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NC Ag Biotech Summit 2014: Agenda Day One

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Ag Biotech Dialogues: Technology and Choice

November 18, 2014

*Please note agenda /speakers may change as details are finalized




Daily Schedule

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.                Registration/Networking

9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.              Morning Session (with 30 minute Networking Break)

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.              Lunch / Keynote

1:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.                Afternoon Session (with 30 minute Networking Break)

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.                Networking Reception/Innovation Fair

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.                Dinner Dialogues: The Future of Food (pre-registration required-doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

Morning Session



  • Ruben Carbonell, Ph.D., Chair, North Carolina AgBiotech Advisory Council; Director, Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training & Education Center; Director, Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science

  • Richard Linton, Ph.D., Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, North Carolina State University


Master of Ceremonies Welcome

Norris Tolson, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, North Carolina Biotechnology Center


North Carolina's Ag Biotech Landscape: The Big Picture

Doug Edgeton, President and Chief Executive Officer, North Carolina Biotechnology Center

  Global Market Trends for Plant Biotechnology

Introduction by Nevin McDougall, Senior Vice President, North America, Crop Protection, BASF Corporation

What type of agricultural innovation ecosystem do we need for producing the next-generation crop technologies needed to feed a rapidly growing population on a warming planet?  More global public investment in advanced agriculture innovation? Worldwide Government reform of GMO regulations?

Panel Session
  Is GMO Labeling a Nightmare or a Boon?

The adoption and use of social media has opened the door to widespread dissemination of misinformation regarding GMO’s and food issues. This can be seen most clearly by the number of state-level initiatives pushing for labeling of food products containing ingredients from GMO crops. Consumers rightly want to know more about the origin and safety of their food.  (Session Video)

Lunch Session

Lunch Keynote
  Can Plants Do Everything?

Introduction by Richard Linton, Ph.D., Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, North Carolina State University

Plants can be factories for food, fuel, shelter, medicine, clothing, industrial compounds - and plants are renewable.

Sonny Ramaswamy, Ph.D., Director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture

Afternoon Session

Panel Session

Technology Solutions for our Future

Some have argued that existing technologies are adequate to face the future food challenge if current technology is uniformly diffused and applied. Groundbreaking science: What are CRISPRs, TALENs, Zinc Fingers and meganucleases? Can innovation in science build a resilient, responsive agricultural system?

Panel Session

Do We Have a Food / Technology Dilemma?

Can we produce enough food without modern technology?  Global food systems are being affected by extreme weather events, including historic droughts, which are leading to higher food prices and greater food insecurity.

Mini Keynotes

Inform and Empower the Public

Inform and educate the public and policy makers about the benefits of biotechnology to our state economy and to the global challenge of feeding a growing population.  Address consumer demand for information with science-based facts from independent sources about the benefits and safety of biotechnology as it applies to the production of our foods.


Summation and Charge to Attendees
Introduction by Jim Blome, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bayer CropScience LP

Bill Buckner, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation


Invitation to the Innovation Fair

A marketplace of ideas where leading College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty and their collaborators from across NC State University’s diverse disciplines and colleges showcase ongoing and emerging scientific research.

Thomas Schafer, Ph.D., Vice President, BioAg Research & Development, Novozymes

Networking Reception / Innovation Fair