Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Time Event
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM Registration Open
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Business Roundtables
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch- Business Roundtables and Invite Only
1:30 PM - 1:45 PM Welcome and Introduction
1:45 PM - 2:15 PM Working Smarter: Doing More with Less
So many factors beyond our control affect the labor pool available to the fresh produce and floral industries: immigration policy, rising wages, even the aging of farmers. Regardless of the labor issues your business faces, it’s time to look at more efficient ways to reduce or replace physical human effort. This session will set the stage for how assessment, technology and efficiency are changing labor for growers and processors. We’ll explore the global scarcity of labor and showcase the technologies you can deploy to automate and mechanize your operation.
Speaker: Bob Whitaker, Ph.D., Chief Science & Technology Officer, Produce Marketing Association
2:20 PM - 3:45 PM Lightning Learning Labs- Solutions Pushing the Limits
This Lightning Learning Lab will spotlight key technologies, process improvements and assessment tools that can reinvent labor in the produce and floral industries. Each presenter will have 5 minutes to educate the audience on their product, service or process, followed by an additional 5 minutes for audience Q&A. Get a snapshot of a range of solutions available to you.
Moderator: Ed Treacy, Vice President of Supply Chain Efficiencies, Produce Marketing Association

Centricity Global
Radiant Industrial Solutions 
SafetyChain Software
SilVR Thread
3:45 PM - 5:30 PM Interactive Tech Session and Happy Hour
Network with industry leaders and suppliers, and test-drive technologies that are shaking up our industry, from field to workforce to processing.
Interactive Tech Companies:
Alta Energy, Inc.
SilVR Thread

Friday, May 5, 2017

We are going to have live visual notetaking done by an artist across all of the education sessions on this day.
Visual Notetaker: Kelly Kingman, Founder/CEO, Kingman Ink

Time Event
6:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration Open
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM - 9:10 AM It’s Not Science Fiction: Using Robotics and AI to Streamline Labor
Automation and mechanization are at a tipping point, disrupting the produce industry in numerous ways. What are the top emerging technologies? And how are other industries using artificial intelligence and robotics to manage labor issues? Our expert will deliver an overview on these disruptors and how they can impact your business. If you’re evaluating technology, this session will help you decide when and how to invest.
Speaker: Minos Athanassiadis, Managing Partner, Fresh Link Group
9:15 AM - 9:50 AM Boosting Efficiency From Field to Processing Floor- Part One
Look closely, and you’ll find countless ways to eke just a bit more efficiency out of your operation. Small gains in many aspects add up to big impact on your bottom line. This session will tackle ways to increase productivity across your organization, from plant genetics to labor processes. You’ll gain access to a streamlining process, helping you to focus your productivity initiatives, your procedures and understand how genetics and mechanization work hand-in-hand to drive efficiency.
Speakers: Lisa Montanaro, Founder/CEO, Lisa Montanaro Global Enterprises
Dr. John Purcell, Vice President, Vegetables Global R&D Lead, Monsanto
9:50 AM - 10:10 AM Networking Break
10:10 AM - 11:00 AM Boosting Efficiency From Field to Processing Floor- Part Two
11:05 AM - 12:15 PM How’s It Going? Assessments That Identify Opportunity
Do you know your true labor costs and what you should be thinking about when you invest? Can you see where your operation runs well — and doesn’t? You’ll hear about the long-term benefits of having smart assessment methodologies and tools in place to capture and analyze all kinds of data about your operation. And you’ll review real-world case studies of companies that are using technology to evaluate their labor and processes, to conduct continual reviews and to determine when they should automate or mechanize.
Moderator: Maureen McGuire, Farm Operations Manager, Andrew Williamson Fresh Produce

Panelists: Sammy Duda, Senior V.P. for National Operations, Duda Fresh
Nolan Paul, Head of RD Strategy and Emerging Technologies, Driscoll’s
Dan Sun, President, HarvestMark
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM Networking Lunch
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Technology in Action: How Industry Leaders Make it Work
Throughout the Tech Knowledge program, you’ve seen and heard about game-changing technologies and methods for improving your operational efficiency. You’ve started to think about how you can leverage these tools in your own business to work smarter. Now, hear from industry leaders who put technology into action in their companies. Learn how companies evaluate their options, choose and implemented tech solutions — and the business results that followed.
Speakers: Hank Giclas, Senior Vice President, Western Growers
Nolan Paul, Head of RD Strategy and Emerging Technologies, Driscoll’s
Bob Whitaker, Ph.D., Chief Science & Technology Officer, Produce Marketing Association
Gary Wishnatzki, President and CEO, Wish Farms and Co-Founder of Harvest CROO Robotics
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM Closing and Recap

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