2020 Virtual Agenda
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
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.
David LeZaks, Croatan Institute; Tina Owens, Danone North America; Cheryl Toner, American Heart Association
Moderated by: Eric Jackson, Pipeline Foods
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.
Alternative Financing Tools for Transition
Dan Miller, Steward; Robyn O'Brien, rePlant Capital; Phil Taylor, MadAg;
Assessing the Health of Our Food System
Jeff Su, nRhythm
Investing in Animal Agriculture & Processing
Mark Keller, Keller Crafted Meats; James Serlin, Revel Meat Co.; Jacqueline Smith, Central Grazing Company
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.
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A special thank you to our generous sponsors:
|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|
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.|
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|
|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|
|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|