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2013 Speeches

Managing Risk in the 21st Century

February 21-22, 2013
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, VA

Thursday, February 21

Plenary Session

Keynote Speaker
Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Agriculture

Speech

Agricultural Economic Outlook
Joseph Glauber
Chief Economist
Speech Presentation Trade Outlook

Distinguished Speaker: Plowing Ahead: Farming, Food Security and the Future
Thomas A. Daschle
Former Senator

Senior Policy Advisor
DLA Piper

Speech

PLENARY PANEL

Managing Risks in Today's Markets
Moderator: Mike Adams, AgriTalk Radio
Presentation Transcript

Panelists
Bryan T. Durkin, Chief Operating Officer, CME Group

David Baudler, President, Cargill AgHorizons
Scott H. Irwin, Laurence J. Norton,, Chair of Agricultural Marketing, University of Illinois

DINNER SPEAKER

Adam Sieminski, Administrator, U.S. Energy Information Administration

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
1:45 P.M. - 3:15 P.m.

Track: Food Price & Farm Income Outlooks

Food Price Outlook for 2013
Moderator: Callie McAdams, Consultant, Informa Economics, McLean, VA

Outlook for U.S. Food Prices and Inflation in 2013
Speaker: Richard Volpe, Economist, Economic Research Service, USDA, Washington, DC

The Effect of the Drought on Food Prices and Availability
Speaker: Todd Davis, Senior Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation, Washington, DC

Commodity Price Impacts on the Foodservice Industry
Speaker: Kurt Collins, Senior Director of Commodity Risk Management, Unified Foodservice Purchasing Co-op, Louisville, KY

Track: Managing Risk

Threats to Forests & Natural Resources
Moderator: Gerry Gray, Senior Vice President of conservation Programs, American Forests, Washington, DC

Our Changing Forests: Implications for Agriculture and Communities
Speaker: Michael Goergen, Executive Vice President, Society of American Foresters, Bethesda, MD

Working Trees for Farms and Communities
Speaker: Carlton Owen, President and CEO, U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Inc., Greenville, SC

What Forest Restoration Means for Agriculture and Communities
Speaker: Bruce Greco, Ecological Restoration Institute, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

Track: International Trade

Challenges in Trading with the European Union
Moderator: Robert Riemenschneider, Deputy Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service, Washington, DC

Outlook for Changes in EU Biotechnology Policy
Speaker: Constance Cullman, Dow AgroSciences, U.S. Federal Government Affairs Leader, Washington, DC

The Impact of Sustainability Regulations on Trade Flows
Speaker: Jim Sutter, CEO, U.S. Soybean Export Council, Chesterfield, MO

EU Trade Barriers and U.S. Meat Exports
Speaker: Thad Lively, Senior Vice President, U.S. Meat Export Federation, Denver, CO

Track: Food Safety Modernization

Produce & Food Safety
Moderator: Jason Huffman, Editor in Chief, Food Chemical News, Arlington, VA

The Food Safety Landscape for Fruits and Vegetables: The Consumer View
Speaker: Sarah A. Klein, Senior Staff Attorney, Food Safety Program, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Washington, DC

Industry-Led Food Safety Initiatives for Produce
Speaker: Hank Giclas, Senior Vice president, Strategic Planning, Science and Technology, Western Growers Association, Irvine, CA

Retail and Foodservice Food Safety Programs and Requirements
Speaker: Hilary Thesmar, Vice President, Food Safety Programs, Food Marketing Institute, Arlington, VA

Track: Speciality Crops & Nutrition

Promoting Nutritious Diets
Moderator: Sonny Ramaswamy, Director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA
Washington, DC

Cooperative Extension’s Role in Nutrition Education for Low Income Families
Speaker: Daryl Buchholz, Associate Director of Extension and Applied Research, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Technology Trends for 21st Century Nutrition
Speaker: Joanne Kinsey, Family & Community Health Sciences Educator, Cooperative Extension of Ocean County, Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Extension Center, Toms River, New Jersey

Promoting Healthy Food & Exercise Choices in Children
Speaker: Debbe Thompson, Scientist/Nutritionist with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, Children’s Nutrition Center, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Track: Food Price & Farm Income Outlooks

The Farm Income Outlook for 2013
Moderator: Mitch Morehart, Senior Agricultural Economist, Farm and Rural Business Branch,
Economic Research Service, USDA, Washington, DC

Income Outlook for the U.S. Farm Sector in 2013
Speaker: Kevin Patrick, Agricultural Economist, Economic Research Service, USDA, Washington, DC

Farm and Farm Household Income Trends
Speaker: Mary Ahearn, Economist, Economic Research Service, USDA, Washington, DC

A Global Economic Perspective on the Long-term Strength of the Farm Economy
Speaker: Terry Barr, Senior Director of Industry Research, CoBank, ACB, Knowledge Exchange Division, Greenwood Village, CO

Track: Managing Risk

Managing Financial Risk in Agriculture
Moderator: Ken Ackerman, Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz P.C. of Counsel, Washington, DC

Insuring Specialty Crops
Speaker: Joel Nelsen, President, California Citrus Mutual, Exeter, CA

Federal Risk Mitigation Tools and Programs
Speaker: Juan Garcia, Administrator, Farm Service Agency, USDA, Washington, DC

Risk Mitigation Strategies Using Agricultural Credit
Speaker: Denny Everson, President of Agriculture, Branch Administrator, First Dakota National Bank, Yankton, SD

Track: International Trade

Prospects for Export Growth in Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, and Turkey (MIST) Countries
Moderator: Mike Dwyer, Director, Global Policy Analysis Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA
Washington, DC

Mexico
Speaker: Mitch Skalicky, U.S. Wheat Associates Regional Vice President for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, Mexico City, Mexico
Presentation

Challenges and Opportunities in the Growing Indonesian Market
Speaker: Dennis Voboril, Returning Counselor, Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA, Washington, DC
Presentation

South Korea
Speaker: Michael Francom, Returning Attache, Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA, Washington, DC

Turkey
Speaker: Kyd D. Brenner, DTB Associates, LLP, Washington, DC

Track: Food Safety Modernization

The Food Safety Revolution: How Far Have We Come?  What’s Next?
Moderator: Elizabeth Weise, USA Today, San Francisco, CA

Speaker: Craig Wilson, Costco Wholesale, Vice President for Quality Assurance and Food Safety, Issaquah, WA
Presentation

Speaker: Nancy Donley, Spokesperson, STOP Foodborne Illness, Chicago, IL
Presentation

Speaker: Rodney A Moxley, Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Lincoln, NE
Presentation

Track: Speciality Crops & Nutrition

Showcasing Local Foods
Moderator: Sonny Ramaswamy, Director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Washington, DC

Specialty Crops Block Grant Program
Speaker: Lela Reichart, Division Chief, Bureau of Market Development, Pennsylvania
Harrisburg, PA
Presentation  

Farm to School Program
Speaker: Deborah J. Kane, National Director, Farm to School Program, Food & Nutrition Service, USDA, Alexandria, VA
Presentation

Taking Extension to the City: New Approaches for Agriculture
Speaker: Tom Coon, Extension Director, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Presentation

AM Friday, February 22

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Track: Conservation

Drainage Water Management
Moderator: Ann Mills, Deputy Under Secretary, Natural Resources and Environment, USDA
Washington, DC

The Farm Perspective
Speaker: Brian Hicks, a Minnesota producer, will share his experiences in yield improvements attributable to improved drainage water management.
Brian Hicks, Nettiewyynnt Farms, Tracy, MN

The Research Perspective
Speaker: Jane R. Frankenberger, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

The Engineering Perspective
Speaker: R. Wayne Skaggs, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Track: Managing Risks

Crop Insurance: A Global Perspective
Moderator: Joseph Glauber, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Washington, DC

Agricultural Insurance - A Growing Class of Business Globally
Speaker:John Drakeford, Aon Benfield/Agricultural Specialty, London, England

The French Agricultural Insurance Scheme
Speaker: Yves Salmon, Groupama SA, Paris, France

Agricultural Insurance for Developing Countires: the Role of Governments
Speaker: Jose Angel Villalobos, Acturial Consultant, Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance Program, The World Bank

Track: International Trade

Genetically Engineered Organisms: Trade & Domestic Use
Moderator: Rebecca Blue, Deputy Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, USDA, Washington, DC

Crop Adaptation in a Changing Climate and Biotechnology’s Role: Drought Tolerant Varieties
Speaker: Adrianne Massey, Managing Director, Science & Regulatory Affairs, Biotechnology Industry Organization, Washington, DC

Innovations in Techniques for Biotechnology
Speaker: Robert T. Fraley, Executive V.P. and Chief Technology Officer, Monsanto, St. Louis, MO

International Trade Issues with Genetically Engineered Organisms
Speaker: Russell Redding, Dean of Agriculture and Environmental Science, Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA

Track: Commodity Outlooks

Sugar
Sugar Outlook
Moderator: Steve Hines, Director of Marketing, United Sugars Corporation
Bloomington, MN

Mexico Sugar Policy
Speaker: Adriana Herrera Moreno, Graduate Student, Master of International Public Policy, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC

Private Sector Analysis of the NAFTA Sugar Market
Speaker: Ron Sterk, Associate Editor, Milling & Baking News and Food Business News, Sosland Publishing Company, Kansas City, MO

To Label or Not To Label?  
Speaker: Peggy Lemaux, Depart. of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA

Track: Commodity Outlooks

Grains & Oilseeds
Grains & Oilseeds Outlook
Moderator: Bill Lapp, Advanced Economics Solutions, Omaha, NE

Evolution of the 2012 Drought and Its Impacts
Speaker: Brad Rippey, U.S. Agricultural Meteorologist, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA, Wash., DC

Weather Effects on Expected Corn and Soybean Yields
Speaker: Paul Westcott Agricultural Economist, Economic Research Service, USDA, Washington, DC
Paper

USDA Grains & Oilseeds Outlook
Speaker: Pete Riley, Agricultural Economist, Farm Service Agency, USDA, Washington, DC

10:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Track: Conservation

Reducing Risks by Improving Soil Health
Moderator: Jane Hardesty, Indiana State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA, Indianapolis, Indiana

What is a Healthy Soil?
Speaker: Ray Archuleta, Agronomist, National Soil Health and Sustainability Team, Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA, Greensboro, NC

How to Achieve a Healthy Soil
Speaker: Rick Haney, Soil Scientist, Grassland Soil and Water Research Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, USDA, Temple, TX

Impacts of a Healthy Soil
Speaker: David Brandt, Conservation Farmer, Brandt Farms, Carroll, OH

Track: Managing Risks

Outlook for Transportation Risks 
Moderator: Bruce Blanton, Transportation Services Division, Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA
Washington, DC

Outlook for Transportation Risks on our Inland Waterways
Speaker: Rick Calhoun, President, Cargill Marine and Terminal, Minneapolis, MN

Challenges for Maintaining Navigable Waterways
Speaker: Barry Holliday, Executive Director, Dredging Contractors of America

The Challenges of Funding our Inland Waterway Infrastructure
Speaker:Charles Stern, Specialist in Natural Resources Policy, Congressional Research Service, Washington, DC

Track: International Trade

Export Strategies of Farmer Co-ops
Moderator: Doug O'Brien, Deputy Under Secretary, Rural Development, USDA, Washington, DC

How the U.S. Almond Industry Exported Its Way to Domination of the World Market
Speaker: Bill Morecraft, General Manager, Global ingredients Division, Turlock, CA

How Asian Livestock Producers Are Linked with American Grain Growers
CHS Inc.’s vice president of North American Grain Marketing, will relate how the co-op’s global export
Speaker: Rick Dusek, Vice President, North American Grain Marketing, CHS Inc., Inver Grove Heights, MI

How Accelerated Genetics Accelerated Its Business by Developing Export Markets
Speaker: Joel Groskreutz, President & CEO, Accelerated Genetics, Baraboo, WI

Track: Commodity Outlooks

Cotton & Fibers
Cotton & Fibers Outlook
Moderator:Davis Baker, Cotton Trader, Glencore Ltd., Stamford, CT

The Outlook for U.S. and World Cotton Supply and Demand
Speaker: Carol Skelly, Cotton & Fiber Analyst, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA
Washington, DC

The Brazil WTO Cotton Case: A 10-Year Retrospective
Speaker: Carol Goodloe, Senior Economist, USDA, Retired, Arlington, VA
Presentation

Untangling China's Cotton Policy
Speaker: Fred Gale, Senior Economist, Market and Trade Economics Division, Economic Research Service, USDA, Washington, DC

Risk Management and the U.S. Cotton Farmer: Strategies for Today's Market
Kelli Merritt, President, CropMark Direct and Cotton Producer, Lamesa, TX

Livestock & Poultry
Livestock & Poultry Outlook
Moderator: Sherry Wise, Senior Economist, Livestock, Poultry and Seed Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA, Washington, DC

USDA 2013 Livestock & Poultry Outlook
Speaker: Shayle Shagam, Livestock & Poultry Analyst and ICEC Chair, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA, Washington, DC

A Tragedy of the Commons — How Do We Proceed Without a Spot Market?
Speaker: Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., President, Paragon Economics, Inc., Adel, IA

Price Discovery in Feed Cattle Markets: A Research on How Thin is Tool Thin?and Demand
Speaker: Stephen R. Koontz, Associate Professor, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Commodity Luncheons

Sugar & Sweeteners Luncheon
Moderator: Barbara Fecso, Economist, Dairy and Sweeteners Analysis Group, Farm Service Agency, USDA, Washington, DC

Buffering Wide Swings in the NAFTA Sugar Market
Speaker: Mike Gorrell, Imperial Sugar Company, Port Wentworth, GA

Cotton & Fibers Luncheon
Moderator: Kevin Latner, Executive Director, Cotton Council International, Washington, DC

Sustainability in the U.S. and Global Cotton Supply Chains
Speaker: Bill M. Norman, Vice president for Technical Services, National Cotton Council, Cordova, TN

Grains & Oilseeds Luncheon
Moderator: Steven Koenig, Senior Economist, Office of Regulatory Policy, Farm Credit Administration, McLean, VA

Speaker: Jason R. Henderson, vice-President and Branch Executive, Omaha Branch, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Omaha, NE
Presentation

Livestock & Poultry Luncheon
Moderator: Joy Harwood, Director Economic and Policy Staff, Farm Service Agency, Washington, DC

The Outlook for the U.S. Forage Sector
Speaker:
Robin Newell, National Alfalfa & Forage Al;iance Board Member, DuPont Pioneer, Johnston, IO

PM Friday, February 22

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

Track: Conservation

Conserving America’s Agricultural Landscape
Moderator: Otto Doering, Professor of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Soil Erosion and Continuing Agricultural Productivity
Speaker: Craig Cox, Environmental Working Group, Ames IA

Buffers, Filters, and Wetlands to Expand Sustainable Cultivation
Speaker: Mark Tomer, Soil Scientist, Agricultural Research Service, USDA, Ames, IA

The Conservation Landscape and Wildlife
Speaker: Art Allen, U.S. Geological Survey Emeritus, Wildlife Biologist, Fort Collins, CO

Track: Managing Risks

Risk Management for Small & Socially Disadvantaged Farmers
Moderator: Bill Hoffman, Program & Analysis Officer, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Washington, DC

Stand Up and Be Counted: Profile of the Small & Disadvantaged Farmers
Speaker: Hubert Hamer, Chair, National Agricultural Statistics Board, USDA, Washington, DC

Identification of the Risks Faced By, the Needs of, and the Role of Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) to Small and Disadvantaged FarmersFarmers
Speaker: Omar Garza, Chairman, Texas/Mexico Border Coalition, Santa Elena, TX

Resources Available to the Small and Disadvantaged Farmer
Speaker: Albert E. Essel, Associate Dean, Cooperative Extension, College of Agriculture & Related Sciences Delaware State University, Dover, DE

Track: Energizing Rural Economies   

Energizing Rural Economies
Moderator: John Padalino Administrator, Rural Utilities Service, USDA, Washington, DC

How New Energy Investment Benefits Rural Communities
Speaker: Nivin Elgohary, Assistant Administrator, Rural Utilities Service Electric Program, USDA, Washington, DC

Blueprint for a Successful Energy Efficiency Program in Rural Communities
Speaker: Tom Van Paris, Vice President, Member Services & Communications, Hoosier Energy, Bloomington, IN

Looking Ahead: What Can Rural Areas Expect From a New Rule to Finance Energy Efficiency?
Speaker: Martin Lowery, Chief Operating Officer, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Arlington, VA

Track: Weather Outlook

Weather Outlook for 2013
Moderator: Brad Rippey Agricultural Meteorologist, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA, Washington, DC

2012 U.S. Weather Review
Speaker: Brad Rippey, Agricultural Meteorologist, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA, Washington, DC

2012 Northern Hemisphere Weather Review
Speaker: Eric Luebehusen, Meteorologist, Ofice of the Chief Economist, USDA, Washington, DC

VegScape:  A NASS Web Service-based U.S. Crop Condition Monitoring System
Speaker: Rick Mueller, Head, Spatial Analysis Research Section, National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA, Washington, DC

Outlook for the 2013 Growing Season
Speaker: Anthony Artusa, Climate Prediction Center, National Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, College Park, MD

COMMODITY OUTLOOKS

Cotton & Fibers
Cotton & Fibers Outlook
Moderator:Davis Baker, Cotton Trader, Glencore Ltd., Stamford, CT

The Outlook for U.S. and World Cotton Supply and Demand
Speaker: Carol Skelly, Cotton & Fiber Analyst, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA
Washington, DC

The Brazil WTO Cotton Case: A 10-Year Retrospective
Speaker: Carol Goodloe, Senior Economist, USDA, Retired, Arlington, VA
Presentation

Untangling China's Cotton Policy
Speaker: Fred Gale, Senior Economist, Market and Trade Economics Division, Economic Research Service, USDA, Washington, DC

Risk Management and the U.S. Cotton Farmer: Strategies for Today's Market
Kelli Merritt, President, CropMark Direct and Cotton Producer, Lamesa, TX

Livestock & Poultry
Livestock & Poultry Outlook
Moderator: Sherry Wise, Senior Economist, Livestock, Poultry and Seed Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA, Washington, DC

USDA 2013 Livestock & Poultry Outlook
Speaker: Shayle Shagam, Livestock & Poultry Analyst and ICEC Chair, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA, Washington, DC

A Tragedy of the Commons — How Do We Proceed Without a Spot Market?
Speaker: Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., President, Paragon Economics, Inc., Adel, IA

Price Discovery in Feed Cattle Markets: A Research on How Thin is Tool Thin?and Demand
Speaker: Stephen R. Koontz, Associate Professor, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Dairy
Dairy Outlook
Moderator: Randy Schnepf, Specialist in Agricultural Policy, Resources, Science, and Industry Division, Congressional Research Service, Washington, DC

USDA 2013 Outlook for Dairy
Speaker: Jerry Cessna, Senior Agricultural Economist-Dairy Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA, Washington, DC

Prospects for Dairy Policy in 2013
Speaker: Scott Brown, Agricultural Economist, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Missouri, columbia, MO

International Dairy Outlook 2020: A Fonterra View
Speaker: Anand Rao, General Manager, Technical Services, Fonterra USA Inc., Rosemont, IL

Weather Outlook for 2013
Moderator: Brad Rippey Agricultural Meteorologist, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA, Washington, DC

2012 U.S. Weather Review
Speaker: Brad Rippey, Agricultural Meteorologist, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA, Washington, DC

2012 Northern Hemisphere Weather Review
Speaker: Eric Luebehusen, Meteorologist, Ofice of the Chief Economist, USDA, Washington, DC

VegScape:  A NASS Web Service-based U.S. Crop Condition Monitoring System
Speaker: Rick Mueller, Head, Spatial Analysis Research Section, National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA, Washington, DC

Outlook for the 2013 Growing Season
Speaker: Anthony Artusa, Climate Prediction Center, National Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, College Park, MD

Dairy
Dairy Outlook
Moderator: Randy Schnepf, Specialist in Agricultural Policy, Resources, Science, and Industry Division, Congressional Research Service, Washington, DC

USDA 2013 Outlook for Dairy
Speaker: Jerry Cessna, Senior Agricultural Economist-Dairy Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA, Washington, DC

Prospects for Dairy Policy in 2013
Speaker: Scott Brown, Agricultural Economist, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Missouri, columbia, MO

International Dairy Outlook 2020: A Fonterra View
Speaker: Anand Rao, General Manager, Technical Services, Fonterra USA Inc., Rosemont, IL