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Where Technology and Agriculture Collide

Cultivate Conference brings together a diverse community of experts, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and growers to share their knowledge and experiences, create feedback loops and explore the exciting possibilities of technology in agriculture. Explore the dynamic intersection of technology and agriculture, where we emphasize bringing valuable grower feedback into the industry and create an impact on AgTech advancements. Join us to learn about cutting-edge solutions, connect with industry leaders, and discover opportunities to drive innovation in agribusiness.

June 13, 2024
Armory Event Center Moorhead, Minnesota

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Conference Goals

1.  Foster stronger engagement with startups, growers, and industry stakeholders

2.  Create feedback loops between the AgTech industry and innovative growers

3.  Highlight and promote advancements and innovations in AgTech

4.  Facilitate connections among startups, growers, corporations, technologists, investors, and universities

What to Expect

Networking Opportunties

The conference will have plenty of networking opportunities, and we will create space for attendees to connect.

Relevant Content

Conference content will be woven in a narrative format to keep everyone engaged.

Workshops

There will be three workshop options for attendees to choose from; Novel Tech in Agriculture, Grower Challenges and Ideation, and Startup Pilot Projects. 

Agenda

Cultivate Workshops

Novel Technology in Ag
Explore how cutting-edge technologies redefine the future of farming. Explore advancements in robotics, artificial intelligence, and precision agriculture revolutionizing the way we cultivate crops and manage resources.
Grower Challenges & Ideation
Growers share their issues and envision solutions with the community. They will articulate hurdles in real-time, prompting insightful discussions and ideation.
Startup Pilot Projects
Founders delve into the intricacies of developing successful pilots with growers and researchers. Engage in collaborative discussions to refine your approach, network, and unlock opportunities.
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Meet the Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Chris Abbott

Chris Abbott

CEO, Pivot Bio

David Black

David Black

Executive Vice President, Enterprise Transformation and Chief Information Officer, CHS

Mark Jensen

Mark Jensen

CEO of AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Farm Credit Services of America, and Frontier Farm Credit

Main Stage Speakers

Maureen Ballatori

Maureen Ballatori

Founder/CEO, Agency 29

Kerwin Bradley

Chief Production Officer, Black Gold Farms

Takahiro Fukushima

Deep Valley

Nate Vanwechel

Nate VanWechel

Director of Origination, ADM

Innovative Grower Panel

Erick Johnson

Farm News Director, Ag News 890

Loran Steinlage

Loran Steinlage

Owner, FLOLO Farm

Noreen Thomas

Noreen Thomas

CEO, Doubting Thomas Farms

Innovators Hope for the Future of Ag Panel

Barry Batcheller

Barry Batcheller

Founder, Appareo

Howard Dahl

Howard Dahl

President/CEO, Farm QA and Amity Technology

Mary Snapp

Vice President Strategic Initiatives, Microsoft

Novel Tech in Ag Workshop Hosts

Joel Honeyman

Joel Honeyman

Vice President of Global Innovation, Bobcat

Brock Moir

Brock Moir

Chief Product Officer, VisorPRO

State of AgTech Investing Panel

Tim Dixon

Tim Dixon

Managing Director, Purdue DIAL Ventures

Suhas Narayanaswamy

Suhas Narayanaswamy

Principal, Lewis and Clark AgriFood

Startup Pitches

Augustin Buchert

Agustin Büchert

Co-Founder/CSO, ClearLeaf

Brandon Chi

Brandon Chi

Co-Founder and CEO, Crop Diagnostix

Daniel Cluff

Daniel Cluff

President, Bactelife

Michael Cully

Michael Cully

Founder, CEO and Director, Susterre

Eddy Mejia

Eddy Mejia

CEO, Earnest Agriculture

Lily Reed

Lily Reed

Associate, Lewis and Clark AgriFood

Joseph Swift

Joseph Swift

Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Crop Diagnostix

Michelle Tressel

CEO, MyAg Data

EduConnect

Zac Carlson

Zac Carlson

Technical Services Manager, Danisco Animal Nutrition & Health

Drew Combs

Executive Director, North Dakota Trade Office

Dylan Kallman

Dylan Kallman

Great Plains Greens

Simone Ludwig

Simone Ludwig

Chair, North Dakota State University Computer Science Department

John Mann

John Mann

Program Manager of Startups, Grand Farm

Ann Nobriga

Senior Program Manager of Field Operations, Grand Farm

Quinn Renfandt

Red River Harvest Co-op

Shannon Radcliffe Bueche

Shannon Radcliffe Bueche

Turkey Road Farm Products

Katie Tyler

Katie Tyler

Extension Specialist and Program Director Rural Leadership North Dakota, North Dakota State University

Sarah Underdahl

Sarah Underdahl

Facility Manager of the Beef Cattle Research Center, North Dakota State University

AgTech Week

AgTech Week June 10th-14th

Cultivate is part of AgTech week, an agriculture and technology focused week hosted by a group of dedicated organizations in Fargo, North Dakota. This week provides a unique opportunity to showcase the region’s commitment to agriculture, technology and innovation by bringing together the AgTech industry. By doing this, we hope to accelerate the adoption of technology and solve challenges in agriculture.

 Events include customer events, farm tours, technology/product showcases, happy hours, investor and reverse pitch sessions and policymaker meetups with entrepreneurs. By getting the community to rally, we know that we are stronger together and showcase our wonderful community.

AgTech Week Master Calendar

Places to Stay

Questions?

If you are interested in getting involved, email Andrew Jason.    Media inquiries can be directed to Matt Wendel