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Global Crop Production Virtual Conference

December 14, 2022 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm

We scan the world for ideas that may apply locally

Attend and collect CCA credits!

2 soil & water management (SW)

3 crop management (CM)

1 nutrient management (NM)

1 pest management (PM)

1 pesticide applicator

Listen to Jamie Puchinger, Farming Smarter’s Assistant Manager & Extensions Lead, talk about this event on RealAgRadio w/ Shaun Haney!

It’s your chance to hear speakers from around the world highlight advances in agriculture practice, technology and issues. Farming Smarter believes we can learn and adapt the knowledge to benefit local farmers. 

Join us on PheedLoop for a great day at a virtual convention! Learn about agriculture from around the globe, all in the comfort of your home! (Sweatpants optional but recommended!)

If you’re unfamiliar with PheedLoop, it is a platform similar to Facebook only it’s built for conventions. Read through the profile page of a booth and interact with them to learn more about their offers! It’s easy to learn and great to use.

We hope to see you there!

Meet our Speakers!

Denys Sergiienko – Lebid Agro, Managing Director & Co-owner (1 crop management CCA)

Throughout his career, Denys has worked in both realms of agri-business – starting his career as an interpreter for the Ukrainian Kennel Union, where he translated regulatory and legislative papers as FCI and negotiated with foreign partners before moving to Bank Ukraina. There, he started as a senior economist and eventually became Head of Agribusiness at one of the largest Ukrainian commercial banks, Alfa-Bank Ukraine. 

Between 2005 & 2011, Denys assisted in the development of agricultural projects at Morgan Stanley where he worked in the investment banking division, providing his expertise and knowledge of local markets to IBD and GCM offices in London, and participating in negotiations on strategic options for companies. During this time, he worked as a Senior Project Manager for the leading Polish investment company, Kulczyk [Kool-check] Investments, where his focus was on agriculture logisitics and real estate, as well as identifying investment opportunities. 

Following his time at Alfa-Bank Ukraine, Denys continued to work in agriculture. He moved on to be a Director at Milkiland Agro; during his time here, he managed 21,000ha, more than 10,000 cows, with more than 1,200 employees, he increased milk yields by more than 20%, and he oversaw the development of accounting models, progress plans, as well as the budgeting and financial analysis for the operation. 

Currently, he is Managing Director and Co-owner of Lebid Agro, where he oversees the operational management of 1,100 hectares. He joins us from Ukraine to discuss the struggles farmers have faced since the Russian invasion began in February 2022. 


Alex Datema – BoerenNatuur, Chairman (1 soil & water CCA)
As Chairman of BoerenNatuur, Alex oversees all of the agricultural collectives in the Netherlands, executing their agri-environmental scheme at a landscape level. Together, these 40 collectives see more than 11,000 farmers actively involved and managing roughly 100,000 hectares of farmland. Alex is a dairy farmer with 120 cattle over 70 ha. of grassland, and 15 ha. for Meadow bird protection.


Phil Needham – Needham Ag Technologies, Co-owner (1 nutrient management CCA)

Phil Needham grew up on a family farm on the east coast of England, where 140-160 bu/ac wheat yields were common with around  20-22” of annual rainfall. After college and university Phil moved to the USA in 1989 to join Opti-Crop, a consulting company based in Kentucky. Opti-Crop had contributed to more than a doubling of the Kentucky state wheat yield when they were asked by growers to expand their services to surrounding states and west to Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. In 2000 they expanded their wheat consulting to South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota to manage spring wheat in those areas, and in 2002 they moved further north to help spring wheat producers in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Phil will discuss some of the weak links he has seen within the management systems of spring cereal producers across AB, SK and MB. He will then provide options to minimize or eliminate these weak links, to push yields, protein and profits higher, especially in years with above average rainfall. Phil will also discuss ways to minimize expenses and risk, in the years with below average rainfall.


Dr. Cristine Morgan – Soil Health Institute, Chief Scientific Officer (1 soil & water CCA)

Dr. Cristine Morgan is responsible for establishing research priorities to advance soil health and developing the scientific direction, strategy and implementation for soil health research programs.

Prior to joining the Institute, Dr. Morgan was a tenured professor of Soil Science at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where she was recognized for outstanding collaboration, teaching, research, and mentoring.

She has a history of applying her knowledge to address real-world problems experienced by farmers and ranchers and is passionate about educating others. 

She is excited to present her work, at the Soil Health Institute, towards developing a scalable solution to measuring and assessing soil health, and the work being done on creating locally relevant baselines of soil health for farmers.

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Phil Bernardin – Azotic North America, Sales Agronomist

Phil grew up in Manitoba and spent time in the seed and equipment industries before joining Engage Agro/Belchim Canada in Saskatchewan, where he conducted research with plant regulators, specifically chlormequat chloride (Manipulator), and bringing it to market in western Canada.

More recently Phil has joined Azotic North America to develop Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus (Envita), a nitrogen fixing bacteria for both legume and non-legume crops and bring it to market. 

Phil will review the science behind Envita, what it is and how it works, and provide small plot replicated and large-scale trial results in a number of crops including wheat and canola. Phil will also cover best management practices on how to incorporate Envita into existing agronomic programs. 


Dr. Eric Prostko – University of Georgia Department of Crop & Soil Science, Professor and Extension Weed Specialist (1pest management CCA & 1 agriculture and aerial applicator pesticide credit)

Since earning his PhD from Texas A&M University, Dr. Eric Prostko has been a proud faculty member at the University of Georgia since 1999.

There, Eric is now responsible for the statewide weed science programs in field corn, peanut, soybean, sunflower, grain sorghum, canola, sesame, pearl millet, and winter pea which has a farm gate value exceeding $1.5 billion.

He has authored or co-authored of 73 refereed journal articles, 227 scientific abstracts, and 1132 extension publications. A member of multiple scientific societies, and recipient of numerous awards in extension and science excellence, Eric is happy to join us to present on the rise of herbicide resistance.


David Hughes – Imperial College London, Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing (1 crop management CCA)

David Hughes is Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at Imperial College London. He travels the world talking to businesses, trade associations, governments, and conferences on global developments in the food and drink industry. A highly sought-after speaker wherever he goes, he has an unparalleled knowledge of global food issues and opportunities. 

Our turbulent world shows little sign of reverting to one that is more stable. Climate change is the most fearsome spectre and consumers, agri-food businesses, and governments have set out their stall to reduce its impact on long-term food supplies and the future health of our world. However, current short-term concerns, not least about the “remains” of the pandemic, the Russia Ukraine war, and the cost-of-living crisis, are causing governments, companies and consumers to make compromises on their “greening”/low carbon ambitions.

At the national level, food security and energy policies are being given higher weighting by both the public and private sectors. This will continue for the next few years until there is some resolution of the tragic war in Europe. In the meantime, The 4th Global Agricultural Revolution will gather pace on farms and in countries where returns to food production are sufficient to cover the high cost of high tech investment.


Michael Hennessy – Head of Crops Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc (1 crop management CCA)

Michael and his team have the responsibility to translate research into practical farmer/industry actions, which can be adopted across Ireland. They act as a conduit between farmers / advisors and researchers to provide a bottom up approach, ensuring the correct research is completed and the latest research is adopted on farms.

A core part of the role is to develop strategies to encompass Integrated Pest Management and legislative requirements and at the same time maintaining farmer profitability.

Despite legislative constraints, Irish farmers have adopted the latest technologies and produce some of the highest yields of both barley and wheat in the world.

Currently, researchers in Ireland are using the most advanced technologies not only to identify the correct varietal genetics to use in our high disease pressure environment but also to develop decision support tools for the industry.