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2014 Symposium Highlights

More than 2,000 delegates from 60 countries gathered in Lexington, Kentucky for “What If?” - Alltech’s 30th Annual Alltech International Symposium. Evoking curiosity with its theme, “What If,” the Alltech Symposium focused on the areas of Crop Science, Life Sciences, Africa, Modern Farming, The Algae Opportunity, and Business and Technology – all featuring notable, expert speakers from around the world.

Video of some of the best presentations from each session are now available here:

Opening Plenary Session

Health & Wellness

Africa: Land of Opportunity

Crop Science

Life Sciences

Farm of Tomorrow

The Algae Opportunity

Business & Technology

Closing Plenary Session

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