Tuesday, 31 July  2018

1130-1140

Opening Remarks and Agribusiness Global Industry Impact Award

The AgriBusiness Global Industry Impact Award recognizes success, innovation and strategy in the biostimulant sector. Given to a supplier of biostimulant products, the award is presented to a company who leverages product innovation, distribution strategy, and a change-making marketing and communications campaign to bring an emerging trend to the forefront of the agribusiness marketplace.

1140-1215

Opening Keynote: Creating the Modern Portfolio & Integrating Emerging Technologies

Presenter: Giuseppe Natale, Chief Executive Officer, Valagro
Progressive companies in agriculture are expanding portfolios into new inputs, investing in technology, and expanding their global reach. Our Keynote speaker will present what the agricultural company of the future will look like, and the strategies and business practices required to attain success.

1215-1315

Lunch Service

1330

Exhibit Hall Opens

1500-1530

Refreshment Break

1700

Exhibit Hall Closes

1700-1900

Welcome Cocktail Reception

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

0900

Exhibition Hall & Meeting Rooms Open

0930-0950

Environmental Protection Situation in China: The Impact on the Agrochemical Supply

Presenter: Dr. Wayne Tan, CAC Group China
China’s environmental protection inspections have led to hundreds of arrests and millions of dollars in fines. The expectation is that the government will redouble its efforts making it more difficult for chemical companies in general and manufacturers of crop protection products in particular. Dr. Wayne Tan, CAC Group China, will explain what impact these ongoing inspections will mean for the Ag industry.

1000-1030

Refreshment Break

1030-1130

How Precision Agriculture Could Impact Your Crop Protection Business

Presenter: James C. Sulecki, Chief Content Officer, Head of Global Precision Initiative, Meister Media Worldwide
Precision agriculture, once associated mostly with variably applying crop nutrients and seed, is now super-powered by digital farming tools and data and is making inroads into all crop areas and inputs including crop protection. Image recognition and artificial intelligence may revolutionize chemical application. As-applied and as-harvested data are speeding and improving R&D. James C. Sulecki, using cross-industry survey data and other sources, provides a peek at how precision agriculture is likely to impact crop protection in the years ahead.

1200-1330

Lunch and General Session

Presenter: Bob Fairclough, Director-Agriglobe, Kleffmann Group
There has been a flurry of activity since 2014 in the global agriculture market with numerous M&As and consolidation at the supplier and distributor levels. What impact will this have on true crop protection companies and how will the value and shape of the market be influenced in the future? With Brazil firmly establishing itself as the number one global market in 2017 and global market growth far greater than a cursory glance at revenue change of the leading companies would indicate; we will examine the core Agrochemical Market, the key drivers of that market going forward and offer future trend lines post 2020.

1430-1530

Mergers & Acquisitions: Living Through the Aftermath

Presenters: V.M. (Jim) DeLisi, Chief, Fanwood Chemical, Inc. and Alex Polinsky
The finishing touches on two years of M&A upheaval are coming to an end. Delisi and Polinsky will explain what this new era in crop protection will look like and how executives can position their companies to succeed in the post mega-merger era.

1530-1600

Refreshment Break

1600-1630

Trade War: The Impact of Tariffs on the Agchem Market

Presenter: V.M. (Jim) DeLisi, Chief, Fanwood Chemical, Inc.
Even just the threat of a tariffs has U.S. and Chinese importers and exporters reeling.  Manufacturers and distributors are wondering what the implications of a trade war could mean for prices and availability. Fanwood Chemical’s Jim DeLisi will guide a discussion about how to prepare for a pending trade war and highlight some important dates when the industry will gain some clarity.

1700

Exhibit Hall Closes

Thursday, 2 August 2018

0900

Exhibition Hall & Meeting Rooms Open

0900-1000

Lessons from the CropLife 100

Presenter: Eric Sfiligoj, Editor, CropLife® magazine
The top ag retailers in the U.S. represent a $30 billion part of the U.S. agricultural marketplace, largely due to the efforts of the top companies. This session will examine some the major findings from the 2017 report, looking at the key historic trends and how these have changed or remained the same since the beginning of the 21st century. It will also provide some insights into where this important segment of agriculture is headed between now and 2020 by looking at some of the challenges and opportunities faced by the companies that do business in this category.

1000-1030

Refreshment Break

1030-1130

How Digitalization Can Change Regulatory Systems

Presenter: Dr. Piyatida (Tung) Pukclai, Regional Business Development Director (Asia-Pacific), knoell
A new phase of agriculture is promoting the digital technology application as well as the decision-making process. Digital farming is widely recognized as a revolution of modern agricultural that makes farming smarter, more efficient and sustainable. As more available data is combined with a farmer’s experience, the options for action improve. Optimizing the decision-making process in the agricultural sector will not only preserve the environment but also stimulate economic growth by increasing the sector’s competitiveness through gains in productivity and cutting costs. To unlock the full potential of digital farming, we need to create the right regulatory environment and set the right policy incentives. To achieve more ambitious results, the future common agricultural policy will also continue to invest in and encourage research and innovation in the sector.

This presentation will address the overview of digitalization in agriculture, how digitalization can change regulatory systems, and adopt digital for regulatory compliance.

1200-1330

Lunch and General Session: Sourcing for the Future, How to Build Your Strategy

Presenter: CS Liew, Managing Director, Pacific Agriscience Pte Ltd
Product procurement has been the focus of the crop protection market for the past 2 years and has become more unpredictable in the past 12 months. China is adhering to the enforcement of environmental laws which has caused a shift in timing and product availability, while India is looking to synthesize more active ingredients in the future. Mr. Liew will address what the next 2-3 years may bring in sourcing and offer insight on how to strategically build your business and plan accordingly:

  1. Intermediates & availability will this change?
  2. Future relationship between China and India
  3. Financial Terms are the days of buying on credit gone for good?

1530-1600

Refreshment Break

1700

Trade Summit Closes