WASHINGTON, March 9, 2017 – All four leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture committees will all be featured speakers at the upcoming Agri-Pulse Farm Bill Summit. The event, “Harvesting Farm Bill Perspectives,” will be held March 20 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity to gain new perspective on farm bill dynamics from the people who will be driving much of the debate,” explains Agri-Pulse Editor Sara Wyant.

The Senate Agriculture Committee's chairman, Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and ranking Democrat, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, will be speaking in the afternoon along with House Agriculture's chairman, Mike Conaway, R-Texas, and ranking Democrat, Collin Peterson of Minnesota. 

In addition to these key lawmakers, Vice President Mike Pence has been invited. The program will also include a number of panelists focused on risk management, conservation, linking farm to food policy and how to bring the next generation of agricultural leaders back to the farm.  

Other confirmed speakers include American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall; National Crop Insurance Services President Tom Zacharias; University of Illinois professor Jonathan Coppess; Mary Kay Thatcher, senior director of congressional relations, AFBF; Rob Larew, National Farmers Union senior VP of public policy and communications; Jim Mulhern, CEO of National Milk Producers Federation; Joe Glauber, senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute and former USDA Chief Economist; National Council of Farmer Cooperatives CEO Chuck Conner; Land O’Lakes Senior Director of Sustainability Tina May; Environmental Defense Fund Senior Director of Agricultural Sustainability Suzy Friedman; Dave White, former Natural Resources Conservation Service chief; and Organic Trade Association CEO Laura Batcha. Click here for the complete Farm Bill Summit program.

For registration information, please contact Sandi@Agri-Pulse.com.

Sponsors include: American Farm Bureau Federation, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Crop Insurance Services, American Sugar Alliance, Farm Credit, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance, FLM+, Ducks Unlimited, Organic Trade Association, National Farmers Union, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, CropLife America, Story Partners, National Milk Producers Federation, Ag Council of America, and White Wave Foods.