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Curating Thought Leadership

Delivering our discoveries to the marketplace is embedded in the DNA of the Danforth Center. AgTech NEXT is designed to bring together a diverse group of people who are playing a critical role in accelerating innovation and building a more resilient future for food.

Event History

The Danforth Center has been curating and hosting industry events since 2009. Speakers, partners and attendees include some of the biggest players and decision makers in the industry. AgTech NEXT was launched in late 2019, and before we could gather, COVID-19 changed the world. While the pandemic prevented us from being together in our beautiful facility, it didn’t keep us from our work. Together our partners, speakers, and advisory board pivoted to deliver two successful online events in 2020 and 2021. This year we are anticipating a memorable event as we gather in person and online to reinvent a food system in crisis.

Past Events


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Past Events


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Past Events

Past Speakers

Suhas Narayanaswamy

Suhas Narayanaswamy

Vice President , Lew & Clark AgriFood
Robert Cardillo

Robert Cardillo

President, The Cardillo Group
Megan Nunes

Megan Nunes

Founder & CEO, Bountiful
Joe Cornelius

Joe Cornelius, Ph.D.

CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Agricultural Innovations
Jeremy Williams

Jeremy Williams, Ph.D.

Head of The Climate Corporation and Digital Farming, Bayer Crop Science
Jennifer Morris

Jennifer Morris

CEO, The Nature Conservancy
C Jacobs Young

Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Ph.D.

Administrator of the Agricultural Research Service; Acting Undersecretary, Research, Education, and Economics; Acting Chief Scientist, United States Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture
Ingrid Fung

Ingrid Fung

InvestorDirector of Enterprise Operations and Strategy, GreenLight

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Past Partners

2021 Partners

Presenting Partners

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Conference Partners

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St. Louis Economic Development Partnership
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Community Partners

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Plant and Life Sciences St. Louis Community College Logo
Wexford Science Technology
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