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F³ Tech Symposium – Fall 2017
Viewing Agriculture Through the Lens of Innovation and Technology
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Eastern Shore Higher Education Center – Caroline Center (campus map)
Chesapeake College – Wye Mills, MD 21679
ATTENDANCE IS FREE – includes lunch
The purpose of the symposium is to serve as a tool for engaging industry into the innovation ecosystem. This one-day event includes a broad outreach among entrepreneurs, innovators, farmers, watermen, environmentalists, industry, investors, service providers, government agencies, and academic and research institutions. The purpose is to advance awareness and an open dialogue with stakeholders about agriculture, aquaculture, and environmental technologies, to foster partnerships and relationships, and to create a shared understanding of what the market and industry needs and explore opportunities for creating value and impact from the F³ Tech sector and be an ongoing tool for sustaining and growing an industry-led incubation ecosystem.
Symposiums are held quarterly, rotating among the Eastern Shore, Southern Maryland, Western Maryland, and the Baltimore/DC corridor.
|Registration and Refreshments|
|Welcome and Opening Remarks|
|Orientation on F³ Tech Initiative|
|Session 1: Tracking and Tracing - Consumer interest in where food comes from and how it is handled has been one of the most talked about narratives of the past few years. With food production transparency and safety top of mind, agriculture must continue to listen and respond to this consumer-driven message. For example, FoodLogIQ is a platform designed to connect data across many points in the food production process so that both farmers and processors can track the growth and movement of grain from seed to the point it is sold.
Speaker: Jim Smolen - TrackNet, Annapolis, MD
|Lunch and Table Top Discussions
Acceleration in Technology - Data analysis in the years ahead will supplement what farmers know intuitively and in some cases challenge those assumptions. New products rely on aerial satellite imagery, greenness sensors, soil maps and millions of weather data points. The question of data ownership will be a subject of growing debate. It is also possible for machines to learn to solve problems in agriculture by using artificial intelligence and machine learning.
|Session 2: Meat Consumption Shift - U.S. meat consumption declined 7.8% from 2007-13. Meanwhile, China has been the world’s top meat consumer since 1992. By 2012, China’s consumption more than doubled that of the U.S. By 2022, China’s red meat and poultry consumption is projected to rise 15.2%. There seems to be new diet trends popping up every time you open the refrigerator, but no extreme eating regimen sticks out more than the Atkins Diet. The carb-phobic diet book was written in the ‘70s and got insanely popular in the ‘90s; since then, people have obsessed over their meat intake. And lately, we’ve been hearing far too much about meat-only diets—and a little less about vegetarian diets. But is there any weight to either of these eating ways? Is one better than the other? To evaluate the pros and cons and its potential impact on Maryland's poultry industry two panelists will share thoughts on both counts.
Panelists: Dr. Jyothi Rao, MD - Shakthi Health & Wellness Center, Mt Airy, MD
Holly Porter - Delmarva Poultry Industry, Georgetown, DE
|Session 3: Biotechnology Strategy Evolves - GMOs are here to stay but face political and public relations hurdles. In states such as Vermont, where labels are required, implementation is expensive. Yet some GMO advocates back a federal labeling solution that would halt state efforts. GMO technology is able to accomplish great things, but many people worry that GMOs will have bad effects on environmental and human health. Should industry work to change public opinion?
Speaker: Michael Stebbins, PhD - Biotechnology Information (CBI)/ GMO Answers, Washington, DC
|Closing Remarks and Attendance Reward Raffle - Prize: ICE Levitating Orb – Floating Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker. $110 value. All attendees and speakers are entered, must be present to win.|