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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. EST at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C. 

The next Forum will be Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

Topic: The Nexus of Technology, Agricultural Productivity and the Environment

An ongoing debate on the sustainability of agriculture centers on how technological changes that contribute to productivity growth affect the environment. Technological change that requires more intensive use of fertilizer and chemical inputs may generate more pollution of water bodies or greater loss of biodiversity, for example. At the same time, technological change that raises crop yields may also improve efficiency of nutrient and water use, and save non-agricultural land from conversion to farmland. All may influence long-term agricultural sustainability in developed and developing countries.

Collaborating with Farm Foundation, NFP to present this Forum are USDA's Economic Research Service and the Global Harvest Initiative. 

Stephen Polasky, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, will discuss the value of environmental services.

Derek Byerlee, independent researcher and former rural policy advisor at the World Bank, will examine the constraints small-holder farmers face in increasing productivity while protecting the environment. 

Jerry Flint, Ph.D., DuPont/Pioneer, will provide a corporate perspective on sustainable agricultural intensification.

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 for the live 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: 
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 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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