Former NFL player connects agriculture and sports

Thursday, October 18, 2018

8 - 9:30 a.m.

Former NFL tight end Mark Inkrott, and partner of Chicago-based UpField Group, will share some unique ways agriculture and sports are deeply connected at the Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum. The event is hosted by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation (AIF).

The UpField Group merges agriculture and sports by connecting fans and major venues, to farming, food and renewable energy. Their partnerships have helped reduce significant waste, created renewable energy, improved health of millions of children, and educated people across the nation on the role agriculture plays in our daily lives. An initiative with dairy farmers and the NFL has assisted stadiums in reducing landfill waste through the use of disgesters, and the highly-successful “Fuel Up to Play 60” campaign with the NFL, National Dairy Council and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has involved more than 75,000 schools across the country by positively impacting the lives of children.

Inkrott played for the Carolina Panthers, New York Giants and spent one season in Germany playing in the NFL Europe League. After finishing his professional football career, he held several roles at Dairy Management Inc., including vice president of business development and sports marketing. In addition to his role at UpField Group, he serves as an officer of the NFL Alumni Association, Chicago Chapter.

Arrive early, as breakfast and informal networking will start at 8 a.m., with the program to follow.

The Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum is an educational networking opportunity to provide information on current issues, trends and programs available to the agricultural community and those who support its advancement.


Mark Inkrott

Mark Inkrott
Upfield Group


$10 per person when you RSVP in advance, or $12 per person at the door without RSVP (cash or check) which includes breakfast and networking opportunities. Walk-ins are welcome, but guests are encouraged to reserve a seat in advance by visiting

Make checks payable to CIFT.


The AIF/NOCK is located at 13737 Middleton Pike (St. Rt. 582) in Bowling Green.


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