Indoor Ag-Con 2020 Educational Conference

Indoor Ag-Con May 18-20, 2020 Conference Schedule In Development

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David Rosenberg Co-Founder and CEO Aerofarms
8:00 – 8:45 am | Keynote Address
Speaker: David Rosenberg, Founder & CEO, AeroFarms

Indoor Ag-Con keynote speaker David Rosenberg co-founded and leads AeroFarms.  AeroFarms is  mission-driven company that builds and operates advanced vertical farms in urban environments. AeroFarms has been recognized as a Circular Economy 100 company.  In addition, Aerofarms was listed on Fast Company’s 2019 global list of Most Innovative Companies, and Inc. Magazine’s list of the 25 Most Disruptive Companies.  AeroFarms also received the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.  The company  was also voted as the Best Growth Company to invest in at the Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference

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9 – 9:45 am | Science & Technology Track

Session:  The Latest Developments In Aquaponics

Moderator:
Regina Greuel Cook, Symbiotic Aquaponic

Panelists:
Claudia Andracki, Owner, Desert Bloom Eco -Farm
Charlie Shultz, Santa Fe Community College
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9 – 9:45 am: Alternative Crops Track
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Disaster-Proofing Your Greenhouse Indoor Ag-Con 2020 Session
9:00 AM- 9: 45 aM | Greenhouse and Precision Ag Track

Session: Disaster-Proofing Your Greenhouse:  Structural & Design Considerations to Protect Against Catastrophic Events

Moderator: 
Jenny Harris, CEO, AmHydro

Panelists:
Kendell Lang, Co-Founder and CEO, Fusion Farms
Adam Pound, Director of Sales,  AgraTech
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United Fresh Produce Association Panel At Indoor Ag-Con 2020
10 – 10:45 am | business Track

Session: United Fresh Produce Association Presents:  Produce Trends & Business Opportunities For Indoor Growers   

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

Panelists:
Paul Lightfoot, CEO, BrightFarms
Alex DiNovo, CEO, DNO Produce
Victor Verlage, Senior Director of Agricultural Strategy, Walmart, Inc.

Lighting Panel
10:00 – 10:45 am | Science & Technology Track

Session:  What Is The next Technical Frontier For LED Lighting

Moderator:
Dr. Morgan Pattison, Founder & President, SSLS, Inc.

Panelists:
Blake Lange, Business Development Manager at Signify, formerly Philips Lighting – City Farming
Brandon Newkirk, LumiGrow
Xander Yang, Sananbio

Indoor Ag-Con 2020 Speaker Alain Revah Ynsect
10:00 -10:45 am | Alternative Crops Track
Session:  Insects Plus

Moderator :  To Be Announced

Moderator :
Eric Tilton, HermetiaPro
Alain Revah, Ynsect
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Indoor Ag-Con Panel
11:00 – 11:45 am | Business Track

Session:  How To Kill Your Indoor Ag Business

Moderator: Andrew Blume, Co-Founder, inHouse Produce

Panelists:
Matt Liotta , CTO, Agrify
Jim Pantaleo, Indoor Vertical Farming Writer | Advisor
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Proper Seedling Propagation Indoor Ag-Con 2020
11:00- 11:45 am | Science & Technology Track

Session:  Hydroponic Seedling Propagation

Moderator: 
Joe Swartz, Vice President, AmHydro

Panelists:
Dr. Vijay Rapaka, Smithers – Oasis
Nick Greens,Founder | Agriculture Specialist | Nick Greens Grow Team
John Jackson, SIGS

Michael Rose Better Food Ventures indoor Ag-Con 2020 speaker
11:00 – 11:45 am | Alternative Crops Track

Session:  Financing Alternative Crops

Moderator:
Michael Rose, Partner, Better Food Ventures

Panelists:
 Jameson Murphy,Director of Business Development, US Equity Funding
Joe Maghmom, Founder & CEO, Sweetwater Mesa Group
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12: 30 PM – 1:30 PM  LUNCHEON KEYNOTE ADDRESS
PRESENTER:   Sonia Lo, CEO, Crop One Holdings, Inc.

Indoor Ag-Con Keynote Speaker Sonia Lo is the Chief Executive Officer of Crop One Holdings, Inc. The company is is building and operating large scale vertical farms globally, including a $40 million joint venture with Emirates Flight Catering.

She is also the Founder and Managing Director of Chalsys, LLP an advisory and direct investment firm which has invested over $120 million in 15 global growth stage companies.  Read more here!

Western Growers Association Panel Discussion Indoor Ag-Con 2020
2:00 PM- 3: 30 PM | Afternoon Panel 1

Session: Western Growers Association Panel

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3:45 PM- 4:45 PM | Afternoon Panel 2

Session: Women In Agriculture

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Mike Zelkind CEO 80 Acres Farms Indoor Ag-Con Keynote 2020
8:00 AM – 8:45 AM | Keynote Address

Keynote Speaker: Mike Zelkind, CEO, 80 Acres Farms

Indoor Ag-Con Keynote Speaker Mike Zelkind is the co-founder and CEO of 80 Acres Urban Agriculture.  Previously, Mike was President, CEO of Sager Creek Vegetable Company, a Division of Del Monte Foods. He connected with many farmers along the way and valued the role of local food in enabling stronger and healthier communities. Over his career, he held Senior Executive roles within leading Domestic and International companies, large and small.  These include Fortune 50 Food & Beverage, Retail and Consumer Packaged Goods Companies, as well as major Consulting and Private Equity Firms.  Read more here.

Where To Site Your Indoor Farm Indoor Ag-Con 2020 Session
9:00 AM –  – 9:45 am | Business Track

Session: How & Where To Site Your Indoor Farm

Moderator:
Kim Lovan, Co-Founder of NextGen Ag Team, Black & Veatch

Panelists:
Jake Counne, Founder & CEO, Backyard Fresh Farms
Grant Vandenbussche, Fifth Season, Powered By Robotany
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9:00 AM – 9:45 AM  | Alternative Crops Track

Session: Global Trends & Alternative Crop Markets

Moderator:
Brian Lanes, Industry Consultant

 

Panelists:
Dan O’Brien, Farmony Ireland
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9:00 AM – 9:45 AM | Greenhouses & Precision Ag Track

Session: AI & Robotics:  What’s Economically Viable & Usable For Indoor Farms Today

Moderator: 
Dr. Murat Kacira, Direct of CEAC, University of Arizona

Panelists:
Dr. Shivangi Arvind, Chief Science Office, AgEye Technologies
Jake Eisenberg, OnePointOne
Matteo Enea, NidoPro

Henry Sztul Bowery Farming To Speak At Indoor Ag-Con 2020
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM | Business Track

Session:  How Big Is Too Big?  Tackling The Challenges Of Scaling An Indoor Farm

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Panelists:
Henry Sztul, Bowery
Dan Albert, Charlie’s Produce
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10:00 AM – 10:45 AM  |Science & Technology Track

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10:00 AM – 10:45 AM  | Alternative Crops Track

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Greenhouse (1)
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM | Greenhouses & Precision Ag Track

Session:  How Does Greenhouse Automation Alter The Economic Viability of Indoor Vertical Farms

Moderator: 
Chris Higgins, President & General Manager, Hort Americas LLC

Panelists:
Dr. Nadia Sabeh, Dr. Greenhouse
Justin Jacobs, Argus Controls
Maarten Hartong, Priva

Produce Marketing Association At Indoor Ag 2020
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM | Business Track

Session: Produce Marketing Association Panel

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Academic Trends Panel At Indoor Ag-Con 2020
11:00 am – 11:45 am | Science & Technology Track  
Session: Latest Academic & Research Trends

Moderator: 
Dr. Jane Stinson, Vindara

Panelists:
Dr. Erico Mattos, Executive Director, Greenhouse Lighting Systems and Engineering (GLASE)
Dr. Neil Mattson, associate professor and greenhouse extension specialist in the School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University
Dr. Gail Taylor, Professor & Department Chair, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

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11:00 am – 11:45 am | Alternative Crops
Session: The Wonderful World of Mushrooms

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Panelists:
Andrew Carter, Smallhold
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Victor Verlage of Walmart To Lead Keynote At Indoor Ag-Con 2020
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM LUNCHEON KEYNOTE ADDRESS
PRESENTER —   Victor Verlage, Senior Director of Agricultural Strategy, Walmart, Inc.

Indoor Ag-Con Keynote Speaker Victor Verlage is currently Senior Director of Agricultural Strategy leading Strategic Food Sourcing at Walmart Inc.  In 2014 Victor relocated to Bentonville, Arkansas to spearhead the development of next generation produce.  He is responsible to secure long term food supply for Walmart’s growth demand plans while delivering enhanced freshness and flavor in produce to delight Walmart’s customers around the world. Read more here!

Tobias Peggs Square Roots At Indoor Ag-Con
2:00 PM  -3:00 PM | Afternoon Fireside Chat With Tobias Peggs, Co-Founder | CEO, Square Roots

Session:  Scaling Indoor Farming At Speed

If our industry is to bring high-quality, local produce to customers all year round, we must collectively understand how to scale farming at speed to reach as many people as possible. Using a unique and scalable ‘farmer-first’ technology platform, Square Roots is doing just that. You won’t want to miss this engaging and insightful conversation with Tobias Peggs as he shares how this tech-enabled urban farming company is training and empowering the next generation of leaders in urban agriculture to grow local food that is delicious, responsible, nutritious, and profitable.

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3:30 PM  – 4:30  PM | Afternoon Panel

Session:  Megatrends In Indoor Growing

Moderator:
Henry Gordon – Smith, Founder & CEO, Agritecture Consulting

 

Panelists:
Caterina Englund, IKEA
Menachem Katz, WeWork
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Indoor Ag Con Registration

8:00 AM -9:00  AM 

Breakfast & Industry Roundtables — Details to come!

Indoor Ag Speaker Coming Soon 500

9:00 – 9:45 AM

Keynote Address — Speaker To Be Announced Soon!

Growing In Space Panel at Indoor Ag-Con 2020
10:00 AM  -11:00 AM

Session: Growing In Space With Help From Government, Industry & Academia

Moderator:

Joel L. Cuello, Ph.D., Professor of Biosystems Engineering, The University of Arizona and  Vice Chair, Association for Vertical Farming (AVF)

Panelists:
Dr. David Bubenheim,Senior Research Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center 
Ralph Fritsche, Space Crop Production Project Manager, NASA
Dr. Gary Stutte, President, SyNRGE

Dale Speetjens Ship Shape Farms
10:00 AM  – 11:00 AM

Session:  How To Build A Shipping Container Farm

Moderator: TBA

Panelists:
Dale Speetjens, ShipShape Urban Farms
Tripp Williamson, CropBox
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11:00 AM  – NOON

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DETAILS TO COME.

 

 

Monday, May 18, 2020

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM Registration  
8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
 Welcome Remarks & Keynote
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM  Conference Tracks
9:45 AM – 10:00 AM  Break
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM  Conference Tracks
10:45 AM  – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM  – 11:45 AM  Conference Tracks
12:00 PM  –  6:30 PMExhibits Open
12:00 PM  –  1:30 PM  Networking Lunch
12:30 PM  –  1:30 PM  Luncheon Keynote

2:00  PM – 3:00 PM Afternoon Panel 1
3:30 PM –  4:30 PM  Afternoon Panel 2
5:00 PM –  6:30 PM Expo Floor Reception

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM Registration 
8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
 Welcome Remarks & Keynote
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM  Conference Tracks
9:45 AM – 10:00 AM  Break
10:00 AM -10:45 AM  Conference Tracks
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM  Conference Tracks
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM Exhibits Open
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM  Networking Lunch
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM  Luncheon Keynote

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Afternoon Panel 1
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM  Afternoon Panel 2
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Expo Floor Reception

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM   Industry Roundtables
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM   Keynote Address
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM    Conference Sessions To Be Announced

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