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Alltech ONE Ideas Conference launches with exclusive access to insights from agri-food experts

June 22, 2021

The Alltech ONE Ideas Conference offers on-demand insights from leading experts in agriculture and beyond.

The Alltech ONE Ideas Conference launched virtually today to unite thought-leaders and changemakers for an exploration of the power of science, sustainability and storytelling. Now in its 37th year, Alltech’s flagship event continues to be an invaluable industry resource, with unmatched content and innovative ideas, inspiration and motivation from world-class speakers. Registrants from 99 countries have access to a virtual platform that includes on-demand tracks, streaming keynote presentations, live workshops and an interactive networking experience, allowing attendees to connect around the world. 


“We are on the brink of a new beginning, and I don’t believe that is just a new beginning for Alltech. I think it’s a new beginning and a new golden era for agri-food, and it’s led by what we believe is a bold vision,” said Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech, in his opening remarks. “We want to deliver smarter, more sustainable solutions for our customers and for all of agri-food.”


Anna Rosling Rönnlund, vice president and head of design and user experience at Gapminder and co-author of “Factfulness,” was one of the opening keynote speakers on Tuesday, June 22. Rönnlund designed the user interface of the famous animated bubble-chart tool Trendalyzer, which helps people better understand global development trends. The tool was eventually acquired by Google and is now used by millions of students across the world. Along with her Gapminder co-founders, Rönnlund co-wrote the book “Factfulness,” sharing insights on the ten instincts that distort our perspective of the world and prevent us from seeing the truth.


“A lot of things are actually improving, but we’re very bad at seeing these slow trends on a global level,” said Rönnlund. “We need to have a fact-based worldview, and we need to remember that we need to keep upgrading our worldview, because the world changes, and so has our facts about it.”


As a professional photographer, filmmaker and former photojournalist for National Geographic, Dewitt Jones has made a career of storytelling through images and has traveled the world on a mission to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. Through his compelling stories and captivating photography, Jones shared how changing your lens can change your life.


“These are turbulent times, and the waves of change seem to threaten our very survival. So, what will your vision allow you to see?” Jones asked during his keynote presentation. “Will you look out at a dim, half-colored world where dreams disappear in the distance — a world where goals don't even seem worth striving for? Or will your vision allow you to see a world still full of beauty and joy and possibility?”


The Alltech ONE Ideas Conference keynote sessions, on-demand tracks and Planet of Plenty live workshops launching this week include:


Tuesday, June 22

8:30 a.m. ET: Keynote Session

  • Dr. Mark Lyons, President and CEO, Alltech
  • Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Vice President and Head of Design and User Experience, Gapminder; Co-Author, "Factfulness"
  • Dewitt Jones, Professional Photographer, Filmmaker and Former Photojournalist for National Geographic

10:30 a.m. ET


11:00 a.m. ET: Planet of Plenty Live Workshops

  • The Inaccuracy of “Seaspiracy”
  • Awarding Sustainability
  • Food for Thought
  • Where’s the Beef?


Wednesday, June 23

9:00 a.m. ET: Keynote Session

  • David McWilliams, Economist and Professor, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr. Ruth Oniang’o, Board Chair, Sasakawa Africa Association; Professor of Nutrition; Former Member of Parliament in Kenya


11:00 a.m. ET: Planet of Plenty Live Workshops

  • Minding Your Cognitive Health
  • Let’s Not Waste It
  • Find Your Story


Thursday, June 24

9:00 a.m. ET: Keynote Session

  • Shirzad Chamine, CEO, Positive Intelligence, Inc.
  • Dr. Mark Lyons, President and CEO, Alltech


11:00 a.m. ET: Planet of Plenty Live Workshops

  • Innovation from the Inside
  • Farm-to-Fork Sustainability
  • A Tale of Two Climate Policies


1:00 p.m. ET: Planet of Plenty Workshop with Shirzad Chamine

  • Explore Your Positive Intelligence


Over the course of the Alltech ONE Ideas Conference, more than 70 on-demand presentations will explore challenges and opportunities in aquaculture, beef, business, crop science, dairy, equine, health and wellness, pet, pig, and poultry sectors. Registration for the Alltech ONE Ideas Conference will remain open, offering attendees 24/7 access to all on-demand content, including keynote presentations and tracks, until April 2022.  


Registrants can engage virtually in many ways during the Alltech ONE Ideas Conference, including the ONE FUNdraising Run, the Alltech Ideas Hub and expert-led mixology sessions. All are encouraged to share their experiences on social media with the hashtag #ONEbigidea. To learn more and to register for the Alltech ONE Ideas Conference, visit