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Second Cyberag Symposium Delves More Deeply Into the Cybersecurity Issues That Affect Agriculture and Aquaculture

EASTON, Md; March 25, 2021…The second Cyberag Symposium will be held virtually on April 14 to bring together the agriculture and cybersecurity sectors to discuss and discover solutions to security problems that affect food producers and others in agriculture and aquaculture.

“This second symposium continues the work of building awareness and understanding of how the separate and intertwined issues of data protection can be leveraged to improve security in the agriculture and aquaculture sectors”, said Mike Thielke, Executive Director of the Eastern Shore Entrepreneur Center (ESEC), organizer of the symposium.

The symposium provides the opportunity for members of the cybersecurity community to become aware of the problems facing the agricultural community. This will provide access to new markets for cyber firms to offer their existing solutions as well as for developing novel solutions for ongoing and newly-developed problems in the agriculture-aquaculture world.

This second symposium will feature the following speakers: Chris Haak, Co-founder of Skyward Apps (Columbia, Maryland); Michael Ott, CEO of Rantizo (Iowa City, Iowa); and Connie Bowen, Director of Innovation and Investment, AgLaunch (Memphis, Tennessee). Boyd Rutherford, Lieutenant Governor of the State of Maryland, will be the Keynote Speaker. Additional speakers have been invited.

Kyle Waggoner, Director of Information Security for Perdue Farms, will moderate the FBI Panel on Cyber Threats in Food and Agriculture. Panelists: David Ring, FBI Cyber Division Section Chief and Thomas Breeden, Supervisory Special Agent in the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office.

The symposium is sponsored by Rantizo; the Maryland Department of Commerce; MidAtlantic Farm Credit; the Maryland Farm Bureau; Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc. (CAMI); and F3Tech, an ESEC initiative.

 

Registration is now open by clicking on the REGISTRATION button at the following Web site: https://cyberag.org.

REGISTRATION

A session from the first Cyberag Symposium – Data Security from an Agriculture Perspective, which was held last December – can be viewed at cyberag.org by clicking on the video on the right side of the page. The ongoing conversation can be joined through social media at #cyberag.

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About ESEC: The Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center (ESEC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, based in Easton on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, with a mission to educate and support entrepreneurs. Its initiatives include F3 Tech, a program that focuses bringing technology solutions to the Farm, Fish, and Food industries.

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Mini-Grants up to $5,000 are available for:
– Market Research and Validation of Target Market
– Customer Acquisition
– Product Development Initiatives
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Eligibility
Value-added producers and companies with traction ($20,000 or more in yearly revenue) in Maryland and Delaware are eligible to apply for Mini-Grants. Participants may apply once for each of the categories. Applicants must demonstrate that they have a unique and differentiated product or service that incorporates an aspect of innovation or technology in its production, processing, distribution, or other element of the food supply system.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Award decisions will be made and funds will be available no later than three weeks following the receipt of a completed application.
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Date and Time of Session: Wednesday, October 20th; 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Course Description: This presentation discusses strategies for B2B (business-to-business) and B2C (business-to-consumer) growth via marketing and sales. The presentation focuses on each company’s plans to diversify its revenue streams by using e-commerce, exporting, and overall customer acquisition tactics to support and enhance brand awareness.
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