AGEC Senior Attends Agbioscience Innovation Summit 

Written by Jo Thomas, Academic Advisor 

Last fall, Ag Econ senior Dane Chapman (Agribusiness Management; Brookston) attended the Agbiosicience Innovation Summit in Indianapolis. The summit is a daylong gathering of companies who are involved in the agriculture business and science space, most of which are based in Indiana. At the summit, company leaders spoke about exciting innovations that their companies are working on to advance the agriculture industry. 

Attending the summit was a great experience for Dane. He had the opportunity to learn more about efforts towards eliminating food insecurity, the importance of rural development across the country, and how small start-up companies in Indiana are taking the charge to develop innovative technologies to tackle some of the world’s largest issues pertaining to food and Ag. 

At the event, participants were able to hear from a variety of speakers with different backgrounds and areas of expertise. Dane’s favorite speaker of the day was Sam Kass, Former White House Chef and current Partner at Acre Venture Partners. “He has an inspiring life story and is using his unique experiences to influence real change in the venture capital space as it relates to food and agriculture.”

In learning about issues affecting food insecurity and quality, Dane was startled to learn about the health implications facing consumers. “It was interesting, and quite sobering, to learn of some of the statistics related to the health of Americans. Former White House Chef and current Partner at Acre Ventures, Sam Kass said, “One in three kids in the US are on track to have diabetes.” which is an alarming figure. His company, like many others, is working to invest in the agriculture bioscience space to ensure that statistics above do not become a reality. “

When asked how he will use what he learned in the future, Dane referred back to the startling statistics and ways the industry is trying to solve those concerns. For him, looking back on the data and other information he learned during the summit will help him think differently about issues and problem solving in his future career.  

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