Join the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) at Foster Our Future to hear experts led in moderated panel discussions explore the challenges facing food and agriculture and the role research and innovation will have to feed a global population of 10 billion by 2050.


12:30-1:00 pmRegistration
1:00-5:00 pmFoster Our Future Exhibits Open
1:15 pmOpening Remarks


Sally Rockey, Executive Director, FFAR
1:30-2:00 pmRegenerative Agriculture and the role it plays in our Food System



  • Jerry Lynch, Chief Sustainability Officer, General Mills, Inc. – Moderator
  • Bill Buckner, President & CEO, Noble Research Institute – Panelist
  • Michael Vance, Vice President of Agriculture - B-29 Investments and Managing Partner - Stark Ranch & Stark Farm to Market – Panelist
2:00-2:30 pmMeet A New Innovator
FFAR New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Awardees



  • Jonas King, Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University - Harnessing Massively Parallel Sequencing Technology for Detecting Agriculturally Important Pests and Diseases
  • Lisa Tiemann, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University - Building Soil Health Through Rotational Diversity and Soil Microorganisms
2:00-2:30 pmSpeakers Booth - Science to Sense-Making: Co-Creating Pathways to Bridge Knowledge Gaps



Erin Fitzgerald, President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance
Chip Bowling, Chairman, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance
2:05-2:25 pmAdaptive Multi-Paddock (AMP) Grazing to increase Farm Resiliency and Improve Soil Biodiversity, Animal Wellbeing and Productivity




Peter Byck, Professor, School of Sustainability and Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Arizona State University – FFAR awardee
2:30-3:00 pmDriving Innovation with Public Private Partnership



  • Jeffrey L. Rosichan, Director, Crops of the Future Collaborative, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research – Moderator
  • Mohammed Oufattole, Vice President, Research & Development, Benson Hill Biosystems, Inc. – Panelist
  • Fayaz Khazi, Chief Executive Officer, Elo Life Systems – Panelist
3:00-3:30 pmMeet A New Innovator
FFAR New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Awardees



  • Crystal Levesque, Assistant Professor, South Dakota State University - Achieving Precision Feeding of the Sow and her Offspring for Sustainable Food Production
  • Sotirios Archontoulis, Assistant Professor, Iowa State University - Improving Prediction of Soil Water Dynamics and Crop Yields in the Corn Belt
3:00-3:30 pmSpeakers Booth - Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Innovation Fund



Sunny Reelhorn Parr, Kroger Foundation Manager
3:05-3:25 pmThe Next CRISPR Frontier




Rodolphe Barrangou, Associate Professor, Food Science, North Carolina State University – 2018 Winner of the National Academy of Sciences Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences
3:30-4:00 pmLand-Grant Universities: Relevant Research Today, Solutions for Tomorrow



  • Sally Rockey, Executive Director, FFAR – Moderator
  • Douglas L. Steele, Vice President, Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities – Panelist
  • Wendy Wintersteen, President, Iowa State University – Panelist
  • Paul J. Plummer, Executive Director, National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education – Panelist
4:00-4:30 pmMeet A New Innovator
FFAR New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Awardees



  • Maya Vadiveloo, Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island - Design and Implementation of the Smart Cart Study
4:00-4:30 pmSpeakers Booth - Farm of the Future: Technology Changing Food Supply



Vonnie Estes, VP of Technology, Produce Marketing Association
4:05-4:25 pmPop-up Presentation featuring Danone North America



Chris Adamo, Vice President, Federal and Industry Affairs, Danone North America
4:30-4:55 pmPanel discussion



Vimlendra Sharan, Director of the FAO Liaison Office for North America
4:55 pmClosing Remarks



Sally Rockey, Executive Director, FFAR
5:00 pmFoster Our Future Exhibits Close