Sept. 12-14, 2016 | St. Louis, MO

The Ag Innovation Showcase is an intimate event that gathers the most influential and forward thinking minds in agriculture to incite industry-changing discussion around key themes. Each year, our goal has been simple but ambitious: to bring together thought leaders focused on issues of predominant interest to both the agricultural industry and society as a whole.

Opening Keynote: Adrian Percy of Bayer Crop Science

Adrian  Percy

Adrian Percy Global Head Product of Research & Development for Crop Science Division of Bayer

Spotlight 1: View from the Farm with Garret Riekhof

Garret Riekhof

Garret Riekhof 5th Generation Farmer GR Farms

Spotlight 2: Food Labeling Strategies with Patrick Moorehead of Label Insight

Patrick Moorehead

Patrick Moorehead Chief Marketing Officer Label Insight

Spotlight 3: Entrepeneur Alumnus, John Sorenson, Vestaron

John Sorenson

John Sorenson President & CEO Vestaron

Disruptive Dialogue: Soil Health and Input Management

Nicholas Goeser

Nicholas Goeser Director National Corn Growers Association

Poornima Parameswaran

Poornima Parameswaran Co-Founder & President Trace Genomics

Steve Swaffar

Steve Swaffar Executive Director No-till on the Plains

Spotlight 4 & 5: Data and Machine Learning in the Great Outdoors & Data and Machine Learning Inside the Bubble

Joseph  Byrum

Joseph Byrum Global Head Product Development- Oilseeds Syngenta

Nicola Kerslake

Nicola Kerslake Founder Newbean Capital

Special Content Session: Early-Stage Technologies for High Throughput Phenotyping and Digital Agriculture

Tuesday, September 12 from 2:45-4:45pm.

This Special Content Session is organized by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) 

This session will feature several early-stage innovations that could transform the efficiency and effectiveness of field breeding and crop monitoring. Innovations include sophisticated sensor platforms on ground and aerial robots that can inspect crops with unprecedented resolution and from new vantage points; machine learning algorithms to recognize biological features; data mining and crop modeling tools to predict and analyze these features and determine genetic traits for crop improvement. Six cross-functional teams are developing these innovations with support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) through its TERRA program.  Teams are applying these technologies to develop improved varieties of sorghum, a plant that has high potential as an advanced bioenergy feedstock, but these technologies can also have transformative impacts on many varieties of fuel, food, feed, and fiber crops.

This session will be of interest to AgTech investors, seed companies, the agricultural informatics community, crop consultants, agricultural service providers, equipment manufacturers, and commodity groups.

More Information on the Presenters & Their Technologies:

More information about ARPA-E and the TERRA Program:

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) at the U.S. Department of Energy provides R&D funding to early-stage technologies that could fundamentally change the way we generate, use, and store energy.

ARPA-E’s TERRA program integrates plant genetics, information technology, and robotic sensors in order to accelerate year-over-year yield gains, stimulate discovery of crop traits that improve water productivity and nutrient use, and enable development of crops that are sustainable, affordable, and provide abundant bioenergy feedstocks.

Spotlight 6: View from the Farm with Jen Wagner-Lahr of AURI


Jen  Wagner-Lahr

Jen Wagner-Lahr Senior Director of Innovation AURI

Disruptive Dialogue: Key Insights from the Showcase and Looking into the Future

 Showcase highlights and trends to watch

Han Chen

Han Chen CEO ZeaKal Inc.

Vonnie Estes

Vonnie Estes Independent Consultant Independent Consultant

Jacqueline Heard

Jacqueline Heard Venture Partner Anterra Capital

Ron Meeusen

Ron Meeusen Managing Director Cultivian Sandbox Ventures, LLC