October 4, 2019
Calling all ag allies: Help ensure our state’s #1 industry continues moving forward.
As one of the state’s primary allies of the agriculture industry, the NC Chamber is proud to host its second Agribusiness Conference. This event will explore the trajectory of the agribusiness industry, with topics including state and federal policy updates; innovation in the agribusiness sector; legal liability; funding and more.
Be a champion for one of our state’s most enduring industries. Join us October 4.
Friday, October 4
|7:15 am||Registration and Networking|
|8:00 am||Welcome Remarks|
|8:15 am||The Future of Agribusiness in NC|
By 2050 the world’s population will reach 9.1 billion, creating the need for food production to increase by 70%. In order to meet this demand, agribusiness will need to change and adapt? Our panel of experts will explore how advanced technologies, consolidation and consumer demand are shaping the future of agribusiness.
|9:00 am||Agribusiness Funding|
|10:15 am||Legal Liability in Agribusiness|
Nuisance lawsuits and chemical litigation are just a couple of the legal issues currently plaguing the agribusiness industry. Our panel of experts will provide an update on the current legal state of agribusiness in North Carolina and how the NC Chamber and others are working to address these issues.
|11:00 am||Hemp in NC: What you Need to Know|
Will industrial hemp be North Carolina’s next big cash crop? In this panel discussion, you will hear the latest updates on efforts to legalize industrial hemp production in North Carolina and how this could impact agribusiness in our state. The panel will also discuss the importance of taking a science-based approach to the development of industrial hemp-derived products.
|11:45 am||Farmer of the Future|
Brett Sciotto, President & CEO, Aimpoint Research
Propelled by a perfect storm of market dynamics, innovation, demographic shifts and new management philosophies, the farmers of the future will quite simply defy conventional wisdom and conventional business models. Brett Sciotto, the CEO of Aimpoint Research, unveils new, landmark research on the psychology of the farmers who will most likely lead the industry in 2040, as well as the internal and external factors impacting their success. Brett also delivers an overview of the predictive wargaming exercise Aimpoint Research recently conducted that highlights the critical changes impacting the entire agri-food value chain through 2040. As the agri-food value chain continues to transform, the businesses and traditional institutions of agriculture will need to evolve to meet the needs of the farmers of the future.
|1:15 pm||NC Legislative Update|
|1:45 pm||Closing Comments|