The Farm Foundation® Round Table is an invitational discussion group that brings together thought leaders from across geographic, regional and value-chain sectors to explore issues that will impact the entire food and agriculture sectors. Attendance is limited to members and invited guests.
Twice a year, Round Table fellows gather with invited government, academic, agribusiness and interest-group leaders to explore ideas, analyses and insights that participants may use in their individual work, business and communities. The exchange of perspectives expands understanding of different approaches to the issues and challenges facing agriculture, the food system and rural communities. To encourage frank and open conversations, all discussions are off-the-record. Topics for Round Table meetings are determined by the Round Table Steering Committee.
For 35 years, the Round Table has been a program of Farm Foundation. The Round Table’s roots extend to the early 1950s, when Charles Dana Bennett was asked to bring together a diverse group of agricultural leaders to advise the Eisenhower Administration on agricultural policy. Once that task was complete, Bennett and his wife, Edith, continued to organize informal gatherings for the leaders, who recognized the value of exchanging ideas on timely policy issues impacting agriculture and rural America.