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Agenda outline

Wednesday 7 September: Networking and 1-2-1 meetings


14:00 – 16:00 1-2-1 meetings
16:00 - 18:00 Welcome reception

Thursday 8 September: Investing in innovation

09:00 Embracing technology to respond to market demand: Current state and future challenges for the global fertilizer industry
Chris Lawson, Head of Fertilizers, CRU

9:30 Funding and Investment in Agritech: How to present your case
Presenters to be confirmed

10:30 Networking break and 1-2-1 meetings

11:30 Experience exchange panel: Discussing requirements, challenges and success stories of innovation, tech-partnerships, and capital investment
Samuel Taylor, Executive Director, Rabobank
C. Ryan Bond, Sr. Director, Global Business Development & Innovation, Nutrien
Kim Nicholson, VP AgTech and Innovation, Strategy and Growth, Mosaic


12:30 Lunch & 1-2-1 meetings

14:30 R&D initiatives to help improve crops' early growth, nutrient delivery and value over volume

  • The role of plant physiology and soil chemistry in improving nutrient use efficiency
  • Fertilizer innovations in stabilized fertilizers and naturally derived alternatives
  • Novel biofertilizer and its adoption in ag practices

Kuide Qin, Chief Science Officer, Verdesian Life Sciences

Supplying early-season nutrition 

  • Germinating seeds rely solely on the nutrients contained within the seed
  • Nutritional seed coatings provide a supplement helping to maximize early season growth and yield potential
  • A product line offered by Koch Agronomic Services, is a seed delivered nutrition specifically designed to address the early season nutritional demands of crops

Greg Schwab, Vice President - Agronomy and Innovation, Koch Ag & Energy Solutions

The STEPS Center, a New Interdisciplinary Academic Research Center Dedicated to Advancing Phosphorus Sustainability

 Jacob L. Jones, Director, Science and Technologies, Phosphorous Sustainability Center

15:30 Networking break and 1-2-1 meetings

16:15 Why sustainable agritech investment is important to reduce environmental footprint, increase nutrient efficiency and ensure food security
Edwini Kessie, Director of the Agriculture and Commodities Division, World Trade Organization
Peyton Harper, Director – Retail and Field Sustainability, The Fertilizer Institute


17:30 Networking drinks reception

Friday 9 September: Innovation Start-up Showcase

09:00 – 16:00

The innovation showcase will give early and mid-stage AgriTech start-ups the opportunity to present their technology to a captive audience of fertilizer companies and investors. Companies featured on the agenda will get the chance to pitch the benefits of their innovation, why they think they will be successful, talk about their perspective on partnerships, raising funds and how the industry can benefit from collaboration.

  • Positions on the showcase are limited, and innovations that focus on the following areas will be prioritised:
  • Advances in nutrient use efficiency
  • Technologies harnessing circular economy principles
  • Carbon traceability technologies
  • Digital platforms and marketplaces

Interested in presenting in the showcase?

Contact amanda.whicher@crugroup.com briefly outlining your technology to apply for your place.