This meeting is to provide industry and our support community with a CALS update and to share some success stories that involve multi-agency collaborations. The theme for this year's meeting is "University-Industry Partnerships Influence Agriculture." The program will feature collaborations and partnerships with local ag biotech companies and a keynote from William Aimutis, Ph.D., global director of external innovation for Cargill. Dr. Aimutis will discuss the positive impact that university partnerships have made on Cargill and its growers. 


8:30 a.m.  Registration

9 a.m.   Welcome-­Rich Linton, dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

9:15 a.m.  My First Year as Director of NCCES-­Rich Bonnano, director, NC Cooperative Extension Service, CALS, NCSU

9:35 a.m. Plant Sciences Initiative Progress-­Steve Lommel, director, NC Agricultural Research Service, CALS, NCSU

9:55 a.m.  Pathways to CALS - Increasing Student Access and Recruiting­-John Dole, director of academic programs, CALS, NCSU

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m.  Plant Soil Microbial Community Consortium: Benefits of an industry-supported consortium

  • Deborah Springer, senior scientist, Novozymes
  • Ignazio Carbone, professor, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology

10:45 a.m.  Industry and academia as key partners in workforce development

  • Mark Parrish, Head of Field Operations, Development North America, Bayer CropScience
  • Julia Heiken, Graduate Student, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology (under direction of Eric Davis)

11:00 a.m. Industry and academic partnership producing more protein

  • Alejandro Mesa, CEO, Premex
  • Peter Ferket, Interim Department Head, Prestage Department of Poultry Science

11:15 a.m.  Understanding the complex relationship between crop microbiomes and disease control

  • Kirk Francis, Global Center Leader-Trait Knowledge, BASF Plant Sciences
  • Maggie Wagner, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology

11:30 a.m.  Developing solutions to gut health challenges in animal production

  • Fang X. Zhou, Director of Research and Development, BioResource International Inc.
  • Sung Woo Kim, Professor, Department of Animal Science

11:45 a.m.  Increasing Crop Yields: The importance of an industry:university partnership

  • Laura Potter, Group Leader for Biology Modeling, Syngenta
  • Gary Payne, William Neal Reynolds Professor, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology

12 p.m. External Innovation at Cargill: Farmer and stakeholder impact of university partnership

  • William Aimutis, global director of external innovation

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1:15 p.m. Closing Remarks­ - Rich Linton


Register before March 10