Urban-Ag Academy Conference 2019
July 10-12, 2019

 

Gateway Hotel and Conference Center at ISU
2100 Green Hills Dr.
Ames, Iowa

 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

2:30 – 5:30 pm - Setting Goals for National Helen Miller
                             Agricultural Institute

6:00 pm - Welcome
Amanda De Jong, State Executive Director, Iowa Farm Service Agency

Dinner 
Joined by the George Washington Carver Summer research interns 

7:30 pm 2019 - Class Photo


Thursday, July 11, 2019

7:45 – 8:45 am - Breakfast Buffet

9:00 – 9:45 am - State Hemp Issues
State Representative John Forbes

9:45 – 10:30 am - Urban Agricultural Entrepreneurship
Kevin Kimle, Director, Rastetter Chair of Agricultural Entrepreneurship,
Iowa State University

10:30 – 10:45 am - Break

10:45 – 12 pm - MANRRS
Karl Binns, Jr. President, MANRRS, UMES. A nation organization that promotes academic and professional advancement by empowering minorities in agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences.

12 – 12:45 pm - Lunch at Gateway Hotel and Conference Center
                           Report on National Helen Miller Agricultural Institute

1:00 – 2:00 pm - Biofuels: A Win-Win for Rural and Urban America
Monte Shaw, Executive Director, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association

2:00 – 2:45 pm - US Weather Outlook & 50 Years of US Climate Policy
Elwynn Taylor, Professor of Ag Meteorology, Iowa State University 
Storm Warnings, Weather Observations, and Affirmative Climate Action:  Presidents Washington and Jefferson were personally involved in the keeping of weather observations and records.  Forecasting of adverse weather is foremost, knowledge of climate is essential, management of human climatic impact is obligatory. Obligatory in the sense that it is in good conscience necessary and that it is increasingly a legal requirement (beginning in the US on 8 Feb 1965.)

2:45 – 4:15 pm - Wind Energy Farm Tour
Christine Steinman, Powering Up Iowa

4:15 pm - Bus departs for Summit Farms

5:30 - 7:00 pm - Dinner at home of Bruce Rastetter, Summit Farms

7:00 - 7:45 pm - Bus departs for return to Gateway Hotel


Friday, July 12, 2019

7:45 - 8:30 am - Breakfast Buffet

8:30 - 9:30 am - Our Food System: The Good the Bad and the Future
Ruth MacDonald, Department Chair, Food Science and Human Nutrition,
Iowa State University

9:30 AM - 10:30 am - Farm Bill and Tariffs: Potential Impact 
Chad Hart, Associate Professor, Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics Extension, Iowa State University

10:30 – 10:45 am - BREAK

10:45 - 11:55 am - Policies in Urban Agriculture Food Processing
Angela Shaw, Associate Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Iowa State University

Shannon M. Coleman, Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist, Food Safety 
and Consumer Production, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Iowa State University

12:00 pm - Lunch and Wrap up discussion