This Forum will expand the concepts presented at the 2017 "Farm-to-Fork" forum, with a renewed goal of increasing awareness of food protection, security, response to emergencies and defense of our agriculture and food based economies, and arable land availability.
Addressing the vulerability food supply chain, and overall preparedness, response, and recovery is paramount for the health of our state and nation's food supply.
The Centers of Excellence are providing this opportunity to converse, identify training needs, educate consumers and producers alike, and identify needs that translate into expanded curriculum and training to ensure our agro-industry employers have the skilled employees that need to maintain their viability.
7:00 am - Registration Opens
8:00 am - College Welcome - Dr. Derek Brandes, Walla Walla Community College President
8:15 am - Opening- Lindsey Williams, Director, Agriculture Center of Excellence
9:00 am - Keynote - John Larson, American Farmland Trust Senior Vice President
9:45 am - Session 1: Food Security Panel: Farmland Trust TBA and Josh Giuntoli, Conservation Commission, Hanna Clark, American Farmland Trust and Don Schwerin, Landowner.
11:30 am - Hosted Networking Working Lunch
12:00 pm - Opening Remarks, Bill Overby, Public Safety, Security & EM educator and consultant - Food Defense
12:30 pm - Session 2: Food Defense & Safety - Prevention, preparation, response and recovery panel: Randy Treadwell, WA State Department of Agriculture's Rapid Response Team, Jay Gordon, Dairy Federation, and Joe Zaccaria, Aronson Security Department of Homeland Security.
2:15 pm - Opening Remarks, Jack Field, Pathways to Resilience - future use of RFIDs and automation. Session #3: Agriculture's Future trends & technology: Round table discussions - Moderator TBA, Bryan Noel, Coordinator UAS Operations Coodinator Big Bend Community College, Kenn Wenniger, NWTAA and Joe Zaccaria, ASG, Bill Overby, Educator, and other invited presenters will participate in Roundtable discussions with our participants.
4:30 pm- Closing remarks
5:00 pm- Hosted Networking Event by Farmland Trust