AgBio 2023

Virginia and North Carolina are uniting to transform the agricultural industry. We are combining strengths for an exceptional half-day conference to bring forth innovative solutions of bioscience and technology to the farms!

It is a remarkable convergence of multi-state agricultural bioscience, technology, industry partners, farmers, policy makers, agribusiness stakeholders, universities and public health.

Teaming together we multiply our opportunities and cultivate partnerships to plow forth industry success, all under one roof. Come join us!


July 19, 2023

9:30 am -2:00 pm

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research

Danville, Virginia


If you are interested in event sponsorship, please contact Frank Wilton.


Reserve your stay at Courtyard Danville by June 18th for the best rates!

9:30 AM 10:00 AM Registration
10:00 AM 10:20 AM Welcome Matthew Lohr, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry

Weston McCorkle, Agricultural Research Specialist

Laura Gunter, NCBIO

Scott Lowman, IALR

John Newby, Virginia Bio

10:20 AM 11:05 AM Regulatory Policy Update Mitch Peele, NC Farm Bureau Federation

Ben Rowe, VA Farm Bureau Federation

Lisa Zannoni, Zannoni & Associates Consulting

11:05 AM 11:15 AM Lightning Round – CEA Companies Nick Genty, AGEYE Technologies

John Koniski, AeroFarms

Other Speakers to Follow

11:15 AM 12:00 PM Bio Control Panel Sajeewa Amaradasa, IALR

Brooke Bissinger, Agbiome

Joseph Frank, Agrospheres

David Hubert, Indigo Ag

<12:00 PM – 1:15 PM> Lunch Sessions
12:10 PM 12:20 PM Lightning Round – CEA Companies Carl Gupton, Greenswell Growers

John Jackson, Phlora

Other Speakers to Follow

12:20 PM 1:05 PM Financing Focus Michele Bridges, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Jess Hawthorne, CSC Leasing

Karen LeVert, Pappas Capital

John Reich, FFAR PIP

Paul Ulanch, NC Biotech Center

1:20 PM 2:05 PM Bio Stimulants Panel Chuansheng Mei, IALR

Brian Miller, Syngenta

Kristi Woods, Novozymes

Mark Williams, Virginia Tech

2:05 PM 2:10 PM Conclusion on the Day

Thank you to our sponsors!