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9:00am - 9:35am 35 mins
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Integrated Pest Management
New IPM model for modern ages
  • Surendra Dara - Extension Advisor, University of California
  • Where has IPM succeeded in the past 5-10 years
  • Assessing where IPM hasn’t been fit for purpose
  • Sustainable agriculture is a current demand from society, how can IPM be used to meet this expectation?
9:35am - 10:10am 35 mins
Integrated Pest Management
Formulation, positioning and application: major factors for effective implantation in farmers POP’s [ Package of Practices]
  • Sandeepa Kanitkar - Founder, Kan Biosys
10:10am - 10:45am 35 mins
Break
10:45am - 11:20am 35 mins
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Agrochemical Formulation
4R program and fertilizer application rate
  • Sally Flis - Director of Agronomy, The Fertilizer Institute

Our 4R program and how fertilizer application rates and practices change as farmers move to using more of the tools they have available to make better use of nutrients, this would give the plant protection companies some ideas on how and where their products would fit in as part of a 4R Nutrient management program on a farm.

10:45am - 11:20am 35 mins
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Biocontrol
Panel: Addressing concerns of adoption of biologic products
  • Carlos Kee - Agronomist, AgSci
  • Gregg Steinberg - CEO, GrowCentia
  • Aaron Waltz - Director of Field Studies, Concentric Ag
  • Best practices to change farmer perception that Biopesticides are expensive and/or slow acting
  • Showcasing biologicals belong in the repertoire of crop  products
  • Hear “the building blocks” that make products grow in trust and consumption
  • Understanding how farmers make their buying decisions
10:45am - 11:20am 35 mins
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Biostimulants
Looking Forward: Opportunities For Crop Biostimulants To Promote California Central Valley's Vegetable Production - Perspectives From An Extension Educator
  • Zheng Wang - Vegetable and Irrigation Cooperative Extension Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension

California not only produces a considerable majority of American vegetable commodities, but also leads the production of certain vegetables globally. The Central Valley is the state's vegetable hub that nonstop supplies the country and the world with hundreds of vegetable commodities. Like many other regions in California, growers in the Central Valley face water shortage, aquifer pollution, excess use of fertilizers, and labor shortage. However, they have come to rely on a diverse array of sustainable inputs toward healthy farming and conservation agriculture. This presentation will start with the introduction of Central Valley's vegetable operations and the water use plan, and then elaborate the opportunities and challenges of using crop biostimulants/biofertilizers to promote California vegetable production.

10:45am - 11:20am 35 mins
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Seeds
Panel: Addressing concerns of adoption of biologic products
  • Carlos Kee - Agronomist, AgSci
  • Gregg Steinberg - CEO, GrowCentia
  • Aaron Waltz - Director of Field Studies, Concentric Ag
  • Best practices to change farmer perception that Biopesticides are expensive and/or slow acting
  • Showcasing biologicals belong in the repertoire of crop  products
  • Hear “the building blocks” that make products grow in trust and consumption
  • Understanding how farmers make their buying decisions
10:45am - 11:20am 35 mins
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New Technologies
Impact of the regulatory landscape on developing products using gene editing technology
  • Elena Rice - Head of Crop Efficiency Portfolio (Corn), Bayer
  1. Technology development and some examples of different projects Bayer’s Crop Science division is working on
    • Our initial assumption on gene editing implementation and impact of EU ruling
    • Key challenges to broad utilization of gene editing considering current regulatory environment
11:20am - 11:55am 35 mins
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Agrochemical Formulation
Practical and regulatory considerations for adjuvants and agrochemical inerts in the US
  • Solito Sumulong - Manager of Registrations for Loveland Products and Nutrien Ag Solutions, Loveland Products
  • Understanding the requirements of raw materials for adjuvants
  • Assessing the options for materials that are commercially available for adjuvants
  • Depicting the affect these raw materials have on the soil
11:20am - 11:55am 35 mins
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Biocontrol
Case study: Demonstrating the possibilities of effective Crop protection through sustainable methods
  • Sharon Inch - Scientist II, Novozymes
  • Illustrating what sustainability means for Crop Protection and Agronomist Companies
  • Visions for how sustainability can link to effective crop protection Exploring alternative approaches to crop protection to ensure sustainability
11:20am - 11:55am 35 mins
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Biostimulants
Practical advice for undertaking field trials
  • Aaron Waltz - Director of Field Studies, Concentric Ag
  • Outlining the standards to achieve optimal field trial results
  • Industry benchmarking on field trial expectations
  • Lessons learnt about conducting field trials
11:20am - 11:55am 35 mins
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Seeds
Case study: Demonstrating the possibilities of effective Crop protection through sustainable methods
  • Sharon Inch - Scientist II, Novozymes
  • Illustrating what sustainability means for Crop Protection and Agronomist Companies
  • Visions for how sustainability can link to effective crop protection Exploring alternative approaches to crop protection to ensure sustainability
11:20am - 11:55am 35 mins
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New Technologies
Consumer feedback: Concerns with adoption for GMO and GE products
  • Dr. Kate Creasey - President, Grow More Foundation
  • Addressing the concerns on GE products for consumers
  • Understanding the concerns with adoptions
  • Best practices to increase the awareness of GM
11:55am - 12:20pm 25 mins
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Agrochemical Formulation
U.S. Department of Agriculture 2019 Evaluation of Biostimulant Regulation in the United States
  • Keith Matthews - Attorney at Law, Wiley Rein LLP

The 2018 Farm Bill passed by Congress and signed by the President requires the U.S.D.A. to evaluate regulation of biostimulants in the United States. U.S.D.A. is to complete this evaluation within one year of enactment of the Farm Bill into law. In addition, the Farm Bill enacted a first-ever formal definition of biostimulants in the United States. This talk will provide an in-depth discussion of the 2018 Farm Bill's biostimulants provision and the U.S.D.A. evaluation process.

11:55am - 12:20pm 25 mins
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Biocontrol
U.S. Department of Agriculture 2019 Evaluation of Biostimulant Regulation in the United States
  • Keith Matthews - Attorney at Law, Wiley Rein LLP

The 2018 Farm Bill passed by Congress and signed by the President requires the U.S.D.A. to evaluate regulation of biostimulants in the United States. U.S.D.A. is to complete this evaluation within one year of enactment of the Farm Bill into law. In addition, the Farm Bill enacted a first-ever formal definition of biostimulants in the United States. This talk will provide an in-depth discussion of the 2018 Farm Bill's biostimulants provision and the U.S.D.A. evaluation process.

11:55am - 12:20pm 25 mins
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Biostimulants
U.S. Department of Agriculture 2019 Evaluation of Biostimulant Regulation in the United States
  • Keith Matthews - Attorney at Law, Wiley Rein LLP

The 2018 Farm Bill passed by Congress and signed by the President requires the U.S.D.A. to evaluate regulation of biostimulants in the United States. U.S.D.A. is to complete this evaluation within one year of enactment of the Farm Bill into law. In addition, the Farm Bill enacted a first-ever formal definition of biostimulants in the United States. This talk will provide an in-depth discussion of the 2018 Farm Bill's biostimulants provision and the U.S.D.A. evaluation process.

11:55am - 12:20pm 25 mins
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Seeds
U.S. Department of Agriculture 2019 Evaluation of Biostimulant Regulation in the United States
  • Keith Matthews - Attorney at Law, Wiley Rein LLP

The 2018 Farm Bill passed by Congress and signed by the President requires the U.S.D.A. to evaluate regulation of biostimulants in the United States. U.S.D.A. is to complete this evaluation within one year of enactment of the Farm Bill into law. In addition, the Farm Bill enacted a first-ever formal definition of biostimulants in the United States. This talk will provide an in-depth discussion of the 2018 Farm Bill's biostimulants provision and the U.S.D.A. evaluation process.

11:55am - 12:20pm 25 mins
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New Technologies
Industry Strategies to Shift GMO Public Opinion
  • Hope Hart - Foresight and Advocacy Lead, Global Seeds Product Safety, Syngenta
  • Public opinion affected the regulation of GMO in Europe. Should the US market be concerned?
  • Required industry steps to improve public opinion of GMO products
  • Highlight the importance of having public opinion front and centre of current strategies
12:20pm - 1:35pm 75 mins
Lunch
1:35pm - 1:50pm 15 mins
Agrochemical Formulation
Pitching session Available
1:35pm - 1:50pm 15 mins
Biostimulants
Pitching session Available
1:35pm - 1:50pm 15 mins
Biocontrol
Pitching session Available
1:35pm - 1:50pm 15 mins
Seeds
Pitching session Available
1:35pm - 2:05pm 30 mins
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New Technologies
The journey of effectively and efficiently developing a formulated dsRNA product
  • Lorenzo Aulisa - Director, Crop Protection Product Development and Regulatory Science, GreenLight Biosciences

Development of innovative pesticide formulations with new modes of action is an important priority for the food and agriculture industry given the rise of resistance to common chemical pesticides and society’s demand for safer and more sustainable options for growing food.


RNAi (RNA interference) as a technology is extremely targeted and safe for both humans and the environment. RNAi’s highly-specific nature means that it impacts only the targeted species without harming beneficial organisms like pollinators.
Since 1998, dsRNA has been widely used as a tool, in both academia and industry, to study and identify genes that are key in the development of pests and weeds or in the pathogenicity of different fungi. dsRNA has proven, in lab experiments, its potential as a foliar applied pesticide. However, even today, after more than 20 years of research, there is still not a single formulated product available in the market. Two main reasons for this are 1) the cost of producing dsRNA at industrial scale and 2) the design and development of a formulated product that could overcome many of the challenges linked to a biological molecule such as RNA and still provide the same shelf life stability as chemical based pesticides combined with equivalent biological performances.


At GreenLight Biosciences, we have successfully solved the first challenge by developing an innovative, patented, cell-free technology platform that produces high-quality, cost-effective and scalable dsRNA solutions. Now, we are developing the first line of bio-pesticide formulated products that will provide targeted pest control without the drawbacks linked to the use of chemical pesticides.
Development of a commercially viable product based on dsRNA is not a trivial task due to the properties of RNA as a biological molecule. The design has to take in account different challenges of working with RNA to ensure stability of the formulation in different forms: whether concentrated, diluted in a spray tank, as a standalone or combined with multiple tank mix partners in all types of water, and after being sprayed on the leaf.


Today, I will guide the audience through the exciting journey that is taking the GreenLight Biosciences team to transform an “idea” into a “product” that farmers will use safely and effectively in the fields.

1:50pm - 2:05pm 15 mins
Agrochemical Formulation
Pitching session Available
1:50pm - 2:05pm 15 mins
Biostimulants
Pitching session Available
1:50pm - 2:05pm 15 mins
Biocontrol
Pitching session Available
1:50pm - 2:05pm 15 mins
Seeds
Pitching session Available
2:05pm - 2:40pm 35 mins
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Agrochemical Formulation
Case study: Tackling spray drift through effective adjuvant use.
  • Maickon Fernando Ribeiro Balator - Agronomist Engineer and Spray Technology Manager, Vittia group
  • Formulation strategies needed to effectively use adjuvants for spray drift reduction
  •  Best practice for adjuvants beneficially effect the spray solution of a formulation
  • Improvements made to actively reduce spray drift
2:05pm - 2:40pm 35 mins
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Biostimulants
The use of plant nutrition for biotic and abiotic stress mitigation
  • Ithamar Prada - Director of Innovation and Product Development, Compass Minerals
  • Interactions of plant nutrition on stress mitigation;
  • Plant nutrition and plant defense mechanisms;
  • Field insights in tropical agriculture;
  • Field insights in temperate agriculture
2:05pm - 2:40pm 35 mins
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Biocontrol
Case study: Better application methods for Pheromones to ensure effective release rates
  • Dr. Fatma Kaplan - CEO/CSO, Pheronym
  • Illustrating the challenges with pheromones application methods
  • Evaluating best application methods for effective pest control
  • Novel application tools
2:05pm - 2:40pm 35 mins
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New Technologies
New innovations on seed treatments and plant nutrition for maximum plant performance
  • Marco Toapanta - Global Director - Science & Technology, Agrithority
  • Update on the current regulation on neonicotinoids
  • Timelines of regulatory requirements
  • Understanding the new data requirements for neonicotinoids
2:05pm - 2:40pm 35 mins
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Seeds
New innovations on seed treatments and plant nutrition for maximum plant performance
  • Marco Toapanta - Global Director - Science & Technology, Agrithority
  • Update on the current regulation on neonicotinoids
  • Timelines of regulatory requirements
  • Understanding the new data requirements for neonicotinoids
2:40pm - 3:15pm 35 mins
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Agrochemical Formulation
IoT & Digital Farming
  • Peri Subrahmanya - Product Manager, IoT, Bayer

Digital farming in simple terms, is the use of geo location services along with agronomic and other sensor data to orchestrate planting and harvest operations across a farm. It is not about predicting weather or impact of climate change on farming. In the session, I will cover role of IoT in digital farming and how Bayer Crop Science, division of Bayer and formerly Monsanto company, has used IoT to help growers in both R&D and Commercial organizations”.

  • Digital Farming explained
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Bayer Crop Science use cases and use of IoT
2:40pm - 3:15pm 35 mins
Biostimulants
Biostimulant Properties of an Organic Fertilizer
  • Emily Fuerst - R&D Director, Kemin Crop Technologies
2:40pm - 3:15pm 35 mins
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Biocontrol
Physical protectors
  • Damian Hajduk, PhD - Vice President, R&D, Crop Enhancement, Inc.
  • The role of physical protector in crop protection
  • Key skills to maintain beneficial insects around your crops
  • Identifying how physical protectors can be used
2:40pm - 3:15pm 35 mins
New Technologies
Biologically based seed treatments for use in multifaceted disease control strategies
  • Dan Roberts - Research Leader, USDA - ARS, Sustainable Agricultural Systems Laboratory, USDA
2:40pm - 3:15pm 35 mins
Seeds
Biologically based seed treatments for use in multifaceted disease control strategies
  • Dan Roberts - Research Leader, USDA - ARS, Sustainable Agricultural Systems Laboratory, USDA
3:15pm - 3:50pm 35 mins
Agrochemical Formulation
Coffee and Networking Break
3:15pm - 3:50pm 35 mins
Biostimulants
Coffee and Networking Break
3:15pm - 3:50pm 35 mins
Biocontrol
Coffee and Networking Break
3:15pm - 3:50pm 35 mins
New Technologies
Coffee and Networking Break
3:15pm - 3:50pm 35 mins
Seeds
Coffee and Networking Break
3:50pm - 4:25pm 35 mins
Agrochemical Formulation
Academic viewpoint: The effect of Drone Application on synthetic pesticides
  • Wesley Everman - Associate Professor, NC State
3:50pm - 4:25pm 35 mins
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Biostimulants
Plant Extract Based BioStimulants – Challenges in Development & Commercialization
  • Narasimha Rao Kothapalli - CEO, Parry America

 Biostimulants and its role in plant health
- Types of Bio Stimulants
- Global Industry Size, Trends & Growth
- Parry’s work in BioStimulants
- Challenges in development of Plant based BioStimulants
- Regulatory Framework
- Commercialization of product
- Growers feedback

3:50pm - 4:25pm 35 mins
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Biocontrol
Digital Farming’s impact on biopesticides ROI
  • Amit Vasavada - Sr. Vice President of R&D and Chief Technology Officer, Marrone Bio Innovations
  • Demonstrating digital farming methods that would improve the success of biopesticides efficacy
  • Improving ROI of biopesticides with Digital farming application methods
  • Assessing the impact on water management
3:50pm - 4:25pm 35 mins
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New Technologies
IoT & Digital Farming
  • Peri Subrahmanya - Product Manager, IoT, Bayer

Digital farming in simple terms, is the use of geo location services along with agronomic and other sensor data to orchestrate planting and harvest operations across a farm. It is not about predicting weather or impact of climate change on farming. In the session, I will cover role of IoT in digital farming and how Bayer Crop Science, division of Bayer and formerly Monsanto company, has used IoT to help growers in both R&D and Commercial organizations”.

  • Digital Farming explained
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Bayer Crop Science use cases and use of IoT
4:25pm - 5:00pm 35 mins
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Biocontrol
Demonstrating how digital farming could improve Biopesticide application
  • Amy Jancewicz - Screening Manager, Terramera
  • See and spray technologies could enhance biopesticides efficacy
  • The impact of drone application to biopesticide delivery
  • Altering formulations to match new digital farming delivery methods
4:25pm - 5:00pm 35 mins
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New Technologies
Digital Farming’s impact on biopesticides ROI
  • Amit Vasavada - Sr. Vice President of R&D and Chief Technology Officer, Marrone Bio Innovations
  • Demonstrating digital farming methods that would improve the success of biopesticides efficacy
  • Improving ROI of biopesticides with Digital farming application methods
  • Assessing the impact on water management
5:00pm - 5:05pm 5 mins
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