Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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7:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.


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

Keynote Address/Q&A: The Pillars of Food Policy

Tom Vilsack, CEO and President of the US Dairy Export Council, former Iowa Governor and US Secretary of Agriculture; Strategic Adviser of Food & Water Initiatives at the National Western Center and Global Chair for the International Board of Counselors on Food & Water Initiatives

10:00 a.m.


Panel: What’s Next in the Agriculture Supply Chain

Diverse perspectives will weigh in on the trends and technologies on the frontier of agricultural innovation globally.  How will next-generation innovations in biotechnology and big data disrupt supply chain dynamics and enhance product quality? What will these developments mean for consumers? And where is Colorado prepared to lead?

  • Howard Yana-Shapiro, Chief Agricultural Officer, Mars Incorporated  Presentation Slide
  • Dana Johnson Downing, Director, Strategic Partnerships, TraceGains, Inc.
  • Eyal Gerecht, Co-Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer, TeraBAT, Inc.
  • Moderator – Alan Rudolph, Vice President for Research, Colorado State University

11:30 a.m.

Lunch Buffet and Networking

12:30 p.m.

Keynote Address/Q&A: Organizational Innovation - Connecting the Harvest to the Home

Juan Luciano, Chief Executive Officer, Archer-Daniels-Midland Company

1 on 1: Innovation, Sustainability & Talent - Meeting the Needs of the Next Generation

  • Mark Retzloff, Co-Founder of Horizon Organic Dairy, Aurora Organic Dairy, and Alfalfa’s Markets  Presentation Slides
  • Kristen Schmidt, Colorado State University Student and former FFA Vice President

2:30 p.m.


3:00 p.m.

Keynote Address/Q&A: Innovation as a Catalyst for Statewide Prosperity

Tony Frank, Chancellor, Colorado State University System; President, Colorado State University

4:00-4:30 p.m.

Transition to Roundtable 2.0 Dinner at CSU On-Campus Stadium


Spotlight: Innovation in the Value Chain - From Field to Foam 

Join us for a pint of Old Aggie Lager in celebration of the long and fruitful partnership between CSU and the flourishing craft brewing industry in Fort Collins, home to global brewing powerhouse and sustainability leader New Belgium Brewing.

  • Katie Wallace, Assistant Director of Sustainability, New Belgium Brewing Company  Presentation Slides
  • Bill Bauerle, Professor of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Colorado State University
  • Chris Schooley, Co-Founder, Troubadour Maltings
  • Moderator - Jeffrey Callaway, Associate Director, Fermentation Science and Technology, Colorado State University

5:30 p.m.

Dinner: Roundtable 2.0 - Cultivating Colorado's Ag Innovation Ecosystem for Global Leadership

Introduction by Don Brown, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture

Moderator: Kevin Ochsner, Founder and President of Agcellerate, LLC

This unique dinner event will feature a facilitated roundtable style-format, where attendees will engage with fellow guests and industry thought leaders in response to the challenge of making Colorado the preeminent leader in agricultural innovation.  Guests can expect provocative questions and are encouraged to embrace divergent perspectives as we aspire to advance local innovation for global impact.

Presentation and Audience Polling Slides