03 6月 - 05 6月 2019
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Argus Added Value Fertilizers US

Biostimulants focus day

Daniel Custis
President and CEO, Advanced Biological Marketing 
Daniel (Dan) Custis co-founded ABM in 2000 after 25 years in the agricultural industry. As chief executive officer, Custis oversees all company financial, marketing and sales operations, as well as new product acquisition. Custis’ agricultural expertise is centered in the fungicide, insecticide seed treatment and legume inoculant markets. He has worked for and held variou...
Daniel (Dan) Custis co-founded ABM in 2000 after 25 years in the agricultural industry. As chief executive officer, Custis oversees all company financial, marketing and sales operations, as well as new product acquisition. Custis’ agricultural expertise is centered in the fungicide, insecticide seed treatment and legume inoculant markets. He has worked for and held various positions with national and multi-national companies. Custis received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Eastern Kentucky University and his Master’s in Business with a focus on Small Business Development and Startups from Regent University.
Glen Crowe
Director of Sales, Pathway Biologic
Glen Crowe is the Director of Sales for Pathway Biologic where he relishes his responsibility for developing business opportunities on a global basis. Glen is dedicated to bringing sustainable farm practices to conventional agriculture to better meet global food needs, today and in the future. He travels extensively to promote the use of plant growth promoting rhizobacte...
Glen Crowe is the Director of Sales for Pathway Biologic where he relishes his responsibility for developing business opportunities on a global basis. Glen is dedicated to bringing sustainable farm practices to conventional agriculture to better meet global food needs, today and in the future. He travels extensively to promote the use of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria produced by Pathway Biologic to enhance a wide range of crop production and protection alternatives. He uses the interactions with growers, crop advisors, and distribution partners to help guide the product development team at Pathway Biologic. In his current role Glen leads the sales staff at Pathway Biologic in a targeted approach to grow Pathway’s business while embracing Pathway’s core values. His approach is to develop strategic alliances with key fertility partners to enhance their products and promote efficiencies for more sustainable food and fiber production. Glen lives on a family farm in Cleveland, SC with his wife, Holly, and son Sean. Here they enjoy a small orchard and the fulfillment of rural life.
James White
Professor of Plant Pathology,  Rutgers University
James F. White is Professor of Plant Biology at Rutgers University where he and students conduct research on beneficial microbes that inhabit plant tissues. Dr. White obtained the Ph.D. in Botany/Mycology from the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. White specializes in the study of endophytic microbes and how they affect plants. Dr. White is the author of more than 200 artic...
James F. White is Professor of Plant Biology at Rutgers University where he and students conduct research on beneficial microbes that inhabit plant tissues. Dr. White obtained the Ph.D. in Botany/Mycology from the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. White specializes in the study of endophytic microbes and how they affect plants. Dr. White is the author of more than 200 articles, and author and editor of reference books on the biology of endophytes, including Biotechnology of Acremonium Endophytes of Grasses (1994), Microbial Endophytes (2000), The Clavicipitalean Fungi (2004), The Fungal Community: Its Organization and Role in the Ecosystem (2005, 2017), Defensive Mutualism in Microbial Symbiosis (2009), and Seed Endophytes: Biology and Biotechnology (2019). Dr. White is a fellow of the AAAS, and Associate Editor for journals Fungal Ecology, Symbiosis, Mycoscience, and Scientific Reports, and also serves on the editorial boards of MDPI journals Biology and Microorganisms.
Jane Fife
Chief Scientist, 3Bar Biologics
Jane Fife joined 3Bar Biologics in 2016, where she leads R&D to improve bioformulation and delivery of beneficial microbes for more effective plant growth and biological disease control. 3Bar Biologics is an early stage startup spinout of The Ohio State University dedicated to improving yield and productivity in agriculture. Prior to 3Bar Biologics, Jane managed technolo...
Jane Fife joined 3Bar Biologics in 2016, where she leads R&D to improve bioformulation and delivery of beneficial microbes for more effective plant growth and biological disease control. 3Bar Biologics is an early stage startup spinout of The Ohio State University dedicated to improving yield and productivity in agriculture. Prior to 3Bar Biologics, Jane managed technology development in agribusiness at Battelle Memorial Institute. Jane has a PhD in Agricultural Engineering from The Ohio State University, with research interests in applying innovative technologies for more targeted delivery of agricultural inputs and smarter, more sustainable agricultural production
John D. Bailey
National Product Manager, Timac Agro
As Timac Agro USA National Product Manager for Row Crops, Dr. John D. Bailey works closely with our sales team to support growers and dealers around the country, looking to find the best solutions for farmer’s needs, as well as to educate the market on the best use of fertilization efficiency. He is also responsible for research partnerships with 18+ American universities ...
As Timac Agro USA National Product Manager for Row Crops, Dr. John D. Bailey works closely with our sales team to support growers and dealers around the country, looking to find the best solutions for farmer’s needs, as well as to educate the market on the best use of fertilization efficiency. He is also responsible for research partnerships with 18+ American universities and Research and Development projects with the Roullier Global Innovation Center, leveraging from the company’s 60 years of expertise in plant nutrition and more than 60 patented formulas to create and adapt solutions for the US Ag market. Dr. Bailey earned his Ph.D. from University of Kentucky, his MS from Montana State University, and his BS in Agriculture from New Mexico State University.
Michael Warren
CEO, Earth Alive Clean Technologies
Michael is Chief Executive Officer at Earth Alive Clean Technologies. He became CEO in June 2017 after serving as Vice-President Global Operations (Agriculture) since 2014. Michael’s career in ecological and human friendly products began when he founded LFP Solutions, an organic soil input distribution company. A lifelong nature enthusiast, Michael feels as much at home on...
Michael is Chief Executive Officer at Earth Alive Clean Technologies. He became CEO in June 2017 after serving as Vice-President Global Operations (Agriculture) since 2014. Michael’s career in ecological and human friendly products began when he founded LFP Solutions, an organic soil input distribution company. A lifelong nature enthusiast, Michael feels as much at home on his farm as he does in a boardroom. He has extensive knowledge concerning sustainability, organic food systems and soil health. He is frequently asked to speak on these topics in various forums. At Earth Alive, Michael has developed several sustainability projects such as the Mocha Initiative and the Clean Fibre Initiative. He is instrumental in the development of new products and sourcing financing to ensure expansion of the company’s research and development as well as sales opportunities. He is a board member of Regeneration Canada; a non-profit initiative promoting soil regeneration in Canada and has a business degree from Bishop’s University.
Ryan Bond
Sr. Director, Crop Protection & Nutrition Innovation, Nutrien
Dr. Ryan Bond leads crop protection and nutrition innovation and global R&D for Nutrien Ag Solutions (NAS) headquartered in Loveland. In his role, Dr. Bond leverages NAS’s global retail footprint and >500,000 grower clients to understand and creatively solve for inefficiencies challenging productivity on the farm via innovative build, buy, and licensing strategies for crop...
Dr. Ryan Bond leads crop protection and nutrition innovation and global R&D for Nutrien Ag Solutions (NAS) headquartered in Loveland. In his role, Dr. Bond leverages NAS’s global retail footprint and >500,000 grower clients to understand and creatively solve for inefficiencies challenging productivity on the farm via innovative build, buy, and licensing strategies for crop inputs, like EEFs, chemicals and biologicals. Dr. Bond earned his Ph.D. in Soil Science from NC State University, a MS and BS in Agronomy from Clemson University, and a MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina.
Terry Stone
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Sustainability Programs
Terry joined Agrinos with over 30 years of experience in plant biotechnology, regulatory affairs and sustainable agriculture. As Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Sustainability, he directs regulatory initiatives for Agrinos, working closely with government agencies, industry initiatives and other stakeholders on a global level. Terry also leads the development of A...
Terry joined Agrinos with over 30 years of experience in plant biotechnology, regulatory affairs and sustainable agriculture. As Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Sustainability, he directs regulatory initiatives for Agrinos, working closely with government agencies, industry initiatives and other stakeholders on a global level. Terry also leads the development of Agrinos’ sustainability programs, partnering with customers and other organizations to demonstrate and quantify the value of Agrinos products as a component of their sustainability programs. Prior to joining Agrinos, Terry held leadership roles with Syngenta, The Scotts Company and Monsanto working in research and development, global regulatory affairs, sustainability and industry relations. He has earned Master’s degrees in International Business and Entomology.

Speaker listing

Amy Yoder
President & CEO, Anuvia
Amy Yoder serves as CEO of Anuvia Plant Nutrients, an ag tech startup that enables farmers to implement new sustainable practices that improve farm profitably, soil health and environmental stewardship. In 2017, Anuvia launched SymTRX™, its first product for agriculture. After only two years, it has been used on over 1 million acres. For more than two decades, she has co...
Amy Yoder serves as CEO of Anuvia Plant Nutrients, an ag tech startup that enables farmers to implement new sustainable practices that improve farm profitably, soil health and environmental stewardship. In 2017, Anuvia launched SymTRX™, its first product for agriculture. After only two years, it has been used on over 1 million acres. For more than two decades, she has contributed to growth and development of the agricultural industry in key roles as CEO of Arysta LifeScience, North America and president of Spectrum Brands Home and Garden and Biolab. She’s also held management positions at Monsanto and NuFarm Limited. Yoder currently serves on the board of directors for The Fertilizer Institute, Compass Minerals and Arcadia Biosciences. She also promotes agriculture by serving on the Clemson University Foundation Board and the Michigan State University Hannah Society. She has also served as past president for the Sigma Alpha Foundation (a sorority promoting women in agriculture). She graduated with a BS in Agricultural Technology Systems Management from Michigan State University.
Ariana Cohen
VP head of Fertilizer Division, JET
Ariana Cohen is heading the fertilizer activity of JET Inc. where she focuses on developing the Strategic plan for the production and commercialization of the Global Fertilizer Business generating from JET’s unique desulfurization technology. Ariana has over 25 years of experience in management positions within the national and international fertilizers industry. Prior ...
Ariana Cohen is heading the fertilizer activity of JET Inc. where she focuses on developing the Strategic plan for the production and commercialization of the Global Fertilizer Business generating from JET’s unique desulfurization technology. Ariana has over 25 years of experience in management positions within the national and international fertilizers industry. Prior to joining JET in October 2018, Mrs. Cohen served as VP, Global Business Development, R&D and Ag Marketing for the Special Fertilizers segment of the ICL Group. Before that from 2002 to mid-2017 she was the VP & GM of ICL Specialty Fertilizers Americas Ariana received her MBA from Purdue University, Krannet School of Management and MSc. in soil and water science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Bede Heren
Editor, North America, Argus
Bede Heren runs Argus’ fertilizer desk in North America which publishes two weekly reports covering fertilizer, sulfur and sulfuric acid markets as well as a monthly report on feedgrade minerals. He has worked at Argus for six years and moved to Texas last year from London.
Bede Heren runs Argus’ fertilizer desk in North America which publishes two weekly reports covering fertilizer, sulfur and sulfuric acid markets as well as a monthly report on feedgrade minerals. He has worked at Argus for six years and moved to Texas last year from London.
David Kanter
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, New York University
David Kanter is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at NYU and the Vice-Chair of the International Nitrogen Initiative.. His research examines new policy options for addressing nitrogen pollution and the transition to sustainable agriculture. Prior to his current position, David was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Earth Institute at Columbia University. H...
David Kanter is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at NYU and the Vice-Chair of the International Nitrogen Initiative.. His research examines new policy options for addressing nitrogen pollution and the transition to sustainable agriculture. Prior to his current position, David was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Earth Institute at Columbia University. He received his BSc in Chemistry and Law from the University of Bristol in the UK and his MA and PhD in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy from Princeton University.
Fabián Fernández
Nutrient Management Specialist, University of Minnesota
Dr. Fabián G. Fernández is an Associate Professor in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Fernández was born and raised in the Pampas region of Argentina. He earned his Ph.D. degree from Purdue University in 2006, and M.S. and B.S. degrees from Brigham Young University in 2002 and 2000, respectively. The research and exten...
Dr. Fabián G. Fernández is an Associate Professor in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Fernández was born and raised in the Pampas region of Argentina. He earned his Ph.D. degree from Purdue University in 2006, and M.S. and B.S. degrees from Brigham Young University in 2002 and 2000, respectively. The research and extension education programs of Dr. Fernández are focused on soil nutrient management and plant mineral nutrition. His current work at the University of Minnesota concentrates primarily on environmental issues related to nutrient management for corn cropping systems. He seeks to identify and implement nitrogen management practices that are sustainable both in terms of minimizing negative environmental impacts, specifically on water quality, and improving crop yields. Fernández graduated 9 graduate students and currently is advising 3 students. He is an associate editor for Soil Science Society of America Journal, has published more than 35 peer-reviewed journal articles, co-authored 3 book chapters, over 30 proceedings papers, more than 70 abstracts for scientific conferences, over 130 extension publications and research reports, and hundreds of local, national and international presentations.
Greg Schwab
Senior Director of Technology and Innovation, Koch Agronomic Services
Greg is the Senior Director of Technology and Innovation at Koch Agronomic Services, LLC (KAS), a subsidiary of Koch Ag & Energy Solutions, LLC. Greg is responsible for leading KAS’s global agronomic research efforts on technologies in the innovation pipeline and on the existing portfolio of enhanced efficiency fertilizer products. In addition, he leads the innovation team...
Greg is the Senior Director of Technology and Innovation at Koch Agronomic Services, LLC (KAS), a subsidiary of Koch Ag & Energy Solutions, LLC. Greg is responsible for leading KAS’s global agronomic research efforts on technologies in the innovation pipeline and on the existing portfolio of enhanced efficiency fertilizer products. In addition, he leads the innovation team which is focused on identifying and advancing the product portfolio and new business platform opportunities. Prior to his tenure with KAS, Greg was an Extension Specialist at the University of Kentucky for almost 10 years.
Hillel Magen
VP of Agronomy, ICL Fertilizers
Hillel Magen is VP Agronomy at ICL and leads the International Potash Institute (IPI), Switzerland. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Center for Fertilization and Plant Nutrition (CFPN), a joint initiative between ICL and the Israeli Agriculture Research Organization (ARO). Hillel was raised in a Kibbutz where he also led the horticulture sector. In 19...
Hillel Magen is VP Agronomy at ICL and leads the International Potash Institute (IPI), Switzerland. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Center for Fertilization and Plant Nutrition (CFPN), a joint initiative between ICL and the Israeli Agriculture Research Organization (ARO). Hillel was raised in a Kibbutz where he also led the horticulture sector. In 1992, after serving as an Extension Officer advising on irrigation and fertilization, he joined the fertilizer industry as an agronomist at Dead Sea Works. A native of Israel, he holds a M.Sc. degree in Soil Science and Agronomy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Kraig Westerbeek
Senior Director SFD Renewables & HPD Environmental Affairs, Smithfield
Kraig Westerbeek is senior director of Smithfield Renewables and hog production environmental affairs for Smithfield Foods. Smithfield Renewables is a platform within the organization that unifies, leads, and accelerates the company's industry-leading carbon reduction and renewable energy efforts. He also leads an advisory committee that evaluates projects and helps direct...
Kraig Westerbeek is senior director of Smithfield Renewables and hog production environmental affairs for Smithfield Foods. Smithfield Renewables is a platform within the organization that unifies, leads, and accelerates the company's industry-leading carbon reduction and renewable energy efforts. He also leads an advisory committee that evaluates projects and helps direct a company-wide strategy for renewable energy projects across both farms and facilities. Previously, Mr. Westerbeek served as vice president for environment, engineering, and support services for Smithfield Hog Production in Warsaw, N.C. He was responsible for ensuring that the company is compliant with all state and federal environmental rules and regulations, in addition to providing oversight on engineering, feed manufacturing, and transportation activities. Mr. Westerbeek began working for Murphy-Brown, now Smithfield Foods, in 1993 as an environmental technician. He is certified by the Irrigation Association as a spray irrigation designer and is certified by the Natural Resources and Conservation Service as a technical service provider to develop nutrient utilization plans for animal producers. He is also the chairman of the Duplin County Health Board. A native of Clinton, N.C., Mr. Westerbeek earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1993 from North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
Marcus Meadows-Smith
Chief Executive Officer, BioConsortia
Marcus Meadows-Smith is CEO of BioConsortia, Inc., a revolutionary technology platform in microbial consortia for improving plant traits and increasing crop yields. The company has developed an innovative R&D technology for identifying multi-tasking microbial teams that confer beneficial traits onto fertilizers seeds and directly onto plants. Prior to his leadership of B...
Marcus Meadows-Smith is CEO of BioConsortia, Inc., a revolutionary technology platform in microbial consortia for improving plant traits and increasing crop yields. The company has developed an innovative R&D technology for identifying multi-tasking microbial teams that confer beneficial traits onto fertilizers seeds and directly onto plants. Prior to his leadership of BioConsortia, Meadows-Smith served as CEO of AgraQuest, where in only four years he spearheaded the transformation of that $10 million, financially - distressed company to its sale to Bayer CropScience for nearly $500 million. Marcus has been a passionate advocate and driver of the industrywide change in thinking toward biological products, from the once small, for organic farming only category, to an integral part of conventional agriculture for yield increases, growing at 5X's the rate of chemical pesticides and accelerating. Following AgraQuest's acquisition, Meadows-Smith served as Head of Biologics for Bayer CropScience. Prior to Bayer and AgraQuest, Marcus had a 14 year career at Chemtura Corporation where he served as EVP for a $2 billion portfolio of businesses: crop protection, consumer products and plastics additives. Marcus holds a degree in Biological Sciences, Genetics from the University of Birmingham, UK, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program. Marcus has received widespread industry recognition for his leadership in developing the biological segment, including the Governor of California's Game Changer of the Year Award; the National Science Foundation's Technology of the Year Award; Agrow World's Strategic Executive of the Year Award; and is a frequently requested speaker at agricultural industry conferences.
Pierre Brunache Jr
Founder and CEO, MyAgricSpace LLC
Pierre Brunache, Jr., has over 20 years of experience in hi-technology and international development. Since 2010, Pierre has networked with and advised fertilizer industry decision makers in more than 20 Sub-Saharan African countries. He is now based in Atlanta, Georgia where he founded MyAgricSpace LLC, an Agritech company. Prior to relocating to the USA, he managed two B...
Pierre Brunache, Jr., has over 20 years of experience in hi-technology and international development. Since 2010, Pierre has networked with and advised fertilizer industry decision makers in more than 20 Sub-Saharan African countries. He is now based in Atlanta, Georgia where he founded MyAgricSpace LLC, an Agritech company. Prior to relocating to the USA, he managed two Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded projects in South Africa as the Chief Agribusiness Officer at the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) and Ghana as Program Director at Creating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA). From Washington DC, he implemented a US$25 million USAID-funded agriculture project in Haiti. In Boston, he was the International Market Entry Manager at a US$1 billion hi-tech firm with projects in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Pierre is passionate about Agritech and market-oriented farming. He holds an MBA from Northeastern University. He is multilingual in English, French, and Creole.
Randy Edwards
Vice President, US Sales, Miller Chemicals
Randy Edwards is the Vice President of US Sales for Miller Chemical and Fertilizer, LLC, a Huber Company. Randy is responsible for leading the Miller sales team and is also the national accounts manager for the company. He began his career with Miller in 1986 in the role of sales representative in the US Mid-Atlantic region. Since then he has been the copper product man...
Randy Edwards is the Vice President of US Sales for Miller Chemical and Fertilizer, LLC, a Huber Company. Randy is responsible for leading the Miller sales team and is also the national accounts manager for the company. He began his career with Miller in 1986 in the role of sales representative in the US Mid-Atlantic region. Since then he has been the copper product manager and national sales manager and took on his current role in 2008. During his 32 years, he has been involved with Miller’s efforts to develop and advance numerous technologies that have led to new, innovative products for the agricultural industry. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agronomy from North Carolina State University.
Sally Flis
Director of Agronomy, TFI
Sally Flis is the Director of Agronomy at The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) in Washington D.C., USA. In her role at TFI, Sally works with the 4R Nutrient Stewardship programs to help increase the science base and understanding of on-farm practice implementation. Sally is also involved in providing science support for state and national nutrient policy issues. Before joining T...
Sally Flis is the Director of Agronomy at The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) in Washington D.C., USA. In her role at TFI, Sally works with the 4R Nutrient Stewardship programs to help increase the science base and understanding of on-farm practice implementation. Sally is also involved in providing science support for state and national nutrient policy issues. Before joining TFI, Sally worked with famers in the Northeastern U.S. to implement and develop nutrient management plans. Dr. Flis received her Ph.D. in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Vermont, her M.S. Dairy Science and B.S. in Dairy Science and Agronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Toby Goodroad
Market Development Director, Yara North America
Toby has spent over 20 years focused on agronomy and agribusiness. He has held a variety of positions in ag retail, farm consulting, precision agriculture, product management and market development. His passion is assessing the needs of agriculture and creating solutions providing sustainability for farmers and retailers.
Toby has spent over 20 years focused on agronomy and agribusiness. He has held a variety of positions in ag retail, farm consulting, precision agriculture, product management and market development. His passion is assessing the needs of agriculture and creating solutions providing sustainability for farmers and retailers.
Todd Carpenter
Technical Services Manager, Verdesian
Todd Carpenter has served as a Technical Development Manager for Verdesian Life Sciences since 2015. He currently manages product development projects in the phosphorus, micronutrient, and animal health areas for Verdesian. Todd holds a B.S. in Agronomy and a M.S in Soil Science from Texas A&M University. He worked for over five years at Texas A&M in Extension, and three y...
Todd Carpenter has served as a Technical Development Manager for Verdesian Life Sciences since 2015. He currently manages product development projects in the phosphorus, micronutrient, and animal health areas for Verdesian. Todd holds a B.S. in Agronomy and a M.S in Soil Science from Texas A&M University. He worked for over five years at Texas A&M in Extension, and three years as a Research Associate at North Carolina State University. Then, he worked six years with Syngenta, which enabled him to return home to Texas. His work in industry has included sales, technical service, business development, research and development.