2020 RFSI

2020 RFSI Forum

2020 Virtual Agenda

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
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.
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.

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

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1% for the Planet
1st Course Capital
45North Partners
Abundant Earth Foundation
Acre Venture Partners
Ag Solutions Network
Agricultura Regeneratio
Agriculture Advisory Group Rx
Agriculture Capital
Agro Fund One
Agroforestry Management LLC
Almanac Insights
Almanac Investments
Alpha Food Labs
Alter Eco Foods
Alternative Ownership Advisors
Ambata Capital
Analemma Wines
Argosy Foundation
Arquitetura Rural
Artemis Water Strategy
Bader Rutter
Basil's Harvest
Bay Area Green Tours
Biodynamic Association
Brightpath Capital
Buswell Restaurant Group LLC
California Wheat Commission
Calm The Farm
Canadian Organic Growers
Capa Foods
Case Western Reserve University
Challenger Capital Partners
Chandra Tea & Spice
Ciasnocha Family Farms
Cienega Capital
Citadels Inc.
Clean Yield Asset Management
Clear Frontier Ag. Management
Clow Cultivates
Colorado Grain Chain
Community Alliance with Family Farmers
CoveMark (Capra Foods)
CREO Syndicate
Croatan Institute
Dagan, Inc
DAISA Enterprises
Dalberg Global Advisors
Danone North America
David Bennett Consulting LLC.
Desert Bloom
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Drawdown East End
Drawdown Fund
Earth Economics
Ecosystem Services Market Consortium
Ecotrust/The Redd
EIO Diagnostics
Elemental Excelerator
Erickson Family Investments
Fair Food Network
Family Farm Action Alliance
Farm Forward
Farm To People LLC
Farmer's Footprint
Farmers Market Coalition
Food Farming and Countryside Commission
Fresh Local Food Collaborative
Full Table Solutions
Future Fit Foods
Future Foodways
Genea Invest
Global Growers Network
Good Eggs
Goshen College
Grantham Environmental Trust
Green Spark Ventures
Green Valley Farm + Mill
Gundzik Gundzik Heeger LLP
Haystack Ag
Hickory Nut Gap Meats
Homestead Capital USA LLC
HY Sawada Farms, LP
Hydroponics Africa Limited
Impact Ag Partners
Impact Hub Bern
Independent Investor
International Community Foundation
Intertribal Agriculture Council
Just Salad
Kamehameha Schools
Kauri CAB
Key & Company
Kirchner Impact Foundation
Kiss the Ground
Kitchen Sync Strategies
KOL Foods
Lacebark Investments
Land Core
Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation
MAAL Associates, LLC
Mad Agriculture
Maine Business School
Maine Farmland Trust Inc
Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc.
Martha and Hunter Grubb Foundation
MASS Design Group
Meyer Family Enterprises
Morrison & Foerster
National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)
Natural Investments, LLC
New York Common Pantry
New York University (NYU)
Noun Ventures
NSF International
OceanWork Consulting
Offbeat Advising
Organic Farming Research Foundation
Organic Valley
P. Chandler Partners, LLC
Paradigm-Shifts Design & Communication
Paul and June Rossetti Foundation
Pelican Founders
Pipeline Foods
Planet FWD
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
Prescott College
Presidio Graduate School
Project Indoor Farm
Propagate Ventures
Provenance Capital Group
Punahele Provisions, PBC
Purdue University Extension
QJM Multiprise
Real Food Real Stories
Regeneration Canada
Regenerative Agriculture Alliance
Regenerative Ltd New Zealand
Regenerative Rising
Relish Works
rePlant Capital
Rockey Farms
SAFSF Special Project on Sustainable Fibers and Textiles
Seals & Associates
Seattle Good Business Network / Good Food Forum
SensIT Ventures, Inc.
Sherry Morse Interiors
Showsley Estate
Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund
Silverstrand Capital
Sitari Capital
SLM Partners
Slow Money NYC
Smartest Pantry
Soil Health Institute
Soil Regen
Spring Forest Farm
Sri Planning and Investments
Sunnyfield Farms Partnership
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF)
Symphony Agtech
Table to Table
Tetra Pak
The Andersons
The Bill Jordan Project
The Farm
The Mixing Bowl
The Nature Conservancy
The Ocean Ranch
The Ohio State University, Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT)
The Palladium Group
The Redd (Ecotrust)
The Schmidt Family Foundation
The Spare Food Co.
The Tecovas Foundation
Thread Fund
TIFS Initiative
Trace Genomics
Trailhead Capital
Transformation Holdings
Troforte Innovations (Australia)
Tucker Farms
UC Berkeley - Haas School of Business
Uncommon Fruit LLC
University of Wisconsin - Madison
US Department of Agriculture
US Potato Board
USDA - Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement
ValueAdded Ag Dev Center
ValuesAligned Capital
Vilicus Farms
Wallace Center at Winrock International
Weidman LLC
White Leaf Provisions Inc.
Winrock International
Women's Earth Alliance
Women's Environmental Institute
Yale University
Young Kobras