AgriBusiness Global Trade Summit: Celebrating 10 Years of Success

AgriBusiness Global’s Trade Summit, celebrating its 10th anniversary, continues to grow bigger every year. The current edition, which is being held at the Caribe Royale hotel in Orlando, Florida, USA, kicked off with 750 attendees and 140 exhibitors coming from 45 countries. It is truly a global event.

“This marks a major milestone for us,” says David Frabotta, editor of AgriBusiness Global magazine, organizer and host of the Trade Summit. “We’ve grown 10-fold since this event began a decade ago in Toronto. Relationships are our business and we’re proud to be part of this.”

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The event began with recognition of Pradip Dave, Chairman of Aimco Pesticides and longtime President of PMFAI. Dave was honored with a lifetime achievement award for his commitment and contributions to crop protection in India and around the world.

Pradip Dave

Pradip Dave

“As we celebrate Pradip’s great accomplishments, it really illustrates the beauty of agriculture,” said Eric Davis, Group Publisher of AgriBusiness Global. “It’s the amazing thing about our industry, how one product or one innovation, or in this case one individual, can essentially affect millions of people around the world. So on behalf of AgriBusiness Global, the industry, your colleagues, friends, your family, we are honored to present you with this very well deserved lifetime achievement award.”

Despite receiving recognition for his more than four decades of dedication to the industry, Dave has no plans to stop any time soon.

“I have many miles to go to achieve my professional and personal goals,” he said.

Dave credits his relationship with AgriBusiness Global with contributing to his success.

“My association with AgriBusiness Global (and its predecessor Farm Chemicals International), started a very long time ago. It helped me meet people from all over the world, share our experience, and conduct our business.”

Following the recognition of Dave’s career contributions to agriculture, attendees heard from Julie Borlaug, granddaughter of Nobel laureate Norman Borlaug, known as the Father of the Green Revolution. Borlaug, Associate Director of External Relations at the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, also handles Strategic Initiatives for Corporate Relations within AgriLife Research at Texas A&M.

Borlaug, who promised her grandfather that she would help carry on his legacy, delivered the keynote presentation on the challenge the agriculture industry faces when it comes to using technology to spread the message about agriculture’s importance to the world.

Stephen Pearce, Arysta LifeScience, responds to questions from AgriBusiness Global Editor, David Frabotta

Stephen Pearce, Arysta LifeScience, responds to questions from AgriBusiness Global Editor, David Frabotta

Borlaug says she’s commonly asked, “’Can we feed 9 billion people?’ The answer, of course, is, ‘yes.'” It’s how she finishes that sentence that catches people unaware, “But you have to allow us to use the science we have. I’m not anti-organic. I’m just realistic.”

Dave returned to the spotlight when he joined the editors of AgriBusiness Global in the Delegate’s Lounge on stage in the Media Center. Also joining the

conversation at the Media Center were Stephen Pearce, Global Head of Procurement for Arysta LifeScience, who explained how he approaches strategic procurement and supplier relationship management; Wu Zhonghui, CCM International, who discussed how to connect manufacturers with traders and buyers; and Dr. Susan Ferenc, from the Council of Producers and Distributors of Agrotechnology, who talked about the status of OSHA relabeling requirements and building opportunities for agrotehnology companies.

Watch a Slideshow from Day 1 of the Trade Summit