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Thursday, 24 June

08:00 EDT (N America)

 IFAMA 2021 Student Case Competition Winners Announced

Exact time TBA. Learn more about the 2021 Student Case Competition.

Symposium - Academic Research Presentations - See Whova for full schedule. Available June 14.

Thursday, 24 June
07:30 EDT (N America)

Welcome to Forum Program Day 3 The Americas Region

Special Awards, Recognitions, & Transfer of IFAMA Presidency


Esteban R. Brenes, INCAE, Costa Rica

Thursday, 24 June

09:00-10:30 EDT (N America)

Session 1: Farmers at the Forefront of Carbon Smart Agriculture

The New Green Deal in the US and the European Green Deal have drawn attention to the increased urgency to address climate change as well as the substantial resistance by many industry groups. Food production is one of the leading contributors to greenhouse gas emissions and recent efforts have focused on drastically decreasing the negative environmental impacts of food production. In this session we will learn about FAO's approach to addressing climate change which focuses on maintaining yields, country-driven strategies, and protecting vulnerable populations.

Rene Castro, Assistant Director-General, FAO  


  • Donald MooreExecutive Director, Global Dairy Platform of America, USA
  • Ruben Dario Sorto Alvarado, CEO, BioFortune Crops Group, Honduras
  • Jorge and Roberto Acón, Owners, Grupo Acón, Costa Rica

Thursday, 24 June

11:00-12:30 EDT (N America)

Session 2: The Future of Protein—Is this Beef's Kodak Moment?

The beef industry is having its Kodak moment. New technology, including plant-based and biosynthetic-produced “meat”, apparently offer alternatives that are more attractive to consumers, retailers, policymakers, and investors, threatening the economics of the $330 billion global market.

What comes next?  To answer the question of what and who, we introduce a framework based on underlying forces and ask industry incumbents/leaders and fast-growing entrants to share their vision of the future.


  • Mary Shelman, Shelman Group, USA


  • Damien McLoughlin, Professor, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Ireland


  • Russ Conser, CEO Blue Nest Beef, USA

    Thursday, 24 June

    13:00-14:30 EDT (N America)

    Session 3: Is Latin America the Next AgTech Hotspot?

    Latin America is expected to play a leading role in sustainable production of food in 2050. One way to do so is to attract and promote the development of start-ups linked to agriculture to create a vibrant AgTech sector. This “ecosystem strategy” could accelerate the digital transformation of agriculture as it has in St. Louis and Silicon Valley/Salinas in the US and Israel. What can we learn from these successful AgTech startup regions? Can such an ecosystem be built in Latin America? In this session we will talk with key actors from the St. Louis and Silicon Valley/Salinas ecosystems and some of the leading players in AgTech ecosystem development in Latin America.


    • Ronald E. Guendel, Global Head Partnerships-Food Value Chain, Bayer Crop Science, Germany


    • Dennis Donohue, Director, Center for Innovation and Technology, USA
    • Thad Simons, Managing Director, The Yield Lab, USA
    • Eugenia Saini, Executive Secretary, FONTAGRO, Argentina

      Thursday, 24 June

      15:00-16:30 EDT (N Amerca)

      Session 4: Education & Talent—Bold Views from the Boardroom and the Classroom

      Competition for top talent will intensify as the pressure to innovate and improve performance continues to grow and the talent pool shrinks. Industry leaders will discuss strategies for recruiting, developing, and retaining the talent necessary to be successful. Visionary educators will present innovative approaches to preparing students who are competent, think strategically, and exhibit sound leadership.


      • Mary Shelman, Shelman Group, USA
      • Mark Lyons, CEO, Alltech, USA
      • Tara McCarthy, CEO, Bord Bia, Irish Food Board, Ireland
      • Roberto Artavia, President, Marviva, Costa Rica
      • Jay Akridge, Provost, Purdue University, US
      • Vern Hawkins, President, Syngenta Crop Protection, USA

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