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

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

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