“The great thing about this is having everyone in the same room, talking together about all of these issues facing the industry.”Connie Bowen
“It seems like an almost optimum time to build something that fundamentally reshapes agriculture.”David Perry
“Startup companies like us have to collaborate with the bigger companies in the industry as well as the farms.”Allison Kopf
In its second year, the event was organized by iSelect Fund, a St. Louis-based venture capital fund, The Yield Lab, an ag-focused startup accelerator and the Van Trump Report, Kevin Van Trump’s daily industry newsletter. The goal was to facilitate discussion on the future of food and agriculture by bringing all of the stakeholders together in one room to discuss major issues including sustainability, traceability, finance, farm profitability, microbes, synthetic biology, new industrial crops, and more. There were representatives of 40+ venture-backed startups in attendance as well as industry heavyweights like Bunge, Monsanto, Syngenta, and Nestle Purina, as well as some of the largest landowners in the country. It was global too, with attendees from China, New Zealand, Ireland, Kenya, Argentina, Canada, and more.