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10:00am - 10:30am

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12:35pm - 1:40pm

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3:45pm - 4:15pm

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5:20pm - 5:25pm
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7:15am - 8:00am 45 mins
Registration and Coffee
9:30am - 10:00am 30 mins
Agrochemical Formulation
Digital Farming: Evaluating the Adoption of Digital Farming and Implications for Agrochemical/Biologics Development and Production
  • Antonio Asebedo - Assistant Professor, Precision Agriculture, Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University
9:30am - 10:00am 30 mins
Biopesticides
Digital Farming: Evaluating the Adoption of Digital Farming and Implications for Agrochemical/Biologics Development and Production
  • Antonio Asebedo - Assistant Professor, Precision Agriculture, Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University
9:30am - 10:00am 30 mins
Biostimulants
Digital Farming: Evaluating the Adoption of Digital Farming and Implications for Agrochemical/Biologics Development and Production
  • Antonio Asebedo - Assistant Professor, Precision Agriculture, Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University
10:00am - 10:30am 30 mins
Morning Coffee and Speed Networking
10:30am - 10:35am 5 mins
Agrochemical Formulation
Formulating Chemical Activities: Remarks from the Chairperson
10:30am - 10:35am 5 mins
Biologics
CRISPR and Gene Editing Technologies: Remarks from the Chairperson
  • Fayaz Khazi, PhD - President, Elo Life Systems
10:35am - 11:05am 30 mins
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Agrochemical Formulation
Overcoming Stability Issues with Agrochemical Activities
  • Mei Li - Formulation Scientist, Dow
  • Identifying formulation strategies to create more stable actives
  • Overcoming common hurdles with formulating actives
  • Assessing methods to ensure stability with difficult actives
10:35am - 11:05am 30 mins
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Biologics
Understanding CRISPR and gene editing technologies; their opportunities and challenges in agriculture
  • Wayne Parrott, PhD - Professor, Crop & Soil Science, University of Georgia
  • Capabilities, differences and limitations: CRISPR-Cas9, meganucleases, TALENs, and ZFNs
  • Understanding the opportunities for gene editing technologies’ application in agriculture, as end products and research & development
  • Understanding the ownership, IP, and legal landscape around gene editing technologies and what you need to know as an interested party
  • What’s left to address for legal, regulatory, and technological adoption of gene editing technologies?
11:05am - 11:35am 30 mins
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Agrochemical Formulation
Best practices in formulation and packaging of Ag Products through 3rd party Manufacturing
  • Rich Dombkowski - Director of Manufacturing & Quality, Arysta
  • Essential advice for producing high quality packaging that ensures the stability of active on the shelve
  • Identifying formulation strategies to create more stable actives
11:05am - 11:35am 30 mins
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Biologics
Case study: Examining the use of CRISPR in plant breeding / seed trait development
  • Scott Betts, Phd - Research Program Leader, Genome Modification, Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™
  • Rapid development of next generation waxy corn hybrids using morphogenic genes and CRISPR
  • Targeted gene knock-outs directly in elite maize inbreds
  • Recovered waxy deletions in 11 of 11 elite inbred lines
11:35am - 12:05pm 30 mins
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Agrochemical Formulation
Case Study: Increasing the active ingredient load in formulations. Fomesafen case study
  • Federico Henke - Laboratory Chemist, AgroFina
  • Novel way of concentrating the active ingredient up to 60% w/v at 0°C in aqueous solution
  • Disclosing laboratory observations necessary to understand how the creation of this product
  • Exploring methods to save resources such as space, energy and time
11:35am - 12:05pm 30 mins
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Biologics
Application of genome editing technology for accelerating crop breeding and seed product development
  • Qiudeng Que, PhD - Group Leader, Seeds Research, Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC
  • Applying genome editing tools for trait discovery in maize
  • Evaluating new tools for achieving desirable genome editing outcomes
  • Developing new approaches to accelerate deployment of edited traits
12:05pm - 12:35pm 30 mins
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Agrochemical Formulation
Automated crop assessment to streamline screening processes of agrochemicals
  • Philipp Von Gillhaussen, PhD - International Sales Manager, Phenospex b.v.
12:05pm - 12:35pm 30 mins
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Biologics
Automated crop assessment to streamline screening processes of agrochemicals
  • Philipp Von Gillhaussen, PhD - International Sales Manager, Phenospex b.v.
12:35pm - 1:40pm 65 mins
Networking Lunch
1:40pm - 1:45pm 5 mins
Agrochemical Formulation
Novel Technologies: Remarks from the Chairperson
1:40pm - 1:45pm 5 mins
Biopesticides
RNAi Products: Remarks from the Chairperson
  • Steven Levine, PhD - Senior Science Fellow, Environmental Assessment Strategy Lead, Global Regulatory Sciences, Environmental Assessment Strategy Lead, Global Regulatory Sciences, Monsanto Company
1:40pm - 1:45pm 5 mins
Biostimulants
Biostimulant Efficacy: Remarks from the Chairperson
  • Michael Frodyma - Director- Formulation, New Product Development, NewLeaf Symbiotics
1:45pm - 2:15pm 30 mins
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Agrochemical Formulation
Solutions for Agrochemicals
  • Scott Starr, MBA - Sr. Sales and Business Development Manager Americas, Wacker Chemical Corporation
  • Priya Varadan, PhD - Sales and Business Development Manager Americas, Wacker Chemical Company

Focus will be on Silicones and Cyclodextrin products as potential solutions in Agrochemical formulations to increase solubility of Active Ingredients, Reduce loss of volatile active ingredients and as defoamers in formulations.

1:45pm - 2:15pm 30 mins
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Biopesticides
Case Study: Opportunities and Challenges for Commercialization of RNAi Products
  • Subba Reddy, PhD - University Research Professor and Chair, Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Kentucky
  • Discussing high variability in efficiency of RNAi among insect pests and disease vectors
  • Addressing determinants of highly efficient and systemic RNAi in coleopteran insects
  • Evaluating factors responsible for poor RNAi efficiency in most insect pests and disease vectors
  • Using nanoformulations to overcome poor RNAi efficiency in moths and mosquitoes
  • Potential RNAi resistance mechanisms in coleopteran insects
1:45pm - 2:15pm 30 mins
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Biostimulants
Panel Discussion: What’s being done to address any remaining credibility gap in biostimulants and avoid the “snake oil” label?
  • David Beaudreau - Executive Director, U.S. Biostimulant Coalition
  • Keith Pitts - Chief Sustainability Officer & Senior Vice President-Regulatory and Government Affairs, Marrone Bio Innovations
  • Amy Plato Roberts - Regulatory Affairs Manager, Lallemand Plant Care
  • Matthew Kleinhenz, PhD - Professor, Extension Specialist, Vegetable Production Systems, Ohio State University.
  • Addressing progress towards labels, standards or regulation of efficacy
  • Discussing the need for greater regulatory oversight of biostimulants
  • What can be learned from the Europeans on supporting efficacy?
  • Avoiding legal issues with claims over biostimulant effectiveness
2:15pm - 2:45pm 30 mins
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Agrochemical Formulation
Assessing the advantages of Nanotechnology
  • Maxim Schlossberg, PhD - Associate Professor, Turfgrass Nutrition/Soil Fertility, Penn State
  • Understanding the potential successes of Nanotechnology
  • Demonstrating how nanotechnology can alter formulations in tank
  • Overcoming common formulation hurdles while using Nanotechnology
2:15pm - 2:45pm 30 mins
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Biopesticides
RNA-Based Biocontrols For Use in the Management of Insect Pests
  • Steven Levine, PhD - Senior Science Fellow, Environmental Assessment Strategy Lead, Global Regulatory Sciences, Environmental Assessment Strategy Lead, Global Regulatory Sciences, Monsanto Company
  • Development of RNA-based biocontrols against various insect pests
  • Ensuring pest selectivity with RNA-based biocontrols
  • Translating efficacy from laboratory to field environments
  • Expectations for the future of RNA-based products and their adoption in agriculture
2:15pm - 2:45pm 30 mins
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Biostimulants
Case study: Demonstrating biostimulant efficacy on water/nutrients uptake and under salinity stress in greenhouse conditions
  • Pedro Molina, PhD - RD Project Manager, Iden
  • Key considerations supporting biostimulant efficacy claims
  • Plant physiology response to biostimulant. It is sufficient to convince farmers?
  • Evaluating the effect of biostimulants on nutrient uptake and abiotic stress tolerance in controlled and open environment
2:45pm - 3:15pm 30 mins
Agrochemical Formulation
Characterization of colloidal dispersions using ultrasound spectroscopy
  • Natalia Lebedeva - Chemist, Syngenta
2:45pm - 3:15pm 30 mins
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Biopesticides
Practical Applications of Quantitative Aerial Imagery for Field Trials
  • Jeremiah Roeth, PhD - CEO, Buckeye Ag Testing, LLC

UAVs coupled with remote sensors offer the potential to gather high-resolution, semi-quantitative data.  Case studies presented will demonstrate the use of multispectral imaging and analytics to measure plot differences.  The approach allows for streamlined data collection of crop response in real time, and can be used to gain valuable insights into product efficacy.

2:45pm - 3:15pm 30 mins
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Biostimulants
Case study: Connecting biostimulant use, physiological response, yield, and financial return on investment
  • Hubert Kardasz, PhD - Chief Executive Officer and President, INTERMAG
  • Designing, executing and evaluating trials to demonstrate efficacy
  • Plant physiology response to biostimulant application - observations and measurements
  • Providing supporting data for efficacy, yield and economic return on investment
3:15pm - 3:45pm 30 mins
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Agrochemical Formulation
Safe, Biobased, High Performance Solvents and Surfactants for Agrochemical Formulations
  • Edward Ludwig, Ph.D. - Director Sales, Corbion

Corbion, the global leader in lactate based chemistries and the North American leader in specialty biobased emulsifiers, has solvents and emulsifiers that are readily used in the agrochemicals industry based on high performance.  A brief description of these products and applications will be provided, along with a summary of activities in chiral synthesis using certain Corbion lactate products.

3:15pm - 3:45pm 30 mins
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Biostimulants
Skincare Meets Agriculture: Cross-Over Idea Creates a Novel Biostimulant with Greenhouse & Field Data Presented
  • Chris Jordan, MBA - President, JRX Biotechnology, Inc.

A novel biostimulant is being developed that was originally used in the skincare/cosmetics industry.  Results from greenhouse and field testing will be presented.  Initial results are compelling around water savings, drought tolerance, visual quality, and root growth.

3:45pm - 4:15pm 30 mins
Afternoon Coffee and Networking
4:15pm - 4:20pm 5 mins
Agrochemical Formulation
Novel Technologies: Remarks from the Chairperson
4:15pm - 4:20pm 5 mins
Biopesticides
Biopesticide Efficacy: Remarks from the Chairperson
  • William Dunham - Managing Partner, Dunham Trimmer International Bio Intelligence
  • Mark Trimmer, PhD - Managing Partner, Dunham Trimmer International Bio Intelligence
4:15pm - 4:20pm 5 mins
Biostimulants
Biostimulant Efficacy: Remarks from the Chairperson
4:20pm - 4:50pm 30 mins
Info
Agrochemical Formulation
Determining the benefits of using Slow releasing products
  • Héctor Manuel Cárdenas Cota, PhD - Research and Development Manager, Agrobionsa
  • Case study driven results of the effectiveness of slow release products
  • Long term benefits to slow release products
  • Illustrating product development and production challenges of slow release
4:20pm - 4:50pm 30 mins
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Biopesticides
Case Study: Successfully demonstrating efficacy of biopesticides
  • Steve Ronyak - Director, Field Research, AgBiome
  • Discovery to field: Providing a phase plan overview
  • Evaluating results and lessons from field validation studies
  • Discussing results and lessons from early development studies
  • Addressing next steps and developments
4:20pm - 4:50pm 30 mins
Info
Biostimulants
Evaluating Biostimulant Use in Commercial Citrus Production
  • Ute Albrecht, PhD - Assistant Professor, Plant Physiology, Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, University of Florida/IFAS
  • Examining the use of biostimulants for citrus under nursery and commercial field conditions in southwest Florida
  • Illustrating the effect on plant growth, root structure, physiology, and root/soil microbial community
  • Evaluating the impact on product yield
4:50pm - 5:20pm 30 mins
Info
Agrochemical Formulation
Physical strategies for protecting specialty crops
  • Damian Hajduk, PhD - Vice President, R&D, Crop Enhancement, Inc.
  • Physical approaches to pest and disease control
  • Mechanisms of action
  • Performance under field conditions
  • Complementing conventional pesticides and fungicides
4:50pm - 5:20pm 30 mins
Info
Biopesticides
Case Study: Building Efficacy Programmes for Biopesticide Products
  • Kuide Qin, PhD - Chief Science Officer, Verdesian Life Sciences
  • Addressing design and placement of efficacy programs to assess suitability, safety and efficacy
  • Strategies to improve return on investment (ROI) on field trial programs
  • Real life field data evaluation and analysis
4:50pm - 5:20pm 30 mins
Info
Biostimulants
Case Study: Developing Biological Stacked Seed Treatments (BSST)
  • Pankaj Pathak, PhD - Group Leader, Formulations, Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBI)
  • Development insights on a bsst package comprising of insecticide, nematicide, fungicide and plant health microbes for corn and soy
  • Overcoming formulation and dosage development challenges for biological materials in seed applications
  • Examining three years of field trial data
  • Evaluating the value of bsst to organic grower, and performance of bsst compared to conventional chemical seed treatments
5:20pm - 5:25pm 5 mins
Short Break
5:25pm - 5:30pm 5 mins
Main agenda
Opening Remarks from the Chairperson
  • Vonnie Estes - Consulting, Estes Consulting
5:30pm - 5:40pm 10 mins
Main agenda
Pitch session one: Expanding market for Neem based organic control
  • Harshavardhan Joshi - Founder/CEO, Neemtree Organics LLC
5:40pm - 5:50pm 10 mins
Main agenda
Pitch Session two: The Benefits of Trichoderma – Helping Plants Help Themselves
  • Dan Custis - President and CEO, Advanced Biological Marketing
5:50pm - 6:00pm 10 mins
Main agenda
Pitch session three: Zinkicide – A Cu Alternative for Crop Protection
  • Swadeshmukul Santra - NanoScience Technology Center, Department of Chemistry, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences and Department of Materials Science and Engineering Director Materials Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture (USDA-NIFA recognized Center of Excellence), University of Central Florida
6:00pm - 6:10pm 10 mins
Main agenda
Pitch session four: OpenPitch Session Five: Bee Vectoring – A Disruptive Sustainable Crop Production Tool
  • Ashish Malik - President and CEO, Bee Vectoring Technologies (BVT)
6:10pm - 6:20pm 10 mins
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Pitch session five: Amino acid chelates as perfect compounds of foliar fertilizers and bio stimulants
  • Anna Konieczny - Market Development Manager, INTERMAG
6:20pm - 7:20pm 60 mins
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Evening networking reception and entertainment