A Year of Innovation and Growth: Winter 2024 in the BioAg World

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Welcome to the Winter 2024 edition of the BioAg World Digest, where we delve into the latest advancements, key events, and influential figures shaping the BioAg industry. This season’s focus is on the upcoming BioAgTech World Congress 2024, the remarkable achievements of BTU Biotech Company, and insightful reflections from industry leaders.

BioAgTech World Congress 2024: A Global Gathering in Raleigh, NC

As we approach the BioAgTech World Congress 2024, excitement is building within the BioAg community. Scheduled to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina, this year’s congress promises to be a landmark event. With North Carolina’s rich agricultural heritage and cutting-edge scientific research, the location is ideal for fostering innovation and collaboration. The state is home to over 195 AgTech companies, two land grant universities, and 18 research stations, contributing to a $92.9 billion agricultural economy.

The BioAgTech World Congress, formerly known as the BioAg World Congress, has been rebranded to emphasize the crucial role of technology in modern agriculture. This change reflects the growing importance of integrating AgTech with biological solutions to enhance precision and efficiency in farming.

The congress will feature keynotes and panels with industry leaders, including:

  • Amy O’Shea, President and CEO of Certis Biologicals, who has over 25 years of experience in the specialty chemical market, focusing on agriculture.
  • Vladyslav Bolokhovskyi, CEO of BTU Biotech Company, who has led the company’s expansion into over 20 countries.
  • Valentyna Bolokhovska, Director of Prospects and Development at BTU Biotech, recognized for her strategic vision in the BioAg sector.
  • Dr. José Carvalho, Europe Regulatory Lead at Certis Biologicals, who will discuss the global definition and regulatory challenges of microbial plant biostimulants.

Celebrating 25 Years of BTU Biotech Company

One of the standout stories in this issue is the 25th anniversary of BTU Biotech Company. Founded in 1999 by the Bozhlovsky family, BTU started with a mission to address ecological damage caused by the oil and gas industry. Over the years, it has evolved into a leading player in the BioAg sector, producing innovative biological solutions for soil restoration and crop production.

BTU Biotech Company prides itself on its Ukrainian roots and the use of local know-how. The company has received numerous accolades, including the State Prize of Ukraine in the field of science and technology in 2001 and the Silver Medal of Golden Fortune in 2015. Today, BTU’s products are used on over 4 million hectares of arable land across more than 20 countries.

Leadership Reflections and Industry Insights

Reflecting on the past year, Editor-in-Chief Roger Tripathi highlights the progress and challenges faced by the BioAg industry. He emphasizes the importance of sustainable, smart farming practices and the role of BioAg in addressing global food security issues. Tripathi’s travels and interactions with industry leaders have underscored the need for a community-focused approach to agriculture, aimed at making farming both sustainable and profitable.

The Winter 2024 issue also features interviews with prominent figures such as Vladyslav Bolokhovskyi and Valentyna Bolokhovska of BTU Biotech Company. Their commitment to sustainability and innovation is a testament to the potential of BioAg technologies to transform agriculture globally.

Women’s Leadership in BioAg

This edition continues to celebrate the contributions of women in the BioAg sector. Highlighted are interviews with:

  • Dr. Bénédicte Flambard, Vice President of Global Plant Health at FMC Corporation, who discusses her leadership journey and the impact of women in agriculture.
  • Dr. Piyatida (Tung) Pukclai, Asia-Pacific Sales and Regulatory Policy Manager at Knoell Group, known for her work in regulatory policy and her contributions to the industry.

Their stories offer inspiration and insights into the unique challenges and opportunities faced by women in agriculture.

The Road Ahead: Challenges and Opportunities

The North American market, particularly the USA, remains a hotspot for BioAg innovation and investment. With approximately 33% of the global biologicals market share, North America presents significant opportunities for growth. The region’s focus on sustainable and environmentally friendly practices aligns well with the goals of the BioAg sector.

However, the industry also faces challenges, including the need for clear regulatory frameworks and the education of farmers on the effective use of biologicals. Addressing these issues is crucial for the continued adoption and success of BioAg technologies.


As we look forward to the BioAgTech World Congress 2024 in Raleigh, the BioAg community has much to be optimistic about. The continued innovation and dedication of companies like BTU Biotech, coupled with the insights and leadership of industry pioneers, promise a bright future for sustainable agriculture. We invite you to join us in Raleigh to celebrate these achievements, forge new connections, and explore the exciting possibilities that lie ahead in the world of BioAg.

For more detailed insights and to stay updated with the latest developments, visit the BAW Digest Winter 2024 .