Indoor Ag-Con Orlando 4-5, 2021 Education Schedule

3 Tracks, 70+ Speakers, Countless New Ideas

Scroll Below To Explore a Program That Will Arm You With Fresh Ideas, Insights and Practical Tools To Take Home & Use For Your Business

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

Keynote Sponsor

2021 CEO Keynote Presentations Brought to You By Our Sponsor -- Freight Farms

Austin Webb, Fifth Season

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

Mike Zelkind, 80 Acres

CEO Keynote Presentation
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!

Dr. Karl Kolb, Jennifer Waxman, Daniel Malechuk & Craig Ratajczyk
Session: Covid Lessons Learned : Food Security | Supply Chain Opportunities

Gain key insights from industry leaders on how they faced and overcame the supply chain challenges brought by Covid 19 and the new opportunities they see in the marketplace.

Moderator:
Dr. Karl Kolb, President, Ceres University
Panelists:
Jennifer Waxman, Executive Director, The Villages Grown
Daniel Malechuk, CEO, Kalera
Craig Ratajczyk, CEO, Crop One

Dr. Gary Stutte, Dan Plant, Dr. Neil Mattson, Dr Erico Mattos
Session: Megatrends in Academia & Research

From indoor farms to greenhouses to the international space station, this panel will cover cutting edge research projects and findings – their impact on commercial applications and what they can mean for your business growth

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, President, Plant Dynamics

9:30 AM – 10:20 AM

Panel includes Jody McGinnesss, Brian Gandy, J Mitchell
Session: Hemp Industries Association Presents: The Science & Technology of Cultivating Hemp

From germination to propagation, this panel will focus on how indoor farming meets the needs of commercial hemp growers and new business growth opportunities.

Moderator: Jody McGinness, Executive Director, Hemp Industries Association

Panelists:
Brian Gandy, Technical Sales Director for North America, Valoya
J Mitchell ,Senior VP, Product + Creation, NuSachi

Tom Stenzel, President & CEO, United Fresh Produce Association
Session:United Fresh Product Association Presents: Produce Trends & Marketing Opportunities For Indoor Growers

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

Panelists:
Scott Grabau, President & CEO, Tanimura & Antle
John Carkoski, General Manager-MN, Revol Greens
Kyle Cummings, CEO, Premier Produce

Join Tom Stenzel and a panel of growers and other members of the produce sector as they discuss the learnings and new opportunites that have emerged from the Pandemic.
TBA

Dr. Erik Runkle, Blake Lange, Steve Graves
What Is The Next Technical Frontier For Lighting.

Join our expert panel as they share the latest lighting innovations touching on a range of topics - spectrum,lighting recipes, creating flavor profiles, heat mitigation , energy efficiencies and more.

Moderator:
Dr. Erik Runkle, Professor / Floriculture Extension Specialist, Michigan State University
Panelists:
Blake Lange, Business Development Manager,Signify
Steve Graves, Vice President of Business Development, Fluence By OSRAM

Fifth Season is growing incredibly delicious produce inside a technology-powered farm next to a legendary steel mill. Join CEO Austin Webb to learn more about his company's fascinating origin story, mission and plans for the future.

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

This session will offer insights, tips and strategies to help growers cultivate strong and lasting relationships with grocers and other retail outlets .

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

Panelists:
Don Taylor, CEO, AmplifiedAg, Inc

Karla Garcia, Amy Samples, Shannon O'Malley, Sarah Sanders
Afternoon Panel:Greenhouse Grower Presents: Women In Ag

Moderator: Karla Garcia, Technical Services Specialist, Hort Americas

Panelists:
Shannon O'Malley, CEO, Brick Street Farms
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:Hydroponics: The Key to Soilless Growing

Join some of the industry's top professionals as they share tried and true best practices and the latest innovations in hydroponics.

Moderator:
Joe Swartz, Vice President & Lead Horticulturalist, AmHydro
Panelists:
Nick Greens, Nick Greens Grow Team
Dr. Ricardo Hernandez, Associate Professor, North Carolina State University & CTO, Phlora, Inc
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
The Pub Orlando --9101 International Dr Suite 1003
NATIVE After-Party!

The party continues!

Join us after the show floor reception at The Pub Orlando!

Hosted by Native, this is a great opportunity to enjoy hors d'oeuvres and more networking with fellow attendees, exhibitors and industry members.

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: Indoor Growing & Sustainability Research Findings

Check back for details on this insightful session hosted by The Packer & PMG sharing research results on recent sustainability projects and more.

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

Our panel will detail the next frontier for breeding seeds for CEA.

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

8:30 AM - 9:20 AM

Panel includes Molly Stanek, Sam Norton & Robert Colangelo, Adam Wright
Session: Growing Beyond Lettuce

From salt water salicornia to fungi culture this session will dig deep into the most diverse crops being grown in indoor environments today

Moderator: Molly Stanek, Vice President of Operations & Growing, Superior Fresh

Panelists include
Adam Wright, Director of Operations, The Villages Grown
Sam Norton, Founder, Heron Farms
Robert Colangelo, Founding Farmer/President, Green Sense Farms Holdings, Inc.

Sam Bertram, Nick Genty, Adam Greenberg, Jim Pantaleo
Session: AI & Robotics: What's Economically Viable & Feasible In Indoor Farms Today

A deep dive into everything from hyperspectral imaging to data analysis. Join our panel for insights into the cutting edge technologies that are advancing indoor farming today.

Moderator: Jim Pantaleo, Vertical Farm Industry Advisor
Panelists:
Adam Greenberg, CEO, iUNU
Samuel Bertram, CEO, OnePointOne
Nick Genty, CEO, AgEye Technologies

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM

Session:Aquaponics Association Presents -- Aquaponics: The Latest Industry Developments

This captivating session will share the latest developments in the the art & science of growing fish and plants under the same roof.

Moderator: Kyle Barnett, Host, CropTalk

Panelists include:
Tracy Nazarro,principal & president, Traders Hill Farm
Mark Doherty, Doherty Ag

Expansion!

From logistics to site locations to distributor relationships, hear from indoor growers who have successfully expanded their operations.
Moderator: Roger Buelow, CTO, AeroFarms
Panel:
Dr. Nate Storey, Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer, Plenty
Jennifer Waxman, Executive Director, The Villages Grown

Session: Title: Making Meaningful Sustainability Achievements in Vertical Farming

Moderator:
Briana Zagami, Marketing & Sustainability Strategist, Agritecture
Panelists include:
Chris Castro, Director, Office of Sustainability & Resilience, City of Orlando
Zain Shauk, Co-Founder and CEO, Dream Harvest Farming Company

Vertical farming has so many benefits including reducing water use, land use, and pesticide use. But there are a number of sustainability challenges that still prevent it from being accurately considered “sustainably grown”. This panel will dive into some of the main challenges and how we might be able to overcome them. Topics include carbon footprint from energy use, carbon footprint from embodied energy, plastic use from equipment and packaging, and waste products from production.

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

Indoor Ag-Con Orlando 2021 Keynote Speaker Mike Zelkind is Co-Founder, and CEO of 80 Acres Farms (est. 2015). He is also Board Member of Infinite Acres (est. 2019), a vertical farming leader providing customers with the freshest and most nutritious fruits and vegetables at affordable prices. Utilizing world-class technology and analytics, 80 Acres Farms offers customers pesticide-free food with a longer shelf-life and the highest food safety standards while using fewer natural resources to produce over 300x more food on less than 1% of the footprint.

Exhibit Hall Open & Networking Lunch

Networking Lunch 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM | Exhibit Hall Open 12:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Ralph Fritsche, NASA
Session: Fireside Chat With Ralph Fritsche, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Crop Production Project Manager
Erika Summers, Jake Counne, Austin Webb, John Crossman
Session: How & Where To Site Your Indoor Farm

Join our expert panel to learn the key factors to consider when securing a location for your operation. From vacant former retail facilities and existing/operational buildings to critical municipal requirements , we’ll touch on the critical areas to consider.

Moderator: Erika Summers, business development manager &sales engineer, EMCOR Services Mesa Energy Systems, Inc.
Panelists: John Crossman, CCIM, CRX, President, Crossmarc Services LLC
Austin Webb, CEO and Co-Founder, Fifth Season
Jake Counne, CEO and Founder, Wilder Fields

Chris Walsh, Jesce Horton, David Kessler
Session: The Next Frontier: Opportunities, Challenges and Considerations in the $20B Cannabis Industry

Cannabis is one of the hottest growth areas of the agriculture industry as states continue to legalize medical and recreational marijuana, hemp and CBD gain traction, mainstream companies flood into the market and farmers look for new opportunities. The possibilities for indoor farmers are immense, but so are the challenges. In this session, Chris Walsh - the CEO of MJBizDaily, the leading provider of news, analysis and market research for the marijuana and hemp industries - will moderate a panel of leaders discussing the current cannabis landscape, highlighting the strongest opportunities for indoor growers and key considerations for entering the space.

Panelists include:
Jesce Horton, CEO, LOWD
David Kessler, Chief Science Officer, Agrify

Expo Floor Reception

Join Us As We Wrap Up The 2021 Edition With Drinks On The Show Floor | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
The Pub Orlando -9101 International Dr. Suite 1003
Session: AFTER-PARTY HOSTED BY NATIVE

The show may have ended but the party has not!

Join host NATIVE for hors d'oeurves and more networking with your peers at The Pub Orlando

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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