Julian Candanosa

Julian Candanosa

Engineering and Technologies Director, NatureSweet

Julian Candanosa is the Engineering and Technologies Director at NatureSweet. He has 30 years of experience in various branches of industry, including paper, food, electronics, and appliances. He has led teams in manufacturing and maintenance and has implemented various work systems: Lean, TPM, SMED, High Efficiency Work Teams, etc. Candanosa has also led packing operations and new product development at NatureSweet. Today, he is in charge of all new greenhouses installation and new packaging technologies for NatureSweet.

Mike Santostefano

Mike Santostefano

Head of Agriculture Data Exchange, TELUS Agriculture

Mike is the Head of Agriculture Data Exchange (ADX) at TELUS Agriculture, one of the world’s largest, pure play agriculture technology teams focused on creating better food outcomes by connecting and digitizing our food ecosystem from seed growers to grocers. As head of ADX, Mike leads the team responsible for providing a better exchange of information across the full value chain by linking systems together in new ways, which will drive trust, efficiency, and innovation across the industry. Prior to joining TELUS Agriculture, Mike was a founding member of AgIntegrated, the global leader in providing neutral data integration services to enable software vendors and enterprises for over 10 years.

Mike holds an MBA from Saint Francis University and a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Penn State University.

Kris Covey

Kris Covey

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Skidmore College

Kris Covey is an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies and Sciences Program at Skidmore College where he studies terrestrial ecosystems and their role in climate and life. An Applied Ecologist, and a Biogeochemist, Kris works to integrate his research into solutions for managing human-dominated landscapes for multiple values.

After designing the global study that provided the first robust estimate of number of trees on earth (3.04 trillion), Kris turned his focus to large-scale, soil-carbon mapping using a novel combination of existing technologies. Prior to joining the faculty at Skidmore College, Dr. Covey was the lead scientist at the Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative and a Lecturer in Forest Dynamics at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. There, he co-founded the Western Research Fellowship at the Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative and the Quick Carbon research program, served as a member of the School’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategy Committee, and as a member of Yale University’s Carbon Offset Task Force. As a contributor to the Global Carbon Project’s Methane Working Group, he authors the vegetation section of the Global Methane Budget. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for The Adirondack Nature Conservancy and the New York State Wood Products Development Council.

In 2020, Kris co-founded The Soil Inventory Project (TSIP) along with Bruno Basso. Together with private, industry, academic, and foundation partners they are building a distributed national-scale soil inventory system to inform soil management and markets. Through a novel combination of app-based automated sampling design, and distributed soil sampling tools allowing anyone to collect near-surface soil samples, TSIP is building regional scale models capable of linking individual producer practices to measurable outcomes.

Bailey Stockdale

G. Bailey Stockdale

Founder and CEO, Leaf

Bailey Stockdale is the founder & CEO of Leaf: food & agriculture’s data infrastructure company. Bailey has worked with food and agriculture technology since 2014 as a software developer, entrepreneur, and EIR at SP Ventures’ AgTech fund. Bailey is passionate about empowering developers that are solving farming, health, and sustainability challenges through food and agriculture technology. With Leaf, he contributes to broadening industry access and building the tools that food and agriculture technology needs to scale. Leaf provides farm data infrastructure similar to Plaid in finance, Twilio in communications, or Stipe in payments.

Ben Sloan

Ben Sloan

Senior Vice President of Product, EFC Systems, Inc.

Ben Sloan is Senior Vice President of Product for EFC Systems. He is responsible for the design, development, and deployment of FieldAlytics. Prior to his role at EFC, Ben led the development of first of its kind tools at AgSolver connecting farm profitability with environmental performance. Ben holds Masters and Bachelor’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University.

Rob Dongoski

Rob Dongoski

Partner,  Food and Agribusiness Leader, Ernst & Young LLP

Rob leads Ernst & Young’s (EY) agribusiness sector globally and focuses on strategy, innovation, and M&A in the agribusiness and food sectors. As EY’s global leader, he works directly with client executives to optimize their approach in global markets and serves as lead partner on accounts ranging from seed/chem, agri-retail, grain processing, and meat processing.

Rob’s experience ranges from growth strategy to operating model design to digital innovation across the agri, food, and beverage value chain. He works with client executives in the design and implementation of the appropriate operating model for their business, including strategy/portfolio management, marketing/merchandising, digital agriculture, operational areas, and back-office efficiency.

Todd Stucke

Todd Stucke

Senior Vice President, Marketing, Product Support & Strategic Projects, Kubota

Todd Stucke is an industry veteran with more than 33 years of experience in both equipment and agriculture. Stucke was recently promoted to lead Sales and Marketing for Kubota North America, in tandem with his role as Senior Vice President of Marketing, Product Support and Strategic Projects for Kubota Tractor Corporation’s U.S. operations. Prior to his current positions, Stucke led the Ag & Turf Division for Kubota as Vice President from 2013-2015. Under his leadership, Kubota introduced its first line of Kubota-branded Hay Tools to U.S. customers and debuted its highest horsepower tractors to-date, the M7 and M8 Series. These milestone product introductions gave Kubota a strong foothold as it entered the commercial livestock and row crop production markets, a segment where the company had never before competed. As Senior Vice President of Marketing, Product Support and Strategic Projects at Kubota Tractor Corporation, Stucke is ultimately responsible for ensuring that Kubota’s marketing, dealer development, and product support strategies collectively achieve a 360° approach to customer experience excellence. Stucke is currently serving his second term as the Chair of Ag sector board for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and has previously served two terms as treasurer of the AEM Board of Directors, as well as Ag Sector Board Vice Chair in 2020.

Kurt Coffey

Kurt Coffey

Vice President, Case IH North America

Coffey is responsible for the strategy and execution of all Case IH North America commercial functions, overseeing the execution of a customer centric go-to-market approach in North America. Coffey was previously global head of Case IH brand marketing and communication, and North America Case IH commercial marketing and communications leader since 2019. Previously, he was the North American VP of Parts & Service for CNH Industrial from 2016-19.

Coffey holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from Illinois State University. He remains actively involved in his family’s grain-farming operation in central Illinois, bringing a customer-centric collection of agriculture industry experiences to his role.

Deanna Kovar

Deanna Kovar

Vice President, Production & Precision Ag Production Systems, John Deere

Deanna Kovar is the Vice President of Production and Precision Ag Production Systems at John Deere. With expertise in agronomy, economics, products, and technology, she leads a global team focused on identifying opportunities to unlock sustainable value for global corn, soy, small grains, cotton, and sugar customers. During more than 20 years with Deere, she has held many roles in sales, marketing, and customer support, and is very knowledgeable about bringing precision ag technology to market. Deanna earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business management from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a master’s in business administration from Loyola University in Chicago.

Robert Saik

Robert Saik

Founder & CEO, AGvisorPRO | Answers Now!

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.