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2025 Regenerative Agriculture & Food Systems Summit USA
25-27 March, 2025
Chicago, USA

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  • Author:

    Aida Bustamante

    VP of Certifications
    Peterson Projects & Solutions North America

    Aida Bustamante

    VP of Certifications
    Peterson Projects & Solutions North America
  • Author:

    Alan Martinez

    Senior Manager, Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability
    Cornell University

    Alan Martinez

    Senior Manager, Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability
    Cornell University
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    Alison Watters

    Farmer Director
    Fonterra

    Alison Watters

    Farmer Director
    Fonterra
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    Alissa White

    Senior Manager for Climate and Agriculture
    American Farmland Trust

    Alissa White

    Senior Manager for Climate and Agriculture
    American Farmland Trust
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    Anastasia Volkova

    Co-Founder & CEO
    Regrow Ag

    Anastasia Volkova, PhD, is a Ukrainian entrepreneur and engineer committed to developing technology that empowers the agriculture industry to help solve the global climate crisis. She is CEO and Co-Founder of Regrow Ag, an award-winning SaaS provider that enables organizations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across their agricultural supply chains and build climate change resilience by incentivizing the adoption of regenerative farming practices.

    Since Regrow’s launch in early 2021, Dr. Volkova and her team have raised $55M in Series A and B funding, and have nurtured Regrow into a global company trusted by some of the world’s leading CPGs, food companies, and ecosystem market developers, including General Mills, Cargill, Kellogg’s, PepsiCo, and South Pole. Regrow delivers environmental data that makes it possible for organizations to analyze scope 3 sourcing regions, report emissions, and plan sustainability investments, and supports the execution of producer incentive programs that reduce on-field emissions. It pioneered the development of digital MRV (Measurement, Reporting, and Verification) software for agriculture, bringing transparency and credibility to agriculture-based carbon reductions and removals. Regrow’s best-in-class MRV was honored as a Fast Company’s 2022 World Changing Idea.                                          

    A 2022 Bloomberg New Economy Catalyst and Forbes Technology Council member, Dr. Volkova is a respected thought leader and innovator in regenerative agriculture and sustainable food sourcing. She has been recognized as one of The Australian’s Top 100 Innovators, MIT’s “35 Under 35” Innovators (2020), and BBC’s “Top 100 Women” (2020).

    Anastasia Volkova

    Co-Founder & CEO
    Regrow Ag

    Anastasia Volkova, PhD, is a Ukrainian entrepreneur and engineer committed to developing technology that empowers the agriculture industry to help solve the global climate crisis. She is CEO and Co-Founder of Regrow Ag, an award-winning SaaS provider that enables organizations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across their agricultural supply chains and build climate change resilience by incentivizing the adoption of regenerative farming practices.

    Since Regrow’s launch in early 2021, Dr. Volkova and her team have raised $55M in Series A and B funding, and have nurtured Regrow into a global company trusted by some of the world’s leading CPGs, food companies, and ecosystem market developers, including General Mills, Cargill, Kellogg’s, PepsiCo, and South Pole. Regrow delivers environmental data that makes it possible for organizations to analyze scope 3 sourcing regions, report emissions, and plan sustainability investments, and supports the execution of producer incentive programs that reduce on-field emissions. It pioneered the development of digital MRV (Measurement, Reporting, and Verification) software for agriculture, bringing transparency and credibility to agriculture-based carbon reductions and removals. Regrow’s best-in-class MRV was honored as a Fast Company’s 2022 World Changing Idea.                                          

    A 2022 Bloomberg New Economy Catalyst and Forbes Technology Council member, Dr. Volkova is a respected thought leader and innovator in regenerative agriculture and sustainable food sourcing. She has been recognized as one of The Australian’s Top 100 Innovators, MIT’s “35 Under 35” Innovators (2020), and BBC’s “Top 100 Women” (2020).

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    Beatrix Scolari

    Senior Sustainability Strategist
    Quantis

    Beatrix Scolari

    Senior Sustainability Strategist
    Quantis
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    Betsy Hickman

    Director
    Anthesis Group

    Betsy Hickman

    Director
    Anthesis Group
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    Bryan Gilvesy

    CEO
    ALUS

    Bryan Gilvesy

    CEO
    ALUS
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    Carly Griffith Hotvedt

    Associate Executive Director
    Indigenous Food and Agriculture Association

    Carly Griffith Hotvedt

    Associate Executive Director
    Indigenous Food and Agriculture Association
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    Carrie Vollmer-Sanders

    Sustainability Director
    USFRA

    Carrie Vollmer-Sanders

    Sustainability Director
    USFRA
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    Charlotte Rutherford

    Sustainability Director
    Fonterra

    Charlotte Rutherford

    Sustainability Director
    Fonterra
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    Cristina Rohr

    Managing Director, Food & Agriculture
    S2G Ventures

    Cristina Rohr a Managing Director of Investments with S2G Ventures. Cristina’s portfolio work ranges from agriculture focused investments in genetics, crop protection, soil health and digital/IOT to consumer facing brands.

    Cristina has nearly 10 years of experience in sourcing, executing, managing and exiting venture and private equity investments. Before joining S2G Ventures, Cristina was a private equity investor with the Edgewater Funds in Chicago and, prior to that, with First Reserve in London, where she focused on leveraged buyout investments in the natural resources industry. Cristina also previously worked for Citigroup Investment Banking Division in London.

    Cristina graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences with a double major in Mathematical and Computational Sciences and Economics. She earned her MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

    Cristina Rohr

    Managing Director, Food & Agriculture
    S2G Ventures

    Cristina Rohr a Managing Director of Investments with S2G Ventures. Cristina’s portfolio work ranges from agriculture focused investments in genetics, crop protection, soil health and digital/IOT to consumer facing brands.

    Cristina has nearly 10 years of experience in sourcing, executing, managing and exiting venture and private equity investments. Before joining S2G Ventures, Cristina was a private equity investor with the Edgewater Funds in Chicago and, prior to that, with First Reserve in London, where she focused on leveraged buyout investments in the natural resources industry. Cristina also previously worked for Citigroup Investment Banking Division in London.

    Cristina graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences with a double major in Mathematical and Computational Sciences and Economics. She earned her MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

  • Author:

    Daniel Metheringham

    Vice President of Agriculture
    McCain Foods

    Daniel Metheringham

    Vice President of Agriculture
    McCain Foods
  • Author:

    Deanna Eakin

    Global Managing Director, Sustainability
    Pomona Farming

    Deanna Eakin

    Global Managing Director, Sustainability
    Pomona Farming
  • Author:

    Eric Hassel

    Director, Sustainability Measurement & Reporting
    Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy

    Eric Hassel

    Director, Sustainability Measurement & Reporting
    Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
  • Author:

    Eric Morgan

    Vice President, Environmental Science and Resources
    Braga Fresh

    Eric Morgan

    Vice President, Environmental Science and Resources
    Braga Fresh
  • Author:

    Fred Iutzi

    Director of Research and Commercialization
    Savanna Institute

    Fred Iutzi

    Director of Research and Commercialization
    Savanna Institute
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    Freddie Davis

    Director of the Rural Training and Research Center
    Federation of Southern Cooperatives

    Freddie Davis

    Director of the Rural Training and Research Center
    Federation of Southern Cooperatives
  • Author:

    Greg Bohlen

    Founder & CEO
    Union Grove Farm

    Greg Bohlen

    Founder & CEO
    Union Grove Farm
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    Jason Rowntree

    CS Mott Professor of Sustainable Agriculture, Director MSU Center for Regenerative Agriculture
    Michigan State University

    Jason Rowntree

    CS Mott Professor of Sustainable Agriculture, Director MSU Center for Regenerative Agriculture
    Michigan State University
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    Jay Watson

    Regenerative Agriculture Director
    General Mills

    Jay Watson

    Regenerative Agriculture Director
    General Mills
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    Jennifer Simpson

    Sustainability Lead CSST
    Cargill

    Jennifer Simpson

    Sustainability Lead CSST
    Cargill
  • Author:

    Josh Tickell

    Director & Producer
    Big Picture Ranch

    Josh Tickell

    Director & Producer
    Big Picture Ranch
  • Author:

    John Kempf

    Founder & CVO
    Advancing Eco Agriculture

    John Kempf

    Founder & CVO
    Advancing Eco Agriculture
  • Author:

    Kayalin Akens-Irby

    Head of Growth
    Planet FWD

    Kayalin Akens-Irby

    Head of Growth
    Planet FWD
  • Author:

    Kevin Burkum

    Chief Executive Officer
    USFRA

    Kevin Burkum

    Chief Executive Officer
    USFRA
  • Author:

    Lara Bryant

    Deputy Director, Water and Agriculture, Nature Program
    Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

    Lara Bryant

    Deputy Director, Water and Agriculture, Nature Program
    Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • Author:

    Margaret Henry

    VP Sustainable & Regenerative Agriculture
    PepsiCo

    Margaret Henry

    VP Sustainable & Regenerative Agriculture
    PepsiCo
  • Author:

    Mariana Contreras

    Global Regenerative Agriculture Lead
    Mars Petcare

    Mariana Contreras

    Global Regenerative Agriculture Lead
    Mars Petcare
  • Author:

    Mauricio Rosales Gallardo

    Senior Agriculture Projects Manager
    Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

    Mauricio is the Senior Agriculture Projects Manager for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay based in the Pennsylvania office. Mauricio leads the outreach strategy and works closely with farmers and multiple partners to implement best management practices in agricultural land. Additionally, he is responsible for managing multiple grants and securing funding for projects. He works closely with corporations and other partners that are interested in water quality, restoring habitat, biodiversity, carbon sequestration and regenerative agriculture. Mauricio holds a Master’s degree in Animal Science with focus in dairy from University of Minnesota. In addition, he has worked in dairy farms in the Midwest and worked as Extension Educator for Penn State Extension.

    Mauricio Rosales Gallardo

    Senior Agriculture Projects Manager
    Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

    Mauricio is the Senior Agriculture Projects Manager for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay based in the Pennsylvania office. Mauricio leads the outreach strategy and works closely with farmers and multiple partners to implement best management practices in agricultural land. Additionally, he is responsible for managing multiple grants and securing funding for projects. He works closely with corporations and other partners that are interested in water quality, restoring habitat, biodiversity, carbon sequestration and regenerative agriculture. Mauricio holds a Master’s degree in Animal Science with focus in dairy from University of Minnesota. In addition, he has worked in dairy farms in the Midwest and worked as Extension Educator for Penn State Extension.

  • Author:

    Michael Ferguson

    Founder
    Collective Impact

    Michael Ferguson

    Founder
    Collective Impact
  • Author:

    Michelle French

    Director, Global Sustainability Programs
    ADM

    Michelle French

    Director, Global Sustainability Programs
    ADM
  • Author:

    Michelle Stearn

    Senior Sustainability Strategist
    Forum for the Future

    Michelle Stearn

    Senior Sustainability Strategist
    Forum for the Future
  • Author:

    Myriah D. Johnson

    Vice President, Corporate Sustainability
    Farm Credit Services of America / Frontier Farm Credit

    Myriah D. Johnson

    Vice President, Corporate Sustainability
    Farm Credit Services of America / Frontier Farm Credit
  • Author:

    Nako Kobayashi

    Manager, Food and Forests, Food Emissions 50
    Ceresx

    Nako Kobayashi

    Manager, Food and Forests, Food Emissions 50
    Ceresx
  • Author:

    Neil Caskey

    CEO
    National Corn Growers Association

    Neil Caskey

    CEO
    National Corn Growers Association
  • Author:

    Nick Betts

    Managing Director
    Canadian Alliance for Net Zero Agriculture

    Nick Betts

    Managing Director
    Canadian Alliance for Net Zero Agriculture
  • Author:

    Nicolas Reinosa

    SVP of Global Development
    INTENT

    Nicolas Reinosa

    SVP of Global Development
    INTENT
  • Author:

    Peter Oberle

    Managing Partner
    Trailhead Capital

    Peter Oberle

    Managing Partner
    Trailhead Capital
  • Author:

    Rebecca Chesney

    Director of Sustainability Innovation
    ISS Guckenheimer

    Rebecca Chesney

    Director of Sustainability Innovation
    ISS Guckenheimer
  • Author:

    Ryan Smith

    Senior Manager, Regenerative Ag Impact & Partnerships
    Danone

    Ryan Smith

    Senior Manager, Regenerative Ag Impact & Partnerships
    Danone
  • Author:

    Rebecca Tickell

    Director & Producer
    Big Ranch Pictures

    Rebecca Tickell

    Director & Producer
    Big Ranch Pictures
  • Author:

    Ryan Vroegindewey

    Associate Director, Sustainable Agriculture
    Campbell Soup Company

    Ryan Vroegindewey

    Associate Director, Sustainable Agriculture
    Campbell Soup Company
  • Author:

    Sarah Carlson

    Senior Programs and Member Engagement Director
    Practical Farmers of Iowa

    Sarah Carlson

    Senior Programs and Member Engagement Director
    Practical Farmers of Iowa
  • Author:

    Tina Owens

    Managing Director
    Nutrient Density Alliance

    Tina Owens

    Managing Director
    Nutrient Density Alliance
  • Author:

    Vincent Gauthier

    Manager Climate Smart Agriculture
    EDF

    Vincent Gauthier is a manager for climate-smart agriculture at Environmental Defense Fund and a thought leader on agriculture finance solutions that help farmers and ranchers adapt to a changing climate. Vincent collaborates directly with farmers, ranchers, and agriculture lenders to identify and address financial challenges to climate solutions in the agriculture sector. He has advanced actionable financial data on climate-smart agriculture practices and is bringing climate risk assessment and management to the agriculture finance sector. He values spending time with farmers and ranchers to understand the climate and weather challenges they face. Vincent is trained in economics and holds a masters in environmental management from Duke University.

    Vincent Gauthier

    Manager Climate Smart Agriculture
    EDF

    Vincent Gauthier is a manager for climate-smart agriculture at Environmental Defense Fund and a thought leader on agriculture finance solutions that help farmers and ranchers adapt to a changing climate. Vincent collaborates directly with farmers, ranchers, and agriculture lenders to identify and address financial challenges to climate solutions in the agriculture sector. He has advanced actionable financial data on climate-smart agriculture practices and is bringing climate risk assessment and management to the agriculture finance sector. He values spending time with farmers and ranchers to understand the climate and weather challenges they face. Vincent is trained in economics and holds a masters in environmental management from Duke University.

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