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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. 

CLICK HERE to hear audio of the Sept. 17 Forum on water quality, agriculture and WOTUS.

The Next Forum: Nov. 19, 2014

Topic: Transportation Challenges for Agriculture

Rail services are in the headlines today, but these discussions raise questions about the transportation issues that will shape the future of agriculture and rural America. This includes rail, roads, bridges and waterways. Budget issues are an obvious concern. What are the priority issues in transportation services for rural America? What, if any, policy changes are needed to maintain and enhance transportation systems serving agriculture and rural America?  Should policymakers consider a national transportation infrastructure policy?

Presenters:
Eric Jessup, Vice President, Transportation, Industrials & Energy Services, Informa Economics
John H. Miller, Group Vice President, Agricultural Products, BNSF Railroad
Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director, Soy Transportation Coalition

Moderator: Mark Scholl, J&M Scholl Inc.

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.

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

CLICK HERE to register to participate in the Forum by audiocast.

An audio file of the Forum discussions will be posted in the Forum Archives on the Farm Foundation website after the event for those unable to attend in person or listen to the live audiocast.

Future Forums: 
Jan. 28, 2015
March 11, 2015
April 8, 2015

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 81-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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