Join the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) at Foster Our Future to hear experts lead moderated panel discussions exploring the challenges facing food and agriculture and the role research and innovation will have to feed a global population of 10 billion by 2050.

12:30 pmRegistration Opens
1:00-5:00 pmFoster Our Future Exhibits Open
1:00 pmOpening Comments


  • Sally Rockey, Executive Director, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
  • Scott Hutchins, Deputy Under Secretary, United States Department of Agriculture Research, Education and Economics Mission
1:30-2:00 pmTransforming the Food System through Regenerative Agriculture


2:00-2:30 pmPop-up Presentation – Ozone’s Suffocating Effects on Crops


  • Lisa Ainsworth, Research Leader, Global Change and Photosynthesis Research Unit, USDA ARS
2:00-2:30 pmNew Innovators


FFAR New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Awardees


  • Amanda Ashworth, Research Soil Scientist, USDA-ARS
    Plant-Soil-Water Nexus: Agricultural Systems Research
  • Isaya Kisekka, Associate Professor, University of California Davis
    Data-driven Water Management for Sustainable Agricultural Productivity and Environmental Outcomes
2:00-2:30 pmSpeakers Booth – Solving for Climate Change One Farm at a Time


2:30-3:00 pmA Green Light for Hemp: What’s Next? Opportunities and Challenges for Restarting the U.S. Hemp Industry


3:00-3:30 pmPop-up Presentation - Traceability in the Age of Supply Chain Digitization with a Case Study in Seafood


  • Bryan Hitchcock, Senior Director for Food Chain, Institute of Food Technologists and Executive Director, Global Food Traceability Center
  • Thomas Burke, Food Traceability and Safety Scientist, Global Food Traceability Center
3:00-3:30 pmNew Innovators


FFAR New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Awardees


  • Jason Wallace, Assistant Professor, University of Georgia
    Harnessing Endophytes to Improve Agriculture
  • Tu-Anh Huynh, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    The pathogenic bacterium Listeria monocytogenes: why so prevalent in the dairy cow gastrointestinal tract
3:00-3:30 pmSpeakers Booth – How Agriculture, Food Manufacturing and Retail Partners with University Technology


  • Daniel Johnson, Chair of the Department of Packaging Science in the College of Engineering Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Bill Strassburg, VP of Strategic Initiatives, Wegmans
3:30-4:00 pmA Farmer's Perspective on Agricultural Data Value, Usage and Privacy


4:00-4:30 pmPop-up Presentation - The Role of Biologicals in Regenerative Agriculture


4:00-4:30 pmNew Innovators


FFAR New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Awardees


  • Yiping Qi, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland
    Rapid Evolution of CRISPR Systems for Plant Genome Editing
  • Kranthi Mandadi, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center
    A Novel Bioassay for Culturing And Characterizing Fastidious Phytopathogens
4:00-4:30 pmSpeakers Booth - Agriculture's Role in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals


  • A.G. Kawamura, Founding Co-Chair, Solutions from the Land (SfL) and Farm Journal Foundation Farmer Ambassador
4:30-5:00 pmHear it from the Top: A Conversation with Former Secretaries of Agriculture


  • Mike Johanns, U.S. Senator (R-NE), 28th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Governor, Mayor
  • Tom Vilsack, President & CEO, U.S. Dairy Export Council, 30th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
  • Moderated by Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Administrator, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
5:00 pmClosing Remarks


  • Sally Rockey, Executive Director, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
5:00 pmFoster Our Future Exhibits Close
 Evening Program
5:30-7:00 pmReception


7:00-7:10 pmEvening Welcome


  • Bob Stallman, Past President, American Farm Bureau Federation
  • Hon. Dan Glickman, Vice President, Aspen Institute, Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center, 26th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
7:10-7:30 pmKeynote


7:30-8:00 pmAgriculture: The Climate Solution


8:00 pmFoster Our Future Evening Concludes

To see the agenda and speakers from 2019, view the 2019 Foster Our Future website.