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Ag Innovation Forum

  • Union Station - Chamber Board Room 30 West Pershing Road Kansas City, MO, 64108 United States (map)

Innovation continues to bring new technology, knowledge and opportunity to agriculture.  This forum will focus on three key areas:  gene-editing, animal agriculture and big data.

Tom Brand, Executive Director, National Association of Farm Broadcasters

Kip Tom, CEO, Tom Farms
“Embracing Innovation Can Fuel Greater Efficiency”



  • “New Technology to Accelerate Breeding in Agriculture,” Dr. Mark Cigan, Trait Development Director, Genus Research

  • “The Potential for Gene-editing in Cereal Crops,” Dr. Eduard Akhunov, Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology, Kansas State University

Animal Agriculture

  • “The Technology Revolution Comes to Animal Agriculture,” Dr. Dan Thomson, Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology/ Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University
  • “Using Technology to More Effectively Diagnose Sick Animals,” Dr. Jason Nickell, Associate Director, Livestock Technology and Innovation, Merck Animal Health
  • “Using Gene Mapping to Better Select and Manage Livestock,” Dr. Jerry Taylor, Curators' Professor of Genetics and Animal Sciencesand Wurdack Chair of Animal Genomics, University of Missouri

Big Data

  • “Overview of Technology Platforms Available to Producers,” Dr. Ray Asebedo, Professor of Precision Agriculture, Kansas State University

  • “Utilizing the Data,” C.J. Blew, producer, Castleton, KS

  • “When Things Go Bump in the Night . . .  What You Never Wanted to Know About the Internet,” Ron Kuriscak, Managing Executive Director, Office of the Chief Information Security Officer, Optiv Security Inc.


Members, $125; Non-members, $175

Thank you to our event sponsors:

Earlier Event: May 25
AgBiz After Hours - May 2017
Later Event: July 13
Summer Social Hour