I Have a Dream - Inspiring Opening to Alltech’s 30th Annual Symposium

Written by: Maeve Desmond

Categories: Alltech Symposium
May 20
I Have a Dream -  Inspiring Opening to Alltech’s 30th Annual Symposium

The plenary session of the 30th Annual Alltech Symposium opened with the voices of local school children from SCAPA, Lexington’s School for the Creative and Performing Arts. With the theme of “What If?” the song that was sung so beautifully to the 2,000 gathered delegates was “I have a dream.”

Dr. Lyons took to the stage to welcome his guests and asked them what their dream would be and to stop and think about their future goals. Dr. Lyons reminisced on the fact that 34 years ago he started Alltech with $10,000 and that Symposium is intended to help attendees, as colleagues in the agribusiness industry, achieve their dreams together. Dr. Lyons shared a TIP with the delegates, asking them to think about:

  • Transformation
  • Inspiration
  • Passion

Two-time Olympian Lopez Lomong was awarded Alltech’s Humanitarian Award for his inspirational story of escape from Sudanese soldiers who kidnapped him at the tender age of six, to his rise as an Olympian representing the United States in track and field. Lopez’s dream to become an Olympian sprung from seeing American Olympic star runner Michael Johnson on a black and white TV set in a Kenyan refugee camp. Dr. Lyons told delegates that he wished to salute someone who had a dream and decided to make it happen.

Lomong shared three life lessons which have helped him on his life’s journey:

  1. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes – failure is a challenge to succeed the next time
  2. You are not given opportunities; you make them
  3. You have the ability and responsibility to make a difference

Dr. Karl Dawson, Alltech vice president and chief scientific officer of research, gave an insightful presentation on the future of agribusiness and shared his six big visions that promise to radically change the global supply chain:

  • The face of agriculture is changing towards urban and vertical production
  • Big data will provide new opportunities – such as new analytical tools
  • New predictive models will drive precision agricultural systems
  • New nutritional approaches will change the way we eat
  • New standards will be used for nutritional management
  • Traceability will drive the food chain and control waste


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