The SDL agenda offers a balance of high level, strategic guidance and direct questioning to challenge current thinking. By inviting cross sector discussion in group panels and intimate firesides, our agenda fosters the curiosity and inspiration needed to drive change forward.
09:30 - 10:30
Coffee & Registration
Introductory remarks from the commissioner.
10:30 - 10:40
Welcome To SDL: Miami Forum
Ken Russell, City of Miami
Five years before the SDGs deadline, we look at global progress in integrating public policy, scientific solutions and technology to facilitate a sustainable planet.
10:40 - 10:55
A Sustainable 2025
How the reinvention of horizontal horticulture is breaking down barriers across the globe.
10:55 - 11:10
Horticulture & Vertical Farming
AI allows us to put context around years of aggregated field-centric data, detecting coherences and patterns beyond that which human eyes and brains can process.
11:10 - 11:25
Does AI Help Us Make Better Decisions?
Claudia Rössler, Microsoft
How digital disruption and consolidation are tackling our rising populations and food demands.
11:25 - 11:40
Global Growth, Trends & Forecasts
Revolutionising agriculture: increased farming efficiency; transparent and sustainable food supply chains; management of supply and price volatility.
11:40 - 11:55
Digitalization Across Supply Chains
How to feed 10 billion people - identifying sustainability obstacles in the journey to global food security.
11:55 - 12:10
The Sustainability Technology Challenge
Arama Kukutai, Finistere Ventures
Exploring frameworks from global innovators to support collective action towards eliminating food waste and transforming it into new material.
12:10 - 12:40
Panel: Food Waste & Recovery
Miku Jha, AgShift / Amy Yoder, Anuvia Plant Nutrients / Lisa Merkle, Box Greens
How to achieve SDG ‘Zero Hunger’ by focusing not only on crop yield, but environment, climate, seed selection and management, and the process distribution phases.
12:40 - 12:55
More Food Vs. Smarter Food
Howard-Yana Shapiro, Mars
How we can improve food security while also shifting towards a global innovation and knowledge based agricultural economy.
12:55 - 13:10
The Trilogy of Sustainability: Farming, Finance, Technology
13:10 - 14:15
Guidance on optimizing your plant population, crop emergence and establishment to produce higher yields with better cost efficiency.
14:15 - 14:45
Panel: Crop Management
Krishna Kumar, CropIn Solutions / Chris Higgins, Hort Americas
An in-depth discussion on Smithfield Renewables and their goals to lessen environmental impact of protein production
14:45 - 15:00
How is Smithfield Meeting Its Sustainability Goals?
Kraig Westerbeek, Smithfield Renewables
Is IoT the future of agriculture? Science and tech think so – here’s why and how you can reap the benefits.
15:00 - 15:15
How IOT is Revolutionizing Agriculture
Analysing large data volumes to predict risk of disease and pest outbreaks, enabling the right solutions to be made at the right time.
15:15 - 15:30
How Big Data Can Enable Outcome Based Farming
What do the top tier of global VC firms and investors look for, and how do they envision the future of investment trends?
15:30 - 16:00
Panel: Investment, Insurance & Lending
Sara Eckhouse, Foodshot Global / Ingrid Fung, Finistere Ventures / Maja Vujinovic, OGroup
Controlled accuracy in an uncontrollable climate: using data driven technology for sustainable production of crops and livestock.
16:00 - 16:15
A New Frontier: Pioneering Using Precision
Discussing predictions, preparations, measuring risk and quantifying impact across the most vulnerable land masses.
16:15 - 16:30
Preparing For Natural Disasters & Global Climate Change
The value behind your business data and how to protect it.
16:30 - 16:45
Privacy & Data Rights
How to align corporate profitability and business strategy with responsible sourcing and sustainable footprint.
16:45 - 17:00
Global Business & Sustainable Sourcing
Kevin Krueger, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
From UV light to pesticides and fertilizers; where harmful chemicals are being replaced for a healthier, less impactful crop growth.
17:00 - 17:15
Replacing Chemicals in Agriculture
09:30 - 10:30
Coffee & Networking
10:30 - 10:35
Welcome to Day Two of SDL: Miami Forum
The complex use and impact of antibiotics and increasing resistance in agriculture.
10:35 - 10:50
Antibiotics: Friend or Foe
Effective solar solutions to cut costs and increase self reliance on the ground.
10:50 - 11:05
Smart Energy in Farming
David Friedman, Vividgro
Delving into peptide R&D to enable better soil health and crop yields, and looking towards a biotech led future.
11:05 - 11:20
How Biotech Enables Sustainable Crop Production
Anna Rath, Vestaron
Discussing the obstacles to connectivity, accessibility and adoption of big data use in crop and livestock farming.
11:20 - 11:35
Equipping The Modern Farmer With Data
Keith Agoada, Producers Market
How are current global politics affecting international trade, development and investment in agriculture?
11:35 - 11:50
Evolving Trade Agreements To Meet Development & Sustainability
Farmers across the world lack financial security. Here's how implementable technology can change that.
11:50 - 12:05
Innovation in a Financially Stifled Industry
Exploring traceability, transparency and accountability through use of blockchain, from producer to buyer and consumer
12:05 - 12:35
Panel: Blockchain & Agribusiness
Maja Vujinovic, OGroup / Phil Harris, Ripe.io
Discussing current research into the most effective transportation of food and current freight solutions implemented across supply chains.
12:35 - 12:50
Farm to Fork: But What's in Between?
Guiding on best soil practice and how ground level farmers can implement longterm solutions that directly impact their yields, profits and our climate.
12:50 - 13:05
Soil Health & the Future of Agriculture
13:05 - 14:15
End poverty, protect the planet & ensure that all people enjoy peace & prosperity. Simple, right?
14:15 - 14:30
The UN: SDGs
A community right to produce food and consume it doesn’t always align with a global responsibility to protect it. How can we ensure food security for the planet without jeopardising people’s right to rule their own food ecosystem?
14:30 - 14:45
Food Sovereignty Vs. Food Security
Tourism giant Airbnb walks us through the task of feeding thousands of employees whilst maintaining a responsible sourcing and distribution strategy.
14:45 - 15:00
Food in The Workplace: Sourcing, Waste & Our Carbon Footprint
Mckenzie Phelan, Airbnb
A case study of carbon in our atmosphere, and how the agriculture sector worldwide can lessen our footprint and give us hope for a better, cleaner future.
15:00 - 15:15
How Can Agriculture Directly Impact Our Climate & Environmental Survival?
Crossing the Americas and beyond in a discussion on international policy and the legislation that shapes collective efforts in the agricultural industry.
15:15 - 15:45
Panel: International Policy & Regulation
How can we embed ground level producers into a fast moving, innovative supply chain through collaboration and social facilitation?
15:45 - 16:00
Social Innovation for Farmers & Growers Across a Transforming Supply Chain
Dirk Jan Kennes, Rabobank
Everyone from lawyers to indoor growers are jumping on the cannabis boom, but how is regulation and policy affecting the market and its future?
16:00 - 16:15
Sustainable Cannabis Farming
Will urban agriculture disrupt the supply chain as it scales?
16:15 - 16:35
Fireside: Distributed Farming for a Fresher Future
Henry Gordon-Smith, Agritecture
Forget soil – discover the plants that never get planted with category leaders paving the way for indoor miracle growth on an industrial scale.
16:35 - 17:50
A Hydroponic Future
What are the implications and sustainable factors when considering plant based or cell cultured protein production?
17:50 - 17:20
Panel: Alternative Protein Production
Benjamina Bollag, Higher Steaks / Michelle Adelman, Infinite Foods