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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 amRegistration and Networking
8:00 amWelcome Remarks

Ray Starling, General Counsel and President of the Legal Institute, NC Chamber

8:10 amThe 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.

8:55 amGreetings from the Consul General of Mexico

Madam Claudia Valasco Osorio, Consul General of Mexico

9:00 amFunding in AgTech
9:45 amBreak
10:15 amLegal Liability in Agribusiness
  • Nathan Huff, Associate, Phelps Dunbar LLP
  • Amber Miller, President, American Agricultural Law Association, and Partner, Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam, LLP
  • Jake Parker, Secretary and General Counsel, NC Farm Bureau Federation
  • Moderator:  Ray Starling, General Counsel and President of the Legal Institute, NC Chamber

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 amHemp in NC: What you Need to Know
  • Scott Propheter, Vice President of Agronomy and Outreach, Criticality
  • Dr. Sandy Stewart, Assistant Commissioner, NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Lorren Walker, Chief of Staff, Marketing and Regulatory Programs, US Department of Agriculture
  • Moderator:  Tyler Russell, Business and Creditors’ Rights Attorney, Ward and Smith, P.A.

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 amFarmer 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.

12:30 pmLunch
1:15 pmNC Legislative Update


1:45 pmClosing Comments

Ray Starling, General Counsel and President of the Legal Institute, NC Chamber