the robustness of our patented protein evolution technology, we could rapidly evolve new biopesticides to manage pathogen resistance issue.
Jiang Nanqing | Secretary-General, Committee of Green Circular and Inclusive Development
Commercial aspects of Biofertilizers and Biostimulants development using rhizosphere microbes: Global and Indian scenario
The beneficial microbiomes associated with the plant rhizosphere provide innumerable benefits to plants and the environment. They collectively associate for maintaining the health and nutrient dynamics of soil, sequestering/mobilizing nutrients to plants, improving the plant growth, and defending them from biotic and abiotic stress. Due to modern cultivation practices and climate change, sustenance and efficacy of beneficial soil microbiomes have deteriorated over the years. It is, therefore, essential to identify, mass multiply, and recharge the rhizosphere with the most effective and multifunctional beneficial microbiome. Researchers have documented a sizable number of plant beneficial microbiomes for the past six decades. Producers have started manufacturing and commercializing select microbiomes successfully worldwide. Rules, regulations, and nomenclature for commercializing them have differed from country to country. Guidelines have been proposed for the use of beneficial microbiomes that are not covered under plant protection code. They were, however, not strictly implemented in several countries due to their safety and green nature. As the global biostimulant and biofertilizer market is expected to reach US$ 4.9 billion by the year 2025 with an annual growth rate of 11.46%, global regulatory mechanisms for biostimulants and biofertilizers have become active since the year 2018. The overall commercial potential of biostimulants and biofertilizers is high in Europe, followed by North America, Asia Pacific, and Latín American countries. India and China have classified nutrient fixing/solubilizing/mobilizing rhizobacteria as biofertilizers. Recently, regulatory guidelines are being framed for commercializing biostimulants including beneficial microbiomes. This paper talks about the rhizosphere beneficial microbe's importance, benefits, nomenclature, commercial potential, and regulations and the importance for uniform global guidelines for product registration. The importance of integrating biofertilizers with conventional fertilizers, introducing new microbial consortia formulations, economics, and bottlenecks is also discussed.
Dominic Arun Joseph | Director, Varsha Bioscience and Technology Private Limited
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Session IX: Scaling Opportunities and Innovation within the Agrochemical Industry
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This session will address new opportunities in the agrochemical industry, food safety, IoT, AI, integration methods, precision agriculture, solution based approaches and more.
Panel: New Technologies and The Future of the Ag Industry
Panelists:
  • Adam Greenberg, CEO, iUNU
  • Aerofarms
  • More to come!
This session will address new opportunities in the agrochemical industry, food safety, IoT, AI, integration methods, precision agriculture, solution based approaches and more.
Closing Remarks and Farewell
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