WASHINGTON, DC – Stakeholders from across agriculture are gathering at a summit today titled, Harvesting Farm Bill Perspectives, hosted by Agri-Pulse at the National Press Club. CropLife America (CLA) and other ag-related organizations are sponsoring and contributing to the summit to help facilitate collaboration and unity on priorities for U.S. agriculture ahead of the upcoming Farm Bill. Panels will cover a range of topics, from “Breaking Down the Baseline and Budget Challenges” to “Bridging the Gaps Between Farm and Food Policy.” The range of invited speakers showcases a diversity of viewpoints, enabling leaders to develop a cohesive collective voice for impending policy discussions. Invited speakers include:
- Suzy Friedman, Senior Director of Agriculture Sustainability, Environmental Defense Fund;
- Krysta Harden, VP of Public Policy and Chief Sustainability Officer, DuPont;
- Jim Mulhern, President and CEO, National Milk Producers Federation; and
- Laura Batcha, CEO Organic Trade Association.
“With the Farm Bill coming up soon, the ag community has an opportunity now to come together and advocate for policies that benefit all U.S. farmers and ranchers—and ultimately consumers around the world,” stated Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CLA. “We are pleased to have some of the most experienced Farm Bill veterans in the room today as well as ‘newcomers’ with fresh ideas. Everyone in ag has the same goal: to produce the most nutritious food in the most efficient and sustainable way possible. We can make sure the next Farm Bill supports that goal by sharing our concerns and working to support all areas of ag.”
The summit is being held just one day before National Ag Day, an annual celebration of the food, fiber and fuel grown by American agriculture. Each year, producers, government officials and ag-related organizations hold and attend events to recognize how much agriculture contributes to our daily lives. The Agriculture Council of America helps to organize events and promote National Ag Day, including through an essay and photo contest which focuses this year on the theme, Agriculture: Food for Life. For more information on National Ag Day and to see the winning entries, visit www.AgDay.org.
Get involved now with the Farm Bill conversation online with #FoodForward and #FarmBill. CLA actively engages with consumers, food bloggers, farmers, chefs, foodies, journalists and others interested in food production on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information on how farmers use crop protection technology to grow healthful and nutritious food, visit www.GiveaCrop.org.