Marc Vanacht

Marc Vanacht

Principal, AG Business Consultants

Marc Vanacht is the principal of AG Business Consultants. Vanacht specializes in business strategy and development, product and marketing management, market research, and analysis for organizations, government agencies and businesses steeped in agriculture and the food chain. Vanacht has worked with equipment manufacturers, regional cooperatives, national and regional distributors, seed and chemical companies, publishers, farm management, and software companies throughout the U.S., the Americas, Europe, Africa and East Asia. Fluent in five languages (English, French, Dutch, German, and Spanish), Vanacht holds degrees in Business Administration, Law, Economics, and Philosophy.

Ernie Chappell

Ernie Chappell

Founder and President, EFC Systems, Inc.

Ernie Chappell is the founder and President of EFC Systems, a solution provider to Agribusiness, spanning ERP and Digital Agronomic Solutions. Hailing from Alberta, Canada he used his college degrees in Math / Chemistry then Accounting & Finance first in accounting roles then transitioned to technology. He founded EFC Systems, in Texas, to develop ERP solutions focused on managerial insights in 1988 entering the Ag sector in 1991. The company has over 140 people focused on advancing farm profitability and empowering retail service providers to be more efficient and digitally partner with their growers. He resides in Tennessee with his wife and three teenage boys.

Sid Parks

Sid Parks

Senior Product Manager, Agronomy Information Services, GROWMARK, Inc.

Sid Parks serves as Senior Product Manager, Agronomy Information Services for GROWMARK, Inc. in Bloomington, Illinois.  In this capacity, he oversees development and utilization of precision farming technologies and information services for GROWMARK and the FS companies.

In addition to these responsibilities, he has served on many advisory groups and committees related to modern production agriculture, including the American Society of Agronomy, Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois State University, The Fertilizer Institute, AgGateway’s Precision Ag Council, and the National Science Foundation Visiting Committee for Agricultural Technology.

Sid is a Certified Professional Agronomist (CPAg) and Certified Crop Adviser (CCA).  He holds an M.S. in Crop Sciences from the University of Illinois, and B.S. in Ag Science from Illinois State University.

Prior to GROWMARK, Sid worked with a major seed company.  He was raised on a family grain and livestock farm in Western Illinois.

Allison Nepveux

Allison Nepveux

Director of Sustainability, Bushel

Allison Nepveux is the Director of Sustainability at Bushel, an independently owned and operated software company headquartered in Fargo, N.D. Allison is leading Bushel’s strategy around how to enable sustainability and traceability using Bushel’s innovative software products and solutions.

Prior to joining Bushel, Allison led the U.S. grain industry’s work on sustainability, biotechnology and crop protection in overseas markets. She also previously worked on supply chain technologies for the fresh produce industry and is the 4th generation of cow-calf producers in Texas.

Robert Saik

Robert Saik

Founder & CEO of AGvisorPRO

A lifetime entrepreneur, recognized in 2021 as one of Canada’s Top 50 Most Influential Agriculture Leaders, Robert has been sought for his expertise from the likes of Bill Gates, Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture, The International Fertilizer Association and most recently the UN_FAO Committee on World Food Security. A sought after keynote and author of “FOOD 5.0 How We Feed The Future”, Robert has leveraged his passion for innovation to found and lead many organizations in the areas of farming, ag retail, fertilizer manufacturing and distribution, consulting, precision agriculture, data management, and robotics. As Founder of Agri-Trend/Agri-Data (now Trimble) and as CEO of DOT Technology Corp (now Raven), Robert has a unique ability to identify and address “white space” he sees in the agricultural sector. Now, as Founder & CEO of AGvisorPRO, his team is creating a global connectivity channel to increase agriculture sustainability, farm profitability and enhance global food security.

Jonah Kolb

Jonah Kolb

President and Managing Member, Moore & Warner Ag Group, LLC

Jonah Kolb leads business development and consulting initiatives at Moore & Warner Ag Group, working with private and institutional investors to build direct farmland portfolios. He also advises start-ups, private equity, and venture capital funds pursuing opportunities in production agriculture and agribusiness. His professional experience includes evaluating agricultural big data technology and trends, business development at Cargill, risk management for CF Industries, and consulting and private equity in agriculture and renewable energy.

Jason Keith

Jason Keith

Director of sales, Commercial Vehicle & Off Highway (CVO), Bosch North America

Jason Keith is Director of Sales, Commercial Vehicle & Off Highway for Bosch North America. He is responsible for product sales in Bosch’s mobility sector including fuel systems, sensing devices, control units and other products within the construction, agriculture and material handling fields. His role includes growing digital agriculture offerings such as NEVONEX, Smart Spray, and Intelligent Planting Solutions.

Since joining Bosch in 1997, Keith has held numerous leadership positions within the Powertrain Solutions and CVO divisions and is the executive champion for Bosch’s “A World In Motion” STEM education program in collaboration with the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Michael Gomes

Michael Gomes

Vice President, Strategic Business Development – Agriculture, Topcon Positioning Group

Michael has been active in the Digital transformation of Agriculture for more than 25 years, as it has been moving from Precision technologies to Decision based systems with a careers experience of implementing field automation from planting through harvest. As Vice President of Business Development for Topcon Agriculture his responsibilities include aspects of business strategy, product development and strategic relationships to drive business growth. His personal experience includes utilizing technologies of measurement; optical, sonic, and positioning toward improving in field efficiency and he is a co-inventor on patents for Auto Steering, Sensors and User Interface. In support of developing a stronger industry, Michael currently serves on the USA federal task force for Connectivity & Technology needs of Precision Agriculture; under the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) in affiliation with US Dept of Agriculture (USDA). Serves on the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) councils for Regulatory Affairs and Agriculture Innovation. He is also a founding board member of Ag Data Coalition not for profit corp., PACE advisory Committee for stewardship and moderator of Germany’s VDI conference on Connected Off Highway vehicles. Michael has served as guest or speaker for numerous international conferences and podcasts on Agriculture Innovation and Connectivity.

As a native of California, he has familiarity with horticultural crop production and irrigation technologies. Michael holds a BS from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; MBA from Golden Gate University, graduate of the California Ag Leadership Program (Class 33) and has also been recognized as a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. He and his wife Kara have a daughter and enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and beef cattle ranching in their spare time.

Alan Fetters

Allan Fetters

Principal, AGceleration Advisory Service

Allan is a third-generation agriculturalist from California’s San Joaquin Valley. He has been involved in the supply of crop inputs and services to growers and dealers for over 30 years.

He is currently Principal at AGceleration Advisory Service, an agricultural consulting firm focused on increasing the pace of commercialization and adoption of new products and innovations while bringing value to growers and the agriculture value chain.

Allan is also a farmer, growing almonds and pistachios in the Central Valley, providing him knowledge and insight into the needs of specialty crop growers.

Previously he worked for the J.R. Simplot Company as the Director of Technology, where he led and directed Simplot SmartFarm®, Simplot’s digital agriculture platform to harness data-driven agronomy and help growers maximize farm productivity.

Allan received his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and is a licensed Pest Control Advisor.

Vonnie Estes

Vonnie Estes

VP of Technology, Produce Manufacturers Association

Vonnie is passionate about agriculture and sustainability. She’s spent her career working on innovation to solve problems and increase efficiencies, within both large organizations (DuPont, Syngenta, Monsanto) and start-ups, and currently serves as the VP of Technology for the Produce Manufacturers Association (PMA). Vonnie is a sought-after voice in agriculture technology, speaking frequently and hosting a successful podcast. She holds seats on various boards and earned the 2017 Rosalind Franklin award for leadership in Biotechnology.