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AI, bio-based solutions and co-ops focus of WIA Summit

A dozen sessions offer education on themes of leadership & skills, commodities outlook and ag sustainability.

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Dozens of ag industry experts from the likes of ADM, CHS, Farmer Mac and CME Group round out the agenda at the 2023 Women in Agribusiness Summit. This 12th annual summit, expected to convene more than 850 attendees, is being held in Nashville at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, September 26-28.

More than 250 agribusiness and related industry companies will gather at this three-day event for critical discussions on topics such as the value of U.S. farmland, strategies for navigating Ag to Gen Z, transportation and logistics solutions and the ever-popular annual sessions: Ag Innovation Hour, Transforming the Workplace, Executive Profiles and Roundtable Discussions.

Key sessions this year include:

AI Technology in Ag There is no doubt that technology is changing the trajectory of agriculture and is critically necessary to meet the needs of the expanding population. With the agtech market currently valued at $21.89 billion globally and expected growth to $40 billion by 2030, this is a sector to watch. Microsoft’s VP of strategic initiatives Mary Snapp provides the details.

The Power of Bio-based Crop Solutions

How can we balance high crop productivity with low environmental impact? Emerging bio-based solutions offer promise. This in-depth discussion will address the efficacy of these products, the impact they will have on the value chain and how policy will influence their development. Anna Rath, president and CEO of Vestaron, and Kaitlin Fitzgerald, VP of sustainability for Sound Agriculture, will present.

Discover the Role of Cooperatives in Agriculture

Dr. Keri Jacobs, executive director of the Graduate Institute of Cooperative Leadership at the University of Missouri, will delve into how producer-owned financial and agricultural cooperatives provide market power for producers and ranchers, help meet today's global challenges, and support profitable and sustainable agribusinesses.

Opposites Attract: On-Farm Revenue Meets Conservation Practices

During this session, Michelle Starke, director of stewardship and regulatory affairs at CoverCress™, will take a deep dive on the value of cover crops, the challenges and innovation in the climate-centric agricultural space, and share how new crops can lead to additional income and increased profitability for the farmer.

Attendees can also choose from 12 presentations organized by three breakout session themes: Ag Acumen: Leadership, Development and Skills; Commodity Outlook; and Ag Sustainability.

To read about the keynote speaker or register for the Summit, visit 

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