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The Michigan Agri-Business Association’s annual Winter Conference from Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, through Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, will shine a spotlight on how agricultural technology is maximizing production, promoting sustainability and feeding a more crowded world. The 79th annual conference will be held at the Lansing Center.


Source: Michigan Agri-Business Association

MABA Conference Spotlights Ag Technology’s Impact on Yield, Sustainability, Feeding World


The Michigan Agri-Business Association’s annual Winter Conference from Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, through Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, will shine a spotlight on how agricultural technology is maximizing production, promoting sustainability and feeding a more crowded world. The 79th annual conference will be held at the Lansing Center.

Experts scheduled to address these topics include:

  • Dave Smith of John Deere, who will speak about technology and its role in application and maximizing yield, on Jan. 9 at noon. Smith is global director of John Deere’s application equipment product line. He is an expert at applying lean principles to manufacturing and development, helping customers remove waste.
  • Paul Rea of BASF Corp., who will speak on sustainability, innovation and the role of chemistry in crop production, on Jan. 10 at 8 a.m. Rea is vice president of U.S. crop production. A native New Zealander who grew up on a farm, Rea has more than 14 years in global management.
  • Alejandro Munoz of Pioneer Hi-Bred International, who will speak on technology’s efforts to feed the world, and the impact on grain handling, on Jan. 11 at 8 a.m. Munoz is vice president of the Americas and global production. Munoz has worked globally and is an expert at market development on several continents.

“More and more today, technology is what will drive Michigan agriculture forward and give family farmers, agri-businesses and rural communities the resources to meet the ever-growing demand for food from all around the world,” MABA President Jim Byrum said. “Michigan agriculture is going to be more and more reliant on new technology, and our speakers have a front row seat to how it’s changing the game for agriculture. MABA’s Winter Conference is a great opportunity to learn about the latest news in agriculture and share ideas with businesses and policymaker about how we can strengthen agriculture, businesses and the economy.”

To register or view a program, go to www.miagbiz.org. For questions, contact (517) 336-0223 or maba@miagbiz.org.

A 3-day package for MABA members starts at $250 and $300 for non-members. One-day packages are also available, starting from $100 for members.