2024 Round Table Meetings

June 19-21, 2024
Broomfield, Colorado
Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide

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.

June 19, 2024

Tour Day
Ardent Mills | Commerce City Mill
Tortuga AgTech
CSU Spur Hydro & Terra Buildings
Avery Brewing
National Western Center
Kuner Feedlot (View the AgNext Report)
Root Shoot Malting
Pivot Energy | Aurora
Skyway Foods

June 20, 2024

Cultivators Breakfast (View the presentations)
Brynn Johnson, University of Florida
Kayla Grey, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Stephanie Gripp, Oklahoma State University
Nafisa Lubna, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Kayla Scott, The Ohio State University
Ivan Solomon, Tuskegee University

General Session Begins: Welcome Address and Farm Foundation Updates (View the video)
Shari Rogge-Fidler, Farm Foundation
Dan Basse, AgResource Company

Session One: Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide (View the presentation)
Adam Putnam, Ducks Unlimited
Urban Lehner, DTN/Progressive Farmer
Brandon Hernandez, Whole Brain Consulting
Rachel Gabel, The Fence Post Magazine

Session Two: Finding Common Ground on Public Policy Challenges Impacting Agriculture (View the presentation)
Joby Young, American Farm Bureau Federation
Michael Torrey, Torrey Advisory Group
Vince Hall, Feeding America
Robert Fraley, Monsanto, Retired
Jessica Adelman, Mars
Greg Jaffe, USDA, Office of the Secretary

Session Three: Whiskey is for Drinking; Water is for Fighting (View the presentation)
Brad Udall, Colorado State University
Robert Sakata, Colorado Department of Agriculture
James Pritchett, Colorado State University
Jim Lochhead, Water Foundation

Session Four: Animal Agriculture at the Urban-Rural Crossroads (View the presentation)
Julie Anna Potts, Meat Institute
Dawn Thilmany, Colorado State University
Jason Weller, JBS
Mel Coleman Jr., Coleman Natural Foods

Round Table Fellow and Staff Only Session (View the presentation)

June 21, 2024

A Conversation with Chancellor Tony Frank (View the presentation)
Tony Frank, Colorado State University
James Pritchett, Colorado State University

Session Five: Hot Topics in Agriculture Today (View the presentation)
Sara Wyant, Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc.
Cassandra Kuball, Torrey Advisory Group
Karen Carr, Arent Fox Schiff LLP
Corey Rosenbusch, The Fertilizer Institute
David Leishman, USDA FAS

Session Six: How Can We Bridge the Urban-Rural Divide? (View the presentation)
Shari Rogge-Fidler, Farm Foundation
Trent McKnight, McKnight Ranch
John Hardin, Hardin Farms
Kellie Adesina, Kraft Heinz
Group Discussion Responses:
Question 1
Question 2
Question 3

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
The Vanillerie

January 18, 2023

Cultivators Breakfast (View the presentations)
Moderator: Jenna Wicks, Farm Foundation
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)
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
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
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
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
(View the presentation)
Moderator: Barry Bogseth, Terra Heights
Scott Day, Fall Line Capital
Jay Pierrepont, Equilibrium
Oscar Vergara, Verisk

Chairman’s Dinner
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
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
(View the presentation)
Moderator: Urban Lehner, DTN/The Progressive Farmer
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