AgTech Conference SCHEDULE



July 23

12:00pm – 4:00pm
AgTech Conference Registration

2:00pm & 3:00pm
Organic Farm Tours (by City of Alpharetta Dept. of Parks & Rec)

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Cocktail Reception (sponsored by Cultura Technologies)

7:00pm – 9:00pm
Welcome/Opening Dinner (Chairman, Tech Alpharetta) plus Keynote Speaker Paul Bonnett, Digital Agriculture, Syngenta


July 24

7:00am – 8:00am

Continental Breakfast


Introduction & Welcome—Karen Cashion, CEO of Tech Alpharetta, and City of Alpharetta Mayor Jim Gilvin

8:10am – 9:15am

Panel Discussion (Theme: Big Data in Ag): Panelists plus Moderator Dr. Scott Shearer, Agricultural Data Coalition Board

  • Ben Worley, CEO, Agrisource Data
  • Rick Murdock (Logistics), Co-founder,AgConnections
  • Mark Young, CTO, Climate Corp.
  • Matt Rushing, VP Product Line, AGCO

9:15am - 9:20am
Amanda Musilli, City of Alpharetta

Alpharetta's Organic Farm

9:25am – 10:25am

Concurrent Speaking Sessions Break Out (Logistics/Supply Chain):

  • Chris Veillon, CMO & Jamie Moracci, Pres., Pure Flavor (Post-harvest distribution/hydroponic farming innovation)
  • Todd Pugh, Director of Technology, Enterprise Solutions, Proagrica (Integration of Supply Chain data)
  • Stacy Watson, GA Ports Authority Gen Mgr., Ec. & Ind. Dev. (Port of Savannah)
  • Judith Winfrey, founder, PeachDish (Food processing & Post-Harvest Distribution)

10:30am – 10:45am

10:45am – 11:15am
Overview: The Southeast as AgTech Leader - Kent Wolfe, Dir. Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, UGA

11:25am – 11:55am
Keynote Speaker: Naveen Singla, Monsanto Data Science Center of Excellence Lead

12:00pm – 1:55pm
Lunch on your own

12:00pm – 1:55pm
Speaker/Sponsor Luncheon (sponsored by OneSpring)

2:00pm – 3:00pm
AgTech Industry and Investor Perspective Panel: Panelists plus Moderator - Ian Biggs, Sr. Assoc. Dir. - Startups, UGA Innovation Gateway

  • Jannine Miller,Sr. Advisor for Rural Infrastructure, USDA (tech infrastructure-policymaker)
  • Megan Lyman, Corporate Counsel IP/Regulatory of AgTech Accelerator
  • Dr. Keith McGreggor, Dir., Venture Lab Program, and Prof. of Practice, GA Tech (commercialization-university)
  • Dr. Derek Eberhart, Dir., UGA Innovation Gateway (commercialization-university)

3:15pm – 4:15pm

Startup Pitch-Off (sponsored by Technology Association of GA): 4 AgTech Startup Company Pitches

  1. AgVoice
  2. BeeHero
  3. MyAgData
  4. Trackter

Judges Panel (companies seeking innovators plus startup ecosystem judges):

  • Mark Young, CTO, Climate Corp.
  • Jon Rosenthal, Florikan
  • Josh McClung, Cox Enterprises, Clean Tech
  • Michael Cohn, Dir., TechStars Atlanta
  • Ian Biggs, Sr. Assoc. Dir.-Startups, UGA Innovation Gateway
  • Jane McCracken, ATDC Interim Director

4:15pm – 5:15pm

Concurrent Speaking Sessions Break Out (Theme: Innovation)

  • Dr. Gary Gabriel, Sr. Dir. Academic Sciences & Research, Oracle (Big Data’s Application to Ag)
  • Ai-Ping Hu, GTRI (Robotics 2.0 for Agricultural Applications)
  • Craig Ganssle, CEO, FARMWAVE (Use of AI for Precision Farming)
  • Kevin Choate, Director, Altavian (Drones)
  • Matt Rushing, VP, Product Line, AGCO (Innovation in Farm Equipment)
  • Mark Young, CTO, Climate Corp. (Sensors, Smartphones and Seed Firmers: The Evolution of Modern Agriculture)
  • Michael Daum, Director, Technology Policy, Microsoft (Farm Beats: AI and IOT Enabling Data Driven Ag Techniques)
  • Stephen Berry, Lead Technical Architect, Cultura Technologies (Digital Transformation)

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Cocktail Reception (sponsored by Hotel at Avalon)

Dinner on your own


July 25

7:00am – 8:15am
Continental Breakfast

8:15am – 8:30am

Craig Ganssle, CEO of FARMWAVE Announces Launch of FARMWAVE

8:30am – 9:30am

Panel Discussion (Theme: Plant Genetics):  Panelists plus Moderator- Dr. Sam Pardue, Dean, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

  • Dr. Gary McMurray, Div. Dir., Food Processing Div., GA Tech (Pre-symptomatic Disease Detection)
  • Scott Allen Jackson, UGA  (Molecular genetics of plant development)
  • Brent Marable, Asst. Dir., Plant Licensing, UGA Innovation Gateway (Protecting and licensing breakthroughs in plant genetics)

9:40am – 10:40am

Concurrent Speaking Sessions Break Out (Theme: Biotech): 

  • Jie Xu, GTRI (Topic: Use of nano particles to extract phosphorus from waste streams to prevent algae blooms)
  • Dan Sabo, GTRI (Using sensors for root detection and monitoring)
  • Dr. Marc Van Iersel, Prof., Dept. of Ag, UGA (smart lighting systems for plant growth in greenhouses)
  • Dr. Michael Mang, Danimer Scientific (Use of bio-based platform for biopolymers)
  • Dr. Nirmal Joshee, Assoc. Professor of Plant Science/Biotech, Ft. Valley State (Bioeconomy-extraction of biomaterials for conversion into commercial products)

10:55am – 11:30am
Closing Keynote Speaker: Gary Black, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture 

AgTech Conference Closes