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Thursday, September 15 • 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Precision Agriculture: How Could Open Data Revolutionize Farm Productivity?

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This session will explore precision agriculture – farming practices based in information and technology that allow farmers to manage fields in a site-specific manner. It will assess at how open data can enable emerging precision agriculture technologies in a variety of contexts, from smallholder- to larger-scale growing operations across developed and developing regions.

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Samuel Crowell

Dr. Samuel Crowell joined the Office of the Chief Scientist in September 2015 as the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow. Dr. Crowell advises on biotechnology and plant breeding issues and leads special initiatives for the Research, Education and Economics Mission Area of USDA. | | He serves as Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Coordinator to promote expansion of open data policies... Read More →

Session Speaker
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Marco van den Berg

CIO, International Rice Research Institute
Marco van den Berg is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Banos, Philippines.  He has a background in database and network technology and is an information technology professional with private and public sector experience. Marco is active in CGIAR IT leadership roles and is the overall project manager for ERP systems. He is a self-professed “recovering software... Read More →
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Ruud Grim

Senior Advisor and Coordinator, Netherlands Space Office
I (Ruud Grim) am coordinating the Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) programme. G4AW supports 17 partnerships to develop and operate financially sustainable advisory and financial services for smallholder farmers and pastoralists in 10 developing countries based on an innovative of business models. I would like to speak with anyone who is also interested in bringing research into operations based on a solid business model.
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Sander Janssen

Researcher Earth Informatics, Alterra, Wageningen UR
Sander Janssen Ph.D., is leading a research team Earth Observation and Environmental Informatics at Alterra, Wageningen UR, the Netherlands. He dedicates his scientific career to cross-disciplinary communication and collaboration required for achieving impacts in food security, climate change, agriculture and environment. He has a drive for increasing the impact of research and studying evidence based decision making towards sustainable... Read More →
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Raj Khosla

Professor, Colroado State University
Dr. Raj Khosla is a Professor of Precision Agriculture at Colorado State University. He also shares administrative responsibilities with the College of Agricultural Sciences as the Assistant Dean of International Programs. In 2012, Dr. Khosla was named the Jefferson Science Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences and was appointed as the Senior Science Advisor on Food Security to the U.S. Department of State. In 2011, he earned NASA board... Read More →
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John McArthur

Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
John W. McArthur is a senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution. He is also a senior advisor to the UN Foundation and a member of the Board of Governors for the International Development Research Centre. He was previously the chief executive officer of Millennium Promise, the international non-governmental organization. He has also been a senior fellow with the Hong Kong-based Fung Global... Read More →
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Daniel Jiménez R

Scientist, Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT)
Colombian agronomist Daniel Jiménez is a scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). He holds a PhD in Applied Biological Sciences (Agriculture) from Ghent University, Belgium and currently is the leader of the group of Big Data at CIAT. Daniel’s data-mining approach to agronomy is now rapidly gaining proponents at all levels – from farmers and technicians to government decision makers and... Read More →
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Matt Rushing

Vice President, AGCO
Matt Rushing is currently Vice President, Global ATS Product Line, for AGCO. In this role, Mr. Rushing is leading part of a global team responsible for the future development, marketing and product support of these products as well as the long term strategic product plans for AGCO vehicle electronic architecture, and for Advanced Technologies including but not limited to Machine Guidance and Machine Telematics. | | Mr. Rushing joined AGCO in... Read More →
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Sally Schneider

Deputy Administrator, Natural Resources & Sustaina, USDA Agricultural Research Service
Dr. Schneider received her Ph.D. in Plant Pathology/Nematology from the University of California, Riverside, in 1985.  She joined the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in 1985 as a Research Plant Pathologist to conduct research on crop simulation and modeling in Oxford, NC.   Subsequent assignments within ARS include leading the Precision Agriculture Research Team at Prosser, WA and... Read More →
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Dan Wicks

Senior Earth Observation Specialist, Satellite Applications Catapult
Dan Wicks is a senior Earth observation specialist at the Satellite Applications Catapult, a not-for-profit research organisation focused on promoting the commercialisation and advancement of the satellite applications industry. Dan is responsible for managing a range of projects in support of the exploitation of data from remote sensing satellites and takes a lead on the technical governance of agritech activities. Prior to this he has... Read More →

Thursday September 15, 2016 1:30pm - 3:30pm

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