Title: Opening Plenary Session
Date: Tue Jul 23, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moderator: N/A
Welcome to InfoAg
Lara Moody (speaker)
Director of Environmental Stewardship Programs
The Fertilizer Institute
Washington 20024

Lara Moody is the Director of Environmental Stewardship Programs at The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) where she is responsible for directing the Institute's outreach programs to promote fertilizer best management practices. She also manages the Agricultural Nutrient Policy Council, a group addressing nutrient related issues at the forefront of national and regional agricultural policy. Mrs. Moody is a Registered Professional Engineer, and she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering and Masters of Science degree in Biosystems Engineering from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Length (approx): 10 min
FarmBeats: Empowering Farmers with Affordable Digital Agriculture Solutions

Data-driven techniques help boost agricultural productivity by increasing yields, reducing losses and cutting down input costs. However, these techniques have seen sparse adoption owing to high costs of manual data collection and limited connectivity solutions. Our system, called FarmBeats, includes Cloud, IoT & AI innovations for agriculture that enables seamless collection and analysis of data across various sensors, cameras, drones, and satellites. In this talk, we will describe the system, and outline some of the AI challenges we are currently addressing for agriculture.

Ranveer Chandra (speaker)
Chief Scientist
Ranveer Chandra is the Chief Scientist at Microsoft Azure Global. His research has shipped in multiple Microsoft products, including Windows, Visual Studio, XBOX, and Azure. Ranveer is leading the FarmBeats, battery research, and TV white space research projects at Microsoft. His work on FarmBeats was featured by Bill Gates on GatesNotes, and he has been invited to present his research on FarmBeats to the Secretary of Agriculture, and on TV White Spaces to the FCC Chairman. Ranveer has published over 90 research papers, and has over 100 patents that have been granted by the USPTO. He has won several awards, including best paper awards, and the MIT Technology Review’s Top Innovators Under 35. Ranveer has an undergraduate degree from IIT Kharagpur, India and a PhD from Cornell University.
Length (approx): 50 min
PrecisionAg Awards

The CropLife Awards of Excellence profile some of the most active participants in our industry. Paul Schrimpf will announce the winners and pass out the hardware to the winner in each of four categories: Extension/Research, Crop Adviser/Entrepreneur, Farmer, and Legacy. Paul will then lead a short panel discussion of the winners on topics being addressed at this year's InfoAg. 

Paul Schrimpf (speaker)
Executive Editor
CropLife Media Group
Willoughby, OH, NA 44094
Paul is the Group Editor for the CropLife Media Group at Meister Media Worldwide, with full editorial responsibility for CropLife, CropLife IRON, and AgriBusiness Global.
Length (approx): 20 min