Crop Science Forum & Awards 2020

Winners revealed for Crop Science Awards 2020

Welcome to the Crop Science Forum & Awards 2020, continuing the tradition of the Agrow Awards – the crop science industry’s premier annual event.

For well over a decade, Agrow has recognised excellence in the crop protection market through its prestigious annual awards that celebrate best-in-class scientific, technological and leadership initiatives, throughout the global industry.

For 2020, we are pleased to announce the Crop Science Forum & Awards in partnership with Chemical Week, ensuring a wider outreach than ever before.

4th November 2020 | Online

On demand


Award categories

Being shortlisted and winning a much-coveted award is a stamp of approval for creativity and innovation within companies ranging from start-ups to conglomerates.

The Awards are open to any crop protection and production company, of any size, operating around the world and the individuals working for them, as well as companies that supply to the industry. There is no charge to enter.

We expect applications not to exceed 1,000 words. Every application must be accompanied by a 100-word summary, which is the information shared publicly if the application gets shortlisted. We maintain the confidentiality of all applications. Anything that you do not wish to be shared publicly should not be mentioned in the summary.


Download Entry Guide

For any enquiries regarding entries, write to Sanjiv Rana at



Crop Science Forum

November 4th, 2020 (2pm – 6:30pm GMT/UK time)

The Forum has become a key event for anyone within the industry to gain insights into the latest market developments, the state of the industry and trends driving the future of the industry. Leaders from the market will be invited to join our in-house experts for discussion and debate.

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Market developments shaping Agribusiness in 2020 and beyond

Presentations by industry leaders and IHS Markit experts from Phillips McDougall, Agrow and Agribusiness Consulting giving a macro-economic backdrop, global farming outlook, factors impacting crop protection and seed markets across trade, regulation and technology.

Topics covered will include:

  • Covid-19 disruption in markets and steps taken by companies to mitigate impact
  • How to mitigate Covid-19/weather-related risks for companies and farmers
  • Factors impacting sowing patterns and agricultural commodity prices
  • New technologies/shifts in R&D trends within the industry and impact on market
  • Market outlook for 2021 and beyond

Confirmed speakers

  • Mike Hollands (Head Global Supply & HSEQ, Syngenta Crop Protection)
  • Jonathan Shoham (Phillips McDougall, IHS Markit)
  • Tom Scott (Agribusiness Consulting, IHS Markit)


The role of crop protection in sustainability

Presentations will cover topics such as:

  • Main drivers spurring companies towards sustainable agriculture
  • What are leading companies doing in making agriculture more sustainable?
  • Is sustainability a valid business proposition for crop protection?
  • Can conventional crop protection be sustainable?

Confirmed speakers

  • Mark Douglas (President and CEO, FMC)
  • Wendy Srnic (Global Leader—Integrated Field Science, R&D, Corteva Agriscience)
  • Klaus Kunz (Head of Sustainability and Business Stewardship, Bayer Crop Science)


Digital agriculture: from concept to reality

Presentations will cover topics such as:

  • What are the principal drivers for adoption, from regulatory pressure to sustainability and industry consolidation?
  • How quickly does the benefit translate into a return on investment, and what does a realistic business model look like?
  • What are the knock on effects for the rest of industry, including agrochemical manufacturers?
  • A case study on a digital ecosystem involving farmers and suppliers developed by the Russian Agricultural Bank


Confirmed speakers

  • Andree Georg Girg (Global Head Commercial Operations Digital Farming, BASF)
  • Peter Steiner (Manager, Agronomic Risk Mitigation, Syngenta)
  • Daria Ovsyannikova (Executive Director, Russian Agricultural Bank)

Presentation of Awards

Analysis of trends emerging from Award winners and shortlisted applications
An analysis by IHS Markit and industry experts as well as some winners of the trends emerging from some of the shortlisted and winning applications.


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Judging panel

The judging panel of twelve judges consists of industry experts with a variety of experience to be able to select the best from among the applicants.

View Judges' Profiles

Alan Baylis, Chair
SCI’s BioResources Group
Nuvistix Innovation

Jim Bullock
iFormulate Ltd

Matthew Cossey
CropLife Australia

Dr. SiangHee Tan
Executive director
CropLife Asia

Asitava Sen
CropLife India

Shubao Sun
General Secretary
China Crop Protection Industry Association (CCPIA)

Jackie Bird
Former editor

Rob Westervelt
Chemical Week

Jonathan Shoham
Consulting analyst
Phillips McDougall

Lawrence Middler
Senior analyst
Phillips McDougall

Phil Smith
Publishing director
Agribusiness Intelligence

Sanjiv Rana
Editor in Chief
Agrow and Chair of the Judging Panel



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