The 29th Annual Alltech International Symposium, being held in Lexington, Ky., on May 19-22, plans to zero in on the next seven years, posing the question: can agribusiness overcome the myriad challenges facing it and also feed 7.4 billion people by 2020?
The event will offer a fresh GLIMPSE into the future of agribusiness. In a recently published International Food and Agribusiness Management Review article, interviews with 25 agribusiness experts identified seven key barriers that may impede the world's ability to feed nine billion people by 2050. The challenges and opportunities were organized under the acronym GLIMPSE: Government, Losses in the food and ingredient supply chains, Infrastructure, Markets, Politics and policies, Science and innovation, and the Environment.
GLIMPSE's findings will be a centerpiece of symposium plenary session discussions, which will also review the state of play in the global feed industry. Given the new information revealed in Alltech's 2013 Global Feed Tonnage Survey, is agriculture's next great frontier possibly Africa?
In light of recent food crises, the symposium will explore how the industry can maintain or restore consumers' perceptions of food safety and health. It will also seek to answer the question: where does the buck stop with traceability?
New in 2013, Alltech International Symposium delegates will have the opportunity to select breakout session tracks. These tracks, as opposed to traditional species or subject breakouts, will offer attendees a more holistic experience in which they take part in discussions ranging from algae and agriculture's carbon footprint to nutrition and marketing. Discussions within the track selections may include:
- The Business of Agriculture
- Crisis Management
- Farming Soils for the Future
- Milk: The Perfect Food
- Carbon Footprint, Sustainability and Profitability
- Feeding for Fertility
- Optimizing Rumen Function
- Branding Food: A Taste of What Consumers Really Want
- Reimagining Beef Production
- Nutrigenomics: A Nutrition Revolution
- Interfacing Nutrition and Immunity
- Experiences from the Field: Rethinking Animal Health
- Farming the Sea
- The Algae Opportunity
- Feeding Your Friend: Companion Animal Nutrition
- Connecting with Consumers through the World's Premier Equestrian Event
- Profit from the Core
- Next Generation Foods
- Celebrating the Farmer
- Beyond the Brand: Customer Engagement
- Farm to Fork: Branding All-Natural Omega-3 Pork to the Consumer
- Communicating Diversity: A Dialogue with the Latin Market
- The Changing Face of Media
- Building a Successful Brand Beyond Your Home Market
- Crops: An Extra Ton per 2.5 Acres?
Registration for Alltech's 29th Annual International Symposium is open and available for an early discount price of $599 through April 15. Standard registration after April 15 will be $850. Two paid registrations from a single company or organization will receive a third registration free of charge.