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May 13
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08:30 - 09:00 30 mins
Silicon Valley AgTech Conference
Registration
09:00 - 09:30 30 mins
Silicon Valley AgTech Conference
Welcome and Sponsor Introductions
  • Roger Royse - Founder, Royse Law Firm
09:30 - 10:00 30 mins
Silicon Valley AgTech Conference
Keynote: Fueling the Agriculture Decision Engine with Data & AI
  • Claudia Rössler - Agriculture - Strategic Partnerships, Principle Program Manager Azure Global Engineering, Microsoft
10:00 - 10:40 40 mins
Silicon Valley AgTech Conference
Panel Discussion: 2019 AgTech Investment Outlook: Hear from the VCs

As the global AgTech industry rapidly matures, Silicon Valley’s venture capital community continues to play an important role. Learn about the latest AgTech investment trends and opportunities from some of the industry’s most prominent late-stage investors.

  • Salil Pradhan - Venture Partner, Draper Nexus
  • Jonathan Baer - Managing Partner, StoneHearth Ventures
  • Laurie Menoud - Investment Manager, BASF Venture Capital
  • Brook Porter - Founding Partner, G2VP
10:40 - 11:00 20 mins
Silicon Valley AgTech Conference
Break
11:00 - 11:40 40 mins
Silicon Valley AgTech Conference
Panel Discussion: Controlled Environments: Indoor and Vertical Agriculture

Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) has established itself as a major sector within AgTech, having generated large and widely publicized investments from across the industry. Hear from our expert panel about the latest technologies and opportunities in this already established sub-sector.

  • David Friedman - CEO, VividGro
  • Robert Chen - President and CEO, AEssenseGrows
11:40 - 12:00 20 mins
Silicon Valley AgTech Conference
Session TBC
12:00 - 12:40 40 mins
Silicon Valley AgTech Conference
Networking Lunch
12:40 - 13:00 20 mins
Silicon Valley AgTech Conference
Lunch and Learn Session - AgTech and the Supply Chain
  • Jake Joraanstad - CEO and Co-Founder, Bushel
13:00 - 13:40 40 mins
Silicon Valley AgTech Conference
Farm Data as a Business: Collection, Management, and Analytics

Farm data started as a byproduct of agtech, but is now its own standalone business. This panel will discuss how companies are monetizing farm data as well as the challenges unique to collecting and using agricultural data.

  • Richard van der Put - Co-Founder/CEO, VineView
  • Paul Neiffer - Principal, AgriBusiness Group, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
  • Adam Bergman - Director, Wells Fargo CleanTech Banking
  • Nathan Dorn - Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Food Origins
13:40 - 14:00 20 mins
Silicon Valley AgTech Conference
An innovative, integrated systems approach to vertical farming

Vertical farming is reaching a crossroads. It promises increased food production, higher quality and locally-grown crops. How can innovation be harnessed to drive down operational costs and make vertical farming commercially viable? What’s needed is a true networked systems approach, incorporating sensors and other inputs that provide feedback to the system’s “brain”, allowing the system to adjust itself. We will share our vision of the technologies needed to create such a system and share examples of leading-edge work that is already shaping the future of farming indoors.

  • Andy Anderson - Director Industrial & AgTech Business, Cambridge Consultants
14:00 - 14:40 40 mins
Silicon Valley AgTech Conference
Panel Discussion: Autonomous Machines: The Future of AI and Robotics

Perhaps the biggest advances in agricultural technology has been in the development of robots to replace a dwindling labor supply. Combined with artificial intelligence and deep learning or machine learning, robotics is fundamentally changing how food is produced. This panel will describe current technologies in use in the field and in development and what we can expect in the future.

  • Sebastien Boyer - Co-founder & CEO, Farmwise
  • Adrián Ferrero Fernandez - CEO & Founder, Biome Makers
  • John Matthesen - CEO, Related Concepts
  • Bakur Kvezereli - Founder and CEO, Ztractor
14:40 - 15:00 20 mins
Silicon Valley AgTech Conference
Break
15:00 - 15:40 40 mins
Silicon Valley AgTech Conference
Panel Discussion: Grower's Panel: Which Technologies Do Farmers Actually Want?

Going to market may be the biggest challenge for agtech companies. We will hear from the growers as to what tech they want and need and how best to deliver it to this unique and challenging market.

  • Aaron Magenheim - Founder, AgTech Insight
  • Monte Bottens - Illinois Farmer and Rancher, Ag Solutions Network
  • Tom Rogers - Farmer, Madera Nut Farmer
  • Tyler Scheid - Principal Consultant, Source Advisory
15:40 - 16:20 40 mins
Silicon Valley AgTech Conference
Blockchain in Ag: Automating Traceability, Payments, and Supply Chain Management

Automating Traceability, Payments, and Supply Chain Management. Blockchain may be the newest technology to find an application in agriculture and our panel will describe the many ways that blockchain is providing for traceability, reducing costs and eliminating the middleman.

  • Joshua Rivera - General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Blockchain Capital
  • Monte Bottens - Illinois Farmer and Rancher, Ag Solutions Network
  • Tom Rogers - Farmer, Madera Nut Farmer
  • Tyler Scheid - Principal Consultant, Source Advisory
  • Wendy Diamond - CEO and Founder, Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization, & Founder, LDP Ventures
16:20 - 17:00 40 mins
Silicon Valley AgTech Conference
Panel Discussion: Recent Developments in Rural Broadband Access

The 2018 Farm Bill has allocated funds for rural broadband access paving the way for an agtech revolution in IoT in the fields. Our panel will discuss what the law means and what we can expect in terms of access to broadand for tech in the fiel

  • Roger Royse - Founder, Royse Law Firm
  • Robert Tse - State Broadband Coordinator, USDA CA Rural Development
  • Brian Magnusson - Vice President - Technology & Innovation, Lindsay Corporation