2023 Round Table Meetings

January 11-13, 2023
Savannah, Georgia
Opportunities & Challenges for International Trade

Not all sessions included PowerPoints. Additionally, not all speakers gave permission to post their slides; however, the presentations approved to post are included in the PDF for each session. Please do not share these materials beyond the Round Table.

January 11, 2023

Tour Day
Port of Savannah – Georgia Ports Authority
Speaker: James McCurry, Jr., GA Ports Authority

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens
Speakers: Tim Davis, Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden & Extension Coordinator

Tour Lunch
Speaker: Nick Place, University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Mark Risse, Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant

Bland Farms
Speakers: Troy D. Bland, Bland Farms

ArborGen Bellville Nursery
Speakers: Kim Mushrush, ArborGen Bellville Nursery

Opening Reception
Speaker: Chef Nancy Waldeck, Taste and Savor

January 12, 2023

Cultivators Breakfast (View the presentations)
Moderator: Jenna Wicks, Farm Foundation
Kelli Wicks, Oklahoma State University
Carlos Zurita, Purdue University
Taís de Menezes, Colorado State University
Milosh McAdoo, North Carolina A&T
Prayash Pathak Chalise, University of Georgia
Maria Filipa Seara e Pereira, Purdue University

Welcome Address and Farm Foundation Updates (View the presentations)
John Foltz, Chair, Program Committee
Shari Rogge-Fidler, Farm Foundation

Opening Keynote
Moderator: Shari Rogge-Fidler, Farm Foundation
Speakers: Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Session One: A Conversation with Former Secretaries of Agriculture
Moderator: Krysta Harden, U.S. Dairy Export Council
Ed Schafer, Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Dan Glickman, Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Ann Veneman, Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Michael Johanns, Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Session Two: Trade and the Black Sea: Where does the Ukrainian Situation Leave Us? (View the presentation)
Moderator: Dan Basse, AgResource Company
Antonina Broyaka, Kansas State University
Kip Tom, Tom Farms
Alex Lissitsa, IMC Agricultural Company (View video)
Joe Glauber, International Food Policy Research Institute
Nikolay Gorbachov, Ukrainian Grain Association

Round Table Recognitions Lunch (View the presentation)
John Foltz, Chair, Program Committee
Ryan Schohr, Chair, Round Table Working Group

New Honorary Lifetime Fellow: Roderick Stacey, Verdant Partners LLC

New Round Table Fellows:         
Adam Putnam, Ducks Unlimited
Pamela Howlett, Bayer
Matt Moreland, Moreland Farms
Sylvia Wulf, Aqua Bounty
Trent McKnight, McKnight Ranch
Ron Rainey, University of Arkansas

Next Generation Lunch                                                           
Speaker: Bill Northey, Agribusiness Association of Iowa

Session Three: International Perspectives on Agricultural Trade (View the presentation)
Moderator: Gregg Doud, Aimpoint Research
Takashi Sadakane, Embassy of Japan
Richard Heath, Australian Farm Institute
Peter Sok, SOMA Group

Session Four: Infrastructure, Logistics, and Issues Impacting Trade (View the presentation)            
Moderator: Mike Seyfert, National Grain and Feed Association
Cliff Pyron, Georgia Ports Authority
Angela Caddell, BNSF Railway Company
Thomas Heinold, US Army Corps of Engineers
Jeffrey Weiss, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Chairman’s Dinner (View the presentation)
Jerome Lyman, Farm Foundation
Michael Dykes, International Dairy Foods Association

January 13, 2023

Session Five: Understanding the New Political Landscape: The Inflation Reduction Act, Farm Bill, and the New Congress
Moderator: Mike Torrey, Torrey Advisory Group
Kellie Adesina, Kraft Heinz
Sara Wyant, Agri-Pulse
James Glueck, Torrey Advisory Group

Session Six: Hot Topics in Ag for 2023 (View the presentation)
Moderator: Urban Lehner, DTN/Progressive Farmer
Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, AgTrade Strategies LLC
Ray Starling, North Carolina Chamber
Karen Carr, ArentFox Schiff LLP
Carter Williams, iSelectfund Management LLC

Closing Keynote
Moderator: Amanda Countryman, Colorado State University
Speakers: C.J. Mahoney, Microsoft