We are very proud to announce former President Bill Clinton and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow will be the 2011 Agricultural Outlook Forum Plenary Session’s distinguished speakers. Their dedication to public service in the fields of nutrition and agriculture make them a welcome addition to this year’s Forum. The keynote address will be delivered by Secretary Vilsack.
After leaving the White House, President Clinton, who served two terms as the 42nd U.S. President, established the William J. Clinton Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. Today, staff and volunteers from the William J. Clinton Foundation work to improve lives through several initiatives, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative, the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative, the Clinton Economic Opportunity Initiative, and the Clinton Global Initiative. In the United States, the Foundation is working to combat the alarming rise in childhood obesity through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
Senator Stabenow, a current U.S. Senator for Michigan, has a long history as a champion for agriculture, forestry, and rural communities, serving on agriculture committees in the Michigan House, the U.S. House, and now the U.S. Senate. In the U.S. Senate, she played a leading role in crafting the most recent farm bill, authoring the first-ever specialty crops title, and bringing a new focus to agricultural research and conservation. She was also instrumental in helping maintain the broader agriculture safety net for farmers producing commodity crops such as corn and soybeans. She recently became the Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.
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