Henretig will share how Artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things, big data and rural connectivity technologies are deployed across the globe to improve agricultural output while reducing costs and the impact on the environment. As senior director of AI for Earth, Henretig guides cross-company efforts to leverage technology and AI against global environmental challenges.
Henretig says AI can bring new solutions to challenges in agriculture, with case studies from around the world. “There are applications of new technologies, such as AI, that are close at hand on the near horizon or already on the market,” Henretig says.
Farm Journal AgTech also welcomes Robb Fraley, Biotechnology Leader, World Food Prize Laureate and Former Monsanto CTO as the closing keynote. Fraley will discuss how molecular breeding and gene editing tools such as CRISPR are enabling scientists to breed better plants with more precision and speed than ever thought possible; what it could mean for productivity, food security and environmental sustainability; and why the ability to realize these benefits hinges on effective communication.
“Today we can literally breed gene by gene to make crop improvements in a fraction of the time that it would take traditional plant breeding to accomplish the same results,” Fraley says. “So it’s exciting to think about what this will mean for farmers, in terms of new technology not only reaching them faster, but also being more customized to meet their specific needs.”
An additional keynote speaker will be Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie, who will share experiences from the field on getting the most from technology in the field.
The event program features more than 25 breakout sessions providing take-home knowledge for farmers on maximizing data, precision ag, machinery and equipment and sustainable technologies.