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2011 Speeches

Today's Strategies & Tomorrow's Opportunities

February 24-25, 2011
Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel
Arlington, VA

Thursday, February 24

Domestic & Foreign:Agricultural Outlook
Joseph Glauber
Chief Economist

Speech
Presentation

Keynote Address
Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Agriculture

Transcript

Distinguished Speaker
Former President Bill Clinton
U.S. President from 1993 to 2001

Founder, William J. Clinton Foundation

Video

PLEANRY PANEL

Moderator: Christine Cochran
President, Commodity Markets Council

Critical Issues Shaping the Global Economic Outlook
Nariman Behravesh
Chief Economist, IHS Global Insight
Transcript

Electronic Trading and the Globalization of Grain Markets
Charles Whitman
Founder and CEO, Infinium Capital Management

A Brokerage Firm's Approach to Risk Management
Peter Nessler

President, FCStone
Speech

DINNER SPEAKER

World Economic Recovery and Growth Prospects (Audio)
C. Fred Bergsten
Director, Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics
Transcript

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
1:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m.


Critical Thinking: The Best Risk Management Tool

Reducing Risk and Thriving With Holistic Decision Making
Speaker: Shannon Horst, CEO, The Savory Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Restoring the Grasslands of the World through Critical Thinking
Speaker: Jim Howell, International Lecturer and Holistic Management Expert

Mainstream Finance, Complexity and the New Economy
Speaker: John Fullerton, Founder and President, Capital Institute

Foreign Trade and the National Export Initiative

The Administration’s Export Goals and Impacts on U.S. Agriculture
Speaker: Janet Nuzum, General Sales Manager, Associate Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA, Washington, DC

Confronting Technical Barriers to Trade
Speaker: Tom Suber, President, U.S. Dairy Export Council, Arlington, Virginia

Industry Requirements for Export Success
Speaker: Gary Blumenthal, President and CEO, World Perspectives, Inc., Washington, DC

Sustainability Partnerships: Standards, Metrics & Markets

Sustainability Information
Speaker: Simon Liu, USDA National Agricultural Library, USDA, Beltsville, MD

Sustainability Index for Specialty Crops
Speaker: Barbara Meister, Marketing & Communications Manager, SureHarvest, Soquel, CA

Walmart Sustainability: Building for the Next Generation
Speaker: Beth Keck, Senior Director of Sustainability, Walmart, Bentonville, AR

Land Tenure Issues in Agriculture

Absentee Landowners in Agriculture
Speaker: Cindy Nickerson, Economist, Economic Research Service, USDA, Washington, DC

Conservation and the Absentee Landowner: Attitudes and Perceptions
Speaker: Peggy Petrzelka, Associate Professor, Utah State University, Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, Logan, Utah

Conservation Certification:  Assurances for the Absentee Landowner
Speaker: Jamie Ridgely, Vice President, Agren, Carroll, Iowa

Land Values, Conservation, and the Absentee Landowner
Speaker: Michael Duffy, Professor of Economics and Director, Beginning Farmer Center, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Gulf Coast Conservation Challenges: Oil, Hypoxia, and Habitat

Oil and Hypoxia
Speaker: Nathaniel Ostrom, Professor and Graduate Program Director, Department of Zoology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Fish and Wildlife Habitat
Speaker: Mike Brasher, Biological Team Leader, Gulf Coast Joint Venture, National Wetlands Research Center, Lafayette, Louisiana

Nutrient Loads in Gulf Tributaries
Speaker: Michael D. Woodside, National Water-Quality Assessment Team, United States Geological Survey, Nashville, Tennessee

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
3:45 p.m.-5:15 p.m.

Mitigating Risk: Public and Private Strategies

Crop Insurance
Speaker:Chad Hart, Professor of Economics, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Finance Reform and Commodity Risk Management
Speaker: Michael V. Dunn, Commissioner, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Washington, DC

Mixing Policy Instruments and Futures Market Strategies for Risk Management
Speaker: T. Randall Fortenbery, Renk Chair in Agribusiness, Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

Export Opportunities in Rapid Growth Markets

Topic To Be Announced
Speaker: Rebecca J. Bratter, Director of Trade Development, US Grains Council, Washington, DC

Outlook for Agricultural Exports to Peru and Columbia
Speaker: Mike Dwyer,
Director, Office of Global Analysis, USDA, Washington, DC

Southeast Asia’s Emergence as a Top U.S. Market
Speaker: John Baize, President, John C. Baize and Associates, Falls Church, Virginia

Promoting Sustainable Agriculture through Regional Food Sheds

A Comprehensive Approach to Building North Carolina's Regional Food Economy

Speaker: Nancy Creamer, Director, Center for Environmental Farming Systems, Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Community Based Food Systems, North Carolina State University Campus, Raleigh, NC

Creating Sustainable Regional Supply Chains: Challenges of the Middle
Speaker: Susan Futrell, Director of Marketing, Red Tomato, Canton, MA

The Effects of Regional Food Production on Energy Usage
Speaker: Pamela Martin, Assistant Professor, Department of Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, Chicago IL

Farm Income

Income Outlook for U.S. Farm Sector in 2011
Speaker: Timothy Park, Economist, Farm and Rural Business Branch, Resource and Rural Economics Division, Economic Research Service, USDA, Washington, DC

Focus on Farm Household Income Trends
Speaker: Mary Ahearn, Economist, Farm and Rural Household Well-Being Branch, Resource and Rural Economics Division, Economic Research Service, USDA, Washington, DC

Emerging Trends in Farmland Values and Agricultural Credit Conditions
Speaker:David Oppedahl, Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Balancing Financial Objectives and Environmental Concerns in Agriculture

Co-management of Food Safety and Conservation
In California some producers have
Speaker: Jo Ann Baumgartner, Director, Wild Farm Alliance, Watsonville, California

Targeting Farm Bill Programs to Achieve Mutual Benefits for Ranching and Wildlife in the West
Speaker: Dave Naugle, Wildlife Biology Program, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana

Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) and the Shenandoah Valley's Agricultural Community: Balancing Costs and Benefits of Conservation
Speaker: Nesha McRae, Watershed Field Coordinator, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Staunton, Virginia

Friday, February 25

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.


Building a Stronger Rural Infrastructure: Broadband

Smart Grid & Beyond: How Broadband Can Enable Energy Efficiency in Rural America
Speaker: Luis Reyes, CEO, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, Recipient: Broadband Initiatives Program Grant, Taos, NM

Telemedicine: Improving the Health of Rural Communities Through Broadband
Speaker: Mary McCarthy, RN, Nurse Manager, Critical Care Connection, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, ME

Post-Recovery Act: Next Steps Towards Universal Broadband Access

Speakers: Shirley Bloomfield, CEO, National Telecommunications Cooperative Association Arlington, VA
Larry Sevier, CEO/General Manager, Rural Telephone, Lenora, KS

The Role of Nutrition Programs in Agriculture: From Tractor to Table
Moderator: Julie Paradis, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA, Alexandria, VA

Producers
Speaker: Cathleen Enright, Vice President Federal Government Affairs, Western Growers Association, Washington, DC

Manufacturers:  
Speaker: Scott Faber, Vice President, Federal Affairs, Grocery Manufacturers Association, Washington, DC

Retailer/Food Grocers:  
Speaker: Jennifer Hatcher, Senior Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, Food Marketing Institute, Arlington, VA

Consumers: T
Speaker: Jim Weill, President, Food Research and Action Center, Washington, DC

Renewable Energy Policy Perspectives

Where Are We Now? RFS2 Implementation Status, Waiver Request, and Meeting Future Mandate Levels
Speaker: Paul N. Argyropoulos, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Transportation & Air Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC

Cultivating Renewable Clean Energy at USDA
Speaker: Sarah Bittleman, Senior Advisor on Energy, USDA, Washington, DC

The Future of Biomass-Based Energy
Speaker: Paul Bryan, Biomass Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, DC

Future Directions
Speaker: Jerry Hagstrom, The Hagstrom Report, Washington, DC

Future of Food: Conventional-Genetics-Organic Farming

Organic, Conventional and GMO Distinctions - The Challenge of Satisfying Grain Buyers
Speaker: Lynn Clarkson, President, Clarkson Grain Co., Inc., Cerro Gordo, IL

The Economics of Coexistence
Speaker: Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes, Director, Economics and Management of Agrobiotechnology Center, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Unification of Genetics and Organic Farming
Speaker: Don Emlay, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Compliance, Arcadia Biosciences Inc., Davis, CA

Grains & Oilseeds Outlook (Audio)
Moderator: Sarahelen Thompson, Director of Market and Trade Economics, Economic Research Service, USDA, Washington, DC

USDA Outlook for Grains & Oilseeds
Speaker: Michael Jewison, Agricultural Economist, Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA, Washington, DC

Changing Incentives for Agricultural Expansion in Brazil
Speaker: Michael Cordonnier, Soybean and Corn Advisor, Hinsdale, IL

Northern Hemisphere Crop-Weather Outlook for the 2011 Growing Season
Speaker: Brad Rippey, Agricultural Meteorologist, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA, Washington, DC

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Today’s Cooperative Extension: Building a Better Future

Extension in a Diverse Food System
Speaker: Rick M. Klemme, Dean and Director, University of Wisconsin Extension, Madison, WI

Extension Responding to Immediate Needs
Speaker: Paul Coriel, Vice Chancellor and Director, Louisiana State University AgCenter, Louisiana State University AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA

Extension Reaching Non-traditional Audiences
Speaker: Gina Eubanks, Vice Chancellor for Extension, Southern University Extension, Ag Center Baton Rouge, LA

User Response
Speaker: Madeline E. Mellinger, Florida Representative, Council for Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching, President, Glades Crop Care, Inc., Jupiter, FL

Summary and Future
Speaker: Douglas O. Lantagne

A New Look at the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

How Food Science Relates to Dietary Guidance: The Dietary Guidelines for American’s Challenge for Delivering Healthier Foods
Speaker: Robert Post, Deputy Director, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, USDA, Alexandria, VA

Communicating the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to Affect Positive Behavior Change
Speaker: Jackie Haven, Director, Nutrition Marketing and Communication Division, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, USDA, Alexandria, VA 

The USDA Food Plans and Their Immediate Impact on 1 in 8 American Households
Speaker: Mark Lino, Economist, Nutrition Guidance and Analysis Division, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, USDA, Alexandria, VA

Women’s Health, Physical Activity, and the Dietary Guidelines
Speaker: Miriam E. Nelson, Director, John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Prevention; Associate Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy Tufts University, Boston, MA

Renewable Energy: Next Steps

NASS Presents Recent Energy Survey Results
Speaker: Joe Prusacki, Director of Statistics Division, National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA, Washington, DC

Sustainable by Design: Creating New Biofuel Opportunities Across the United States
Speaker: Jeffrey Steiner, National Program Leader, Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems, Agricultural Research Service, USDA, Beltsville, MD

Dairy Farmer’s Perspective
Speaker: Luke Brubaker, Brubaker Farm, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Mount Joy, PA

Grassroots Efforts to Promote On-farm Energy Alternatives for Iowa's Small and Midsized Farms
Speaker: Carole Yates, Co-Facilitator, Center for Energy and Environmental Education, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

Cotton Outlook

The U.S. and World Cotton Outlook for 2011/12
Speaker: James W. Johnson, Agricultural Economist, Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA, Washington, DC

The Impact of Record Cotton Prices on Global Consumption
Speaker: Robert Antoshak, Managing Director, Olah, Inc., New York, NY

Perspective on the Bull Market of 2010/11: Triumph, Tribulation, and Collateral Damage
Speaker: Herman S. Kohlmeyer, Jr., Managing Director, Michael J. Nugent and Company, Inc., New Orleans, LA

The World’s Most Promising Cotton Yield Technologies and their Potential to Raise Production
Speaker: Kater Hake, Vice President, Agricultural and Environmental Research, Cotton Incorporated, Cary, NC

Livestock & Poultry Outlook (Audio)

USDA Livestock Outlook
Speaker: Shayle Shagam, Livestock Analyst, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA, Washington, DC

Situation and Outlook of the Canadian Livestock Industry
Speaker: Tyler Fulton, Director of Risk Management, H@MS Marketing Services, Inc., Birtle, Manitobe, Canada

Cattle Cycle? Factors Affecting the Cycle Today and the Implications
Speaker: John Nalivka, Sterling Marketing, Inc., Vale, OR

COMMODITY LUNCHEONS
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Specialty Crops

Plants Are Great!
Speaker: Marvin N. Miller, Market Research Manager, Ball Horticultural Company, West Chicago, IL

Sugar & Sweeteners Luncheon (Audio)

Louisiana: Where Cane is King
Speaker: James H. Simon, General Manager, American Sugar Cane League, Thibodaux, LA

Cotton & Fibers Luncheon (Audio)

Cotton's Social and Environmental Impact: Myth and Reality
Speaker: Allen A. Terhaar, Executive Director, Cotton Council International Washington, DC

Grains & Oilseeds Luncheon (Audio)

Washington and Agriculture from Outside the Beltway
Speaker: Roger Bernard, News Editor, Pro Farmer, Managing Editor, AgWeb.com, Cedar Falls, IA

Livestock & Poultry Luncheon

Poultry Export Markets - Present and Future
Speaker: Thierry Murad, Regional Product Manager, North American Poultry, AJC International, Inc., Atlanta, GA

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

ERS: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence in Economic Research

The Economic Research Service as a Resource for Policymakers
Speaker: Keith Collins, USDA Chief Economist 1994-2008, Centreville, VA

Panel Discussion: Today's Research Questions for Tomorrow's Opportunities

Food Economics
Speaker: Eileen Kennedy, Friedman School of Nutrition Science Policy, Tufts University, Boston, MA

Rural Development & Natural Resources
Speaker: Jon Scholl, President, American Farmland Trust, Washington, DC

Markets and Trade
Speaker: Gary Blumenthal, President and CEO, World Perspectives, Inc., Washington, DC

Closing Remarks
Speaker: Katherine Smith, Administrator, Economic Research Service, USDA, Washington, DC

The Future of Food Safety: Driven by Data and the Latest Science

Attribution: What Is It? How Does It Help Make our Food Supply Safer?
Speaker: Joanna Zablotsky-Kufel, Data Analysis and Integration Group, Office of Data Integration and Food Protection, Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA, Washington, DC

Topic To Be Announced
Speaker: Dana Cole, Center for Disease Control, Epidemiologist, Atlanta, GA

Topic To Be Announced
Speaker: Kara Morgan, Director of Public Health Measurement, Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring MD

Growing Demand for Biomass

Biomass: New Market for Farmers and Ranchers
Speaker: Roger Johnson, President, National Farmers Union, Washington, DC

The Demand Outlook for Biomass
Speaker: Wallace E. Tyner, James and Lois Ackerman Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Putting It All Together
Speaker: Kelly Tiller, CEO, Genera Energy Knoxville, TN

Sugar Outlook - HFCS-The Wildcard in the U.S.-Mexico Sweetener Market

Presentation
Speaker:
Robb MacKie, President and CEO, American Bakers Association, Washington, DC

High Fructose Corn Syrup
Speaker:
Juan A. Cortina Gallardo, Chief Executive Officer, Grupo Azucarero Mexico, Mexico

Presentation
Speaker:
Paul Bratley, Business Director, Liquid Sweets, Corn Products International, Inc., Westchester, IL

Dairy Outlook

USDA Dairy Outlook
Speaker: Roger Hoskin, Agricultural Economist, Economic Research Service, USDA, Washington, DC

Adapting to a Changing Sector: A Local Dairy Experience
Speaker: Bobby Prigel, Prigel Family Creamery, Glen Arm, Maryland

Mitigating Risk in the Dairy Sector
Speaker:
Cheri M. DeJong, Chief Financial Officer, AgriVision Farm Management, LLC; and Dairy Owner, Northside Farms and Natural Prairie Dairy Farms, Hartley, TX

COMMODITY OUTLOOKS

Grains & Oilseeds Outlook (Audio)

USDA Outlook for Grains & Oilseeds
Speaker: Michael Jewison, Agricultural Economist, Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA, Washington, DC

Changing Incentives for Agricultural Expansion in Brazil
Speaker: Michael Cordonnier, Soybean and Corn Advisor, Hinsdale, IL

Northern Hemisphere Crop-Weather Outlook for the 2011 Growing Season
Speaker: Brad Rippey, Agricultural Meteorologist, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA, Washington, DC

Cotton Outlook

The U.S. and World Cotton Outlook for 2011/12
Speaker: James W. Johnson, Agricultural Economist, Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA, Washington, DC

The Impact of Record Cotton Prices on Global Consumption
Speaker: Robert Antoshak, Managing Director, Olah, Inc., New York, NY

Perspective on the Bull Market of 2010/11: Triumph, Tribulation, and Collateral Damage
Speaker: Herman S. Kohlmeyer, Jr., Managing Director, Michael J. Nugent and Company, Inc., New Orleans, LA

The World’s Most Promising Cotton Yield Technologies and their Potential to Raise Production
Speaker: Kater Hake, Vice President, Agricultural and Environmental Research, Cotton Incorporated, Cary, NC

Livestock & Poultry Outlook (Audio)

USDA Livestock Outlook
Speaker: Shayle Shagam, Livestock Analyst, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA, Washington, DC

Situation and Outlook of the Canadian Livestock Industry
Speaker: Tyler Fulton, Director of Risk Management, H@MS Marketing Services, Inc., Birtle, Manitobe, Canada

Cattle Cycle? Factors Affecting the Cycle Today and the Implications
Speaker: John Nalivka, Sterling Marketing, Inc., Vale, OR

Sugar Outlook - HFCS-The Wildcard in the U.S.-Mexico Sweetener Market

Presentation
Speaker:
Robb MacKie, President and CEO, American Bakers Association, Washington, DC

High Fructose Corn Syrup
Speaker:
Juan A. Cortina Gallardo, Chief Executive Officer, Grupo Azucarero Mexico, Mexico

Presentation
Speaker:
Paul Bratley, Business Director, Liquid Sweets, Corn Products International, Inc., Westchester, IL

Dairy Outlook

USDA Dairy Outlook
Speaker: Roger Hoskin, Agricultural Economist, Economic Research Service, USDA, Washington, DC

Adapting to a Changing Sector: A Local Dairy Experience
Speaker: Bobby Prigel, Prigel Family Creamery, Glen Arm, Maryland

Mitigating Risk in the Dairy Sector
Speaker:
Cheri M. DeJong, Chief Financial Officer, AgriVision Farm Management, LLC; and Dairy Owner, Northside Farms and Natural Prairie Dairy Farms, Hartley, TX