Agriculture Innovation Technology Summit

The next AgTech Innovation Summit will take place on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. 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.

March 7, 2023
Illinois Conference Center
1402 S. 1st St. Champaign, IL

 

This interactive conference offers participants the opportunity to learn and share knowledge about the current state of agtech and looking into the future through dynamic panels, inspiring keynote presentations, and networking opportunities.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Bleill at lwbleill@illinois.edu.

AgTech Summit 2022 in the Media

 

2022 AgTech Summit

March 9, WCIA: AgTech Innovation Summit

March 9, Brownfield: Vertical Integration has farmer/brewer less concerned about inflation

February 23, Speaker RFD Profit Watch 

Videos

Sponsors

2022 AgTech Summit Sponsors

2022 Agenda

Wednesday March 9, 2022

7:30 am Registration Opens
8:00 am WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS
OPENING REMARKS
OPENING REMARKS
8:15 am OPENING REMARKS from ACES
8:30 am The Ag Sector’s Role in Carbon Markets
9:00 am Morning Fireside Chat
9:30 am Carbon Neutral Flour Business
10:00 am Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) Update
10:15 am break
10:30 Fireside Chat
11:00 am Glen “GB” Brandt Prize for Ag Entrepreneurism
11:15 am Navigating the Agriculture Supply Chain
11:45 am Navigating the Agriculture Supply Chain
12:15 pm Lunch
12:45 pm Tech Strategy to Drive Customer Experience
1:15 pm Afternoon Fireside Chat
  • Bill Hamer | Carbon Strategy and Operations Manager, Corteva
  • Moderator: Gene Robinson | Director, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology , University of Illinois
1:45 PM Moore Innovation Prize and Startup Presentation
2:00 pm break
2:15 pm Lightning Chat
2:30 pm Afternoon Fireside Chat
3:00 pm Investment in AgTech
3:30  pm Investment in AgTech
4:00 – 5:30 pm AgTech SHowcase & Networking Reception
  • The AgTech Showcase is an opportunity to connect with other attendees and see what innovations companies are working on. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Champaign-Urbana AgTech Week

Champaign-Urbana has long been a hub for technology as well as agriculture. In the past decade, those two paths have converged, paving the way for the community to become an “epicenter for AgTech.” In addition to the AgTech Summit, there are several events during AgTech Week from March 7-11. 

AgTech Award

Edwin Moore Family Agriculture Award

The Edwin Moore Family Agriculture award was established in 2016 with a generous gift to EnterpriseWorks. The goal of this award is to help startup companies engaged in the development of new innovative technologies that may lead to increased productivity and/or efficiency in farming or to create new agricultural opportunities, including new processes, new crops, and new food production systems.

The award honors the legacy of Edwin E. Moore (1924), who graduated from the University of Illinois College of Agriculture and began farming in Will County. Throughout his agricultural career, he and his wife, Iva, used innovative farming practices for both crop production and livestock management. Two of their four children also became farmers, Edwin and Thomas (1953, College of Agriculture), and continued use of innovative farm practices. Subsequent generations of Edwin Moore’s family have continued to pursue farming and ag-related careers capturing the same innovative spirit.

The previous winners include:

FrostDefense(2022)

Epivara(2021)

AspiringUniverse(2020)

TellTail(2019)

EarthSense(2018)

Soil Diagnostics(2017)

Glen “GB” Brandt Prize for Ag Entrepreneurism Award

The Glen “GB” Brandt Prize for Ag Entrepreneurism  was established in 2021 in honor of Glen “GB” Brandt, a legendary figure in the field of Illinois agriculture, who passed away in late 2020. The BRANDT Foundation partnered with the University of Illinois to provide the winner a $10,000 prize.

The BRANDT Foundation was established in 2012 as a philanthropic extension of BRANDT, Inc. The Brandt family has always stood with their communities and as their company grew, so did the opportunities to give back. The BRANDT Foundation offers donations, grants, and support to the charities, organizations, and communities that reside in the same area of the company; geographically and industry-related.

 

The previous winners include:

Matt Riggs(2022)

Will Glazik(2021)

AgTech Summit History

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

2022

2022 AgTech Innovation Summit Photo Gallery

February 23, Speaker RFD Profit Watch 

2021

2021 AgTech Innovation Summit Recap Video

2021 AgTech Innovation Summit Photos

AgTech Summit 2021 in the Media

March 20, The News-Gazette: Rural Paxton farmer’s spirit recognized

March 12, AgDaily: Illinois Farmer Receives Ag Entrepreneurial Award

March 4, WCIA: We’re thinking spring in Champaign County

February 10, Smile Politely:  The 2021 AgTech Innovation Summit is Happening on March 10th

2020

2020 AgTech Summit Photos

2019

2019 AgTech Summit Photos

2018

2018 AgTech Summit Photos

2017

2017 AgTech Summit Photos

2016

2016 AgTech Summit Photos