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Wednesday, October 15 • 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Convergence of Food Security, Energy Security and Sustainable Agriculture

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Program Topic: This side event focuses on the roll out of the book titled "Convergence of Food Security, Energy Security and Sustainable Agriculture" edited by David Songstad, Jerry Hatfield and Dwight Tomes.  The roll out will consist of a keynote address and panel discussion centered on how technology will lead us to the convergence of food security, energy security and sustainable agriculture.  

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robert Fraley, Monsanto Executive Vice President and 2013 World Food Prize Laureate 

Panelists:
  • Dr. Gale Buchanan (former Under Secretary of Agriculture)
  • Dr. Jerry Hatfield (USDA; Director, Natl. Laboratory for Agr. and the Environ.)
  • Dr. Sharon Megdal (Univ. of Arizona; Director, Water Resources Research Center)
  • Mr. Thomas Redick, JD (Principal, Global Environmental Ethics Counsel)
  • Dr. David Songstad (Cibus LLC; Director of Cell Biology)
  • Dr. Manjit Misra (Moderator)
Program Description:  The emphasis of this program will be on the need for "convergence" to the core values of agriculture and society in order to meet the food and feed needs of the next generations.  This is why the book "Convergence of Food Security, Energy Security and Sustainable Agriculture" is the focus of this program and the World Food Prize the ideal venue for the roll out of this book.  Each of the panelists is a contributor to this book and give keen insights regarding the their view of our need for Convergence.

Speakers
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Dr. Robert Fraley 

2013 World Food Prize Laureate & Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Monsanto
Hired by Monsanto in 1981 as a research specialist, Fraley led a plant molecular biology group that worked on developing better crops through genetic engineering—to give farmers real solutions to critical problems such as the pest and weed infestations that frequently destroyed crops. His early research built upon the discoveries of Mary-Dell Chilton and Marc Van Montagu. A breakthrough occurred when Fraley and his team isolated a bacterial... Read More →


Wednesday October 15, 2014 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Salon A Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor)