Improving Lives2018-11-05T21:47:07+00:00
The Blue Room

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26    8 A.M. | 10 A.M. | 1 P.M.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26
8 A.M. | 10 A.M. | 1 P.M.

TODAY’S MISSION: IMPROVING LIVES

Human nutrition, animal health and welfare, and scientific advancement in the life sciences are all connected to agriculture. The intersection of these areas will significantly influence our future: our livelihoods and economic development to longer-term health, nutrition, and life expectancy.
Improving Lives

What are some nontraditional careers or jobs that involve innovative agriculture?

How is technological innovation in agriculture improving lives locally and around the world?

What are some challenges in agriculture that require technology and innovation?

How is technological innovation in agriculture improving lives locally and around the world?
What are some nontraditional careers or jobs that involve innovative agriculture?
What are some challenges in agriculture that require technology and innovation?
AgriNovus Indiana

“Today’s food and agricultural industry is bursting with cutting-edge technology, science and research—from genomics and microbiology to artificial intelligence, robotics and informatics. AgriNovus Indiana is committed to showcasing the power of these and other agbioscience innovations whether they come from a large company, a university or an entrepreneur. The Blue Room is just the place to bring together these real-world innovations, giving FFA members an experience to see and to understand how technology will help us feed the world, protect the planet and improve human lives.”

BETH BECHDOL

President and Chief Executive Officer, AgriNovus Indiana

Microsoft

“FFA students across America will lead the food and agriculture industry into the future. They must have opportunities to integrate digital skills into both their classroom studies and project-based learning. Our partnership will help ensure that curriculum is up to date so that these young leaders can use technology to drive innovation in farms of the future, sustain and renew our planet, and enrich their communities.”

MARY SNAPP

Corporate Vice President and Lead, Microsoft Philanthropies

Arrive early to see AgriNovus Indiana and Microsoft in the Welcome Room and pick up some cool swag!

AgriNovus Indiana

“Today’s food and agricultural industry is bursting with cutting-edge technology, science and research—from genomics and microbiology to artificial intelligence, robotics and informatics. AgriNovus Indiana is committed to showcasing the power of these and other agbioscience innovations whether they come from a large company, a university or an entrepreneur. The Blue Room is just the place to bring together these real-world innovations, giving FFA members an experience to see and to understand how technology will help us feed the world, protect the planet and improve human lives.”

BETH BECHDOL

President and Chief Executive Officer, AgriNovus Indiana

Microsoft

“FFA students across America will lead the food and agriculture industry into the future. They must have opportunities to integrate digital skills into both their classroom studies and project-based learning. Our partnership will help ensure that curriculum is up to date so that these young leaders can use technology to drive innovation in farms of the future, sustain and renew our planet, and enrich their communities.”

MARY SNAPP

Corporate Vice President and Lead, Microsoft Philanthropies

Arrive early to see AgriNovus Indiana and Microsoft in the Welcome Room and pick up some cool swag!

THE BLUE STAGE

LEARN from top influencers through TedX-style speaker presentations on The Blue Stage.

SESSION 1 | 8 A.M.

Eric Shilling

MAD Money Entrepreneurs for the Future

How you can be the next great entrepreneur while learning the value of doing well and doing good! Discover how you CAN create an innovative business while giving back to those in need and inspiring others to do the same.

About Eric Shilling

Eric grew up in Seward, NE raising beef and swine. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Major in Ag Education and Minors in Animal Science and Leadership. Out of college, he went to work for the National FFA Organization with the Foundation and Collegiate programs. In 2007, Eric came to work for Elanco in the Training and Development department. In three years with the group he moved from associate to manager and was accountable for the organizations Accelerated Leadership Development Program (ALDP) and many other leadership and development initiatives in the organization. He then was asked to serve as District Manager for the Business-to-Business part of the Beef Business Unit. In this role he was responsible for managing people and strategy for some of the largest cattle producers in the world. Recently Eric served as Director of Commercial Operations and Commercial Integration lead for the US Business. Currently, he is the Global Director of Leadership and Development. Eric’s immediate family includes his wife, Natalie, who is the CEO of their home and his eleven-year-old son, Luke, and six-year-old son, Lincoln. They live on a small acreage in Wilkinson, Indiana.

Johnny Park

The journey from a robotics professor to an agtech entrepreneuer

Johnny is CEO of Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN) s consortium of 10 counties in north-central Indiana devoted to developing the region into a global epicenter of digital agriculture and next-generation manufacturing by harnessing the power of internet-enabled sensors. Prior to WHIN, Johnny founded, scaled and led a successful exit of an agriculture technology company, Spensa, focused on smart IoT devices and data analytics to help growers better manage agronomic pests such as insects, weeds and disease. Spensa was named by Forbes as one of the Top 25 Most Innovative Ag-Tech Startups in 2017. Before Spensa, Johnny was a faculty in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University where his research spanned various topics on robotics, machine learning and sensor networks. Johnny received his BS, MS and PhD degrees all from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University.

SESSION 2 | 10 A.M.

Lowell Midla

Innovation in the Animal Health Industry

This presentation will highlight two innovative projects from Merck Animal Health – the Whisper Veterinary Stethoscope and Sequivity. Both of these inventive technologies are helping customers deliver the best possible care to their animals in novel ways.

About Dr. Lowell Midla

Dr. Lowell Midla was born and raised on a farm in southwestern Pennsylvania, where his family raised registered Polled Hereford beef cattle. He earned both a bachelor’s degree and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (V.M.D.) from the University of Pennsylvania.

After graduation, Dr. Midla joined a mixed animal practice in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In 1994, he moved on to The Ohio State University and completed a food animal medicine and surgery residency and simultaneously earned a master’s degree. His research focused on laminitis and lameness in dairy cattle. In 1996, Dr. Midla and his wife, Joanne, established a veterinary practice near Marianna, Pennsylvania. In the fall of 2001, he joined the faculty of The Ohio State University, practicing and teaching at the large animal ambulatory service in Marysville, Ohio. He joined the cattle technical services team at Merck Animal Health in 2016.

Dr. Midla was appointed by the American Association of Bovine Practitioners to serve on the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Board of Representatives – from which he was elected to serve as CAST president in 2013.

Julie DiNatale

A Day in the Life of a Digital Farmer

Learn what farmers do in a day with modern software tools! See how these “digital farms” use mobile devices, machine data, and much more to result in efficient, sustainable and more profitable businesses.

About Julie DiNatale

Julie DiNatale is the Director of Marketing at Granular, an agricultural software company that provides a suite of software tools to help farmers collect and use data on their farms. Granular’s industry-leading software services give farmers various tools to increase operational efficiency, and make farmers more sustainable, more profitable and enrich the lives of those who produce and those that consume in many ways. Granular was acquired by Corteva Agriscience, the Agricultural Division of DowDuPont in August 2017. Julie has been a part of the Granular team for nearly four years and worked in production agriculture for over 13 years and previously was the Director of Farm Journal’s Top Producer Executive Network, an elite peer group program for professional farms. Julie has also consulted for large agri businesses and worked extensively covering the agricultural market for a sell-side Wall Street research firm for nearly a decade. Prior to her career in agriculture, Julie worked in the precious metals industry where she managed metal reclamation and brokering for both small and large firms. Julie grew up in western New York where she spent summers on her extended family’s dairy farm. She earned an MS in Toxicology from the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry and a BS from Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture. Julie lives in southeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters.

SESSION 3 | 1 P.M.

Holland

Just a molecule with a dream…

The journey of a molecule from discovery to the field takes a lot of time, resources and expertise. Considering the incredible need for modern agriculture to have solutions that provide answers to a changing world, the importance of talented people to make that happen has never been more critical.

Dr. Jennifer Holland

Dr. Jennifer Holland is a Regional Marketing Manager for North America in the Agricultural Solutions Division at BASF Corporation. Her primary focus is managing the regional strategy for fungicides, which includes managing innovations from concept to commercialization. Jennifer joined BASF through the Professional Develop Program eight years ago and has since held roles in technical marketing and product management. She holds a BS in Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a PhD in Biology from the University of Missouri and a MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The future will see you now: How using technology will solve food and agriculture’s complex challenges while improving lives.

Agriculture has always been a technology industry. Today, farmers are running some of the world’s most sophisticated operations, working with partners like Cargill to use technology to deliver innovations that make them more efficient, effective and profitable, while also making their animals healthier.

About Devry Boughner Vorwerk

Devry Boughner Vorwerk serves as Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs overseeing the company’s global branding, communications, corporate responsibility and government relations efforts.

Spanning a tenure of nearly 12 years, Vorwerk led Cargill’s global government relations activities in Washington and Corporate Affairs for Latin America, which included management and oversight of government relations, communications, and corporate responsibility across the region; and, separately, served as Director of Cargill’s International Business Relations, specializing in its Asia Pacific trade and investment portfolio, which included short assignments living in India and China.

In early 2016, she left Cargill to join Akin Gump’s public law and policy practice as a Senior Policy Advisor, where she focused on trade and investment policy and agriculture policy. In this role, she worked closely with the firm’s international trade policy and Cuba policy practices, among others, assisting clients who have international business dealings in, or who are considering expansion into, the Latin American and Asian markets.

Prior to joining Cargill, Vorwerk worked at the U.S. International Trade Commission in the Office of Industries and as Economic Advisor to the Chairman. She also served as Senior Economist in Agricultural Affairs at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, which is part of the Executive Office of the President.

Vorwerk holds a dual degree in Agricultural Economics and Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis. She also holds a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics, with a specialization in Public Policy and International Trade, from Cornell University.

Vorwerk is on the board of Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture and Women in International Trade. She chairs the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba and formerly co-chair of the U.S. Business Coalition for the Transpacific Partnership. She is a founding member of IMPACT FFA, a career development program for young women in agriculture, and served on the Advisory Board of the University of California Agricultural Issues Center and Cornell University’s Dyson School Advisory Council. In 2014, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is a member of the Arthur Page Society.

INTERACTIVE BOOTHS

EXPERIENCE hands-on opportunities to directly interact with organizations, both big and small, that are innovating and changing agriculture’s current footprint.
BASF

Modern agriculture is filled with endless opportunities and challenges. BASF is focused on understanding how we can have the greatest impact at that intersection of productivity and sustainability…and more importantly, the incredible role that you play in that discussion.

Cargill

Need Real-time analysis of nutrient content?  No problem.  Cargill’s digital solution, Reveal®  will take inputs from the dry matter variations in forages on the farm and adjust the ration in real-time helping dairy producers deliver more consistent intake to their animals.  Come see first hand how Reveal® works.

Corteva / Granular

Granular is an agriculture software company dedicated to building stronger and more profitable farms. With web and mobile apps grounded in advanced data science technology, Granular helps farmers make data-driven, real-time business and agronomic decisions with greater confidence. Granular is an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Corteva Agriscience™, the agricultural division of DowDupont™

Elanco

Elanco’s mission is Food and Companionship enriching life. Elanco fulfills this mission by ensuring the health of our farm animals and pets through state-of-the-art products and services. Join us to discover the four stages of innovation through our “escape room” designed experience. Each stage of innovation will unlock not only the “how” behind creating new products for the market, but also the careers it takes to go from an idea of a new product to the market. Learn more: www.elanco.com.

FMC

Safety

The application system eliminates the need for product handling, measuring or mixing. Fill the tank in the morning and plant all day, saving time, water, fuel, labor and time.

Sealed Air

Journey to a Waste-Free Future

Follow your food on a journey through the supply chain from production to consumption and learn the role that packaging innovations play in protecting precious resources. Through in-person experts, videos, and an interactive scavenger hunt, you can discover your role in optimizing the global food supply chain and helping create a waste-free future.

The presentation and booth will showcase two innovative projects from Merck Animal Health that are helping customers deliver the best possible care to their animals.

STARTUP STREET

INTERACT with young entrepreneurs and discover how they are problem solving and providing new innovations to our sector.
Cool Planet

Cool Planet

At the end of the day, the return on investment is what counts in agriculture. So, what practices can be employed to improve farmer profitability while at the same time benefitting the food supply and sustainability of local communities and our nation? Let’s brainstorm together.

FarmLand Finder

FarmlandFinder is an online search engine for land real estate… essentially, it’s Zillow for land. With just a couple of clicks, land professionals can find, analyze and secure land deals. We improve lives by providing equal access to information, giving large & small players a level playing field.

Taranis

Taranis is a precision agriculture intelligence platform that will help you monitor your fields, make informed decisions and then act on them. The Taranis platform is a revolutionary tool that will change the way of managing agricultural activities by analyzing farm “big data.”

UnitedAH

United Animal Health – Direct Feed Microbial

Livestock production has changed. The consumer demand for antibiotic alternatives in livestock production has introduced the industry to a new market space, direct-fed microbials. These direct-fed microbials, are Bacillus strains that are selected from high performing animals and used to create a more balanced microbiota.

COLLEGE CORNER

LEARN more about career possibilities for your future while collaborating and problem solving with top institutions at College Corner.
Lincoln Electric
McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship
Lincoln Electric
McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship
Ag Bot Challenge

COLLEGE CORNER

LEARN more about career possibilities for your future while collaborating and problem solving with top institutions at College Corner.
Lincoln Electric
Lincoln Electric
McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship
McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship
Ag Bot Challenge
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