2012 Ag Issues Forum Features Thought Leaders

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Bayer CropScience is pleased with the engagement, discussion and activity at the 2012 Ag Issues Forum which brought together some of the brightest minds dedicated to propelling the future of agriculture. Topics covered over the two-day event included updates on important issues that impact present and future food, fuel and fiber production trends.

The event began with Lykele van der Broek, Chief Operating Officer, and Mathias Kramer, Head of Global BioScience, Bayer CropScience, kicking off the event by documenting Bayer’s commitment to propel farming’s future and advance agriculture production sustainability.

Speakers included:

  • Kai Robertson from the Business for Social Responsibility, who reflected on the impact of food waste on the sustainability of the food production system.
  • Bill Lapp, a Grain Economist with Advanced Economic Solutions, discussed ongoing domestic and global trends impacting food, fiber, and fuel production.
  • Gawain Kripke, Director of Policy and Research, Oxfam, discussed the vulnerabilities associated within the global food system.

Day Two focused on real-world applications with a joint presentation from Dennis Treacy, Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Smithfield Foods and Suzy Friedman, Deputy Director, Working Lands, Environmental Defense Fund about how two different organizations work together to advance sustainability efforts.

A panel discussion on weed resistance addressed this complex issue, with experts documenting the current situation and providing real-world solutions. A panel of grower experts also discussed efforts they use to advance sustainability efforts on their operations.

The event concluded with the announcement of John Shepherd, a Virginia farmer, as the 2012 Young Farmer Sustainability Award winner.

New at this year’s Ag Issues Forum was an interactive poster session at which representatives from Bayer CropScience were on hand to provide innovation updates on products and initiatives ranging from bee health research to regulatory and legislative updates and new product development.

Watch interviews with selected speakers on our YouTube playlist, and check out our Flickr site for event photos.



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