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Tallahassee, Fla. — Next Wednesday and Thursday, March 30-31, Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) will host the second annual Florida-International Agriculture Innovation Summit in collaboration with the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA) and supported by the governments of Florida, Israel, Canada, and the Netherlands.
The 2022 Florida-International Agriculture Innovation Summit seeks to offer insights on important issues facing the agriculture industries in Florida and other countries and to explore technologies and advances in water conservation and sustainable agriculture. Participants will have the opportunity to hear directly from growers, investors, scientists, and innovators from around the globe over the two days of the summit. The inaugural 2020 summit hosted by Florida and Israel focused on agrobotics and artificial intelligence in agriculture as well as hemp and cannabis research and development. FDACS  looked to build on the success of the 2020 summit, which saw more than 600 attendees, by expanding the summit’s scope to include additional partner countries, providing increased opportunities for exchange of ideas and economic development.

“I am grateful for our partners in Israel, Canada, and the Netherlands for joining us in exploring innovative approaches to improved sustainability for our countries and for the planet,” said Commissioner Nikki Fried. “Innovation in agriculture has been a priority for our department since my first days of office in 2019, when I established the FDACS Agriculture Innovation Workgroup (AIW) to increase collaboration among industry leaders, government agencies, academia, investors, and other producers. I am so proud of the hard work and incredible opportunities that have come from this committee and look forward to this year’s summit.”
“This year’s summit is packed with exciting content from top industry leaders, researchers and innovators in agro-tech from four countries,” said Rakefet Bachur-Phillips, Co-Executive Director of the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator. “We are grateful for the opportunity to bring Commissioner Fried’s vision to fruition for the second time and to make this summit bigger and better.”

Registration is free and open now at this link.
Full Summit Schedule and List of Speakers:
Day 1 – March 30, 2022 – PRECISION AGRICULTURE
7:45-8:15AM EST: Virtual Networking
8:15-8:45AM EST: Welcome and Opening Remarks
Moderated by: Alan Brock, Rural Affairs Director, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS)
Speakers: Ms. Shelby Scarpa, Interim Assistant Commissioner, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS)
Ms. Susan Harper, Consul General of Canada in Miami
Ms. Ruth Emmerink, Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Miami
Mr. Maor Elbaz-Starinsky, Consul General of Israel in Miami
8:45-9:00AM EST: Success Stories
Moderated by: Rakefet Bachur-Phillips, Co-Executive Director, Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA)
Speaker: Lior Barhai, CEO, Envonics
9:00-9:15AM EST: Coffee Chat: One Year Later: Lykes Bros & Brick Street Farms
Moderated by: Pam Miniati, Co-Executive Director, Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA)
Speakers: 
Shannon O’Malley, Co-Founder and CEO, Brick Street Farms
Carl Bauman, CFO, Lykes Bros. Inc.
9:15-10:05AM EST: Precision Agriculture: Groundbreaking Research
Moderated by: Olivier Demers-Dubé, Project Director, Zone AgTech
Speakers:
Florida: Dr. Arnold Walter Schumann, Associate Professor of Soil and Water Science, Citrus Research & Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), University of Florida
Canada: Blake Weiseth, Agriculture Research Chair, Applied Research Lead, GFM Discovery Farm Research Chair, Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Israel: Dr. Victor Alchanatis, Agricultural Engineering, Growing, Production and Environmental Engineering, Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), Volcani Institute
Netherlands: Dr. Saskia Visser, Head of Program, Circular and Climate Neutral, University of Wageningen
10:15-11:15AM EST: Precision Agriculture: Industry Challenges and Solutions around the World
Moderated by: Kelly Friend, Director, Agricultural Environmental Services, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS)
Speakers:
Florida: Matthew Donovan, CEO, Agriculture Intelligence and Lead Product Officer, Agroview
Canada: Robert Saik, Founder and CEO, AGvisorPRO
Israel: Guy Sela, Founder, Croapia & YieldApp
Netherlands: Jasper Snijders, Sales Engineer, Aurea Imaging
11:15AM-12:05PM EST: Precision Agriculture: Innovations Disrupting the Status Quo
Moderated by: Scott Livingston, CEO, Livingston Securities
Speakers:
Florida: Harvey Kaye, Founder, Bam-FX
Florida: Terence L. Bolden, CEO, Stud Pac Portable Hydroponic Systems
Canada: Samuel Fournier, Co-Founder & CEO, Chrysalabs
Canada: Yvan Ouellet, Co-founder & CEO, Horoma AI
Israel: Thai Sede, Founder & CEO, BumbleBee
Israel: Ronit Berman, VP Marketing, N-Drip
Netherlands: Arend Koekkoek, Owner, Pixelfarming Robotics
Netherlands: Bas Alderding, Co-founder & Commercial Director, Farm21
12:15-12:55PM EST: Keynote: Sustainability and Disney – Combining Action and Inspiration
Speaker: Dr. Mark Penning, Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products
Introduced by: Guillaume Beland, Project Director, Direct Investments, Zone Agtech
12:55-1:00PM EST: Closing Remarks
Speaker: Ms. Nikki Fried, Agriculture Commissioner, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS)
1:00-2:00PM EST: Virtual Networking
Day 2 – March 31, 2022 – WATER CONSERVATION: Recycle, Reclaim, Reuse
8:00-8:30AM EST: Virtual Networking
8:30-9:00AM EST: Welcome and Success Stories
Moderated by: Alan Brock, Rural Affairs Director, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS)
Speakers:
 Lisa Brand, CTO & Co-Founder, LG Sonic
Dil Vashi, Corporate Development Manager, CO2 GRO
9:00-9:50AM EST: Water Conservation: Groundbreaking Research
Moderated by: Dr. Anandhi Swamy, Assistant Professor, Biological Systems Engineering, Florida A&M University
Speakers:
Florida:  Dr. Vivek Sharma, Assistant Professor, Precision Water Management, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), University of Florida
Canada: Dr. Chandra Madramootoo, James McGill Professor, Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, McGill University
Israel: Dr. Daniel Kurtzman, Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences, Environmental Physics and Irrigation, Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), Volcani Institute
 Netherlands: Chris Schott, Researcher, European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology, Wetsus
9:50-10:50AM EST: Water Conservation: Recycle, Reclaim, Reuse: Industry Challenges and Solutions around the World
Moderated by: Chris Petitt, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS)
Speakers:
Florida: Angela TenBroeck, CEO, Worldwide Aquaponics
Canada: Michael Warren, CEO, Limiting Factor Innovation
Israel: Miriam Brusilovsky, Technical Director, IDE Technologies
Netherlands: Toon Boonekamp, Team Leader Water for Industry, Arcadis
11:00-11:50AM EST: Water Conservation: Innovations Disrupting the Status Quo
Moderated by: Scott Livingston, CEO, Livingston Securities
Presenting Companies:
Florida: Dr. Eban Bean, Director & Co-founder, and Piyush Agade, Co-founder, Gator Byte
Florida: Dr. Daniel Yeh, Founder, BioReNEW
 Canada: Thomas Gradek, President, RHST Industries
Canada: Lisa Fast, Marketing and Communications Manager, Livestock Water Recycling
Israel: Tal Maor, Founder & Chief Business Officer, Viridix
Israel: Ronen Barkan, N. America Business Development and Sales Director, Fluence
Netherlands: Rasoul D. Mikkelsen, Director for Strategic Business Development, Eijkelkamp
12:00PM-12:45PM EST: Keynote: From Farms to Incubators-How Women Leaders are Transforming Agriculture Through Innovation
Speaker: Amy Wu, Founder, From Farms to Incubators, Award Winning Writer for Women’s Agriculture and AgTech Movement
12:45-1:00PM EST: Closing Remarks and Next Steps
Moderated by: Alan Brock, Rural Affairs Director, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS)
1:00-2:00PM EST: Virtual Networking
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