More than 300 innovators and industry experts from 11 countries around the world are coming together in St. Louis from September 8-10 to focus on solutions to the big issues at the center of the world’s concerns — Food, Farm and Fuel.
Since 2009, the Ag Innovation Showcase has engaged an international audience of the most influential ag industry executives, investors, innovators and policy makers to explore discussions and presentations on issues and challenges facing agriculture and food and the innovative solutions being developed by emerging and established companies and social entrepreneurs.
“Beginning with the first Ag Innovation Showcase, panels and presentations have addressed timely topics including the development of biofuels and biomaterials, advances in the use of biological methodologies to stimulate yield and fight pests, the increasing importance of data and information technology to agriculture, a better understanding of the cycle of food and nutrition and more,” says Rohit Shukla, founder and CEO at Larta Institute, the co-producer of the Showcase.
Held at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Mo, the largest independent plant science research institute in the world, the Ag Innovation Showcase is a joint effort of the Danforth Center, BioResearch & Development Growth (BRDG) Park at the Danforth Plant Science Center, and Larta Institute, and is supported by a steady group of sponsors.
This year’s speakers feature Ag Showcase alumni and additional speakers and experts from around the world. The two keynotes look back and forward, focusing a lens on the challenges and opportunities available to us to feed the world in a time of increasing population and risks associated with climactic and natural factors. Harry Stine, a renowned entrepreneur, businessman and farmer, will provide a perspective on the challenge, opportunity and current and future innovations in the production of food. Steven Savage, an industry veteran and independent consultant will look at the impact of environmental and regulatory concerns amid a profusion of new technologies that are coming on line.
Two panels, on the Future of Farming and A New Paradigm for biotech in Agriculture, will also take a look back and forward, at what has been and what may or is likely to happen. In the former, the onset of a series of technological and other developments offers the farming enterprise and the production chain a range of high impact prospects for growth. In the latter, the expanding scientific field includes synthetic biology, traits without transgenesis, and metagenomics, with implications for the cultivation of plants and the incorporation of new technologies to deal with disease and pestilence.
“The Ag Showcase promotes the whole notion of a network and community that is active, engaged and networked throughout the year,” says Shukla. “Finding each other, presenting opportunities throughout the year, doing the deals, and moving from one enterprise to another, are all part of the dynamism of this active community, unique and the most diverse of its kind in the world. The conference is the physical manifestation of that community.”
More information on the show can be found at: www.AgInnovationShowcase.com