Overview

Forbes AgTech Summit

The Forbes AgTech Summit will bring together over 500 of the smartest and most entrepreneurial minds in Silicon Valley and global agriculture to tackle some of the world’s most critical challenges. Held once again right in the heart of the Salinas Valley, the Summit fosters lively debate and generates rich networking opportunities while showcasing the latest innovations for farmers, investors and stakeholders of the global agricultural ecosystem.

 

 

 

Agenda

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

11:30am

Registration

12:00pm

Lunch, Field Demos & Plant Tours

05:00pm

Innovation Showcase & Opening Reception

A unique opportunity to meet fellow participants and over 20 of the most compelling startups in AgTech, The Innovation Showcase and Opening Reception on Main Street in Salinas will also offer a chance to sample some of the region’s best wines, speak to local wine personalities and enjoy tasty bites.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

08:30am

Registration & Breakfast

09:00am

General Sessions

Potential topics may include:

The Microbe Revolution

It is one of the most exciting fields in agriculture, drawing hundreds of millions of dollars in investments. An inside look at the startups and ag-giants experimenting with tiny microbes to make soils richer, plants stronger, and yields bigger.

AgTech's Bleeding Edge

Genetics have already revolutionized agriculture (and stirred up plenty of controversy). What problems will scientists solve next? And when will we have genetically modified grass, strawberries, apples and mosquitoes?

Labor’s Next Frontier

Presidential candidates are proposing to build a wall across the Mexican border, and robots are replacing migrant workers in the field. What is the future of labor on America’s farms?

Food Security—The World’s Biggest Opportunity

We’ll need to produce 70% more food by 2050 to sustain a world population expected to grow to 10 billion. It’s a huge challenge—and an even bigger opportunity. Industry leaders at the forefront of farming’s next wave discuss how a new generation of technologies will revolutionize the way we seed, cultivate, harvest, process and deliver food—and how we’ll profit from the change.

Rise Of The Machines

From tractors that plow fields on their own to drones that monitor operations with unblinking attention to milking robots ruling the dairy barn, farming is in the midst of an automation revolution that will change—and vastly improve—the productive capabilities of farms and farmers worldwide. You’ll meet the minds behind this radical shift and get a sense of what comes next.

Betting The Farm: Financing the AgTech Revolution

Dramatic advances in agricultural technology require not only new ideas and viable business plans, but also serious amounts of capital. Meet the players that are making significant bets on the technologies that will define the farm of the future.

Life After Water

This decade’s growing drought throughout California and the American Southwest points to a potential future where humanity’s most precious resource is scarce for millions of people. Rather than panic, we’ll look at innovative technologies—and meet the people behind them—who will give you reasons to be hopeful.

Farm to Table: The Changing Path to the Consumer

Companies like Fresh Direct, Amazon Fresh, Instacart, Munchery, Blue Apron, and Plated are seeking to disrupt and forever change the traditional means by which consumer get their groceries.  What about this market is attractive to investors?   How does this impact the supply chain for food?  And, who will win and why?

The Connected Farm

The Internet of Things could be the biggest breakthrough in farming in a century, as new software and sensors allow farmers and ranchers to manage their operations in exciting new ways. We’ll meet some of the key players driving the trend—and get a sense of what comes next.

05:00pm

Cocktail Reception

07:00pm

Event Concludes

FAQs

What is the Forbes AgTech Summit?

The Forbes AgTech Summit is an Invitation-Only gathering of over 500 of the smartest and most entrepreneurial minds in Silicon Valley and global agriculture to tackle some of the world’s most critical challenges. Held once again right in the heart of the Salinas Valley, the Summit fosters lively debate and generates rich networking opportunities while showcasing the latest innovations and startups for farmers, investors and stakeholders of the global agricultural ecosystem.

 

Where and when is the Summit taking place?

The summit will be taking place on July 13–14, 2016 on historic Main Street in Salinas, CA in front of the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology and Taylor Farms’ new corporate headquarters.

 

Who should attend?

Growers, investors, start-ups and all interested stakeholders of the global agricultural ecosystem.

 

What is a Field Demo?

A Field Demo takes Summit Participants into a local field to see first-hand actual AgTech at work. Last year’s Field Demo featured a Lettuce Thinning Robot, several different types of Drones and a Self-Driving Tractor.

 

What is a Plant Tour?

A Plant Tour takes Summit Participants behind the scenes of a working Salinas Valley processing plant. Last year’s Summit featured an exclusive guided tour of Taylor Farms’ state-of-the-art vegetable processing plant. Participants witnessed first-hand the amazing automation that allows a head of lettuce harvested in the Salinas Valley to safely make its way to the salad shelf of a Whole Foods on the East Coast less than 72 hours later.

 

What is the Innovation Showcase?

The Innovation Showcase is a dedicated portion of the Summit highlighting the most innovative AgTech Start-Ups. Summit Participants will take advantage of the unique opportunity to talk business directly to Founders/CEOs in a relaxed setting.  Last year’s Showcase included 25 of the most interesting AgTech startups, including AgraLogics, DN2K, Vine Rangers and many more.

 

Where should I stay?

All attendees will be provided a link to book accommodations following registration.
Make the most of your moments in Monterey County! Find out about activities, attractions, events and more at SeeMonterey.com. Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau is the Official Travel Partner of Forbes Ag Tech Summit. For additional information, contact 831.657.6400 or info@seemonterey.com

 

What is the Registration fee and what does it cover?

The registration fee is $750 (early bird of $595 through May 2, 2016).  This covers entry to all summit activities, including plenary sessions, receptions and Innovation Showcase.

 

What is the cancellation policy?

Registration fee will be fully refunded if the: AgTech Summit team receives notification on or before June 27, 2016 that the registered attendee will not attend.

 

Can I bring a plus one?

As the summit is by invitation only, only registered guests will be admitted to all sessions.  To request an invitation, click here.

 

What is the dress code for the summit?

The standard attire for the AgTech Summit is business casual/casual.

 

Do I have to attend the entire conference or can I go only to specific sessions?

The registration fee covers admission to all summit events, however you are not required to attend every session.  We do not offer day or sessions rates.

 

Will the event be filmed and/or photographed?

Yes, videos and photos will be available on Forbes.com shortly after the summit concludes.

 

If your question was not answered here, please email us at AgTechSummit@forbes.com.

Sponsors

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Innovation Showcase Partners

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2015 Video Highlights

The Honorable Joe Gunter, Mayor, City of Salinas at Forbes Reinventing America: The AgTech Summit

2:08

Tom Nassif, President and CEO of Western Growers at Forbes Reinventing America: The AgTech Summit

1:54

Ray Corpuz, City Manager of the City of Salinas at Forbes Reinventing America: The AgTech Summit

11:49

Kevin Murphy, Driscoll's President and Chief Operating Officer at Forbes Reinventing America: The AgTech Summit

12:51

Tom Nassif, President and CEO of Western Growers at Forbes Reinventing America: The AgTech Summit

12:01

Dave Gebhardt, Chief Strategy Officer of FarmLink at Forbes Reinventing America: The AgTech Summit

Pat Mullen, Region Director of PG&E at Forbes Reinventing America: The AgTech Summit

1:59

Contact

  • For Sponsorship Inquiries:
  • Melody Khodaverdian
  • Director, Conference Partnerships
  • 917.794.5859 | mkhodaverdian@forbes.com
  • For Press Inquiries and Press Passes:
  • Wendy Furrer Egan
  • Senior Director of Editorial Publicity
  • 212.366.8848 | wfurrer-egan@forbes.com

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