November 16 - 17

2022 Draft Schedule

Meeting the Moment: Strengthening U.S. Food and Agriculture’s Capacity to Drive Change
For more than a decade, leaders across U.S. food and agriculture have been advancing initiatives to secure a more sustainable future for our people, planet, and communities. Despite modest progress, inequality persists, global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, and, across the American West, producers are faced with an increasingly dire scarcity of the most precious resource that sustains our industry and our world – water – deepening a climate crisis which uniquely threatens the agriculture industry.

Time
*Listed in Mountain Standard Time
Event
7:00 am
6:00 pm
Registration Open
7:00 am
7:00 pm
Networking Hall Open
7:00 am
8:30 am
Breakfast (Networking Hall)
8:30 am
8:45 am
Welcome
8:45 am
9:00 am
Opening Keynote
9:30 am
10:30 am
Collaborations and Innovations in Western Agriculture

The U.S. agricultural value chain and consumers alike, rely on producers in the west for more than half of our specialty crops, a majority of our cattle and poultry, and a significant amount of row crops, dairy and seeds. Yet, agriculture in the American West is facing unprecedented challenges related to water scarcity, ongoing droughts, wildfires, regulations and labor concerns. How are policy makers, producers and academics working together to overcome these challenges and innovate ways to remain resilient and profitable in the face of deteriorating growing conditions? This session will highlight western-agricultural issues, including a return to Indigenous growing systems, innovations in methane mitigations and water quantity challenges. Following these micro-keynote addresses, our experts will address questions from the audience.

10:30 am
11:15 am
Networking Break & Lightning Presentations (Networking Hall)
11:15 am
12:15 pm
Concurrent Breakout Sessions #1
12:15 pm
1:15 pm
Lunch (Networking Hall)
1:30 pm
2:30 pm
Concurrent Breakout Sessions #2
2:30 pm
3:15 pm
Networking Break & Lightning Presentations (Networking Hall)
3:15 pm
4:00 pm
Producer Voices: Western Perspective

Direct action related to most of the topics and actions discussed at this meeting will take place at the field and farm level, so it’s critical that the people who will be making this impact are part of the conversation about them. Across the American West, producers face unique conditions that are not always experienced by those in other parts of the country.  In this town-hall style conversation, western farmers from across commodity sectors will react to the top sustainability matters of the day, provide their perspective on their role in advancing sustainability, highlight the challenges they’re facing, and speak to the importance of industry-wide collaboration to build economically viable pathways for progress. 

4:00 pm
5:00 pm
Advancing Sustainability Across the U.S. Food and Agriculture Value Chain

Sustainability is a topic too big for any single company, commodity, or supply chain sector to solve on its own. That’s why this Summit was created – to serve as a convening for all agricultural stakeholders to collaboratively drive a more sustainable future for our industry. Now, a surge of public and private investment into climate-smart agriculture is poised to springboard our collective approach to sustainability. In this session, representatives from various U.S. food and ag value chain sectors share their insights, learnings, and what’s to come as they attempt to advance innovative approaches to mitigating climate risk, align measurement and reporting standards, and ensure the full value chain has a seat at the table during these important conversations. 

5:00 pm
6:30 pm
Networking Reception (Networking Hall)
Time
*Listed in Mountain Standard Time
Event
6:30 am
12:00 pm
Registration Open
6:30 am
1:00 pm
Networking Hall Open
6:30 am
7:45 am
Breakfast (Networking Hall)
8:00 am
9:00 am
Concurrent Breakout Sessions #3
9:15 am
10:15 am
Concurrent Breakout Sessions #4
10:15 am
10:45 am
Networking Break & Lightning Presentations (Networking Hall)
10:45 am
11:30 am
Producer Voices

Farmers, ranchers, producers, growers. Whatever you call them, they are indispensable to the food we eat and the clothes we wear and so many of our daily essentials making their way into our homes in a sustainable way. Direct action related to most of the topics and actions discussed at this meeting will take place at the field and farm level so it’s critical that the people who will be making this impact are part of the conversation about them. In this town-hall style conversation, farmers from across commodity sectors will react to the top sustainability matters of the day, provide their perspective on their role in advancing these initiatives and speak to the importance of industry-wide collaboration to build economically viable pathways for progress. 

11:30 am
12:15 pm
Closing Keynote
12:15 pm
Grab and Go Lunch