AVF Summit 2017

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Date(s) - 22/09/2017
All Day

University of the District of Columbia




#AVFsummit 2017 in Washington D.C.


You are invited to the AVF Summit 2017




It is with great pleasure that the Association for Vertical Farming would like to invite you to its annual summit in Washington D.C. Every year, the AVF enables a rich assortment of companies, city planners, research institutions and governmental bodies to exchange their experiences, perspectives and ideas in the field of vertical farming. This year, the AVF wants to talk policy.

The AVF is a growing international non-profit organization on a mission to foster the sustainable growth and development of the vertical farming movement. The association boasts a platform for active dialogue and advocacy, and a framework for education outreach and standardization. But how to put these valuable ideas into practice and gain visibility in policy-making?

The AVF is excited to present a day-long summit with focused lectures, panels, and breakout sessions on the future of vertical farming and the policies needed to sustainably scale the industry. This Fall, we invite you to learn how to leverage your position to affect policy on the local, federal, and international level. As an attendee, you will hear from industry leaders and discuss their strategies to streamline business opportunities. We would like you to network with vertical farming professionals to learn about new and exciting prospects in this growing field. Finally, we would like you to share your ideas and propose strategies for vertical farming policy.

The 2017 summit will also feature exhibitors from the AVF’s growing membership. The summit will follow #NYCagtechweek 2017 (September 16-21) and a deal will be offered to those interested in attending both events.



Friday September 22, 2017 – Conference Day 1

08.15 am – Registration & Exhibit

09.00 am – Opening Remarks by Sabine O’Hara UDC and Christine Zimmermann-Loessl AVF

09.15 am – Keynote Adress by Sonny Ramaswamy Director National Institute of Food and Agriculture

09.45 am – Why Vertical Farming by Marc Oshima AeroFarms

09.55 am – Panel: State of US Urban Ag Policy by Sabine O’Hara UDC and Tommy Wells Department of Energy & Environment and Sonny Ramaswamy Director National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Sally Rockey Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research and Thomas Zoellner Moderator 

10.45 am – Feeding the world with cannabis and semiconductors by Travis Williams Fluence Bioengineering

11.00 am —- Networking Break —-

11.20 am – What constitutes a good food safety program – Dr Bob Whitaker Produce Marketing Association

11.30 am – Why Standardize and Certify by Roberta Anderson Global G.A.P

11.45 am – Systemizing Sustainability by Emilie Baliozian Blue Planet Consulting and Yara Nagi Sky Vegetables and Jason Trager Sustainabilist and Maya Ezzeddine Moderator

12.30 pm – Breakout Session: Vertical Farming Sustainability Certification and Labeling

1.10 pm —- Networking Lunch —-

2.10 pm – Presenation by Erik Ijntema Certhon

2.20 pm – Fostering the Growth of Urban Agriculture Through Zoning and Permitted Use by Jennifer Hadayia Harris County and Mario Cambardella City of Atlanta and Harris Trobman Green Infrastructure Specialist, Joshua Levin Office of the Brooklyn Borough President and Christine Zimmermann-Loessl Moderator

3.20 pm —- Networking Break —-

3:40 pm – The Role of Vertical Farming in reducing postharvest food losses and feeding the next generation by Charles Wilson World Food Preservation Center

3:55 pm – Seeds for food security by Wim Grootscholten RijkZwaan

4:05 pm – One on One: The Power Play Partnership of Utility Companies & Vertical Farms, with Stan Vangilder Southern Company and Henry Gordon-Smith interviewer

4.25 pm —- Coffee Break —-

4.45 pm – Sustainable Urban Delta by Natasha Snellens Priva

5.05 pm – Key Components of US FarmBill in Relation to Vertical Farming by Bob Van Heuvelen VH Strategies

5.25 pm – Breakout Session: How to Engage Policy and Lawmakers?

6.30 pm – Closing Remarks by Max Loessl and Henry Gordon-Smith 

7.00 pm —- Exhibit / Networking —-

Saturday September 23, 2017 – Conference Day 2

09.00 am – 1.00 pm – Urban Farming Tour Washington & US Capitol





Please email hgs@vertical-farming.net for promocodes if you: (1) are member of the AVF (2) have a a ticket to AgTech Week and (3) are a student.