This week 'outside' of Washington: Oct. 10-14

World Food Prize and Borlaug Dialogues highlight this week's activities.

This week people from all over the world will come to Des Moines, Iowa for the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium. This year they celebrate the 30th anniversary of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug establishing the World Food Prize, and the 2016 conference will convene an array of international leaders, policy makers, farmers, executives from agribusiness and non-governmental organizations, and scientific, academic and development experts to address the most critical issues facing global food security. For more on the event, click here.  

Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will deliver keynote remarks about efforts to address food security.

Also as a side event Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) and DuPont will be honoring the 2016 Borlaug CAST Communication Award winner Kevin Folta, chair of horticultural sciences department at the University of Florida. He will speak on Unveiling Our Halo -- Building Trust with a Concerned Consumer. The award presentation will be followed by a panel discussion and preview of the forthcoming CAST Issue Paper series, The Need for Agricultural Innovation to Sustainably Feed the World by 2050.

Wednesday the Global Harvest Initiative plans to present its 2016 Agricultural Productivity Report Report’s findings before an audience of farmers and global leaders in science, research, policy and private agriculture industry attending the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa. The event will include a discussion of the importance of agricultural productivity and policies and investments that can help farmers remain competitive while transforming agriculture into a force for mitigating climate change.

Dr. Margaret Zeigler, executive director of GHI, will be joined by special guest Ambassador Patricia Haslach, principal deputy assistant secretary for Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State and former ambassador to Ethiopia (2013-2016); Luca Fabbri, chief financial officer, Farmland Partners Inc.; Dr. Keith Fuglie, economist, Resource and Rural Economics Division, USDA Economic Research Service; Bonnie McClafferty, director of agriculture for nutrition global program, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN); and Ben Pratt, vice president, corporate public affairs, The Mosaic Company & GHI board chair.

Dairy discussions

Vilsack also has planned a visit to Westby Creamery in Westby, Wisc., to discuss measures to strengthen the safety net for dairy producers.

Three national dairy trade associations will join the cross-industry Consortium for Common Food Names to unveil a major economic analysis on the consequences of surrendering to the European Union on common cheese names in a webinar for media Tuesday, October 11, at 11 a.m. EDT.

The 60-page analysis will show that the EU’s anti-competitive approach to geographical indications will result in significant lost revenues for U.S. dairy farmers, while it also increases prices and reduces choices for consumers. The analysis was commissioned by the Consortium for Common Food Names and conducted by Informa Economics IEG, a leader in agricultural and commodity/product market research and analysis. Joseph Somers and Nate Donnay from Informa Economics will present the details of the study on the webinar. Also speaking will be Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation; Tom Suber, president of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, and Jaime Castaneda and Errico Auricchio from CCFN.

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