Fargo, N.D., to host international ag conference in 2016More than 400 scientists and agriculture leaders will convene here when Fargo hosts an international agriculture conference in 2016.
By: Cali Owings, Forum News Service
FARGO, N.D. — More than 400 scientists and agriculture leaders will convene here when Fargo hosts an international agriculture conference in 2016.
Officials from North Dakota State University, the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, AdFarm and the Red River Valley Research Corridor announced Oct. 15 that they were selected as hosts for the 2016 Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference.
This is the first time the conference has been held in the U.S. since it started in 1996.
“It gives us a chance to put on a global stage our agricultural research, our agricultural innovation and our agricultural businesses in this area,” says Roger Reierson, AdFarm CEO.
It will provide an opportunity for area scientists to collaborate with researchers and businesses from across the world.
Ken Grafton, dean of the NDSU College of Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Resources, said he hopes to create new partnerships to address global challenges such as providing food, developing fuels and protecting the environment.
“We have to partner with industry in helping to address those issues on a global basis,” he says.
The conference could attract researchers and businesses from a variety of life science and natural resource science fields, Grafton says.
Reierson, who will head the conference steering committee, says they will develop a theme for the conference that will affect the kind of researchers and businesses that attend.
While they won’t decide a theme until after the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, conference in 2014, Reierson says it will likely emphasize public and private-sector partnerships as the answer to global agricultural issues.
Landing a conference with more than 400 attendees is a win for the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau, said Charley Johnson, its president. He says it will have a “tremendous” economic impact on the area.
The conference is set for Sept. 18 to 21, 2016.