Agriculture Technology Innovation Summit

 

THANK YOU! AgTech Summit 2019 was a tremendous success. We will update this page with videos of the panels as soon as possible.

Some media coverage from the event: 

Closing Market Report, WILL, March 5
Brownfield Ag News: Interview with John Deere's Mark MOran 
B
rownfield Ag News: TellTail, Edwin Moore Family Innovation Prize Winner
 
News-Gazette

SAVE THE DATE FOR AGTECH SUMMIT 2020: March 4, 2020

AgTech Innovation Summit
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

University of Illinois Research Park
Champaign, Illinois 

PRESENTED BY 
Bayer and The Climate Corporation


with generous sponsorship from:
ADM
John Deere
Country Financial DigitaLab

Please take this anonymous 5 questions survey
AgTech 2019 Survey

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. Please direct any additional inquiries to Laura Bleill at lwbleill@illinois.edu.

 

The AgTech Innovation Summit is a collaboration between the University of Illinois College of ACES, the Office of Corporate Relations, and the University of Illinois Research Park.  

 2019 Schedule of Events 

Tuesday March 5, 2019
EnterpriseWorks Atrium, 60 Hazelwood Drive, Champaign

8:00am-12pm
USDA SBIR Workshop
- Free, but separate registration required. More info here

5:30-7:00pm
Opening Reception
- Open to all, but must complete registration form

Wednesday March 6, 2019 
I-Hotel & Conference Center, 1900 South First Street, Champaign

7:45am
Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:10am
Welcome & Opening Remarks 
- Laura Frerichs, University of Illinois Research Park
- Adam Davis, University of Illinois ACES
- Frank Dohleman, The Climate Corporation

8:30am
Morning Keynote Address
- Mark Moran, John Deere Technology Innovation Center

9:15am
Collaborations Between Startups & Corporations
Learn more about the important symbiotic relationship between entrepreneurs and established companies in order to implement new products.
- Roger Vanhoy, University of Illinois Corporate Relations
- Mark Fincham, John Deere
- Tim Kuehlorn, Nutrien Ag Solutions
- Kirsten Skogerson, Bayer Crop Science
- Scott Wilkin, University of Illinois National Center for Supercomputing Applications

10:15am
Break

10:30am
Investment Landscape
AgTech investments are growing rapidly. Key elements include biotech, software & IoT, robotics and automation and commodity platforms. This panel will cover how this is impacting the agricultural industry.
- Nancy Sullivan, Illinois Ventures
- Connie Bowen, The Yield Lab
- Tim Foote, Flyover Capital
- Kevin McCurren, Michigan State University 
- Corbett Kull, Tillable
- David Pierson, Syngenta Ventures

11:30am
Animal Health & Nutrition
Industry leaders will highlight the teamwork between academia, startups and businesses to advance new ways to ensure a safe food supply and enhance the well-being of animals.
- Rod Johnson, University of Illinois College of ACES
- Angela Green-Miller, TellTail
- Lena Head, AGCO/GSI
- Ryan Lane, ADM
- Bruce Taillon, Elanco

12:30pm
Lunch Buffet

12:50pm
Afternoon Kickoff

- Sponsor remarks, Ryan Lane, ADM
- Moore Innovation Prize Presentation

1:05pm

Lunchtime Fireside Chat
- Laura Frerichs, University of Illinois Research Park
- Dennis Beard, Serra Ventures
- Dave Stanko, Nutrien/Agrible

1:45pm
Digital Agriculture
Now is the time to discuss the technologies that provide the agricultural industry with the tools, data and knowledge to make better on-farm decisions and improve productivity and sustainability.
- Robert Brunner, University of Illinois
- Lance Brown, AGCO Grain & Protein
- Eric Barnard, Granular
- Kelly Gillespie, Bayer Crop Science
- Chris Dempsey, Case IH
- Robert Lubben, Rabo AgriFinance
- Chinmay Soman, EarthSense
- Rebeccah Stay, Cargill, INC.

2:45pm
Break

3:00pm
Growers Talk Back
Leading farmers and key customers for new technology developments will discuss the challenges they face, the technologies helpful to their businesses and what types of products they’re looking for as they continue to advance.
- Chris Harbourt, Research Park Entrepreneur In Residence
- Jason Little, Nutrien Ag Solutions
- Matt Barnard, Barnard Farms
- Heath Huisinga, Huisinga Farms
- Ken Dalenberg, Scattered Acres Farm
- Josh Plunk, Plunk Brothers, Inc.

 

 

Thank you to all who made the 2018 AgTech conference a huge success!
Watch videos of the 2018 keynotes and panels here.