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Farm Foundation, NFP organizes these public forums to engage a full range of stakeholders in informed dialogue on food, agricultural and rural policies. Participants examine current policies, explore and analyze alternative policy proposals, and give voice to new proposals. Speakers provide brief topic summaries, with the majority of time devoted to discussion. The opinions and views expressed at Farm Foundation Forums are solely those of the speakers, and do not represent those of Farm Foundation, NFP.

The Farm Foundation Forum is 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. EDT at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C.  For those unable to attend the event in person, a free live audiocast is available.

THE FORUM WHICH WAS TO HAVE BEEN MARCH 14 has been RESCHEDULED for Wednesday, April 26.

TOPIC:  The Future of the North American Free Trade Agreement

FORUM PANEL MEMBERS:

  • Bob Stallman, a Texas farmer and former president of the American Farm Bureau Federation;
  • Melissa San Miguel, Senior Director of Global Strategies for the Grocery Manufacturers Association; and
  • Linda Dempsey, Vice President of International Economic Affairs with the National Association of Manufacturers.

THIS FORUM WILL BE AUDIOCAST. Those participants viewing by audiocast will hear the discussions, view the PowerPoints and participate in the question and answer session.  The audiocast is made possible by a grant from Farm Credit. 

REGISTRATION: There is no charge to participate in the Forum but registration is requested. The links below are new links for the April 26 event. If you registered for the March 14 event, you will need to register again for the April 26 event.

To attend the event in person at the National Press Club, register HERE

A free, live audiocast of the Forum will be provided.  To register for the audiocast, use this link.

For those unable to attend in person or listen to the live audiocast, an audio file of the Forum discussions is posted in the Forum Archives (access below) after the event.

Future Forums: 
May 24
June 21
July 19
Sept. 19


Who should participate: People with an interest in agricultural, food and rural policy, including members of Congress, congressional staff, executive branch officials, Embassy staff, industry representatives, NGO representatives, nutritionists, the medical community, feeding organizations, rural development interests and members of the media.

The Forums fit the Farm Foundation, NFP mission as an agricultural policy institute cultivating dynamic non-partisan collaboration to meet society's needs for food, fiber, feed and energy. Since 1933 we have connected leaders in farming, business, academia, organizations and government through proactive, rigorous debate and objective issue analysis. The Forums, which have been ongoing since Feburary 2006, are opportunities to identify evolving issues, explore options to address those issues, and understand the potential consequences of those options.

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