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.

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July Webinar Topic: Alternative Proteins and Food Ingredients

This month Agrifood Conversations will feature webinars from alternative proteins & food ingredient-related companies. Register for the July Webinar Series to learn about new innovations making a difference in the food & agriculture industry and how you can be a part of it.

Geltor: Engineering Proteins for Use in … Everything

Thursday, July 26th at 3 PM CT

Proteins are an essential part of life, present in just about every living thing on Earth. But they aren’t perfect. As natural things, they have their limitations, which is why recombinant proteins are so useful. Learn how one company is designing high-value proteins for consumer products at “Engineering Proteins for Use in … Everything,” a webinar to be held at 3pm CT on July 26 featuring Alexander Lorestani, PhD, CEO of Geltor.

Recent Past Webinars

Seek Food: Crickets: The Food of the Future

Thursday, July 12th at 3 PM CT

Our food system is killing us, and our planet … literally. It takes 25 pounds of wheat, 1,825 gallons of water, and more than 25 pounds of feed to produce just four pounds of beef. What’s more, animal emissions and feedcrop production account for more than 85% of all greenhouse gas emissions from the traditional livestock industry. In a world where we will need to double food production by 2050 in order to keep up with our growing population, this is unsustainable.

Learn how one company is working to introduce another ancient protein source, crickets, to the Western diet at “Crickets, the Food of the Future,” a webinar to be held at 3pm CT on July 12 featuring Robyn Shapiro, co-founder and CEO of Seek.

Panel: Worms, Bacteria, and Bioreactors: Alternative Proteins and the Future of Food

Thursday, July 5th at 3 PM CT

One hectare of land yields one metric ton of soy protein, a common livestock feed, every year. The same amount of land can produce 150 tons of insect protein. Which do chickens prefer? Protein can be produced using bacteria in a bioreactor. The process uses less water, consumes carbon as an input and can be located basically anywhere the protein is needed. And its nutritional content can be customized.

You’re invited to an exclusive webinar at 3pm CT on July 5 featuring Larry Feinberg, the CEO of KnipBio and Hans Kelstrup, the CSO of Beta Hatch, where we will dig into the subject of alternative proteins and the impact that they are having on the agriculture supply chain.


Thursday, June 14th at 3 PM CT

Based in Longmont, Colo., HerdDogg is combining hardware, IoT, and data science to offer herd managers a solution across the herd-data lifecycle. The company’s product includes two parts — a tag that attaches to the ear of each individual animal that monitors and collects their biometrics, and a central collection device that can be installed out in the field. From there, the information is sent directly to the rancher’s phone via HerdDogg’s mobile app and cloud archiving system, measuring earlobe temperature, activity, ambient temperature and light and more, with data that includes animal biometrics and reports on heats, calving, illness and missing animals. This enables livestock farmers to make rapid data-driven decisions on their animals’ health, and have the predictive information to maintain a healthy animal population.


EIO Diagnostics 

Thursday, June 21st at 3 PM CT

EIO Diagnostics is helping the global dairy industry deal with udder infections by enabling earlier, cheaper detection. Using a technique known as multispectral imaging, udder abnormalities are spotted as they form, allowing farmers to identify animals affected by harmful pathogens, even at Somatic Cell Count (SCC) levels generally considered sub-clinical. The EIO solution is available in two versions: a handheld device, and a larger unit for permanent mounting in automated milking parlours. The system integrates with DeLaval VMS or Lely Astronaut robotic milkers, identifying and monitoring cows as they enter the milking stall, and can also be integrated with automated feeders, leveraging existing animal identification systems.


Thursday, June 28st at 3 PM CT

According to some predictions, antibiotic-resistant bacteria will kill 10 million people and cause tremendous economic loss by 2050. A primary driver of selection for antibiotic-resistant bacteria is overuse of antibiotics in livestock, where the consumption of antibiotics by animals is forecast to rise to 200,000 tons annually by 2030. So far, non-antibiotic growth promoters have been unable to compete with antibiotics in reducing feed costs. Nutrivert’s non-antibiotic products exploit the previously unknown mechanism of action of antibiotic growth promoters, with results that so far have shown promise in testing in pigs and broilers.

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