Agriculture Technology Innovation Summit

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Join us for the 2018 Agriculture Technology Innovation Summit (AgTech 2018) on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign. 

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This event is co-hosted by the College of ACES, the University of Illinois Research Park, and the Office of Corporate Relations at the University of Illinois. 

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2018 Schedule of Events 

Ag Tech Innovation Summit Reception: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the EnterpriseWorks Atrium, 60 Hazelwood Drive, Champaign
Ag Tech Innovation Summit 2018: Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the I-Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign 


The 2018 Agriculture Technology Summit Agenda will be posted as soon as possible. To get a flavor for the event, please see the 2017 Agenda below. 



2017 Schedule of Events

Opening Reception 2/22/2017


Midwest I-Corps Node Tech Showcase
Featured Guest: 


Summit event takes place at the I Hotel Conference Center on 2/23/2017



Opening Remarks
Laura Frerichs - University of Illinois Research Park
Robert J. Jones - Chancellor of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Kimberlee Kidwell - University of Illinois Dean of ACES


Morning Keynote: Bill Simmons - Agrible


Ag Investor Panel
Laura Frerichs, Research Park 
Rob Schultz, Serra Ventures
Tom Parkinson, Illinois Ventures
Dave Russell, Lewis and Clark Ventures
Justin Strausbaugh, CME Ventures

Ron Meeusen, Cultivian Sandbox Ventures  




Ag Data State of the Union:
Moderator: Robert Brunner, Big Data Executive in Residence, Research Park
Chris Harbourt, Agrible
Neil Hausmann, DuPont Pioneer
Jim Mellon, Syngenta
Mark Moran, John Deere
Bborie Park, Granular


Plan, Plant, Spray, Harvest, Till: Growers Talk Back
Bradley Uken
Matt Barnard
Pete Pistorius
Ken Dalenberg


Lunch Buffet


Lunch Keynote: Prof. Steve Long, Gutgsell Endowed University Professor
Listed by Reuters as one of the "Most Influential Scientific Minds of 2016", 




A Peek Behind the Curtain to Reveal how Companies Evaluate Technology

Vahid Aidun, Dow AgroSciences
Adam Weiss, GSI Group, Inc.
Bruce Taillon, Elanco
Will Schroeder, ADM
Nick Nissing, Climate Corporation


Entrepreneur's View: Startup Panel

Cynthia Faullin, Research Park
Kannan Puthuval -The Scotts Company
Kaustubh Bhalerao, Soil Diagnostics
Al Eisaian, IntelinAir
Kenneth Watkin - Lipotec Laboratories LLC
Lei Tan - Ag-Sensus


Wrap Up & Closing Remarks
Ribbon Cutting - Syngenta Digital Innovation Lab



Highlights from AgTech 2016:

The 2016 Agriculture Technology Innovation Summit was held on Thursday, February 18 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign. A highly interactive event featuring innovators from industry and academia, entrepreneurs, and investors, the one-day program included keynote speakers, panel discussions, and a lunch program.

Digital Booklet

View the various slide decks and videos from some of our 2016 presentations:
"Traceability Across the Entire Food Supply Chain" - H. Jeffrey Castillo, video
"Animal Health" - Aaron Gilbertie, video
"Functional Foods" - Keith A. Garleb, video
"Connected Farming" - Julian Sanchez, PhD, video
"Data Modernizing Agronomy" - Chris Harbourt, PhD, video
"Farm Ops Management" - Bborie Park, video
"Precision Agriculture Landscape" - Andrew Selek, panel video
"Smart Systems Revolutionizing Ag" - Jason Bull, video
"UAVs in Agriculture" - Jack Marck, video