2015 Farm Foundation Forums

January 1, 2015

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.

Nov. 10, 2015The Endangered Species Act of the Future
Jason Weller, Chief, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Michael Bean, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, U.S. Department of Interior
David Willms, Policy Advisor to Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead
Brian Rutledge, Vice President of the National Audubon Society and Conservation and Policy Advisor for the Central Flyway
Patrick O’Toole, President, Family Farm Alliance
Alex Echols, Sand County Foundation


Oct. 8, 2015 – The Intersection of Crop Insurance and Conservation Practices
Keith Coble, Mississippi State University
Bruce Sherrick University of Illinois
Dan DeSutter, DeSutter Farms
Deb Atwood, AGree


July 15, 2015 – 2015 Water Challenges for the Future
Richard Howitt, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
Barry Bogseth, MetLife
Lynn Broaddus, Ph.D., Broadview Collaborative
Betsy Hickman, Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture
Moderator: Philip Brasher, Senior Editor, Agri-Pulse Communications


May 14, 2015 – Challenges in managing antimicrobial drug use in food-producing animals
Moderator: Neil Conklin, President, Farm Foundation, NFP
William Flynn, MD, Director of Science Policy, U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine
Cheri DeJong, Texas dairy farmer
Grady Bishop, Senior Director, North America Market Access, Elanco Animal Health
Larry Granger, Senior Leader of the Antimicrobial Resistance Program for USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)


March 11, 2015 – The Nexus of Technology, Agricultural Productivity and the Environment
Derek Byerly, independent researcher
Jerry Flint, DuPont/Pioneer
Steve Polasky, University of Minnesota


Jan. 28, 2015 – Tools to Fund Agricultural Research
For more than a decade, constraints on state and federal budgets have resulted in reductions in public funding of agricultural research. Funding for basic research has declined, limiting the ability of scientists to explore new and interconnected areas of study. The decline in public funding has also changed the dynamic of private funding as companies step in to fund work being done at public institutions. Cutbacks in research investments also slow the pipeline of new information and technologies needed to sustain and expand agricultural production and productivity. This Forum examined options evolving to fund agricultural research.

Keith Fuglie, USDA Economic Research Service
Harold Browning, Citrus Research and Development Foundation
Matt McKenna, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
Steve Rhines, Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

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