Farm Foundation Events Terms and Conditions

Farm Foundation hosts frequent public and private events that may be delivered in various formats including live in-person and virtual events, hybrid events, and recordings of events. By participating in a Farm Foundation event you agree to respect our values and accept the following terms and conditions. 

Farm Foundation’s Values 

We value integrity and respect for individuals as core to fulfilling our mission of building trust and understanding. Listening for understanding is a critical element that demonstrates these values. 

We value objectivity, going beyond politics for constructive discussions, and are non-political, non-lobbying in our approach. 

We value diversity, equity and inclusion. We use a “big tent” approach to diversity of people in all ways – from perspectives, experiences, backgrounds and agriculture systems to gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and ability. We believe this diversity builds trust and understanding of different approaches and enhances outcomes for all stakeholders. 

We value constructive, evidence-based dialogue that informs collaborative actions to accelerate practical solutions for our food and agriculture system. These are core aspects of our “think tank/do tank” model. 

We value innovation, education and policy as important levers to address the economic, environmental and social challenges for farmers and the broader food and agriculture system. 

We value a culture of gratitude for, and stewardship of, our resources, natural, financial and human. 

Q&A and Discussion Rules 

In most cases Q&A and chat are moderated. Farm Foundation reserves the right to screen questions in advance, delete any questions or comments for any reason.  

Grounded in our values, all participants agree to not: 

  1. Use profanity and offensive language in live conversations and chat and Q&A.  
  2. Harass or threaten any other person. 
  3. Promote personal and/or business interests.  
  4. Misrepresent their identity in any way.  

Failure to observe these rules may result in removal from the event. 

Event Recordings and Photography 

Many of our public events, including webinars and live events, are recorded with the exception of Farm Foundation Round Table meetings or other meetings, sessions/breakouts that are clearly designated as “off the record”.  

Unauthorized recording, taping, distribution or use of the materials is strictly prohibited.  

Unless requested in writing to Farm Foundation, participants in Farm Foundation events agree that: 

  • Your name, title, and/or company may be shared during a live or recorded event. 
  • Your name, title, and/or company may be shared in online registration rosters and/or meeting apps.  
  • Your photograph may be taken at a live event or in a screen shot during a virtual event.  
  • Any photographs, video, or audio recordings taken by Farm Foundation, or its agents at its events may include the participants and may be used for communications or publicity purposes of Farm Foundation. 

Farm Foundation reserves the right to share photographs and video footage from any events unless otherwise specified.  

Farm Foundation reserves the right to share presentation materials (e.g. slide decks, handouts, videos, etc.) produced by speakers and moderators. Speakers and moderators may opt out of sharing their materials by notifying Farm Foundation in advance of the event.  Information contained in the meeting sessions includes copyrightable interests that rightfully belong to the presenters and Farm Foundation. 

Please note that any meetings, sessions, or breakouts designated as “off the record” will not be recorded under any circumstances. Session presentation materials produced by speakers and moderators at Farm Foundation Round Table meetings may be shared on a limited, private-basis to Round Table Fellows and Honorary Life Fellows only.  

Event Liability Disclaimer and Release 

In consideration of being allowed to register for, and participate in, an event, activity, or experience (“Event”), I hereby waive, release from liability, assume all risks, and covenant not to sue Farm Foundation or its employees, board members, agents, or volunteers (the “Farm Foundation parties”) for any expense, loss, damage, personal injury (including loss of life, disability, or serious harm), property damage or theft, negligence, or actions (each, a “Loss”) resulting from or arising in connection with my travel to, attendance at, or participation in the Event and any related activities unless said Loss is caused by the sole, gross negligence of Farm Foundation. I agree that this waiver and release shall bind me and my personal representatives, shall be enforceable to the fullest and broadest extent of the law, and, if any portion is held invalid, the remainder should continue in full legal force and effect. I am an adult of sound mind and capable of entering into this waiver. I have read its terms and fully understand and agree to the provisions herein. I agree that this waiver shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois and enforced only in courts in the State of Illinois. I waive my rights under the Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act, under applicable law. After an opportunity to consult with an attorney of my own selection, I voluntarily consent to this waiver. 

I understand and am aware that my participation in the Event involves risk, including, but not limited to, travel, physical activity, locales where public health and safety may be at risk, or activities that involve risk that I create for others or others may create for me. These risks may lead to a loss, and I nonetheless choose to participate in the Event. I am also aware that there are risks that I may not have considered, yet I waive my right to any claims that may occur from these unconsidered risks and I choose to participate in the Event. I acknowledge that no promises, representations, or affirmations of fact were made to me by Farm Foundation or its representatives concerning the safety or danger associated with traveling to the Event or participating in any activity or interaction related to or associated with the Event. 

I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Indemnified Parties from any loss, liability, damages or costs the Indemnified Parties may incur, whether caused by negligence, active or passive, or otherwise, in connection with my participation in the Event.