2016 Agricultural Outlook and Policy Conference


8:30 am Registration 9:00 am 

Welcome, Dr. Jim Hanson, AREC 

9:10 am -  College's Land Grant Responsibility, Dean Craig Beyrouty, AGNR 

10:00 am - Commodity Price Prospects for 2017, Kevin McNew, President, GeoGrain and Adjunct Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland 

10:45 am - Farm to School Panel, Dr. Mary Zaki, AREC; Karen Fedor - Maryland Department of Agriculture; Jodi Risse MS,RD, Food and Nutrition Services Anne Arundel County Public Schools; Jeffrey Proulx, Food and Nutrition Services Washington County Public Schools; and Russell Shlagel, Shlagel Farms 

12:15 pm - Lunch 

1:00 pm - Policy Panel 

  • Farm Bill Signup, Dr. Howard Leathers, AREC 
  • 2016–17 Maryland Legislative Update, Colby Ferguson, Maryland Farm Bureau, and Matt Teffeau, Maryland Department of Agriculture 2:00 pm Behavioral Response to Agricultural Cost Sharing and Implications for Water Quality in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, Dr. David Newburn, AREC 

2:30 pm - Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), Justine Beaulieu, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture. 

3:00 pm - GMO Panel 

  • GMO Labeling, Dr. Lori Lynch AREC and Dr. Andrea F. Huberty, USDA-AMS 
  • Syngenta Class Action Lawsuit, Paul Goeringer AREC 4:00 pm Concluding Thoughts