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December 16, 2015

A great lineup of workshops planned for #agrisummit2016

The Global Agriculture Summit team is proud to announce our first round of workshops that will be part of our event in March, 2016.

See below for confirmed speakers and workshops as of December, 2015. We’re excited about the great lineup of workshops that are already planned. Stay tuned as more names and topics are being confirmed soon!

A BIBLICAL CALL TO AGRICULTURE AND FLOURISHING FOR ALL

  • A Biblical Vision for Agriculture (Dr. Wayne Kobes, Dordt College)
  • Feeding 9.7 Billion, is it Possible? (Dr. Ronald Vos, Dordt College)
  • Are We Being Good Stewards? (Phil Grabowski, Michigan State University)
  • The Church and Agriculture Development (Rev. Thomas Lubari, Life Gospel Ministries of Uganda)
  • Engaging the Church to Celebrate Agriculture as a Calling to do God’s Work (Greg Elzinga, Partners Worldwide )
  • I was Hungry (Brian Oldreive, Foundations for Farming)

PRODUCER AND AGRIBUSINESS INNOVATIONS

  • New Crops for the Midwest: Pennycress and Hazelnuts (Dr. Don Wyse, University of Minnesota)
  • High Road to High Yields (Gary De Vries, Dordt College)
  • Sustainability in the 21st. Century & Large-Scale Crop Production (Matt Schuiteman, AJS Farms, MNM Shorthorns, and Diamond M Swine)
  • Perennial Grain Crop for Sustainable Production (Dr. Robert De Haan, Dordt College)
  • Global Climate Change (John Short, College of the Redwoods)
  • Best Practices in Global Conservation Agriculture (Panel)
  • Growing Haitian Agriculture (Brad Kinsinger, Hawkeye Community College)
  • Glyphosate Resistant Weeds – A Sustainable Response (Dr. Peter Sikkema, University of Guelph)
  • Soil Care and Management, (Lee Burras and Joel De Jong, Iowa State University)
  • Global Agriculture Trends for 2016 and Beyond, (Brad Kooima, Sioux Center, IA)
  • Strategies for Navigating and Managing the Farm During Times of Thin Margins, (Tom Thaden, Iowa Farm Business Association)

EQUIPPING AND TRAINING IN AGRICULTURE

  • Taking the Risk: Encouraging Innovation (Lynda Dykstra, World Renew)
  • Dialogue on Agriculture Development Best Practices (Panel)
  • Idolizing Technology in Agriculture (Dr. Nick Breems, Dordt College)

AGRICULTURE AS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Agriculture as Economic Development: Partnering in Africa, Asia, Latin America-Caribbean, and North America (Partners Worldwide global staff)
  • Impact of Fairtrade Certification on Smallholder Coffee Farmers (Angela Magnussen, Fairtrade America)
  • Creating a Field of Hope (Brandy Young, John Deere)
  • Value-chain Development for Micro-producers (Haron Wachira, Akili Holdings)
  • Appropriate Technology for Developing Nations (Dr. Justin Vander Werff, Dr. Joel Sikkema, Dr. Nolan Van Galen, Dordt College)
  • Empowering India: Hydroponics and Micro-dairy (Dr. Sanjeev Sable, Agri Seva India, and Nikhil Ratnam, Quidditas Farms Pvt. Ltd.)
  • Innovative Products for Global Flourishing (Lou Haveman, Business Connect)
  • The Economics that Matter (Jeffrey Bloem, Michigan State University)
  • Global Investing: Challenges and Opportunities (Scott Oakes, Real Estate Development Company)
  • Access to Capital and Partnerships for Impact (Doug Seebeck, Partners Worldwide)

AGRICULTURE AND ADVOCACY

  • Consuming as Christians: Considerations, Preferences and Implications (Panel)
  • Christian Perspectives on Immigration in the Agriculture Sector (Panel)
  • Promoting Living Wages (Wilbert Flinterman, Fairtrade)
  • Food-chain Communications: Realities, Cautions and Opportunities (Kevin Murphy)

GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

  • State of Food Insecurity (Patrick Plonski, Books for Africa)
  • Balancing Accountability and Flexibility in Agriculture Development (Bev Abma, Consultant, Overseas Development Monitoring and Evaluation, retired from Food Resource Bank)
  • Community-based Agriculture and Food Security-Northern Uganda (Kilaga Atifu, Partners Worldwide)
  • An Assessment of Amaranth Development in East Africa (Tom Post, World Renew)
  • Lessons Learned in Northern Honduras Helping Churches Help Others: 1992 to 2015 (Dave Seehusen, Retired COO of Land O Lakes/Winfield Seed)
  • Village Savings and Lending (Angela Boss, World Renew)
  • Cooperatives in the Midwest and in Africa: Benefits, Limitations and Opportunities (Greg De Haan, Geneva Lake Farm)
  • Growing Food in Unsuspecting Places (Rev. Craig Broek, Christ Community Church)

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