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SPEAKERS

William Wales

William W. Wales

Partner
Agriculture and Food Co-Chair
Robert Stead

Robert R. Stead

Partner
Grand Rapids Managing Partner, General Counsel Services Chair

Barnes & Thornburg is pleased to invite you to Planting the Seed: Emerging Trends and Opportunities in the Agriculture & Food Industries.

Hear perspectives on growing trends in the agriculture and food industries from leaders of international companies, Purdue University and Midwest agriculture agencies. Also featured on the menu are a state of the market session and general counsel roundtable.

Schedule

11:30 - noon: Registration, Networking, Lunch

Noon - 12:30: Keynote: Advancing Modern Agriculture 

  • Tim Hassinger, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dow AgroSciences LLC

12:30 - 1:45: General Counsel Roundtable: A Conversation With Legal Leaders in the Ag, Food, and Animal Health Sectors 

  • William Wales, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg (Moderator) 
  • John Kuckelman, General Counsel, Elanco Animal Health 
  • Rachel Lattimore, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, CropLife America 
  • Ken Isley, Vice President and General Counsel, Dow AgroSciences LLC 
  • Kathy Mayberry, General Counsel, AgReliant Genetics, LLC 
  • Scott Thayer, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Dawn Food Products

1:45 - 2:30: Agriculture & Food Legal Issues: The National Agriculture Law Center’s Perspective 

  • Harrison Pittman, Center Director, National Agriculture Law Center

2:30 - 2:45: Break

2:45 - 3:40: State of the Market: Private Equity and Venture Capital Roundtable - What Private Equity Firms Are Looking For 

  • Robert Stead, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg (Moderator) 
  • Ron Meeusen, Managing Director of Cultivian Sandbox and Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Cultivian Ventures 
  • Rob Haile, Managing Director, Food, Agribusiness and Beverage Group, BB&T Capital Markets

3:40 - 4:30: Driving Agribusiness Growth at the State Level 

  • Alexandra Robinson French, Associate, Barnes & Thornburg (Moderator) 
  • Jamie Clover Adams, Director, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development 
  • Ted McKinney, Director, Indiana State Department of Agriculture • Warren Goetsch, Deputy Director, Illinois Department of Agriculture

4:30 - 4:55: Purdue Agriculture: Driving Innovation in Indiana Agbioscience 

  • Karen Plaut, Senior Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs and Director of Agricultural Research, Purdue (ARP)

4:55 - 5:00: Wrap-Up

When: Wednesday, May 11

Time: 11:30 a.m. (Eastern) Registration and Lunch | noon - 5 Program | 5 - 6 p.m. Reception

Where: Barnes & Thornburg | 11 S. Meridian Street | Indianapolis, IN

Indiana CLE Application Pending

Seminar, lunch and reception compliments of Barnes & Thornburg's Agriculture & Food Practice Group


SPEAKERS

William Wales

William W. Wales

Partner
Agriculture and Food Co-Chair
Robert Stead

Robert R. Stead

Partner
Grand Rapids Managing Partner, General Counsel Services Chair

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