Building a Collaborative Ag & Food Economy

September 6, 2018

New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces, NM





Building unique partnerships to support innovation addressing today’s food and agriculture challenges.

Ag Assembly brings together ag-market leaders who take the stage to talk about demands from the frontlines, translating ideas from vision to reality, and the future of AgTech investment. The event will also give AgSprint startup companies the opportunity to pitch their products/services and engage with their corporate and funding peers in a one-on-one format.

Who Should Attend


Get an inside look at the up-and-coming trends and startups at the forefront of ag innovation


Meet the most promising new ag startups


Connect with investors, potential partners and customers. Plus, have the chance to give a 60-second pitch during the open mic session.

Stay tuned for updates on the power-packed 2018 speaker lineup.



10:00 AM


10:30 AM

Opening Remarks & Regional Outlook

10:45 AM

Firestarter: Innovation at Work in Agriculture

11:15 AM

Innovation Spotlight: AgSprint

7-minute demos from the stars of AgSprint. A unique opportunity to hear presentations from the AgSprint cohort, the Southwest’s most compelling early-stage startups in AgTech.

  • Nathan Dorn, Founder + CEO at Food-Origins
  • Arina Caster, Founder at Sustainable Planet Solutions
  • Rachael Ryan, Co-Founder at Backyard Farms

11:45 AM

The Most Effective Models for Open Innovation

12:30 PM


1:30 PM

Innovation Spotlight: AgSprint

  • Alex Gorsuch, Co-Founder + CTO at FieldMAK
  • Charlie Paynter, Founder at Dr. Child’s Herbal Remedies
  • Cliff Hudson, Co-Founder + CTO at Systems Technology Solutions

2:10 PM

Investing Yields More than Crops

2:55 PM

Open Mic

60-second pitches. FoodTech and AgTech startups from the Southwest will be selected to give pitches in a rapid-fire format.

3:10 PM

Fireside Chat: An Entrepreneurs Journey

3:40 PM

Keynote: Regional Needs and Approach to Agtech Opportunities

4:00 PM


Sample some of the region’s best wines while enjoying tasty bites. Entrepreneurs are a sociable bunch; they enjoy interaction as well as transaction. This is a chance to meet like-minded individuals.

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Open Mic

Ag Assembly invites FoodTech and AgTech startups from the Southwest to apply to pitch executives, investors, media, government, entrepreneurs, and other ecosystem contributors. We know entrepreneurs need to be judicious with their time. If you are going to pitch, pitch wisely and pitch to the right people. If you are developing something in the food and agriculture space, regardless of business maturely, presenting at this event will be time well spent.

Up to ten startups will be selected to give 60-second pitches to describe their venture and what additional skills and help they are looking for from the food, agriculture, and entrepreneurial community. Registration fees will be waived for Open Mic presenters.

Space is limited and submissions must be received by August 16, 2018 at midnight.

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