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April 7 & 8, 2011
Marriott Hotel at Metro Center, Washington, D.C.
 
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National Agricultural Landscapes Forum

April 7 & 8, 2011
Marriott Hotel at Metro Center Washington, D.C.

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Thursday, April 7th

Welcome and Opening Keynote 9:00 – 10:00
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, American Farmland Trust, Farm Foundation NFP

Opening Keynote Speaker:
Kathleen Merrigan, USDA Deputy Secretary

THE NEXT GENERATION OF SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION

Outcomes of Regional Roundtables 10:15 – 11:45

Moderator:                       
USDA NRCS Chief, Dave White
Forum Blue Ribbon Panel:
   Roger Allbee
   Varel Bailey
   A.G. Kawamura
   Teresa Lasseter
   Patrick O’Toole
   Ross Racine

LUNCH 12:00 – 1:15

Speaker:                                 
A.G. Kawamura, former California Secretary of Agriculture

ENVISIONING HEALTHY RURAL COMMUNITIES OF THE FUTURE: THE CONVERGENCE OF WATERSHEDS, ENERGY SHEDS AND FOOD SHEDS

Overarching Resource Themes
WATER SECURITY:
QUALITY, QUANTITY AND WATER RIGHTS
1:30 – 3:00

Moderator:                           
Patrick O’Toole, President, Family Farm Alliance
Panel:
Jose Aguto – Policy Advisor, National Congress of American Indians
Jeffrey Jacobs — Scholar, National Academy of Sciences PDF Icon
G. Tracy Mehan — Principal, Cadmus Group
Kristen Saacke Blunk— Director, Agriculture and Environment Center, Penn State University PDF Icon
Marc Thalacker – Three Sisters Irrigation District, Oregon PDF Icon

“The reservoir you use for growth is agriculture.” Where are we now with respect to water quality and quantity? This session will address how much water we have, how much we need, and whether we have the human resources to go forward with as much as we do have. What kinds of programs and policies will recognize regional differences both between the “haves” (East), “have nots” (West) and water rights. It also will address water quality issues including how to create programs and policies that encourage producers to work together in a strategic, coordinated fashion and to improve the institutional structures we have now.
LANDSCAPE INTEGRITY 3:15 – 5:00

Moderator:
Roger Allbee, former Secretary, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
Panel:
Dr. J. Gordon Arbuckle, Jr. — Iowa State UniversityPDF Icon
Richard Barringer — Research professor, University of Southern Maine
Craig Cox — Senior Vice President, Agriculture and Natural Resources, The Environmental Working Group
Jeff Herrick — Research Soil Scientist,  USDA Agricultural Research Service PDF Icon
Walter Hill– Dean, College of Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Sciences, Tuskegee University
Charles W. Rice — President, Soil Science Society of America PDF Icon

The President has declared open space and working lands a necessity for the future. How much land do we really need—and of what qualities—to meet present and future demands for food, energy and environmental services? Have we already converted too much? This session will address regional differences, improving soil health and quality, as well as how to keep agriculture on the land in large contiguous blocks to provide the goods and services we need. Speakers will debate new policy models and approaches to secure the agricultural land base in the future, ensuring land access, tenure and ownership.

DINNER

Speaker:  
Krysta Harden, Chief of Staff, Secretary of Agriculture

Friday, April 8th
INNOVATION, TECHNOLOGY AND RESEARCH TO DEVELOP SOLUTIONS FOR PRODUCERS AND THE AGRICULTURAL LANDSCAPE 8:00 – 9:15

Moderator:
Varel Bailey, Bailey Farms, Anita, Iowa
Panel:
John Copple — President/CEO, Sanborn Total Geospatial Solutions PDF Icon
Dr. Raymond Forney — Global Stewardship Manager, DuPont Crop Protection
Leonard Gianessi — Director, Crop Protection Research Institute, CropLife Foundation PDF Icon
Mark Kieser — Senior Scientist, Kieser & Associates, LLC PDF Icon

This session is designed to lay the ground work for private sector solutions to the challenges of 21st Century conservation – what combination of seeds, equipment, tools, management systems (no weeds vs. no till?) will be both most effective and economical to adopt? Can environmental markets help address concerns like water quality and climate change? How do we address invasive species, disease challenges and native species gone wild when our protection against these challenges is limited because of inadequate funding, but our ability to respond is strong?

REACHING ACROSS JURISDICTIONAL AUTHORITIES 9:15 – 10:45

Moderator:
Otto Doering – Purdue University
Panel:
Buddy Hance — Secretary of Agriculture, Maryland
Bruce Knight — Principal/Founder, Strategic Conservation Solutions PDF Icon
Doug O’Brien — Acting Deputy Under Secretary, USDA Rural Development
Ross Racine – Executive Director, Intertribal Agricultural Council
Steve Robinson — Immediate Past President, National Association of Conservation Districts

What are the conflict issues between the urban and rural interface on farmland and open space needs and the increased interest in local food supply and renewable energy? How can federal policy help small and rural communities hold off the powerful forces of growth? How can we create policies to level the playing field so municipalities and residential landowners abide by the same rules as producers?
Twenty-first century solutions will require greater cooperation between federal, state and local governments and private partners to focus on conservation outcomes instead of jurisdictional authorities. This session will address the interplay between land use planning and the agricultural landscape, incorporating issues including private property rights, state water rights and inter-jurisdictional authority.

WHAT DO WE NEED IN A 21ST CENTURY AGENDA FOR CONSERVATION 11:00 – 12:45

Moderator:                           
Charles Stenholm, Former Congressman, Texas
Panel:
Larry Elworth — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Tom Hebert — Bayard Ridge Group, LLC
Bill O’Conner — Senior Agricultural Policy Advisor , McLeod, Watkinson & Miller
Will Shafroth — Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of the Interior
Dave White — Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service

How do we do conservation differently in the 21st Century—given the need for greater governmental efficiency, more collaborative, intra-agency efforts? This session will engage high level officials from USDA, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Interior and other agencies to address the resource issues of landscape integrity, water security and climate variability. They will talk about the need for and role of partnerships, markets, incentives and regulations in achieving shared environmental and economic outcomes and answer: How do we use partnerships to sustain conservation gains in the context of tight budgets by working across agencies?

Closing Remarks: Bringing it All Together  
Speaker:
Dave White — Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service PDF Icon
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