Ag Tech Professional Forum

Ag Tech Professional Forum Summer Social

Summer Social

Join friends and colleagues from our region and share what’s happening in North Carolina’s ag tech industry. The Ag Tech Professional Forum is a series held throughout the year providing the opportunity to learn about N.C.’s diverse agricultural resources, while also offering a setting for networking and engagement outside of our normal workspaces. See the agenda below for the upcoming Forum topic and details.


Did you get sunburn from your dinner?

It's summer y'all! And that means it's time for our big Summer Social with an amazing speaker, fun demos, great food and drinks, giveaways and of course fun with colleagues. We are truly excited to announce that this year's keynote is Mike Tanner, the Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Center for Weather and Climate. Through his time in the Air Force, NASA and NOAA, including projects around agriculture, he has many great stories and so much knowledge to share about the climate side of our annual series topic. We can't wait to have him join us. Don't miss out!


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Mike Tanner
Director, Center for Weather and Climate
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information


Mike is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the US’s largest active archive of climate and weather data that provides access and stewardship to the Nation’s resource of global climate and weather data and information. He is also co-chair of the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) Integrated Observations Interagency Working Group, which coordinates federal Earth observation capabilities on changes in the global environment and their implications for society, reporting directly to the Executive Office of the President.

Mike has served as the US representative at the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland as the Senior Scientific Expert for satellites, climate and data; at NOAA headquarters as the Director of Technology, Planning and Integration Office; at NASA Headquarters as the Associate Director of Program, Analysis and Evaluation, as well as the Program Executive of the Earth Observation System Program; and as Launch Systems Integration Manager at the National Reconnaissance Office. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame, Masters Degree in Research and Development Engineering Management and is a certified NASA Program Manager.

Mike is a veteran of the United States Air Force with honors and awards including the Department of Commerce Gold Medal, NOAA Employee of the Month Award, NASA Office of Earth Science Outstanding Engineer Award, the National Space Club Award for Outstanding Aerospace Achievement, the Aviation Week and Space Technology Aerospace Laurel Award, the United States Air Force Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Cold War Service Medal, and the Gulf War Service Medal.

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4:00 p.m.    Registration/Check-in

4:30 p.m.    Event Program

5:30 p.m.    Networking Reception



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More Information

2019 Series Dates:

  • Wednesday, September 18
  • Wednesday, November 13

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For questions or more information, contact:
Michelle VonCannon
Agriculture Program and Event Manager

Agriculture Sector Development

919-549-8858 |


15 T.W. Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

$10 early bird / $15 on-site
Need more info?

For questions or more information, contact:
Michelle VonCannon
Agriculture Program and Event Manager

Agriculture Sector Development

919-549-8858 |