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Indoor AgTech 2019, New York, USA
Csanad Gurdon (Aerofarms) & Kashyap Choksi (FFAR, Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research)
John Spencer with Illumitex & Wil Lammers, Ridder North America
Philip Karp, Shenandoah Growers
Kylie Horomia, Darryn Keiller & Kayla Waldorff with Autogrow. The company had a major announcement to make: they launched a new farm management platform, FarmRoad. They have also announced a collaboration with their competitor Ridder Group, which will make it possible for growers to connect their Ridder climate control and irrigation systems to the FarmRoadTM platform.
Alongside Ridder Group, Autogrow will also be collaborating with New York based Start-Up NATIVE - so Sarah Sanders with Native made sure to drop by at Autogrow!
Roeland Van Dijk with Codema & Mike Zelkind with 80 Acres Farms
Roger Kirkpatrick (Plenty) & David Rosenberg (Aerofarms)
Charlie Wang (Oasis Biotech) & Mike Zelkind (80 Acres Farms)
Blake Lange & Roel Janssen with Signify show the recently launched Production Module and GrowWise Control System
Colin Woodford with Current, powered by GE & Kyle Barnett with Hort Americas. Just two more weeks and then they'll have some exciting news to share on the Cultivate. We'll keep you posted!
Martin Veenstra and Justin Lukoff with Certhon
Ali Ahmadian (Heliospectra) & Pitichoke Chulapamornsri, Crop One Holdings
Brian Rich with Catalyst Investors & Jay Ribakove
Paul Selinas with Mastronardi & Akash Nandi with Root AI
Doug Stetzer & Jeff Underwood with Kent Corporation
Neil Mattson with Cornell University and Chris Laughton with Farm Credit East
Zaina Rahimtula with Transcom, developing indoor farming in the Middle East & Cristian Sjögrenagrolerparc with AgroUrbana
Caleb Allen, Lettuce Leads & Sam Lewando, Cultivate the City
Tom Thompson (Golden Sun Marketing) & Sheldon Hamburger (Your Local Greens)
James Rasmussen (Robinson Fresh), Blake Lange (Signify) & Kurt Breeggemann (Robinson Fresh)
Carl Tamson & Fredrik Olrog with Bonbio
Rob Wessels (Bakker Centrale / Greenyard) & Roel Janssen, Signify
Gene Kim & Sarah Federman (USDA) in the photo with Matt Ravetier & Chris Leishaar (Greens Do Good)
Jade Stinson (Vindara) & Tom Debusschere, Urban Crop Solutions
Discussing indoor / vertical farming at the show
Paul Sellew, Little Leaf Farms & Brian Rich, Catalyst Investors
Chin Chong Lim (Temasek), Zhuo Zhan (SananBio) & Michael Zhu (ZSC Capital Management)
Venki Venkatramana (Agribody) & Miki Sode (International Space Station)
Dan Nelson (Grow Computer) & Rabbi Sharratt (iGrow News)
Peter Quiring, Nature Fresh Farms
Justin Coates, South Essex Fabricating & Steve Graves, Fluence BioEngineering
Justin Lukoff, Certhon & Dan Plant, MVP Farms
Krzysztof Sosniak & Vince Feorenzo with Samsung LED, explaining how their components benefit various LED suppliers.
Adam Greenberg with iUNU & Kunal Desai, Brightfarms
Neil Mattson with Cornell University on the economic footprint of scaling urban controlled environment agriculture.
Freek Knol & Kees Rodenburgh with Enza Zaden. The breeding company develops varieties for indoor farming especially: https://www.hortidaily.com/article/9113316/market-trends-and-breeding-innovation-charting-the-path-for-indoor-farming/
Bill Whitakker & Jan Westra with Priva
Blair Farley (Southern Company) & Brad McNamara (Freight Farms)
The team with Fluence
Patrik Borenius & Tero Rapila, (Green Automation Americas)
Jerome Smith, Pagosa Verde
Stéphane Groud (Intelligent Growth Solutions) & Fabien Villemalard, Crop One
Abigail Ryder & Sophie Buck with Rethink Events, organising the show.
F.l.t.r., Philip Prada (President of Prada Governmental Solutions) having a chat with Aabid Shariff (Director of Data Science at Pairwise)
Rodrigo Pereyra (OSRAM Digital Farming), Mark Wilson (Fluence by OSRAM) and Jose Ramos (OSRAM)
Rajan Gupta (Silicon Valley Bank) and Rob van Es (Vision Ridge Partners, LLC)
Ingmar Leliveld (Shenandoah Growers), Cristian Sjögren (AgroUrbana) and Roger Kirkpatrick (Plenty)
Adam Fishes from Elo Life Systems
Ingmar Leliveld and Tim Heydon of Shenandoah Growers
David Brainson of Cresson Management LLC
Meetings inbetween sessions
Joris Giai-Checa with FUL
Rick Nathans (SpecGrade LED) and Mohammed Oufattole (Benson Hill Biosystems)
Adam DeMartino (Smallfold) and Sarah Sanders (Native Ag)
Dave Saunders (PAVA Group), Michael Guttman (Kennett Township) and Eric W. Stein (Center of Excellence for Indoor Agriculture)
Ron Acorn and John Vidaurrazaga of HYVE
Ingmar Leliveld, Lejda Cela and Tim Heydon of Shenandoah Growers
The 'That's Tasty' organic herbs line of Shenandoah Growers
Adam Greenberg (iUNU), Paul Sellew (Little Leaf Farms) and Tero Rapila (Green Automation Group)
Marc Oosterhuis (Babylon Micro-Farms) and Roel Janssen (Signify)
Sam Johnson (Commonwealth Charter Academy) and Andrew Jenkins (Queens University Belfast)
Meetings inbetween sessions
Victor Verlage (Walmart) and Andrew Matthews (Inno3B)
Rabbi Sharratt (iGrow News) and Marc Oosterhuis (Babylon Micro-Farms)
Krishna Kumar of Cropin Technology Solutions Private Limited
Adam DeMartino (Smallfold), Chris Manca, Jamie Forrest and Rachel Alkon from Whole Foods Market
Ofer Tal (Genesis Premium Herbs and Yonah Tainsky (A+F)
Xenia Morin (Rutgers University), Rick Trenchard and David Turina of Freight Farms
John McFerson (Phylos Bioscience) and Jan van den Berg (BASF)
Jeffrey Ladau (Agritecture Consulting), Kayla Waldorff (Autogrow) and Austin Smith (Grodan Rockwool)
Smiling faces at the Indoor Agtech
And let's go to the conference: Opening of the Indoor Agtech summit
Introduction by Abigail Ryder with Rethink Events
Walter Robb (Former Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market) on the developments in the retail market and how indoor farms can respond to this
JJ Price (Business Development Director at SPREAD)
Charles Wang with Oasis Biotech asking the speakers a question
Adam Bergman, Head of AgTech & FoodTech Investment Banking at Wells Fargo, hosted a talk on investing with Reuben Teague,Vice President, Impact & Responsible Investing, Prudential Financial, Delphine Descamps, Managing Director, CREADEV, Scott Horner, Managing Director, Middleland Capital & Gregory Oberholtzer, Senior Managing Director, WP Global Partners.
Emily Griep, Manager, Food Safety, at United Fresh Produce Assosciation, hosted talks on food safety & labelling with David Rosenberg, CEO & Co-Founder, Aerofarms, Paul Lightfoot, CEO at Brightfarms & Chelsea Davidson, Consumer Safety Officer, Office of Food Safety at the USDA.
Networking Roundtable discussions!
How can we take automation from pilot to mainstream?
How will AI transform indoor farming? Hosted by Louis Fu, partner at Tencent.
Freek Knol, Business Manager North America, with Enza Zaden, hosted talks on how to optimise traits to indoor systems, something that the company specialises in.
What do retailers need in terms of sustainability, taste, consistency and security of supply? This was a very popular table, hosted by Victor Verlage with Walmart.
Miki Sode with the International Space Station talked on the research on plants in space.
Various startups and disruptive technology companies presented their solutions. Amongst them Josh Lessing, ROOT AI, Dan Nelson, Grow Computer, John Jackson SIGS & Caleb Allen, Lettuce, Lads.
Dan Nelson, Grow Computer.
John Jackson with SIGS
Josh Lessing, Root AI.
How is the Produce Section Set to Evolve over the Next 5-10 Years? This talk was hosted by Louisa Burwood-Taylor, Agfunder, and discussed by
Viraj Puri, Gotham Greens, Chris Manca, Whole Foods Market, Andrew Carter, Smallhold & Erez Galonska, INFARM
F.l.t.r., Sanjeev Krishnan (CEO & Co-Founder of S2G VENTURES) and Tobian Peggs (CEO of Square Roots)
Other joiners of the chair session are Caleb Harper (Director, Open Agriculture, MIT MEDIA LAB) and Danielle Gould, Food+Tech Connect
Participants were discussing on 'The role of indoor farming in the future
Irving Fain (CEO & Founder of Bowery Farming) & Tom Colicchio (Owner & Chef of Temple Court). The team with Bowery Farming is expanding its produce assortment:
Tom Colicchio on the role of restaurants in creating demand for healthy fresh produce
Liliana Esposito (Chief Communications Officer at Wendy’s) on the company's switch to greenhouse grown tomatoes
Discussing 'How Wendy’s is partnering with greenhouse growers to deliver on its fresh promise'
F.l.t.r., Matt Roy (Senior Director, Produce at US Foods) and Tim Heydon (CEO at Shenandoah Growers)
Peter Quiring (President & CEO of Naturefresh Farms) and Paul Selina (Head of R&D at Village Farms)
The chair session was lead by Nick Houshower (Vice President of Equilibrium Capital)
A discussion on 'Matching indoor production to meet future market needs'
Patrik Borenius (CEO of Green Automation Americas)
Darryn Keiller (CEO of Autogrow) on AI and machine learning in horticulture
Chair session discussing food safety and labelling
Price elaborated on 'What success is Asia having in taking indoor farming to an industrial scale?'
A chair session on 'Automation and systems design to transform horticulture'
Martin Veenstra (Sales Engineer at Certhon) and Jan Westra (Strategic Business Developer, PRIVA)
On the right, Mike Zelkind (CEO of 80 Acres Farms)
Darryn Keiller (CEO of Autogrow) and Adam Greenberg (CEO of iUNU)
The chair session was lead by Adrian Percy (Finistere Ventures), on the right.
Zafar Shahbaz (Samsung Electronics)
A session lead by John Reich (Scientific Program Director at FFAR)
Speaking: David Hawley (Senior Scientist at Fluence by Osram)
Speaking: Ali Ahmadian (President & CEO, Heliospectra)
Speaking: Jade Stinson (CSO at Vindara)
Speaking: Jan van den Berg (Manager Strategic Alliance & Partnering at BASF)
Speaking: John McFerson (VP of Plant Breeding at Phylos Bioscience)
Miko Sode (Commercial Innovation Programme Manager at International Space Station National Laboratory)
Sode was discussing the topic: 'Why study plants in Space?'
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