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Agenda 2011 AgChairs

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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 JSmith - 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!