Tennessee AgriTech Challenge

November 11, 2014

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Miller Club at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum

304 W. Thompson Lane

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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The Tennessee AgriTech Challenge will feature presentations from agricultural technology startups, established companies, venture capitalists and thought leaders in support of Governor Haslam’s Rural Challenge: A 10-Year Strategic Plan.

  • Hear from Tennessee’s agricultural leadership on the importance of agricultural innovation in growing a strong rural economy
  • See investment pitches for promising startups that are seeking investment and opportunities to grow their companies in Tennessee
  • Learn from innovative agricultural enterprises and investors concerning future trends in agriculture and the potential role for Tennessee
  • View highlights of Tennessee’s agricultural innovation strategy mandated by the Governor’s Rural Challenge

AGENDA 

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Welcome 

  • Moderator:  Peter Nelson, CEO, Ag Innovation Development Group
  • Welcome to MTSU:  Warren Gill, Ph.D., Director, School of Agribusiness & Agriscience, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Special presentation:  Center for Equine Recovery for Veterans Program at MTSU in honor of our Veterans

Opening Remarks

  • Commissioner Julius Johnson, Tennessee Department of Agriculture
  • Bobby Goode, Director, USDA Tennessee Rural Development
  • Joe Pearson, Chief Administrative Officer, Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

Keynote Presentation: Investing in Agricultural Innovation

  • Introduction of the Presenter:  Rep. Andy Holt, Vice Chair, House Ag Committee, Tennessee General Assembly
  • Keynote Presentation, Ron Meeusen, Ph.D., Director, Cultivian Sandbox Ventures

 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Startup Presentations: Part I

  • Introduction of the Startups:  Chandra Reddy, Ph.D., Dean, College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resources, Tennessee State University
  • Startup Presentations
    • James West, Ph.D., CTO, Climate Adaptive Genetics
    • John Reams, CEO, Hivalgo

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Networking Break Sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. 

Industry Panel: Does Tennessee Have a Role in Global Ag Innovation?

  • Panel Moderator: Scott Massey, Chairman & CEO, Global Action Platform
  • Panelists
    • William Brown, Ph.D., Dean, University of Tennessee Ag Research
    • Walt Mullins, Ph.D., Trait Manager, Bayer CropScience
    • Barry Knight, Chief Executive Officer, Cresco Ag LLC

4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. 

Startup Presentations:  Part II

  • Introduction of the Startups:  Todd Winters, Ph.D., Dean, College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, University of Tennessee at Martin
  • Startup Presentations
    • Scott Sartor, CEO, Croptell
    • Jim Stratigos, CEO, Sytheros

4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  

Governors Rural Challenge: Ag Innovation Strategy Preview

  • Tennessee Ag Innovation Strategy Key Recommendations
            • Louis Buck, Tennessee Department of Agriculture
          • Steve Bares, Ph.D., President & Executive Director, Memphis Bioworks Foundation

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Networking Reception Sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America

 

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