The Big Questions Facing Agtech in 2017


As we approach the New Year, we can look forward to a year of great change, both politically and economically, and to a new, more advanced era in agtech development and adoption.

The World Agri-Tech Investment Summit, hosted in San Francisco on March 28-29, will address the big questions facing the industry in 2017. In consultation with our Expert Advisory Board, we have created a dynamic and interactive agenda, to stimulate debate and facilitate connections between US and international agtech leaders.

The Big Questions Facing Agtech in 2017

The New US Administration: How could revised policies on trade, regulation and immigration impact the agtech sector?

Industry Consolidation: What will be the impact on external innovation and licencing partnerships? After consolidation, who will become the ultimate customers and how will the balance of power shift?

AI, Machine Learning & Data Analytics: Are we heading for a new paradigm in smart sustainable agricultural supply chains?

Gene Editing: Where will we find the next breakthrough applications beyond today’s low-hanging fruit?

Soil Health & the Plant Microbiome: Which technologies are going to move the needle in terms of increased yield?

The New Face of Innovation: How are smaller companies re-writing the model for accelerating R&D to the field?

Accelerating On-Farm Commercialisation: To what extent can business models that share risk and reward with the farmer encourage on-farm adoption?

Venture Funding and the Commodity Cycle: How long can investment be sustained over the next four years of the commodity prices downturn? Where is new capital going to come from?


Taking place in the heart of the world’s VC and tech clusters, we will harness the brightest and most innovative minds to apply new thinking and technologies to the world of agtech.

If you have a critical opinion, an innovative solution, or an exciting case study to share, there are still opportunities to get involved in the program and we would love to hear from you.

Registration is now open! Book your place by January 31 to save $300 on your registration fee.

We hope you can join us!

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