2019 Virginia and North Carolina Ag Bio Conference

Virginia and North Carolina are uniting to transform the agricultural industry. We are combining strengths for an exceptional one-day conference to bring forth innovative bioscience and technology to the farms. Providing a toolkit of essential tools and proactive solutions to increase efficiency and yields will help create healthier plant crops and animals.

This conference will be a remarkable convergence of multi-state agricultural bioscience, technology, industry partners, farmers, policymakers, agribusiness stakeholders, universities, veterinary medicine and public health professionals.


Agenda Topics:

  • New Generation of Leaders of Thought Leaders in Ag Bio
  • New Discoveries & Innovations | Creating an Impact
  • Drivers of the Solutions to Tackle the Challenges in Ag Bio
  • Ag Bio Touching All Our Lives and Our Health
  • Beneficial Industry Partners - Public and Private Resources to Advance Ag Bio

Registration, Breakfast, Networking and Welcome

Joint Keynote
Secretary Bettina Ring and Commissioner Steven Troxler

Setting the VISION
Sally Rockey, Executive Director
Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)

New Way of Thinking - Thought Leaders in Ag Bio

Networking Break

Drivers of the Solutions to Tackle the Challenges in Ag Bio

Beneficial Industry Partners and Agribusiness Stakeholders

Lunch and Open Networking

New Discoveries, Technologies & Innovations | Creating an Impact for Farmers

The Paradigm Shift in Agriculture

SPOTLIGHT: Global Marketplace
BIO Ag Policy Group | You have a Voice!

Networking Break

Smart Farming: Pulling in the Experts

Important Conversations to Bring to the Table: Ag Bio Touching Our Lives

Networking with Behind the Scenes Tours
See first-hand where we bring the lab to the farm!




Secretary Bettina Ring
Commonwealth of Virginia, Agriculture

Sally Rockey, Ph.D.
Exec. Director, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, D.C.

James Olds, Ph.D.
George Mason University, previous National Science Foundation

Captain Casey Barton Behravesh
Director, One Health, Center for Disease Control (CDC), Atlanta

Alan Grant, Ph.D.
Dean of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech

Scott Lowman, Ph.D.
Director of Research, Institute for Advanced Learning and Research

Doug Eisner
CEO, Agrospheres

Steven Valencsin
CEO, Growers

Michael Elder
Novozymes U.S. Headquarters

Matthew O’Mara
VP, International Affairs
BIO Ag Policy, Washington D.C.


More Information

Caron Trumbo


Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
150 Slayton Ave.
Danville, VA 24540

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