ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference invites crop producers

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE18), held May 20-22 in Lexington, Ky., will provide crop producers with a unique opportunity to participate in a global conversation about the innovations, challenges and solutions facing their industry. Focus sessions designed to educate and inspire will allow producers to gather insights from leading crop experts and exchange ideas with peers from around the globe.

ONE18 crop topics:

Growing forward with digital tools

What if you could harvest your crops from the comfort of your own home, or from another continent? From artificial intelligence to autonomous vehicles and virtual reality, the digital revolution is sweeping through every area of our lives, and crop production is no exception. What are the opportunities? What are the challenges? Discover the latest innovations on the market now and what awaits on the horizon.

Biostimulants: The quiet agronomic revolutionizer

Norman E. Borlaug had an idea for assisting farmers struggling with low-producing crops. His creation of disease-resistant, high-yield varieties of wheat ignited the Green Revolution, and his work ultimately saved a billion people from starvation. Today, we are in the midst of another revolution: Biostimulants are quietly changing the face of agronomy. Whereas the original Green Revolution occurred in the chemistry lab, the new revolution looks to mechanisms found in nature. What role do amino acids play in enhancing plant development? Can we identify and promote hormonal precursors related to plant performance? Do microalgae have biostimulant potential? Discover how the next big idea changes the future of crop cultivation.

Is the pesticide industry headed toward science or science fiction?

Is agriculture really prepared to say goodbye to glyphosate? Just as consumers demanded — and received — antibiotic-free meat, calls have been building for pesticide-free crop production. Is this realistic? In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency regulation related to pesticide certification alone is over 10,400 words, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, regulators in Europe are reportedly considering new regulations on common agricultural inputs such as glyphosate and even slow-release fertilizers. What if these products disappeared tomorrow? Are there alternative products or alternative practices that could fill the gap? What trade-offs are required, and are we prepared to make them?

GMOs, CRISPR and nutrigenomics: Going public with plant genetics and gene expression

Did consumers reject GMOs based on science? Or was it based on emotion? Will they have similar objections to new gene-editing technologies such as CRISPR? What role could nutrigenomics — the study of how nutrition naturally influences gene expression — play in public perception? In an increasingly contentious world, how can we communicate scientific discovery in such a way that we foster consumer understanding, excitement and hope?

Unprofitable is unsustainable: Lessons from high-density production

If an environmentally friendly business cannot turn a profit in the long term, then by definition, it isn’t a sustainable business. The good news is that profitability and sustainability are closer partners than one might think. Come learn how Galpagro is maximizing production of olives, nuts and citrus without expanding the land area under cultivation by using innovative cropping patterns, efficient use of resources and cutting-edge technological tools. Join us to explore how you might implement these techniques in your own operation to build biodiversity, improve soil and plant health, and minimize chemical exposure — without sacrificing productivity.

Fresh lessons from fruit and vegetable markets

What issues cropped up in fruit and vegetable production in the 21st century? From disease pressure to consumer demands, how are the most innovative producers tackling their challenges? Join us to hear what’s trending, from the California coast to the melon belts of northeastern Brazil and Mediterranean olive country. What practical lessons can you implement in your own operation?

Topics subject to change as the schedule evolves.

Now in its 34th year, Alltech’s conference is attended annually by nearly 4,000 people from over 70 countries. Whether producers are navigating a fundamental change within crop production or just need a little inspiration, they’ll learn about real-world opportunities and solutions at ONE18.

Register to attend ONE18 before March 31 at for savings of $400. Join the conversation with #ONE18 on Twitter, and follow the ONE18 Facebook event page for updates.