German American Business Series (GABS)

The annual German American Business Series highlights the key issues of the German-American business community in Colorado.

GABS 2019: German American Agricultural Technology Symposium

September 19, 2019 | Denver, CO

The German American Chamber of Commerce – Colorado Chapter (GACC-CO) is hosting the German American Agri-Tech Symposium at the National Western Complex in Denver, CO on Thursday, September 19, 2019. This day-long event aims to bring together innovators and investors from across the Atlantic to address the most pertinent questions in AgTech - inciting dialogue, exchange, and action.

The Symposium will open with a look at the importance of Agriculture for the Coloradan and German Economies and continue with an Exposition of new and cutting edge technologies from Coloradan, national and international AgTech companies. Our keynote speech will address Digitization in German Agriculture, and will be followed by two panel discussions on the topics of Technology, Local Farms, and Global Markets and The 2030 Look: Sustainability, Profitability, Climate, and the Consumer. The day will be rounded out by a farm to table meal, and a selection of fifteen-minute long ignite talks taking place throughout the program. Don’t miss the happy hour at the end of the day, where you will be able to speak directly with our German and American presenters.

With the re-imagined National Western Complex as its setting, the German American Agri-Tech Symposium is poised to celebrate Colorado’s Western Heritage while addressing global issues through collaboration and innovation.

Symposium Program & Speakers - 2019

Event Program

Date & TimeLocationDress Code
Thursday, September 19, 2019
10:00am - 6:00pm
National Western Complex
4655 Humboldt Street
Denver, CO 80216
Business Professional
10:30am - 11:00amSymposium Check-in
11:00am - 11:30amWelcoming Remarks
An Introduction to Agricultural Economies of Germany and Colorado
11:30am - 12:00pmFarm2Table Lunch Buffet catered by CaterWest
12:00am - 12:30pmKeynote: Opportunities and Threats of Digitalization for the German Farmer
12:30pm - 1:30pmExposition of Ag and Technologies
1:30pm - 2:40pmPanel 1 - Technology, Innovation & Supply Chains
2:40pm - 3:10pmCoffee Break & IGNITE Talk
Topic - "From Grapes to Wrath: Wine Within the Age of Climate Change"
3:10pm - 4:20pmPanel 2 - The 2030 Look: Sustainability, Climate, and the Consumer
4:20pm - 4:30pmClosing Remarks, Announcements & Thank Yous
4:30pm - 6:00pmHappy Hour Reception & IGNITE Talk presented by Bayer Crop Science
Topic - "From Dirt to DNA & Back to Dirt"

Speaker & Panelist Bios

Learn more about our expert speakers and the engaging topics to be discussed at the 2019 Agri-Tech Symposium! Select the headers below to read the speaker and panelist bios.

Welcoming Remarks
Hermann Huckert
Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, German Embassy
Tom Lipetzky
Director, Marketing Programs & Strategic Initiatives
Colorado Department of Agriculture
Keynote: Opportunities & Threats of Digitalization for the German Farmer
Jörn Ehlers
Vice President
Landvolk Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony State Farmers Association)
Panel 1 - Tech, Local Farms, Global Markets
Marc Arnusch - Moderator
Arnusch Family of Companies, LLC
Dr. Thomas Herlitzius
Professor of Agricultural System & Technology
Technical University of Dresden
Jon Moreland
Managing Director
PETKUS North America, LLC
Chris Schooley
Troubadour Maltings
Panel 2 - The 2030 Look: Sustainability, Profitability, and Climate
Sarah Bohnenkamp - Moderator
Agriculture Communication Consultant
Sarah J. Bohnenkamp Coaching & Consulting, LLC
Dr. Greg Graff
Professor, Agriculture & Resource Economics
Colorado State University
Andy Knepp
Director of Environmental Strategy & Advocacy
Bayer Crop Science US
Kara Smith
Colorado Craft Beef, LLC
Chris Uhlig
Ceres Greenhouse Solutions
IGNITE Talks - Coffee Break & Happy Hour Reception
Simone FM Spinner - Coffee Break
Author & Educator
Wine Rocks & Chasing Grapes
Robert Sakata
Sakata Farms

Speaking Opportunities

Interested in joining as an expert speaker for one of this year's panels? Please email Natalia Wobst or call (303) 837-1146 for more information.

Sponsorship Opportunities

TypeBenefitsExhibit Table
Exclusive Luncheon Sponsor
  • Audio recognition at start of Symposium and prior to luncheon
  • 1/2 page ad in Symposium program as Luncheon Sponsor
  • Complimentary admission for 6 guests
  • Logo presence in all event-related marketing material
  • Logo presence on food table signage
Exclusive Reception Sponsor
  • Audio recognition at start of Symposium and prior to happy hour
  • 1/4 page ad in Symposium program as Happy Hour Sponsor
  • Complimentary admission for 5 guests
  • Logo presence on bar table signage
Corporate Table Sponsor
$1,500 each
  • Audio recognition as Table Sponsor at start of Symposium
  • Complimentary admission for 4 guests
  • Listing in Symposium program as Table Sponsor
  • Logo presence on sponsored table
Student Ticket Sponsor
  • Supports the admission of 10 students to the Symposium
  • Brief "meet & greet" for your company and the sponsored students following the panels
  • Prime exhibit space for marketing materials and to represent your brand
  • Complimentary admission of 2 attendees

For more information or to sign on as a sponsor, please email Natalia Wobst or call (303) 837-1146.

German American Business Series (GABS)

Since 2017, the German American Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Chapter has been the proud host of an exciting program promoting international business exchange in Colorado, the German American Business Series (GABS). Since its creation, GABS has highlighted key issues and influenced beneficial change in the German-American business community in Colorado.

Learn more about GABS

Each year, GABS features a symposium that serves as a platform to discuss a topic critical to the Colorado business ecosystem such as advanced energy, in-state manufacturing, agricultural technology, and outdoor sports and recreation. We invite expert speakers from both the United States and Germany who educate our audience on the chosen topic with the goal of inciting business collaborations and investments in a setting specific to the year’s topic.

Every symposium includes a keynote speaker and two panels of national, international, and local experts to discuss the most pressing issues and interesting developments related to the year’s topic. In addition, each symposium has included a tour or interactive experience to immerse participants in the working reality of the Symposium’s theme. Previous Symposiums have included tours of the Advanced Manufacturing Sciences Institute at Metropolitan State University Denver, and of the Energy Systems Integration Facility at NREL.

GACC members enjoy deeply discounted entry to GABS Symposiums and all other GACC-CO events.
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Previous & Upcoming Symposiums

Upcoming Symposiums:

  • 2019: Agricultural Technology - Scroll up to learn more about this year's symposium
  • 2020: Outdoor Sports and Recreation

Previous Symposiums:

  • 2018: Advanced Manufacturing
  • 2017: Advanced Energy