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Executive Roundtables

Perspectives on the Future of Agriculture

The agriculture industry is on the cusp of revolutionary changes. Whether brought on by technology, climate change, consumer food trends, or any number of reasons, our industry will look much different in the future than it does today. Three executive roundtables will bring together top executives from leading agribusiness companies to explore that future from their varying perspectives.

 

NOTE: Roundtable participants and moderators are subject to change.

 

 

Wednesday, March 3

 

10:00 am - 11:00 am Central

Ag Equipment Industry Outlook: What do the next 20 years look like in American Agriculture?

Sponsored by Commodity Classic

 

 

Moderator: Charlene Finck, Farm Journal

 

Panelists: John Deere – David C. Gilmore, Senior VP Sales & Marketing; AGCO – Bill Hurley, Vice President, Aftersales, Customer Support, & Distribution Development – North America; Case IH – Scott R. Harris, Vice President, Case IH, North America; Kubota – Todd H. Stucke, Sr. VP Marketing, Product Support & Strategic Projects

 

In this first of three agribusiness executive roundtables (others at 10:00 am March 4 & 9:30 am March 5), top executives from major ag equipment brands share what changes they expect to see in agriculture over the next 20 years. They’ll discuss how factors like changing farm demographics, consumer demands and innovative technologies may impact ag equipment and influence the future of agriculture.

 

 

Thursday, March 4

 

10:00 am - 11:00 am Central

Crop Production Industry Outlook: What do the next 20 years look like in American Agriculture?

Sponsored by Commodity Classic

 

 

Moderator: Greg Horstmeier, DTN

 

Panelists: Bayer Crop Science – Chris Turner; Corteva Agriscience – Judd O’Connor, President U.S. Commercial Business; Syngenta – Justin Wolfe, Regional Director and President for North America Seeds, Syngenta; BASF – Scott Kay, Vice President of US Crop Protection, Agricultural Solutions

 

Top executives from major crop production brands share their vision of changes in agriculture over the next 20 years in the second agribusiness executive roundtable (others at 10:00 am March 3 & 9:30 am March 5). They’ll discuss how factors like climate, environmental regulations and innovative technologies may impact crop production and influence the future of agriculture.

 

 

Friday, March 5

 

9:30 am - 10:30 am Central

Agriculture Industry Outlook: 2020 Challenges bring 2021 Opportunities

Sponsored by Commodity Classic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moderator: Willie Vogt, Farm Progress

 

Panelists: Valent U.S.A. Matt Plitt, Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer; New Holland – Brett Davis, Vice President North America; Land O'Lakes, Inc. – Brett Bruggeman, Executive Vice President, Land O’Lakes, Inc. & President, WinField United; United Soybean Board – Polly Ruhland, CEO

 

In 2020, growers faced a unique set of challenges. In addition to the usual weather challenges: drought, flood and a derecho to boot, farm safety took on a new meaning in the midst of a global pandemic.  Supply chain issues, political turmoil and uncertain international trade brought us into the new year wondering about new administration appointments and environmental regulations. The third of three agribusiness executive panels (previous panels 10:00 am March 4 & 5) will discuss what to expect in the next few years as the ag industry wrestles with the turmoil of the previous year.