All times in the agenda below are in PT.

Day One - Tuesday March 19

7:30-8:30am
Mexican Breakfast Meeting

Explore the vast potential of agricultural innovation in Mexico. Our expert speakers will shed light on emerging trends, investment prospects, and sustainable practices in the Mexican agriculture sector.

8.55am
Opening Remarks
9am
Navigating Incentives for Decarbonization in Agriculture
  • On the path to decarbonization, how do we strike a balance between the competing demands for food, fiber and fuel and simultaneously incentivize solutions and systems that mitigate the impacts of climate change?
  • How do we ensure the entire agricultural value chain is actively engaged in the sustainability journey, and empower and reward farmers as pivotal players in this transformation?
  • How do we rally the agtech community to develop the necessary technology and gather the right data to support the creation of new markets that will underpin the decarbonization process?

Speakers:
David Hayes, Former Special Assistant to the President for Climate Policy at The White House/Lecturer, STANFORD LAW SCHOOL
David Babson, Executive Director, MIT CLIMATE GRAND CHALLENGES

9.40am
Climate Change and Agriculture: Adapting for a Sustainable Future
9.50am
A Blueprint for Impact: Embedding Sustainability into R&D Strategy
  • With sustainability at the forefront of the innovation agenda, where are corporates on their journey, and how are businesses embedding sustainability into their R&D strategies?
  • How have evolving market dynamics impacted the overall innovation models adopted by corporations in the past year?
  • How are companies effectively linking technology and innovation with sustainable outcomes and how does this connection translate into on-farm practices?
  • How are agricultural companies adapting to support customers as they evolve in response to sustainability and ESG pressures? What technologies are being piloted to meet these evolving customer demands?

Speakers:
Sam Eathington, CTO, CORTEVA AGRISCIENCE

10.10am
The GenAI Era: Navigating Opportunities and Challenges in AgTech
  • In the 18 months since the advent of the GenAI era, what insights have been gained and milestones achieved? Where has GenAI triggered transformative changes, and what aspects are genuinely impactful versus being driven by hype?
  • Drawing on parallels seen in the entertainment sector, how can the agricultural industry take proactive measures to mitigate the unintended negative consequences of AI? What ethical considerations surround data usage, protection and consent in the context of data-driven agricultural practices?
  • How can we establish a reliable framework to verify claims made by AI systems in agriculture? What measures can be taken to prevent bias and the marginalization of communities in AI-driven agricultural practices?
  • With GenAI’s foundation work undertaken by industry giants like Google, Microsoft, Open AI and start-ups, what business models can we expect? Will GenAI models be offered for free, subsidized or subject to charges? Who bears the cost and how will these models be monetized?
10.30am
Networking Coffee Break

Hosted by:

11:00am
Collaborating for Emission Reduction: How are Food Brands and Retailers Cooperating on Climate Commitments?
  • How are food brands and retailers navigating the complex challenges and opportunities associated with climate goals, science-based targets (SBTs), and sustainability initiatives?
  • What are the key changes and implications of FLAG guidance on SBTs and how will companies need to adjust their reporting practices to comply?
  • How do companies strike a balance between carbon reduction projects and projects focused on regenerative agriculture, and what are the potential risks and rewards?
  • What approaches are businesses exploring to promote cooperation with both competitors and partners in shared environments where they collectively source and collaborate on emission reduction initiatives?
  • What types of incentives are required, and how can companies continue to showcase their individual strides toward achieving sustainability objectives?

Speakers:
Carter Ingram, Managing Director, POLLINATION

11.30am
Innovating for the Farmer of the Future
11.40am
Advancing Real-Time Decision Agility: Equipment, Engineering and Data Insights in Agriculture
  • Where are we on the path to developing real-time decision ag? What possibilities exist today, and how are they contributing to efficiency, sustainability and return on investment?
  • What collaborative efforts are emerging to integrate data insights, equipment and engineering in the field, and what impact is this having on commercial success? What regulatory factors are influencing these partnerships, and where is there room for more collaborations to simplify the grower experience?
  • What broader ripple effects can we anticipate from data-driven and technological improvements in agriculture? How will these advancements impact long-term shifts in industry dynamics, practices, and economics?
  • What new business models will emerge for example around carbon credits and use of crop protection in the field? How is the value chain looking to capture value for its customers?

Moderator:
Seana Day, Partner, CULTERRA CAPITAL 

Speakers:
Dirk Vandenhirtz, CEO, CROP.ZONE
Jorge Heraud, VP Automation & Autonomy, JOHN DEERE
Niall Mottram, Head of Industrial & Energy, CAMBRIDGE CONSULTANTS

12.30pm
Networking Lunch

Hosted by:

1.30pm
Optimizing Plants and Biology for Carbon Removal

Speaker:
Joanne Chory, Executive Director, Harnessing Plants Initiative, SALK INSTITUTE  

1.40pm
CRISPR Cultivation: Transforming Agriculture for Climate Resilience
  • With CRISPR technology unlocking new avenues to efficiently introduce desirable traits into plants, what transformative changes and forward momentum can we anticipate in agriculture?
  • How is the link between genomics and real-world agricultural outcomes evolving due to advances in breeding technologies like CRISPR?
  • How can international collaboration enhance the accessibility of CRISPR technology in agriculture and address global food security challenges?

Moderator:
Howard Shapiro, Distinguished Senior Fellow, ICRAF

2.20pm
Navigating Commercial Opportunities for High Value Crops & Ingredients
  • In this session, we focus on the market potential for new crops and ingredients that are targeting consumer preferences or industry demands. We will examine the strategic roadmap that is being employed to achieve commercial success and how regulatory framework is evolving to accommodate these advancements.

Speakers:
Judson Ward, Co-Founder & CTO, OHALO GENETICS
Tom Adams, CEO, PAIRWISE
Todd Rands, CEO, ELO LIFE SYSTEMS
Shimpei Takeshita, President, SANATECH SEED

2.50pm
Networking Coffee Break
3.20pm
Enabling Digital Transformation: How can AI and Data Enhance Agri-Tech Solutions for Greater Effectiveness?
  • Digital innovation in agriculture holds the potential to revolutionize farming, increasing efficiency and profitability. How can agribusinesses and solution providers develop digital solutions that farmers are willing to adopt?
  • How will the integration of data and AI into agriculture usher in a new era of efficiency, productivity, and sustainability? What will the next generation of services and solutions look like?  

Moderator:
Aaron Magenheim, CEO & Co-Founder, AGTECH INSIGHT

Speakers:
Ron Baruchi, CEO, AGMATIX
Robert Kelly, Senior Partner, HEADSTORM
Maribel Ferrer, Chief Strategy and Financial Officer, OCP NORTH AMERICA
Sidhartha Bhandari, Agriculture & Food Business Transformation, PUBLICIS SAPIENT

4:00pm
Agriculture’s Workforce: Adapting to Labor Challenges and Ensuring Supply Chain Resilience
  • As labor migration patterns shift, and demographic changes continue, there is an increasing need for innovative solutions to maintain the labor force required for efficient agricultural production. What role do retailers play in the address labor challenges and secure the resilience of agricultural supply chains?
  • How are they working closely with farmers to invest in training and mechanization?
4.10pm
Enhancing Growing Practices: Innovation Empowering Fresh Produce and Specialty Growers
  • How are growers in fresh produce and specialty crop cultivation harnessing technologies to solve challenges on the ground and meet the evolving demands of the market?
  • From drones to sensors to IoT and data analytics, what are the latest tools and how are these being leveraged for informed decision-making and resource optimization?
  • How is automation reshaping the workforce in the fresh produce industry and what role will greater automation play in boosting productivity and quality?
  • How do partnerships and collaborations with established agricultural associations and research institutions aid start-ups in advancing autonomous agricultural technologies?
  • What’s on the horizon for today’s fresh producer growers and how can we accelerate the innovation pipeline for solutions that will address the greatest challenges?

Speakers:
Nolan Paul, General Manager, Global Head of Agriculture Business, YAMAHA MOTOR VENTURES
Tim Bucher, CEO, AGTONOMY
Scott Komar, SVP Global R&D, DRISCOLLS
Dave Puglia, President & CEO, WESTERN GROWERS
Zak Laffite, President, Wonderful Citrus, WONDERFUL COMPANY

4.50pm
Gone in 60 Seconds: Start-Up Showcase

Six emerging start-ups are given just a single minute each to present their solutions.

5:00pm
Investor Panel: Laying A New Foundation for the Economic Framework for AgTech
  • The recent economic downturn might have cast a long shadow over the entrepreneurial landscape but also presents a significant opportunity to completely overhaul the financial model for agtech. What path led us to the current state of affairs and what aspects have fallen short or failed to deliver the desired outcomes?
  • Where are the opportunities to customize investment approaches rather than merely applying standard VC terms to agtech? How have innovate approaches such as revenue-based financing demonstrated better performance and more stable returns?
  • How can investors look beyond the traditional markers of success and paths to exit, and focus on the actual value that an agtech company brings to the agricultural industry by solving specific agricultural challenges?
  • Where are the opportunities for consolidating smaller ventures through initiatives like roll-ups? How can this strategy potentially move the needle in terms of scale and effectiveness?

Moderator:
Adam Anders, Managing Director, ANTERRA CAPITAL

5.40pm
Happy Hour Drinks

Day Two - Wednesday March 20

7:30-8:30am
Breakfast Meeting: Women in Ag

Join us for a morning of networking and discussion, featuring inspiring women leaders in the agtech industry.

9.10am
Future-Proofing Food Systems: Innovating for Food Security and Agriculture 
  • What role does on-farm innovation play in fostering a more sustainable global food system and reducing disparities in access to nutritious, sustainable food?
  • How are agri-food companies aligning with government and other stakeholders to overcome the complex challenge of integrating water and food security?
  • How can public and private organizations better collaborate to advance the next generation of climate-smart and yield-enhancing tools?
  • Where do sustainability and nutrition intersect, and what policy and innovation initiatives are necessary to bridge the gap between food insecurity and the establishment of sustainable, equitable food systems?
  • What metrics and tools are currently being used to measure progress and address deficiencies within food systems, with a focus on strengthening supply chains from farm to plate?

Speakers:
Karen Ross, Secretary of Agriculture, CDFA
Ponsi Trivisvavet, CEO, INARI
Melissa Ho, Senior Vice President, Freshwater & Food, WWF

9.50am
Digital Financing in Agriculture: Sustainable Ag’s Solution or a New Conundrum?
  • What does the landscape of agricultural finance look like today and what developments are we seeing in financial technology which could shape its future trajectory?
  • How do Farm Credit systems fit into the broader picture? What are the current challenges impeding capital flow within the system?
  • How do we integrate the principals of sustainable financing throughout the financial ecosystem to create a fair and transparent system to support loan decisions?
  • How do we create banking and payment systems tailored to the needs of farmers, but which ensure fair market pricing and adherence to the principals that matter most to stakeholders?

Speakers:
Jake Joraanstad, CEO, BUSHEL
Jim O’Brien, CEO, AGROGRAPH
Kelly Miller, Director of AgTech, COMPEER FINANCIAL

10.30am
Supply Chain Impact Assessment: Generating Real-Time Insights into the Food System
  • What are the latest technologies and approaches for real-time tracking of environmental impact throughout the supply chain? How are data sources such as remote sensing and blockchain being used to enhance transparency and accuracy?
  • What are the gaps in data availability, accuracy or transparency that hinder effective impact measurements? How great is the transformative potential of blockchain and other tracing technologies and what success stories are we seeking?
10.40am
Networking Coffee Break
11.10am
Biologicals in Action: Getting Traction on Today’s Farms
  • What drives the success and commercial viability of biological crop inputs on farms? How are farmers integrating biologicals into their crop management practices?
  • What education do farmers and agronomists need to ensure the proper use of biologicals? What successful training programmes and initiatives are we seeing?
  • How are companies establishing effective distribution channels to make their biological products accessible to farmers? What partnerships are we seeing between ag retailers, distributors and cooperatives and how are they playing a role in establishing market demand?
  • How can we transform R&D to develop biological products that address all seasonal challenges? Could there be a comprehensive product that combines multiple biologicals, and what criteria would be needed to select and combine different biological tools?
  • What common missteps do start-ups encounter when managing their intellectual property and determining the timeline, resource allocation and adoption process for farmers? What collaboration between researchers, start-ups, and farmers is needed to refine biological product concepts?

Speakers:
Gloverson Moro, CTO, AGRITHORITY
Randy Barker, CEO & Co-Founder, INTENT
Brent Smith, President, NEWLEAF SYMBIOTICS
Ruy Cunha, CEO LAVORO AGRO

11.50am
Nurturing Growth: Building an Innovation Pipeline at the Speed of Environmental Ambition
  • Start-ups, corporates and investors play a pivotal role in driving innovation towards climate adaptation and sustainability goals. Even amidst the current adversity, what progress are companies making?
  • How do we make sure that we have realistic targets, and technology that can keep pace with achieving those targets? What role will biologicals play as part of a sustainable food system?
  • How do we evaluate the success of biologicals? What metrics and methodologies are being used to build confidence with growers?
  • What criteria are being used to define sustainability, and how can this be quantified? What scientific validation is needed to confirm the efficacy of sustainability attributes in agricultural products, such as carbon intensity or improved nitrogen use?

Moderator:
Mark Brooks, Managing Director, FMC VENTURES

Speakers:
Isabel Vercauteren, CEO, APHEA. BIO
Kevin Helash, CEO, BIOTALYS
Jean-François Déchant, Chief Executive Officer, and Co-Founder, ELICIT PLANT
Lone Baekgaard, VP of Applied Research, Agriculture and Industrial Biosolutions, NOVOZYMES
Victoria Kimonides, CEO, EAGLE GENOMICS

12.30pm
Roundtables

Elevate your knowledge and engage in meaningful conversations with industry experts. Join focused, interactive discussion groups to deep dive into industry critical topics most relevant to you and your business.

  • Navigating Agricultural Labor Challenges: Automating Solutions for Future Farmers
    Host: SABANTO
  • Collaboration & Partnerships: Open Innovation Models Advancing Ag
    Host: SYNGENTA
  • Elevating Soil Carbon Credits: Strategies for Adoption, Impact, and Premium Pricing
    Host: GROUNDWORK BIOAG
  • Elevating Smart Tech: Achieving Scale through OEM Partnerships
    Host: KUBOTA HOLDINGS
  • Utilizing Soil Biology & Data to Enhance Field Management
    Host: BIOME MAKERS
  • Farmer-Centric Tech: Boosting Profit, Data, and Sustainability for Growers
    Host: SOILTECH WIRELESS
  • Accelerating Tech Uptake: Leveraging Partnership and Collaboration for Increased Adoption
    Host: AQUASPY
  • Beyond the Noise: Cultivating Trust in Agricultural Biologicals
    Host: AZOTIC TECHNOLOGIES
  • Farm AI & Robotics: What are the Necessary Ingredients to Achieving True Farm Scale?
    Host: TORTUGA 
  • Ag Climatech: Traceability and Farmer Governance for Environmental Stewardship
    Host: UCROP.IT
  • Field-to-Harvest Precision: Advancing Crop Technology in Digital Agriculture
    Host: BIOCONNECT IOWA
  • Wheat Growers’ Next-Gen Opportunities: Innovation, Outlook for Growth, Consumer Trends
    Host: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WHEAT GROWERS
  • Successful Software Product Creation: Learnings, Challenges, and Opportunities
    Host: MAGOYA SOFTWARE
  • Partnering Upstream: How Food Companies Drive Yield and Sustainability Together?
    Host: THE KRAFT HEINZ COMPANY
  • Sustainability Nexus: Future Paths in Regenerative and Precision Agriculture
    Host: PLANET
  • Synthetic Training Data in AgTech: Balancing Pros, Cons, and Best Practices
    Host: SAMA
  • Novel Tools and Platforms to Enable Partnership
    Host: BAYER
  • How Much Regulatory Diligence is Enough?
    Host: ICL GROUP
  • The Scope 3 Challenge: Sensing Technology to unlock Better Nitrogen Management
    Host: CHRYSALABS
  • Aerial Ag Systems: How Drones Will Lead the Agricultural Platform Evolution
    Host: GUARDIAN AG
  • Agrochemical Application: Tailoring Method for Optimal Plant Protection
    Host: AGZEN
  • Enabling Field-to-Cloud Agri Transformation
    Host: SONATA SOFTWARE
  • Beyond Equity: Diversifying Funding for your AgTech Start-Up
    Host: FARMHAND VENTURES
  • Next-Gen Biostimulants: Launching Novel Crop Inputs from Regulatory to Customer Adoption
    Host: ZERO GRAVITY SOLUTIONS
1:00pm
Networking Lunch
2:00pm
Measuring and Reporting on Sustainable Outcomes: Bridging the Gap Between Expectations & Reality
2.10pm
Unlocking Regenerative Agriculture’s Momentum: Meeting Growing Demands
  • How are agri-food corporations actively supporting farmers during their transition to regenerative methods? What steps are they taking to manage risks and provide financial tools or incentives, considering the time it takes to see tangible results?
  • How can we translate CPG sustainability expectations into farmer-friendly, accessible programs? What are the key challenges faced in implementing these targets? What collaborative approaches are needed to deliver tangible results?
  • Farmers require diverse, region-specific sustainability programs, like carbon offset initiatives and soil health projects. How can we expand and adapt sustainability programs to meet the needs of farmers in different agricultural regions?
  • What tools and technologies are needed to quantify outcomes to soil health, water quality, biodiversity and emissions and allow food companies and asset owners to report on their GHG protocols? How can we bring the cost of sampling down?  

Speakers:
Jess Newman, Senior Director of Ag & Sustainability, MCCAIN
Jack Roswell, Co-Founder & CEO, PERENNIAL
Mark Dann, Agricultural Accounts Executive, ESRI
Lars Dyrud, CEO, EARTHOPTICS
Megan Rock, Chief Sustainability Officer, CHS

2.50pm
Sustainable Agriculture Investments: Aligning Farmer and Investor Interests
  • How can sustainable practices, natural capital investments and inclusive capital work together to enhance the economic value of agricultural assets while promoting responsible land management and ownership?
  • How do land investors factor into agtech investments, and what is their role in shaping the future of agriculture? How do they drive decarbonization in agriculture through procurement decisions and investments? What criteria are they using to account for their ESG footprint and what data and information do they need to measure their footprint in agriculture?
3.20pm
Overheard at World Agri-Tech: Where Do We Go from Here?

As we wrap up the summit, we invite our audience to join us for an interactive and lively discussion as we reflect on the conversations and ideas that have been debated over the previous two days.

We ask for our audience’s full participation, to share provocative thoughts, challenge new concepts and debate accepted norms as we set the agenda for the year ahead and forge a path to take the industry to new heights.

4:00pm
Closing Remarks and End of Summit