Seven Reasons to attend the 2018 Ag Innovation Showcase

St Louis, Missouri – 10-12 September

  1. With IFA’s involvement, this year’s Ag Innovation Showcase, the preeminent ag tech conference, which brings together investors, established companies in the agrifood value chain and start-ups, will have a special focus on plant nutrition solutions.

  2. The event will feature a strong showing from the global plant nutrient industry, with speakers from ICL, IFFCO, Kintenta, Koch, Nutrien, OCP, Valagro, Yara already confirmed and many others planning to attend.

  3. This is a great networking opportunity also with other (non-fertilizer) companies: The event will feature industry players and early stage companies focused on precise plant nutrition solutions, ranging from producers of fertilizers, biologicals, seeds, plant health promoters, to farm data aggregators, providers of soil and plant nutrient diagnostics and fertilizer recommendations, and enablers of precision agriculture, as well as growers and other players in the value chain with a keen interest in plant nutrition solutions.

  4. Come and listen to agtech start-ups, some of which will “pitch” innovative plant nutrition solutions (i.e. new diagnostic and recommendation tools, big data and blockchain, biologicals).

  5. There is also the opportunity to meet with other innovation hub participants such as investors, various funding agencies, accelerators and incubators, as well as universities in the ag sector.

  6. Make connections with the organizers who are leaders in R&D and commercialization of new innovations:

    • The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, a nonprofit research center, is the physical nexus of agtech innovation in St. Louis with a global reach. It is the largest plant science center in the world, and is expanding its global programs. The center has office space where several agtech startups are based and the Bio Research & Development Growth (BRDG) Park along with extensive greenhouse and research facilities. St. Louis is home to major global agricultural companies (Monsanto, Bayer, etc.), and is a growing international hub for new ag innovation and development.

    • The Larta Institute is a unique “nonprofit technology accelerator that has helped more than 10,000 companies transform ideas into commercialized, socially-beneficial innovations in science and technology, particularly in agriculture and the life sciences.” It accelerates 600+ early stage science-based ventures a year across the U.S for USDA and others.

  7. A special session will be held for IFA members and some of the Ag Innovation Showcase participants, to discuss a key recommendation emerging from the IFA2030 strategic review, namely how IFA can most usefully establish a dialogue bringing together different industry segments in the agrifood value chain providing plant nutrition solutions.
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