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evokeAG. 2023 Program

Can entrepreneurs, investors and social change agents deliver the radical change needed to feed a growing population, sustainably? Can SynBio transform ag – one cell at a time? Are we doing enough on biosecurity to safeguard the sector’s $100B future?

These are just a few of the questions that we will tackle at evokeAG. 2023 in Adelaide on 21-22 February.

Across two-days change agents and thought leaders in agrifood tech will push the boundaries of what’s possible, and deep dive into the issues, trends and opportunities that will shape farming and our food system now and into the future.

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Welcome Event

6:00pm — 10:00pm

Adelaide Oval “The Hill”

The evokeAG. 2023 Welcome Event will be held on the eve of evokeAG. 2023 Monday, 20 February 2023. The Welcome Event will bring together delegates ahead of the two-day event to kickstart the conversation and connections.  

 

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Registration opens

8:00am — 9:00am

North Terrace

Once you have checked in at the registration kiosks, you will be able to begin exploring The Hive.

Exhibition and Startup Alley

8:00am — 5:00pm

The Hive

Our world famous exhibition and Startup Alley will run across the two-day event. Immerse yourself at anytime among some of the world’s best operators and inventors in agriculture.

Welcome

9:00am — 9:45am

Plenary

  • Introduction by Master of Ceremonies (MC)
  • Welcome to Country
  • Official opening by AgriFutures Australia

Opening remarks

9:45am — 9:55am

Plenary

Since the inception of evokeAG. in 2019, Elders has supported our mission to help drive innovation and growth in Australia’s agricultural industry.

Keynote - One in a "Maverick"

9:55am — 10:30am

Technology

Global investment

Plenary

We all want to innovate, but is that enough? What if the pace of innovation isn’t fast enough to save us from climate change or worse?

Morning Tea

10:30am — 11:00am

The Hive

Fireside chat- Bringing space down to earth

11:00am — 11:20am

Technology

Plenary

Space tech is transforming our world and with it, entire industries.

Keynote- FoodShot: a MoonShot for better food

11:20am — 11:35am

Global investment

Sustainability

Plenary

What happens when big money gets behind big ideas? Find out how entrepreneurs, investors and social change agents are using science and technology to answer the big questions and achieve radical change to feed a growing human population safely.

Panel discussion- Going global: who's investing in agribusiness?

11:35am — 12:15pm

Global investment

Plenary

Geopolitical tensions. The relationship between inflation and commodities. Emerging markets and industry diversity.

Matthew Pryor

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Tenacious Ventures

Panel discussion- Accelerating commercialisation with AgriFutures growAG.

12:15pm — 12:35pm

Investment

Technology

Plenary

Finding world-leading research, technologies and commercialisation opportunities in one easy-to-use location, has always been a challenge – until growAG.com.

Professor Craig Baillie

Head of School and Dean (Agriculture and Environmental Science) University of Southern Queen

Lunch

12:35pm — 1:35pm

The Hive

Fireside chat- Cooperative Co-operative: a tale of collaboration between industry and innovation

1:35pm — 2:15pm

Alternative protein

Synthetic biology

Plenary

How can making milk without cows benefit Australian dairy farmers?

Panel discussion- Reality check: moving beyond sustainability frameworks in agriculture

1:35pm — 2:15pm

Sustainability

Breakout Room 1

This session will begin with a three minute Startup Showcase.

 

Australia and New Zealand’s land-based agricultural industries have set ambitious sustainability targets for the future.

Jason Strong

Managing Director, Meat and Livestock Australia

Workshop- Data as a second language: understanding what your farm is saying to you

1:35pm — 2:15pm

Technology

Breakout Room 2

This session will begin with a three minute Startup Showcase.

 

Uber and Airbnb turned two conventional industries on their heads. How did they do it?

 

Workshop- Empowering farmers to shape the future of environmental reporting

1:35pm — 2:20pm

Farming

Gilbert Room

Science, technology, coupled with an investment in skills and capability, need to be harnessed to empower farmers to shape the future of natural capital management and environmental reporting.

Dr Sue Ogilvy

Program Director at the Macdoch Foundation (Farming for the Future Project)

Transition time

2:15pm — 2:20pm

Panel discussion- Digital distraction: making on-farm data work for you

2:20pm — 2:55pm

Farming

Technology

Plenary

This session will begin with a presentation from an evokeAG. Future Young Leader.

 

Data can provide insights on everything from optimal irrigation and equipment maintenance to soil fertility, but with a plethora of apps and software solutions, how do producers move from digital distraction to meaningful decision-making?

 

Fiona Turner

Co-Founder and CEO, Bitwise Agronomy, and Jinglers Creek Vineyard

Hans Loder

Nuffield Scholar and Vineyard Manager at Penley Estate

Brad Egan

2022 Young Farmer of the Year and Award for Excellence in Innovation

Panel discussion- What will it take to satisfy the growing global appetite for protein?

2:20pm — 2:55pm

Future of food

Breakout Room 1

With an expected two billion extra people to feed by 2050, coupled with changing tastes and dietary preferences, there is a growing global demand for more protein, produced more sustainably and from a wider variety of sources.

David Jochinke

AV Jochinke and Co., and Vice President, National Farmers’ Federation

Panel discussion- Startup capital: local vs global

2:20pm — 2:55pm

Investment

Breakout Room 2

Prior to 2019 there wasn’t a single local (Australian) venture capital firm focused on agritech. Today, there are multiple players.

Workshop

2:20pm — 2:55pm

Farming

Sustainability

Gilbert Room

CommBank will join a panel of industry experts and producers to discuss sustainability in agriculture. Delegates will leave the session with a greater understanding of what it all means, where it might be heading and the opportunities to get started.

Brought to you by

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Transition time

2:55pm — 3:00pm

Panel discussion- Opportunities in agriculture: the perspective of Indigenous people

3:00pm — 3:40pm

Indigenous agriculture

Plenary

Indigenous peoples are the original stewards of the land and with that, the very first agriculturalists.

Jacob Birch

Researcher and Academic, Southern Cross University

Workshop- The secret sauce: from agritech startup to commercialisation

3:00pm — 3:40pm

Farming

Investment

Gilbert Room

With Syngenta as a provider of plant health solutions and Pairtree Intelligence as a data integrator, together their aligned partnership is adding value to farmers.

Brett Hoffman

Head of Business Development, Syngenta Australia, and New Zealand

Brought to you by

Syngenta

Panel discussion- Eyes wide open: who gets the money and who gets the (carbon) credit?

3:00pm — 3:40pm

Carbon farming

Sustainability

Breakout Room 1

This session will begin with a presentation from an evokeAG. Future Young Leader.

 

Governments, industries and companies the world over are stepping up their climate commitments, but can carbon credit markets help us meet net-zero targets or do they simply allow emitters to continue to release greenhouse gases?

 

Greg Butler

General Manager, South Australian No-Till Farmers Association

Panel discussion- Hello robot: autonomous agriculture

3:00pm — 3:40pm

Technology

Breakout Room 2

This session will begin with a three minute Startup Showcase.

 

Self-driving tractors, seed planting robots and agricultural drones are all putting new technology and better outcomes in the hands of our producers.

 

Professor Craig Baillie

Head of School and Dean (Agriculture and Environmental Science) University of Southern Queen

Robert Hardie

Executive Manager - Health and Agriculture at nbn™ Australia

Ben Kelly

Production Systems Manager – Production and Precision Ag, John Deere

Afternoon tea

3:40pm — 4:10pm

The Hive

Keynote- By endurance we conquer: a Shackletonian approach to the climate crisis 

4:10pm — 5:05pm

Global challenges

Sustainability

Plenary

This session will commence and close with a Future Young Leader presentation, as well as a presentation by the AgriFutures Researcher of the Year.

 

Environmental scientist, author, adventurer and public speaker Tim Jarvis AM shares lessons on leadership, resilience, teamwork and goal-setting learned from his polar expeditions.

 

Tim Jarvis AM

Tim Jarvis Consulting, environmental scientist, author and adventurer

Festival of Food

5:05pm — 7:00pm

The Festival of Food is a casual networking function for delegates to see out Day 1. Enjoy a delicious array of canapes and drinks featuring locally sourced produce.

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Doors open

8:00am — 9:00am

North Terrace

Exhibitions and Startup Alley

8:00am — 5:00pm

The Hive

Our world famous exhibition and Startup Alley will run across the two-day event. Immerse yourself at anytime among some of the world’s best operators and inventors in agriculture.

Welcome

9:00am — 9:10am

Plenary

MC welcomes delegates and provides a recap of Day 1 proceedings.

Panel discussion- The collision of the four Cs

9:10am — 10:25am

Global challenges

Plenary

This session will be followed by a presentation from an evokeAG. Future Young Leader.

 

World trade continues to be impacted by the Four Cs: climate, covid, conflict and cost. But which changes are temporary, and which are permanent?

 

Sam Trethewey

Co-Founder and Managing Director of Tasmanian Agricultural Company

Morning tea

10:25am — 10:50am

The Hive

Panel discussion- Farm to arm fashion: how innovation is driving sustainability on the runway

10:50am — 11:35am

Sustainability

Plenary

Socially conscious consumers are increasingly demanding sustainable fashion, driving companies to innovate greener forms of fibre production.

Workshop

10:50am — 11:35am

Farming

Sustainability

Gilbert Room

Western Growers members produce over 50% of all North America’s fresh produce. They are looking for Australian agritech solutions to help address key challenges around automation, water and the application of biologicals to soil and plants. If you are looking to enter the US market, learn more here. 

Ben Barlow

Managing Director, New Edge Microbials

Brought to you by

Wharf42 and Western Growers

Brand ag

10:50am — 11:35am

Global challenges

Breakout Room 1

Clean and green is to New Zealand, what the Emerald Isle is to Ireland and what innovation is to Israel.

Shifka Seigel

Project Manager, Israel Australian Chamber of Commerce

Panel discussion- SynBio: transforming agriculture one cell at a time

10:50am — 11:35am

Synthetic biology

Breakout Room 2

From designing crops for fuel production, to creating programmable cells to fight disease, synthetic biology or SynBio is big business.

Transition time

11:35am — 11:40am

Panel discussion- Biosecurity: how are we safeguarding our $100 billion industry target?

11:40am — 12:15pm

Biosecurity

Plenary

As an agricultural industry, we’re targeting $100 billion per annum in farm gate output by 2030.

Workshop- Next gen: biomanufacturing for Earth, sustainability and space

11:40am — 12:15pm

Synthetic biology

Technology

Gilbert Room

Our growing ability to engineer biology with automation, AI and data analytics is driving a biomanufacturing revolution.

Brought to you by

University of Adelaide

Panel discussion- The fringe benefits of on-farm tech

11:40am — 12:15pm

Technology

Innovation

Breakout Room 1

This session will begin with a three minute Startup Showcase.

 

The application of agritech is often positioned to improve operational efficiency, profitability and sustainability.

 

Mark Barber

General Manager, Farmland Agency and Investments Elders

Brought to you by

Elders

Panel discussion- Turning a blue industry green

11:40am — 12:15pm

Sustainability

Breakout Room 2

This session will begin with a three minute Startup Showcase.

 

In recent years the global appetite for sustainably sourced seafood, fishery and aquaculture products has increased.

 

Lunch

12:15pm — 1:05pm

The Hive

Keynote- Helping humanity grow

1:05pm — 1:25pm

Future of food

Technology

Plenary

Professional plant breeding over the past 100 years has been the key driver behind delivering enough food to meet the demands of our growing population.

Panel discussion- How digital solutions can yield new growth

1:25pm — 1:55pm

Farming

Technology

Plenary

Prioritising the health of the environment, the welfare of animals, and producing safe and nutritious food is at the heart of farming.

Brought to you by

Telstra

Panel discussion- The risks and rewards of renewables

1:05pm — 1:55pm

Sustainability

Breakout Room 1

This session will begin with a three minute Startup Showcase.

 

As the transition from fossil fuels to renewables gathers pace globally, we bring together different perspectives in this breakout session.

 

Presentation- Workforce Community Trust

1:05pm — 1:55pm

Future of food

Sustainability

Breakout Room 2

This session will begin with a three minute Startup Showcase.

 

Australia’s rural industries face increasing community expectations on a range of issues including environmental management, labour workforce conditions, and acceptance of new technologies.

 

Transition time

1:55pm — 2:00pm

Panel discussion- How consumer insights are driving change across the fresh food industry

2:00pm — 2:40pm

Investment

Supply chain

Plenary

Understanding what your customers want is critical to any business’s success. And in a world as fast paced as ours, staying ahead of the customer curve is paramount.

Dr Rachel Ankeny

Professor, School of Humanities at the University of Adelaide

Tim Cartwright

CEO, It’s Fresh Produce, General Manager, Fresh Foods at Drakes Supermarkets

Panel discussion- Exploring alternative avenues to funding

2:05pm — 2:40pm

Investment

Breakout Room 1

This session will begin with a three minute Startup Showcase.

 

If you can’t bootstrap and the venture capital door is closed, what options are open to agrifood tech startups looking to scale?

 

Panel discussion- One small step for man, one giant leap for agriculture

2:05pm — 2:40pm

Technology

Breakout Room 2

This session will begin with a three minute Startup Showcase.

 

With plans to establish Australia’s first dedicated space manufacturing hub in South Australia, what better location to take a deep dive into the future of agri space tech.

 

Afternoon tea

2:40pm — 3:10pm

The Hive

Panel discussion- Onshoring, offshoring and friendshoring: a changing supply chain landscape

3:10pm — 3:45pm

Supply chain

Plenary

This session will begin with a Future Young Leader Presentation.

 

Geopolitical tensions, COVID-related constraints and unprecedented supply chain impacts have forced entire industries to reshape how they do business over the past two years.

Justin Webb

Executive Chairman and Co-founder of AgriWebb

Rob Gordon

Group Chief Executive Officer, SunRice Group

Speaker session- Doubling down: insights from the 2022 AgFunder AgrifoodTech Investment Report

3:45pm — 4:20pm

Global investment

Plenary

This session will begin with a Future Young Leader Presentation.

 

Venture capital investors pumped $51.7 billion into agrifood technologies in 2021; a staggering 85% increase year-on-year.

Sarah Nolet

Co-Founder and General Partner, Tenacious Ventures

Official event close

4:20pm — 4:30pm

Plenary

Closing remarks