AgVocacy Forum 2017

AgVocacy Forum 2017

AgVocacy Forum San Antonio Texas 2017
AgVocacy Forum San Antonio Texas 2017

AgVocacy Forum 2017

February 28 – March 1, 2017, starting 12:00 p.m. CST

We are covering the 2017 AgVocacy Forum live from San Antonio, Texas. This annual event brings together great minds in the realms of agriculture, technology, policy and sustainability to discuss the challenges and opportunities we all face in terms of global food production for a growing population.

The lineup of speakers and panelists for the AgVocacy Forum will present attendees with diverse perspectives and experiences as they relate to science, Ag and food. Some of our panelists include: Louisa Burwood-Taylor, chief editor of AgFunderNews; Dr. John Goldberg, founder of Science Based Strategies and former long-time adviser on the House Ag Committee; Vivian Howard, chef and owner of Chef & The Farmer in Kinston, N.C., and star of PBS’s “A Chef’s Life;” David Rosenberg, CEO of AeroFarms; representatives from Campbell’s, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and Feeding America; growers from various U.S. geographies, researchers, among others.

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  •  Food waste, while a concerning issue facing the United States, it also an issue that is not talked about as much as it should be. According to a recent report, roughly 50 percent of all produce in the United States is thrown away, which is approximately $160 billion worth of produce annually. The EPA also found that wasted food is also the single biggest occupant in American landfills. In this panel, the speakers will discuss how food waste can be eliminated at various points along the food value chain, the role media plays in the story and how policy can positively impact the issue moving forward. Speakers include Jack Bobo, chief communications officer, Intrexon, Carrie Calvert, director of tax and commodity policy, Feeding America and Barbara Cohen, co-founder, Food Cowboy

  •  In 2016, the federal government passed a law to establish national standards for labeling food containing ingredients that are genetically engineered, directing the USDA to begin the process of deciding what exactly food manufacturers will be required to label. As a result, over the next few years food producers will have to provide more information to consumers about the genetically engineered contents of their products. These new regulations will likely impact farmers’ marketing plans, marketing materials and business planning. Speakers include Randy Russell, president and CEO, The Russell Group (Coalition for Safe & Affordable Food), Roger Lowe, VP Communications, Grocery Manufacturers Association and Kelly Johnson, VP of Government Affairs, CPG company, Campbell’s

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