Farming Smarter Conference & Trade Show
December 12 - December 13$195 – $1500
Here is our early edition agenda. You will see there are some holes in it still, but we’re working on that. Check back often as we will update speaker biographies and any other information as it becomes available.
Kevin M. Folta, Professor and the Chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at University of Florida, oversees and supports teaching, research and extension efforts of more than 50 leading faculty in the nation’s #2 specialty crop state. His research program examines how light signals are sensed in plants and how different parts of the spectrum can change shelf life and high-value fruit and vegetable traits. His group also uses novel genomics approaches to identify genes related to flavor and disease resistance. An innovative new project tests a method to create new small-molecule drugs. His published works include over 85 peer-reviewed articles and two edited books. He also led the 2011 publication of the strawberry genome sequence.
Kevin is a noted expert in in science communication recognized for distilling complex topics for a curious public. His communications workshops focus on training scientists, farmers and physicians to effectively engage general audiences about agricultural innovations. He is a regular guest on popular podcasts, including Skeptics Guide to the Universe, Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria, and the Joe Rogan Experience. Kevin also frequently writes for popular media, and runs his weekly podcast Talking Biotech. These communications conduits serve to spread an important message about sustainably feeding a planet in 2050—all technologies must be considered, and innovation only moves to application with communication.
In 2016 he received the CAST Borlaug Award in Agricultural Communications and named the Ag Pro Person of the Year. He was recognized in 2007 as an HHMI Distinguished Mentor of Undergraduate Research, 2008 with the NSF CAREER Award, in 2009 with the Northern Illinois University “LA&S Top 50 Graduates”, the 2010 UFRF Research Professor Award, and in 2013 was one of two faculty recognized with the UF Postdoctoral Mentoring Award.
Dwayne Beck, NDSU – Research Manager at Dakota Lakes Research Farm
Dr. Beck’s emphasis is on developing no-till systems for irrigated and dryland areas in central South Dakota. His primary achievements deal with development of programs that have allowed producers to profitably adopt no-till techniques in a large portion of central South Dakota. Identification of the extremely important role played by crop rotation in minimizing weed, disease, and insect problems while increasing potential profitability was the key contribution of this project.
Dwayne L. Beck is Dakota Lakes Research Farm Research Manager in Pierre, South Dakota. As a professor in the Plant Science Department at South Dakota State University, he received his B.S. in Chemistry from Northern State University in 1975 and Ph.D. in Agronomy from South Dakota State University (SDSU) in 1983. He also served as Research Manager at James Valley Research Center at SDSU.
Bruce Burnett, Glacier Farm Media
The Social, always popular, fosters lively conversation and opinion sharing.