Maximizing productivity will be the key approach to agriculture for the future. Alltech Crop Science, one of six sessions during the “What If,” 30th Annual Alltech International Symposium will explore questions such as “What if farmers were more familiar with drones than tractors?” and “What if plants could naturally resist disease?” The Symposium will take place in Lexington, Ky., USA, from May 18-21.   

With a new format in 2014, the popular yearly event will explore the question of “What If?” in sessions focusing on Crop Science, Life Sciences, Africa, Business and Technology, Modern Farming and The Algae Opportunity presented by experts from around the world.

“A key innovation for modern farming today is the potential use of the eye-in-the-sky, the drone” said Patrick Charlton, Alltech European vice president and chairperson for the Crop Science session. “Drone technology can aid farmers and maximize 100 percent of their arable land, ensuring zero waste. The opportunity for pinpointing microbial populations in the soil and linking them to drone technology is vast, promising accurate yield predictions and improved yield influence.”

Robert Walker, Alltech Crop Science general manager, will also discuss how science can promote crop production and examine how plants could naturally resist disease in the future.

“The future of farming is that we must feed nine billion mouths by 2050,” said Walker. “To meet this target, farmers must not think of themselves as producers, but agricultural entrepreneurs utilizing all the available technology and scientific breakthroughs to meet the future challenges.”

The Crop Science session will also address mycotoxins, often considered the “silent killer.” Nick Adams from Alltech’s Mycotoxin Management Team will examine how farmers can expose mycotoxins on their farms through crop science, therefore reducing and eliminating this agricultural threat.

Registration for Alltech’s 30th Annual International Symposium is open now and available for an early discount price of $599 until April 10. Standard registration after April 10 will be $850. Two paid registrations from a single company or organization will receive a third registration free of charge. Delegates who are members of ARPAS and AAVSB can also earn CEUs.

Attendees are encouraged to register early as space is limited. Of the nearly 3,000 international delegates who attended the 2013 Alltech International Symposium, 96 percent indicated that they plan to attend again.

For more information, or to request an invitation, contact a local Alltech representative, visit or email [email protected].