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Summit 23 brings together a few hundred top producers, industry leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs from across the US and internationally, sharing knowledge and insight into the next generation in agriculture.From the CoBank Welcome Reception Wednesday evening, to insightful Summit sessions on Thursday, to the all-inclusive Cardinals vs Twins game that night - Summit 23 provides an unparalleled educational experience and networking opportunities.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Wednesday, August 2 | 6:30-7:00pm
CoBank Welcome Reception | Broadway Oyster Bar
Join speakers and fellow attendees at St. Louis’ famous Broadway Oyster Bar the night before the Summit for a Welcome Reception sponsored by CoBank.
Unwind with one of Broadway’s famous cocktails, enjoy fresh oysters, Alligator Cheesecake (you have not lived until you try this) and a number of other small bite specialties.
Thursday, August 3 | 8:00am - 3:00pm
Summit 23 | Ballpark Village
Tired of the same old conferences in the same old boring hotel ballrooms? Us too - that’s why we chose an out-of-the-box venue for Summit 23.Thursday’s events will be held at Ballpark Village - a bar and restaurant complex adjacent to St. Louis’ iconic Busch Stadium.
Thursday’s Summit kicks off at 8:00am with a full breakfast including biscuits and gravy, bacon and all your other AM favorites before the Summit begins at 9:00am.After a brief welcoming intro, we will start our Summit Sessions with carbon: Adapting to a Carbon-Conscious Future in Agriculture.An understanding of carbon is no longer a matter of preference but a necessity in U.S. agriculture.Join an industry leaders from Cargill's RegenConnect, Corteva Agriscience and Bayer as we dive into this complex topic and learn of the opportunities it brings to the farm.
Plus, we will explore the future of fertilizer in a greener world with Eric Kelley of AmmPower.
The Summit’s second session is Renewable Fuels: Ushering in a New Era of Demand.As climate policies continue to evolve, the biofuels industry is undergoing significant changes, impacting grain and oilseed demand.Join Renewable Fuels Association President Geoff Cooper, CoverCress CEO Mike DeCamp and Tom Malecha, Senior Vice President of CGB Soybean Processing and President of North Dakota Soybean Processors as we explore the implications of this transformation on U.S. agriculture.
We are entering a new era on the farm as precision agriculture, autonomy, and AI-enabled data analysis allow today’s producers to achieve more with less. In our third session of the day, we will be joined by industry leaders and trailblazers to discuss Innovative Solutions for a Sustainable Future.Than Hartsock, VP of Precision Upgrades at John Deere, Daitaas CEO Joe Jennings, & Jennifer Ralston, NA Soybean Strategy Lead at Bayer will be on hand to discuss the innovations shaping the future of production agriculture in the U.S.
Lastly, we will wind down the afternoon with a Happy Hour sponsored by CGB Enterprises.During this session, Sips & Small Talk, Matt Bennett of AgMarket.net will join Susan David of No Bull on stage to share insights on the next generation of agriculture and the implications for grain and oilseed markets going forward.AgMarket.net Consulting’s Betsy Jibben will be on hand to help moderate the event.
Cardinals vs Twins All-Inclusive Baseball Experience
Doors open 5:30pm, first pitch at 6:45pm
After a brief afternoon break, attendees will unwind and connect at an all-inclusive baseball experience Thursday evening, watching the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Minnesota Twins from the rooftop Bud Deck.This exclusive private event features spacious open areas and versatile seating designed to spark insightful conversations and networking opportunities.
Upgraded ballpark fare and a premium open bar are included with event registration. Be it burgers, shrimp cocktail served in iced Budweiser beer, St. Louis’ famous toasted ravioli or more - you won’t be hungry nor thirsty during the game!Additional game tickets are available for purchase during registration checkout if needed for a plus one, co-worker or friend.
SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI
Welcome to St. Louis, home of the Gateway Arch, toasted ravioli, the St. Louis Cardinals, and what has been deemed as “America’s Ag Coast” - a stretch of the Mississippi River considered the epicenter of grain-handling in the United States.
The event will be held downtown, commencing with a lively welcome reception at the legendary Broadway Oyster Bar.The Summit’s second-day events will take place at the city’s premier dining and entertainment venue, Ballpark Village, adjacent to the iconic Busch Stadium. This prime location is a short distance from Lambert International Airport, and within a few blocks of iconic St. Louis landmarks.
the lineup | SUMMIT 23
THURSDAY, AUGUST 3
This inaugural event features an exceptional lineup of speakers and panelists who will share their insights and expertise on the latest trends, technologies, and practices shaping the future of agriculture, held in a unique setting.Plus, we cap off Summit 23 with the ultimate networking opportunity as speakers and attendees watch the Cardinals take on the Twins from a rooftop deck, while indulging in an all-inclusive food and drinks.Unwind and connect at this private event designed to spark insightful conversations and foster new relationships.
ADAPTING TO A CARBON-CONSCIOUS FUTURE IN AGRICULTURE
THE FUTURE IS NOW
An understanding of carbon is no longer a matter of preference but a necessity in U.S. agriculture. Join Clay Edwards of Cargill RegenConnect, Courtland Kelly of Corteva Agriscience and Alyssa Cho of Bayer to discuss opportunities carbon presents at the farm level plus hear from AmmPower's Eric Kelley as he explores the future of fertilizer in a greener world.
CLAY EDWARDS | SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM LEAD | CARGILL REGENCONNECT
Clay serves as the Sustainability Program Lead for Cargill Agriculture Supply Chain North America. Clay has worked for Cargill for 14 years and is responsible for the go to market farmer facing strategy and execution of Cargill RegenConnect in the United States. He is a former State FFA President and holds a degree in Agriculture Education from South Dakota State University. Clay is a 5th generation farmer/rancher where he has beef cattle, corn, soybeans, pumpkins, and alfalfa. Clay currently resides on a family farm in Central Illinois with his wife and 3 daughters.
COURTLAND KELLY | CARBON AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES SCIENCE LEAD | CORTEVA CARBON SOLUTIONS
Courtland is I a soil ecologist with expertise in regenerative agriculture, soil health practices and assessment, soil biology, dryland agriculture, and agronomy, serving as Carbon and Ecosystem Services Science Lead at Corteva Agriscience. She received her Ph.D. in Soil Ecology at Colorado State University and worked as a postdoctoral research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
ALYSSA CHO, PHD | HEAD OF GROWER SUCCESS AND SUSTAINABLE AG | BAYER
Alyssa leads a team that is responsible for grower programs and ensuring growers have the technical support they need to be successful in adopting sustainable agricultural practices as they participate in the Bayer Carbon Program. Her passions lie in scaling sustainable agriculture and improving farmer outcomes.
ERIC KELLEY | DIRECTOR OF SALES | AMMPOWER
USHERING A NEW ERA OF DEMAND
As climate policies continue to evolve, the biofuels industry is undergoing significant changes, impacting grain and oilseed demand. Join Renewable Fuels Association President Geoff Cooper, CoverCress CEO Mike DeCamp and Tom Malecha, SVP CGB Soybean Processing to explore the implications of this transformation on U.S. agriculture.
GEOFF COOPER | PRESIDENT & CEO | RENEWABLE FUELS ASSOCIATION
Geoff serves as President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), the leading national trade association for America’s ethanol producers. He is a prominent voice for the renewable fuels industry and represents its interests through engagement with the U.S. Congress, federal and state regulatory bodies, media, allied industries, and other key stakeholders worldwide. Prior to joining RFA in 2008, Geoff directed ethanol market development and regulatory activities for the National Corn Growers Association.
TOM MALECHA | SVP CGB SOYBEAN PROCESSING &
PRESIDENT NORTH DAKOTA SOYBEAN PROCESSORS
With more than thirty-five years of industry expertise, Tom is a distinguished leader in U.S. soybean processing. He serves as Senior Vice President of CGB’s soy processing division in addition to leading their expansion into the Northern Plains, building a new 42-million-bushel-per-year crush plant as a part of their NDPS LLC joint venture in Casselton, North Dakota.
MIKE DECAMP | PRESIDENT AND CEO | COVERCRESS INC.
With more than 30 years of experience and over $9 billion of value in successful M&A, capital raising and commercial finance transactions, Mike’s career has been dedicated to advancing innovation in agriculture where he now leads CoverCress Inc., a St. Louis-based agribusiness developing a novel, climate-smart rotational winter oilseed crop called CoverCress™. He is also the Board Chairperson for the 39 North AgTech Innovation District, a vibrant agribusiness/agrifood/plant science ecosytem that brings together people, resources, and facilities to grow St. Louis’ economy and global reputation.
INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
ACHIEVING MORE WITH LESS
We are entering a new era on the farm as precision agriculture, autonomy, and AI-enabled data analysis allow today’s producers to achieve more with less.Join Than Hartsock, VP of Precision Upgrades at John Deere and Jennifer Ralston, NA Soybean Strategy Lead at Bayer to discuss the innovations shaping the future of production agriculture in the U.S.Plus, Joe Jennings, founder and CEO of Daitaas, will demonstrate the ways in which artificial intelligence is changing the way we make crop insurance and financial decisions on the farm.
THAN HARTSOCK | VICE PRESIDENT, PRECISION UPGRADES | JOHN DEERE
Starting on his family's farm in southern Ohio and throughout his 21 years with John Deere, Than has been at the intersection of agricultural equipment, technology, and agronomy. He's held various strategy, business development and executive positions, including leading Deere's precision ag team in Germany and the See & Spray team in Sunnyvale, California. Than is now driving the precision upgrades business which is responsible for taking tech-based solutions to the install base of machines that are already in the field.
JENNIFER RALSTON PHD | GLOBAL SOYBEAN SEEDS & TRAITS PORTFOLIO MANAGER | BAYER CROP SCIENCE
Jennifer is a Weed Scientist by training with nearly 30 years of industry experience. In her 22 years, starting with Monsanto and now Bayer Crop Science, she’s held various roles in technology development, product management, sales leadership and strategy, including leading the market development team for Monsanto Brazil. In her current role, Jennifer is leading the strategy for the North American soybean business, focused on delivering high-performing products and innovative solutions for soybean growers.
JOE JENNINGS | FOUNDER & CEO OF DAITAAS HOLDINGS
Joe is a data science and machine learning expert with over twenty years of experience in the financial and technology sectors. He is the founder and CEO of Daitaas, a Memphis-based company that provides data analytics and artificial intelligence solutions to the agricultural industry. Their signature product, Tilley, empowers producers to make better business decisions by providing optimization tools for farm financials and crop insurance.
SIPS & SMALL TALK
PUTTING THE NEXT GENERATION TO WORK
Thursday's sessions come to a close with an afternoon Happy Hour, sponsored by CGB Enterprises, while Susan David of No Bull and Matt Bennett of AgMarket.Net will recap the day’s highlights and share their thoughts on THE next generation in agriculture, focusing on the future of grain and oilseed demand.
SUSAN DAVID | FOUNDER & ANALYST | NO BULL
With a deep understanding of the complex relationships within global agricultural markets, her wealth of industry contacts, plus fifteen years of experience in US cash markets and its intricate logistics, Susan has a unique perspective in a crowded pool of commentaries. She has been featured in Bloomberg, participated in prominent industry events as a speaker, and currently serves as a Barchart Contributor. Susan is thrilled to bring her No Bull approach to life with this dynamic and immersive two-day event.
MATT BENNETT | COMMODITY BROKER & FOUNDING PARTNER OF AGMARKET.NET
Matt is a co-founder of AgMarket.Net, an accomplished market analyst, and marketing consultant with Channel Seed. With a unique blend of experience as an Illinois farmer and extensive marketing expertise, Matt offers an invaluable producer's perspective that enriches his contributions to the industry.
Event Registration includes:Wednesday, August 2 | 6-7:30pm
+ CoBank Welcome Reception at Broadway Oyster Bar
All-Inclusive Baseball Game | Doors open 5:30pm, first pitch at 6:45pm
+ Ticket to Cardinals vs Twins all-inclusive rooftop game experience
+ Includes upgraded ballpark fare and top shelf open bar
+ Brought to you by AgMarket.net and John Stewart & AssociatesPlus, all registrants receive a Summit 23 t-shirt.Have a group? Gather colleagues or clients and enjoy an extra $20 off per seat when reserving a table for four. Extra game tickets are available for purchase during checkout for guests or plus ones.
Summit 23 presents a diverse range of sponsorship opportunities for brands in agriculture and beyond, with a focus on the trends and technologies revolutionizing the field.With sponsorship tiers ranging in size and scope, the event delivers unparalleled exposure a few-hundred like-minded, progressive producers and industry peers.
travel & accommodations
Downtown St. Louis is easily accessible from Lambert International Airport (STL), just a short 20-minute Uber ride or hop aboard the Metro Link.The Hilton at the Ballpark is an excellent choice for accommodations, conveniently located just across the street from the venue, and with five other top-rated hotels within walking distance, attendees have a range of options to choose from.The Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch offers the most cost-effective accommodations within walking distance of Ballpark Village.
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