During 2018, iSelect, The VanTrump Report and The Yield Lab Institute are sponsoring a series of weekly webinars featuring the best in agriculture innovation. Agrifood Conversations is all about driving innovation and each month will highlight a specific theme, from biologicals to vertical farms, featuring new and exciting companies at the forefront of the industry. Once a quarter, we’ll open up the conversation with a panel of experts on that month’s topic. Learn about new trends in ag, connect with industry leaders and discover new solutions.

All webinar registrants receive a free short-term subscription to The Van Trump Report.

March Webinars + Panel:

The Future of Genetics and Agriculture

This month Agrifood Conversations will feature webinar from four biotech companies and an in-person and live-streamed panel discussion on the topic. Register for the March Webinar Series to learn how new innovations in biotech are making a difference in the agriculture industry and how you can be a part of it.

Agribody:  Expanding Global Food Supply by Significantly Increasing Crop Yields, Stress Tolerance and Shelf Life Using Patented Gene Technology

Thursday, March 15 at 3 PM CT

Growers face growing demands for high-quality, low-cost food in the face of a burgeoning population, decrease in arable land and resources, and extreme weather events.  Farmers and seed companies must prepare for these profound changes by substantially increasing the efficiency of food production and storage under normal and stressed conditions. 

Using Agribody’s patent protected transgenic and genome editing technology, farmers can grow a larger variety of crops with significantly higher yields using the same inputs.  What sets Agribody apart is that it is the only field-demonstrated, broadly applicable technology that has proven to significantly improve crop yields. The commercialization of genome editing in crop plants, requiring no governmental deregulation, is expected to yield significant and rapid revenues with no GM risks.  The company’s technology was validated in lab and greenhouse studies across multiple crop species. During two years of replicated field trials, yield improvements of 20-45% were demonstrated in an elite alfalfa variety, while maintaining crop biomass quality.

Benson Hill: Bringing the Power of CRISPR and Advanced Gene Editing to Mainstream Agriculture

Thursday, March 29th at 3 PM CST

Agriculture will need to double food production by 2050 to feed our booming global population, at the same time that growers experience greater climate volatility and consumers demand greater focus on health and sustainability in our food system. 

In February, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Benson Hill Biosystems a patent related to CRISPR 3.0 Cms1 genome editing nucleases, further expanding the company’s suite of genomics tools to accelerate crop performance improvements. Benson Hill’s genome editing system Edit, powered by CropOS, enables companies across the agri-food value chain to tap natural genetic diversity as a powerful source of product differentiation to improve the health and sustainability of our food system.

Learn how Benson Hill is working on new solutions to this age-old problem.

This Month’s Past Webinars

Plastomics: Using Chloroplast Genetic Engineering to Develop the Next Generation of High Performing Crops

Thursday, March 1st at 3 PM CST

Chloroplast engineering is the next front in the push to bring gene editing to agriculture, offering researchers a high-level of transgene expression, multi-gene engineering in a single transformation event, and transgene containment via maternal inheritance. This has the potential to bring new precision to ag gene editing, with faster development times and at lower cost than today’s solutions.

Learn how Plastomics is using this technology to benefit farmers.

Live Panel: Future of Genetics & Agriculture

Thursday, March 8th at 3 PM CST

On March 8th, Agrifood Conversations will be live at Venture Cafe in St. Louis where the ‘Future of Genetics & Agriculture’ will be front and center. This special edition of Agrifood Conversations will feature a panel of experts in the biotech including Natalie DiNicola with Benson Hill and Todd Mockler with the Danforth Center among others.

For those in St. Louis, we invite you to join us in the Havana Room at CIC. For everyone else, register to live stream the event from wherever you are.

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