Agriculture Innovation Technology Summit

Thank you for making the 2020 AgTech Innovation Summit a huge success!

AgTech Summit 2020

Stay tuned for more details on the the sixth annual AgTech Innovation Summit. Mark your calendars now for March 10, 2021.

March 10, 2021
I-HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER
1900 S. FIRST STREET, CHAMPAIGN

Media

March 10, FarmWeekNow: Farmers: Technology key to drive future improvements in ag

March 9, The News Gazette: At AgTech Innovation Summit, farmers looking to keep hands clean with data

February 28, Smile Politely: Next week is AgTech Week in C-U

February 26, AgriNews: AgTech Innovation Summit returns to Champaign

February 25, Daily Illini: Agriculture technology summit celebrates fifth anniversary

February 25, Journal Gazette & Times Courier: OVER THE COLES: AgTech Innovation Summit returns to Champaign for fifth year

February 19, AgriMarketing: AgTech Innovation Summit Returns to U of Illinois

Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors who make this event possible.

AgTech Sponsors

2020 Panels

Digital Disruption in Agriculture: Modernizing the Value Chain

This panel will discuss the latest innovations maximizing data-driven insights in order to enhance producer decision making from season to season.  Advancements in artificial intelligence, cloud computing, robotics, and IoT are being integrated to improving productivity and sustainability. It will bring together a broad set of perspectives on how analytics – once a novelty in agriculture – has become ubiquitous in all aspects of the industry

Investment in AgTech: A Maturing Industry?

While still a niche industry in the overall venture capital market, investment in foodtech and agtech startups has grown exponentially since 2012 – reaching $17 billion in 2018, according to AgFunder. This panel of experienced AgTech investors will discuss how the industry continues to “mature”, what technologies are attracting the most interest, why and what they hope to see in return.

Corporations and Collaboration: Industry Leaders on the State of Agriculture

Leading agriculture corporate executives will delve into today’s most pressing challenges, and the variety of ways that digital solutions are shifting the conversation away from just rehashing problems to implementing solutions.  This panel will discuss strategies including (but not limited to) collaborations within industry; outsourcing innovation to startups; and partnering with academic institutions to advance their corporate technology portfolios.

Insights from Growers and Producers: Preparing for the Next Generation

Growers are on the “front lines” of bringing farming from the industrial age into the digital age, at a record pace. From land management to machinery to maximizing inputs, growers are not only balancing the need to adapt, but also how to make farming viable for the next generations. Our panel of growers will discuss how they’re navigating labor shortages, climate change and maximizing yields as they adopt new technologies and services.

2020 Agenda

Wednesday March 4, 2020

7:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:10 am: Platinum sponsor remarks
8:25 am: Morning Keynote Address
9:15 am: Company Presentation
9:30 am: Investment in AgTech: A Maturing Industry?
10:20 am: Break
10:35 am: Company Presentation
10:50 am: Company Presentation
11:05 am: Digital Disruption in Agriculture: Modernizing the Value Chain
12:00 pm: Lunch
12:20 pm: Afternoon Kickoff
12:35 pm: Moore Innovation Prize
12:40 pm:  Company Presentation
12:55 pm: Afternoon Fireside Chat
1:30 pm: Break
1:45 pm: Growers and Producers: Preparing for the Next Generation
2:45 pm: Company Presentation
3:00 pm: Corporations and Collaboration: Industry Leaders on the State of Agriculture
3:55 pm: Closing Remarks
4:00 pm: AgTech Showcase and Networking Event

AgTech Showcase

AgTech Summit History

Check out these highlights from our AgTech Innovation Summits of past years.

2019

2019 AgTech Summit Photos

2018

2018 AgTech Summit Photos

2017

2017 AgTech Summit Photos

2016

2016 AgTech Summit Photos