AgriNovus Indiana Agbioscience Innovation Summit

Mason Gordon pictured left with two students from the summit

Three AGEC students had the opportunity to attend the AgriNovus Indiana Agbioscience Innovation Summit at the end of last semester. The summit brought together nearly 450 industry leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists, and investors to discuss Indiana’s longer-term economic development goals in food and agricultural innovation. Zeb Davis, Mason Gordon, and Richard Wong attended thought-provoking sessions as well as networked and engaged with the individuals in attendance. Their trip to Indianapolis was made possible by the funding provided through the College of Agriculture Office of Academic Programs. 

A surprising statistic that Zeb Davis (Junior; Agribusiness Management; Reynolds, IN) learned was that 8% of farms produce 80% of the output in the United States. His biggest takeaway from the summit was the idea that the agriculture industry should not "seek to compete, but to complement each other" to produce a better future. Zeb found this to be powerful because agriculture is such a small percentage of the total population.

Mason Gordon (Junior; Applied Agricultural Economics; Rushville, IN) enjoyed how this event highlighted the key innovations that Indiana's agribusinesses are making to better the future of agriculture in Indiana, around the country, and abroad. The privilege Mason had of conversing with the impressive lineup of speakers and panelists was something that he found most rewarding. "I'm grateful for the constant opportunities to network with role models in the agricultural industry that I have as a Purdue student.”

One interesting thing Richard Wong (Sophomore; Applied Agricultural Economics; Beijing, China) learned is how people should view the trend of organic foods. “I learned that consumers have to right to demand what they want even though it is not what the studies and science says. Our job is to provide consumers options and the consumers are the people who are paying and get to make the choice.” This event also opened Richard’s eyes to the idea that companies are looking for candidates who can understand insights such as data signals and market trends. This knowledge showed him what he should focus on to make himself a more desirable candidate for companies.

The Agbioscience Innovation Summit provided these students with topics that were more in-depth about the future innovation opportunities within Indiana and the agriculture industry. For more information about the summit or AgriNovus Indiana, you can visit this link:

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