Skip to main content

Stewards of the Future: Agenda Day Two

Stay updated #AgBioSummit


The Future of Food

November 19, 2014

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




Daily Schedule

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

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.              Morning Session (with 30 minute Networking Break)

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.              Lunch/Keynote/Innovation Fair

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.                Afternoon Session

Morning Session

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

  • Steve Troxler, Commissioner, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services


Master of Ceremonies Welcome

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

  The End of Plenty

Experts now say we need to double food production by 2030 to stave off a continual food crisis in much of the world. This presentation, echoing his 2009 National Geographic cover story and a companion book he is currently writing, explores the potential path for a “greener revolution” to answer this looming crisis.


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.

Research Presentations
  Innovation in Action: Novel Research in Agriculture and Life Sciences

These multimedia and live presentations will spotlight a number of different CALS researchers and their efforts to address the grand challenge of feeding the world.

  • Rodolphe Barrangou, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences
  • Harry Daniels, Ph.D., Professor and Department Head, Department of Applied Ecology; Aquaculture Specialist
  • Carolyn Dunn, Ph.D., Professor and Department Head, Youth, Family and Community Sciences; Nutrition Specialist
  • Barry Goodwin, Ph.D., William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor, Graduate Faculty, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Linda Hanley-Bowdoin, Ph.D., William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor, Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry
  • Ron Heiniger, Ph.D., Professor and Cropping Systems Specialist, Department of Crop Science
  • Shuijin Hu, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Plant Pathology
  • Matthew Koci, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Poultry Science
  • Penelope Perkins-Veazie, Ph.D., Professor, Postharvest Physiologies, Department of Horticultural Science, Plants for Human Health Institute
  • Gary Roberson, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Chad Stahl, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Animal Science
  • David Tarpy, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Extension Apiculturist, Department of Entomology

Lunch Session

  Innovation Fair

Use the lunch hour to refuel, network, and visit the Innovation Fair.

Lunch Keynote
  Advancing the Cause:  Our Roles as Advocates for Agriculture and Life Science

Why should we become personally involved in supporting and advancing agriculture and agricultural science? This presentation delivers practical steps we can each take to increase our impact on this crucial conversation at the local, national, and international levels.

MeeCee Baker, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Versant Strategies

Awards Presentation
  Innovation Fair Awards

Presented by Bill Culpepper, President and Chief Executive Officer, SePRO Corporation

Exhibits are awarded prizes based on quality of presentation and demonstration of relevant scientific inquiry, as judged by a panel of North Carolina Agricultural and Life Sciences Research Foundation Board members.

Stewards of the Future Research Award
Presented by Phil Miller, Ph.D., Vice President, Global Government and Regulatory Affairs, Monsanto

This competition celebrates the ingenuity and innovation of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences scientists, and awards flexible funding to help support awardees with their programs.

Afternoon Session

Mini Keynotes
  North Carolina:  Global Engine for Food Production, Innovation and Enterprise

Thought leaders representing commerce, local food systems and agriculture will frame the discussion of what we can do at local, national and international levels to break down barriers and advance food production, security and sustainability.

Breakout Session
  The Time is Now: Action Planning to Shape the Future of Food


In these facilitated sessions, participants will break into small groups to discuss ways to seize new opportunities and meet the challenges presented throughout the day.


Call to Action and Closing

What can we do with the knowledge gained today? How can each of us play a role in the future of food? These questions and more will be answered in an inspiring closing session led by one of the state’s preeminent thought leaders.