Conference

Agtech Leaders Summit: Innovations for competitive & sustainable food production

Please find the speaker presentations that are available listed below.


SPEAKERS INCLUDE


H.E. Martijn van Dam

Minister for AgricultureThe Netherlands

Liam Condon

President of Crop Science DivisionBayer AG

Wiebe Draijer

Chairman of the Executive BoardRabobank

Prof. Louise O Fresco

President of the Executive BoardWageningen UR

Marc Calon

President LTO Nederland

Adam Anders

Managing Partner Anterra Capital


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Conference programme: Tuesday 9 May

10:00 – 11:15 Opening Ceremony

Welcome address: Martijn van Dam, Minister for Agriculture, The Netherlands

Keynote address: Prof. Louise O Fresco, President of the Executive Board, Wageningen UR

Keynote address: Marc Calon, President, Dutch Federation of Agriculture and Horticulture (LTO Nederland)

Keynote address: Adam Anders, Managing Partner, Anterra Capital CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION

Keynote address: Robbie Schingler, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Planet

11:15 – 11:40 Networking Break sponsored by Planet

11:40 – 12:25 Farmers panel

Farmers and food producers from different sectors across Europe will give an inside look into how ag tech benefits their business.

Chairs: Karl Schneider, Editorial Director Farmers Weekly Group & Emmy Koeleman, Proagrica Media Editor

Jacob van den Borne, Owner, Van den Borne Potatoes CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATON
Peter and Di Wastenage, Owners, Wastenage Farms, Devon
Carlos Piñeiro, CEO of PigChamp Pro Europa and driving force behind the Centro Experimental Porcino CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION

12:30 – 12:45 Keynote speech

Wiebe Draijer, Chairman of the Rabobank Executive Board

12:50 – 13:35 Discover the cutting edge innovations – Part 1

There will be five short presentations of very innovative and cutting edge technologies and ideas. Discover the future evolutions of the food production landscape and see where disruptive new technologies will change the competitive business environment.

InFarm presented by Guy Galonska, Founder and CTO, InFarm CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION
Potato potential unleashed through tiny seeds presented by Hein Kruyt, CEO, Solynta CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION
Inspired by the natural diversity of the microbial community presented by Dr D. Ry Wagner, Chief Executive Officer, Agrinos CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION
N-Fix technology: sustainable nitrogen for agriculture presented by Peter Blezard, Chief Executive & Founder, Azotic Technologies Ltd CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION
IDA: a dairy farmer’s intelligent assistant presented by Yasir S Khokhar, Founder & CEO, Connecterra

13:35 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 15:15 Biologicals

Biopesticides, biostimulants and microbial products are becoming a hot topic in agriculture. We will look at its opportunities and challenges to understand how the industry is using recent advancements for healthier soils, plants and ultimately bigger yields and what the future holds.

David Cary, Executive Director, International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA) CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION
Ed Moerman, Knowledge Manager, Koppert Biological Systems CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION
Dr D. Ry Wagner, Chief Executive Officer, Agrinos CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION

15:20 – 16:00 Discover the cutting edge innovations – Part 2

There will be five short presentations of very innovative and cutting edge technologies and ideas. Discover the future evolutions of the food production landscape and see where disruptive new technologies will change the competitive business environment.

RNAi: Production and Use for Urban/Structural Pest Control presented by Dr. John Killmer, CEO, APSE CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION
Pezanbac: the unique antibacterial milk liner that avoids the propagation and contagion of bovine mastitis presented by Nicolás Morelli Wolf, Cofounder and CEO, VACuCh CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION
UniBio: converting methane into a high-value protein for feed presented by Henrik Busch-Larsen, CEO and board member, Unibio Group

16:00 – 16:30 Networking Break sponsored by International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA)

16:30 – 17:15 Robotics and the Internet of Things

Farmers are increasingly under pressure to feed more people. To meet this demand, farmers and agricultural companies are turning to robotics and IoT to improve production yield while reducing resources required, and making farming an exciting high-tech profession.

Chairs: Karl Schneider, Editorial Director, Farmers Weekly Group & Emmy Koeleman, Proagrica Media Editor

Jacco van der Wekken, CEO, Delphy CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION
Prof. Simon Blackmore, Head of Engineering, Harper Adams University
Jürgen Vangeyte, Agricultural Engineer, ILVO (Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research) CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION

17:20 – 18.00 Big Data and intellectual property

Collecting and using data is the future of sustainable agriculture. We are at the beginning of a new revolution.

Chairs: Karl Schneider, Editorial Director, Farmers Weekly Group & Emmy Koeleman, Proagrica Media Editor

Krijn Poppe, Research Manager and Senior Economist, Wageningen UR CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION
Dr. Thomas Gurney, Analytics Product Manager, Elsevier Analytical Services CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION
Janneke Hadders, CEO, Dacom Farm Intelligence CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION
Nick Evans, Managing Director, F4F CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION
Sara Menker, Founder and CEO, Gro Intelligence
Conference programme: Wednesday 10 May

10:00 – 10:45 Keynote session 2 – Visionaries shaping the future agriculture innovation landscape

Europe is home to major food and agriculture companies, research institutions and the Netherlands itself is the second largest food exporter in the world. It has long been a world-class leader in innovation and research in agriculture and continues to pioneer new approaches and technologies. This session is an opportunity to hear the vision from those who are pushing the agriculture innovation agenda to the next level to enable competitive and sustainable food production.

Dr Aalt Dijkhuizen, President, Dutch Top Sector Agri&Food CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION
André Laperrière, Executive Director, Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION
Liam Condon, President of Crop Science Division, Bayer AG CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION

10:50 – 11:45 Next generation genetics – an acceptable solution in agriculture?

Whilst the potential benefits of gene editing include increased yields, drought and disease resistance, sustainability, enhanced quality and nutritional value, gene editing is very controversial and regulations in Europe are blocking these new breeding techniques.

Moderator: Niels Louwaars, Director, Plantum

Julie Borlaug, Associate Director, Borlaug Institute External Relations, Texas A&M University
Prof Dr Heiner Niemann, Institute of Farm Animal Genetics, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health
Dr René Smulders, Business unit manager and group leader, Plant Breeding, Wageningen University & Research (WUR) CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION
Dr Monika Messmer, Department of Crop Sciences, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION

11:45 – 12:15 Networking Break

12:15 – 12:25 Fireside chat on building agtech innovation ecosystems with Dr. Nitza Kardish, VP, The Trendlines Group and CEO, Trendlines Incubators Israel

12:30 – 13:15 Discover the cutting edge innovations – Part 3

There will be five short presentations of very innovative and cutting edge technologies and ideas. Discover the future evolutions of the food production landscape and see where disruptive new technologies will change the competitive business environment.

Innovative grain sorting solution presented by Per Söderström, Marketing Director, BoMill CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION
FoPo presented by Vita Jarolimkov, CEO, FoPo Food Powder CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION
Seawater Cooled, Humidified and Hydrated Shade-House presented by Mike Fawcett, Managing Director, Farm Zero CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION
In Ovo: Stopping the killing of 3.2 billion male chicks a year presented by Wil Stutterheim, Co Founder, In Ovo CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION
Insect Farming Technology presented by Mohammed Ashour, Co-founder and CEO, Aspire Food Group

13:15 – 14:10 Lunch

14:10 – 14:55 Developing sustainable agricultural technologies for, and in, emerging markets?

Of the 570 million farms in the world, 90 percent of these are managed by smallholder farmers and most of these smallholdings are in Africa and Asia. So increasingly we are looking at redesigning developed world agricultural technologies so they meet the needs and financing abilities of smallholder farmers. But smallholders in many regions are very often lacking access to existing technologies, infrastructure, financing and markets.

Moderator: Christine Gould, Founder and CEO, Thought For Food Foundation

Keynote Address: Dr. Kanayo F. Nwanze, Former President, The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Dr. Barbara Wells, Director General, International Potato Centre
Robert Berlin, Head of Agricultural Services, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture

15:00 – 15:45 Changes disrupting the food industry

Leaders in production and retail will explore the social and consumer trends that are disrupting the food and farming industry.

Chair: Kristian Moeller, CEO, GLOBALG.A.P.

Hein Deprez, Executive Chairman, Greenyard CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION
Gilbert Curtessi, CEO and Owner, SuGu Warehouse Rotterdam, MetroMining Europe and Co-developer of EnergyTransformers Malaysia CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION
Mohammed Ashour, Co-founder and CEO, Aspire Food Group

15:50 – 16:30 Accelerating agtech adoption on the farm

How can we increase take up of technology on the farm and boost productivity, sustainability and ultimately profitability?
What barriers are preventing the adoption of new technologies at scale? And how are farmers collaborating with other farmers, scientists, entrepreneurs and technology companies to bring new solutions to the market?

Tomasz Zdziebkowski, CEO, Spearhead International CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION
Dr. Bernard Schmitz, Commercial Manager, Fuse EME, AGCO International & Member of CEMA’s Working Group on Digital Farming CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION
Massimiliano Vitale, General Manager and SVP Berlin Operations, Planet

16:35 Closing Session

André Laperrière, Executive Director, Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN)
Julie Borlaug, Associate Director, Borlaug Institute External Relations, Texas A&M University


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