U.S. Representative Rick Crawford Invites You to the Arkansas Ag-Tech Symposium
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
3:00pm - 4:30pm
ASU Convocation Center Auditorium
located beside the Central Box Office in the Lower Red Entrance
217 Olympic Drive
Jonesboro, AR 72401
*free parking is available*
Congressman Rick Crawford will serve as the moderator.
Panelists are as listed:
Clay Mitchell and Eric O'Brien, co-founders of Fall Line Capital in San Mateo, CA
Pete Nelson, Chairman and CEO of Ag Innovation Development Group in Memphis, TN
Please join Congressman Rick Crawford and guests as they discuss the latest advancements pertaining to the agricultural industry.
To RSVP and for more information, please contact Allison Hicks at (870) 203-0540, or Allison.Hicks@mail.house.gov
There is no charge to attend Congressman Crawford's Arkansas Ag-Tech Symposium, but please RSVP by October 12th to secure your seat.
For directions and information about parking, please follow the links below:
Crawford to Hold Arkansas Ag-Tech Symposium
First-of-its-kind symposium will feature leaders in the ag-technology sector
Jonesboro, AR – On October 14th, 2015, Representative Rick Crawford will host a discussion concerning the future of technology in commercial agriculture, and in particular the development of that technology in Arkansas and the 1st District.
Speaking about the event’s conception, Representative Crawford said,
“When I first started the farm news network AgWatch, I employed new technology and communication techniques to build a business. After a few short years, the news service was broadcast on 39 stations in several states. In a similar way, when I meet with producers across our District, I see a big opportunity for allowing their expertise to create ideas, businesses, and jobs in the 1st District of Arkansas. Many producers are already innovating on their farms and using the most advanced farming techniques and equipment in the world. We need to start a conversation on how we can support and educate our budding entrepreneurs living in the Delta and the Ozarks. By connecting our own job creators to the information and capital they need, their ideas will help produce 21st century jobs for not only the 1st District, but for all of Arkansas.”
Representative Crawford will lead the symposium along with three other panelists. After an initial presentation, Representative Crawford will lead a discussion about the future of agriculture and technology. Should time permit, the panelists will open up the floor for a discussion with the audience through a question and answer session. The guests, listed below, have years of experience in agricultural innovation and venture capital, as well as starting and building their own successful businesses.
Co-Founders Clay Mitchell & Eric O’Brien, Fall Line Capital of San Mateo, CA
Clay Mitchell is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Fall Line Capital. He is a fifth-generation Iowa farmer who has spent his entire career becoming one of the most innovative, progressive and respected farmers in the world. Clay led the revolution in precision agriculture from a variable-rate approach to an automation approach. In refining commercial grain farming at The Mitchell Farm, he has conducted highly introspective agronomic studies that have driven innovation in the use of auto-steering, next-generation control systems for farming inputs, wireless farm networking, grain storage automation, no-till farming techniques and controlled-traffic farming systems.
Eric O’Brien is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Fall Line Capital, bringing over 18 years of professional investment, financial services and operating experience to the firm. Prior to forming Fall Line with Clay Mitchell in 2011, Eric spent 12 years at Lightspeed Venture Partners, a top tier Silicon Valley venture capital firm with over $3 billion of assets under management. At Lightspeed, he was a Managing Director responsible for early and growth stage investments in technology and services companies in the U.S. and China.
Pete Nelson, Chairman & CEO, Ag Innovation Development Group of Memphis, TN
Pete Nelson is passionate about the future of agriculture with experience as a small farmer, policy advocate, startup cofounder, and consultant. He is focused on making the agriculture industry more diverse (people, crops, approaches) and creating new opportunities for farmers. Pete is part of a team creating an innovation ecosystem for agriculture. The ecosystem includes a venture development company which is commercializing licensed technology, a $25 Million early-stage venture fund in cooperation with USDA, and an accelerator program.
WHAT: Agriculture-Technology Symposium
WHEN: October 14th, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 pm.
WHERE: Arkansas State University's Convocation Center, Auditorium, 217 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro, AR 72401
The Arkansas Ag-Tech Symposium will take place in the ASU Convocation Center’s Auditorium, located beside the Central Box Office in the Lower Red Entrance; NOT the Upper Red Entrance that leads to the basketball arena.