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Reviewing the Agricultural Act of 2014

Preparing for the next Farm Bill &

Looking toward the future of farm policy

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February 5 - 7, 2017

Fort Worth, TX

ABOUT THE SUMMIT

The Southwest Council and the Texas Ag Forum are partnering together to host the 3rd Southwest Agricultural Issues Summit. The Summit is an opportunity for farmers and ranchers, as well as bankers, businessmen, and policy makers to come together to discuss the issues confronting the agricultural industry. Past Summits in 2012 and 2013 were an outstanding success and provided the opportunity to dig in on policy and economic issues in advance of the 2014 Farm Bill. With the downturn in the farm economy it is now more important than ever to get the farm bill right. The Summit will allow interested organizations to lay the groundwork for the future of farm policy.

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SUMMIT AGENDA

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH

1:00pm - 5:00pm

  • Registration Desk Open

 

5:00pm - 9:00pm

  • Super Bowl Sunday Opening Reception sponsored by ProAg and Hargrove Insurance.

7:00am

  • Breakfast Buffet Open

 

8:00am - 12:00pm – Morning Session

  • Welcome
  • Opening Remarks from House Ag Committee Chairman Mike Conaway
  • Comments from other Congressional Leaders
  • Panel: Exploring the Outlook for Businesses in the Agricultural Economy
  • Panel: Perspectives of Congressional Staff on Farm Policy
  • Panel: Framing the Philosophical Debate on Agricultural Policy

 

12:00pm - 1:30pm – Summit Luncheon

  • Featured Speaker: Jim Wiesemeyer, Senior VP, Informa Economics, Inc.

 

1:45pm - 4:45pm – Afternoon Session

  • Perspectives of USDA Farm and Foreign Ag Service Staff
  • Panel: Confronting the Conservation Debate in Agriculture
  • Perspectives of USDA Risk Management Agency Staff
  • Roundtable Discussion featuring staff of the major commodity groups

 

5:45pm - 9:00pm – Reception and Dinner

  • Featured Speaker: Scott Aughenbaugh, Deputy Director of Strategic Futures, Center for Strategic and International Studies

7:00am

  • Breakfast Buffet Open

 

8:00am - 12:00pm – General Session

  • Special Recognitions
  • Panel: Outlook for Farm Economics
  • Communicating Agriculture to the Public - Perspectives from the Media
  • Roundtable Discussion with the Grower Leadership of the major commodity organizations.

 

12:00pm

  • Adjourn

Download the full Summit program by clicking here

See the Speakers section below for biographies of the panelists who will be featured at the Summit

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Featured Speaker

Hon. K. Michael Conaway

Chairman

House Committee on Agriculture

The Ag Issues Summit will also feature panels and presentations from experts in the farm economy, senior USDA officials, staff from Capitol Hill, conservationists, and representatives and grower leadership of the major commodity organizations.

 

Download the full Summit Program here

Monday Luncheon Speaker

Jim Wiesemeyer

Senior Vice President

Informa Economics, Inc.

Monday Dinner Keynote Speaker

John Schaus

International Security Program Fellow

Center for Strategic and International Studies

SPEAKERS

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Panel Discussion: Framing the Philosophical Debate on Agriculture Policy

Daren Bakst

Research Fellow in Agricultural Policy

The Heritage Foundation

Chuck Connor

President and CEO

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

Panel Discussion: Outlook for Farm Economics

Dr. Pat Westhoff

Director, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri

Dr. Joe Outlaw

Co-Director, Agriculture and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University

Confronting the Conservation Debate in Agriculture

David White

Co-Director, 9b Group and former Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service

David Festa

Senior Vice President of Ecosystems,   Environmental Defense Fund

Exploring the Outlook for Businesses in the Agricultural Economy

Steven Elmore

Director of Global Market Intelligence and Chief Agricultural Economist,

Dupont Pioneer

Dr. Bob Young

Chief Economist,

American Farm Bureau Federation

REGISTRATION

Prior to January 23rd:

Attendee Registration Fee - $300

Spouse Registration Fee - $100

 

After January 23rd:

Late Attendee Registration Fee - $400

Late Spouse Registration Fee - $200

 

 

The link below will take you to the online registration. Payment can be made online with a credit card, or offline via a check mailed to the address below, payable to the Southwest Council of Agribusiness. Please fill out the online registration form prior to mailing in a check.

 

Southwest Council of Agribusiness

4517 West Loop 289

Lubbock, TX 79414

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