2017 Public Conversation: Recognizing 2017 Milestones


October 6, 2017

American Association for the Advancement of Science
1200 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005


In accordance with the Farm Bill, we host a Public Conversation to update the public and members of the food and agriculture community about our work. This annual event includes a forum for the public and members of the food and agriculture community to address our leadership.

During the 2017 Public Conversation, Executive Director Dr. Sally Rockey and Board Chair Dr. Mark Keenum shared an overview of current and future programs to which we allocated nearly $100 million that year. The update also included a discussion of how we see our Challenge Areas evolving in the coming years.

Seven guest speakers from the food and agriculture industry provided commentary on our approach to advancing the food and agriculture industry.

The following guest speakers delivered remarks during the 2017 Public Conversation:

  1. Marcia DeLonge, Union of Concerned Scientists
  2. Robert Campbell, Feeding America
  3. Kanika Ghandi, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
  4. Elliot Roth, Spira Inc.
  5. Michael Stein, Organic Farming Research Foundation
  6. David Welch, The Good Food Institute

We thank those who joined us at this event and offer a special thank you to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, who generously provided the space for this event.

Executive Director Dr. Sally Rockey and Board Chair Dr. Mark Keenum during panel discussion.

Board Chair Dr. Mark Keenum during panel discussion.

Executive Director Dr. Sally Rockey

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