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7:00 am - Registration Opens

7:30 am - 8:15 am - Exhibitor Review / Continental Breakfast

8:15 am - 9:30 am (Level 2, General Session Room)


Dr. Rachel Docekal, Event Chair, Economic Council of Palm Beach County President, Lyrae Group, LLC

Welcome Remarks:

Wendy S. Link, Executive Chair, Economic Council of Palm Beach County

Managing Partner Ackerman, Link & Sartory, P.A.


Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Honor Guard

Palm Beach County Firefighters Pipes & Drums


Reading of the Proclamation:

Mayor Mary Lou Berger, Palm Beach County

Introduction of Commissioner Putnam:

Fabiola Brumley, Summit Chair PBIAS

Southeast Region Executive, Bank of America Merrill Lynch


HONORARY SPEAKER: Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam

“The History, Opportunities and Challenges of Farming”

9:45 am - 10:45 am (Level 2, General Session Room)

The Blue Revolution: How We are Overcoming our Water Challenges

Moderator: Tommy B. Strowd, P.E., Director, Operations & Maintenance Lake Worth Drainage District

Ernie Barnett, Executive Director, Florida Land Council, “Water Management in SoFL”

Rich Budell, Managing Partner, Budell Water Group, LLC, “Sustainable Practices”

Temperince Morgan, Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy (FL) “Partnerships for the Future”

11:00 am  - 11:40 am (Level 1, Exhibit Hall - Expo)



 Mark Sodders, State Director for the Florida Farm Bureau Federation


Chef Justin Timineri, Fresh From Florida

11:45 am - 1:30 pm (Level 1, Exhibit Hall - Lunch)


Introduction of Invocation: Tommy Holt, Co-Owner Twin H Farms

Invocation: Pastor Terry Townsend, First Baptist Church of Wellington

Introduction of President Kelly: Wendy S. Link, Executive Chair, ECPBC

Executive Overview of Study: John Kelly, Ph.D., PBIAS Co-Chair, President, FAU


Scott W. Barnhart, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics, FAU

Alan Hodges Ph.D., Director of Economic Impact Analysis, University of Florida Institute of

Food & Agricultural Sciences

“Economic Contributions of Agriculture in Palm Beach County”


Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber Foundation

“The Diversity of Florida’s Economy”

Tracy Duda Chapman, Senior Vice President/General Counsel, A. Duda & Sons, Inc.

“The Business of Farming: The Duda Experience”


J. Antonio Villamil, Ph.D., Founder & Principal, Washington Economic Group

“The Agricultural Sector: A Top Driver of Economic Development in Florida”


1:35 pm - 2:15 pm (Various Areas)




1:30 pm - 2:15 pm (Level 1, PBIAS Youth Room)

The Future of Ag and You

(Directed toward Youth)


MODERATOR: Ethan Basore, TKM Bengard Farms

“My Personal Story”

John Mayer, 4-H Youth Development Program Leader, PBC

“An Ag Future for the Millennial”

Frankie Hall, Director of Florida Farm Bureau

Agricultural Policy Division

“iAg Awareness”

2:20 pm - 3:20 pm (Level 2, General Session Room)

Global Food Supply & Distribution Solutions Start Here



 Perry Borman, Executive Director, Palm Beach County Food Bank

Laurie George, Ph.D., CEO, United Way of Palm Beach County


Sheena Wright, J.D., President and CEO, United Way of New York City

“The Grower-Food Bank Relationship: Solving our Food Insecurity Problems”


Michael Swanson, Ph.D., Chief Agricultural Economist, Wells Fargo

“The Global Food Economy & The Role of our Region”

3:35 pm - 4:35 pm (Level 2, General Session Room)

The AgTech Revolution



Ava L. Parker, J.D., PBIAS Co-Chair President, Palm Beach State College


Cory J. Reed, J.D., Senior Vice President, Intelligent Solutions, John Deere

The Future of Ag is Now


Shabtai Cohen, Ph.D., Director of the Institute of Soil, Water and Environmental

Sciences at the Agricultural Research Organization | Volcani Center, State of Israel

Growing More with Less: The Israeli Innovations


Fabiola Brumley, Summit Chair PBIAS, Southeast Region Executive

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Investing in the Future of AgTech

4:40 pm - 5:00 pm (Level 2, General Session Room)

Closing Statements

Krista Erickson, Co-Owner and Director of Operations, Erickson Farms, Inc.

Wendy S. Link, Executive Chair, Economic Council of Palm Beach County

Managing Partner Ackerman, Link & Sartory, P.A.

© Palm Beach International Agricultural Summit 2016