2014 Contest Information

We hope you’re able to join us in Madison, WI on April 25th or 26th to witness a spectacular variety of student competitors as well as an amazing set of world class speakers:

Speakers and Panelists

Tom Vilsack United States Secretary of Agriculture
Harold Schmitz Chief Science Officer, Mars, Inc.
Fred Kirschenmann Distinguished Fellow, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture & President, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Robbie Barbero Fellow, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
David Krakauer  Director, WID, Professor of Genetics, & Co-Director, Center For Complexity And Collective Computation
Molly Jahn  Professor in the Laboratory of Genetics and Department of Agronomy at the University of Madison-Wisconsin, and Special Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost for Sustainability Sciences.
Alice in Dairyland Spokesperson for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection
Bruce Kahn  Portfolio Manager, Sustainable Insights Capital Management; Lecturer, Sustainable Finance; Statistics for Sustainability Management Columbia University
Claire Kremen Professor and Faculty Director, Berkeley Food Institute, University of California, Berkeley
Shauna Sadowski Director of Sustainability, Annie’s, Inc
Bill Sutton Lead Economist & Cluster Leader, Agriculture & Environment, Public Sector Evaluations unit of the Independent Evaluation Group, World Bank
Muquarrab Qureshi Deputy Director, United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Institute of Youth, Family, and Community

The Agricultural Innovation Prize: Powered by 40 Chances is proud to announce a spectacular line up of judges for the semi-final and final round judging on April 25th and 26th in Madison, WI. Without further ado:

2014 Semi Final Judges

Fred Kirschenmann Distinguished Fellow, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture & President, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Shauna Sadowski Director of Sustainability, Annie’s, Inc
Bill Sutton Lead Economist & Cluster Leader, Agriculture & Environment, Public Sector Evaluations unit of the Independent Evaluation Group, World Bank
David Baker Farmer and co-owner, Primrose Valley Farm
Ellen Bergfeld CEO of American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America
Mary Blanchard Associate Director, Wisconsin Energy Institute
Dickson Despommier Professor of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University & Director of the Vertical Farm Project
Suren Dutia Senior Fellow of the Kauffman Foundation and the Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Washington University in St. Louis
Sam Fiorello Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance at The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Erin Fitzgerald Senior Vice President for Sustainability, Innovation Center for US Dairy
Danielle Gould Founder, Food+Tech Connect
Dana Gunders Project Scientist in Food and Agriculture at Natural Resources Defense Council
Ken Harrington Managing Director, The Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Washington University, St Louis
Leo Holt President, Holt Logistics Corp
Jason Ingle Founder, Managing Partner at Closed Loop Capital
John Jacobs Owner, Green Valley Dairy
Lovell (Tu) Jarvis Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics – Director, Richard Blum Center for Developing Economies, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Davis
Tera Johnson Founder, Wisconsin Specialty Protein and teraswhey™
Nancy Kavazanjian Farmer Director, United Soybean Board
Rob Leclerc CEO, AgFunder
Pat Morand Partner, Open Prairie Ventures
Esther Ngumbi Research Fellow, Auburn University
Mark Olson Owner and Farmer, Renaissance Farm
Joyce Parker AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, United States EPA
Daniel Ross COO, Wholesome Wave
Howard Shapiro Chief Agricultural Officer at Mars, Incorporated, Senior Fellow, UC Davis
Jerry Steiner Retired EVP of Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, Monsanto
Pat Stonger Director, Daybreak Foods, Inc
Gabriel Wilmoth Investment Analyst, Syngenta Ventures
Luca Zullo Principal, VerdeNero LLC

2014 Final Round Judges

 

Ben Brancel Secretary of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Wisconsin DATCP
Jason Clay Senior Vice President, Market Transformation, World Wildlife Fund
Paul Matteucci Operating Partner, U.S. Venture Partners
Mary Maxon Biosciences Head of Strategic Planning and Development, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
John Vrieze Dairy Farmer and co-owner, Future Farm