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Farm Foundation, NFP organizes these public forums to engage a full range of stakeholders in informed dialogue on food, agricultural and rural policies. Participants examine current policies, explore and analyze alternative policy proposals, and give voice to new proposals. Speakers provide brief topic summaries, with the majority of time devoted to discussion.

The opinions and views expressed at Farm Foundation Forums are solely those of the speakers, and do not represent those of Farm Foundation, NFP.

Forums take place 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. EDT at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C. 

The next Forum will be WEDNESDAY, JULY 15

Topic: Water Challenges for the Future

The ongoing drought in California and the West is center stage on water issues today.  Events there may also highlight issues farmers and ranchers across the nation will face in the next decade. Nutrient management, access to water, increasing demand for water, water sustainability, regulation of water use, water quality, water markets and climate adaptation are all evolving issues. What tools should public and private leaders be preparing today to address these issues? What lessons are to be learned from the experiences of the West over the last four years?

Presenters: Agri-Pulse Senior Editor Philip Brasher will moderate the Forum, which will include panelists:

  • Richard Howitt, Center for Watershed Science, University of California, discussing water markets,
  • Lynn Broaddus, Broadview Collaborative, discussing regional water issues,  
  • Barry Bogseth, Managing Director, MetLife, offering a lender's perspective., and
  • Betsy Hickman of Field to Market, offering perspectives from across the food and agriculture supply chain.

This Forum will be audiocast.  Those participants viewing by audiocast will hear the discussions, view the PowerPoints and participate in the question and answer session.  The audiocast is made possible with a grant from Farm Credit. 

Registration: There is no charge to participate in the Forum but registration is requested.

Register to attend the Forum in person at the National Press Club, CLICK HERE.

REGISTER HERE to participate in the Forum via audiocast

For those unable to attend in person or listen to the live audiocast, an audio file of the Forum discussions is posted in the Forum Archives (access below) after the event.

Future Forums: 
September 16, 2015
November 10, 2015
January 27, 2016
March 2, 2016
April 18, 2016

Who should participate: People with an interest in agricultural, food and rural policy, including members of Congress, congressional staff, executive branch officials, Embassy staff, industry representatives, NGO representatives, nutritionists, the medical community, feeding organizations, rural development interests and members of the media.

The Forums fit the Farm Foundation, NFP mission to work as a catalyst for sound public policy by providing objective information to foster a deeper understanding of issues shaping the future for agriculture, food systems and rural regions. Farm Foundation has an 82-year history of objectivity. It does not lobby or advocate. The Forums are opportunities to identify evolving issues, explore options to address those issues, and understand the potential consequences of those options.

The Forums have been ongoing since February 2006.

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