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On CRISPR, and Saving The Planet With Ag

At the 6th annual Women in Agribusiness Summit

If the world is to feed its estimated 10 billion inhabitants by 2050, agriculture needs to pick up its game, yet growing food is one of the most laborintensive, resource-depleting tasks. But Can Agriculture Save the Planet Before It Destroys It?

Hear the reasoning of how science and technology may hold the key to addressing the problems related to hunger, sustainability and climate change as Jack Bobo, senior vice president and chief communications officer at Intrexon, presents at the 6th annual Women in Agribusiness Summit, this September 26-28, at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency.

Bobo describes that in this hot, flat, hyper-connected world, public perception of risk may determine if agriculture saves the planet by 2050 or destroys it, though he says if media experience with pink slime and GMOs are any indication, it may be a bumpy ride. In this presentation, attendees will learn more about global trends in food and agriculture, the interplay between food safety and public perception of risk, and how organizations build trust to navigate these trends.

Following along with technology that may change the trajectory of agriculture production is CRISPR, which will be discussed by Shannon Hauf, global cotton, wheat and specialty crops lead at Monsanto. This game-changing genetic engineering tool has big implications for food, farmers, consumers and nature, as well as offering an opportunity for more nuanced GMO governance. Hauf will address this transformative technology and its impact on agriculture and new regulations and laws, as well as her forecast for this innovative tool.

Additional topics at the Summit will showcase up-to-the-minute issues like crop insurance trends; the changing ag landscape due to mergers; keys to risk management; sustainability; how to address logistics and transportation challenges; and more.

Over 600 women, with whom to share best practices and strategies, will convene at the Women in Agribusiness Summit for three days of industry content presented by top experts, 10 hours of networking with trailblazers and up-and-comers, and unprecedented knowledge-sharing.

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