Farm Bill 2018: Policy, Politics, and Potential

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Video archives from the conference are available here.


Tuesday, 3/28 Event Schedule

(all times in Eastern Time)

8:20 – Welcome

  • Kathleen Merrigan (Former US Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Executive Director of Sustainability, George Washington University)
  • Ricardo Salvador (Union of Concerned Scientists)

9:00-10:20 – Panel Discussions on Farm Bill Titles

I. Title I and V, Commodity Programs and Credit: moderated by Garrett Graddy-Lovelace (SIS)

  • Harwood Schaffer (Agricultural Policy Analysis Center, Knoxville, TN)
  • Carl Zulauf (The Ohio State University, FarmDoc Daily)
  • Jim Goodman (National Family Farm Coalition, Northwood Farm, Wonewuc, Wisconsin)

II. Title II, Conservation: moderated by Scott Freeman (SIS)

  • Michael Kotutwa Johnson (Hopi nation member, Hopi dryland farming expert, Arizona)
  • Callie Eideberg (Ecosystems Sustainable Agriculture Program, Environmental Defense Fund)
  • Ferd Hoefner (National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Washington, DC)
  • Leslie Deavers (Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA)

10:30-11:50 – Panel Discussions on Farm Bill Titles

III. Title III, Trade: moderated by Jonathan Fox (SIS)

  • Gerardo Otero (Simon Fraser University)
  • Stephanie Mercier (Farm Journal Foundation)
  • Karen Hansen-Kuhn (Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy)

IV. Title IV, Nutrition: moderated by Noreen Springstead (WhyHunger)

  • Molly Anderson (Middlebury College, Vermont)
  • Julian Baer (US Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry)
  • LaDonna Redmond (Seward Community Co-op, Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • Audrey Rowe (Former Administrator, USDA Food and Nutrition Service)

12:00 – Missing in Action: Plenary I, Pecha Kucha style

  • Introduction: U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree (D-Maine)
  • Labor: Jessica Felix-Romero (Farmworker Justice)
  • Antibiotics: Bob Martin (Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future)
  • Antitrust and consolidation: Patty Lovera (Food and Water Watch)

12:30-1:30 – LUNCH: Teaching & Learning Agricultural Policy

  • Keynote Speaker: Ben Burkett (Farmer, President of National Family Farm Coalition)
  • Daniel Imhoff, author of Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to the Next Food and Farm Bill
  • Community-Based Research: AU School of International Service Practicum, Lorette Picciano of Rural Coalition, and National Family Farm Coalition
  • UC-Berkeley Food Institute Policy Program

1:40 – Panel Discussions on Farm Bill Titles

V.  Title VI, Rural Development: moderated by Johanna Mendelson Forman (SIS)

  • Tracy McCurty (Black Belt Justice Coalition)
  • Rudy Arredondo (National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association)
  • Sam Farr (Former U.S. Congressman, Carmel, CA)

VI.  Title VII, Research, Extension and Education: moderated by Anne Thrupp (BFI)

  • Yao Afantchao (University of the District of Columbia Cooperative Extension)
  • Carolyn Dimitri (Food Studies Program, New York University)
  • Janie Simms Hipp (Indigenous Food & Law Initiative, University of Arkansas)
  • Casey Hoy (Agroecosystems Management Program, The Ohio State University)

3:10 – Missing in Action: Plenary II

  • Introduction: U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon)
  • Role of Food Policy Councils: Jeremiah Lowery (DC Food Policy Council)
  • Government Transparency: Bill Wenzel (Public Interest Research Group)
  • Civil Rights and the Farm Bill: Dr. Joe Leonard (Former Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, USDA)
  • Urban Agriculture: Dean Sabine O’Hara (University of the District of Columbia)

3:45 – Closing Invocation