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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is convening its third annual summit on agriculture technology innovation and opportunities for entrepreneurship on Feb. 28 at the iHotel and Conference Center in Champaign.

Creating, developing, and building connections between entrepreneurs, industry, and growers is a key component to implementing innovation in agriculture. This event will include speakers from industry, investors in agriculture, researchers, and examples of agriculture entrepreneurship.

The one-day program will include keynote speakers, panel discussions, and a lunch program. The event is co-hosted by the University of Illinois Research Park, the Office of Corporate Relations, and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

An opening reception will be Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at EnterpriseWorks, 60 Hazelwood Drive, Champaign. The reception is free to attend and open to the entire community.

Anyone who is interested in issues surrounding innovation, entrepreneurship, or commercialization of research is encouraged to attend any portion of this event.

Registration is free and is open at www.researchpark.illinois.edu/agtechsummit. A general agenda as well as topics can also be found at the website. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the event will conclude at 4 p.m.

For more information on University of Illinois Extension programming in Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Moultrie and Shelby counties, visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/ccdms/index.html or call us at 217-345-7034.

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