The 2016 Exceed the Seed Symposium offered attendees exclusive knowledge of developing trends in seed treatment and novel technologies to evaluate and enhance seed production. The Symposium is an initiative of AgriThority, an agricultural science consultancy focused on accelerating new technologies to commercialization in markets around the world.
The 4th Annual Exceed the Seed Symposium, held December 6, prior the ASTA CSS 2016 & Seed Expo in Chicago, attracted more than 75 registered attendees. All segments of the industry participated in the event, including executives from seed production, technology and equipment companies, as well as research managers and industry consultants.
This year’s event involved 47 different companies from around the world. According to a survey following the Symposium, participants were impressed with the caliber of speakers and the value of the information presented. Feedback rated this year’s Symposium EXCELLENT, averaging a 4.3 out of five. Speaker quality was rated as a 4.5 out of five and the overall rating of the event was also high, receiving a 4.4 out of five.
Attendees recognize Exceed the Seed as the premier event to build relationships with industry executives and attain a vision of future seed production strategies. A corn production research manager who has attended the event every year said he looks forward to the presentations from innovators and scientists, new unique technologies and data unavailable at the university or supplier level.
Speakers represented AgBiome, Kaiima, Monsanto BioAg, Plant Response, Smartfield, Syngenta and Vestaron. Topics included trends in seed treatments, new biological and traditional technologies, plant breeding strategies and disruptive crop sensing technology.
The event concluded with a panel discussion organized by law firm Bryan Cave, which assembled seed company and technology professionals to address challenges to commercializing new seed technologies. The panel discussed the seed company process for evaluating and applying new technologies to their products. They also analyzed the regulatory process and data needed to validate these emerging technologies.
“The Exceed the Seed Symposium is the industry’s first opportunity to learn about new technologies in seed production to improve crop yields and sustainable farming practices,” says Jerry Duff, AgriThority Founder and President. “The Symposium has continued to gain momentum as the industry embraces the impact these new technologies have on agriculture.”
AgriThority is scheduling the 2017 Exceed the Seed in Chicago prior to the ASTA CSS 2017 & Seed Expo. For more information and to view this year’s proceedings, visit ExceedTheSeed.com.