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This 2021 event featured expert presentations from Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C., FMC Corporation, Rantizo, Corteva Agriscience, Ingevity, TSG, Innatrix, Varsha Bioscience and Technology Private Limited, and many more!

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Registration and Opening Remarks
Registration Opens & Continental Breakfast
Welcome & Opening Remarks

Brittany Onslow, Conference Producer, Smithers

Session I: Market Landscape, Registration Processes and Regulations
Development of new biocides/pesticides/antimicrobials
Challenges and opportunities for pest management in specialty crops
Specialty crops, the fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs, ornamentals and other horticultural crops are often at a disadvantage when it comes to having registrations of safe and effective chemical and bio-based pesticide products.  The crop protection industry limits the product development for these specialty crop markets due to the cost of data required for registration far exceeds profits from limited sales.   The US Congress established the IR-4 Project with the mission to develop the required data for these small acreage crops in an attempt to solve the “Minor Use Problem”
While IR-4 has been successful to ensure that domestic growers of specialty crops have access to safe and effective crop protection products, new challenges have surfaced that making the Minor Use Problem worse.  Challenges include the European Union efforts to remove chemical pesticides from the market based on hazard assessment which does not take account of chemical exposure levels.   Other challenge includes new invasive pests, pesticides no longer working do to the pest being resistant to the pesticide and over a decade of insufficient funding from the Federal Government for the IR-4 Project. 
Many of these technical challenges are being addressed by IR-4 Integrated Solutions research initiative.  Other challenges will require the influx of new resources.  
Dr. Jerry J. Baron | Executive Director, IR-4 Project
Presentation To Be Confirmed
Abstract and speaker coming soon!
Intellectual Property Update for the Agricultural Industry — Using Intellectual Property for a Competitive Advantage
Also Featuring:
  • Leanne M. Rakers, Principal, Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C.
Agricultural companies looking to get ahead in today’s complex business environment must quickly develop a competitive advantage and shield it from prying competitors. Intellectual property rights can protect your innovative ideas and brands from copying by competitors. Doug Robinson and Leanne Rakers will lead an informative and practical session that will teach attendees the fundamentals of intellectual property rights that are particularly relevant to the agricultural industry. The presentation will include a discussion of the current state of intellectual property laws in the United States, using examples based on current trends in the industry. Topics we will discuss include: Patents: Current fundamentals of patent protection and enforcement mechanisms, using examples from current industry trends; Trademarks: Current fundamentals of trademark protection, using examples from current industry trends; Copyright: Current fundamentals of copyright protection, using examples from current industry trends, including product packaging and product design; Trade secrets: Current fundamentals of trade secret protection, using examples from current industry trends, including manufacturing techniques and other processes that are difficult to reverse-engineer; and Employee Agreements: Current trends in using employee agreements to ensure proper ownership of intellectual property and to help maintain intellectual property protection. The presentation will address intellectual property issues in a manner tailored to the post-COVID world, including new methods of reaching consumers and brand differentiation, and will also address emerging technologies relevant to the agriculture industry, in the context of current trends in intellectual property. We anticipate the presentation take approximately one hour, but can limit or expand it to take more or less time depending on what works best for the schedule.
Douglas A. Robinson | Principal, Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C.
Networking & Coffee Break
Session II: Understanding the Regulatory Path – Nurturing the Waves/Ways of Technologies
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This session will address how to bring new products and technologies to market and what requirements that will take. Whether they are regulatory in nature or not – bringing a greater understanding to the industry will help better the success of products and technologies within the marketplace.
Regulatory Pathway for Products
Panel: Connecting with Partnerships and Making Technology a Commercial Reality
Panelists coming soon

Technologies don’t all have good regulatory focuses. What kind of regulatory challenges are there? Costs? Timelines? How to bring these technologies to market – whether they are regulatory in nature and bringing a greater understanding? How did partnerships help make technology a commercial reality?
Networking Lunch
Session III: Working Together to Improve the Industry
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Partnerships – how are we working together? This session will be less case study and more collaboration focused with how the industry is able to work together and how to help improve the future with more partnerships.
Venture Investment and Innovation the FMC Way
Charting a path to the future of agriculture requires both a vision for that future as well as the tools to get there. FMC’s approach to venturing and innovation allows us to build both. Our venture investment strategy pursues technologies outside our core capabilities and efforts, complementing today’s R&D efforts with innovations for where agriculture is going. This talk will explore the exponential innovations we seek and how we are building a future-proof enterprise the FMC way.
Sara Olson | Principal – FMC Ventures, FMC Corporation
Presentation To Be Confirmed
Abstract and speaker coming soon!
Corteva Agriscience Spray Prescriptions Applied Through Rantizo's UAS Network
Also Featuring:
  • Michael Ott, CEO and Founder, Rantizo
Corteva Agriscience and Rantizo are partnering in the precision application of agrichemicals to improve farmer profitability and sustainability. Corteva is a leading agricultural company providing seed, crop protection and digital products and services in more than 140 countries. Rantizo is the US leader in certified drone spraying by unoccupied aerial systems (UAS) and provides a turnkey solution to fit the specific needs of a farmer’s field. Corteva is developing predictive tools for precision spraying (the right product at the right location at the right time and the right rate). Corteva will test proprietary targeted crop protection applications in farmers’ fields throughout the US, together with Rantizo, who provides a nationwide licensed Contractor network and the flexible, timely, and precise application methods needed for this effort. Rantizo Contractors offer drone application services utilizing autonomous drones and mixing systems and proprietary software by licensed and insured pilots. Drone spraying offers flexibility compared to ground based spraying and can be used when the soils are too wet for heavy ground equipment, or when spraying is needed only in parts of the fields (spot spraying, zone-based spraying). It also offers advantages over other spray methods, with more precise application and the potential for reduced drift. The possibility to use multiple drones allows for easy scaling, and also the ability to spray multiple products efficiently and economically. Corteva and Rantizo believe UAS spraying provides an efficient and targeted method that offers farmers a more precise, profitable and sustainable solution through the value chain.
Brice Floyd | Research Scientist in Predictive Agriculture, Corteva Agriscience
Networking Break & Coffee
Combinations of chemical and bio pesticides - a collaboration between Marrone and Vive Crop Protection
Combining chemical and biological active ingredient can dramatically improve the adoption curve of bio-enabled products. Growers can rely on the proven performance of the chemical AI, combined with the power of biology, to provide enhanced yield and performance. In this presentation, we will discuss the collaboration between Marrone and Vive to develop the first ever three-way combination of a biological, a chemical, and Vive’s proprietary nano-polymer delivery system.  
Darren Anderson | CEO and Co-Founder, Vive Crop Protection
Partnerships in Plant Nutrition and Biofertilizers
Innovation in agriculture has never been more important.  Crop producers around the world are looking for improved productivity and profitability while balancing impact on one of their most valuable assets; the soil.  At The Mosaic Company our goal is to provide innovative solutions in crop nutrition and building soil health.  In addition to our internal innovation we are partnering with emerging stage companies to bring novel technology into the space.  Partnerships with external companies can be challenging and those challenges can be exacerbated when the differences in scale are so dramatic. In this presentation we will explore the challenges from the lens of both sides of the equation and share best practices on ensuring success for all parties.
Kim Nicholson | VP of Ag Technology and Innovation, The Mosaic Company
Session IV: Sustainability
Improving the Sustainability of Crop Protection Formulations with Bio-Based Coformulants
The challenge of maximizing crop production to support the world’s growing population while minimizing environmental impact, decreasing operating costs and aligning with global regulations has become increasingly important for the commercial agriculture industry. To solve these challenges, pine-based chemistry provider Ingevity continues to innovate and develop high-performing agricultural co-formulants made almost exclusively from renewable resources. There are five key performance- and sustainability-enhancing benefits provided by Ingevity’s co-formulants: • Better field efficacy • Excellent performance with high loading, multi-active premixes • Less pesticide resistance • Reduced pesticide application rates and longer retreatment intervals • Excellent safety and performance with a wide range of biological actives
Allie White | Technical Sales, Dispersants, Ingevity
Session V: Pitching Hour – Poster Session displayed in exhibit hall
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Speakers will have 5-8 minutes to explain their company, technology/product, and requirement before taking questions from the audience. Following the Pitching Hour, the drinks reception will begin in the main exhibit hall.
Custom Manufacturing of Aseptically Filled Microtiter Plates with Agar Based Medias for use in HTS and Bioassay Applications
Closing Remarks
Networking Reception
Registration and Opening Remarks
Registration & Breakfast
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Brittany Onslow, Conference Producer, Smithers
Session VI: Connecting the New Technologies – Making A Reality
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What are the barriers to making some of these start up technologies to come to life? How can the agrochemical industry help farmers incorporate the technology? This session will include presentations on how to work with new technology, how chemical providers and regulatory bodies can help be the connecting piece to collaboration and innovation.
Until We Have Star Trek Transporters…
How can we take the knowledge and wisdom of an Agrologist and stretch it thousands of miles or over millions of acres?  Well, all you need is a transporter…but wait, one does not exist … yet.  However, the one thing that COVID-19 has taught us is that we can use technology to shrink time and space in brand new ways.  The world has profoundly and forever changed.  This will affect how PAg’s interact with society and their clients.  Rob will take us on a journey of what this technology “convergence” means for our industry; We are going to look at how you can be on the farm, in the barn or in the greenhouse without leaving your home…and he will share a new way to monetize your brain.  
All this while we wait for the magic words “Beam me up Scotty”.
Robert Saik | CEO, AGvisorPRO
Connecting the Physical & Digital to Transform Agriculture
Connecting New Technologies
This presentation will talk about how the AI stack approach is important to connecting new technologies, outcomes, and data streams.
Raviv Itzhaky | Co-Founder & CTO, Prospera Technologies
Networking Break
Session VII: Product Testing
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This session will address how to register your product, regulations, and how to introduce your product to the market and the challenges that come with a new product, certifications and licensing.
Presentation To Be Confirmed
Abstract and speaker coming soon!
Panel: Registration, Certification and Licensing
  • Deanna (Dee) Colby, Ph.D., Acting Chief, Invertebrate & Vertebrate Branch 3, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs, EPA
  • Kelly Rahn, Vice President, State Affairs & Head, TSG
  • More coming soon
This panel will address the challenges with registering new products, the process, what certifications are necessary and how to put out a new product to the market.

Networking Lunch
Session VIII: Microbiomes, biostimulants and pesticides
Investigating the Development of an All-Natural, Microbial-based Carbon-capture Soil Amendment for Growers
Long-term Eco-Friendly Biocontrol for Crop Pathogens
Innatrix is an agricultural biotechnology company developing sustainable biological products to control untreatable crop diseases and pests. We are combining an understanding of the dynamics of pathogen/host interactions, with patented protein evolution technology, to develop novel biopesticides. Compared to the conventional pesticide approaches, we are using a more economical way to develop eco-friendly protein based biopesticides, to control untreatable and economically important crop pathogens. Pathogen/pest resistance is a huge issue in the crop fields; based on the robustness of our patented protein evolution technology, we could rapidly evolve new biopesticides to manage pathogen resistance issue.
Jiarui Li | CEO, Innatrix
Commercial aspects of Biofertilizers and Biostimulants development using rhizosphere microbes: Global and Indian scenario
The beneficial microbiomes associated with the plant rhizosphere provide innumerable benefits to plants and the environment. They collectively associate for maintaining the health and nutrient dynamics of soil, sequestering/mobilizing nutrients to plants, improving the plant growth, and defending them from biotic and abiotic stress. Due to modern cultivation practices and climate change, sustenance and efficacy of beneficial soil microbiomes have deteriorated over the years. It is, therefore, essential to identify, mass multiply, and recharge the rhizosphere with the most effective and multifunctional beneficial microbiome. Researchers have documented a sizable number of plant beneficial microbiomes for the past six decades. Producers have started manufacturing and commercializing select microbiomes successfully worldwide. Rules, regulations, and nomenclature for commercializing them have differed from country to country. Guidelines have been proposed for the use of beneficial microbiomes that are not covered under plant protection code. They were, however, not strictly implemented in several countries due to their safety and green nature. As the global biostimulant and biofertilizer market is expected to reach US$ 4.9 billion by the year 2025 with an annual growth rate of 11.46%, global regulatory mechanisms for biostimulants and biofertilizers have become active since the year 2018. The overall commercial potential of biostimulants and biofertilizers is high in Europe, followed by North America, Asia Pacific, and Latín American countries. India and China have classified nutrient fixing/solubilizing/mobilizing rhizobacteria as biofertilizers. Recently, regulatory guidelines are being framed for commercializing biostimulants including beneficial microbiomes. This paper talks about the rhizosphere beneficial microbe's importance, benefits, nomenclature, commercial potential, and regulations and the importance for uniform global guidelines for product registration. The importance of integrating biofertilizers with conventional fertilizers, introducing new microbial consortia formulations, economics, and bottlenecks is also discussed.
Dominic Arun Joseph | Director, Varsha Bioscience and Technology Private Limited
Session IX: Scaling Opportunities and Innovation within the Agrochemical Industry
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This session will address new opportunities in the agrochemical industry, food safety, IoT, AI, integration methods, precision agriculture, solution based approaches and more.
Panel: New Technologies and The Future of the Ag Industry
  • Adam Greenberg, CEO, iUNU
  • Kathleen DeBrota, Senior Manager of Research and Development Operations, AeroFarms
  • Will Wells, CEO, Hummingbird Technologies
  • Natalie Hummel, Regulatory, Research and Development, UPL
This session will address new opportunities in the agrochemical industry, food safety, IoT, AI, integration methods, precision agriculture, solution based approaches and more.
Closing Remarks and Farewell
End of Day