Conference Agenda

Agenda as of 7/11/17

Tuesday, October 10

Afternoon

Optional Pre-Conference Tour 

Gain a hands-on and real world view from our two part pre-conference tour. Participants will experience the University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center’s Robotics System, as well as see the technology in action at a local growing operation.

Evening

International Reception 

Open to all attendees, the International Reception kicks off the Conference with a focus on networking and precision around the world.

Wednesday, October 11

Morning Sessions

Opening Keynote – Exploring the Connective Tissue

What is the connective tissue between existing and emerging technologies and how can this drive your business forward?

Row Crop Technology

Broad industry view – a look at key technologies in the market

Specialty Crop Technology

Broad industry view – a look at key technologies in the market

RA Offutt: Technology and the Fully Integrated Farm

M. Vincent Restucci, Director of Procurement & Business Technology, R. D. Offutt Company
A case study – one of the most progressive potato farmers in the US will offer a deep dive into his technology – driven operation.

Afternoon Sessions

Row Crop Track

Focusing on:
Sensors
Smart Irrigation

Specialty Crop Track

Focusing on:
Robotics
Post-Harvest Logistics

Evening

Networking Reception

Following the first full day of programming, the networking reception will feature optional roundtable discussions on defined topics.

Thursday, October 12

Morning Sessions

IoT in Ag

Data driven farming is the future of agriculture. Explore how data, coupled with the farmer’s knowledge and intuition about his or her operation, can help increase productivity, and also help reduce costs.

Roundtable: What’s Now & What’s Next for Farm Equipment

Some of the largest and most advanced equipment companies in the world share their insight on the future developments in hardware and software.
Eric Hansotia, Senior Vice President, Global Crop Cycle and Fuse Connected Services
David Larson, Vice President, Global Precision Solutions & Telematics – Technology Systems and Services
Additional Panelists TBA

Precision Around the World

Three 20 minute mini-sessions offer snapshots of international precision agriculture in key geographical areas

Afternoon Sessions

Row Crop Track

Focusing on:
Autonomous Vehicles

Specialty Crop Track

Focusing on:
Sensors & Irrigation
What Growers’ Want

Closing Keynote

5 Questions to Guide Your Digital Transformation

Bill Schmarzo, CTO Global Services, Dell EMC
Schmarzo will pose the 5 questions that every organization needs to concern as they launch their digital transformation initiatives. He will introduce the Big Data Business Model Maturity Index—a guide for helping organizations understand where and how they can leverage data and analytics to power their business models—as well as discuss recent research with the University of San Francisco on determining the economic value of your data.

Paul Schrimpf
Executive Editor
AgriBusiness Group

Richard Jones
Executive Editor
US Horticulture Group

Lisa Prassack
Prassack Advisors

We are delighted to be working with Lisa Prassack, Prassack Advisors, who supports us on our PrecisionAg® projects. Learn more about Lisa and her company’s services here.

Conference Sponsors

Networking Reception