Regenerative Agriculture Conference

Regenerative Agriculture Conference

April 5 – 6, 2022 | California, USA

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Speaker Faculty

Adin Alai
Adin Alai
CEO & Founder
9Fiber
Adin Alai
CEO & Founder
9Fiber

Adin Alai is the CEO and founder of 9Fiber, Inc. Adin serves on Recycle Colorado’s Cannabis Sustainability Council, is a member of the Marijuana Industry Group in Colorado and Maryland’s Industrial Hemp Coalition. He was a critical component in passage of SB18-187 in Colorado. Adin is nationally recognized as a leading voice in the industrial hemp sector at economic development forums, the Future Harvest symposium at University of Maryland, the Social Enterprise Conference at the Harvard Business School, and state recycling summits.

Blake Alexandre
Blake Alexandre
Farm Owner
Alexandre Family Farm A2 Organic Milk
Blake Alexandre
Farm Owner
Alexandre Family Farm A2 Organic Milk

Stephanie Alexandre grew up in the dairy farming valley of Chino, California with her family. She was out with the calves and cows as soon as she could walk and was always out helping her parents, Jack and Bea Moons. Quickly she began driving equipment for green chop on the dairy. Stephanie loved showing dairy cattle in 4-H, and was an impressive athlete on the volleyball court.

Stephanie is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo earning her BS in agricultural business. Stephanie is often heard saying that as a child she prayed she would marry a dairy farmer, but did not plan on doing so much office work. Most days she can be found running the office, as the Alexandre Dairy Controller.

Stephanie serves the community by being on the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) Board, Del Norte County 4-H Club Leader, being a passionate voice about local education, and a nutrient-dense food enthusiast. A community highlight is Stephanie’s Bucket Calf program, which started in 1995, as a way for her young kids to have their friends come to the dairy and learn about the agricultural life, while showing the calf at the fair too.

Found frequently in the kitchen, Stephanie knows and values the importance of good nutrition for a family. Her open arms often mean that the Alexandre family dinner table is often filled with guests.

Derek Axten
Derek Axten
Farm Owner
Axten Farms
Derek Axten
Farm Owner
Axten Farms

Derek’s family owns and operates a farm in Southern Saskatchewan near Minton.  They have been direct seeding since 1996, low disturbance no-till since 2007, and controlled traffic farming since 2015.  They focus on improving their soil health through crop diversity, companion cropping, cover crops, on farm composting and livestock. Improving soil health has allowed them to reduce synthetic inputs, increase water infiltration and holding capacity, and build organic matter. They have been using outcome testing such as plant sap analysis, grain nutrient density testing, and herbicide residual testing to help guide their management decisions. They have recently added a food grade seed processing facility to their farm operation and are currently adding a flour mill which will allow them to sell their products directly and create multiple new job positions. They believe that regeneration of community is just as important as regeneration of the soil. 

Education and networking have been the foundation of their passion and advancements in soil health.  Derek is currently a board member of the Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association and Chair of the Saskatchewan Outstanding Young Farmers. 

Jay Brandt
Jay Brandt
Owner
Walnut Creek Seeds
Jay Brandt
Owner
Walnut Creek Seeds

Jay Brandt farms with his father, David, and son Christopher in
Fairfield County, Ohio, near the state capitol of Columbus. They are
primarily grain farmers raising nonGMO Corn, Soybeans and various
small grains including wheat, barley, triticale and Cereal Rye. The
farm began practicing No-Till in the mid 1970’s and adopted using
cover crops soon afterward. The Brandts are well known advocates of
conservation practices and have spoken throughout the Unites States
and abroad on use and utilization of regenerative farming practices to
limit the use of synthetic inputs and increase carbon capture. The
farm is also host to Walnut Creek Seeds which specializes in supplying
cover crop seed, and the family is starting an on farm grain hub and
flour milling operation.

Stephanie Dorsey
Stephanie Dorsey
Founding Partner
E²JDJ
Stephanie Dorsey
Founding Partner
E²JDJ

Stephanie Dorsey is a Founding Partner at E²JDJ, a venture capital firm investing in sustainable AgriFood technology and science. The fund focuses on innovations across the food supply chain that improve the quality, resilience and sustainability of the food system, and ultimately human and planetary health. Stephanie is a thought leader in the sustainable food space and is passionate about the role of innovation, entrepreneurship, markets and system investing as a theory of change particularly in promoting change towards a healthier and sustainable food system. Prior to founding E²JDJ, Stephanie was a lawyer at the corporate law firm of Davis, Polk & Wardwell. She has advised several food and ag startups and serves on numerous advisory boards of food and entrepreneurial organizations.

Monika Firl
Monika Firl
Carbon, Climate & Coffee Project Manager
Cooperative Coffees
Monika Firl
Carbon, Climate & Coffee Project Manager
Cooperative Coffees
Eric Fuchs
Eric Fuchs
Senior Consultant
Understanding Ag
Eric Fuchs
Senior Consultant
Understanding Ag

Eric Fuchs lives in Southeast Missouri on a diversified livestock operation where he raises hair sheep and contract grazes all classes of cattle. He has been using Holistic Planned Grazing for over eight years and has had a managed grazing system on his operation for more than 20 years.

Eric also works in the water and wastewater industry as a source water protection technician. He works with small and large small communities and with agricultural producers to help ensure community water protection. His efforts help save millions of dollars in costly water treatment system upgrades while also negating the need for long-term regulations. He has seen firsthand the problems with agriculture land use and its effect on drinking water.

Eric’s journey into regenerative agriculture began on his own operation when he discovered how soil health focused practices could benefit water resources. He also realized that more regulation is never the answer but that the solutions for clean water are easily attainable by changing how we operate.

Graduating from the University of Missouri in 1994 with a degree in agronomy, Eric served in the U.S. Air Force for five years, during which time he received a master’s degree in human resource development.

Eric began his farming career as a conventional grazing and livestock owner, which he quickly realized was not profitable or sustainable for our environment. When he started his career in source water protection, Eric quickly realized the problems created by conventional agriculture were rampant. Most problems he saw with poor drinking water quality could be attributed to agriculture.

Eric had been using regenerative techniques on his own operation for many years but when he saw how these could also save their waterways and provide clean safe reliable drinking water, it became a passion of his to let others know there were practical solutions to these problems. It was apparent that the same techniques used to make his own operation sustainable and profitable could be used on a large scale to clean up our drinking water. Eric’s passion now is to share with others the solutions to these problems.

Through his experience as a regenerative farmer and source water specialist, Eric brings an understanding to a range of groups on the current and future scene of pending regulations. Additionally, he can work with communities, businesses and individuals to improve drinking water quality, AND save money and mitigate the need for additional burdensome regulations.

Rebecca Gildiner
Rebecca Gildiner
Director of Sustainability
Daily Harvest
Rebecca Gildiner
Director of Sustainability
Daily Harvest
Rebecca Gildiner is the Director of Sustainability at Daily Harvest, the brand that helps you stock your home with delicious food that’s built on real fruits + vegetables. At Daily Harvest, Rebecca leads sustainability strategy and program development, working cross-functionally to bring consideration of the business’ social and environmental impact into every facet of the company including sourcing, operations, and communications.

Previously, Rebecca was Director of Impact Strategy at Sir Kensington’s, a Unilever-held natural condiments brand, where she built the social and environmental impact program from the ground up. There she took the brand through its first B Corp Certification, sustainability targets, and reporting, and built a culture, systems, and policies that ingrained sustainability into the DNA of the business. Prior to Sir Kensington’s, Rebecca collected experiences and knowledge across the food system, including commercial fruit picking in New Zealand, food education programming and healthy school food production in NYC schools, organic waste management at Yale University, and sustainability strategy development at food companies such as Shake Shack and IKEA Food Services. She has committed her career to learning as much as possible about food and how to leverage its power for good, in particular how to distribute value equitably across the food system.

Rebecca received her Master of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and her BA from Colgate University. Equal parts city mouse and country mouse at heart, Rebecca lives in Brooklyn but can be found getting her hands in the soil any chance she gets. She is an avid consumer and admirer of vegetables and little makes her happier than discovering a new one.

Brandon Hunnicutt
Brandon Hunnicutt
Farmer & Vice Chairman of the Board
Nebraska Corn Board
Brandon Hunnicutt
Farmer & Vice Chairman of the Board
Nebraska Corn Board

Brandon Hunnicutt raises corn, soybeans, seed corn and popcorn with 10% in organic production on his family farm in Giltner, Nebraska. Along with his brother Zach, he utilizes the latest technologies while integrating conservation tillage practices and cover crops, on a nearly 100 percent irrigated farm. On the national level, he serves as a member of the Corn Board of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). Brandon previously served as chair of NCGA’s Grower Services Action Team and vice chair of the Freedom to Operate Action Team. He also sits on the Middle East North Africa and South Asia A-Team for the US Grains Council. At the state level, he is vice chair of the Nebraska Corn Board. Brandon is also a past president of both the Nebraska Corn Growers Association and the Nebraska Agricultural Technologies Association. Brandon currently serves as Chair of Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture.

Paul Lightfoot
Paul Lightfoot
Founder & President
Bright Farms
Paul Lightfoot
Founder & President
Bright Farms

Paul founded BrightFarms in 2011 with the goal of revolutionizing the U.S. produce supply chain through the creation of the first national brand for local produce. BrightFarms grows the tastiest, freshest and most responsibly grown produce. BrightFarms was recently acquired by Cox Enterprises.

Paul is a member of the Board of Directors of the United Fresh Produce Association and is Chairman of the USDA’s Fruit & Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee and is Chairman of the CEA Food Safety Coalition.

This year, Paul launched “The Negative Foods Newsletter” in which he covers the technologies, people and companies that bring carbon negative foods to market.

Paul has been recognized as one of Fast Company’s “1000 Most Creative People in Business” and by Chain Store Age’s “Rising Stars in Retail”.

Takashi Nakamura
Takashi Nakamura
Vice President R&D and Food Safety
Del Monte
Takashi Nakamura
Vice President R&D and Food Safety
Del Monte

Education: Purdue University, Engineering. University of North Florida, MBA.

Roy Pfaltzgraff
Roy Pfaltzgraff
Farm Owner
Pfaltzgraff Farms, LLC
Roy Pfaltzgraff
Farm Owner
Pfaltzgraff Farms, LLC

Roy Pfaltzgraff along with his wife Barb and his parents operate a 2000 acre dryland family farm, Pfaltzgraff Farms, LLC, south of Haxtun, CO, where he was born and raised. Roy‘s father has always had a pioneering vision and spirit, but he could never imagine the farm as it is now. Roy’s dad planted crops with no-till practices in the 80’s, but when Roy returned to take over operation five years ago, the changes really took root. The farm has evolved from raising two to three crops a year to thirteen crops this last year and the current count is at least sixteen for 2022. While continuing to use commercial chemicals and fertilizers, they have also created a diverse cropping rotation that minimizes these inputs at the same time maximizing the benefits from inter-cropping, increased soil health and biodiversity. Roy has integrated new techniques from seeding through harvest that minimizes speciality equipment while doing everything possible to increase soil health, while conserving residue and moisture. The efforts have started to reap rewards, the farm is producing average yields in drought years with no loss in quality and is able to handle the extreme weather events that are becoming more frequent. Roy has been able to see improvements in the soil, most notable is raising organic matter from the area’s average of less than 1% to a farm average of 2.5%. He, along with Barb’s help, has started direct marketing of some of the farm’s products sold under Pfz Farms which are found on line and in farmer’s markets along the Front Range of Colorado.

Roy’s new methods have caught the attention of others in the agricultural industry. He has been interviewed for regional and national publications, including DTN Progressive Farmer, Denver Business Journal, and Edible Denver. He has also been invited to many speaking engagements including being a guest lecturer for HarvardX courses in soil health. Roy also serves on the board of Colorado Conservation Tillage Association which is an organization that promotes soil health methods.

Cheryl Pinto
Cheryl Pinto
Global Head of Values Led Sourcing
Ben & Jerry's
Cheryl Pinto
Global Head of Values Led Sourcing
Ben & Jerry's

Cheryl Pinto is the Global Head of Values Led Sourcing for Ben & Jerry’s, Vermont’s iconic, progressive ice cream company. As the company’s ‘Sorceress’, Cheryl works to advance positive social and environmental impact across all of Ben & Jerry’s value chains, from dairy and cocoa to chocolate fudge brownies. In 2018, Cheryl led Ben & Jerry’s efforts in becoming the first dairy company to adopt & implement the pioneering farmworker led human-rights program, Milk with Dignity, within Ben & Jerry’s northeast dairy supply chain. Cheryl also launched and oversees Ben & Jerry’s Living Income Accelerator, which pursues dignified livelihoods for Fairtrade farmers, with a focus on advancing living income, climate resilience, and cooperative strengthening.

Cheryl received her BSc from the University of Toronto and her MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago. With over 20 years managing the commercialization of new products across international supply chains, Cheryl is privileged to hold seats on the Advisory Boards of the Sustainable Food Lab, University of Vermont’s Gund Institute, and Audubon Vermont, and has also served on the Board of Directors of Divine Chocolate.

Dave Rapaport
Dave Rapaport
Global Social Mission Officer
Ben & Jerry’s
Dave Rapaport
Global Social Mission Officer
Ben & Jerry’s

Dave Rapaport is the Global Social Mission Officer for Ben & Jerry’s, leading the iconic Vermont based ice cream company’s commitment to be a force for good through the day-to-day impacts of their operations and value chain, and using their influence as a business through activism campaigns promoting progressive social change. Racial equity is major component of this work. He has been a mission driven activist for 40 years spanning the business, non-profit and government sectors. Prior to joining Ben & Jerry’s in 2017, he was Vice President of Earth and Community Care for Aveda, where he worked across the business to help drive the pioneering prestige beauty company’s mission to care for the world and strive for environmental leadership and responsibility. Dave has previously held several leadership positions with green household care products pioneer, Seventh Generation, and his experience also includes business and project development in the renewable energy industry. Before joining the business world, Dave spent two decades in the public policy arena in roles such as Executive Director of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group and various senior staff positions with the environmental organization, Greenpeace, including directing their national work on toxic chemicals and pollution prevention. 

Dorothy Shaver
Dorothy Shaver
Global Marketing Food Sustainability Lead
Unilever
Dorothy Shaver
Global Marketing Food Sustainability Lead
Unilever
Nathanael Siemens
Nathanael Siemens
Organic and Regenerative Farming Consultant
Rodale Institute
Nathanael Siemens
Organic and Regenerative Farming Consultant
Rodale Institute

Nathanael Gonzales-Siemens is returned to his roots and the spirit of discovery that first brought him back into farming after a decade of teaching in inner-city Los Angeles and in China and working for criminal justice reform on the West Coast. Nathanael spent his undergrad years studying Plant Genetics and Biology at UCLA and has a teaching credential for CSU Los Angeles. He grew up on a small farm in California’s San Joaquin Valley and founded two businesses there with his family. The first, now run by his brother, is focused on food justice and sovereignty and the second, operated by his wife, strives to implement regenerative farming practices and to equip and empower traditionally underrepresented groups.

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Bringing together senior-level executives from across the industry, the inaugural Regenerative Agriculture Conference promises an unrivalled networking and learning opportunity for everyone working in this space.

Regenerative Agriculture provides a rare opportunity to showcase your offering to a dedicated, world-class audience. Spaces are limited this year, please contact our commercial manager, Josh (josh@greygreenmedia.com) to discuss opportunities for involvement.

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