Winter 2022
Winter is a busy time at Farm Foundation. In this quarter's news you'll find a lot of fresh faces, program developments, and new opportunities to connect with our mission to build trust and understanding at the intersections of agriculture and society.
The Latest News on Our Work

Farm Foundation organizes project work on four strategic priorities: conservation and sustainability, digital agriculture, farmer health, and market development and access.
The latest Farm Foundation Issue Report, Data Interoperability in Agriculture, provides a high-level overview of data interoperability and its role in creating a productive, resilient, and innovative agriculture system. Written by Megan Shahan, regenerative food and agriculture consultant with The Mixing Bowl, the report discusses the emergence of interoperability in the industry, agriculture's evolving operating context, and pathways to interoperability in agriculture.
A paper written by Dr. Alejandro Plastina, the current Farm Foundation Agricultural Economics Fellow, discusses changes in acres on cover crops and no-till in Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa between the last two Censuses of Agriculture, 2012 and 2017. He and co-author Dr. Wendiam Sawadgo attempt to shed light on regional patterns of adoption and disadoption of conservation practices. Read Cover Crops and No-till in the I-States: Non-Permanence and Carbon Markets.

We look forward to bringing you fresh news on our Farmer Health initiatives, such as the Farm Family Wellness Alliance, and Market Development and Access activities in the next edition. If your organization is interested in partnering with us on these or other initiatives in these important areas affecting agriculture, please contact us to start the conversation.
Stay Informed With Farm Foundation Forums

Don't miss the live presentation on February 23 of the Farm Foundation Forum: Green Energy Pitfalls and Payouts on the Farm. Moderated by Tyne Morgan from Farm Journal, the presentation will feature a variety of speakers including Shannon Ferrell with Oklahoma State University and Garrett Thalgott with Illinois Farm Bureau, followed by an audience Q&A session. There's no cost to attend, but registration is required.
The recording of the December Farm Foundation Forum, 2022 Economic Outlook for Agriculture, provides a look ahead at what farmers, agribusiness leaders, and others in the food and ag sectors can expect to see with respect to ag markets, trade, equipment, and the economics of rising input costs in 2022.
The October 2021 Forum, Keeping the Farm Together: Issues and Impacts of Current Tax Proposals, explores possible federal tax changes on agriculture and rural estate planning.

Farm Foundation Forums, as well as a wide collection of interviews and presentation excerpts offering invaluable industry insights, are available on our YouTube channel.
Farm Foundation Discusses Resilience in Agriculture
Farm Foundation’s Round Table program gathered in Florida on January 12 to 14, 2022, to explore resilience in our food and agricultural system through different lenses—from supply chains, capital markets, water and environmental issues, to policy and trade. Learn about the key themes that emerged.
Next Generation Program News
Announcing Farm Foundation's Inaugural Agricultural Economics Trade Fellow
Dr. Amanda Countryman, Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University (CSU) has been named Farm Foundation’s first Agricultural Economics Trade Fellow. The Agricultural Economics Trade Fellowship is a year-long program for one post-Ph.D. Agricultural economist with a specialization in ag markets and trade.
Farm Foundation Cultivators
Farm Foundation, with support from Round Table Fellows and BNSF Railway Company, selects and sponsors six Cultivators to attend a Farm Foundation Round Table meeting. These college students interact with leaders in today’s food and agriculture sector, and present key aspects of their studies to an influential audience. Congratulations to the January 2022 Cultivators.
Farm Foundation Agricultural Scholars
Each year, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS), Farm Foundation selects up to 15 applied or agricultural economics students to join a year-long program featuring events and projects throughout the year. These include a mentorship with an ERS senior analyst, a research project and ag-focused forums and meetings. Congratulations to the 2022 Agricultural Scholars.

We welcome discussions about partnership opportunities to further scale our Next Generation programs to provide even greater support and more opportunities to our outstanding program participants. Contact us here.
Farm Foundation Welcomes New Staff
Jenna Wicks
Program Manager
Jenna comes to Farm Foundation with over a decade of experience working with young leaders. She taught high school agriculture science and was an FFA chapter advisor for two years.
Naomi Millán
Marketing/Comms Manager
Naomi was previously the senior writer at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and spent 13 years as an editor of Building Operating Management, focusing on large-scale commercial facilities. 
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