What the 2012 election means for agriculture, food and rural policy will be the focus of the Farm Foundation Forum on Nov. 14, 2012.  The Forum will be 9-11 a.m. eastern standard time at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, Washington D.C.  

For those unable to attend the Forum at the Press Club, a live webcast will be available free of charge.  This will be the first time Farm Foundation, NFP has webcast the Forum, though audio of the sessions has been provided for several years. 

“By their votes on Nov. 6, citizens will set the stage for the next four years of the nation's policy development at both the state and federal level,” says Foundation President Neil Conklin. “This Forum is an opportunity to examine how those elections may specifically impact agriculture, food and rural policies in the months ahead.” 

Speakers providing insights on potential policy developments will be: 

  • Craig Jagger, Legis Consulting
  • Ferd Hoefner, policy director, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
  • Robert Paarlberg, professor of Political Science, Wellesley College
  • Christopher Waldrop, director of the Food Policy Institute, Consumer Federation of America
  • John Hardin, Indiana hog farmer
  • Erik Johnston, associate legislative director for Agriculture and Rural Affairs, National Association of Counties. 

After their brief presentations, the floor will be opened for discussion.

There is no charge to participate in the Forum – either in person or by webcast.  

To attend in person, please RSVP by sending an e-mail to Farm Foundation, NFP by noon Nov. 12.

To participate via webcast, please register at: www.visualwebcaster.com/Farmfoundationforum

The forum should interest people in agricultural, food and rural policy, including members of Congress, congressional staff, executive branch officials, industry representatives, NGO representatives, academics and members of the media.