AUGUST 8, 2019

Minneapolis, MN

A Research-Based Approach to a More
Productive & Profitable Farming Future

About the Summit

Farms have never wanted for data. Whether you specialize in row crops or livestock farming, you likely have near limitless data sources from motion trackers on animals, to sensors in your soil to every tiny shift in the weather and beyond. In the absence of established analytics, however, all this data has yet to lead to insights that can shape the future of farming. The Data-Driven Agriculture Summit will unite the wisdom of current agricultural leaders with the analytical insights of digital transformation experts in an exploration of how data-driven strategies will lead to more efficient, productive and sustainable farming practices.

Actionable Insights

Hear first-hand from senior agri-food executives as they share their experiences on sustainable best practices, environmental compliance and new technologies and approaches.

Inspiring Keynote Speakers

Hear from some of today’s most compelling and sought-after disruptors & pioneers leading the charge in agricultural technology advancements.

1:1 Business Connections

Elevate your bottom line & career through unique 1:1 networking discussions aimed to accelerate the transition of technology from the lab to the field.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

TITLE

  • Chief Agricultural Officer
  • Chief Data Officer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Chief Analytics Officer
  • (Also VP, SVP, Director, Senior Director and Manager in same depts)
  • Agronomist
  • Farmer
  • Founder
  • AgTech Lead
  • Sustainability Lead
  • Research Scientist
  • Grower
  • Farm Manager
  • Farm Operator
  • Farm Owner
  • AgTech Lead
  • Technologist

FUNCTION

  • Agronomy
  • Data Science
  • Research
  • Sustainability
  • AgTech
  • IT
  • Investment

INDUSTRY

  • Agriculture
  • Venture Capitalism
  • Land management
  • Crop Science
  • Resource Management
  • Sustainability

Senior Agri-Food/Technology executives focused on:

  • AI
  • Analytics
  • Compliance
  • Data
  • Digital Transformation
  • Information Technology
  • Innovation
  • IoT
  • Investing
  • Startups

SPEAKERS

PJ Amini
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PJ Amini

Director of Venture Investments | Bayer Growth Ventures

Brian Buhr
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Brian Buhr

Dean and Director College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Science | University of Minnesota

Co-Chair: Bobbi Gray
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Co-Chair: Bobbi Gray

Research Director | Grameen Foundation

Frank Dravis
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Frank Dravis

CIO | Organic Valley

Scott Haase
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Scott Haase

Founder and Farmer | Blue Dirt Farms

Scott Henry
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Scott Henry

Principal | Red Reef Partners

Bryce Irlbeck
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Bryce Irlbeck

BD Manager, Agrisecure, Farmer

Carl Lippert
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Carl Lippert

Co-Founder | FeedX and Co-Owner | Grass Ridge Farm LLC

Philip G. Pardey
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Philip G. Pardey

Professor of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Economics | University of Minnesota

Viki Radden
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Viki Radden

CEO & Founder | Honor Harvest

Dave Russell, Ph.D.
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Dave Russell, Ph.D.

Operating Partner | Lewis & Clark Partners

Kenneth Sudduth
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Kenneth Sudduth

Research Agricultural Engineer | USDA

Eric Thalken
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Eric Thalken

Farm Manager | Burkey Farms

Kristen Veum
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Kristen Veum

Research Soil Scientist | USDA - ARS

Aaron Waltz, Ph.D.
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Aaron Waltz, Ph.D.

Director, Field Trials and Nutrition | Concentric

AGENDA-AT-A-GLANCE

*Agenda is subject to change.

Breakfast + Registration

Chair’s Opening Remarks

  • Bobbi Gray, Research Director, Grameen Foundation

Co-Chair: Bobbi Gray

Bobbi Gray is Research Director at Grameen Foundation. She has more than 15 years of experience in designing, implementing and coordinating research and evaluation on financial, health and agricultural programs for underserved communities across Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa. Much of her recent research has focused on programs that integrate nutrition, agriculture, and financial […]

Keynote: Data Driven Advances in Agriculture

Precision Ag is nothing new. Data has played an important role in farming practices for decades. Recent advances in technological tools and computer processing speeds have, however, increased the amount and accessibility of that data. Having witnessed the evolution of data driven agriculture, Kenneth Sudduth is uniquely posed to expound on the journey from where it’s been to where we are and where we are going.

  • Kenneth Sudduth, Research Agricultural Engineer, USDA

Kenneth Sudduth

Panel Discussion: The Smart Farms Startup Landscape

Farmers are problem solvers and some of them are taking the tech into their own hands by launching ag tech startups.  This panel will introduce you to some of the most impressive farmer led start-ups that have recently cropped up.

  • Carl Lippert, Co-Founder, FeedX and Co-Owner, Grass Ridge Farm LLC

Carl Lippert

Networking Break

Presentation: Realizing the Data Revolution in Agriculture

Enabling innovations in agricultural supply chains linking farmers to markets involves dealing with increasingly large, often disparate and complex sets of data, many of which have proprietary (firm) or sensitive private (farm) properties. Moreover, the types and sources of relevant data are proliferating faster than we are making sense of that data. In this talk I will describe these rapidly evolving data realities and the prospects they have for remaking the way we develop, deploy and steward innovations in agricultural supply chains.

  • Phillip Pardey, Professor and Director, International Science and Technology Practice and Policy (InSTePP) Center, University of Minnesota

Philip G. Pardey

Philip G. Pardey is Professor of Science and Technology Policy in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota, Director of Global Research Strategy for the College of Food Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), and directs the University’s International Science and Technology Practice and Policy (InSTePP) center. Previously he was a senior […]

The Science of Soil Health

All crops start with soil. Emerging tech is allowing farmers to better understand the health of their soil and to use that understanding to make smart planting, harvesting, fertilizing and watering decisions. Research Scientist Kristen Veum will dig into current best practices in soil health management and where the tech is taking it.

  • Kristen Veum, Research Soil Scientist, USDA - ARS

Kristen Veum

Networking Lunch

Panel: Farmers Talk Data: How Today’s Farmers Do and Do Not Use Data Every Day

The exciting explosion of emerging agtech has farmers inundated with promising tools and solutions. As they slowly sift through the options, farmers have come to understand what is actually helpful and what is potentially overhyped. This panel of farmers will candidly share how the really do use data in their daily work.

  • Eric Thalken, Farm Manager, Burkey Farms
  • Scott Haase, Founder & Farmer, Blue Dirt Farm
  • Bryce Irlbeck, BD Manager, Agrisecure, Farmer

Scott Haase

Scott K. Haase is a sixth generation farmer working in the Southern Minnesota where he manages 1400 acres of corn and soybeans with his brother. On the farm he leads ongoing efforts to improve soil health and has increased cover crop acres from zero to over 200 acres in 2018, along with drastically reducing tillage […]

Bryce Irlbeck
Eric Thalken

Field Trials Design for Collecting the Most Usable Data

Not all field trials are created equal, this session will provide strategies for analyzing your inputs and outputs in order to gather truly valuable information. When you collect data about all of your land’s inputs and outputs you can establish a clear path forward for how you use it.

Aaron Waltz, Ph.D.

Dr. Waltz is an accomplished agronomist and agrotechnologist, with expertise in crop protection, plant breeding, transgenic traits and chemical manufacturing (adjuvants) with leading agriculture companies Exacto, Inc., DuPont Pioneer and American Cyanamid. During his nine years as a senior research manager at DuPont Pioneer, he led field evaluations and germplasm characterization for transgenic corn herbicide […]

Networking Break

Panel Discussion: Investment Trends in Ag Tech

Investors are spotting the AgTech trends and they are spending money in the space.  When it comes to seeing what’s next it’s smart to “follow” the money. We’ll hear from a panel of investors as they share their predictions for what’s to come in Data Driven Agriculture.

  • PJ Amini, Director of Venture Investments, Bayer Growth Ventures
  • David Russell, Principal, Lewis & Clark Ventures

PJ Amini
Dave Russell, Ph.D.

David Russell is an Operating Partner at Lewis & Clark Partners located in St Louis, Missouri.   David is focused on the AgriFood Fund looking at plant productivity, farm productivity, supply chain efficiency, and feed and food ingredients.  He has a particular focus on finding and evaluating late venture and growth startups.  David serves as a Board Member or […]

Keynote: The Importance of Farm Data to the Supply Chain in an Agricultural Coop

Farm data in the supply chain to a farmer coop.

  • Frank Dravis, CIO, Organic Valley

Frank Dravis

Chair’s Closing Remarks

  • Bobbi Gray, Research Director, The Grameen Foundation

Co-Chair: Bobbi Gray

Bobbi Gray is Research Director at Grameen Foundation. She has more than 15 years of experience in designing, implementing and coordinating research and evaluation on financial, health and agricultural programs for underserved communities across Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa. Much of her recent research has focused on programs that integrate nutrition, agriculture, and financial […]

Networking Wine + Beer Reception

Summit Concludes

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VENUE

The Lumber Exchange

10 South 5th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Information for Hotel Reservations

The conference has negotiated discounted hotel rates for The Print Event attendees. Hotel reservations are taken on a first-come, first served, space available basis.

Room Rates

Standard Guestrooms: $159 plus tax per night

Reservation Deadline is 7.19.19

To guarantee a room at the discounted rate, all reservations must be received by July 19, 2019.

Making Reservations

A dedicated website is now available for attendees to book their hotel rooms online. Reservations can be made by clicking here.

Deposit

All reservation requests must be accompanied by a credit card guarantee for a deposit of one night’s room and tax for each room reserved.

AC Hotel by Marriott Minneapolis Downtown
AC Hotel by Marriott Minneapolis Downtown

Address: 401 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: (612) 338-0700

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INSPIRING SPEAKERS

150

EXPECTED DELEGATES

9

IMPACTFUL SESSIONS

REGISTRATION

ADVANCE

$795

Register by 8/2
ON-SITE

$895

Register after 8/2

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