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Emerging Corn Production Technologies & Science Forum




Emerging Corn Production Technologies & Science Forum
Corn is arguably the world’s most important agricultural commodity. It enjoys widespread cultivation and demand not only because of its versatility but also because of the tradition of innovation that surrounds corn. As the demand for corn continues to rise it generates robust research and development activity all along the corn production spectrum. The Emerging Corn Production Technologies and Science Forum will offer attendees a unique opportunity to take a broad look at the very latest developments in corn genetics, yield maximization, cutting edge production technologies and corn stover harvest and conversion.

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General Registration

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Forum Registration$195.00


Program Agenda

Monday, June 9

7:00 am – 6:30 pmSpeaker/Moderator Resource Center Open
7:00 am – 6:30 pmConference Registration Open
7:30 am – 8:30 amContinental Breakfast
8:30 am – 8:40 amWelcome & Opening Remarks
Tim Portz
, Executive Editor, Ethanol Producer Magazine
8:40 am – 9:00 amKeynote Address
9:00 am – 10:30 amTipping Point: Why a Market for Corn Stover is Emerging and What Producers Need to Know to Participate
Beginning this summer and continuing through the year, three separate cellulosic ethanol facilities will work through their commissioning phases and begin the production of cellulosic ethanol from, predominantly, corn stover. The market signal for stover is already being felt by producers near those facilities and the agribusiness complex is gearing up to deploy best practices in stover harvest and collection in anticipation of the construction of more facilities. This panel will provide attendees with a comprehensive look at what stover collection means for producers in regards to soil health, equipment, harvest strategies and rate of take.
  • Moderator: Kolby Hoagland, Data Manager, Ethanol Producer Magazine
  • Scott Wangsgard, Biomass Marketing Specialist, New Holland
    Options for Efficacy: An Overview of Machinery Options for Corn Stover Collection
  • Brian Weinhold, Location Coordinator /Research Leader, Agroecosystem Management Research, USDA - ARS
  • Winston Akoto, Operation & Supply Chain Director, DuPont Applied Biosciences
    Towards a Sustainable Biomass Supply Chain: A Vision for Stakeholder Collaboration for the New Cellulosic Economy
  • Glenn Farris, Marketing Manager, Biomass, AGCO
    Optimizing Equipment for Maximum Efficiency, Reliability and Profitability
10:30 am – 11:00 am Networking Session Break
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Great Traits: Using Plant Genetics to Optimize Corn for Its Eventual Downstream Use
Corn’s flexibility in uses has contributed greatly to its widespread cultivation and adoption by growers worldwide. While the science of plant genetics was initially deployed on corn to select for growing advantages, the science is now being leveraged to produce a strain that is custom built for its eventual downstream use. This panel will examine the traits seed companies are developing and commercializing and the advantages they offer to both their eventual markets as well as their growers.
  • Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Ethanol Producer Magazine
  • Jack Bernens, Head Enogen Marketing and Stakeholder Relations, Syngenta
    What if Corn already knew its Destiny? Introducing Enogen
  • Tony Klemm, Global Business Leader, Corn & Sorghum Seeds & Traits, Dow AgroSciences
  • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
    1:30 pm – 3:00 pmUsing UAS and Wireless Sensing Technologies to Bring Field Monitoring to New Heights
    Unmanned Aerial Systems are among the most talked about up and coming technologies across many different industries, including agriculture. Investment in technologies races forward and federal regulators grapple with a business community ready for comprehensive access to airspace so that these systems can be put into action. This panel will offer attendees both a glimpse at the technologies as well as some early thinking on how they might be deployed in an agricultural setting.
    • Moderator: Jamey Cline, Business Development Director, Christianson & Associates PLLP
    • Aaron Sheller, Owner/Partner, Precision Drone
    • Rory Paul, CEO, Volt Aerial Robotics
      Unmanned Aircraft for Field Mapping and Crop Scouting
    • Jeffrey Hauser, Assistant Professor, Aviation Technology & Director of Unmanned Systems, Indiana State University
      Agriculture Trends in the Near Future
    • Melba Crawford, Associate Dean of Engineering, Purdue University
      Advanced Technologies on UAVs for Agricultural Applications
    3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Networking Session Break
    3:30 pm – 5:00 pmReviewing the Strategies Most Likely to Yield 300-bushel Corn
    It is widely understood that global demand for corn will continue to increase, while available acres for its cultivation will simultaneously decrease. Some experts predict that by 2050, the world will need twice the amount of food that it currently consumes with access to just 85% of current agricultural acreage. The mandate for increased corn yields rings loud and clear and the agricultural community is responding. This panel will offer attendees the current best thinking on the practices with the best chance of driving yields to levels the world will need.
    • Moderator: Rachel Jungermann, Manager, National Corn Yield Contest, National Corn Growers Association
    • Fred Below, Professor, Plant Physiology, University of Illinois
      The Quest for 300 Bushel Corn
    • Beth Calabotta, Bio Energy & Renewable Strategy Lead, Monsanto
      Sustainable Yield Improvement to Enable Food and Fuel Production
    • Robert "Bob" Little, Little Farms
    • David Meyer, Global Trait Genetics and Technology Leader, Dow AgroSciences
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pmGrand Opening & Welcome Reception of the
    30th Anniversary International Fuel Ethanol Workshop Conference & Expo

    Registered attendees of the Emerging Corn Production Technologies & Science Forum receive a complimentary pass to the Grand Opening & Welcome Reception


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