2009 Farm Foundation Forums

January 1, 2009

Washington, D.C.

Speakers for each Forum are listed along with a link to their presentation if it is available. Also provided is a link to the audio file of each Forum.

December 8, 2009 The Changing Structure of Agriculture
Richard Sexton, University of California, Davis
Varel Bailey, Iowa farmer
Richard Gilmore of GIC Group
Steve Meyer, economist and independent consultant


November 10, 2009 Research Perspectives on Carbon and Climate Change Issues
Patrick Westhoff, Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute
Burton English, University of Tennessee
Bruce McCarl, Texas A&M University


September 15, 2009 New Perspectives on Rural Economic Growth
Mark Drabenstott of the Rural Policy Research Institute
Tim Penny of Southern Minnesota Initative Foundation
John Monson of AgStar Farm Credit Association


July 14, 2009 Competition for Water Resources
Dan Keppen, Family Farm Alliance
Noel Gollehon, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Karl Wirkus, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Aaron Salzberg, U.S. Department of State


June 2, 2009 Carbon Policy Options and Implications for Agriculture
Varel Bailey, Iowa farmer
Allison Specht of American Farm Bureau Federation
Jon Scholl of American Farmland Trust
Nathan Rudgers of 25 x ’25
Lou Hayden of American Petroleum Institute
Melissa Weitz of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


May 5,2009 Animal Welfare in Production Agriculture
David Blandford, Professor of Economics, Penn State University,
Paul Shapiro, Senior Director of the Humane Society of the United States,
Tim Amlaw, Director of the Farm Animal Program of the American Humane Association,
Dr. Jim Reynolds of the American Veterinary Medical Association and a Professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California-Davis,
Bob Krouse, CEO of Midwest Poultry Service.


April 7, 2009 The Future of Food Safety Regulation
Jim Hodges of the American Meat Institute,
Carol Tucker Foreman of the Consumer Federation of America’s Food Policy Institute,
Scott Horsfall of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement,
Margaret Glavin, an independent consultant working on food safety policy issues, and
Debra Bryanton, Acting Executive Director, Internal Policy Directorate, Canadian Food Inspection Agency.


March 11, 2009 What’s Driving Food Prices? March 2009 Update
Presentation by Phil Abbott, Chris Hurt and Wallace Tyner, all of Purdue University
Link to the full report


Feb. 10, 2009 Wind Energy Issues and Challenges
Ian Baring-Gould, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Peggy Beltrone, Cascade County (Montana) Commissioner
Mark Willers, MinWind, Luverne, Minn.
John Holt, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

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