2020 RFSI Forum

2020 RFSI Forum

2020 Virtual Agenda

Day One
Monday, September 14
Innovation for Food Systems Impact with Food System 6
12:00 p.m. PT
Caesare Assad, CEO, FS6
12:10 p.m. PT
Presentation and Q&A with Central Grazing Co
Jacqueline Smith
12:25 p.m. PT
Presentation and Q&A with Farm Generations Cooperative
Lindsey Lusher Shute
QUICK BREAK | 12:40 pm PT
12:45 p.m. PT
Presentation and Q&A with Keller Crafted Meats
Mark Keller
1:00 p.m. PT
Presentation and Q&A with Matriark Foods
Anna Hammond
QUICK BREAK | 1:15 pm PT
1:20 p.m. PT
Presentation and Q&A with Revel Meat Co
James Serlin
1:35 p.m. PT
Presentation and Q&A with Firebrand Artisan Breads
Matt Kreutz
1:50 p.m. PT
Closing Thoughts
Day Two
Tuesday, September 15
Building a Resilient Food System
9:00 a.m.
9:15 a.m. PT
Why Agriculture... Why Now?
9:30 a.m. PT
Regenerative Farmer Case Study w/ Q&A
Brendon Rockey, Rockey Farms
1-on-1 NETWORKING BREAK | 10:00 a.m. PT
10:10 a.m. PT
Panel: Key Strategies for Investing in Farmland and Beyond
Alex Mckay, Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT; Adrian Rodrigues, Provenance Capital Group; Wood Turner, Agriculture Capital
1-on-1 NETWORKING BREAK | 11:00 a.m. PT
11:10 a.m. PT
What Makes Regenerative Agriculture Investable?
Paul McMahon, SLM Partners
SMALL GROUP NETWORKING | 12:00-12:30 p.m.
12:30-1:30 p.m. PT
Using Soil Diversity to Reduce Dependence on Chemicals
Travis Bayer, co-founder and CTO, Sound Agriculture; Megan Kavanaugh, Technical Product Specialist, Sound Agriculture; Aden Kinne, Associate Scientist, Sound Agriculture

Join the team from Sound Agriculture as they discuss the power of soil health to improve your operation. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of the following:
- How advances in soil science are revealing a diverse ecosystem that exists under our feet
- How Sound has created a bio-inspired technology that work with the soil's natural diversity to reduce the need for synthetic fertilizers
- How technology can unlock soil asset value, creating a virtuous cycle of on-farm productivity and enhanced ecosystem services
1:30-2:30 p.m. PT
Agri-Climate Intelligence: Using A.I. to Enable an Efficient, Healthy, and Resilient Food System
Borna Poursheikhani, ClimateAi

As the climate continues to change, global agriculture systems are facing an increasing slew of challenges: greater weather variability, more intense and frequent extreme events, shifting seasons, and crop suitability zones migrating away from historical norms at an alarming rate. Predictive agri-climate technologies initially developed at Stanford University have been commercialized and are being adopted by various players across the food system to improve resilience and efficiency. Not only have these tools proven to be synergistic with the mission of regenerative agriculture, they have proven to be an enabler for it as well. Join ClimateAi's Borna Poursheikhani for a discussion about this technology's role in fueling the adoption of regenerative agriculture principles at scale. This discussion will include various opportunities for the audience to engage and to share thoughts, questions, ideas, and feedback.
Stay tuned as we continue to add more topics.
Day Three
Wednesday, September 16
Building a Resilient Food System
WELCOME | Day 1 Take-Aways
9:00 a.m.
9:05 a.m.
Panel: Investing in the Organic and Regenerative Pipeline to Healthcare w/ Q&A

David LeZaks, Croatan Institute; Tina Owens, Danone North America; Cheryl Toner, American Heart Association
Moderated by: Eric Jackson, Pipeline Foods

1-on-1 NETWORKING BREAK | 10:00 a.m.
10:10 a.m.

Investor Conversations: Investing in the Food System

Renske Lynde, 1st Course Capital; Elizabeth Frame Ellison, Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation;
Interviewed by: Anna Hammond, Matriark Foods.

1-on-1 NETWORKING BREAK | 10:45 a.m.
10:55 a.m.

Alternative Financing Tools for Transition

Dan Miller, Steward; Robyn O'Brien, rePlant Capital; Phil Taylor, MadAg;

11:50 a.m.

Assessing the Health of Our Food System
Jeff Su, nRhythm

SMALL GROUP NETWORKING | 12:00-12:30 p.m.
12:30-1:30 p.m. PT

Investing in Animal Agriculture & Processing

Mark Keller, Keller Crafted Meats; James Serlin, Revel Meat Co.; Jacqueline Smith, Central Grazing Company

1:30-2:30p.m. PT

How Investing in Organic Improves Soil Health

Alex Mackay & Claire Mesesan, Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT; Anna Jones-Crabtree

For more than a decade, Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT has raised capital to invest in farmers working to transition to organic with the goal of creating healthy farming systems and financially healthy operations. Join Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT’s Alex MacKay and Claire Mesesan, along with farmer Anna Jones-Crabtree for a conversation about the inner-workings of investments in transition and how improving soil health can lead to increased productivity and resilience, as well as better financial outcomes. Be part of this fascinating conversation that addresses several pivotal issues in moving agricultural investment forward – including soil health and measuring impact.

Day Four
Thursday, September 17
Building a Resilient Food System
WELCOME | Day 2 Take-Aways
9:00 a.m.
9:05 a.m.
Investor Conversations: The Makings of a Deal
Ethan Steinberg, Propagate Ventures & Eric Smith, Grantham Foundation
1-on-1 NETWORKING BREAK | 9:40 a.m.
9:45 a.m.
Identifying Missing Opportunities in Processing & Infrastructure
David LeZaks, Croatan Institute & Tim Crosby, Thread Fund
10:10 a.m.
Building a Portfolio that Fosters Social Equity
Malaika Maphalala, CPWA, Natural Investments
1-on-1 NETWORKING BREAK | 10:35 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
Applying a Systems Perspective to Investing
Stephen Hohenrieder, Meyer Family Enterprises
11:20 a.m.
How Technology Supports Climate Smart Agriculture
Bert Glover, Impact Ag; Debbie Reed, ESMC; Bill Salas, Dagan, Inc.
SMALL GROUP NETWORKING | 12:00-12:30 p.m.
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Creating Equitable Access & Impact
Caesare Assad, Food System 6; Zach, Ducheneaux, Intertribal Agriculture Council Mark Watson, Fair Food Network
1:30-2:30 p.m.
How to Keep Farmers Farming…and Farming Well
Sanaz Arjomand, National Young Farmers Coalition; Juli Obudzinski, Deputy Policy Director, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition; Lindsey Lusher Shute, Farm Generations Coop
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2020 Speakers


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Attending Companies

Companies highlighted in green are sponsors or exhibitors. Click to view more information.

Current Data
4P Foods
Accountable Earth
Agriforce Seeds
Agthentic Group
AGXactly Crop Insights
Alexandre Family Farms
Align Impact
Ascribe Bio
Basil's Harvest
Biodynamic Association
Biome Capital
Bionutrient Food Association
Bogdan Agriculture Systems
California FarmLink
Central Grazing Company
Ceres Community Project
Cienega Capital
Cloud Agronomics
Coast Range Seed
Cream Co. Meats
Dartmoor Group, LLC
Delta Institute
Derailleur Strategy
EarthSense, Inc.
Echo River Capital
Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC)
Elemental Excelerator
Emerson Collective
Encina Farms
Equity Group Investments
Fall Line Capital
Farmer's Footprint
First Nations Development Institute
FoodSystem 6
Funders for Regenerative Agriculture
Grantham Foundation
Grapevine Capital, Inc.
Gratitude Railroad
Green Spark Ventures
Greenfield Robotics Corporation
Gundzik Gundzik Heeger LLP
Handshake Farms
Handsome Brook Farms
Heifer International
Hickory Nut Gap
Imlak’esh Organics
Kitchen Table Advisors
Land to Market
LIFT Economy
Mad Agriculture | Perennial Fund
Manulife/Hancock Natural Resource Group
Marin Agricultural Land Trust
Markegard Family Grass Fed
Miller Milling Company
Moreland Associates
Nature Tech Nexus
Negative Foods Newsletter
New Jersey Community Capital
Onda Wellness
Planet FWD
Pluton Biosciences
Ponderosa Ventures
Potlikker Capital
Primary BioAg Innovations
Sponsors are indicated in green
PT Ranch
Reems California
ReGen Ventures
Regenerative Agriculture Alliance
Regenerative Food Systems Investment
Regenerative Lands
Regenerative Organic Certification
Regenerative Poultry
Savanna Institute
Savory Institute
Singing Pastures
SLM Partners
Snacktivist Inc
Soilworks Natural Capital
Spokane Conservation District
Sustainable Grain
Tenacious Ventures
The Nature Conservancy
The Tecovas Foundation
TomKat Ranch
Trace Genomics, Inc.
Triptyk Studios
Truett Hurst
Tu Biomics
US Water and Land LLC
White Leaf Provisions
Winrock Internatiional
Wolf Tree Advisors
World Tree
Sponsorships provide an opportunity for companies and organizations to showcase their brand and services and elevate the value of regenerative food systems investment to an engaged and passionate audience. If you would like to become a sponsor of the 2020 Regenerative Food Systems Investment Forum, please email Sarah at email info@rfsi-forum.com or call 970-392-4434.


A special thank you to our generous sponsors:


Innovation Partner

Food System 6 (FS6) is a non-profit based in the San Francisco Bay Area whose mission is to support impact-driven entrepreneurs as they transform how we grow, produce, and distribute food. The organization runs a comprehensive accelerator program that mentors entrepreneurs by coaching them through a wide range of business and organizational needs. FS6 also works to educate stakeholders on the unique capital needs as related to redefining the food system. The FS6 program prioritizes working with entrepreneurs who are building a food system that focuses on health, sustainability, and justice – whether through food-tech, supply chain, or access-focused solutions. Learn more about the program offerings and how to apply at www.foodsystem6.org
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Healthy Soil Sponsor

Soil Works LLC is the manufacturer and innovator of agricultural products and services which are designed to address soil compaction, biological diversity, and plant nutrition. Soil Works LLC utilizes a three-factor approach to implementing biological farming practices into conventional and organic production systems. Our product line began with Genesis Soil Rite (GSR) Calcium which was specifically formulated to address what is often the #1 limiting factor to successful agricultural production, compaction.
PO Box 119 | 4200 W 8th St | Yankton, SD 57078 | 605.260.0784 Further information


Thought Leader Sponsor

Sound Agriculture unlocks the natural power of plants to meet the demands for more diverse and nutritious food. Innovative, on-demand crop solutions allow agriculture to adapt faster to climate change and evolving consumer preferences, creating healthier food that is better for the planet. The company’s first commercial product, SOURCE, uses a unique mode of action to fix atmospheric nitrogen and unlock phosphorus in the soil, allowing crops access to these important nutrients. By harnessing existing nutrients in the field, SOURCE improves yield without requiring more fertilizer. In addition to grower-facing products, Sound is addressing changing consumer preferences with its next generation on-demand breeding platform that rapidly evolves traits to improve the nutrition, taste and sustainability of food without gene modification. Together, these innovative technologies are designed to improve on-farm efficiency and create better, more sustainable food. Learn more at www.sound-ag.com.
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Thought Leader Sponsor

Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT is an organic farmland finance company that provides farmer-friendly leases and mortgages to the next generation of organic farmers. Since our founding in 2007, we have directed $50 million in investments in organic agriculture. Our goal is to make organic agriculture the norm, not the exception in America to benefit the health of the soil and of future generations.
PO BOX 5850 | EVANSTON, IL 60204 | 847.859.6645 Further information


Dialogue Partner

ClimateAi is a for-profit venture focused on accelerating climate resilience in the agriculture sector. The company has 4 patents on a proprietary artificial intelligence based forecasting technology and has received $4 million in funding from Jerry Yang (founder of yahoo), the former lead investors in Climate Corp., Stanford University’s TomKat Center, and a number of industry experts
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Promotional Sponsor


Acres USA

Acres U.S.A. is North America’s oldest publisher on production-scale organic and sustainable farming. For more than four decades our mission has been to help farmers, ranchers and market gardeners grow food organically, sustainably, without harmful, toxic chemistry. To learn more about ecological and regenerative production practices, as well as strategies for the business of sustainable agriculture for growers of all scales, check out all the resources from Acres U.S.A.
501 8th Ave. | Greeley, CO 80631 |  Further information   |  Contact Us


2020 Exhibitors