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Monday October 15 – World Agri-Tech & Tesco Agri T-Jam: Connecting Entrepreneurs to Tesco’s Supply Chain & Partners

Day One — October 16, 2018 Morning

Keynote Address
Removing Obstacles to Farmers’ Investment in Smart Farming

Klaus Lutz, President, BAYWA, GERMANY

Can We Create A Vision for Accelerating Agri-Food Tech Innovation in Europe?

• A fundamental transformation of agriculture is needed to deliver the sustainable and efficient farming systems to feed the future global consumer. Europe is a pivotal player in global food production and home to world-class research institutions and leading agriculture companies. So, what does Europe need to do to remain competitive in global agriculture?
• What is working today and what do we need to do differently to build an environment that will foster innovation and collaboration? What lessons can it learn from the US?
• How do we channel investment to become truly innovative vs defending old technologies and what is the role of private sector finance and investment in getting us to where we need to go?

Session Chair:
Adam Anders, Managing Partner, ANTERRA CAPITAL, NETHERLANDS

Adrian Percy, Ag Technology Ambassador, Crop Science Division, BAYER, Germany
John Chrosniak, Vice President, CORTEVA, USA

Digital Tools & Technologies for Controlling Supply Chain Performance from Seed to Table

• How are retailers, food companies and commodity groups harnessing digital solutions to gain greater visibility and control over their supply chains?
• What investments are we seeing and what are the main drivers for each of these players?
• What does greater corporate oversight of the supply chain mean at the farm level? How will this ultimately benefit growers?

Mark Gildersleeve, VP, Head of Business Solutions Watson Content & IoT Platform, IBM THE WEATHER COMPANY, USA
Barney Kay, Head of Agriculture, TESCO, UK
Dionys Forster, Sourcing Specialist, NESTLE, SWITZERLAND
Vidyanath Gururajan, Director of Innovation, BRANSTON, UK
Kim Wagner, President and Chief Operating Officer, CIBO TECHNOLOGIES, USA

Networking Coffee Break
Beyond Pesticides: Microbes, New Chemistry & Integrated Platforms

• As regulations continue to tighten and conventional pesticides and herbicides are driven out of use, what innovative solutions are being developed that can substitute or supplement this void? What is on the horizon? Could agriculture be 100% free of chemical residues in 10 years’ time?
• Discovery platforms, screening tools and libraries backed by bio-informatics and AI are accelerating discovery and development of new chemistry-based crop protection solutions for growers. Is it finally time for innovation in the ag-chem space and how are these synthetic solutions different from traditional chemicals?
• Market access and adoption remain barriers to entry for smaller companies, and so should smaller companies be building a path to a global market with larger players or with each other? What do these systems look like, how do they scale, and which systems would create the most transformative and integrated solutions entering the marketplace? What do start-ups need to know now to engineer these collaboration opportunities into a future strategy?

Session Chair:
Ignacio Martinez, General Partner, FLAGSHIP PIONEERING, UK

Shawn Semones, EVP of R&D and Chief Technology Officer, CONCENTRIC, USA & CANADA
Alexander Wiegelmann, Vice President M&A/Head of Transactions, KWS, GERMANY

Technology Showcase: Early Stage Technology Innovators Pitch Seven-Minute Snapshots of their Solutions

Presenting Companies:
Fatma Kaplin, CEO, PHERONYM, USA

Dragon Judging Panel:
Andy Ziolkowski, Managing Director, CULTIVIAN SANDBOX, USA
Ben Belldegrun, Managing Partner, PONTIFAX AGTECH, USA

Networking Lunch

Day One — October 16, 2018 Afternoon

Networking Round Tables

We have extended one of the most popular opportunities at World Agri-Tech — the chance to learn and share best practices with your peers. The roundtable discussions will be moderated by industry leaders who will guide small groups through a variety of topics, including new business models, developments in emerging technologies, corporate acceleration models, regulatory issues, best practices and market expertise from key parts of the world.

Networking Coffee Break
What Does a Sustainable Business Model in Agri-Tech Look Like?

Don Marvin, President & CEO, CONCENTRIC, USA & CANADA

Democratisation of Gene Editing & Collaborative Approaches to Bringing Solutions to Market

• What can gene editing technology do for traditional (non-GMO) plant breeding? What crops are being targeted and why?
• The recent ECJ ruling that gene-edited plants should be regulated under the same rules as GMO is in stark contrast to the USDA’s position. What does this ruling mean for the future of the gene editing industry in Europe? Which global markets are set to benefit?
• With no current route to market for gene-edited plants, what will the supply chain look like? Will SME’s or Big Agribusiness take the lead in developing and bringing gene-edited crops to market? And how are VCs approaching the investment opportunity?

Session Chair:
Kirsten Stead, Managing Partner, DCVC BIO, USA

Haven Baker, Chief Business Officer, PAIRWISE PLANTS, USA
Michael Ward, Patent Practice Group and co-chair, Intellectual Property Practice Group, MORRISON & FOERSTER, USA

Growth Finance: How is AgTech being Scaled Up Into International Markets?
Investor Debate: Building a Financing Foundation for AgTech

• Agtech is finally starting to mature but challenges remain around technology adoption onto farms. How are VCs and strategic investors tackling the adoption issue?
• Historically 95% of agtech exits have occurred via M&A. What will the exit strategy look like in an increasingly consolidated market?
• Increased VC and M&A activity in 2017 attracted growth investors to support market scaling. Is this trend set to continue? Are we going to see more appetite for direct investment from large institutional groups and growth investors directed into the agtech market?

Katrin Burt, Managing Director, SYNGENTA VENTURES, UK
Kirk Haney, CEO & Managing Partner, RADICLE GROWTH, USA
Ben Belldegrun, Managing Partner, PONTIFAX AGTECH, USA

Networking Drinks Reception

Day Two — October 17, 2018 Morning

AgTech in Ukraine: Country Partner Breakfast Briefing

• Ukraine is characterised by some of the largest farming systems in the world, however to date the penetration of cutting edge technology within the CIS region has been low. What is the state of the AgTech space in this region today?
• What are the regional needs from farmers and the agtech sector? Which are the pain points today?
• What is the vision from governments and multilateral institutions? How can global partnerships and collaboration support this industry?

Keynote Address
Smart Farming: The Future of Precision Agriculture

• On farm adoption of precision technology has been low and is expected to remain low going forward. What end-to-end approaches are being developed from sensors to the cloud which can solve the problem? How can data driven insights complement the farm better and make the technology available at low cost?
• How are agribusinesses positioning themselves to compete, collaborate or complement technology companies such as IBM, Microsoft & Amazon who are moving into agriculture? What leap forward can be achieved from greater cross-industry collaboration?
• Service providers have begun to bundle smart digital farming insights and improvements to deliver products and services for precision and integrated agricultural solutions. What solutions are agribusinesses looking to acquire and how are they exploring collaboration opportunities with start-ups?

Michael Stern, Head of Digital Farming, Crop Science Division, BAYER, GERMANY
Stefan Fürnsinn, Senior Vice President Digital Farming, YARA, AUSTRIA
Abe Hughes, General Manager, TRIMBLE, USA
Ryan Bond, Vice President of Strategic Marketing & Innovation, KOCH AGRONOMIC SERVICES, USA

Technology Showcase: Early Stage Technology Innovators Pitch Seven-Minute Snapshots of their Solutions

Dragon Judging Panel:
Guy Hudson, Executive Director, SPARKS LABS CULTIV8, AUSTRALIA

Networking Coffee Break
Tackling the Adoption Barrier: What Value is Digital Ag Bringing to the Farm and Supply Chain Today?

What business models are working to bring solutions to farmers and growers? What technologies are working today and what is not? How are farmers, research institutes, agronomists accelerating the process of adoption at the farm level?

Sachin Shende, Co-Founder & CEO, KISANHUB, UK
Tina Barsby, CEO, NIAB, UK
Karen Covey, CSR Manager, Gs FRESH, UK

Robotics & AI: How Automated Could the Farm Become?

• Agriculture is the next major field for robotics. How will robotics, AI and autonomous systems transform farm work in fields and orchards? What are the challenges in working in robotics in agriculture? How are they unique to other industries?
• What are the real opportunities in robotics and automation and how can we make these disruptive for the industry? How automated can the farm become?
• Do we need to change the way we produce our chemicals because of the delivery systems? Could robots replace people and the need for herbicides altogether?

Session Chair:
Simon Blackmore, Head of Engineering, HARPER ADAMS UNIVERSITY, UK

Chris Rhodes, Director, Global Fuse Business Development, AGCO CORPORATION, USA
Jonathan Gill, Co-Developer, HANDS FREE HECTARE, UK
Rain Irshad, Autonomous Systems Group Leader, RAL SPACE, UK
James Brown, Finance Director Commercial Director, POLLYBELL ORGANIC, UK

How Are Innovations in FinTech Unlocking Opportunities in AgTech?

How is the convergence of agtech and fintech and innovation in crop insurance tackling issues of pricing transparency, supply chain finance for commodities and de-risking on farm tech adoption? What are the leapfrog opportunities that come from digitalisation?


Networking Lunch

Day Two — October 17, 2018 Afternoon

Interactive Breakout Sessions:

Join a specialist breakout session in vertical farming, block chain or animal health. Each session will run in parallel and address the most significant developments within the industry and use case studies to understand the potential impact on agri-food businesses as well as to overcome the challenges of scaling and adoption.

Targeting Innovation & Investment in Animal Health, Feed & Nutrition

• What constitutes real innovation in the animal health world? What are the pain points that the industry is looking to solve?
• How is the link between gut health and the microbiome driving new approaches for animal health and wellbeing? What innovations are being developed that will enable producers to move away from antibiotics?
• Europe is looking to get more protein from different sources. What alternative sources of protein and feed supplements are having most success?
• What value does precision monitoring bring to the livestock sector?
• Which subsectors in animal health are attracting the most attention? What are the challenges in finding venture capital investments in animal health?
• Technology Showcase: Four selected start-up companies to present their innovations – Each company will give a 5 minute pitch, followed by Q&A facilitated by the panel.

Maarten Goossens, Co-founder & Principal, ANTERRA CAPITAL, THE NETHERLANDS
Marc de Beer, Senior Advisor, One Health Strategy, ELANCO, USA

Blockchain: Tracking & Tracing from Farm to Table

• Increasing regulation and market pressures are increasing the need for transparency across the supply chain. How can technologies, such as blockchain, save time and energy and create value within the agricultural value chain?
• What are retailers learning from blockchain and where is the added value to their operations?
• How could mass-scale integration of blockchain impact opportunities for food export to importing countries looking for high quality, high welfare & environmental standards?
• How can blockchain unlock meaningful value for NGOs and their partners in the supply chain?
• In the future, could blockchain help enforce IP rights and attribute value to products and data?

Guy Hudson, Executive Director, SPARKS LABS CULTIV8, AUSTRALIA
Gary B. Rodrigue, BLOCKCHAIN WW IBM Food Trust™, Leader, IBM, USA

Is the Future of Farming Indoors? Hyper-Efficient Horticultural Production to Nourish the Cities of Tomorrow

• Indoor & VF farming offers the opportunity for locally supplied nutritious food for urban populations. But who will be able to afford it?
• How are produce buyers thinking about this sector and what are the opportunities that they see? Where is indoor farming currently falling short?
• How are advances in robotics, crop technologies and LED lighting shaping indoor food production? What’s not possible now that will be in the next 5-10 years?
• What are the business models and technology systems that will attract reliable capital into the sector and enable the industry to grow?
• Europe is a leading player for horticultural greenhouse production. What lessons can these masters teach the entrepreneurs who are pioneering new technology platforms & systems in this sector?

W.N. Wang, Director, Chief Technology Advisor, YESHEALTH IFARM, TAIWAN
Steve Dring, Co-Founder, GROWING UNDERGROUND, UK
Marc Oshima, Business Development Director, AEROFARMS, USA

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