Session
Title: Sponsors Showcase
Date: Tue Jul 17, 2018
Time: 3:40 PM - 5:40 PM
Moderator: Liz Magill
EFC’s Precision Business Planning Solutions

The biggest challenge facing data services in agriculture is clear and concise demonstration of the value added outcomes from investing in data resources. EFC Systems is focusing the development and deployment of their tools on data driven agronomic planning that starts with deep understanding of the profitability of each management decision at a sub-acre scale. This focus establishes clear value and measurable progress for the advisor with their farmer customer. This session will discuss how this philosophy and approach is delivered through EFC Systems tools.

Dave Muth (speaker)
Vice President, Agronomic Planning & Sustainability
EFC Systems
Brentwood, TN 37027
US
Dr. Dave Muth VP of Agronomic Planning & Sustainability at EFC Systems. Inc. He and his colleagues at EFC Systems are developing precision data services for retail ag supporting agronomic planning and sustainability applications. David joined EFC Systems through the acquisition of AgSolver, an ag technology start-up he co-founded in 2013. David grew up on a family farm in North Central Iowa and currently supports the growing operation. David is trained as a mechanical engineer receiving his PhD from Iowa State University. Dr. David Muth is a co-founder at AgSolver Inc. located in Ames, IA. He and his partners at AgSolver are developing decision services for agronomic applications. David is using AgSolver's advanced data management and environmental process modeling technology to develop a suite of precision agriculture analysis and data services. David is focused on developing AgSolver’s Precision Business Planning approach to land management. He attended Luther College in Decorah, IA, receiving a degree in physics and minor in mathematics. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. Prior to joining AgSolver, David led a research team at Idaho National Laboratory working on bioenergy feedstock production and logistics analysis.
Ernie Chappell (speaker)
President/CEO
EFC Systems
Brentwood, TN 37027
US

Ernie Chappell is the founder and CEO of EFC Systems, Inc. Founded in 1988, EFC Systems, Inc. is focused on creating technology solutions for ag retailers, to make their team trusted advisors to growers by providing tools to enhance profitability and sustainability. Chappell has degrees in both science and business and combined his financial background and software development experience to create Merchant Ag, FieldAlytics and AgSolver, all a part of EFC Systems, Inc. Ernie lives in Brentwood, TN with his wife(Amanda) and their children(Evan, Elliott & Emerson).

Length (approx): 40 min
 
WTF Ag Technology Adoption

Why Ag Technology has been struggling to gain real adoption and what you can do about it.  

Zach Sheely (speaker)
President Agworld USA
Agworld
Sacramento, CA
US
Zach Sheely joined Agworld in March 2012 and is currently President of Agworld's USA operations. Zach holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Westmont College. Zach has over 20 years' experience in agribusiness and is a third generation farmer himself, hailing from a cotton & pistachio farm in Central California. Zach is passionate about finding, developing, integrating and implementing the key technologies that will enable growers, their advisors and service providers to drive agriculture into the future we know is possible.
Length (approx): 40 min
 
Progress in Digital Ag Innovation Through Integration

A brief look at where we have come from and what a few companies are doing through data integration to allow software solutions to do what they do best.

Travis Hammer (speaker)
Director of Sales and Marketing
AgIntegrated, Inc.
State College, PA 16801
US

Travis Hammer started his career on the family farm in southeastern Idaho. He has a BS in Agricultural from the University of Georgia and a Geospatial Intelligence certification from Penn State University. Today he is the Director of Sales and Marketing for AgIntegrated. His primary focus for the past twenty years has been on process improvement in technology, beginning as a web developer, working with large and small companies in multiple countries across the globe. He has a passion for simplifying the complicated. Prior to AgIntegrated Mr. Hammer was a senior consultant for companies including IBM and Unisys. His experience spans various technology solutions across multiple industries with a focus on business process improvement and data transfer.

Length (approx): 40 min