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2021 OnRamp Agriculture Conference

The second annual OnRamp Agriculture Conference was a captivating conference for agriculture innovation. With speakers from leading organizations such as Syngenta, Land O'Lakes, Bayer, and so many more, attendees received insight on the current agricultural industry and what's to come.

The conference was held virtually with a keynote, panel discussions, and numerous networking opportunities during the one-day conference. A few highlights include:

  • 42 speakers (including startups, farmers, venture capitalists, and corporate venture capitalists)

  • 363 individual meetings between startups, corporate executives, and investors

  • 600+ gathering of entrepreneurs, corporate innovators, and startup investors from across the industry and globe



Where is Agrifood Tech Investment Now and What’s on the Horizon? Agtech and Foodtech market updates

Farmers on the Forefront: Shifting to a Farmers First Industry End-users leading the charge from investments, trials, and building technologies on demand

VC Forward: A Refreshed Outlook on Agriculture The new lens around investment in agriculture

gener8tor AgTech Accelerator Announcing the latest AgTech cohort and calling out the value they will bring to our industry

The Sustainability Subject Going beyond the promises and drilling into what we know, what we are doing, and how we look towards the future

  • Amanda Neely | Senior Manager, Technology & Innovation| Truterra - Land O' Lakes

  • Eric Ward | Cofounder & Co-CEO | AgBiome

  • Sachi Desai | Corporate Strategy Manager | The Climate Corporation, Bayer's Digital Farming Organization

  • Mark Johnson | CEO| GrainBridge

Evolution of Precision Livestock Technology Helping to feed the demand of consumers and supporting farmers forecast animal welfare

Approaches to Building a Successful CVC Arm From a seasoned CVC to corporate executives diving into the investing arena. The advantages, challenges, and how to bring value to all parties involved

  • Darren Streiler |Managing Director |Archer Daniels Midland Co.

  • Amar Singh | Managing Director |FMC Ventures

  • Preston Zhang |Executive Director Corporate Development |Pinduoduo

  • Vinith Poduval |Senior Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer |Schreiber Foods

Universities on the AgTech Forefront From funding dollars to engaging with the startup community, how universities are paving the way to a new normal

  • Dr. Kim Kidwell | Dean |University of Illinois

  • Thomas Field, PhD | Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Director |University of Nebraska

  • Kevin Kimle | Rastetter Chair of Agricultural Entrepreneurship |Iowa State University

  • Michael Helmstetter, Ph.D | Founder, President & CEO | TechAccel

Demystifying Agricultural Carbon Credits with Indigo Ag What makes a high-quality carbon credit, how to minimize barriers for growers, and the startup checklist on how to engage with this emerging market

Fireside Chat featuring Crop Metrics & CropX Connecting the Midwest with the Middle East, an acquisition between two worlds with tech-savvy farmers on the forefront and a powerful tech ecosystem leading the charge to deliver a successful irrigation company



The event wouldn't have been possible without the generous support of many sponsors.


The third annual conference is coming in 2022! If you want to stay updated on dates and information, sign up for The Combine's email list, and we will keep you in the know.

Interested in partnership opportunities? Reach out to Gaby Novakovic at


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