Thank you to all of those who attended, supported or followed our 2019 Ag & Food Policy Summit on March 18th in Washington, DC! It was a jam-packed day of discussion, insights and networking. Hope to see you again next year!
View photos from our Summit here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimmcomm/albums/72157706046950131
To read speaker bios, click here.
Thank you to the following sponsors who made this year's Ag & Food Policy Summit possible!:
American Farm Bureau Federation
Farm Bureau is an independent, non-governmental, voluntary organization governed by and representing farm and ranch families united for the purpose of analyzing their problems and formulating action to achieve educational improvement, economic opportunity and social advancement and, thereby, to promote the national well-being. Farm Bureau is local, county, state, national and international in its scope and influence and is non-partisan, non-sectarian and non-secret in character. Farm Bureau is the voice of agricultural producers at all levels.
For more than 165 years, Anheuser-Busch has been woven into the cultural fabric of the United States, carrying on a legacy of brewing great-tasting, high-quality beers that have satisfied beer drinkers for generations. Today, we own and operate 23 breweries, 15 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities, and have more than 18,000 colleagues across the United States. We are home to several of America's most recognizable beer brands, including Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob ULTRA and Stella Artois, as well as a number of regional brands that provide beer drinkers with a choice of the best-tasting craft beers in the industry. From responsible drinking programs and emergency drinking water donations to industry-leading sustainability efforts, we are guided by our unwavering commitment to supporting the communities we call home. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com or follow Anheuser-Busch on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
CropLife America (CLA) is the national trade association that represents the manufacturers, formulators and distributors of pesticides. CLA’s member companies produce, sell and distribute virtually all of the vital and necessary crop protection and biotechnology products used by farmers, ranchers and landowners. For more information on how farmers use crop protection technology to grow healthy food, visit www.GiveaCrop.org
Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative
Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative provides dairy farmers throughout the Midwest with a strong voice - the voice of milk - in Congress, with customers and within their communities. We are an energetic, progressive organization that represents all dairy farmers equally. Edge is one of the top cooperatives in the country in terms of the amount of milk produced by its members. Under the Federal Milk Marketing Orders, the co-op also provides milk testing verification services and market information.
Farm Credit Council
Farm Credit supports rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services, today and tomorrow. As customer-owned cooperatives, each of our 73 independent institutions is governed by a board of directors chosen by the customers it supports. This ensures a customer-first approach that helps U.S. agricultural producers feed the world, strengthens the rural economy, and provides jobs that help rural families thrive. We serve every part of agriculture from the smallest operations to the largest – and everything in between. Whether helping a young farm family begin, supporting our veterans as they return home and take up farming or financing U.S. agricultural exports around the globe, Farm Credit is committed to the success of American agriculture.
National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
NCFC is a national association representing America’s farmer cooperatives. There are over 2,500 farmer cooperatives across the U.S. whose members include a majority of our nation’s more than 2 million farmers, ranchers and growers. These farmer cooperative businesses handle, process, and market agricultural commodities and related products; furnish farm supplies; and provide credit and associated financial services. Farmer cooperatives also provide jobs for nearly 250,000 Americans, many in rural areas, with a combined payroll of over $8 billion.
FLM Harvest is a strategic consulting, marketing and communications agency that helps set strategy, align teams, frame opinions and create demand for clients in the agriculture, food and lifestyle markets.
Aimpoint Research™ is a global marketing research firm providing the insight leaders require to make better, more informed decisions that reduce risk, optimize resources and maximize success. Different from other research firms, we blend best practices from military intelligence disciplines with those of the consumer market research industry. Aimpoint Research provides unprecedented insight into the minds of those who most impact our clients' success and help them channel that knowledge into successful organizational strategies. For over two decades, Aimpoint Research has helped corporate, organizational, government, and thought leaders achieve their objectives with actionable intelligence.
Farmers National Co
Since 1929 Farmers National Company has offered professional farm management, real estate sales, and auctions and has expanded to include a complete range of agricultural services for landowners including oil and gas management, forest resource management, appraisals, insurance, consultations, hunting lease network, lake management, and FNC Ag Stock.
Land O' Lakes SUSTAIN
Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN is a leading stewardship solutions provider, advancing and connecting stewardship efforts throughout the food system with scale – from farmers to ag retailers to partners like food companies. Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN positions farmers for success by providing them tools and resources to track progress on every acre they farm. Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN’s network brings together the best in agricultural technology and on-farm business management to drive sustainability across the food system, feeding people, helping farmers safeguard natural resources and supporting farmer livelihoods. Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN was launched in 2016 by Land O’Lakes, Inc., a member-owned cooperative that spans the spectrum from agricultural production to consumer foods. With 2017 annual sales of $14 billion, Land O'Lakes is one of the nation's largest cooperatives, ranking 216 on the Fortune 500. Land O'Lakes, Inc. corporate headquarters are located in Arden Hills, MN. For more information on Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN, visit www.landolakessustain.com.
National Crop Insurance Services
NCIS is the only entity that fully supports both the state-regulated and federally-regulated lines of the crop insurance business. The organization provides services ranging from actuarial and analytical support to the development of crop loss adjustment standards and industry-wide training for both company staff and industry loss adjusters. As the only organization representing all companies writing crop insurance in the U.S., NCIS, through its education and public relations efforts, serves as the industry voice providing clear and singular messaging to both the media and the public. NCIS staff represent a diverse mix of individuals with training in agronomy, actuarial methods, economics, business, law, and information technology.
National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is growing the next generation of leaders who will change the world. With more than 670,000 student members in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, D.C., FFA is the premier youth organization preparing members for leadership and careers in the science, business, technology, and communications of food, agriculture, natural resources, and the environment.
National Milk Producers Federation
The National Milk Producers Federation, based in Arlington, VA, develops and carries out policies that advance the well-being of dairy producers and the cooperatives they own. The members of NMPF’s cooperatives produce the majority of the U.S. milk supply, making NMPF the voice of dairy producers on Capitol Hill and with government agencies. Visit www.nmpf.org for more information.
U.S. Grains Council
The U.S. Grains Council develops export markets for U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products including distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and ethanol. With full-time presence in 13 key markets and representatives in an additional 15 locations, the Council operates programs in more than 50 countries and the European Union. The Council believes exports are vital to global economic development and to U.S. agriculture’s profitability. Detailed information about the Council and its programs is online at www.grains.org.
Agriculture Council of America
The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) is an organization uniquely composed of leaders in the agriculture, food and fiber communities dedicated to increasing the public awareness of agriculture's vital role in our society. The Agriculture Council of America and the National Ag Day program was started in 1973.
American Sugar Alliance
The American Sugar Alliance is a national coalition of sugarcane and sugar beet producers, including sugar farmers, sugar processors, sugar refiners, sugar suppliers, sugar workers and others dedicated to preserving a strong U.S. sugar industry. The American Sugar Alliance works to ensure that sugar farmers and workers in the U.S. sugar industry survive in a world of heavily subsidized sugar. Only through a united effort can these dedicated Americans continue to offer a plentiful, secure and reasonably priced sugar supply. The American Sugar Alliance provides the backing and support to meet this national need.
Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.
We prevent disease. We champion innovation. And we cherish the bond that people and animals share. At Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc. our passion revolves around keeping animals healthy. More than 3,000 people power our U.S. animal-health business, in places that include Georgia, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey and Puerto Rico. They make up the second-largest animal health company in the U.S. They also form part of a larger, family-owned company with a rich global history. Founded in 1885 in Ingelheim, Germany, Boehringer Ingelheim also focuses on human pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing. Boehringer Ingelheim's animal-health portfolio includes some of the most highly regarded and broadly used vaccines, parasite-control products and pharmaceuticals to help protect pets and livestock from disease.
Glover Park Group
GPG Food helps clients navigate legislative and regulatory issues and shape the debate on today’s most contentious and important food, agriculture, nutrition and sustainability issues. Through its work with corporations, government, nonprofits and advocacy coalitions, the bipartisan practice has a deep understanding of the policies, politics and players at the heart of national conversations on food and nutrition, sustainability, the Farm Bill, agricultural innovation and food insecurity. Complemented by GPG’s leading Public Affairs, Government Relations, Research and Advocacy and Branding talent, GPG Food offers a suite of fully integrated services to help its clients achieve their goals.
John Deere works every day to uphold our founder’s core values. Integrity, quality, commitment, and innovation are more than ideals we work toward. They are values we live and breathe – values found in every product, service, and opportunity we offer. We are committed to the success of those linked to the land.
National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA)
The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture was founded in 1916. NASDA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association which represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries, and directors of the departments of agriculture in all fifty states and four U.S. territories. NASDA grows and enhances agriculture by forging partnerships and creating consensus to achieve sound policy outcomes between state departments of agriculture, the federal government, and stakeholders.
National Farmers Union
National Farmers Union advocates on behalf of nearly 200,000 American farm families and their communities. We envision a world in which farm families and their communities are respected, valued, and enjoy economic prosperity and social justice.
National Pork Board
The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. Importers of pork products contribute a like amount, based on a formula. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, science and technology, swine health, pork safety and sustainability and environmental management. For more information on the Pork Checkoff, see www.pork.org.
Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the United States. Nationwide is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. An industry leader in driving customer-focused innovation, Nationwide provides a full range of insurance and financial services products including auto, business, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com
Story Partners is one of Washington, D.C.’s leading public affairs firms – one that clients turn to when results are vital. Our principals have a long history of developing and executing strategies that make a difference – whether our clients are trying to influence the policy debate, increase public awareness, define and dominate a market, position an industry, or achieve a legislative or regulatory victory. We achieve success because we are driven by results, not billable hours. By utilizing both traditional and innovative new media strategies, we change the dynamic of how issues are framed, allies are developed, and stories are told.
Syngenta is one of the world’s leading agriculture companies. Our ambition is to help safely feed the world while taking care of the planet. We aim to improve the sustainability, quality and safety of agriculture with world class science and innovative crop solutions. Our technologies enable millions of farmers around the world to make better use of limited agricultural resources. With 28,000 people in more than 90 countries we are working to transform how crops are grown. Through partnerships, collaboration and The Good Growth Plan we are committed to improving farm productivity, rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities. To learn more visitwww.syngenta.com and www.goodgrowthplan.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Syngenta.