Danforth Center Announces AgTech NEXT 2021 Lineup

CLIMATE CHANGE: Seeing Things Differently

ST. LOUIS, MO, July 19, 2020 - The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center today announced that registration is now OPEN for AgTech NEXT TM 2021 and that for the first time, the hybrid virtual/in person event will be complimentary to attend. Curated around the theme of CLIMATE CHANGE: Seeing Things Differently, the series will offer fresh perspectives about three powerful intersections where ag innovation can move the needle on climate change: Carbon & Environmental Markets, Geospatial & Location Sciences and Food Security.

To register, please visit agtechnext.org/register

“We are honored to host such an impressive lineup of leaders from the agriculture, food and investment sectors,” said Stephanie Regagnon, executive director, Innovation Partnerships at the Danforth Center. Most importantly we look forward to thought-provoking discussions that leave our audience inspired to identify opportunities for cross-sector collaboration that leads to action.”

AgTech NEXT 2021 AGENDA (All sessions will be held in CST)

SEPTEMBER 1, 2021 VIRTUAL

1:00-2:00 PM THE BEGINNING OF THE END GAME FOR CARBON AND ENVIRONMENTAL MARKETS
Greg Heckman, CEO, Bunge
Jennifer Morris, CEO, The Nature Conservancy
Chavonda Jacobs-Young, PhD, Administrator of the Agricultural Research Service; Acting Undersecretary, Research, Education, and Economics; Acting Chief Scientist, United States Department of Agriculture
MODERATOR: Natalie DiNicola, PhD, Chief of Staff, Benson Hill

2:10-2:55 PM PUTTING IT IN PERSPECTIVE: ARE FARMERS BUYING IN?
Philip J. (P.J.) Haynie, III, Owner Haynie Farms, LLC, President National Black Growers Council
Erin Fitzgerald, CEO, USFRA
Michael DeCamp, CEO, CoverCress
MODERATOR: Sara Wyant, President, AgriPulse

3:00-3:45 PM PUTTING IT IN PERSPECTIVE: IS CLIMATE INVESTING HERE TO STAY?
Ingrid Fung, Investment Director (Principal), Finistere Ventures
Brett Morris, Managing Director, Cavallo Ventures
Lewis & Clark Agrifood (speaker to be named)
MODERATOR: Louisa Burwood-Taylor, Head of Media & Research, AgFunder

OCTOBER 6, 2021 Hybrid - Live from GEOINT St. Louis, MO

1:00-2:00 PM THE GAME CHANGING CONFLUENCE OF AGTECH AND GEOSPATIAL
KEYNOTE: Robert Cardillo, Chairperson of the Board, United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation

PANEL SESSION
Robert Cardillo, President, The Cardillo Group & former Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Jeremy Williams, PhD, CEO, Climate Corp
Orlando Saez, CEO, Aker
Grower
MODERATOR: Andy Dearing, Geospatial Entrepreneur & President, Spatial STL Advisors

NOVEMBER 18, 2021 Hybrid – St. Louis

1:00-2:00 PM THE CONSEQUENCES OF COMING UP SHORT ON CLIMATE
We have a globally recognized food security expert confirmed and will reveal details of this session in the near future— you won’t want to miss it!

2:30-3:30 PM PUTTING IT IN PERSPECTIVE

4:00-5:00 PM PUTTING IT IN PERSPECTIVE

5:00-6:30 PM NETWORKING RECEPTION

Hosted by the Danforth Center, AgTech NEXT 2021 is presented by Aon, Bayer, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, and Thompson Coburn LLP.

Sponsorship packages are available. Please contact Tam McGuire at tmcguire@danforthcenter.org.

About the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Founded in 1998, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Research, education and outreach aim to have impact at the nexus of food security and the environment, and position the St. Louis region as a world center for plant science. The Center’s work is funded through competitive grants from many sources, including the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Follow us on Twitter at @DanforthCenter.  

For additional information, contact: Karla Roeber, kroeber@danforthcenter.org 314.406.4287