SAI PLATFORM ANNUAL EVENT 2019
Next Generation Farming
26-28 JUNE 2019
CHICAGO, IL, USA

Schedule of events

 

June 25 PM – Field to Market Conference (open to all): ‘Making Dollars and Sense: Building Shared Value in Agricultural Sustainability Programs’ and joint SAI Platform/FtM dinner. 

 

Please note that the programme of the SAI Platform Annual Event 2019 will be regularly updated, you will receive the final version via mail.

FIELD VISITS

We would like to offer you a range of simultaneous field visits to experience first-hand the various local food, agriculture system and farming practices with a focus on next generation farming. The visits will take place over a day.

 

Please note that the programme for the field visits will be regularly updated and you will receive the final version via email.


 

 

 

 

WISCONSIN TREES & BEES FIELD VISIT (CROPS)

Date and time: June 26, from 8:00 am

WhereWisconsin and surroundings

Visits will focus on fruit and berries, particularly around environmental work and biodiversity. As climate change continues to change what we farm where, micro-climes, like that north of Chicago, demonstrate the kinds of areas that may change in the future from one form of agriculture to another. The farmers you will speak with are experts and innovators in water management, market diversity, and supporting biodiversity on their property.

The tour is limited to max. 25 participants on a first-come first-served basis. 


INDIANA ROOTS & SHOOTS FIELD VISIT (CROPS)

Date and time: June 26, from 8:00 am

WhereIndiana and Illinois 

This tour is focused on row crops and how farmers are managing nutrients, engaging in beneficial tillage and cover crops practices, including incorporating manure and nutrient management beyond the farm to power small towns in a truly circular approach to nutrient cycling, worthy of our ‘next generation’ theme.

The tour is limited to max. 30 participants on a first-come first-served basis. 

The Indiana Roots & Shoots field visit is kindly hosted and sponsored by Ingredion.


ILLINOIS CHEF’S SALAD FIELD VISIT (CROPS)

Date and time: June 26, from 8:00 am

WhereIllinois and Wisconsin

This field visit is focused entirely about trying to fill a trip with your senses: colourful vegetables, tasty garlic before finishing with the aroma of lavender. All of these farms are unique in how their ‘next generation’ has adopted and engaged in agriculture. Because more and more children are taking over their parents’ farm, these stops will provide a good perspective on the variety and diversity of farming families who are entering and continuing the farming heritage.

The tour is limited to max. 25 participants on a first-come first-served basis. 

The Illinois Chef’s salad field visit is kindly hosted and sponsored by Netafim.


DIGGING FOR VALUE – GOOD SOIL PRACTICES AS THE FOUNDATION FOR SUCCESS (DAIRY)

Date and time: June 26, from 8:00 am

Where: Fair Oaks Education Centre, Illinois & Rick Clark’s farm, Indiana

This field visit will access knowledge from the Fair Oaks Education Centre and build our knowledge on good soil practices and cross cropping at low transition costs. The tour will showcase the value these deliver at farm and across the value chain. Rick Clark is an expert in regenerative agriculture practices and developed an innovative feeding model currently in practice.

The tour is limited to max. 20 participants on a first-come first-served basis. 


“WHERE THERE IS MUCK THERE IS BRASS” – HOW ACTIVE MANURE MANAGEMENT DRIVES FARM PERFORMANCES (DAIRY)

Date and time: June 26, from 8:00 am

Where: Fair Oaks Education Center, Illinois

This field visit will access knowledge from the Fair Oaks Education Centre. In the afternoon, the visit will focus on an advance manure management system, and innovative nutrients management plant that transforms manure into the higher forms of energy and fertilizers.

The tour is limited to max. 20 participants on a first-come first-served basis. 


US BEEF CHAIN IN A DAY

Date and time: June 26, from 8:00 am

Where: LaSalle, Illinois and surroundings

We will visit producers involved in three different stages of beef production, namely a cow-calf operation, a backgrounding farm and a covered feedlot.

NOTE: Please note that participants on this beef visit should not be in contact with animals (excluding domestic pets) 24 hours prior to visiting each farm.

Participants will be required to wear clean footwear, particularly if they have been on a farm within the previous week.

The tour is limited to max. 25 participants. Place will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. 

Conference ‘Next Generation Farming’ Day 1 – Open to all

Time Content Speakers
8:00 – 8:30 Registration & Coffee
8:30 – 8:40 Welcome to SAI Platform Conference
  • Adrian Greet, Director General, SAI Platform
8:40 – 9:00 Keynote speaker
  • Christine Daugherty, PhD, JD, Vice President Global Sustainable Agriculture & Responsible Sourcing, PepsiCo Sustainability Office
9:00 – 12:45

SESSION 1 – RESILIENT FARMING SYSTEMS: PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS AND CASE STUDIES

Climate-related impacts are already reducing crop yields in some parts of the world. Without some thought and planning, producers struggle to remain viable in current production areas, the environment loses, or producers clear the land to produce new crops which are not necessarily adapted to the climate in the area. The learning curves suggests that maintaining production and commodity prices will be difficult in the future hence Business as usual will become increasingly a stretch goal.

9:00 – 9:45 Panel Discussion: Towards Carbon-Neutral and Climate-Resilient Agri-Food Systems
  • Adam Schlosser, Senior Research Scientist & Deputy Director, MIT Joint Program on Science and Policy of Global Change
  • Jay Hill, Farmer & Sustainability Officer, NM USFRA 
  • Dennis Todey, Director – USDA Midwest Climate Hub, USDA

Moderator:

  • Roger Thurow, Senior Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
9:45 – 10:45 Panel Discussion: GeoFootprint: The Maps to Accelerate Sustainable Management of Agricultural Supply Chains
  • Jason Funk, Principal & Founder, Land Use & Climate Knowledge Initiative/ World Resource Institute (WRI)
  • Greg Downing, Director of Sustainability, Cargill
  • Matthew Neyman, Sustainability Accounting Manager, Mars Inc.

Co-moderators:

  • Xavier Bengoa, Sustainability Consultant & Knowledge Manager, Quantis
  • Daniella Malin, Agriculture and Climate Program Leader, Sustainable Food Lab/ Cool Farm Alliance
10:45 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:45 Breakout sessions: Building on Implementation of Different Sustainable Practices – Soil, Animal Welfare and Water Stories from Farmers, Industry and Government

Breakout session 1 – Soil Health

The Growing Case for Returning to Cover Crops and Small Grains in the Midwest

In this session we will hear from a company, supplier partner, and farmer about what it takes to support farmers to try out new practices and what the limits are to scale. We will discuss what it will take to get to scale.

  • Margaret Henry, Director Sustainable Agriculture, PepsiCo
  • Will Cannon, Corn & Soybean Grower

Moderator:

  • Elizabeth Reaves, Senior Program Director, Agriculture and Environment, Sustainable Food Lab

Breakout session 2 – Delivering High Animal Welfare

Farm Animal Wellbeing: An Ethical and Economic Win-Win for Farmers and Consumers

In this session we will explore and test the extent of the idea that human and animal interests go hand in hand with improved welfare.

  • Dr. Candace Croney, Director of the Center for Animal Welfare Science, and Professor of Animal Behavior and Well-Being, Purdue
  • Robin Ganzert, President & CEO, American Humane
  • Dr. Temple Grandin, Professor of Animal Science, Colorado State University
  • Trent Hendrick, Hub Leader, Cabriejo Ranch & savory

Moderator:

  • Ruaraidh Petre, Executive Director, GRBS

Breakout session 3 – Water Management

California Almonds: Increasing Irrigation Efficiency through Education, Innovation & Adoption

In this session we will learn more about the Almond Board of California, their Irrigation Improvement Continuum and sustainability program (CASP).

  • Gabriele Ludwig, Director Sustainability and Environmental Affairs, Almond Board of California
  • Spencer Cooper, Senior Manager, Field Outreach and Education, Almond Board of California
12:45 – 13:45 Networking Lunch
13:45 – 14:25 Wrap up & Q&A
14:25 – 15:50 SAI Platform Market Place – Showcasing the Value Proposition of SAI Platform for a Global Market 

  • Towards FSA 3.0
  • Spotlight
  • Livestock
  • Crops Projects
  • Events & Communications
  • Regional Presence
15:50 – 16:00 Coffee Break

 

General Assembly – Members Only

Time Content and Speaker
15:50 – 16:00 Registration and Coffee
16:00 – 17:00 General Assembly (Agenda TBC)

 

Conference Day 2 – Open to all

Time Content Speakers
7:30 – 8:00 Registration & Coffee
8:00 – 10:20

SESSION 2 – DESIGNING RESILIENT SUPPLY CHAINS

8:00 – 8:30 Progressing Sustainably Sourced Corn Across Global Supply Chain
  • Brian Nash, Director Sustainability, Ingredion
  • Jon Radtke, Water Sustainability Program Director, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Mike Cossins, Farmer

Moderator:

  • Rob Meyers, Sustainability Director, PepsiCo
8:30 – 9:00 SAI Platform B2B Model – Dairy Global Methodology for Sustainability Performance
  • Axelle Bodoy, Global Milk & Farming Sustainability Manager, Danone
  • Autumn Fox, Sustainable Sourcing Manager, Mars Inc.
  • Jaap Petraeus, Corporate Manager Sustainability, FrieslandCampina
  • Joe McMahan, Vice President, Sustainability Initiatives

Moderator:

  • Rozanne Davis, Head of Sustainability, innocent drinks
9:00 – 9:20 Field to Market – Collaboration on FSA and Value Proposition for Both Members
  • Rod Snyder, President, Field to Market
  • Stefani Grant, Senior Manager External Affairs and Sustainability, Unilever
9:20 – 10:20 The Future of Responsible Supply Chains in the Global South: Corporate Trends and Technologies
  • Daniele Giovannucci, President, COSA

Moderator:

  • Sasha Twining, Conference Host
10:20 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – 13:00

SESSION 3 –  ENABLING NEXT GENERATION

The Future of Global Farming

10:45 – 11:00 Introduction to Session 3  
11:00 – 12:00 Generational Discussion on Next Generation Farming: Father and daughter will engage the audience in questions about the current and future generation of farming systems.
  • Hal Hamilton, Senior Advisor, Sustainable Food Lab
  • Margaret Henry, Director Sustainable Agriculture, PepsiCo
12:00  – 12:20 Who’s the Next Generation?: “Made by Humans”
  • Shayna Harris, Chief Growth Officer, Farmer’s Fridge
12:20 – 12:45 Who’s the Next Generation?: Millennial Farmer and Entrepreneur
  • Jay Hill, Farmer & Sustainability Officer, NM USFRA 
12:45 – 13:00

Interactive Reflection and Q&A Session

 
13:00 – 13:15 Wrap up SAI Platform Conference 2019 ‘Next Generation Farming’
  • Sasha Twining, Conference Host

 

13:15 – 15:00 Networking Lunch