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News Release

Forum to discuss best practice for food/farm policy relationship

Date: June 15, 2017


Source: Craig Gundersen, 217-333-2857;

News writer: Debra Levey Larson, 217-244-2880;


URBANA, Ill.  – The nutrition and agriculture communities are two of the key influencers in the development of federal policies, as well as in assuring a nutritious food supply. Debate continues on the merits of splitting feeding and farm legislation, while other stakeholders discuss the many issues that unite the two efforts.


The June 21 Farm Foundation Forum, Nutrition and Agriculture—A Natural Partnership, will explore areas for collaboration in greater detail. The forum will be from 9  to 11 a.m. EDT in the Holeman Lounge of the National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C.


Anyone interested in agricultural, food, and rural policy are welcome to attend in person or live via an audiocast.


Panel members presenting perspectives on the issue will be:


Craig Gundersen, Soybean Industry Endowed Professor in Agricultural Strategy at the University of Illinois in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics; Karen Siebert, a public policy advisor for Harvesters--The Community Food Network, a regional food bank; and Skye Cornell, chief programs officer at Wholesome Wave.


Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman will moderate the discussion. After comments by the panelists, the floor will be opened for questions and discussion.


There is no charge to participate in the June 21 Forum, but registration is requested, whether attending the forum in person or participating in the live audiocast.


The Forum: Farm Foundation, NFP organizes these public forums to engage all stakeholders in informed dialogue on food, agricultural, and rural policies. Participants examine current policies, explore and analyze alternative policy options, and give voice to new proposals.


Audio from the session will also be posted on the Farm Foundation website.