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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: April 9, 2014 

Topic:  Geopolitical Uncertainty in Agriculture and Energy Markets


  • Former U.S.Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman will moderate the panel
  • Vincent Smith, scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and professor at Montana State University
  • Gary Blumenthal of World Perspectives, Inc.
  • Brian Oleson, professor at the University of Manitoba
  • Charles Doran, professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Additional speakers will be invited.

This Forum will be audio cast.  Those participants viewing by audio cast will hear the discussions, view the PowerPoints and participate in the question and answer session. 

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

CLICK HERE  to register to participate in the event in person.

To register to participate via audiocast, CLICK HERE

The audio cast is made possible with a grant from Farm Credit. 

Future Forums:  July 9, 2014

If you missed the Feb. 19 Forum, Implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act, you can view the C-SPAN broadcast by clicking HERE.  PowerPoints from that Forum are posted HERE.

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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