2011 Legislative Ag Chairs Conference

state ag and rural leaders

2011 Legislative Ag Chairs Summit Partners

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Agrium U.S.
Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency LTD
American Farm Bureau Federation
American Feed Industry Association
American Veal Association
American Veterinary Medical Association
Animal Agriculture Alliance
Animal Health Institute
Association of Equipment Manufacturers
Bayer Animal Health
Bayer CropScience
Biotechnology Industry Organization
Bryan Cave LLP
Government of Canada
Canadian Pork Council
The Catfish Institute
CF Industries
Council for Biotechnology Information
The Council of State Governments
CropLife America
CVR Energy
Deere & Company
Dow AgroSciences
Elanco Animal Health
Feld/Ringling Bros & Barnum & Bailey
Global Animal Management
Growth Energy
Hormel Foods
Industry Task Force on 2-4D
International Association of Fairs and Expositions
International Bottled Water Association
J.R. Simplot Company
Land O'Lakes
Monsanto Company 
National Corn Growers
National Conference of State Legislatures
National Farmers Union
National Pork Producers Council
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
North American Equipment Dealers Association
Olds College
Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Bode Matz
Poet Energy
Renewable Energy Group
Rural Policy Research Institute
Sparboe Farms
The Fertilizer Institute
United Egg Producers
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
Wine America
Registration for elected officials call Carolyn Orr 765-893-8209.
Registration for everyone else call Carolyn Orr 765-893-8209.
A printable brochure is available here.
Information on and for sponsors can be found here.
Logistical and Practical information for attendees will be available here soon.
A preliminary agenda for the summit is available to the right. (can't see it?  scroll down)
printable agenda is available here.
Information on the Jake Flake Travel Scholarship is available here.

Legislative Agricultural Chairs X

Thank you to everyone who made the 2011 SARL Ag Summit such a huge success!


The following resolutions were passed at the 2011 AgChairs Summit:


January 14-16, 2011 | Fort McDowell, Arizona

The Legislative Ag Chairs Summit is the number one meeting for legislators whose major focus is agriculture and rural communities. It is the only conference of its kind for state and provincial policy-makers.

This is an invitation-only meeting. Registration costs, meals and rooms (for three nights) for elected officials will be covered by SARL. The agenda for the 2011 meeting includes discussions on changing environmental regulations, animal welfare, agriculture sustainability, future Farm Bills, low carbon fuel standards, redistricting, youth education and more.

Each program focuses on critical topics in agriculture and rural development that are facing state officials.  To be involved in the 2011 LAC program development or as a sponsor or attendee, contact Carolyn Orr (corr@sarl.us) or call (765) 893-8209.

2011 Legislative Agriculture Chairs Summit

Radisson-Ft McDowell, Arizona

For registration information, please contact
SARL Executive Secretary - Carolyn Orr,

Click here for a summary of breakout presentations

Tentative Agenda
  Friday, January 14


Dairy discussion


Buffet lunch


Bus to Shamrock Dairy


Bus to Queen Creek from Dairy


Alternate Bus to Queen Creek from Hotel


Arrival 4:30-5:30 – Tour and Wine/Beer reception

6:00 pm

Wine Across North America Reception

7:00 pm

Casual Dinner in the Olive Grove

10:00 pm

Return to Hotel


Hospitality Suite


Saturday, January 15

8:00 am to 5:00 pm Concurrent and Plenary Sessions
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm Reception and Dinner





What Can We do to Support Rural Development?
Mark Lange – Edward Lowe Foundation, Economic Gardening(8MB)
Janell  Anderson Ehrke -  Grow Nebraska   

9:30- 10:00

Rural Transportation Needs - "Stations, Livability and Economic Development"
John Robert Smith – Reconnecting America(8.1MB)


Breakout I   


Supporting Local Production
Gus Schumacher, Wholesome Wave Foundation
Dr. John Stanton, St Joseph University   


Where are we headed with Low Carbon Fuel Standards?
Wally Tyner, Purdue   
Michelle Manion, Northeast States low carbon consortium   


Antibiotics in Animal Ag
Steve Roach, Food Animal Concerns Trust    
Dr. Scott Hurd, Iowa State   




4H and FFA youth education – a turn towards urban youth?  
William Hook, Chicago High School for Ag Sciences
Dwight Armstrong, FFA CEO   

11:30- 12:15  



What Does Sustainability Mean? Can States/Provinces Take Control?
Marty Strauss, Kahn Strauss and Associates   
Andrea Thomas, Wal Mart

12:15 -1:15



Wesley J. Smith - Author of A Rat Is a Pig Is a Dog Is a Boy: The Human Cost of the Animal Rights Movement   

2:25 -3:00


How do we respond?
Dr. Martin Appelt, Fed. Approach to Animal Welfare in Canadian Meat Production 
Representative Troy Balderson, Ohio
Charlie Arnot – Facilitator (Remarks)


Breakout II



How states/provinces are supporting biobased product development
Dr. Kelly Tiller, President Genera Energy LLC   
Fred Deneke, Author of 25 X 25 Wood biomass report   


Regulation of Fracking
Tom Murphy of Penn State Marcellus Shale Center   
Lynn Helms, Director Mineral Resources, North Dakota  
Steve Jones, Wyoming Outdoor Council   


Addressing immigration:How Canada does it
Sonny Rodriguez, The Gower Co and Western Growers  


Animal ID and Pet Breeder Regulations
Dr. Bret Marsh, Indiana State Vet
Patti Strand – National Animal Industry Alliance   


Redistricting and Rural Voice
Speaker David Ralston, Georgia
David Harrison, Jr. , National Economic Research Associates



Reception and Dinner
Craig Settles, Community Broadband from Idea to Reality


Canadian Hospitality Suite

  Sunday January 16


SARL Annual Meeting and Breakfast

9:00 am


Federal Update
An opportunity for an open discussion of the changes in Congress, and the issues that will impact agriculture producers, rural communities and state legislatures

Food Safety Modernization Act and new egg rules, changes from the FDA 
Dr. Steven Solomon, Deputy Associate Commissioner for  Compliance  Policy, Office of Regulatory Affairs, FDA

How to maximize dollars to your state and the new child nutrition legislation.
Kevin Concannon, Undersecretary, Food and Nutrition, USDA

What issues industry sees facing the states and their rural constituents Increased regulatory drive from the EPA, what does it mean for the states?Staci Braswell, Florida Farm Bureau
Senator Thomas (Mac) Middleton, Delaware
Susan Bodine,   Barnes and Thornburg

The legal picture
Gary Baise,   Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Bode Matz PC


Working Buffet Lunch and Adjourn
Lunch will be available from 11:30, feel free to make it a working lunch or take with  you if you are headed out!  

Hang around and tell us what you thought of the meeting!