2017 Farm Foundation Forums

January 1, 2017

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. 1, 2017 – A New Paradigm for Conservation Work?
Jonathan Coppess, University of Illinois
Josette Lewis, Environmental Defense Fund
Laura Peterson, Syngenta
John Piotti, American Farmland Trust


Oct. 3, 2017 –  The Task of Rebuilding Rural Infrastructure
Mark Burton, Director of Transportation economics at the University of Tennessee’s Center for Transportation Research
Jannine Miller, Senior Advisor on Rural Infrastructure to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue
Nick Tindall, Senior Director, Government and Industry Relations, Association of Equipment Manufacturers
Robbie Boone, VP of Government Affairs, Farm Credit Council

Sept. 19, 2017 – U.S. Agricultural Innovations: Changes Needed for Global Competition
Ken Ash, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Catherine Moreddu, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Margaret Zeigler, Global Harvest Initiative

June 21, 2017 – Nutrition and Agriculture: A Natural Partnership
Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois
Karen Siebert, Harvesters–The Community Food Network
Skye Cornell, Wholesome Wave

May 24, 2017 – What’s in Store for Food and Agriculture Regulations?
Rebeckah Adcock, Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, and USDA Regulatory Reform Officer
Dr. Mike Strain, Commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry, and 2016-17 President of the Board of Directors of National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
Mark Scholl, President, J&M Scholl Inc., and Chairman of the Board of Farm Foundation

April 26, 2017 – The Future of the North American Free Trade Agreement
Linda Dempsey, Vice President of International Economic Affairs, National Association of Manufacturers
Bob Stallman, Texas farmer and former President of the American Farm Bureau Federation
Melissa San Miguel, Senior Director of Global Strategies, Grocery Manufacturers Association

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