2018 Public Conversation: Addressing Challenges


October 12, 2018

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
1200 I St 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 2018 Public Conversation, Executive Director Dr. Sally Rockey and Board Chair Dr. Mark Keenum highlighted our milestones for the year and discussed refining our Challenge Areas to ensure alignment with research gaps and innovations. 

Seven guest speakers from the food and agriculture industry shared insight on the industry’s pressing challenges and our solution-based approach for addressing them. 

The following guest speakers delivered remarks during the 2018 Public Conversation: 

  1. William Brandon, Industrial Ecosystems
  2. Florence Dunkle, Montana State University
  3. Kier Knoll, Good Earth Food Hub
  4. Barbara Leach, My Rural America Action
  5. Elizabeth Sander, Food and Friends.
  6. Ricardo Salvador, Union of Concerned Scientists
  7. Russ Webster, Grow to Market

We thank those who joined us and offer a special thank you to the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), who generously provided the space.

2018 Public Convo Mark: FFAR Board Chair and President of Mississippi State University Dr. Mark Keenum welcomes attendees at the Public Conversation.

2018 Public Convo Sally: FFAR Executive Director Dr. Sally Rockey discusses our Challenge Areas.


Dr. Jacobs-Young Speaking: Board member and USDA Agricultural Research Service Administrator responds to a participant’s question.


Sally with Cow Slide: FFAR Executive Director Dr. Sally Rockey discusses our future research direction.


Mark and Pam: FFAR Board Chair and President of Mississippi State University Dr. Mark Keenum honors Pam Johnson for her commitment to the FFAR Board of Directors.

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