Please browse the preliminary agenda below. These items may be subject to change.

Monday, November 6, 2017

1:00 - 1:15​
1:15 - 2:15​
Overview of the World's Supply and Demand on Commodities
Bill Lapp, President and Founder, Advanced Economic Solutions (AES)
2:15 - 3:00​
Optimizing Logistics: Reducing Costs to Improve Farmer Returns
Eric Jackson, Chief Executive, Pipeline Foods LLC
3:00 - 3:45​
Evaluating Strategic Options and Entry Points in Specialty Processing
Robert Hodgen, Managing Director, AMERRA Capital Management, LLC
3:45 - 4:15​
4:15 - 5:00​
Coffee Break sponsored by Women in Agribusiness 
Transitioning to Organic: Challenges in the Field and Marketplace
Tracy Favre, Director, Quality Assurance International, a subsidiary of NSF International
Nathaniel Lewis, Farm Policy Director, Organic Trade Association
Chris Schreiner, Executive Director, Oregon Tilth
Chris Wiegert, Vice President of Purchasing and Crop Production, Healthy Food Ingredients​
5:00 - 6:00​
Lee Addams, Managing Director, HighQuest Partners
Agriculture at the Crossroads: Emerging Opportunities for Producers, Processors and Food Marketers
Mark Cotter, CEO, The Food Group
6:00 - 7:30​
Reception sponsored by Soybean Premiums

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

7:30 - 8:30
Breakfast sponsored by Lockton
Breakout Sessions
8:30 - 9:15
Room 1
Non-GMO High Oleic Soybeans and Opportunities for U.S. Processors
Bryan Stobaugh, Director of Licensing, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council
Dr. John A. Schillinger, Ph.D., President, Schillinger Genetics Inc.
Room 2
8:30 - 9:15
Update on Non-GMO and GMO Labeling Initiatives: Who, What and Why
Kristina Bierschwale, VP, Sales and Customer Development, Where Food Comes From, Inc.

Marni Karlin, Principal, Karlin Strategic Consulting, LLC

9:15 -10:00
10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 11:15
11:15 - 12:00
Reliably Supplying the Right Seed to Specialty Markets
Morrie Bryant, Senior Marketing Manager, DuPont Pioneer
Coffee Break sponsored by HighQuest Partners
Plant Protein Market Update
Animal Feed Market Update
Kellee James, Founder & CEO, Mercaris
9:15 -10:00
10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 11:15
11:15 - 12:00
How Organic Imports Benefit and Create Challenges for the Organic Market
State of Organic Seed: An Update on Trends & Policies
Is CRISPR the Future of Seed Breeding Technology?
Peter Golbitz, President, Agromeris
Coffee Break sponsored by HighQuest Partners
Anne Bridges, Technical Director, AACC International
Kiki Hubbard, Director of Advocacy, Organic Seed Alliance
John Ruelle, Senior Vice President Corporate Development & Strategy, SunOpta 
12:00 - 1:00
Lunch sponsored by Global AgInvesting
1:00 - 2:00
Producer's Perspective on Transitioning to Organic
Dave Bishop, Farmer, PrairiErth Farm
Tim Raile, Farmer, Raile Farms
Kent Solberg, Livestock and Grazing Specialist, Sustainable Farming Association
2:00 - 2:45
John Mesko, Executive Director, MOSES
Sustainability, Climate Change, and Other Concerns for the Future
Elizabeth Reaves, Senior Program Director, Sustainable Food Lab
2:45 - 3:00
Ryan Sirolli, Agriculture Director, DanoneWave ​
Closing Remarks
Stay for even more content from the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES)

On November 8th, at the same location, MOSES is hosting Organic Transition for Commercial-Scale Farms. To learn more about this workshop and how you can attend, visit:

Mark Zavodnyik, Project Manager, HighQuest Partners