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AgriFutures: Growing with Technology

AgriFutures: Growing with Technology

  • November 15, 2023
  • 10:30 am
    11:30 am
  • Platform Innovation Centre (Classroom 2)

Hosted By: The Simpson Centre for Good and Agricultural Policy @ Platform Innovation Centre (Classroom 2)

A panel discussion and knowledge exchange about the latest technological innovations used in agriculture.

The field of AgTech is rapidly growing, creating a demand for people, innovative ideas, and widespread adoption. Accordingly, it is time to update our perceptions and stereotypes about farming (!), and this session is poised to do just that. Concepts like smart farming, precision agriculture, digital agriculture, and agri-technology are revolutionizing the agricultural landscape, providing environmental benefits, reducing input costs (such as fertilizers), and enhancing profitability. The future of farming is increasingly tech-driven.

Our panelists will explore the latest trends within the AgTech sector. We’ll feature the profiles and perspectives of small to medium-sized enterprises active in this innovative ecosystem. We’ll discuss financing needs and opportunities and examine questions about the economic-policy framework for the AgTech innovation economy. There is enormous potential for adopting technology in the agriculture sector. How can we update our perceptions of farming to enable and support these innovations?

Our keynote speakers:

  • Willemijn Appels, Mueller Applied Research Chair, Lethbridge College.
  • Darrell Petras, CEO, Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network (CAAIN).
  • Anita Ludwar, Principal, The51 Food and AgTech Fund.

Moderated by: Hanan Ishaque, Program Coordinator, The Simpson Centre for Food and Agricultural Policy.

This event is a part of Innovation Week – a week of events to showcase the diversity and depth of what’s happening in innovation and technology in Calgary and celebrate the people and the ideas that are having an impact.

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  • The Simpson Centre for Food and Agriculture Policy
Event Address:

407 9 Ave SE Calgary, Alberta T2G 2K7

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