Thursday, November 15th  |  1:00pm – 5:00pm
The Stage at Island Park

Save the date for Cultivate! On November 15th, we’ll be hosting the 2nd Cultivate Conference will take place at the Stage at Island Park. It will be a half-day event featuring short TED-style talks and a farmers’ panel focusing on emerging technologies in agriculture.

Throughout the event, speakers will share their experience, developments, and challenges. The topics will cover a wide array of the AgTech industry including software applications, precision agriculture, drones, alternative farming methods and more.

What is Cultivate?

An emerging technology in agriculture conference that convenes leaders to explore tech innovations they’ve created, are currently building, or are searching for in their industry.

What can I expect?

Throughout the afternoon, we’ll hear from all corners of the agriculture ecosystem and learn about tech innovations happening in the industry. The event has been designed to have equal parts of mainstage content and networking so you have space to learn from the experts and time to connect with future customers and industry leaders.

What’s included with my ticket?

Your ticket grants you access to mainstage content, panels, industry booths, and complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

Who will be at this event?

This event will attract attendees from all areas of the agriculture and technology industries. From software developers and farmers to startups and venture capitalists, our goal is to bring together over 300 people.


Please check back for the latest updates on who will be speaking at Cultivate 2018!




Becky Newell is President of Levridge, a technology firm dedicated to building cloud-based, user-friendly business solutions for the agricultural industry. As a co-founder of the fast-growing Microsoft Gold Partner Stoneridge Software, she saw first-hand how creating efficient processes and collaboration opportunities through technology can save businesses time and money. Through Levridge, Becky is realizing her passion to create a modern software that enhances the back office of ag businesses, as well as integrates with the many exciting new software applications available in the industry.

Prior to becoming president of Levridge, Becky was vice president of technical delivery at Stoneridge Software, where she served as principal developer and led the technical and development teams. Previous experience includes 14.5 years at Microsoft.

Kevin Kimle of the Bruce Rastetter Agricultural Entrepreneurship Suite in Curtiss Hall.   (Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University)


Iowa State University

Kevin Kimle currently serves as the Rastetter Chair of Agricultural Entrepreneurship at Iowa State University, Director of the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative, and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics. Kimle’s work includes development and delivery of entrepreneurship curriculum and programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, outreach programs to aspiring entrepreneurs and agribusiness executives, and research on entrepreneurship and innovation.

Business expertise that Kimle has gained in starting and running companies as well as incubating them includes equity capital formation, business model design, business plan development and financial model development and design. He a frequent speaker to audiences across the U.S. about building and using an entrepreneurial mindset, megatrends in agriculture and the food industry and building innovation cultures.

Leela Watson


InitWeather, LLC

Leela Watson is the Co-Founder and CEO of InitWeather, a company that uses machine learning to develop weather products for the agricultural and energy industries to help them make better, smarter, and faster weather-based decisions. Leela received her Ph.D. in Meteorology from Florida State University, after which she began employment as a member of NASA’s Applied Meteorology Unit (AMU) where she was the resident numerical weather prediction (NWP) expert. She collaborated with meteorological agencies and universities to research, develop, and implement modeling systems providing technical expertise in NWP and data assimilation as needed. She is motivated by leveraging her expertise in NWP to make big weather data become actionable data by supplying weather forecasts powered by artificial intelligence.

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Harvest Profit

Nick Horob is the founder of Harvest Profit. He was raised in Williston, ND where both sides of his family farmed. He graduated from the University of Minnesota and spent three years working for a successful private equity firm, ShoreView Industries. While at ShoreView, he learned best practices from successful business in many industries including being the youngest employee in firm history to sit on the Board of Managers of a portfolio company (Kibbi, LLC, the maker of Renegade toy haulers).

After witnessing the commodity rally and steep decline from 2007-2009, he left ShoreView to become a farm finance consultant for Market Wise Ag Services. Viewing the lack of farm business software tools during his time at Market Wise led him to build the tools that became Harvest Profit’s core offering.



Michael Prorock is Chief Technology Officer and Founder at Inc. Mr. Prorock served as Director of Development at Compellon Inc,building and refining their platform for SaaS predictive analytics as the lead of the product development team. Prior to Compellon, he served as Director of Platform Development for Altus365 for 5 years, where he led the team that built the Company’s award-winning vSearchCloud SaaS-based platform. He has served as an independent consultant for 7 years in the fields of security, cryptography, and linux systems design and development. Michael is a passionate outdoorsman, and has a small sustainable farm that he lives on and works with his wife in rural NC.



Farm And Trade, Inc.

Mr. Jeremy Zwinger is the CEO / President of The Rice Trader, Farm And Trade Inc., and International Commodity Institute. He was raised on his family’s farming operations in North Dakota, USA, and is a graduate of North Dakota State University, where he also attended graduate school for agriculture economics. His interests are broad, ranging from commodities markets to the digitalization of global business to the rapidly changing international cultural / geopolitical environment. On a personal note, Mr. Zwinger is blessed with five children and an amazing wife (Susan), whose support has allowed him to be here today.




Ryan Raguse is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Myriad Mobile, the parent company to Bushel. Myriad Mobile has been named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list three years in a row. Additionally, the company recently made the 2018 Inc.’s Best Workplaces list.

Ryan is a speaker, author, and entrepreneur. A self-proclaimed day-dreamer and life-long farm kid, he is always ready to discuss the exciting future of Ag Tech. From the launch of Bushel, an industry first software platform providing real-time scale tickets, contracts, cash bids, eSign and more, Ryan and his teammates have been providing the necessary tools elevators and their growers need to do better business together since 2017. With an international reach amongst 12,000+ growers, Ryan looks forward to expanding Bushel’s immense presence.



Genesis Feed Technologies

Peter grew up on a fourth generation family farm in Kulm, ND. In his past lives he has picked rocks, ran a seed dealership, and implemented ERP software at ag companies across North America. “Implemented ERP software” is a fancy way of saying he helped busy men and women who didn’t know what Windows was learn how to use computers to run a business on one. In his life, Peter has lived in three countries (two of them islands!)

Peter is the co-founder of Genesis Feed Technologies, a mobile platform for the animal feed industry. He is also the founder and organizer of the International Potluck, a monthly community gathering around food and storytelling.

When he’s not in front of his computer he likes to spend time with his wife and three girls. In the remaining hour of the month he will sometimes read a book or work out.




Corbett Kull is the CEO of Tillable, and is a Chicago based entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience. Prior to starting Tillable, Corbett was the head of Chicago operations for the Climate Corporation and Sr. Director of Engineering. He was responsible for engineering teams in Chicago, Morton, IL, Seattle, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. His team created the FieldView Drive which is one of the most rapidly adopted technological innovations in agriculture. Currently, the Drive is used on over 10,000 farms spanning over 30 Million acres in the United States, Canada, and Brazil. He was the co-founder of 640 Labs which was acquired by Climate in 2014. Before entering the agriculture market, Corbett was Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing at PacketVideo Corporation of San Diego, CA. Corbett started his career at Motorola working on the Iridium satellite program. He has an MBA in Marketing from Illinois Institute of technology and a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Corbett holds two US patents, and has several pending patent applications. He was the 2016 winner of the Forbes Ag Impact award for innovation in agriculture. Corbett grew up in Lawrenceville, IL.







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