Dig Into the Future of Indoor Farming

Davos on the Delta Added Value Day

Vertical and indoor farming are among the fastest growing segments of the agriculture industry, valued at $106 billion as of 2017 and expected to grow at 3.4% annually going forward. Right now, North America accounts for more than 44% of the market. But consumer demand is the key to unlocking this market. How do farms make certain they are producing what consumers demand? What do cities, grocery stores, restaurants, private equity, and developers interested in the coming boom in indoor farming need to know today?

At this special add-on session on Thursday, May 16 you’ll learn about:

  • Best practices in indoor farming that are helping control costs
  • Leaders and innovators at the forefront of the industry
  • Technology on the horizon that will help increase yield, improve nutrition, and deliver addictive flavor
  • The factors that are holding back access to expansion capital for indoor farmers, startups, and other innovators.

    And it all ends up at a private catered BBQ at the
    Memphis in May World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest.

    Agenda

     

    7:00 am – Breakfast and Registration

    8:00 am – Opening Remarks and Setting the Stage for the Indoor Farming Workshop

    Allison Kopf, Founder & CEO, Agrilyst

    8:15 am – Indoor farming or controlled environment farming can take many forms – aquaponic, hydroponic, greenhouse, vertical, etc. Each system has its advantages and disadvantages, but how do we make clear decisions when we take into consideration crop type, location, budget, customization, etc? Fundamentally, how does someone make the decision on which system to use and are there situations where one system makes more sense than another?

    Jason Green, CEO, EdenWorks
    Djavid Abraham, Lead System Design, Agritecture
    David Goldstein, Farm Operations Manager, Teens for Food Justice

    Moderator
    Connie Bowen, Executive Director, The Yield Lab Institute

    9:00 am – Group Discussion: Indoor farming is great and all, but at what point does a retailer, wholesaler or restaurant decide to buy products from an indoor growing operation? What are the incentives driving current purchase decisions? What are the challenges? What have we learned from the early adopters of indoor grown products?

    Vonnie Estes, VP of Technology, Produce Marketing Association (PMA)
    Tom Thompson, Owner/Vice President, Golden Sun Marketing
    Sarah Sanders, Co-Founder, NativeAg

    Moderator
    Peter Webb, Business Development, Hussman

    9:45 am – Coffee/Networking Break

    10:00 am – System design is incredibly important to a successful, profitable and sustainable indoor growing operation. So, now that you’ve picked a system, you have to run it. What technologies are important for your greenhouse? Why? What problems are solved? What potential pitfalls are there with implementation?

    Peter Webb, Business Development, Hussmann
    Jessica Vaughan, Grower Consultant, Lumigrow
    Rob Trice, Founder & Partner, Better Food Ventures
    Henry Sztul, SVP of Science & Technology, Bowery

    Moderator
    Allison Kopf, Founder & CEO, Agrilyst

    10:45 am – Group Discussion: One consideration when designing the build for an indoor growing operation is whether to retrofit an existing facility, or to build a new one entirely. When considering retrofitting vs. an entirely new building, which is smarter from an ROI perspective? Why? Where is retrofit an opportunity and where/when do new buildings make sense?

    Sam Schatz, Managing Director of Corporate Development, Aerofarms
    Julia Kurnik, Director of Innovation Start-ups, World Wildlife Fund
    Caleb Park, Associate, Cushman Wakefield Advisors

    Moderator
    Djavid Abraham, Lead System Design, Agritecture Consulting

    11:30 pm – Snack and Networking

    12:00 pm – Group Discussion: Indoor farming projects are notoriously capital intensive and quick to scare off investors. Yet, there is an undeniable opportunity to invest in a potentially very disruptive technology with meaningful impacts. From an investor’s perspective, what do growers need to do in order to be financeable? What makes a financeable project? What are some common misconceptions about investing in indoor farming projects?

    Sam Schatz, Managing Director of Corporate Development, Aerofarms
    Nicola Kerslake, Founder, Contain Inc.
    Nick Houshower, VP, Equilibrium Capital

    Moderator
    Rob Trice, Founder & Partner, Better Food Ventures 

    1:00 pm – With indoor growing, we can operate with far greater environmental control than ever before, impacting everything from yield, to resource consumption, to nutrition, to taste. But how fine tuned can these “Growing Recipes” become? What’s capable as far as taste and nutrition? What else can we grow indoors that we aren’t already and can you grow it as efficiently/nutritiously as outdoor production?

    Henry Sztul, SVP of Science & Technology, Bowery
    Jessica Vaughan, Grower Consultant, Lumigrow
    Jonathan Mein, Southeast US Commercial Lead (Vegetables Division), Bayer

    Moderator
    Vonnie Estes, VP of Technology, Produce Marketing Association

    1:45 pm – Closing Remarks: Lessons learned and key takeaways from the day’s sessions. How do we chart a path forward?

    Rob Trice, Founder and Partner, Better Food Ventures

    2:00 pm – Barbeque

    Speakers

    Allison Kopf

    Allison Kopf

    Agrilyst

    Jason Green

    Jason Green

    EdenWorks

    Djavid Abraham

    Djavid Abraham

    Agritecture

    David Goldstein

    David Goldstein

    Teens for Food Justice

    Connie Bowen

    Connie Bowen

    The Yield Lab Institute

    Vonnie Estes

    Vonnie Estes

    Produce Marketing Association

    Tom Thompson

    Tom Thompson

    Golden Sun Marketing

    Sarah Sanders

    Sarah Sanders

    NativeAg

    Peter Webb

    Peter Webb

    Hussman

    Jessica Vaughan

    Jessica Vaughan

    Lumigrow

    Rob Trice

    Rob Trice

    Better Food Ventures

    Sam Schatz

    Sam Schatz

    Aerofarms

    Julia Kurnik

    Julia Kurnik

    World Wildlife Fund

    Nicola Kerslake

    Nicola Kerslake

    Contain Inc.

    Nick Houshower

    Nick Houshower

    Equilibrium Capital

    Henry Sztul

    Henry Sztul

    Bowery