Keynote Speakers Announced for Emerging Research on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Conference

OAK BROOK, Ill.—Farm Foundation® and USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) are pleased to announce the confirmed speakers for the opening keynote panel at the upcoming Emerging Research on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Conference. The keynote, “USDA’s Vision for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers,” will take place at 9:00 a.m. CDT on November 9, 2020.

The following agricultural leaders will address a variety of topics affecting beginning farmers and ranchers, including USDA’s engagement initiatives, diversity and the implications of COVID-19:

  • Bill Northey, former Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and current USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation
  • Scott Hutchins, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics
  • Shari Rogge-Fidler, President and CEO of Farm Foundation

The panel will be moderated by Cindy Nickerson, USDA Deputy Chief Economist for Policy Analysis.

“We are thrilled to have this exciting lineup of speakers start the conference,” says Martha King, Vice President of Programs and Projects for Farm Foundation. “This is a unique opportunity for our attendees to hear from prominent figures in U.S. agriculture, and to get their perspectives on what the future could hold for beginning farmers and ranchers.”

The Emerging Research on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Conference will take place virtually, November 9-10, 2020. Researchers in academia and government, practitioners, policy experts, farmers, ranchers and media are all encouraged to attend. Registration is free and includes full access to the keynote, all research presentations and networking opportunities. Attendees may review the agenda and register at

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