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2019 Ag & Food Policy Summit

2/20/19 - read latest press release for Agri-Pulse Ag & Food Policy Summit here

Ag & Food Policy Summit (Draft Agenda)

The Ag and Food Policy Summit is an educational event organized by Agri-Pulse, the nation’s leading media company for farm and food policy information. The event will be held at the National Press Club on March 18, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a reception to follow at the same location.

Our 2019 theme: Shaping Farm and Food Policy Strategies for 2040. Investors are pouring billions of dollars into new agricultural and food startups at the same time as some of the more traditional players are going through consolidations and retirements. Who will survive and thrive? What will the food production and consumption landscape look like over 20 years from now as we work to feed over 9 billion people in a sustainable fashion? How should farm, food and rural policies be modified to facilitate these changes?

Farm and Food 2040

7:00 Continental Breakfast

8:00 Opening remarks – Sara Wyant

8:05 Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Steve Censky

8:25 Who will farm in 2040?  Brett Sciotto, CEO, Aimpoint

9:10 What changes can we expect in land ownership, management, crop production?

  • David Hollinrake, president of Syngenta Seeds

  • Randy Dickhut, VP, Farmers National

  • Dan Kowalski, VP of CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division

10:00- 10-30 Break

10:30 What new plant and cell-based foods will we see by 2040?

  • Eric Schulze, VP or Product and Regulation, Memphis Meats,

  • Chris Adamo, VP, Federal and Industry Affairs, Danone

  • Nick Fereday, Senior Analyst, Consumer Foods, Rabobank

11:45 Break for lunch

12:30 Luncheon Keynote, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. (invited)

1:10 What’s the future for conventional proteins?

  • Jim Mulhern, CEO, National Milk Producers Federation

  • John Johnson, COO, National Pork Board

  • Chad Gregory, CEO, United Egg Producers

  • Kendal Frazier, CEO, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

2:05 What’s the future for sustainable food production? Brad Figel, Vice President of Public Affairs, Mars, on behalf of the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance

2:20 Break

2:50 How can beginning farmers survive and thrive in 2040?

  • Michael Turley, owner and operator of Rolling Lawns Farms, Greenville, Illinois

  • Shelby Watson-Hampton, Robin Hill Vineyard and Farm, Brandywine, Maryland

  • Kyle Tom, Tom Farms, Leesburg, Indiana

3:50 Why do farm and food policies take so long to change? Jonathan Coppess, Director, Gardner Agriculture Policy Program, Univ. of Ill. and author of a new book: The Fault Lines of Farm Policy: A Legislative and Political History of the Farm Bill

4:15 Sen. Stabenow (invited)

4:30 Sen. Roberts (invited)

5:00 Break for reception

5-7:00 Agri-Pulse Customer Appreciation Reception


You can register for our Summit here.

Questions? Please call our Missouri office at (573) 873-0800