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June 6-8, 2018 - Quad Cities

The Farm Foundation Round Table explored the topic of infrastructure and agriculture at its meeting June 6-8, 2018, at the Isle Hotel, Bettendorf, Iowa. 

Presentations from the meeting are posted here as speakers gave permission to do so:

Welcome Keynote: Infrastructure Policy for Rural America
Anne Hazlett, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Opening Keynte:  A New Approach to Infrastructure
 Andy Hecker and  Eric Olafson, Port Miami

Global Infrastructure Impacts at Home
 Tamara Nelsen, Illinois Farm Bureau
 Scott Sigman, Farmer, Lumpe + McClelland
 Maximo Torero, The World Bank

Broadband and Data Infrastructure
 Brian Whitacre, Oklahoma State University
 Brian Hamacher, South Slope Cooperative Communications
John Stone, Deere & Company

Transportation Infrastructure
 Mark Burton, University of Tennessee
 Gregory Beck, Consolidated Grain and Barge
Juan Acosta, BNSF Railway

Public and Private Investment in Infrastructure
 Thomas Halverson, CoBank
 John Tanyeri, MetLife
 Jim Schultz, Open Prairie

Farmland as Infrastructure
 John Piotti, American Farmland Trust
 Howard Halderman, Halderman Real Estate & Farm Management

Closing Keynote:  An Economic Outlook on the Importance of Infrastructure
 Luke Chandler, Deere & Company


Bloomberg News, May 18, 2018: Choking on Our Harvest: Threats Loom Over Global Food Trade

Soy Transportation Coalition:  Top 10 Most Wanted List of Infrastructure Priorities

USDA: Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity








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