Indoor Ag-Con Orlando 4-5, 2021 Education Schedule
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Aerofarms CEO David Rosenberg Kicks Off Indoor Ag-Con 2021 With Opening Morning Keynote Address

Monday, October 4, 2021 | 8:30 am
AeroFarms’ mission is to grow the best plants possible for the betterment of humanity, and we are executing on this by taking agriculture to new heights with the latest in technology, innovation and understanding of plant science.
David Rosenberg CEO, AeroFarms

CEO Keynote Speakers

Learn From The Leaders

Industry Innovators Share Key Insights

Sonia Lo, Sensei Ag

Monday, October 4, 2021 |11:30 AM-12:20 PM

Mike Zelkind, 80 Acres

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 | 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

Conference Agenda

Industry experts and thought leaders help grow your business with ideas and innovations covered in three tracks: Business & Marketing; Science & Technology; and Alternative Crops.

New speakers & sessions joining the line-up daily so check back often for the latest additions!

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration Open

Monday, October 4, 2021

Check in, get your badge and get ready for two full days of networking!

David Rosenberg
Founder & CEO, AeroFarms
Speaker: David Rosenberg, Founder & CEO, AeroFarms

Indoor Ag-Con Keynote Speaker David Rosenberg co-founded and leads AeroFarms, a mission-driven company that builds and operates advanced vertical farms in urban environments. AeroFarms has been recognized as a Circular Economy 100 company, listed on Fast Company’s 2019 global list of Most Innovative Companies, and featured on Inc. Magazine’s list of the 25 Most Disruptive Companies. AeroFarms also received the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence and ranked number one on the FoodTech 500 list, which highlighted global entrepreneurial talent at the intersection between food, technology, and sustainability. AeroFarms received the inaugural Global Sustainable Development Goal Award for Zero Hunger, was listed as one of Time Magazine’s 2019 Best Inventions, and received The Ethical Corporation’s 2020 Responsible Business Award in Sustainable Innovation.

Click link below to read more about David and AeroFarms!

9:30 AM – 10:20 AM

Business & Marketing Track

Marni Karlin, Nonia Yehia, Daniel Malechuk & Craig Ratajczyk
Session: Covid Lessons Learned : Food Security | Supply Chain Opportunities

Moderator:
Marni Karlin, Executive Director, CEA Food Safety Coalition
Panelists:
Nona Yehia, CEO & Co-Founder Vertical Harvest
Daniel Malechuk, CEO, Kalera
Craig Ratajczyk, CEO, Crop One

Dr. Gary Stutte, Dan Plant, Dr. Neil Mattson, Dr Erico Mattos
Session: Latest Academic & Research Trends

Moderator: Dr. Gary Stutte, president, SyNRGE

Panelists:
Dr. Neil Mattson, Associate Professor and Greenhouse Extension Specialist, School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University
Dr. Erico Mattos, Executive Director,Greenhouse Lighting Systems and Engineering (GLASE)
Dan Plant, Managing Partner, Plant Systems Inc

9:30 AM – 10:20 AM

Session: Hemp Industries Association Presents: The Science & Technology of Cultivating Hemp

Moderator:
TBA
Panelists:
TBA

10:30 AM – 11:20AM

Panelists Coming Soon
Session: Produce Trends & Marketing Opportunities For Indoor Growers

Moderator: Tom Stenzel, President & CEO, United Fresh Produce Association

Panelists:
TBA

What Is The Next Technical Frontier For LED Lighting.

Moderator:
Dr. Erik Runkle, Professor / Floriculture Extension Specialist, Michigan State University
Panelists:
Blake Lange, Business Development Manager,Signify
Corinne Wilder, VP of Global Operations, Fluence
Niko Kivioja, CEO, NetLed.

10:30 AM– 11:20 AM

Gabe Youtsey, Akissa Stokes, Wendy Lu McGill, Alain Revah
Session: Insects Plus!

MODERATOR:
Gabe Youtsey, CIO, UC, ANR
Panelists:
Akissa Stokes, CEO & Co-Founder, Wundergrubs
Wendy Lu McGill,Communication and Membership Director, North American Coalition For Insect Agriculture
Alain Revah, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, Ÿnsect

Sonia Lo
CEO, Sensei Ag
Session:Keynote Address: Improving Human Wellness One Farm at a Time: A Discussion of Sensei Ag’s Form Factor Agnostic & Scalable Approach to Indoor Agriculture

Sensei Ag’s mission is to improve human health and wellness by transforming indoor agriculture. Join CEO Sonia Lo as she discusses the Company’s form factor agnostic approach to building and expanding indoor farms. This uniquely vertically integrated value chain from seed conception to consumer enables Sensei Ag to consistently deliver nutritious produce to consumers and actionable data to farmers. Ms. Lo will discuss the current challenges facing the indoor farming industry and how being a form factor agnostic company is a novel and necessary approach to overcoming such obstacles.

Exhibit Hall Open & Networking Lunch

Networking Lunch 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM | Exhibit Hall Open 12:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Afternoon Panel: Grocers & Growers -Growing Profitable Relationships

Moderator: Greg Ferrara, President & CEO, National Grocers Association

Panelists:
Daniel Katz, Executive Vice President, InFarm
Don Taylor, CEO, AmplifiedAg, Inc
TBA

Afternoon Panel:Women In Ag

Panelists:
Shannon O'Malley, CEO, Brickstreet Farm
Sarah Sanders, Co-Founder, Native
Amy Samples, ‎Director of Community Outreach and People Programs, AppHarvest

Joe Swartz, Nick Greens, Dr. Vijay Rapaka , Ricardo Hernandez
Afternoon Panel:Hydroponic Seedling Propagation

Moderator:
Joe Swartz, Vice President & Lead Horticulturalist, AmHydro
Panelists:
Nick Greens, Nick Greens Grow Team
Dr. Ricardo Hernandez, Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University
Dr Vijay Rapaka, corporate grower research manager, Smithers-Oasis Company/ Oasis Grower Solutions.

Expo Floor Reception

Join your peers for a great gathering! 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Check out Program For October 5!

Be sure to scroll back up to the top of this section to click the October 5 tab to see the full schedule for day two!

7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration Open

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Session: TBA

Moderator:

Andy LaVigne, Dr. John Purcell, Kees Rodenberg
Session: Seeds Of The Future

Moderator:
Andy LaVigne, President & CEO, American Seed Trade Association (ASTA)
Panelists:
Dr. John Purcell, CEO, Unfold
Kees Rodenberg, Hydroponic Sales Manager, Enza Zaden
TBA

8:30 AM - 9:20 AM

Session: Plant Based Food Trends Driving Crops & Opps for Indoor Growers

Moderator: Julie Emmett, senior director, retail relationships, Plant Based Foods Assocation
Panelists:
Sam Norton, Founder, Heron Farms
TBA
TBA

Session: Finance & Funding

Moderator:

Andrew Blume, Sam Bertram, Nick Genty, Adam Greenberg
Session: AI & Robotics: What's Economically Viable & Feasable In Indoor Farms Today

Moderator:
Andrew Blume, Strategic Sales Manager, Iron Ox
Panelists:
Adam Greenberg, CEO, iUNU
Samuel Bertram, CEO, OnePointePone
Nick Genty, CEO, AgEye Technologies

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM

Session: What's New In Aquaponics

Moderator:

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

Session: Title: Making Meaningful Sustainability Achievements in Vertical Farming

Moderator:
Henry Gordon Smith, CEO & Founder, Agritecture
Panelists:
TBA
TBA
TBA

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

Session: TITLE --Berries!

Moderator:

Mike Zelkind
CEO - 80 Acres Farms
Session:Keynote Address: Mike Zelkind

Exhibit Hall Open & Networking Lunch

Networking Lunch 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM | Exhibit Hall Open 12:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Tobias Peggs
CEO & Co-Founder, Square Roots
Session: Fireside Chat With Tobias Peggs, Co-Founder & CEO, Square Roots
Moderator: Erika Summers
Erika Summers, Jake Counne, Austin Webb, Tim McGuinness
Session: How & Where To Site Your Indoor Farm

Moderator: Erika Summers
Panelists: Tim McGuinness, President, Sterling Advisory Group
Austin Webb, CEO and Co-Founder, Fifth Season
Jake Counne, CEO and Founder, Wilder Fields

Expo Floor Reception

Join Us As We Wrap Up The 2021 Edition With Drinks On The Show Floor | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Vincent Adams
CFO - KeyDesign

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Mike Jackson
PR - Agata Inc

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Pete Hugh
Design Director - Incubator

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Chris Clark
Marketing Manager - KeySoft

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