June 2021
Tampa, Florida

Argus Added Value Fertilizers US

Conference postponed

Please note that the conference is postponed due to the ongoing Novel Coronavirus outbreak, therefore the agenda may be subject to change. If you have any agenda related enquiries, please contact matilda.wall@argusmedia.com
  • 08:30
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  • 09:00
  • Biostimulants focus day registration opens
  • 09:00
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  • 09:10
  • Chairperson's open remarks and anti-trust reminder
  • 09:10
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  • 09:40
  • The importance of updating the US regulatory structure for biostimulants
  • How are the EPA and USDA looking at new products and technologies and how they propose to regulate them?
  • What does the USDA Farm Bill Report from December 2019 mean for stakeholders across the value chain?
  • The positive impact of creating a new category for biostimulants
  • 09:40
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  • 10:10
  • How can SMEs accelerate development of efficacy data and the registration process?
  • Ensuring the commercial viability of SME research and development in driving innovation in the industry
  • How to prevent regulation from hindering access to the market for emerging technologies
  • Ensuring the beneficial performance of new products is proven
  • 10:10
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  • 10:55
  • Panel discussion: Implementing regulatory frameworks: What lessons can the American industry take from the European biostimulants market?
  • The importance of achieving harmonisation and a synchronised international market for ease of trade expansion
  • Using the ISO testing framework to help achieve standardisation in the approval process for biostimulant products across different markets
  • Creating a robust framework at a national level to simplify processes and achieve greater degree of harmonisation

Ed Thomas, Director of Regulatory Affairs, The Fertilizer Institute 

Desmond Jimenez, Chief Product Officer, New Leaf Symbiotics

 

  • 10:55
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  • 11:35
  • Networking coffee break
  • 11:35
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  • 12:05
  • Strategies for promoting the real value of biostimulant products Ry Wagner - President International Agribusiness, AlgaEnergy
  • Proving efficacy and embedding technology in the industry
  • Improving access and visualisation of data performance to demonstrate their impact
  • Scientific expertise: working with third party researchers to enhance credibility
  • 12:05
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  • 12:35
  • Driving mainstream acceptance of biostimulants Ry Wagner - President International Agribusiness, AlgaEnergy
  • The benefits of integration: why multi-matrix products?
  • Highlighting the benefits of biostimulants in helping plants weather abiotic stresses
  • How do partnerships between companies drive acceptance?
  • 12:35
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  • 13:45
  • Lunch
  • 13:45
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  • 14:15
  • Understanding the role microbials play in enhancing nutrient efficiency of nitrogen and phosphorus Colin Bell - Co-Founder, Co-Inventor and Chief Growth Officer, Growcentia
  • Solubilising phosphates and nitrogen – reducing the risk of harmful impacts on soil health
  • Developing microbial technologies to improve the efficiency of phosphorus stores in agricultural environments
  • Communicating the value of microbials in creating specialty co-products
  • 14:15
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  • 14:45
  • Improving agricultural sustainability and soil health: agronomic benefits John Fisher - Director of Product Innovation and Market Development, BioLine
  • The use of biostimulants as an alternative to chemical additives
  • Enhancing fertilizer management using biostimulants whilst maintaining soil health
  • Management of results to ensure economic returns, increased yield and sustainability
  • 14:45
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  • 15:15
  • Using precision ag to improve the uptake of biostimulants in fertilizer schemes Dr Diane Wu - Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Trace Genomics
  • Assessing the efficacy of biostimulants alongside new precision technologies
  • How to create a mutually value-added partnership and integration of know-how across the value chain
  • Creating effective engagement with digital solutions to maximise use of biostimulant products
  • 15:15
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  • 15:45
  • Idea lab: considering alternative methods of crop growth Kathleen DeBrota - Senior Plant Scientist, AeroFarms
  • Vertical crop farming – adapting products to alternative methods of growing into the future
  • How can AVFs be used in controlled environment agriculture?
  • Importance of considering alternative methods of growth to improve product development and drive innovation
  • 15:45
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  • 16:15
  • Roundtable discussions
  • 16:15
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  • 16:30
  • End of the Biostimulants Focus Day
  • 16:30
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  • 17:30
  • Main conference registration and exhibition opens
  • 08:30
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  • 09:00
  • Registration and exhibition opens
  • 09:00
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  • 09:05
  • Chairperson's opening remarks and anti-trust reminder Hasan Tarique - Senior Consultant Fertilizers, Argus
  • 09:05
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  • 09:35
  • Market dynamics of supply and demand for AVFs Hasan Tarique - Senior Consultant Fertilizers, Argus
  • Increased concern for the environment driving demand for AVF as sustainable crop inputs
  • How environmental policy and regulation will affect outlooks for the fertilizer industry
  • 09:35
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  • 10:05
  • How do stabiliser and inhibitor products fit into the added value category?
  • Defining the added value category: IFA working group
  • The use of urease and nitrification inhibitors as best management practices
  • Improving yields and mitigating the impact of changing weather patterns 
  • 10:05
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  • 10:35
  • Using the multi-matrix product type to increase profit margins on NPKs
  • Eliminating superfluous application of fertilizers to save on broadcasting costs
  • How can EEF and other products be used to achieve optimal results?
  • Building resilience in the market through the application of multi-matrix products 
  • 10:35
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  • 11:15
  • Coffee break
  • 11:15
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  • 11:45
  • Economic and environmental trade-offs to encourage development of EEFs for nitrogen management Dr Alan D Blaylock - PhD, Sr Agronomist, Nutrien
  • Explaining the drivers for development of EEF products
  • Weighing up the efficacy of slow versus controlled release fertilizers
  • Developing EEFs to mitigate the impact of unpredictable weather patterns
  • 11:45
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  • 12:15
  • The use of AVF products to improve phosphorus management Todd Carpenter - Technical Development Manager, Verdesian
  • Protecting phosphorus from lock up as a method of reducing runoff
  • Slow release fertilizer for elevating levels of plant-available P in the soil
  • Maximising the use of nutrients already in the soil, increasing yields and reducing environmental impact
  • 12:15
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  • 12:45
  • Responding to increased demand for sulphur-enhanced fertilizer products
  • Considering reasons for widespread sulphur deficiency in crops
  • Benefits and challenges of enriching fertilizer products with elemental sulphur versus conventional sulphates
  • The importance of customisation of products to prevent leaching
  • 12:45
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  • 13:45
  • Lunch
  • 13:45
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  • 14:15
  • Creating added value products with micronutrient coatings
  • Creating tailor-made solutions in line with market trends for crop-specific fertilization and Precision Ag
  • The pros and cons of bespoke formulation upstream to create a coated product
  • Achieving optimal plant nutrition through uniform coating applications: minimising segregation 
  • 14:15
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  • 14:45
  • Panel discussion: Communicating the efficiency and productivity of micronutrients and biostimulants to enhance their commercial viability Moderator: Dale Edgington - Purchasing and Production Manager, AMP
  • Importance of building relationships throughout the value chain to counteract downward pressures on prices
  • Farm customisation versus mosaic model: how to achieve greatest profit margin
  • Underlining the importance of third party-evaluation and scientific research in bringing a product to market

Doug Pottinger, Business Manager, Discovery and Innovation, Brandt Consolidated 

Norm Davy, CRO, Heliae

Alexander Duffy, National Product Manager, Timac Agro USA

Marcel Barbier, Independent Technical Lead, Monty's Plant Food 

  • 14:45
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  • 15:15
  • Networking coffee break
  • 15:15
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  • 15:45
  • Strategies for mitigating the impact of fertilizers on the environment Sally Flis - Director of Agronomy, The Fertilizer Institute
  • The contribution of the 4R nutrient stewardship program in encouraging specialty product development
  • Using data and technology to identify the right blends and delivery mechanisms preventing inefficiencies
  • Pre-emptive measures upstream in the supply chain to respond to policy on runoff and pollution
  • Why associations work: working in partnership to develop more sustainable products
  • 15:45
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  • 16:15
  • Precision Ag and AVF: prescriptive farm management systems for improving decision making processes Joel Wipperfurth - Director of AgTechnology, Winfield United
  • The benefits of the incorporation of the 4R principles into technology use
  • The ability to influence plant growth at every stage of development
  • Overcoming the digital divide and educating on the benefits of IoT in agriculture
  • 16:15
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  • 17:00
  • Panel discussion: AVFs and their role in helping the fertilizer industry become more circular and sustainable Moderator: Dr J.Scott Angle - Director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
  • How are AVFs driving innovative developments in technology to improve sustainability?
  • How can waste materials be recycled for effective fertilizer use?
  • Economic opportunities and competitive advantage: production cost savings and less resource dependence
  • Reducing the need for soil replenishment with additional nutrients

Hunter Swisher, Chief Executive Officer, Phospholutions

Michael Warren, CEO, Earth Alive Clean Technologies

Jane Fife, Chief Science Officer, 3BarBiologics

Amy Yoder, CEO, Anuvia

  • 17:00
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  • 17:30
  • Roundtable discussions
  • 17:30
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  • End of day 1
  • 09:00
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  • 09:25
  • Networking and welcome coffee
  • 09:25
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  • 09:30
  • Opening remarks from chair
  • 09:30
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  • 10:00
  • Joint presentation: Timing and placement of AVFs for optimum efficiency - Precision Planting & Nachurs Alpine Solutions
  • Added value fertility via precise placement at planting 

Jason Webster, Lead Commercial Agronomist, Precision Planting

Tommy Roach, VP Product Development and Technical Services, Nachurs Alpine Solutions

  • 10:00
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  • 10:30
  • Precision Irrigation systems: maximising profit, minimising losses Mike Hemman - President and CEO, Netafim USA
  • Creating an integrated system to combine water and fertilizer use optimisation
  • The benefits of upgrading: putting the nutrients where they need to be
  • Changing farming practices and higher investments in R&D activities
  • 10:30
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  • 11:15
  • Panel discussion: improving knowledge and know-how in the implementation of precision agriculture Moderator: Bob Morris - President, AndMore Associates
  • Adapting to the prescriptive elements of fertilizer application – how is data being used to create value?
  • The creation of platforms and how they can be used to benefit stakeholders across the value chain
  • Precision Ag and its contribution to improving awareness on the need for sustainable practices

Wesley Porter, Assistant Professor and Extension Precision Ag and Irrigation Specialist, University of Georgia

Michael DeSa, Founder and Managing Partner, AGD Consulting

Ofir Schlam, CEO, Taranis

Wade Barnes, President & CEO, Farmers Edge

 

  • 11:15
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  • 11:45
  • Networking coffee break
  • 11:45
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  • 12:15
  • Creating an integrated system for AVF distribution: the role of digital platforms
  • Maximising data availability from growers’ sensors and matching this to their needs
  • Providing customers across the value chain with seamless experiences to strengthen sales relationships
  • Demystifying these platforms to promote their wider adoption by retailers and distributors

Alexander Reichert, CEO and Co-founder, AgVend

Pierre Brunache, CEO and Founder, MyAgricSpace

  • 12:50
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  • 13:20
  • The partnership model: creating potential for further market growth Jarrett Chambers - Chief Commercial Officer, Concentric
  • The mutual benefit of partnership for new market entrants and incumbents
  • How does disruption by start-ups create opportunities for development of AVF products?
  • Achieving market penetration and traction for multi-matrix products  
  • 13:20
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  • 14:30
  • Lunch and end of conference