8:30 am – 9:00 am
9:00 am – 9:20 am
Keynote – Jim Slama, Family Farmed

Jim Slama
Jim Slama Family Farmed
9:20 am – 9:40 am
Keynote – Leland Strom, Farm Illinois

Leland Strom
Leland Strom, Farm Illinois
9:40 am – 9:50 am
9:50 am – 10:30 am
Investment Outlook Panel

Our expert panels kick off with our agtech Venture Capital and Private Equity investors. The panel will discuss investment trends, the effects of upstream buyers and corporate venture, the investor perspective on market adoption issues, and current investor expectations on potential exits and timing.

Josh Katz, McKinsey & Company
Josh Katz, McKinsey & Company
Ben Weiner
Ben Weiner, GTCR
Rob Schultz
Rob Schultz, Serra Ventures
Jason Wrone
Jason Wrone, Open Prairie
Andy Christensen
Andy Christensen Arthur Ventures

Guy Turner
Guy Turner, Hyde Park Venture Partners
10:30 am – 10:40 am
10:40 am – 11:20 am
Grower’s Fireside Chat

Hear directly from the customers! This expert panel of growers and crop consultants will discuss their experiences with ag technology: what has (and hasn’t) worked and where the agtech community should focus its efforts.

Justin Durdan
Justin Durdan Durdan Farms
Lucas Strom
Lucas Strom, GTCR
Steve Pitstick
Steve Pitstick, Pitstick Farms
Grant Noland
Grant Noland Noland Farms

Bill McDonnell
Bill McDonnell McDonnell Ag Solutions
11:20 am – 11:30 am
11:30 am – 12:10 pm
AgTech Startup (Fund)amentals- getting funded, launching, and partnering

As the agtech market is still relatively young, success stories are few and far between. Get tips from our expert panel on launching your company, finding the right partners, and raising “good” investments.

Joel Riff
Joel Riff, Northern Exposure Global Innovations
Rob Trice
Rob Trice, The Mixing Bowl/better food ventures
David Rummler
David Rummler Clean Tech Strategy
Roger Royse
Roger Royse, Royse Law Firm

Erica Riel-Carden
Erica Riel-Carden Royse Law Firm
12:10 pm – 1:10 am
12:40 pm – 1:10 am
Keynote – Colleen Callahan, USDA Rural Development Illinois

Colleen Callahan
Colleen Callahan USDA Rural Development, Illinois
1:10 pm – 1:50 pm
Breakthrough Technologies

The allure of agtech is its promise to increase outputs and reduce inputs in a more efficient manner. Many solutions are being deployed at every entry point on the field and post-harvest to tackle agriculture’s pain points. This expert panel will explore which technologies are actually delivering solutions and why.

Matt Meter
Matt Meter, Barilla
Blake Burris
Blake Burris, Flux IoT
Aaron Ratner
Aaron Ratner Ultra Capital
Harvey Kaye
Harvey Kaye, Zero Gravity Solutions
Birju Shah
Birju Shah

Sue Raftery
Sue Raftery, AgTech Innovation Center
1:50 pm – 2:10 pm
2:10 pm – 2:50 pm
Predictive Farming & Precision Agriculture

Precision agriculture refers to the suite of technologies embedded on the farm to assess field conditions in real-time. One long-term potential of data-driven planting is the ability to use the large sets of data to discover useful patterns and predict future behavior to benefit farm management. Our expert panel will deliver insight and updates from the worlds of corporate venture, ag financial markets, and agtech companies.

Arash Amini
Arash Amini Farmbox
Mark Haraburda
Mark Haraburda
Ryan Rakestraw
Ryan Rakestraw Monsanto
Jason Tatge Farmobile

Kevin Heikes
Kevin Heikes FarmLink
2:50 pm – 3:00 pm
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Startup Pitches
  • Rubicon Ag
  • AgGas
  • Hive 4 Power
  • EntoBio
  • Wisran
  • Zero Gravity Solutions
  • Crystal Diagnostics
  • KARR Group
  • Flux IoT
  • Gnome by Hugreen
  • HealthyCow
  • Stream Tech Inc.
  • EnviroKure
  • Tiny But Mighty Foods
  • AgriSens
  • Mera Group
Startup Judges
John Matthesen
John Matthesen BuildBinder
Guy Turner
Guy Turner, Hyde Park Venture Partners
Kerry Jordan
Kerry Jordan D’orazio Venture Partners
Ryan Rakestraw
Ryan Rakestraw Monsanto
Josh Katz
Josh Katz, McKinsey & Company
Ben Weiner
Ben Weiner, GTCR
Jeff Musson
Jeff Musson DynamiteNetwork
Sanjeev Krishnan s2g Ventures
Scott Livingston
Scott Livingston Livingston Securities
Jens Horstmann
Jens Horstmann
Matt Roy
Matt Roy
Rob Trice
Rob Trice, The Mixing Bowl/better food ventures
David Borlo
David Borlo
Aaron Ratner
Aaron Ratner, Ultra Capital

Terry Howerton
Terry Howerton TechNexus
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Networking / Reception