WID, UW–Madison and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation are hosting a public event to announce the winners of the Agricultural Innovation Prize: Powered by 40 Changes, a national competition for students to submit proposals and business ideas that address challenges in 21st century agriculture such as food scarcity and availability, transportation and sustainability.
The Ag Prize invites the public to join judges, speakers and the top 30 teams in Madison, Wis., for lively discussions in business and science.
During the first day of the event, individual teams will present proposals for judging, with six teams selected as finalists for the next day. Members of the public are also encouraged to attend special lectures focusing on challenges facing global food systems.
On the second day of the event, the top six teams will give in-depth presentations for judges and the public. The top team will receive $100,000 to support their business idea from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. Other teams will receive $25,000 from the Foundation.
When: April 25, 2014, 8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. & April 26, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Town Center, first floor, Discovery Building
Free and open to the public
Build conversation with Twitter hashtag #AgPrize
Friday, April 25, 2014
8:45 a.m. Opening Remarks – Molly Jahn and David Krakauer
9:45 a.m. Round 1 of team presentations begins
2:45 p.m. Day 1 Closing Remarks
Saturday, April 26, 2014
8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks & Speakers – Molly Jahn, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Muquarrab Qureshi from the USDA and Kristin Olson aka “Alice in Dairyland”
10:05 a.m. Round 2 finalist team presentations begin
1:00 p.m. Panel Discussion
2:15 p.m. Awards Ceremony – contest winners announced
Speakers, panelists and moderators
Robbie Barbero, fellow at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Ben Brancel, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Chad Shipmaker, Deputy Director, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation
Molly Jahn, UW–Madison professor
Bruce Kahn, portfolio manager, Sustainable Insight Capital Management
Fred Kirschenmann, distinguished fellow, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture & president, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
David Krakauer, director, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID)
Claire Kremen, professor, University of California, Berkeley
Tobias Lunt, Ag Prize student team president
Kristin Olson, “Alice in Dairyland,” Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Muquarrab Qureshi, deputy director of United State Department of Agriculture — National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Institute of Youth, Family and Community
Shauna Sadowski, director of sustainability, Annie’s, Inc.
Harold Schmitz, chief science officer, Mars, Inc.
Bill Sutton, lead economist & cluster leader, Agriculture & Environment, Public Sector Evaluations unit of the Independent Evaluation Group, World Bank
Tom Vilsack, secretary of United State Department of Agriculture (to be featured on video)
About the competition
The Agricultural Innovation Prize competition is open to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students across all academic disciplines. Teams compete for the chance to win $240,000 in prize money, with a grand prize of $100,000; making this the largest agriculture-focused student competition in the world. The Howard G. Buffett Foundation is funding the prize. The contest encourages student teams to develop innovative plans to address social and agricultural challenges within food systems, improving the standard of living and quality of life for the world’s population.
Questions? Email us or call (608) 316-4676