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Call for Workshops

Benefits of Presenting

  • Discounted registration
  • Visibility for your company
  • Recognition as an industry thought leader

Workshop Deadlines

  • November 15: Workshop proposals open
  • February 15: Deadline for submissions
  • February 16-23: Committee reviews applications
  • March 1: Workshop Acceptance Notifications
  • June 1: Workshop Presenter Town Call
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Call for Research Poster Abstracts

Benefits of Presenting Research

  • Discounted summit registration for the Poster Presenter of the research project to the Annual Cultivating Change Summit.
  • An opportunity to discuss your research with other agriculture leaders.
  • An opportunity to be awarded “Best Summit Poster 2018”.

Abstract Deadlines

  • December 1: Poster application opens
  • February 15: Deadline for submissions
  • March 15:  Research Poster Committee will inform applicants of selected posters
  • April 1: All selected presenters must be registered for the Summit
  • June 21: Poster Setup (9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)
  • June 22: Research Poster Session (9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.)
  • June 22: Posters to be removed (5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)

Advancing The Industry Through Shared Knowledge

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Jennifer Sirangelo

President & CEO, National 4-H Council


2017 Summit Speakers



Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture


House Committee on Agriculture, North Dakota House of Representatives


Senior Account Manager at Look East PR

Barner golumbfskie-jones

Regional Portfolio Manager LATAM and NA Leafy and Brassica Vegetables at Syngenta

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brett van de bovenkamp

Senior Vice President of Customer Growth Capabilities at Tyson Foods

glenda humiston

Vice President, Agriculture & Natural Resources at the University of California Office of the President

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kyle jordan

Global Pesticide Development, North American Region BASF Professional & Speciality Services

alex moore

National President of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences Organization


jessica marquardt

CEO of reNature, Inc.

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mark poeschl

CEO of National FFA Organization

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John p. purcell

Vice President & Global R&D Lead at Monsanto

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Ellen Thompson

National Teach Ag Campaign Director for the National Association of Agricultural Educators


trent mcknight

CEO & Founder at AgriCorps

megan nunes

Founder & CEO at Vinsight


ben thomas

Director of the Montana Department of Agriculture

jennifer lilly

US Regulatory Manager at Bayer Crop Science


ben kerrick

Consultant at Karen Karp & Partners

liesl schmidt

Regional President of Northern California U.S. Bank

jeff ryan sherman

Assistant Director of Outreach & Engagement at Oregon State University

Megan Morris

CEO & Founder of Souper Seconds


marc silva

Learning and Development for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation

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Elisabeth "elise" Miller

Area Engineer at the United States Department of Agriculture

Dakota Smith

University of Kentucky

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coleman simpson

North Carolina State University


gabriella coughlin

Soil Scientist at the United States Department of Agriculture - NRCS

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jorge espinosa

Analyst at University of California, Davis - D Lab

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Ryan Amaral

Virginia Tech

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bill hendrix

Dow AgroSciences

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chris steppig

Technical Sales Representative at Dow AgroSciences

Assembly member anna caballero

Chair of the California Assembly Agriculture Committee 

Students for Cultivating Change

Penn State University

allison meadows

Agricultural Instructor at Sherwood High School


Nick vosburg



Andrew Pentecost

Emerald Farms


leon etchepare

Emerald Farms


jesse rodriguez-hammond



Robert rodriguez-hammond


garbralle conroe

Adjunct Faculty at California State University, Fresno


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Co-Founder of ROOT

shannon douglas

Recruiter and Consultant at Cal Ag Jobs

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edgar xochil

Edible Gardener at Curtis Edward Dennison Landscape

leslie friend

Campaign Activation Manager at Valent USA Corporation

Carolyn La Jeunesse

Owner and Principal at LaJeune Consulting

curtis tarver

Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations at United States Department of Agriculture


david heitstuman

Executive Director for Sacramento LGBT Community Center