Ajay Menon Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences; Colorado State University Director Colorado Agricultural Experiment Stations

Alan Rudolph Vice President for Research at Colorado State University

Alfred Almanza JBS Global Head of Food Safety and Quality Assurance; former Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety and former Administrator of the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), U.S. Department of Agriculture, (USDA)

Dave Schwab Senior Manager, Accenture Digital, Industry X.O

Dr. Blake Bextine Program Manager, Biological Technologies Office (BTO) at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Dr. Keith Belk Professor in Meat Science, Director of the Center for Meat Safety & Quality at Colorado State University

Dr. Michael J. Lochhead Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at MBio Diagnostics, Inc.

Dr. Sally Rockey Executive Director of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research

Jocelyn Hittle Director of Denver Program Development, Colorado State University System

Kevin Shea Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Lawrence E. Koleff Senior Executive Service - Section Chief, Weapons of Mass Destruction - Countermeasures Operations Section (CBRNE Threats), Federal Bureau of Investigation

Mark N. Sirangelo Chief Executive Officer, QuanStar, LLC

Nathan Dorn Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Food Origins

Stephen P. Laughlin Vice President & General Manager, Global Consumer Industry, IBM Corporation

Tom Vilsack CEO and President of the U.S. Dairy Export Council; former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; CSU Strategic Adviser of Food & Water Initiatives at the National Western Center


Since its inception in 2015, the CSU AgInnovation Summit has convened diverse perspectives from higher education, industry and government partners to provoke thought and catalyze momentum.

The 2018 conversation will explore forces driving and shaping the future of food safety and agricultural biosecurity including innovation in prevention, prediction, mitigation and response.

The event begins with a networking reception on September 20, followed by a full-day program on September 21 featuring prominent keynote speakers and engaging panel discussions.

The AgInnovation Summit is part of Ag Week at CSU, our annual celebration of Colorado agriculture. The week will culminate on September 22 with CSU’s 37th AgDay BBQ, a festive football-day tradition and showcase of Colorado commodities, with proceeds funding student scholarships in the College of Agricultural Sciences.



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Office of Engagement

CSU Division of External Relations



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Colorado Wheat


Colorado San Luis Potatoes


Colorado Department of Agriculture


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Innovators in an Agriculture-Water-Food-Beverage-Bioenergy innovation ecosystem are gathering and growing along Colorado’s Front Range, creating next-generation technologies and business models to nourish, refresh, and energize the world.


Industry professional - $100

University faculty/staff - $50

Government/nonprofit - $50

Student - $10