From international trade uncertainty to regulatory hurdles and a new farm bill, American agriculture faces numerous challenges and opportunities. Find out about the current “state of play” and what to expect in 2018 by attending the Ag & Food Policy Summit at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington on March 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“As we’ve been writing in our latest editorial series, “The Breeding Edge,” there are tremendous new tools emerging that can help revolutionize food production,” says Agri-Pulse Editor Sara Wyant. “But farmers and ranchers are looking for regulatory certainty and consumer acceptance, both in the U.S and around the globe. And they’d also like to have more certainty on whether the U.S. will continue with the North American Free Trade Agreement and other trade deals.
Wyant says the Summit is designed to harvest perspectives and foster a well-rounded discussion about the top issues confronting the future of food production and U.S. agriculture. For a short video introduction to the event, click here.
“In a year that has the potential to transform agriculture in so many ways, from regulatory reform and trade policy to the farm bill and finding a solution to our labor shortage, it is important that we equip ourselves with knowledge and all the advocacy tools at our disposal,” says American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall.
Invited speakers include: USTR Ambassador Bob Lighthizer, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway and Ranking Member Collin Peterson. In addition, panelists will discuss trade, new innovations in agriculture and farm policy.
Sponsors already confirmed include: American Farm Bureau Federation, American Sugar Alliance, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, Global Harvest Initiative, FLM Harvest, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, CropLife America, Agriculture Council of America, National Milk Producers Federation, National Crop Insurance Services, National FFA Organization, and Syngenta.
To register, please click here. Seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis.