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Agri Investor Forum 2016

27 October 2016 - 28 October 2016

| $2595
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The premier gathering for global agriculture capital

The Agri Investor Forum features 45+ speakers – no pitching, no presentations – just expert analysis from the top firms and an agenda carefully curated alongside the specialist editors from AgriInvestor.com who are in the field daily providing deep insight into who and what is driving this niche industry.

 

The 150+ audience of dedicated agriculture professionals is made up of LPs, GPs or portfolio companies. Importantly, we offer closed-door roundtables for the investor community, attracting the most active LPs in the space looking to learn and share with their peers.

 

Topics covered:
• The major M&A transactions in the agricultural industry which impact private equity
• The main concerns of LPs opening up their allocations to this fragmented investment space
• AgTech: how private equity is taking advantage of new technologies
• Sustainability, the impact of climate change and ESG: how much of a focus is this for LPs?
• Agriculture and private debt: competition, pricing, and which markets are most challenging

 

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Event highlights include

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Who should attend?
Domestic and international institutional investors* • Family offices • Fund managers • Investment banks • Asset and wealth managers • REITs • Agribusiness-related firms • Farm owners and operators • Agtech companies

 

*Sovereign wealth, corporate and public pension funds, foundations and endowments may be eligible for a complimentary pass.
Please email Clare Burrows for additional details

Sponsors
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For speaking opportunities, contact:
Clare Burrows, Conference Producer | Americas, PEI
T: +1 646 545 3321 | Email: clare.b@peimedia.com

 

For sponsorship opportunities, contact:
Tyler Mitchell, Sponsorship Sales Manager | Americas, PEI
T: +1 646 795 3279 | Email: tyler.m@peimedia.com



Day 1: Thursday October 27, 2016

8:15 Coffee and registration


9:00 Chairman’s welcome

Bruce Kahn, Portfolio Manager, Sustainable Insight Capital Management


9:10 Opening keynote*

Hear from the CEO who is revolutionizing the agricultural supply chain and bringing safer, healthier food to urban areas. BrightFarms, which recently raised over $30m from Catalyst Investors, builds greenhouses near supermarkets in order to grow year-round local produce promoting food quality, health, and the environment at no cost to the retailer.

Paul Lightfoot, CEO, BrightFarms

*Chatham House Rules apply


9:40 A view from the LP community
• Institutional investors and agri private equity: how does the agri sector fit into LP portfolios? What are they trying to achieve through their investments?
• Risk and return: what are investors expecting from a risk/return profile when investing in agri?
• What are the preferred strategies in the sector and what does GP selection look like?

Moderator:
John Goodreds,
Managing Director, TIAA Global Real Assets

Panelists:
Agustin “Gus” Araya, Partner, Cordillera Investment Partners
Mark Canavan, Senior Portfolio Manager, New Mexico Educational Retirement Board
Suzanne Petrela, Managing Partner, Red Reef Partners
Peter Roney, Co-Founder, Aqueduct Investment Partners


10:25 Keynote presentation: in a depressed ag economy, where will growth occur?

During this time of a depressed agricultural economy, it is hard to imagine growth is possible. Yet innovation is happening and value is being created. Jim Borel, who led the agriculture business at DuPont until January this year, will explore the underlying drivers of growth and some of the key sources of innovation that hold promise for creating significant value for the agricultural market over the near and medium term.

Presenter:
Jim Borel, Former Executive Vice President, DuPont


10:55 Coffee and networking break


11:15 Farm to table: how your farmland investments deliver results for investors
• Current opportunities in the farmland sector: row crops vs specialty crops
• How are commodity prices impacting your investments? Exploring currency, oil prices, exports and how to control fluctuations
• What are the main challenges facing GPs exposed to farmland today? Panelists will discuss the pressures on investors, competition, track record, risks, and persuading investors to take a chance on illiquid assets

Moderator:
Detlef Schoen,
Partner, Aqueduct Investment Partners

Panelists:
Bruce Sherrick, 
Professor and Director, University of Illinois
Chris Soules, Land Investment Specialist, Peoples Company
Wendong Zhang, Assistant Professor, Iowa State University


12:05
Market consolidation: friend or foe for private equity?
• What the $66bn Monsanto-Bayer deal means for the agri industry
• How has the landscape changed as more businesses fall prey to M&A activity?
• Exploring new obstacles for agri-focused private equity funds
• How can GPs take advantage of the new opportunities thrown up by consolidation?

Moderator:
Anne Greven, Managing Director, Rabobank

Panelists:
Michael Butler,
CEO, Cascadia Capital
Alejandro Quentin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pampa Capital
Mitchell Presser,
Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer


12:55 Networking lunch


2:00 AgTech update
• What are the new technologies impacting the agriculture industry? A look at biologicals, new kinds of GM, water efficiency in irrigation and genes, biological pesticides, and more
• How can private equity get involved or use those technologies effectively? Is there enough tech expertise in the industry to really use it properly?
• Investors and agtech: the risks, concerns and uncertainties, e.g. the security required to protect ideas for technological and biological innovation

Moderator: 
David Russell, Partner, Lewis and Clark Ventures

Panelists:
Brad Fabbri,
Chief Scientific Officer, TechAccel LLC
Marcus Meadows-Smith,
Chief Executive Officer, BioConsortia
Ron Meeusen, Managing Director, Cultivian Sandbox Ventures
Michael Ritter,
Chief Executive Officer, SlantRange


3:00 Workshop: sectors in focus
There are varying ways for LPs to access the agri sector through private equity. Where should investors be putting their money today and why? How can GPs ensure the best returns for investors, while being aware of their risk/return profiles? A panel of experts in their fields will compare and contrast: livestock, forestry, crops, agbusiness, water and much more

Moderator: 
Matthew Diserio, President and Co-Founder, Water Asset Management

Panelists:
David Chen,
Chief Executive Officer, Equilibrium Capital
Robert Hodgen, Managing Director, AMERRA Capital Management
John Mulfur, Investment Professional, Permira
James B. McCandless, Managing Director,  Head of Global Real Estate-Farmland, UBS Farmland Investors LLC.


4:15 Afternoon networking break


4:35 Sustainability isn’t a dirty word: the impact of climate change and ESG
• Becoming aware of ESG factors in agriculture investing; how much of a focus is this for LPs in the agri space?
• How can a focus on sustainability help your investments? In what ways has climate change shifted the agri landscape?
• The risks of not being ESG compliant: tales from the front line; how private equity firms can mitigate risk in light of climate change

Moderator:
Sarah Ruth Sippel, Senior Researcher, Universität Leipzig Centre for Area Studies

Panelists:
Mark Eckstein,
Director, CDC Group
Joelle Faulkner, President, Area One Farms
Nick Tapp, Chairman, Craigmore Farming
Craig Wichner, Managing Partner, Farmland LP


5:25 Close of day one and drinks reception


Day 2: Friday October 28, 2016

8:00 Closed-door Think Tank breakfast – invite only
Investors are welcome to join a private breakfast meeting where they can discuss the challenges of accessing opportunities in the agri space and swap notes on various GPs and their own experiences. This meeting is off-the-record and for institutional investors only.


8:00
Networking breakfast


9:00
Chairman’s welcome back

Rich Gammill, Partner, Proterra Investment Partners


9:10 Keynote interview with Agri Investor: alternative solutions – lending in ag

• What are the short and long-term advantages of investing in agriculture through private debt?
• Given the intense competition, what prices are you seeing and what issues do you face when looking for opportunities?
• Which markets are most attractive in the agriculture debt space and what are the challenges you face in those markets?

Interviewer:
Chris Janiec,
Reporter, Agri Investor

Panelists:
Barry Bogseth,
Managing Director, MetLife
Curt Covington, Senior Vice President, Farmer Mac


10:05
In focus: emerging markets
• Latin America: the political landscape and regulatory challenges
• The farmland opportunities in Latin American and how private equity firms can take advantage
• Asia: how food safety issues in China are providing opportunities for agribusinesses across the supply chain
• Protecting your investors: the real risks of investing in emerging markets

Moderator:
Rich Gammill, Partner, Proterra Investment Partners

Panelists:
Suzanne Gaboury,
Director of Agribusiness, FMO
Luis Alberto Ibarra Pardo, Director General, FOCIR
Tony Salas, CEO, Shared-X
Jennifer Wu, Founder, Global Ag Partners


10:50 Coffee and networking break


11:15 Heading upstream: the food revolution

• What are consumers looking for today; how has an increase in health awareness impacted the food industry? Addressing issues such as the use of antibiotics, synthetic dairy, eggs and meat products, as well as challenges posed by the organic food phenomenon.
• What trends are private equity funds seeing in the food and agribusiness sectors? How do they compare to the real asset play in agri – is this becoming more popular with PE funds?
• Who are the major players shifting the face of the industry and what should investors be aware of when entering this space? Are specific markets driving the industry, such as Saudi Arabia and China? What are the risks around reliability and sustainability in these markets?

Moderator:
Greg Hennenfent, Managing Director, Starr Holdings

Panelists:
Michelle Brooks,
Managing Principal, Arlon Group
Peter Grubstein, MD and Founder, NGEN Partners
Daniel Horan, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Five Acre Farms

 


12:10 Keynote presentation: how to take advantage of non-dilutive capital for AgTech

Is non-dilutive funding more desirable for early-stage, high-risk startups? And how can non-dilutive funding programs support the Ag investment community? Scott Dockum, Program Coordinator for the USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, will provide a talk on how the SBIR program can provide a valuable non-dilutive tool for startups seeking to be capital efficient and how the SBIR program can be attractive to the Ag investment community.

Presenter:
Scott Dockum,
SBIR Program Coordinator, USDA

 

12:55 Lunch


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Agustin “Gus” Araya

Partner
Cordillera Investment Partners

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Alejandro Quentin

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Pampa Capital

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Anne Greven

Managing Director
Rabobank

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Barry L. Bogseth

Managing Director
MetLife Agricultural Finance

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Brad Fabbri

Chief Scientific Officer
TechAccel LLC

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Bruce Kahn

Portfolio Manager
Sustainable Insight Capital Management

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Bruce Sherrick

Professor and Director
University of Illinois

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Chris Janiec

Reporter
Agri Investor

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Chris Soules

Land Investment Specialist
People’s Company

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Craig Wichner

Managing Director
Farmland LP

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Curt Covington

Senior Vice President
Farmer Mac

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Dan Horen

Chief Executive Officer
Five Acre Farms

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David Chen

Principal and Chief Executive Officer
Equilibrium Capital

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David Russell

Partner
Lewis and Clark Ventures

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Detlef Schoen

Partner
Aqueduct Investment Partners

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Fernando Martins

Partner
Bain & Company

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Greg Hennenfent

Managing Director
Starr Holdings

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James B. McCandless

Managing Director, Head of Global Real Estate-Farmland
UBS Farmland Investors LLC.

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Jennifer Wu

Founder
Global Ag Partners

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Jim Borel

Former Executive Vice President
DuPont

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Joelle Faulkner

President
Area One Farms

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John Goodreds

Managing Director
TIAA-CREF Asset Management

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John Mulflur

Investment Professional
Permira

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Luis Alberto Ibarra

Managing Director
Capitalization and Investment Fund for the Rural Sector (FOCIR)

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Marcus Meadow-Smith

CEO
BioConsortia, Inc.

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Mark Canavan

Senior Portfolio Manager - Real Assets
New Mexico Educational Retirement Board

Mark Eckstein
Mark Eckstein

Director, Environmental and Social Responsibility
CDC Group

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Matthew Diserior

Co-Founder and President
Water Asset Management, LLC

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Michael Butler

CEO
Cascadia Capital

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Michelle Brooks

Managing Principal
Arlon Group

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Mike Ritter

Chief Executive Officer
SlantRange, Inc.

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Mitchell Presser

Partner
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

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Nick Tapp

Chairman
Craigmore Farming

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Paul Lightfoot

CEO
BrightFarms

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Peter Grubstein

Managing Director and Founder
NGEN Partners

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Peter Roney

Co-Founder
Aqueduct Investment Partners

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Rich Gammill

Managing Partner
Proterra Investment Partners

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Robert Hodgen

Managing Director
AMERRA Capital Management

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Ron Meeusen

Managing Director
Cultivian Sandbox Ventures

Sarah Ruth Sippel

Senior Researcher
Universität Leipzig, Centre for Area Studies

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Scott Dockum

SBIR Program Coordinator
USDA

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Suzanne Gaboury

Director Agribusiness
FMO

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Suzanne Petrela

Managing Partner
Red Reef Partners

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Tony Salas

CEO
Shared-X

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Wendong Zhang

Assistant Professor
Iowa State University


The Agri Investor Forum 2016 will be held at
Hotel Palomar Chicago

Set 3 blocks from designer boutiques along the Magnificent Mile, this contemporary boutique hotel is a 1-minute walk from the nearest Metra Station and 1.4 miles from the Navy Pie.

Hotel Palomar
505 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Website: www.hotelpalomar-chicago.com

Special reservation rates are available for conference delegates until October 1, 2016. Deluxe Guestroom $ 299.00 per room/night.
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Details

Start:
27 October 2016
End:
28 October 2016
Cost:
$2595
Website:
https://www.agriinvestor.com/forum

Venue

Hotel Palomar
505 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60654 United States
Phone:
1-877 731-0505
Website:
http://www.hotelpalomar-chicago.com/

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PEI
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