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THE TOPIC: Gene Editing: Opportunities and Challenges

The Forum will examine the potential opportunities and challenges offered by gene editing technologies, focusing on the potential this technology holds for agriculture, as well as human health and environmental sciences, and the hurdles to adoption of this technology.

Mitch Abrahamsen, Ph.D., Executive Vice President/Chief Commercial & Scientific Officer, Recombinetics
Karen Carr, Partner, Arent Lox, LLP
Kevin Diehl, Regulatory Lead for Gene-Edited Products, Corteva AgriScience, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont
Randy Spronk, President, Spronk Brothers III Holdings, LLC

REGISTRATION: There is no charge to participate in the Forum but registration is requested.
Register HERE if you plan to attend this Forum at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C.

REGISTER HERE if you plan to participate via the free live audiocast. Audiocast participants hear the live discussions, view the PowerPoints and participate in the question and answer session. The audiocast is made possible by a grant from Farm Credit.

For those unable to attend in person or via the live audiocast, an audio file of the Forum discussions is posted in the Forum Archives (access below) after the event.

Future Forums: 
Sept. 19, 2018
Oct. 31, 2018
Nov. 14, 2018

Farm Foundation organizes these public forums to engage a full range of stakeholders in informed dialogue on food, agricultural and rural policies. Participants examine current policies, explore and analyze alternative policy proposals, and give voice to new proposals. Speakers provide brief topic summaries, with the majority of time devoted to discussion. The opinions and views expressed at Farm Foundation Forums are solely those of the speakers, and do not represent those of Farm Foundation.

Who should participate: People with an interest in agricultural, food and rural policy, including members of Congress, congressional staff, executive branch officials, Embassy staff, industry representatives, NGO representatives, nutritionists, the medical community, feeding organizations, rural development interests and members of the media.

The Forums fit the Farm Foundation mission as an agricultural policy institute cultivating dynamic non-partisan collaboration to meet society's needs for food, fiber, feed and energy. Since 1933 we have connected leaders in farming, business, academia, organizations and government through proactive, rigorous debate and objective issue analysis. The Forums, which have been ongoing since February 2006, are opportunities to identify evolving issues, explore options to address those issues, and understand the potential consequences of those options.

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