8:55 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

Making the Regulatory Landscape Work for You

9:00 am Regulatory Requirements – An Essential Consideration for Marketing

Synopsis

  • Understanding how Regulatory aspects will impact when (or whether!) you can go to market
  • Comparing the different approaches for EPA, USDA and FDA

9:30 am Striving Toward Regulatory Consensus on Biostimulants

Synopsis

  • Looking at current biostimulant policy and regulatory framework
  • Discussing pitfalls to state and federal consensus
  • Addressing challenges on the road ahead

10:00 am Structured Networking Session

10:30 am Morning Break and Networking

ALIGNING AGBIO WITH OTHER INDUSTRY

11:20 am Raising the Bar on Quality for Microbial Biostimulants

Synopsis

  • Understanding why regulators and testing laboratories often find microbial products to be under-formulated, contaminated, or both
  • Working to develop, validate, and adopt testing methods for these microorganisms, reducing the incidence of false negatives when subjected to enumeration assays
  • Establishing a voluntary, customer-facing certification program for microbial biostimulants

11:20 am Harnessing Green Chemistry Solutions

Synopsis

  • Outlining new tools for greener formulations
  • Rationalizing formulation design for sustainability
  • Conceptualizing a novel approach to formulation development

WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER? EXTENDING SHELF LIFE AND LIFE IN THE SOIL

10:50 am Innovating Maximum Shelf Life and Soil Capabilities

Synopsis

  • Many plant growth promoting rhizobacteria isolated from soil and plant material are gram negative bacteria
  • Creating shelf stable microbial products with gram negative bacteria remains challenging for the industry
  • Innovation in biotechnology, bioformulation, biomanufacturing and supply chain are ways to extend shelf life and improve product performance

11:20 am Exploring Inactive Microbial Application Methods

  • Tim Johnson, PhD VP Field Development & Technical Services , Marrone Bio Innovations

Synopsis

  • Looking at in-furrow, foliar, and seed treatment
  • Discussing implications for distribution
  • Factoring in considerations for shelf-life

11:50 am Lunch & Networking

Elevating Plant Health with Support from Microbes

12:40 pm Maximize Yield Potential with Nitrogen Fixation

Synopsis

  • Looking at itrogen fixation mechanisms
  • Discussing the deployment of Microbes
  • Analyzing the response from crop

1:10 pm Plant-Microbe Interactions: Shifting Focus to Iron

Synopsis

  •  Overviewing the rationale for considering iron
  • Discussing the plant response to iron availability
  • Analyzing iron-controlled microbiome interactions

Translating Your Product to Market Through Building Trust

12:40 pm Shepherding New Technologies to Market Through Building Trust

Synopsis

  • Understanding the science, safety, and fit of the technology into the current and future ecosystem is paramount to technical, regulatory, and market success
  • Working with key stakeholders from government, academia, and industry around shared value
  • Staying connected with the benefits to not only agriculture, but society as a whole

1:10 pm Pitfalls to Partnering: An Overview

  • Ben Doughan Global Biologicals Formulation Portfolio Leader , Corteva

1:40 pm Afternoon Break & Networking

Alternative Considerations for the Plant-Soil Microbiome

2:40 pm Changing the Paradigm of Plant Nutrition

Synopsis

  • Recycling waste organic residues to produces a novel, biobased nutrient technology using Anuvia™ Plant Nutrients
  • Harnessing SymTRX™ to release nutrients in a manner that reduces loss to the environment either via leaching, or volatilization thereby improving plant nutrient uptake, yield, and grower
  • ROI across a wide range of crops and geographies; furthermore, Anuvia’s technology returns organic matter to the soil benefitting the soil microbiome.
  • Replacing synthetic nutrients with biologically supplies nutrients using Anuvia™’s advanced microbial technologies to the core biobased
    technology

3:10 pm Stimulating the Microbiome to Reduce Nitrogen Inputs and Carbon Footprint

Synopsis

  • Manipulating the microbiome with plant signal mimicry
  • Striding towards sustainability with nitrogen fixation
  • Enhancing microbial performance

3:40 pm Panel Discussion: The Grower Perspective

Synopsis

  • Discussing why we must stop ‘imposing our will’ on the soil and pay attention to soil health: Microbial communities
  • Uncovering why microbial uptake amongst growers has been slow starting: tackling the ‘snake oil’ label
  • Moving forward: What microbiome innovation growers want to see from biotech companies

4:10 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks & End of Conference