2024 Round Table Meetings

January 17-19, 2024
Waikoloa Beach, Hawai’i
The Business of Farming: Resilience, Reality, and Return on Investment

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 17, 2023

Tour Day
Ahualoa Farms Macadamia Nut Factory
Greenwell Farms
Kahua Ranch
Kona Sea Salt 
Starseed Ranch
Symbrosia
The Vanillerie

January 18, 2023

Cultivators Breakfast (View the presentations)
Moderator: Jenna Wicks, Farm Foundation
Speakers:
Kiara Ivy, Florida A&M University
Rachel Combs-Giroir, The Ohio State University
Alayna Gerhardt, Oklahoma State University
Awatif El Abedellaouy, Texas A&M
Ashton Redd, University of Arizona
Ryanna Tietje, The Ohio State University


Welcome Address and Farm Foundation Updates (View the presentations)
Speakers:
Dan Basse, AgResource Company
Shari Rogge-Fidler, Farm Foundation
Alexis Taylor, Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, via video

Opening Plenary: 21st Century Resilience
Moderator: A.G. Kawamura, Orange County Produce LLC
Speaker: Ferrell Hughes, Director, Paramount Export Company

Opening Panel: Uniquely Hawaii
Moderator: Ania Wieczorek, University of Hawai’i Manoa
Speakers:            
Ferrell Hughes, Paramount Export Company
Mark Stoutemyer, Corteva
Richard Ha, Farmer
Chad Cleveland, Ahualoa Family Farms

Session One: The Business of Agricultural Labor (View the presentation)
Moderator: Dan Dooley, New Current Water and Land, LLC
Speakers:           
Michael Marsh, National Council of Agricultural Employers
Scott Prince, Croft
Chauncy Monden, Kula Country Farms
Stephanie McBath, NASDA

Session Two: The Evolving Business Environment – Innovation and Opportunity for Ag Inputs (View the presentation)
Moderator: Bonnie Brayton, Fulcrum Global Capital
Speakers:           
Hunter Swisher, Phospholutions – Virtual
Shely Aranov, Innerplant
Bruce Schnicker, Bayer
Brad Fruth, Beck’s Hybrids

Session Three: The Evolving Business Environment – Risk Mitigation in Agriculture
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Moderator: Barry Bogseth, Terra Heights
Speakers:           
Scott Day, Fall Line Capital
Jay Pierrepont, Equilibrium
Oscar Vergara, Verisk

Chairman’s Dinner
Speakers:
Deanna Sako, County of Hawai’i
Dan Basse, AgResource Company

January 19, 2024

Round Table Fellow & Staff Only Breakfast + Recognitions
New Honorary Life Fellows: Garry Niemeyer, George Seperich, Steve Tate, Hub Daniel, Paul Rovey, and Terry McClure
New Round Table Fellows: German Bollero, Bonnie Brayton, Greg Horstmeier, Fabiola Perez, and James Pritchett.

Session Four: Disease and Invasive Species Challenges – Problems and Solutions 
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Moderator: Jenny Maloney, Bayer
Speakers:           
Donna Lalli, Associate Administrator, USDA APHIS
Alan Rudolph, Colorado State University, retired – VIRTUAL
Chelsea Arnott, Coordinator Hawaiʻi Invasive Species Council
Luke Flory, University of Florida

Session Five: Sustainable Innovation and New Market Opportunities
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Moderator: Urban Lehner, DTN/The Progressive Farmer
Speakers:           
Michelle Starke, CoverCress
Alexia Akbay, Symbrosia
Tamara Muruetagoiena, International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA)
Ray Gaesser, Gaesser Farms

Closing Keynote
Moderator: Gregg Doud, National Milk Producers Federation
Speakers: Mark Schweitzer, Consultant