Title: Sponsor Session 1- STARTING AT 10:10AM
Date: Tue Aug 3, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Moderator: Jason Troendle
InField: Connecting Growers and Advisors for Improved Production Efficiency and Collaboration

TELUS Agriculture is connecting the value chain to enable a safer, more sustainable food system; economically, environmentally and socially. Providing you with data and technology solutions that help you optimize your production to improve yields and profits, while reducing environmental impact. We know collaborating with your farm team and advisors, and sharing accurate data are vital to streamline operations, efficiency and decision making. Our Agrian by TELUS Agriculture team has developed InField, a free mobile farm management app that enables you to share real-time, field data with your team and network of farmers -– all at your discretion.

Zach Worden (speaker)
Regional Sales Manager
Agrian By TELUS Agriculture
, CA

Zach Worden serves as a Regional Sales Manager in TELUS Agriculture's Agribusiness Division. Zach began his career at Agrian as an intern and quickly rose through the ranks holding leadership positions within Agrian's Client Success department. His client skills plus his passion for technology and agriculture have made for a successful career trajectory. Zach received his bachelor's degree in Agriculture Business from California State University, Fresno. Zach is an avid golfer and hunter with deep roots in production ag.

Length (approx): 20 min
The Journey to Synchronous Agriculture

In this session, Proagrica will discuss how networks are a solution to solving the challenges of data sharing and integration investment in agriculture.  As an industry, we have been on a journey within agriculture, working with growers to collect data and produce actionable results.  What has remained constant is trust being a fundamental for sharing data in agriculture.  What has changed is the increase in volume of data, the variety of mechanisms that facilitate sharing, and the investment needed to translate, ingest and standardize agricultural data.  Proagrica’s believes to fully unlock the potential of agriculture data we need to continually strive for seamless data interoperability to strengthen engagement up and down the supply chain.   Quote from CEO @ Top 25 Crop life 100 ag-retailer, “We as retailers need to work together with manufacturers in a way that draws on both of our strengths and helps both sides.  Manufacturers have excellent research data and algorithms that we can use to provide better services to growers.  Retail has the relationship with the growers that are needed to put this data to use in the field”. 

Patrick Sanders (speaker)
Director of Strategic Business Development
Stillwater, OK, NA 74075

As Director of Strategic Business Development, I drive business in the Americas for the input manufacturer and food processor verticals. My team focuses on increasing agricultural productivity and profitability by consulting with organizations, developing solutions and facilitating the implementation of technology across the agricultural supply chain. Over the past +20 years I have been fortunate to work growers, ag retail, consultants, input manufactures, equipment companies, food processors and standards organizations, each having various definitions of what it takes to be successful in agriculture. My roots in ag started at Sanders Farms in Central Illinois, which drives my ultimate goal of maximizing grower sustainability and profitably.

Length (approx): 20 min
Driving Profitability Through Operational Efficiency

Retailers must operate profitable locations to drive overall profitability to the company. Farm Planning, Operations, and Logistics with integration to many other systems provides a single solution for your employees to get their work done efficiently. Operational efficiency can provide more than just happy customers, it also drives locations profitability.  Please join our session to learn how EFC System's software solutions can help you strengthen your relationship with growers and improve your profitability.

Jeremy W. Wilson (speaker)
Senior Vice President Digital Agronomic Solutions
EFC Systems
Newton, IL, NA 62448

Jeremy was raised on a family farm near Olney, Illinois where he operates an 800 acre grain farm with family. He graduated from Wabash Valley Jr. College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Agriculture Production and received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Eastern Illinois University in May of 1995. He started his working career with a Crop Insurance Company as a loss adjuster in 1995 then went to work for Wabash Valley Service Company as a crop specialist in 1999 and in July 2006 accepted the position as Technology Specialist for Crop IMS, an information management, scouting and technology company based in south central Illinois. In February of 2019 he was named Senior Vice President of Digital Agronomic Solutions for EFC Systems based in Brentwood Tennessee.  

Length (approx): 20 min
Transforming the Tsunami of Ag Data into Practical and Innovative Insights

Agribusinesses are partners with their customers in managing the tsunami of data associated with growing on a farm or ranch. This information can range from weather forecasts to agronomic operations to market trends.  Producers need this information to maximize their harvest and ensure a good bottom line at the end of the season.  To effectively do this, individual sellers and agronomists  who support farmers and ranchers cannot be expected to digest all the data about an operation on their own, but rather they need to rely on model driven insights that guide their decisions to help deliver customized, effective information and results to their customers.  This presentation will share how DTN is evolving decision support tools and insights that will continue to better serve our agribusiness partners and producers.  

Karolyn Terpstra (speaker)
Product Manager
Elkhorn, NE 68022

Karolyn Terpstra is a product manager at DTN who is focused on innovation of their B2B ag product portfolio, particularly digital tools that provide insights to both agronomists and sellers.  She joined DTN in May 2020 when DTN acquired ClearAg from Iteris.  Prior to joining ClearAg, Karolyn held plant breeding, trait development, and product management roles at Syngenta and product management roles at Monsanto.  Karolyn studied agronomy at Colorado State and plant breeding at Michigan State and holds a Masters in IP Law from Michigan State University College of Law.  She also earned her MBA from the University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium.  Karolyn is passionate about helping producers, and the partners that support them, to be more profitable and efficient.

Length (approx): 20 min
Accelerating Yara’s Solutions Approach

Yara’s dedication to providing transformative value continues to evolve. Throughout Yara’s history, bringing a pioneering approach to crop nutrition has always been at the company core. However there is a call from our industry – including government, farmers, and consumers – to provide solutions beyond innovative nutrition inputs. We’re excited to share some of the new developments that Yara is pursuing to help address the broad set of challenges that faces society and our industry.

Trey Cutts (speaker)
Market Development Director
Yara North America

Trey Cutts is currently Market Development Director for Yara North America, leading Yara’s Crop Manager team who works to develop solutions through a diverse product portfolio, R&D and agronomic knowledge. Trey received a B.S. in Agriculture and M.S. in Crop and Soil Science from the University of Georgia. He went on to receive his Ph.D. in Plant Breeding from Texas A&M University. Trey has spent over 14 years in the agriculture industry in both public and private roles. After graduate school, he worked with Monsanto for the Water Efficient Maize for Africa Project, based in South Africa. Upon returning to the U.S., Trey was an Assistant Professor at Auburn University. He is has since been with Yara North America since 2018 and currently based in Auburn, Alabama.

Length (approx): 20 min