Date: Thursday, Dec 2, 2021: 9am – 2:30pm PT / 12pm – 5:30pm ET

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Conference Agenda


9:00am Welcome / Opening Remarks
9:10am Organic AgTech: Oxymoron or golden opportunity?
Kathleen Merrigan, Arizona State University
9:30am Using AgTech to move organic forward 
Steven Mirsky, USDA ARS
9:50am Can smart technologies advance organic agriculture?
Andrew Hammermeister, Dalhousie University
10:10am Challenges of AgTech: Making technology support organic agriculture
Revathi Kollegala, Regen Foundation
10:20am Federal funding for organic AgTech
Steven Thomson, USDA-NIFA
10:30am Breakout group discussions
10:50am Summary of break-out discussions
11:00am How agricultural technologies and data bias reinforce agri-food inequities
Sarah Rotz, York University
11:15am Radical code: Open source technologies for organic agriculture
Gathering for Open Ag Tech Team:
Ankita Raturi, Purdue University
Mike Stenta, FarmOS 
Jamie Gaehring, FarmOS
Greg Austic, Our Sci LLC
Juliet Norton, Purdue University
12:00pm Political economies of organic and ag tech: tensions and convergences
Julie Guthman, University of California Santa Cruz
12:20pm Demystifying technology: Helping farmers make appropriate tech choices
Heather Darby, University of Vermont
12:40pm Synergies and frictions of agroecology and AgTech
Summer Sullivan, University of California, Santa Cruz
1:00pm Technological priorities for organic farmers 
Nate Powell-Palm, Cold Spring Organics 
Philip LaRocca, LaRocca Vinyards 
Earcine Evans, Pure Ciné
Wa Kou Hang, Twin Cities Green Farm
Jon Bansen, Double J Jerseys / Organic Valley
1:30pm Smart, IoT, and low-cost systems to bridge the technology gap in agriculture
Paula Ramos, North Carolina State University 
1:45pm OpenTEAM innovations in collaboration, digital equity & data sovereignty 
Dorn Cox, OpenTEAM/Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment
2:00pm Breakout group discussions
2:20pm Summary discussion
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