AgTech NEXT summit will be virtual in nature

Farm Forum

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center announced July 22 that the AgTech NEXT Summit will be held virtually, replacing the event previously set for Nov. 10-12.

Recognizing the robust agenda, and not wanting to create “conference fatigue” with a two-day program, event organizers have shifted the conference to a series of seven, 60-minute live, online sessions. Virtual AgTech NEXT conference sessions will be from noon to 1 p.m. CDT on Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 22 with a keynote by Dr. Pat Brown, founder and CEO of Impossible Foods, through Nov. 10, with a break on Nov. 3.

Conference sessions have been organized around the theme of “Risks and Rewards” featuring innovators, investors and industry experts. In addition to the content sessions, the unique online event platform will also offer attendees the opportunity to network in 1:1 meetings, share their perspective in interactive TableTalks, and engage with our partners who can assist in growing their business.

“COVID-19 has amplified the importance of innovation and the need for new approaches to delivering healthy food to consumers,” said Stephanie Regagnon, executive director of Innovation Partnerships at the Danforth Center. “Farmers are natural innovators and welcome technology that enables them to be productive, profitable and good stewards of their land. We are pleased to pivot to this new format and offer a robust platform of content, as well as providing opportunities for attendees to network and connect, which has been the hallmark of our events.”

Experience all seven AgTech NEXT virtual conference sessions, early bird tickets are $300 until Aug. 24. Customize your participation with either four sessions for $275 or two sessions for $150. Go to to register.

Speakers and panelists will be:

  • Patrick O. Brown, founder M.D. Ph.D., and CEO Impossible Foods.
  • Jim Carrington, Ph.D., president, Danforth Plant Science Center.
  • Chris Chinn, director, Missouri Department of Agriculture.
  • Matt Crisp, president and CEO, Benson Hill.
  • Robb Fraley, Ph.D., former CTO, Monsanto.
  • Scott Bernard Fullen, owner, Mid-South Family Farms.
  • Ingrid Fung, investor, Finistere.
  • The Honorable Richard Gephardt, president and CEO, Gephardt Public Affairs.
  • Brendan Johnson, partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.
  • Jake Joraanstad, cofounder and CEO, Bushel.
  • Claire Kinlaw, Ph.D., director of Innovation Commercialization, Danforth Center.
  • Sanjeev Krishnan, chief investment officer and managing director, S2G.
  • Mao Li, Ph.D., senior research scientist, Danforth Center.
  • Mick Messman, chief commercial officer, Greenlight.
  • Larry Page, Ph.D., principal, Lewis and Clark AgriFood.
  • Jobst von Petersdorff, business venture, KWS Group.
  • Stephanie Regagnon, executive director innovation partnerships, Danforth Center.
  • Orlando Saez, cofounder and CEO, Aker Technologies Inc.
  • Mary Shelman, founder, The Shelman Group.
  • Naveen Sikka, CEO, TerViva.
  • Chris Topp, Ph.D., associate member, Danforth Center.
  • Renée Vassilos, agriculture innovation director, The Nature Conservancy.
  • Bala Venkata, Ph.D. cofounder, RNAissance Ag, and senior research scientist, Danforth Center.
  • Tony White, founder and CEO Tony’s Family Farms.
  • Olga Yermolenko, partner, OY Group.