Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture  March 22-23, 2017 Washington, DC

A two-day forum designed to provide discussion and debate on how business can most efficiently improve sustainable agriculture production, raise yields and deliver against company objectives. The conference will cover important questions around sustainability and agriculture, taking a practical look at the big issues, from emissions to water, and will look into the potential solutions that companies can explore to sustainably improve efficiencies.

Key discussion topics include:

  • Industrialization: The need to double food production to meet global demand, but can this be done sustainably?
  • Sourcing: Ask why company commitments around agricultural commodities are ahead of others, and learn what technology can help you catch up.
  • Emissions: Agriculture has a huge role to play in reducing global GHG emissions, discover which brands are leading the way and what lessons you can learn.
  • Water: Learn what technologies are improving efficiencies in water use across the agriculture industry
  • Waste and regeneration: How is waste being dealt with at farm-level and throughout supply chains, and what innovate and regenerative solutions are companies coming up with to improve management?
  • Climate smart agriculture: How can you better engage farmers and develop long-term partnerships to achieve real impact at scale?
  • Technologies: What current and emerging technologies are better engaging producers and providing scalable solutions.
  • GM: Understand how you can apply the increasingly prevalent science to production, improving yields and resilience.
  • Gene editing: What can the latest cutting edge science do for your business?

To learn more about the conference and register, go here.

Modern Farming in Europe: Innovation in the Driver’s Seat?  Brussels, Belgium, March 7, 2017

POLITICO is organizing a discussion on the importance of innovation and the crucial role the EU will take in shaping the agricultural sector by creating an appropriate framework for competitive and sustainable farming. Panel speakers include:

  • Paolo De Castro MEP, First Vice-Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Mihail Dumitru, Deputy Director-General of DG AGRI responsible for General Aspects of Rural Development and Research, European Commission
  • Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General of COPA-COGECA
  • More speakers to be announced soon

The event will be held at Autoworld, Parc du Cinquantenaire 11, 1000 Brussels. Registration begins at 6:00 PM CET. Closing Remarks will be followed by a Networking Reception.  Read here for more information.

Agricultural Outlook Forum – A New Horizon: The Future of Agriculture,  February 23–24, 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be holding its Agricultural Outlook Forum – A New Horizon: The Future of Agriculture on February 23–24, 2017. The Forum, now in its 93rd year, is the USDA’s largest annual event, attracting 1,600 attendees. Along with the plenary panel discussion, attendees can choose from 20 sessions with more than 80 speakers and agriculture-related exhibits. Sessions include:

  • Soil Health Management Systems: Challenges and Opportunities
  • A New Model for Delivering Conservation: RCPP
  • The Outlook for Organic Agriculture
  • Making Decisions in a Changing Climate: Tools and Resources for Farmers and Managers

The two-day Forum will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia, Feb. 23–24, 2017. View Forum information here. To register for the Forum visit, the Agricultural Outlook Forum Registration page.

Sustainable Agriculture Summit, November 15-17, Omni Hotel @ CNN Center, Atlanta, GA

The vision of the Sustaievents-hdrnable Agriculture Summit is to strengthen the supply chain network of producers, agribusinesses, retailers, and influencers who drive continuous improvement in agricultural sustainability and deliver food, fiber, and fuel to a growing world. The event will provide opportunities for members of the agricultural supply chain to engage with leading experts and learn more about key sustainability challenges and opportunities.  The event will be hosted by Field to Market, the National Pork Board, the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops, the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association and the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.

The Future of Food: Sustainability and Safety Symposium: October 26, 2016 at the Savannah Convention Center in Savannah, Georgia.

This Sustainability Symposium is targeted for all members of the food production industry, including product developers, supply chain, and quality managers, to discuss modern plant breeding technologies, the safety assessment process for present and future Biotech crops, and their relevance in the food chain. It will cover the entire supply chain, from improving crop yields to managing new molecular traits, regulation, changes in crop management strategies, new ingredients and authentication in the supply chain.

This symposium is being hosted by AACCI as part of their Annual Meeting or as a one-day event.

Unshackling Innovation: Will Europe Block or Enable GM Crops: Sept 27, European Parliament

The conference will bring together researchers, farmers, decision makers and other stakeholders from across the EU and overseas to share their experiences and discuss how Europe should deal with GMOs based on science and knowledge. Speakers include Nobel laureate Sir Richard Roberts and World Food Prize laureate Em. Prof. Marc van Montagu. The event is jointly organized by PRRI and EuropaBio (European Association for Bioindustries). Program and Registration here.

The 18th International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) World Congress 2016  Dublin, Ireland from August 21 – 25.

The theme is “Greening the Global Food Supply Chain through Innovation in Food Science and Technology”. It is a fitting theme given the location of the Congress — Ireland —  which is committed as matter of national policy to be a global leader in the production of nutritious, safe and sustainable food from grass-based production systems and clean oceans.

The World Congress of Food Science and Technology will attract over 1800 delegates (including food scientists, engineers, food industry professionals, thought leaders, decision makes, regulatory authorities and students) from around the world with significant presence from Europe, the Americas and Asia.  Read more.

The Global Sustainability Summit, August 10 -12 2016 in New Orleans Louisiana

The conference is organized by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) to help companies with all levels of awareness, expertise, and global reach incorporate sustainability into every aspect of their business model. Read more about the Global Sustainability Summit.

SIAL Canada, Montreal Convention Center – April 13-15 2016

SIAL Canada is the leading food trade show dedicated to the retail and foodservice trade. With more than 850 exhibitors and 15,000 visitors from over 60 countries, SIAL Canada is the only national trade show that offers a complete range of food products under one roof — whether in the retail, catering, food processing industry, or simply looking for new and innovative products or regional specialties from around the world. Learn more about SIAL Canada here.

The Forum for the Future of Agriculture 2016

The Forum has announced keynote speakers and panelists that will join them on March 22, 2016 to debate sustainable agriculture and environmental challenges. The Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA) has been contributing to the debate on agriculture and the environment in Brussels since 2008. It is established as a premier event where agriculture and environment meet each year. See program schedule and speakers here.

Agricultural Outlook Forum 2016 – Transforming Agriculture

 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be holding its Agricultural Outlook Forum “Transforming Agriculture” February 25–26, 2016. The Agricultural Outlook Forum, now in its 92nd year, is the USDA’s largest annual event, attracting 1,600 attendees. Along with the plenary panel discussion, “Providing Leadership for Present and Future Generations in the Transformation of Agriculture,” attendees can choose from 30 sessions with more than 80 speakers and a host of agriculture-related exhibits. Read more.