Ag Showcase 2018 Sessions


Day 1 (Monday, sept. 10th)

Opening Keynote

1:40 - 2:10PM

Dr. Mehmood Khan

Vice Chairman & Chief Scientific Officer of Global Research & Development

From Table to Farm: The Modern Consumer’s Reverse-Commute Across the Value ChainIn recent years, consumers of foods and beverages have installed themselves firmly in the driver’s seat

For decades, they were satisfied with tasty, affordable foods and beverages.  Today, they demand more.  Much more. They expect better nutrition, information about ingredients, visibility into supply chains, and guarantees that the foods and beverages they ingest are sourced humanely and sustainably.  

Against the backdrop, PepsiCo—which spends $2.2 billion annually on agriculture—strives to satisfy modern consumers’ needs, anticipate their future sustainability, nutrition and innovation expectations, and incent its business partners across the value chain to adapt to a food and beverage landscape that is now in a permanent state of disruption.

In discussing these issues and Pepsico’s commitment to agriculture, Dr. Khan will also identify the challenges ahead and the call for joint action in the community of farmers, innovators, investors and industry.

View From the farm

2:15 - 2:45PM

Chris Chinn

Director of Missouri Ag Dept

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Day 2 (Tuesday, Sept 11th)

Keynote Conversation

9:15 - 10:00AM

Stefan Fürnsinn

VP of Digital Farming



Mark Thompson

VP of Business Development



Charlotte Hebebrand

Director General

International Fertilizer Association



How to Most Effectively Implement the 4 Rs of Precise Plant Nutrition

We will hear from two leading global plant nutrition companies, Nutrien and Yara. Both companies are actively involved in working across the AgTech space inorder to offer more sophisticated plant nutrition solutions to growers to help them maximize yields and reduce nutrient losses to the environment. They will be exploring the future of plant nutrition and highlight their own companies' innovation and technology strategies.

Nutrien is the world’s largest provider of crop inputs and services, playing a critical role in helping growers increase food production in a sustainable manner. Nutrien produces and distributes over 26 million tonnes of potash, nitrogen and phosphate products world-wide, complemented by the largest global ag input retail network of over 1,500 company-owned retail branches.

Yara’s comprehensive crop nutrition solutions and precision farming offerings allow farmers to increase yields and improve product quality while reducing environmental impact. Founded in 1905 to solve emerging famine in Europe, Yara has a worldwide presence with more than 16,000 employees and operations in over 60 countries. In 2017, Yara reported revenues of USD 11.4 billion.

Transparency. Traceability. TransformationToday’s

consumers are asking for more information about where their food is grown, how it’s produced and how big companies are transforming the system for a more transparent value chain.From grain elevators in Indiana to cocoa co-ops in the Ivory Coast, Cargill sits in the middle of many of the largest commodity supply chains in the world. Moving food from where it’s grown, to where it’s needed. Commodity supply chains have unique challenges that must be overcome to provide greater traceability, while balancing the need for cost efficient food solutions to feed a growing population. Cargill is committed to overcoming those obstacles while considering the environmental, social and economic dimensions from the farm to the consumer.

Featured Speaker

10:00 - 10:30 AM

Jill Kolling

Global Sustainability Leader


Toward a More Sustainable Agriculture: Delivering Solutions for Farmers

During his spotlight session, Neal Gutterson from the recently-formed Corteva explores the meaning of the name (derived from “heart” and “nature”) to assert a commitment to the health and vitality of the soil and the land. He will also discuss the company’s unique portfolio of crop protection, seed and trait and digital/software offerings. This combination provides a more complete set of solutions to enable farmers to be more productive and profitable while maintaining a focus on a healthier food supply, produced more sustainably.

Featured Speaker

10:30- 11:00AM

Neal Gutterson


Corteva Agriscience™




Around the World: Big New Markets

Spotlights will be featured on India, China, and Africa with Rakesh Kapur, Managing Director, IFFCO and including Zhai Jidong, Executive VP of Kingenta Ecological Engineering Group Co. Ltd. 

Preview of Special Content Sessions

11:45AM - 12:30PM


University Showcase


Spotlight on the Pivot with Vestaron Corp 


1:30 - 1:45PM

Andy Renz, VP of Business Development

Anna Rath, CEO


Alumni Panel

1:45 - 2:45PM

Donald Marvin, CEO, Conentric Ag

Tom Laurita, CEO, New Leaf Symbiotics

Naveen Sikka, CEO, Terviva

Han Chen, CEO, ZeaKal 

Andy Renz, Vice President of Business Development, Vestaron 

in conversation with Josh HofheimerSidley Austin LLP.

Tales from the Trenches: Looking Back to Look Forward

Showcase Alumni discuss the last 10 years, and what the next 10 might bring

Six alumni from previous Ag Showcase editions reflect on what the long and winding road to commercialization meant to them, how they coped, struggled and survived, what the pitfalls and joys have brought to their journey, and what their innovative solutions mean for the push from "Farm to Table."




Alumni Spotlight


Donald Marvin, CEO, Concentric

Jarrett Chambers, President, ATP Nutrition



Managing the Transition from R&D to Commercialization

Successful transitions from R&D to commercialization require a dual focus on product development and financing.

The two are inextricably linked: While fueling the product pipeline with a breakthrough suite of products that solve real-world problems for agriculture, companies must maintain a robust outreach program to the investor community, which supplies the financial resources to fund and commercialize that product pipeline. Mr. Marvin will offer personal tips from his more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and CEO who has successfully raised more than $350 million for technology companies. Mr. Chambers will discuss how ATP became one of the largest plant nutrient suppliers in Canada.

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Featuring presentations by:

Colorado State University, Kansas State University, Louisiana State University, & Purdue Research Foundation

Special Content Session 2

4:30 - 6:00PM 

University Showcase


Special Content Session 3

4:30 - 6:00PM 

Agencia Argentina de Inversiones y Comercio Internacional

Day 3 (Wednesday, Sept. 12th)

Talk Show including ICL Specialty FertilizersKoch Agronomic, OCP & Valagro in conversation with Bob Morris, AndMore Associates

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Talk Show

9:00 - 9:45AM 


Jan Sammons, Specialty Agriculture Marketing Manager - Americas, ICL Specialty Fertilizers

C. Ryan Bond, Vice President, Strategic Marketing & Innovation, Koch Agronomic Services

Marouane Ameziane,  Executive Vice President Strategy & Corporate Development, OCP Group, Morocco

Guiseppe Natale, CEO, Valagro

Precise Plant Nutrition Solutions

What management systems, products, diagnostics, and other technology innovations in the future may or will produce food efficiently, sustainably, and economically to meet the highest aspirations for the “4Rs”:  applying the right source of nutrients, at the right rate, time and place?


Talk Show: From Farm to Plate 

Hosted by Sanjeev Krishnan, Managing Director,  S2G Ventures and Matt Crisp, CEO, Benson Hill.

Talk Show

9:45 - 12:15PM


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View From the Farm

12:15 - 12:30PM

Rebecca Doyle

Co-Owner, Hickory Grove Pork Farm & Doyle Associates

Former Director of World Food Program