Agribusiness Speakers

Tuesday, September 12th 10:30 am -11:45 am

Meeting the Global Food Needs

Dr. William Payne

Dr. William Payne

UNR, College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources; Nevada Agriculture Experiment Station

Dr. Payne recently moved from Ethiopia, where he worked with the International Center for Agricultural Research for the Dry Areas as Director of a $150 million research program aimed at improving food security and livelihoods in the dry areas of the world. Dr. Payne serves as Professor of Crop Physiology at Texas A&M University, and is former Research Director of the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture. He has advised charitable foundations, national and international agencies, publishers, foreign governments and universities on science, food security, and sustainable agriculture. Dr. Payne has been named fellow of five international scientific societies and has held numerous leadership roles at the state, national and international level.

David Martin

David Martin

Indoor Farms of America

Dave spent over 25 years in management of civil construction development projects, having overseen numerous projects across the U.S. on behalf of private development companies. About 5 years ago, Dave met his partner in the business, Ron Evans, and one of his life-long passions, growing healthy food, was re-ignited.

Ron had been engaged by a major relief agency to be involved in the development of an indoor farm, using aquaponics, for Haiti disaster relief, and upon sharing this story with Dave, the two embarked on a mission to bring super fresh, locally grown produce to any place in the world that needs it, with a mandate that it be an economically sound model. Indoor Farms of America now holds multiple U.S. patents for the vertical aeroponic equipment designed and developed by Dave and Ron, and it is making a difference in countries around the world rapidly, with farms now operating in the U.S., Canada, and South Africa. Farms coming for 2017 include Dubai in the UAE and Botswana, a country near South Africa, areas of great need.

The inspiration for bringing this game changing equipment to commercialization comes from Dave’s long family history of farming in the Midwest U.S., where the struggles of the family farmer are most severe and where this can make sustainable change in the supply chain that has dramatic positive impacts on everyone touched by it.

Dr. Paul Verburg

Dr. Paul Verburg

UNR Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science

Paul Verburg is a soil scientist whose research focuses on the impacts of natural and anthropogenic disturbances on soil biogeochemical processes. He received his MS and PhD from Wageningen Agicultural University in The Netherlands. Between 1998 and 2013 he worked at the Desert Research Institute and in 2013 he moved to the University of Nevada, Reno where he currently is a faculty member in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science. He is working on a number of projects assessing alternative management options for crop production in arid areas. These projects include testing alternative crops on degraded soils, and assessing the use of alternative water sources for crop production in the field and greenhouses.

MODERATOR: Clint Koble

Nevada Small Business Development Center

Tuesday, September 12th 2:30 pm -3:45 pm

Commodity Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges for the Future

Al Trace

Al Trace

Dairy Farmers of America

In addition to working as the Director of Member Services for Dairy Farmers of America’s (DFA) Western Fluid Group, Al is responsible for developing the milk supply for DF A’s dairy ingredient plant in Fallon, Nevada. Dairy Farmers of America is a leading milk marketing cooperative and dairy food processor serving more than 13,000 members nationwide. Al has 43 year’s experience in the dairy industry having worked for NFO Milk Cooperative as a field representative and 26 years with Dean Foods in raw milk procurement before joining DF A in 2003. Al has served on the Executive Board of Dairy Practices Council. Al and his wife reside in Minden, Nevada.

Doug Busselman

Doug Busselman

NV Farm Bureau

Doug Busselman is the Executive Vice President of Nevada Farm Bureau.

Busselman has served in various Farm Bureau positions since beginning his career with Farm Bureau in 1978. These have included roles with the Nevada, Minnesota and North Dakota state Farm Bureaus. His Farm Bureau career track has also included service at the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Over the 26-plus years with Nevada Farm Bureau, Busselman has been deeply involved in the organization’s public policy work, engaging with many natural resource-related activities and also representing the organization as a lobbyist in the Nevada Legislature.

Busselman grew up on a family farm in Southwestern Minnesota and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Technical College in Crookston, MN. He and his wife Marie live near Reno, NV.

Dave Stix, Jr.

Nevada Cattlemen’s Association

MODERATOR: Clint Koble

Nevada Small Business Development Center

Wednesday, September 13th 10:15 am -11:30 am

Big Trends in Agriculture: What Will the World’s Oldest Profession Look Like in 2025?

Keynote Speaker Jim Carroll

Futurist, Innovation and Trends Expert

Wednesday, September 13th 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Nevada’s Craft Beer Culture Driving Business Opportunities: From Agribusiness to Urban Renewal

Wyndee Forrest

Wyndee Forrest

CraftHaus Brewery

CraftHaus Brewery is independently owned and operated by Henderson residents, Wyndee and Dave Forrest. Their comittment to offering quality driven beers while building their community has been going strong for three years. They were successful in helping change the City of Henderson license to a more craft beer friendly license. CraftHaus Brewery is proud to reside in Henderson and play an active roll in changing the craft beer industry for the better.

Robert Snyder

Big Dogs Brewing Co.

Anthony Gibson

Tenaya Creek Brewery


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