Renée Vassilos

Agriculture Innovation Director, The Nature Conservancy

Renée Vassilos is The Nature Conservancy’s Agriculture Innovation Director. She manages TNC’s investments in early-stage agriculture technology companies that will scale regenerative agriculture production practices. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, Renée spent nearly a decade at John Deere, including several years based in Beijing, where she worked across corporate functions and geographies to build global market product strategies, design and manufacture equipment, and marketing and sales through John Deere’s best-in-class distributor network. Post-Deere, Renée led her own consulting firm, Banyan Innovation Group, advising growth-stage agriculture technology start-ups and investors. Renée has a BS and MS in agricultural economics. Critical components of regenerative agriculture are first and foremost farmer profitability and secondly, practices that support soil regeneration including [but not always applicable] cover crops, no till, increased rotations, and reintroduction of agroforestry. Solutions required to move the needle on these practices include innovative agriculture equipment, insurance and finance solutions, storage solutions, scalable (up and down) processing solutions, plant products including cover crops, etc. Interested to chat more? Please find me after my panel appearance Wednesday 8 January 10:15-11:15, The AgTech EcoSystem. Thank you.

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