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AgTech Summit Returns In-Person March 9, Convenes Unique Set of Thought Leaders

Champaign- A unique blend of industry leaders, investors, academics, growers/producers, and startups will convene for the seventh annual AgTech Innovation Summit on Wednesday, March 9, hosted by the University of Illinois Research Park.

This daylong, free conference includes speakers across each one of those areas who contribute to advancements in agtech. This year's event features conversations designed to extract ideas from multiple thought leaders.

Attendees will explore how technology solutions are addressing some of the most significant challenges and opportunities facing agriculture today, including investment in startups, supply chain, carbon, workforce, and more.

“We are thrilled to welcome our conference guests back to Champaign-Urbana,” said Laura Appenzeller, executive director of the University of Illinois Research Park. "This is a location that has cemented its place in the history of agriculture innovation like few others. More significantly, it has agtech at the heart of its future."

What started as a regional conference has grown into an event that attracts participants nationally and globally. Registrants hail from 26 states as well as representatives from other countries. The event will be held

Although the conference is in-person this year, a livestream will be available via the Research Park's YouTube channel. Information can be found here: researchpark.illinois.edu/events/agtechsummit/

Some highlights of the agenda include fireside chats with:
- Chris Harbourt, Chief Strategy Officer of Indigo Ag, discussing carbon markets;
- Tami Craig Schilling, North America Knowledge Transfer Lead, discussing her career journey into agtech;
- Tim Hassinger, CEO of IntelinAir, discussing the company's growth from EnterpriseWorks startup graduate;
- Aaron Rudberg, Managing Director and COO of S2G Ventures, discussing agtech investment trends.

The generous sponsors who make the AgTech Summit possible include John Deere, World Business Chicago, AGCO, Bayer, Corteva AgriScience, ADM, Cargill, Sikich LLP, and the Center for Digital Agriculture,

The AgTech Innovation Summit is programmed by the University of Illinois Research Park in partnership with the Office of Corporate Relations and the College of ACES.


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