Speakers at the Agriculture and Innovation Showcase
To search for innovation you need the best thinkers, and in Woodland, CA, we saw a meeting of the minds that included international experts on all aspects of agriculture and food science. Panels with subject matters ranging from the supply chain, economic theory, and labor efficiency all the way to autonomous weeding robots, enriched and inspired listeners with innovation and expertise directly taken from the frontline of agricultural trend making.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER - NOW TRENDING: GOOGLE´S FOOD AT WORK
Google’s Food Choice Architect and Nutrition Manager, Chavane B. Hanson
As a part of Google’s ¨Food at Work ̈ program, Chavane B. Hanson shares how they have used food as a way of bringing employees together as well as promoting healthful food choices, highlighting what the future holds for our food system in terms of challenges and opportunities.
ECONOMIC OUTLOOK FOR U.S. PRODUCE INDUSTRY
Rabobank Vice President & Senior Analyst, Roland Fumasi Ph. D
Limited availability of land, labor, and water, coupled with increasingly complex consumer purchasing habits, trade tensions, and environmental sustainability and social responsibility are challenging the industry. Robert Fumasi talks about the need to work together to meet the growing demands in a sustainable way.
AUTOMATION REDEFINED WITH NAÏO TECHNOLOGIES
Co-founder, Gaetan Saverac and Naïo Operations Manager, Simon Belin
New technologies and innovations help farmers get more out of their schedules and help address challenges that may pop up along the way. As a leader in automation, Naïo showcases their autonomous weeding robots.
THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF FOOD
Produce Marketing Association Vice President of Technology, Vonnie Estes
A discussion of the ever-changing landscape of food and the important role that technology plays in it. Vonnie Estes talks about where the industry is headed and how the innovation we use can help impact the food chain.
TAILORED SOLUTIONS PANEL
Bayer Crop Science, YARA Fertilizer, Netafim Irrigation, ad Bayer’s Seminis Vegetable Seeds
Experts from these innovative companies came together to discuss what tailored solutions should look like and the importance of partnership and collaboration to help growers overcome challenges and maximize resources.