Session
Title: Sponsor Showcase
Date: Tue Aug 2, 2016
Time: 3:40 PM - 5:40 PM
Moderator: Joan Archer
The Five Pillars of Modern Agriculture

Through one unified platform, Agrian simplifies the five pillars of modern farming. Agrian delivers a solution that brings together precision, agronomy, compliance, sustainability and analytics. Its unified platform, is modular, enterprise friendly and built for every link in the agricultural food chain. It’s enterprise solution is flexible enough to be administered on a national level while providing flexibility and usability at the field. This 40-minute presentation will address to the importance of a provider that can scale with your operation and provide a complete solution for your entire organization.

Nish Majarian (speaker)
CEO
Agrian, Inc.
Clovis, CA 93611
US
Nishan Majarian is CEO and co-founder of Agrian. Agrian is an Ag software company that helps growers, agronomists and food processors simplify their workload by providing compliance, precision and agronomy in one platform. Nishan is responsible for the overall strategic direction of Agrian, including strategic partnerships, sales, marketing and finance. www.agrian.com
Length (approx): 40 min
 
Dawn of a New Era

Get acquainted with one of Agribusiness’ larger / more experienced, yet unknown technology providers and their vision in addressing the new era that retailers are faced with to service growers. In this new era it’s not about Precision agriculture any more it’s about “Agriculture” and only those that embrace this change will remain relevant in the eyes of the growers. Charting a course through this changing landscape of regulation, consolidation, voluminous data and the rush to manage risk in the organization involves deliberate strategies. You’ll leave this session with a better perspective on how this all can be achieved.   

Ernie Chappell (speaker)
President/CEO
EFC Systems
Brentwood, TN 37027
US
Ernie Chappell is the founder and CEO of EFC Systems, Inc. Founded in 1988, EFC Systems, Inc. is focused on creating technology solutions for ag retailers, to make their team trusted advisors to growers by providing tools to enhance profitability and sustainability. Chappell has degrees in both science and business and combined his financial background and software development experience to create Merchant Ag, FieldAlytics and AgSolver, all a part of EFC Systems, Inc. Ernie lives in Brentwood, TN with his wife(Amanda) and their children(Evan, Elliott & Emerson).
Alan Brady (speaker)
Merchant Ag Representative
EFC Systems
Brentwood, TN 37027
US
Alan Brady is the Leader of Implementations at EFC Systems. He holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and is a certified Project Manager. With more than five years' experience at EFC Systems, he manages all ERP and Precision implementations. His leadership skills, analytical approach, and positive, team-focused attitude support the mission and clients' of EFC Systems.
Length (approx): 40 min
 
Trimble’s Software Dev Leaders Discuss What Is & What Is NOT Working in Ag Software Today

Come learn from two of the industries most experienced ag tech leaders as they discuss the tough issues they deal with in the trenches every day: Kevin Pattison and Bob Wold, Trimble’s leaders for agricultural software development, will discuss what they see happening in the ag software world. While there are some real successes to discuss, there are also some trends that have major challenges. Mobile apps, IoT, compliance issues, and crowded slate of start ups are continuing to push the market to evolve, but the key challenges of data capture, user experience, and value creation remain. How can the many proprietary formats and point solutions survive and succeed? How can we save people time instead of burdening them with messy connectivity issues? Are data silos an advantage or an outdated approach? How many apps will users actively engage with? You don’t want to miss this session!

Kevin Pattison (speaker)
Trimble Ag Software Development Leader
Agri-Data Inc.
Calgary, AB T2G5M1
CA
Kevin Pattison grew up working on the family grain farm and Ag Retail business in Saskatchewan, before completing a CPSC degree at the University of Calgary. Kevin has 15 years hands on experience working with Agri-Data Solutions and Agri-Trend on Ag Software to enable Agri-businesses to better manage their information. Kevin works with Bob Wold and together these two lead the technical development efforts for Trimble's Ag Software portfolio, which includes Desktop, Mobile and SaaS solutions for the Ag Industry.
Bob Wold (speaker)
Trimble Ag Software Development Leader
Trimble Navigation
For the Past 17 years, Bob has spearheaded the development of productivity solutions for various industries. Whether in construction, energy, agriculture, or in consumer spaces, Bob has found success in the application of leading technological advancements to real life pain points to transform the way the world works. Bob works with Kevin Pattison and together these two lead the technical development efforts for Trimble's Ag Software portfolio, which includes Desktop, Mobile and SaaS solutions for the Ag Industry.
Length (approx): 40 min