Purdue Food and Agribusiness Executive Summit

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Purdue Food and Agribusiness Executive Summit


Purdue University along with Wells Fargo Food and Agribusiness are committed to bringing the right issues and the right senior leaders to the table for critical industry discussions at the Purdue Food and Agribusiness Executive Summit.

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The 2019 summit theme revolves around DISRUPTION. Whether it’s input supply, food processing or something in between, the changes in what’s demanded by the market are fast-paced. Rapid-fire changes in technology, consumer demands, and new target demographics require long-term and strategic thinking. (See Summit Agenda)

New competitors enter the marketplace every day. Rather than focusing solely on competitors, it’s important for organizations to examine how to realign with customer needs. It’s also critical to think about potential market disruptions that could be coming down the pike and, when disruptions do occur, ways to take advantage. Making the most of industry disruption is about focusing on the right things and solving the right problems.

Why the Summit?

Change and uncertainty are continuous challenges for the senior leader – wherever their responsibilities lie within the value chain. Participants will explore the challenges facing our food and agribusiness industry and examine the options for a strategic response. The engagement with industry and academic thought leaders allows attendees to brainstorm new strategies and leave invigorated to take action. Attendees will experience the cross-pollination of ideas across industry segments as well as an unprecedented opportunity to build personal and professional relationships.

As senior industry leaders think about future challenges and opportunities for their organizations, our accomplished faculty bring their research and expertise to facilitate the discussions.

Summit Partnership

The Purdue Food and Agribusiness Executive Summit is managed and led by Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business. Wells Fargo Food and Agribusiness has been our partner and collaborator since the program was launched in 2008. A Steering Committee of industry leaders provides critical input and guidance.

Who Should Attend?

This summit brings together business leaders shaping today’s food and agribusiness environment. The program is intended for current leaders as well as rising leaders on track for significant responsibilities. Attendees typically represent senior executives from large multinationals firms, C-suite leaders in regional businesses and owners of family businesses.

Case studies and topical sessions are designed to engage senior decision makers from food and agribusiness companies throughout the supply chain, including: input suppliers, agricultural producers, merchandisers, distributors, retailers, food service providers, financial service companies, government agencies and technology companies working in the food and agribusiness industry.

Seating for the Summit is limited to 50 participants.

Summit Agenda

*A printable pdf of the agenda is available for download here.

Join other senior level managers from across the food and agribusiness industry on October 1-3, 2019 as we discuss the rapid disruption taking place across the food and agribusiness value chain. At the Purdue Food and Agribusiness Executive Summit, faculty and industry experts will take you along as they explore questions such as:

  • Where is digital agriculture headed and how should a company position itself in this space?
  • Consumer demand for food is changing rapidly with respect to quality, differentiation, health impact, production process, etc. How should a food or agribusiness company strategically position itself in this rapidly evolving market?
  • What is this Blockchain everyone is talking about? How might it impact companies in the food and agribusiness space?

These questions and much more will be answered through a series of case studies, company discussions and special topics. The Summit will begin with lunch at 11:30 a.m. EDT on October 1 and conclude by 2:30 p.m. EDT on October 3.

Special Topics

Blockchain Technology in the Food Supply Chain
Peter Votkjaer Jorgensen, Venture Partner, Maersk Growth
Phil Harris, President and Co-Founder, Ripe.io

Disruption in the Protein Marketplace: The Investment, the Demand and Consumer Perception – Jayson Lusk, Department Head of Purdue Agricultural Economics.

Strategic Options for the Industry:  A Facilitated Discussion – Allan Gray, Executive Director, Center for Food and Agricultural Business

Case Studies

AgriGold – AgriGold is weighing how best to execute on a major shift in strategic decision to prioritize a direct relationship with the largest progressive multigenerational corn and soybeans producers. Read more about this case study.

Cainthus – Disrupting the face of the animal industry. Read more about this case study.

Compeer Financial – Disrupting the agricultural lending market as a merged organization. Read more about this case study.

Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) – Controlled Environment Agriculture: Disruption in the Leafy Greens Industry? Read more about this case study.

Mantiqueira – Competing and disrupting in the shifting South American egg market. Read more about this case study.

Solinftec – Creating a foothold in the North American digital farming market. Read more about this case study.

Don’t miss your opportunity to network with 50 other prestigious senior level managers from the industry. Fill out your application for a seat at this important discussion.

Participant Specifics

Program Location

Purdue University
Krannert Executive Education Center (KCTR)
425 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
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There is a block of rooms on the nights of September 30 – October 2, 2019 at the following hotel:

Hilton Garden Inn West Lafayette
356 East State Street, West Lafayette, IN
(765) 743-2100
Distance from campus: .64 miles

Reserve your room online or call and make your reservations prior to September 9 when the block will be cutoff. Refer to the group code “CSA PFAES 2019” to receive the $113 room rate.
*Breakfast is included in the rate for 1 person per room.

Transportation & Travel

Please refer to our travel and hotel accommodations page for directions from the three major airports closest to Purdue University.

You may find the sites below helpful, as well.
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A hot breakfast is included in your hotel room rate. Please plan on eating at the hotel before the summit. Lunch will be provided for the group each day as well as coffee, soft drinks and refreshments. There will be a networking reception on Tuesday, October 1. There will also be a group dinner on Wednesday, October 2. Transportation will be provided to dinner on Wednesday.

For more information, contact:

Danielle Latta
Program Manager

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel or defer participation, you must submit your request in writing more than 30 days before the start of the program to receive a full refund. Applicant substitutions that meet the criteria are possible upon request. Due to program demand and the volume of preprogram preparation, cancellations or deferrals received 30 days prior to the start of the program are subject to a fee of one-half of the program fee. Requests received within 14 days are subject to full payment.

Previous Participating Companies

1st Farm Credit Services
21st Century Equipment Inc.
AG Processing Inc. (AGP)
AGR Partners
AgriCapital Corporation
Agricultural Retailers Association
Alltech Biotechnology
Alpharma Inc.
American Crystal Sugar Company
American DairyCo
American Feed Industry Association (AFIA)
Aurora Organic Dairy
Aviagen Inc.
Bane Welker Equipment, LLC
BASF Corporation
Bay State Milling Company
Beck Ag
Becks Superior Hybrids Inc.
Belstra Milling Company
Big Dutchman USA Inc.
Bulkmatic Transportation Inc.
Bunge Limited
Bunge North America Inc.
Centennial Ag Supply Company
CGB Enterprises Inc.
CHS Inc.
CoBank, ACB
Context Network
Corn States LLC
Country Hedging Inc.
Crop Production Services
Dee River Ranch
Deere and Company
Demeter LP
DuPont Pioneer
Entira Inc.
Fair Oaks Dairy Farm LLC
Farm Foundation
Fastline Publications
Foremost Farms USA Cooperative
GLK Foods
GNP Company
Golden State Foods
Grammer Industries
GreenValley Ag & Turf
Gro Alliance LLC
GSI Group
Hirzel Canning Co.
Ice Miller LLP
Indiana Soybean Alliance
International Ingredient Corp.
International Raw Materials Ltd.
JBS United Inc.
John Deere
Kemin Industries Inc.
Key & Company LLC
Koch Industries Inc.
Lake City Bank
Lakeshore Food Advisors LLC
Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Lange-Stegmann Company
Maple Leaf Farms Inc.
McDonald’s Corporation
Midwest Ag Finance Inc.
Midwest Poultry Services, L.P.
Muscatine Foods Corporation
Nationwide Insurance Company
Neogen Corporation
New Holland Agriculture & Construction
Novus International Inc.
Oliver Manufacturing Co.
Passport Capital
Pioneer Equipment Co.
Remington Seeds LLC
RiceTec Inc.
Riverview Farms
Select Sires
Siemer Milling Co.
Specialty Commodities Inc.
Stoy Farms
Syngenta Crop Protection Inc.
Teays River Investments
Texas A&M University
The Andersons Inc.
The Equity
The International Companies
The Kroger Company
The Mennel Milling Company
The Mosaic Company
Threemile Canyon Farms
Tom Farms LLC
Trupointe Cooperative Inc.
Una Terra LLC
Vita Plus Corporation
Walker Ag Group
Wells Fargo Food and Agribusiness
West Central Inc.
West Plains Company
Western Milling LLC
Wyffels Hybrids Inc.