November 2019
Farm Foundation welcomes new president and CEO
Shari Rogge-Fidler recently joined Farm Foundation, bringing a breadth of executive, academic and managerial experience in production agriculture, business management, national and international finance, conservation and soil health issues. The Board of Directors felt that Shari's experience aligns well with the ongoing work of Farm Foundation.

New Forum: Exploring Outcome-Based Pricing in Agriculture
Register today to attend our upcoming Farm Foundation Forum, Dec. 10 in D.C. You'll take part in an active discussion on the new outcome-based pricing programs that are emerging as a potential model for producers to better manage risk. We will examine how these programs are structured, what the risks are, and how these programs may affect both growers and the broader agricultural sector. Two options: Attend in person or listen via audiocast.

Farm Foundation partners with USDA Economic Research Service on Emerging Leader Development program
Farm Foundation, in collaboration with ERS, will create a new Farm Foundation Agricultural Scholars Program that will take 10 graduate-level economics students through a year of programming. The program seeks to inspire and train the next generation of agricultural economists interested agricultural policy, commodity market analysis, agricultural finance, and other applied fields of economics.

Details will be sent to land grant universities in the coming weeks
Farm Foundation and FDA unite on antibiotics education
Farm Foundation will join with the FDA and other key stakeholders to educate farmers, veterinarians and others about the upcoming regulatory change that will require a veterinarian’s prescription to purchase injectable antibiotics used in animals, eliminating over the counter (OTC) purchase of such antibiotics. Farm Foundation will facilitate panel discussions at several large annual industry meetings in 2020, develop a retail-level communications plan and create a website geared toward educating end users about the regulatory change. 

The public comment period on the new FDA draft guidance for industry (GFI) #263 is open through the end of December 2019. 

Farm Foundation announces 2020 Cultivators
Farm Foundation announced the names of six exceptional students who have been named January 2020 Farm Foundation Cultivators. These upper class and graduate-level students were nominated by their accredited colleges or universities for being the best and brightest in their classes and will participate in the January 2020 Farm Foundation Round Table meeting in Washington, DC.

Issue Report focuses on conservation agriculture
Read our latest Farm Foundation Issue Report, Understanding the Priorities, Focuses and Implications of Conservation Agriculture. This report examines the increasing motivation and pressure across the United States to expand and further develop conservation practices within agriculture. Conservation agriculture is an evolving issue, and the report takes a deeper look at benefits and implications of new agricultural practices.

Farm Foundation publishes Annual Report
The Farm Foundation Annual Report details how the Foundation continues to honor its heritage in serving the food and agriculture sector while staying laser-focused on the issues of today that will shape the future. Some highlights include our work on antibiotic use in livestock production, the launch of our Food and Agricultural Trade Resource Center and listening sessions on rural e-connectivity.

Watch now: Farm Foundation Forum presentations, audio and video
If you weren't able to participate in our Farm Foundation Forums in September, October and November, you can listen to the audiocast, view the speaker presentations and watch speaker videos . Farm Foundation Forums bring together a panel of experts to have an informed dialogue on timely food, agricultural and rural policy issues challenges and solutions towards achieving food security and poverty reduction around the world.

Read our latest trade blogs
Farm Foundation added several new blog posts to its Food and Agricultural Trade Resource Center. The blogs cover a variety of critical trade issues: The WTO's Appellate Body crisis, the U.S.-China trade war and the 2019 Market Facilitation Program.

Farm Foundation in the News
An  Agri-Pulse piece  o n the farm economy mentioned our   Farm Economy Forum, as did  USDA Radio News Lancaster Farming High Plains Journal  and  Progressive Farmer.   The Farm Foundation partnership on the 2019 GAP report appeared on  
and  Science Daily . The   St. Augustine Record ran  an article  on one of our 2020 Cultivators. Investable Universe mentioned a Farm Foundation study in a piece on  farmland investors .

Connect with us on social media
Farm Foundation is now on Instagram and we have an active  LinkedIn page , where we are connecting with people and organizations interested in and impacted by food and agricultural issues. We’ll be sharing Farm Foundation events and news, as well as updates from the ag and food sectors. Come chat with us.

From Farm Foundation to You: Season's Greetings
Farm Foundation wishes our friends and their families a wonderful holiday season and a joyful, peaceful new year.

Dates to remember
  • Dec. 10, 2019: Farm Foundation Forum--Exploring Outcome-Based Pricing in Agriculture

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