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Monday October 3, 2011
7:00AM - 5:15PM Registration - Capital Terrace

8:00AM - 8:30AM Welcome - Presidential Ballroom

Christopher Waldrop
Director, Food Policy Institute
Consumer Federation of America

8:30AM - 9:45AM Perspectives: Pressures on our Global Food System: How Do We Feed 9 Billion People by 2050? - Presidential Ballroom
As the world’s population increases, pressures will come to bear on our current food system that could impact its ability to supply safe, affordable, nutritious and sufficient food for the world. The complex interconnectedness of our global food system means that actions and policies we undertake in the U.S. can affect and be affected by the rest of the world. As we look for ways to feed a growing world population, what does our food system need to look like in the future? Experts will discuss the types of policies we should be developing now to manage food issues such as sustainability, climate change, and depleting resources, in order to assure adequate availability, safety, quality, choice, and affordability of our food supply.

Daniel R. Glickman
Senior Fellow
Bipartisan Policy Center

Alan Bjerga
Agriculture Reporter



Jim Harkness
Institute for Trade and Agriculture Policy

Asma Lateef
Bread for the World Institute

9:45AM - 11:00AM Facilitated Discussion: The Consumer Food Landscape - Presidential Ballroom
Consumer research and food marketing experts discuss the key issues facing consumers and the food industry today; share the most recent data on consumer priorities and concerns; and forecast the most important food issues and trends on the horizon.

Mary Christ-Erwin
Executive Vice President
Porter Novelli


Joseph Derochowski
Executive Director
The NPD Group, Inc.

Shelley A. Hearne
Managing Director, The Pew Health Group
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Shahram Heshmat
Associate Professor
University of Illinois at Springfield

Phil Lempert
Editor, Columnist and CEO

11:00AM - 12:15PM Panel Breakout 1: Reshaping the Farm Bill—What Are the Priorities? - Federal A
Concerns about the deficit and reducing the federal budget are prompting Congress to cut funding for some farm programs, while record prices for some commodity crops are raising the question of which farmers should be supported. In addition, sustainable agriculture groups and others are calling for prioritizing programs with conservation benefits. And food assistance programs play a major role in the Farm Bill debate and assuring its passage. An expert panel explores these issues and discusses how these factors will influence the outcome of the next Farm Bill and future farm and food policy.


Philip Brasher
Gannett Washington Bureau


David DeGennaro
Legislative and Policy Analyst
Environmental Working Group

Ferd Hoefner
Policy Director
Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Brittany Jablonsky
Government Relations Representative
National Farmers Union

Monica Mills
Director, Government Relations
Bread for the World

11:00AM - 12:15PM Panel Breakout 2: Addressing Food Deserts: Can the Philadelphia Model Work Nationally? - Congressional
The state of Pennsylvania pioneered the Fresh Food Financing Initiative which used a combination of tax incentives, foundation grants, and collaborative stakeholder engagement to improve access to healthy, affordable food. The Obama Administration developed its own program based on the success in Pennsylvania and other localities have begun to take similar approaches. Panelists involved in the Pennsylvania project will discuss how they were able to make it work, some of the challenges they faced, and how the program can be replicated in other localities across the country.


Jenga Mwendo
Backyard Gardeners Network


Mike Basher
Executive Director
UpLift Solutions

Tina N. Castro
Director, Impact Investing and Strategic Partnerships
The California Endowment

Dwight Evans
Pennsylvania State Representative

Patricia L. Smith
Senior Policy Advisor
The Reinvestment Fund

11:00AM - 12:15PM Panel Breakout 3: Assuring the Safety of Imported Food - Federal B
With passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act, Congress charged the FDA with developing a system to better assure the safety of imported foods. FDA will rely on foreign governments and third party certifiers to verify that imported food is being produced to U.S. standards. A panel of experts identifies the elements of an import safety program that are essential to adequately assure food safety and maintain consumer and industry confidence in the system.


Marianne Smith Edge
Senior Vice President, Nutrition and Food Safety
International Food Information Council


David K. Elder
Director, Office of Regional Operations
Food and Drug Administration

Michael C. Robach
Vice President, Corporate Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs
Cargill, Inc.

Caroline Smith DeWaal
Director, Food Safety
Center for Science in the Public Interest

Eduardo Santos
Director, South American Markets
Allen F. Johnson & Associates

12:15PM - 1:30PM Lunch - Presidential Ballroom

1:30PM - 2:00PM Keynote Address - Presidential Ballroom

Mike Curtin
Chief Executive Officer
DC Central Kitchen

Jose Andres

2:15PM - 3:30PM Facilitated Discussion: Hard Times: How Budget Concerns Could Threaten Key Food Programs - Presidential Ballroom
The focus in Washington on reducing the deficit and cutting federal spending could have a serious impact on funding for important nutrition, hunger and food safety programs. As Congress determines agency funding for the next year, priorities will be set and food programs could wind up competing for scarce resources. An expert panel examines the key tension points in the current budget debate for food-related programs and identifies the programs most at risk for budget cuts. The panel will also discuss the impact on consumers, the food industry, federal agencies, and state programs which rely on federal funding.


Ellyn Ferguson
Agriculture/Food Policy Reporter
Congressional Quarterly


Caroline Smith DeWaal
Food Safety Director
Center for Science in the Public Interest

Roberta Downing
Senior Legislative Associate
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Scott Lilly
Senior Fellow
Center for American Progress

Marshall L. Matz
Principal Attorney

3:30PM - 4:00PM Networking Break - Capital Terrace

4:00PM - 5:15PM Panel Breakout 1: Should Consumers Bear the Cost of Farm Support Programs? The Case for Sugar and Dairy Policy Reform in the Farm Bill - Federal A
Unlike other commodity support programs, the sugar and dairy programs are designed to keep prices high through government intervention in the marketplace. Lines are already being drawn in efforts to reform the sugar and dairy programs in the 2012 Farm Bill, but at whose expense? Experts will debate the impacts on consumers, farmers and the food industry, as well as the effects on food prices, trade and nutrition of both the current programs and the suggested reforms.

Jerry Hagstrom
Founder and Executive Editor
The Hagstrom Report


Chandler Goule
Vice President, Government Relations
National Farmers Union

Robert Randall Green
Senior Government Relations Representative
McLeod, Watkinson & Miller

Jack Roney
Director, Economics and Policy Analysis
American Sugar Alliance

Ruth D. Saunders
Vice President, Policy and Legislative Affairs
International Dairy Foods Association

4:00PM - 5:15PM Panel Breakout 2: Nutrition Messaging and Food Marketing in the Digital World - Congressional
The ubiquity of mobile devices, instant messaging, social networking sites, and viral videos presents a host of new opportunities and challenges for improving nutrition. The new digital media culture has transformed how consumers get information, which provides new and innovative ways to reach them with nutrition information. At the same time, concerns have been raised about the use of new media avenues in marketing food to children. An expert panel explores the possibilities and conflicts of communicating with consumers and marketing to children in the digital world.


Laura Cubillos
FoodMinds, LLC


Adam Adams
Vice President, Marketing, Health and Nutrition
Mars, Incorporated

Marty Kearns
Project Co-Director

Barbara Longo
Deputy Division Chief, Nutrition and Local Program Services
WIC Supplemental Nutrition Program

Kathryn Montgomery
Professor, School of Communication
American University

Representative from Mars, Inc.

4:00PM - 5:15PM Panel Breakout 3: Next Steps for Food Safety: Improving Meat & Poultry Safety - Federal B
Passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act represented the biggest change for food safety in decades. However, the FSMA does not address food safety challenges related to meat and poultry products since those are regulated by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. A panel of experts will examine the key food safety issues that need to be addressed to better assure the safety of meat and poultry products, and discuss the essential elements of a modern meat and poultry inspection program.


Helena Bottemiller
Washington Correspondent
Food Safety News


Dane Bernard
Vice-President, Food Safety and Quality Assurance
Keystone Foods

Tony Corbo
Senior Lobbyist
Food and Water Watch

Brian Ronholm
Deputy Under Secretary, Food Safety
Department of Agriculture

5:15PM End -
Tuesday October 4, 2011
7:00AM - 8:00AM Continental Breakfast - Capital Terrace

7:00AM - 12:15PM Registration - Capital Terrace

8:00AM - 8:30AM Welcome - Presidential Ballroom
Christopher Waldrop
Director, Food Policy Institute
Consumer Federation of America

8:30AM - 9:00AM Keynote Address - Presidential Ballroom


Connie Tipton
President and CEO
International Dairy Foods Association

The Honorable Tom Vilsack
Department of Agriculture

9:00AM - 9:30AM Keynote Address - Presidential Ballroom

J. Alan Baker
Interim Executive Director
American Public Health Association


Thomas R. Frieden
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

9:30AM - 10:45AM Panel Breakout 1: The Costs and Impacts of Rising Food Prices - Federal A
Consumers and the food industry may be facing an increase in food prices similar to the global increase in prices we saw in 2008. Experts examine the causes of this increase and whether anything can be done to prevent such increases in the future; how consumers and the food industry are coping with increased costs; and whether rising food prices are affecting some populations or segments of the food industry more than others.


Brian Todd
President and CEO
The Food Institute


Andrew S. Harig
Director of Government Relations
Food Marketing Institute

Eric Munoz
Senior Agriculture Policy Advisor
Oxfam America

Ron Trostle
Economist, Agricultural Policy and Models Branch
Economic Research Service

Elaine Waxman
Vice President, Research and Partnerships
Feeding America

Representative from the food industry

9:30AM - 10:45AM Panel Breakout 2: Older Americans: Promoting Healthy, Safe and Sufficient Food for this Overlooked Population - Federal B
Much of our nutrition and food safety policy is focused on protecting children and adolescents. Yet older Americans are also vulnerable to foodborne illness, nutrition deficiencies and hunger and have distinct needs that are often overlooked. Ensuring access to nutritious, safe and adequate meals can help keep older Americans in their homes longer and increase their life span. A panel will explore efforts to improve nutrition and food safety for older Americans, including reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, which funds community-based nutrition programs for this population.


Sylvia A. Escott-Stump
American Dietetic Association


Ashley Carson Cottingham
Staff Director
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging

Peggy Ingraham
Senior Vice President, Public Policy
Meals on Wheels Association of America

Barbara Mahon
Deputy Branch Chief, Enteric Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Ellen Vollinger
Legal Director
Food Research and Action Center

9:30AM - 10:45AM Panel Breakout 3: Can the Local Food Movement and Traditional Agriculture Exist Side by Side? - Congressional
The local food movement offers a very different vision for food production than that of traditional agriculture. Under the Obama Administration, USDA has tried to incorporate both perspectives with varying degrees of success. A panel will explore whether these two approaches are compatible and whether a hybrid approach to food production is possible or desirable, and will examine the implications of these competing visions for consumers.


Keecha Harris
KHA Inc.


Keith Jones
Professional Staff
House Committee on Agriculture

Kathleen O’Hara Mathers
Vice President, Public Affairs
The Fertilizer Institute

Kathy Mulvey
Policy Director
Community Food Security Coalition

Elanor Starmer
Special Assistant, Marketing and Regulatory Programs
Department of Agriculture

10:45AM - 11:00AM Break - Capital Terrace

11:00AM - 11:30AM Keynote Address - Presidential Ballroom

Brian Folkerts
Vice President, Government Affairs
Kraft Foods


The Honorable Jack Kingston
Chairman, Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee
U.S. House of Representatives

11:30AM - 12:00PM Keynote Address - Presidential Ballroom


Deirdre Schlunegger
Executive Director
STOP Foodborne Illness


The Honorable Margaret A. Hamburg
Food and Drug Administration

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