Trade Summit Returns This Week

Once a year those who work with crop inputs have an opportunity to come together, learn about the latest trends, gain insight into where the industry is headed, and meet with peers to make deals essential to success. All of these are critical for making smarter business decisions.

This year two events take place in Atlantic City, New Jersey, at the Harrah’s Resort, with back-to-back conferences 29 July-1 August. The week begins with Biostimulant CommerceCon, the highly successful event from AgriBusiness GlobalTM that focuses on teaching the supply chain how to turn this rapidly growing segment into profit. As Biostimulant CommerceCon ends, the 14th annual AgriBusiness GlobalSM Trade Summit, the most respected crop input event in the industry, begins.

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Once again, the programming for these two conferences brings together some of the most respected thought leaders in the industry. They’ve agreed to share their knowledge and insights on crop inputs and what it will take to continue to grow and profit in the coming years. I already wrote about Biostimulant CommerceCon here, so here I will focus on the Trade Summit.

The conference opens with a look at “Investment in AgTech – The Rising Trend of Raising Funds, Digital Farming, and Biostimulants.” Biostimulant companies are raising rounds worth millions to grow their brands. This session will help delegates learn what investors view as the optimal conditions and company characteristics for fund infusions like these.

That session is followed by “Crop Inputs 2025 — What Is Ahead for the Global Industry?” This session includes a panel of industry leaders, including Bob Trogele, COO, AMVAC; Subhra Jyoti Roy, Vice President of International Business, Rallis India; Daniel B. Custis, CEO, Advanced Biological Marketing; and C S Liew, Managing Director, Pacific Agriscience. These experts will look at the future of the industry.

V.M. (Jim) DeLisi, Chief at Fanwood Chemical, will explain “The U.S., Mexico, Canada Deal and Its Expected Impact on Agrochemicals and Agriculture.” Delegates will gain an understanding of how revised rules of origin will impact companies’ ability to trade AIs and formulated products among U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) partner countries.

“Market Report, Mexico.” AgriBusiness Global’s Partner Country program brings insight from one of the world’s most attractive import/export destinations. Juan Manuel Osorio Hernandez, Director, REGA Consulting, will guide delegates through the nation’s input trends, trade needs, and unique market penetration methods.

One of our most popular presentations is Dr. Bob Fairclough’s “State of the Global Crop Input Market,” presentation. Fairclough, Principal Consultant-AgriGlobe, Kleffmann, will provide a review of global trends in manufacturing, use, and supply of crop input products worldwide. The comprehensive analysis includes regional growth trends and the factors impacting them.

“Sourcing: Better Days Ahead.” Stephen Pearce, Director, AWP Associates, discusses the last 18 months, which have been among the rockiest our generation has experienced in agribusiness. From environmental regulation overhauls to the trade war and beyond, it’s been a year of adjustment from the top to the bottom of the supply chain. Where have we landed on price, supplier consolidation, product availability, and mitigation strategies? Gain insight from strategic sourcing advisors to ride out the storm and position your company for continued growth.

“Agribusiness Evolves as Drone Application Rises.” It is estimated that China could cover more than 30 million hectares with 100,000 units of drones by 2020. Other early adopters of drone application technology include Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Jessica Chung, Consulting Manager, Ipsos Business Consulting, will explain how this trend impacts spray volume, where drone technology is finding a home in the supply chain, and how input companies can plan their strategy to capitalize on this rapidly growing segment.