Agriculture Technology Innovation Summit

 

SAVE THE DATE FOR AGTECH SUMMIT 2020:
March 4, 2020

University of Illinois Research Park
Champaign, Illinois 

Join us to explore how technology solutions are addressing some of the most significant challenges facing agriculture today - and learn about what is on the horizon. One of the premier AgTech hubs in the nation, Champaign-Urbana is uniquely positioned to bring together entrepreneurs, investors, academics, and industry for learning, networking and advancing this sector.
Please direct any additional inquiries to Stephanie Faraci at shalvors@illinois.edu.

Stay tuned for the 2020 agenda and speaker list!
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 2019 Schedule of Events 

Tuesday March 5, 2019
8:00am-12pm
USDA SBIR Workshop

5:30-7:00pm
Opening Reception

Wednesday March 6, 2019 
7:45am
Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:10am
Welcome & Opening Remarks 
- Laura Frerichs, University of Illinois Research Park
- Adam Davis, University of Illinois ACES
- Frank Dohleman, The Climate Corporation

8:30am
Morning Keynote Address
- Mark Moran, John Deere Technology Innovation Center

9:15am
Collaborations Between Startups & Corporations
Learn more about the important symbiotic relationship between entrepreneurs and established companies in order to implement new products.
- Roger Vanhoy, University of Illinois Corporate Relations
- Mark Fincham, John Deere
- Tim Kuehlorn, Nutrien Ag Solutions
- Kirsten Skogerson, Bayer Crop Science
- Scott Wilkin, University of Illinois National Center for Supercomputing Applications

10:15am
Break

10:30am
Investment Landscape
AgTech investments are growing rapidly. Key elements include biotech, software & IoT, robotics and automation and commodity platforms. This panel will cover how this is impacting the agricultural industry.
- Nancy Sullivan, Illinois Ventures
- Connie Bowen, The Yield Lab
- Tim Foote, Flyover Capital
- Kevin McCurren, Michigan State University 
- Corbett Kull, Tillable
- David Pierson, Syngenta Ventures

11:30am
Animal Health & Nutrition
Industry leaders will highlight the teamwork between academia, startups and businesses to advance new ways to ensure a safe food supply and enhance the well-being of animals.
- Rod Johnson, University of Illinois College of ACES
- Angela Green-Miller, TellTail
- Lena Head, AGCO/GSI
- Ryan Lane, ADM
- Bruce Taillon, Elanco

12:30pm
Lunch Buffet

12:50pm
Afternoon Kickoff

- Sponsor remarks, Ryan Lane, ADM
- Moore Innovation Prize Presentation

1:05pm
Lunchtime Fireside Chat
- Laura Frerichs, University of Illinois Research Park
- Dennis Beard, Serra Ventures
- Dave Stanko, Nutrien/Agrible

1:45pm
Digital Agriculture
- Robert Brunner, University of Illinois
- Lance Brown, AGCO Grain & Protein
- Eric Barnard, Granular
- Kelly Gillespie, Bayer Crop Science
- Chris Dempsey, Case IH
- Robert Lubben, Rabo AgriFinance
- Chinmay Soman, EarthSense
- Rebeccah Stay, Cargill, INC.

2:45pm
Break

3:00pm
Growers Talk Back
- Chris Harbourt, Research Park Entrepreneur In Residence
- Jason Little, Nutrien Ag Solutions
- Matt Barnard, Barnard Farms
- Heath Huisinga, Huisinga Farms
- Ken Dalenberg, Scattered Acres Farm
- Josh Plunk, Plunk Brothers, Inc.

Watch videos of the 2019 keynotes and panels here.