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.
|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
For speaking opportunities, contact:
Clare Burrows, Conference Producer | Americas, PEI
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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?
John Goodreds, Managing Director, TIAA Global Real Assets
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.
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
Detlef Schoen, Partner, Aqueduct Investment Partners
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?
Anne Greven, Managing Director, Rabobank
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
David Russell, Partner, Lewis and Clark Ventures
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
Matthew Diserio, President and Co-Founder, Water Asset Management
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
Sarah Ruth Sippel, Senior Researcher, Universität Leipzig Centre for Area Studies
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
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?
Chris Janiec, Reporter, Agri Investor
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
Rich Gammill, Partner, Proterra Investment Partners
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?
Greg Hennenfent, Managing Director, Starr Holdings
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.
Scott Dockum, SBIR Program Coordinator, USDA
Cordillera Investment Partners
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
MetLife Agricultural Finance
Chief Scientific Officer
Sustainable Insight Capital Management
Professor and Director
University of Illinois
Land Investment Specialist
Senior Vice President
Chief Executive Officer
Five Acre Farms
Principal and Chief Executive Officer
Lewis and Clark Ventures
Aqueduct Investment Partners
Bain & Company
Managing Director, Head of Global Real Estate-Farmland
UBS Farmland Investors LLC.
Global Ag Partners
Former Executive Vice President
Area One Farms
TIAA-CREF Asset Management
Capitalization and Investment Fund for the Rural Sector (FOCIR)
Senior Portfolio Manager - Real Assets
New Mexico Educational Retirement Board
Director, Environmental and Social Responsibility
Co-Founder and President
Water Asset Management, LLC
Chief Executive Officer
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Managing Director and Founder
Aqueduct Investment Partners
Proterra Investment Partners
AMERRA Capital Management
Cultivian Sandbox Ventures
Universität Leipzig, Centre for Area Studies
SBIR Program Coordinator
Red Reef Partners
Iowa State University
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