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As humans, we like to celebrate our individuality. Whether we do this through the clothes we wear, the cars we drive or the pastimes we pursue, we make a point of filling our lives with things that complement and accentuate our personalities.

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There is something about the smell of grandma’s cooking, the sound of uncorking a bottle of wine and the look of a perfectly green avocado sliced down the middle. Smell, sound and appearance affect the way we taste our favorite foods. This information is critical to understanding how to solve our current food crisis — a crisis that involves the…

Dr. Mark Lyons & Dr. Frank Mitloehner

Dr. Frank Mitloehner | Keynote Speaker

The way the public and the media perceive animal agriculture’s environmental impact can, and should, change. New research from Oxford University and the University of California, Davis have recently debunked some of the most critical and long-standing myths surrounding animal agriculture.…

Post-COVID, there will not be a “return to normal.” According to Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech, now, more than ever, we must take a leap of faith and recognize that it is up to us to make positive changes in our “new normal.” COVID-19 presents monumental challenges, but also innovative opportunities, particularly in agriculture…

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Special Feature | Panel Discussion

“We can't say that there's any kind of normalized patterns that we can run by anymore,” said Lynda McDonald, dairy development project manager of Tetra Laval in Africa, in a discussion about the dairy industry in the time of COVID-19 at the Alltech ONE Virtual…

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Jack Bobo | Keynote Speaker

If our mission is for a better future of food and agriculture, what can we do to achieve this? The answer begins with a simple yet effective solution: we need to listen to the narratives surrounding these industries.

Keynote Sessions

Planet of Plenty: We’re in this Together

Speaker: Dr. Mark Lyons
Based on Alltech's belief that agriculture has the greatest potential to positively impact the earth, Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech, launched the company’s Planet of Plenty™ vision in 2019.

Clearing the Air: Debunking the Myths of Agriculture

The general public has a complex relationship with agriculture, blaming the industry for global warming one day and hailing farmers as heroes the next. How can we tell our story and maintain a positive and informed perception? Dr. Frank Mitloehner has taken on the negative narrative about agriculture with clear communication and data, successfully illustrating the relationships among human activities, animal digestion, food production and atmospheric chemistry. What will insights from the global lockdown reveal about the impact of agriculture?

Farming, Food and the Shifting Horizon

Speaker: Jack Bobo

The agricultural landscape was rapidly changing even before the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the global food supply chain. The way we produce, distribute and consume food will soon look very different. What lessons can we take away from this to guide how we feed the planet in the future? As the CEO of Futurity, Jack Bobo makes it his business to stay ahead of the trends and detect the disruptors that trigger them. He joins us to share his insights on the challenges and opportunities awaiting us in the next era of agriculture.

In the Market: How the New Consumer Checks Out

Speaker: Jessica Adelman

There is no denying that consumer trends have an impact on the way we produce and sell food. Does the consumer who would normally purchase a premium product continue to be choosy in a post-COVID-19 world? Or did empty shelves alter their perspective? Jessica Adelman has held numerous leadership positions in the food, retail and agriculture sectors, including most recently as group vice president of corporate affairs for The Kroger Co., serving as chief corporate affairs officer, chief communications officer, chief sustainability officer and president of both Kroger Foundations.

Currency and Confidence in an Uncertain Market

Speaker: David McWilliams

David McWilliams knows how to make economics accessible with a bit of humor and historical context. As the global economy reacts to the disruption caused by COVID-19, how can we avoid a devastation greater than the pandemic itself? Will business decisions become more dependent on trust than price? Ranked among the most influential economists in the world, McWilliams examines operational risk, human behavior and how to successfully adapt to shifting markets.

Innovation in Isolation: An Astronaut’s Guide to Mental Strength, Creativity and Connectivity

Speaker: Cady Coleman

Cady Coleman spent a total of 180 days on the International Space Station, taking “working remotely” to another frontier. A chemist with a doctorate in polymer science and engineering, Coleman is a pioneer in the research of materials science, biotechnology, combustion science and fluid physics. She is passionate about the importance of inclusion, collaboration and innovation in problem-solving. She knows what it takes to defy expectations and keep a team centered on a shared mission. Join us for a captivating discussion of life in space, resilience and staying connected from any realm.

Keynote Speakers

Cady Coleman

Retired NASA Astronaut

David McWilliams

Economist and Professor

Jessica Adelman

CEO, ESG Results

Jack Bobo

CEO, Futurity

Dr. Frank Mitloehner

Professor and Air Quality Specialist

Dr. Mark Lyons

President and CEO, Alltech

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