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
Tom Ryan
President, Truterra

Tom Ryan

President, Truterra

As President of Truterra, Tom leads Land O’Lakes’ sustainability business and is driving farmer adoption of climate-smart practices. Under Tom’s leadership, Truterra is focused on creating new value streams up and down the supply chain by connecting farmers, ag retailers, and food and CPG companies. Not only does Tom have industry-spanning experience working with farmers and ag retailers, but he is also a multi-generation farmer who practices sustainability and soil health practices on his own farm.

Tom is a 23-year veteran of the Land O’Lakes Federated system, and throughout his tenure, he has held multiple leadership roles, most recently leading WinField United’s business operations team where he oversaw customer experience, business analytics and data science. He also led WinField United’s Strategic Retail Alliance efforts executing partnerships, alliances and joint ventures across 40 ag retailers.

Tom has strong experience in precision agriculture and working directly with farmers and ag retailers to evaluate and adopt conservation practices. He first joined Land O’Lakes in 2005 as a Seed & Agronomy Advisor and previously served as a Technical Service Provider with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. In this role, he helped farmers develop conservation plans, apply for federal conservation funding, and adopt new regenerative practices.

Tom is a multi-generation farmer who is an active partner in his family’s 1,200-acre corn and soybean farm near Springfield, MN. He currently resides in Ham Lake, MN with his wife Kori and their son Jack.

7:00 am
7:00 pm
Networking Hall Open
Tom Ryan
President, Truterra

Tom Ryan

President, Truterra

As President of Truterra, Tom leads Land O’Lakes’ sustainability business and is driving farmer adoption of climate-smart practices. Under Tom’s leadership, Truterra is focused on creating new value streams up and down the supply chain by connecting farmers, ag retailers, and food and CPG companies. Not only does Tom have industry-spanning experience working with farmers and ag retailers, but he is also a multi-generation farmer who practices sustainability and soil health practices on his own farm.

Tom is a 23-year veteran of the Land O’Lakes Federated system, and throughout his tenure, he has held multiple leadership roles, most recently leading WinField United’s business operations team where he oversaw customer experience, business analytics and data science. He also led WinField United’s Strategic Retail Alliance efforts executing partnerships, alliances and joint ventures across 40 ag retailers.

Tom has strong experience in precision agriculture and working directly with farmers and ag retailers to evaluate and adopt conservation practices. He first joined Land O’Lakes in 2005 as a Seed & Agronomy Advisor and previously served as a Technical Service Provider with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. In this role, he helped farmers develop conservation plans, apply for federal conservation funding, and adopt new regenerative practices.

Tom is a multi-generation farmer who is an active partner in his family’s 1,200-acre corn and soybean farm near Springfield, MN. He currently resides in Ham Lake, MN with his wife Kori and their son Jack.

7:00 am
8:30 am
Breakfast (Networking Hall)
Tom Ryan
President, Truterra

Tom Ryan

President, Truterra

As President of Truterra, Tom leads Land O’Lakes’ sustainability business and is driving farmer adoption of climate-smart practices. Under Tom’s leadership, Truterra is focused on creating new value streams up and down the supply chain by connecting farmers, ag retailers, and food and CPG companies. Not only does Tom have industry-spanning experience working with farmers and ag retailers, but he is also a multi-generation farmer who practices sustainability and soil health practices on his own farm.

Tom is a 23-year veteran of the Land O’Lakes Federated system, and throughout his tenure, he has held multiple leadership roles, most recently leading WinField United’s business operations team where he oversaw customer experience, business analytics and data science. He also led WinField United’s Strategic Retail Alliance efforts executing partnerships, alliances and joint ventures across 40 ag retailers.

Tom has strong experience in precision agriculture and working directly with farmers and ag retailers to evaluate and adopt conservation practices. He first joined Land O’Lakes in 2005 as a Seed & Agronomy Advisor and previously served as a Technical Service Provider with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. In this role, he helped farmers develop conservation plans, apply for federal conservation funding, and adopt new regenerative practices.

Tom is a multi-generation farmer who is an active partner in his family’s 1,200-acre corn and soybean farm near Springfield, MN. He currently resides in Ham Lake, MN with his wife Kori and their son Jack.

8:45 am
9:00 am
Welcome
Tammy Baker
General Manager, Dairy Management West
Scott Herndon
President, Field to Market
Tom Ryan
President, Truterra

Tom Ryan

President, Truterra

As President of Truterra, Tom leads Land O’Lakes’ sustainability business and is driving farmer adoption of climate-smart practices. Under Tom’s leadership, Truterra is focused on creating new value streams up and down the supply chain by connecting farmers, ag retailers, and food and CPG companies. Not only does Tom have industry-spanning experience working with farmers and ag retailers, but he is also a multi-generation farmer who practices sustainability and soil health practices on his own farm.

Tom is a 23-year veteran of the Land O’Lakes Federated system, and throughout his tenure, he has held multiple leadership roles, most recently leading WinField United’s business operations team where he oversaw customer experience, business analytics and data science. He also led WinField United’s Strategic Retail Alliance efforts executing partnerships, alliances and joint ventures across 40 ag retailers.

Tom has strong experience in precision agriculture and working directly with farmers and ag retailers to evaluate and adopt conservation practices. He first joined Land O’Lakes in 2005 as a Seed & Agronomy Advisor and previously served as a Technical Service Provider with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. In this role, he helped farmers develop conservation plans, apply for federal conservation funding, and adopt new regenerative practices.

Tom is a multi-generation farmer who is an active partner in his family’s 1,200-acre corn and soybean farm near Springfield, MN. He currently resides in Ham Lake, MN with his wife Kori and their son Jack.

9:00 am
9:30 am
Opening Keynote
Robert Bonnie
Under Secretary for farm Production and Conservation, USDA
Tom Ryan
President, Truterra

Tom Ryan

President, Truterra

As President of Truterra, Tom leads Land O’Lakes’ sustainability business and is driving farmer adoption of climate-smart practices. Under Tom’s leadership, Truterra is focused on creating new value streams up and down the supply chain by connecting farmers, ag retailers, and food and CPG companies. Not only does Tom have industry-spanning experience working with farmers and ag retailers, but he is also a multi-generation farmer who practices sustainability and soil health practices on his own farm.

Tom is a 23-year veteran of the Land O’Lakes Federated system, and throughout his tenure, he has held multiple leadership roles, most recently leading WinField United’s business operations team where he oversaw customer experience, business analytics and data science. He also led WinField United’s Strategic Retail Alliance efforts executing partnerships, alliances and joint ventures across 40 ag retailers.

Tom has strong experience in precision agriculture and working directly with farmers and ag retailers to evaluate and adopt conservation practices. He first joined Land O’Lakes in 2005 as a Seed & Agronomy Advisor and previously served as a Technical Service Provider with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. In this role, he helped farmers develop conservation plans, apply for federal conservation funding, and adopt new regenerative practices.

Tom is a multi-generation farmer who is an active partner in his family’s 1,200-acre corn and soybean farm near Springfield, MN. He currently resides in Ham Lake, MN with his wife Kori and their son Jack.

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 innovations in methane mitigations and water quantity challenges. Following these micro-keynote addresses, our experts will address questions from the audience.

Moderator:

Sarah Stokes Alexander, Vice President of Programs, Keystone Policy Center

Speakers:

Kara Heckert
Resilient Agriculture West Advisor, American Farmland Trust
Ermias Kebreab, Ph.D.
Associate Dean & Professor, College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences, University of California-Davis
Sarah Porter
Director of the Kyl Center for Water Policy within the Morrison Institute for Public Policy
Tom Ryan
President, Truterra

Tom Ryan

President, Truterra

As President of Truterra, Tom leads Land O’Lakes’ sustainability business and is driving farmer adoption of climate-smart practices. Under Tom’s leadership, Truterra is focused on creating new value streams up and down the supply chain by connecting farmers, ag retailers, and food and CPG companies. Not only does Tom have industry-spanning experience working with farmers and ag retailers, but he is also a multi-generation farmer who practices sustainability and soil health practices on his own farm.

Tom is a 23-year veteran of the Land O’Lakes Federated system, and throughout his tenure, he has held multiple leadership roles, most recently leading WinField United’s business operations team where he oversaw customer experience, business analytics and data science. He also led WinField United’s Strategic Retail Alliance efforts executing partnerships, alliances and joint ventures across 40 ag retailers.

Tom has strong experience in precision agriculture and working directly with farmers and ag retailers to evaluate and adopt conservation practices. He first joined Land O’Lakes in 2005 as a Seed & Agronomy Advisor and previously served as a Technical Service Provider with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. In this role, he helped farmers develop conservation plans, apply for federal conservation funding, and adopt new regenerative practices.

Tom is a multi-generation farmer who is an active partner in his family’s 1,200-acre corn and soybean farm near Springfield, MN. He currently resides in Ham Lake, MN with his wife Kori and their son Jack.

10:30 am
11:15 am
Networking Break & Lightning Presentations (Networking Hall)
Tom Ryan
President, Truterra

Tom Ryan

President, Truterra

As President of Truterra, Tom leads Land O’Lakes’ sustainability business and is driving farmer adoption of climate-smart practices. Under Tom’s leadership, Truterra is focused on creating new value streams up and down the supply chain by connecting farmers, ag retailers, and food and CPG companies. Not only does Tom have industry-spanning experience working with farmers and ag retailers, but he is also a multi-generation farmer who practices sustainability and soil health practices on his own farm.

Tom is a 23-year veteran of the Land O’Lakes Federated system, and throughout his tenure, he has held multiple leadership roles, most recently leading WinField United’s business operations team where he oversaw customer experience, business analytics and data science. He also led WinField United’s Strategic Retail Alliance efforts executing partnerships, alliances and joint ventures across 40 ag retailers.

Tom has strong experience in precision agriculture and working directly with farmers and ag retailers to evaluate and adopt conservation practices. He first joined Land O’Lakes in 2005 as a Seed & Agronomy Advisor and previously served as a Technical Service Provider with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. In this role, he helped farmers develop conservation plans, apply for federal conservation funding, and adopt new regenerative practices.

Tom is a multi-generation farmer who is an active partner in his family’s 1,200-acre corn and soybean farm near Springfield, MN. He currently resides in Ham Lake, MN with his wife Kori and their son Jack.

11:15 am
12:15 pm
Concurrent Breakout Sessions #1

Developing our Next Generation of Change Agents in Agriculture: Agriculture Educator Perspectives    
Fostering student career success is challenging. During this agriculture educator panel session questions from the audience will be solicited along the theme of what else needs to be done to better prepare college students to enter the agribusiness workforce? Topics such as being entrepreneurial, dealing with ambiguity, teamwork, soft skill development and creating fundamental awareness of our food and fiber system will be covered. A key outcome is to provide attendees with a candid, inside view of university agriculture education and how we can partner for better student outcomes.

Advancing Sustainability through Innovative Partnerships Field to Market    
The challenges facing farmers and the agricultural value change continue to rapidly evolve. It is crucial now, more than ever, that the entire value chain works together to meet the growing demand for food, feed, fiber and fuel in a sustainable and responsible way that protects farm productivity and the environment. Join us in this session, as we explore how partnerships can be utilized to meet agricultures’ challenges and advance sustainability.

Rerooting U.S. Food Production: A New Paradigm for Animal Agriculture  

Our current low food prices are actually paid for elsewhere – by the environment, the animals, the farmers, and our children’s futures. This panel, facilitated by WWF, will discuss how we can feed the growing world population in a sustainable, future-proof, climate smart and fair way, with fewer natural resources and greater animal welfare. We will highlight challenges and opportunities for the partnership between Kipster, MPS Egg Farms, The Kroger Company, and ASPCA to produce eggs and meat with minimal land use while maximizing ‘waste’ streams from the food system in a low carbon and animal friendly way.

Enteric Emissions Reductions Protocol (Verra VM0041)  
VM0041, Methodology for the Reduction of Enteric Methane Emissions from Ruminants Through the Use of Feed Ingredients, Version2.0, was approved in December 2021. The Context Network has been engaged by California Dairy Research Foundation to bring together stakeholders to review this protocol, potentially provide changes based on stakeholder consensus, then submit to the California Air Resource Board (CARB) for consideration as a compliance protocol to put through rule making and ultimately acceptance for use by farmers and project developers. This session will provide an overview of the project, outlining details of the protocol, implications, and importance to the industry.

Sustainable vs/or + Regenerative? Which One or Both? – SISC  
How are sustainable agriculture and regenerative ag different, the same?  Can they work together to achieve greater, more diverse, and widespread positive environmental outcomes for the food and ag industry?  If so, how? How do we all need to think/talk about the connection between regenerative and sustainable agriculture to achieve the most positive results for agriculture, the food industry and the planet? This breakout session will bring experts who have worked on some of the most established ag sustainability programs,  together with those developing new regenerative practices and programs to explore how sustainable and regenerative ag connect.

FARMER TRACK - Adapting to Drought and Enhancing Resilience Through Feed  
Feed production is a critical component to successful livestock production. In dairy and finishing beef production systems, feed not only accounts for a major portion of operational costs but also contributes to a substantial portion of an operations environmental footprint: from associated water and land use to greenhouse gas emissions. In the face of drought, climate change and volatile markets, enhancing the sustainability of feed production is essential to a resilient operation. Join us in a panel discussion highlighting research efforts across the feed and livestock sectors to adapt to drought and enhance resiliency through feed.

Tom Ryan
President, Truterra

Tom Ryan

President, Truterra

As President of Truterra, Tom leads Land O’Lakes’ sustainability business and is driving farmer adoption of climate-smart practices. Under Tom’s leadership, Truterra is focused on creating new value streams up and down the supply chain by connecting farmers, ag retailers, and food and CPG companies. Not only does Tom have industry-spanning experience working with farmers and ag retailers, but he is also a multi-generation farmer who practices sustainability and soil health practices on his own farm.

Tom is a 23-year veteran of the Land O’Lakes Federated system, and throughout his tenure, he has held multiple leadership roles, most recently leading WinField United’s business operations team where he oversaw customer experience, business analytics and data science. He also led WinField United’s Strategic Retail Alliance efforts executing partnerships, alliances and joint ventures across 40 ag retailers.

Tom has strong experience in precision agriculture and working directly with farmers and ag retailers to evaluate and adopt conservation practices. He first joined Land O’Lakes in 2005 as a Seed & Agronomy Advisor and previously served as a Technical Service Provider with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. In this role, he helped farmers develop conservation plans, apply for federal conservation funding, and adopt new regenerative practices.

Tom is a multi-generation farmer who is an active partner in his family’s 1,200-acre corn and soybean farm near Springfield, MN. He currently resides in Ham Lake, MN with his wife Kori and their son Jack.

12:15 pm
1:15 pm
Lunch (Networking Hall)
Tom Ryan
President, Truterra

Tom Ryan

President, Truterra

As President of Truterra, Tom leads Land O’Lakes’ sustainability business and is driving farmer adoption of climate-smart practices. Under Tom’s leadership, Truterra is focused on creating new value streams up and down the supply chain by connecting farmers, ag retailers, and food and CPG companies. Not only does Tom have industry-spanning experience working with farmers and ag retailers, but he is also a multi-generation farmer who practices sustainability and soil health practices on his own farm.

Tom is a 23-year veteran of the Land O’Lakes Federated system, and throughout his tenure, he has held multiple leadership roles, most recently leading WinField United’s business operations team where he oversaw customer experience, business analytics and data science. He also led WinField United’s Strategic Retail Alliance efforts executing partnerships, alliances and joint ventures across 40 ag retailers.

Tom has strong experience in precision agriculture and working directly with farmers and ag retailers to evaluate and adopt conservation practices. He first joined Land O’Lakes in 2005 as a Seed & Agronomy Advisor and previously served as a Technical Service Provider with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. In this role, he helped farmers develop conservation plans, apply for federal conservation funding, and adopt new regenerative practices.

Tom is a multi-generation farmer who is an active partner in his family’s 1,200-acre corn and soybean farm near Springfield, MN. He currently resides in Ham Lake, MN with his wife Kori and their son Jack.

1:30 pm
2:30 pm
Concurrent Breakout Sessions #2

How to Inspire the Next Generation to Care About Climate Change and Sustainability – MANRRS  
According to recent research, younger activists are often at the forefront of the climate debate. Compared with older adults, GenZers and Millennials are talking more about the need for action on climate change, viewing more climate change content online, and doing more to get involved with the issue through activities such as volunteering and attending rallies. It is not enough to prepare youth to assume the roles adults currently hold. Student leaders are prepared to be impactful now and need those above to become mentors. Attend this session to hear why this generation is so passionate about change.

Activating Solutions to Meet the Need for Feed  
Feed industry innovations have delivered continuous improvements enabling animal production systems to do more with less. With growing demand for more sustainable animal proteins, the feed industry has a significant role in helping production systems meet increasingly complex challenges. The Institute for Feed Education and Research and World Wildlife Fund collaborated to engage the full feed value chain during the first-of-its kind Feed Systems Sustainability Summit to identify and catalyze needed actions. Using curated case studies and participant insights, we’ll engage and gather feedback from the audience to advance understanding and action around circularity, innovation, regenerative agriculture, and responsible sourcing.

Connecting Aquaculture to U.S. Soybean Farmers Through a Closed-Loop Model for Sustainable Nutrition

U.S. soy farmers can play a pivotal role in a new approach to the feed, food, and fuel sector through a sustainable, vertically integrated, farmer-to-customer model for aquaculture. In our current data-driven, customer-focused climate, a closed-loop approach can deliver sustainably grown, high-nutrition soybean ingredients to end-use customers, while also bringing greater purpose to the U.S. farmer, a linkage that is often lost in segmented supply chains. Learn how new aquaculture innovations, stronger relationships with farmers, and a supply-chain grounded in a shared commitment to sustainability can benefit all players, from CPGs and fish farmers to soy processors and consumers.

SAI Platform & U.S. Dairy: Aligning Global Sustainable Sourcing with Regional Programs –  Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy  
Many food and ingredient companies employ sustainable sourcing  assessments for their suppliers and associated farms. These assessments often differ and may fail to recognize meaningful programs already in place, which can dilute focus and impact. For more than three years, dairy suppliers, national programs, and global customers have collaborated to develop the Sustainable Dairy Partnership (SDP), a multinational sourcing assessment to streamline supplier assessments through recognizing regionally applicable and locally relevant management systems and programs. This session explores the value of the SDP, and the collaborative process behind it, as a replicable model that can inform similar outcomes across sectors.

Financial Innovations to Accelerate Sustainable Agriculture  
Earlier this year, Field to Market released the Financial Innovations to Accelerate Sustainable Agriculture report. Since then, the US agriculture sector has seen growing interest and funding for innovations that highlight the important role farms play in the sustainable management of natural resources and the mitigation of climate change. But perceived risks, long payback periods and upfront investment requirements continue to delay practice adoption. Innovation and partnerships can help drive efficiency in funding. Join this conversation with panelists from the financial services and research community about the sustainable agriculture finance landscape, the role of innovators and the opportunities for collaboration.

FARMER TRACK - Clearing Up Climate Market Confusion  
The Agricultural Climate Markets Collaborative is a voluntary group facilitated by the Keystone Policy Center to identify collective, precompetitive actions that could create more transparency and build trust in the marketplace and ultimately contribute to a clearer marketplace that can scale towards meaningful impact.  This session will aim to answer questions that we can about climate markets and have discussion about the questions we can't.

Tom Ryan
President, Truterra

Tom Ryan

President, Truterra

As President of Truterra, Tom leads Land O’Lakes’ sustainability business and is driving farmer adoption of climate-smart practices. Under Tom’s leadership, Truterra is focused on creating new value streams up and down the supply chain by connecting farmers, ag retailers, and food and CPG companies. Not only does Tom have industry-spanning experience working with farmers and ag retailers, but he is also a multi-generation farmer who practices sustainability and soil health practices on his own farm.

Tom is a 23-year veteran of the Land O’Lakes Federated system, and throughout his tenure, he has held multiple leadership roles, most recently leading WinField United’s business operations team where he oversaw customer experience, business analytics and data science. He also led WinField United’s Strategic Retail Alliance efforts executing partnerships, alliances and joint ventures across 40 ag retailers.

Tom has strong experience in precision agriculture and working directly with farmers and ag retailers to evaluate and adopt conservation practices. He first joined Land O’Lakes in 2005 as a Seed & Agronomy Advisor and previously served as a Technical Service Provider with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. In this role, he helped farmers develop conservation plans, apply for federal conservation funding, and adopt new regenerative practices.

Tom is a multi-generation farmer who is an active partner in his family’s 1,200-acre corn and soybean farm near Springfield, MN. He currently resides in Ham Lake, MN with his wife Kori and their son Jack.

2:30 pm
3:15 pm
Networking Break & Lightning Presentations (Networking Hall)
Tom Ryan
President, Truterra

Tom Ryan

President, Truterra

As President of Truterra, Tom leads Land O’Lakes’ sustainability business and is driving farmer adoption of climate-smart practices. Under Tom’s leadership, Truterra is focused on creating new value streams up and down the supply chain by connecting farmers, ag retailers, and food and CPG companies. Not only does Tom have industry-spanning experience working with farmers and ag retailers, but he is also a multi-generation farmer who practices sustainability and soil health practices on his own farm.

Tom is a 23-year veteran of the Land O’Lakes Federated system, and throughout his tenure, he has held multiple leadership roles, most recently leading WinField United’s business operations team where he oversaw customer experience, business analytics and data science. He also led WinField United’s Strategic Retail Alliance efforts executing partnerships, alliances and joint ventures across 40 ag retailers.

Tom has strong experience in precision agriculture and working directly with farmers and ag retailers to evaluate and adopt conservation practices. He first joined Land O’Lakes in 2005 as a Seed & Agronomy Advisor and previously served as a Technical Service Provider with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. In this role, he helped farmers develop conservation plans, apply for federal conservation funding, and adopt new regenerative practices.

Tom is a multi-generation farmer who is an active partner in his family’s 1,200-acre corn and soybean farm near Springfield, MN. He currently resides in Ham Lake, MN with his wife Kori and their son Jack.

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. 

Moderator:

  - Tara Vander Dussen, Co-Founder, Elevate Ag and Dairy Farmer & Environmental Scientist, New Mexico Milkmaid

Panelists:

Jim Boyle, Jr.
Arizona Dairy Farmer and Owner, Casa Grande Dairy Co, LLC
Eric Morgan
Vice President, Environmental Science and Resources, BragaFresh
Steve Wooten
2021-2022 Chair, USRSB and Owner, Beatty Canyon Ranch
Tom Ryan
President, Truterra

Tom Ryan

President, Truterra

As President of Truterra, Tom leads Land O’Lakes’ sustainability business and is driving farmer adoption of climate-smart practices. Under Tom’s leadership, Truterra is focused on creating new value streams up and down the supply chain by connecting farmers, ag retailers, and food and CPG companies. Not only does Tom have industry-spanning experience working with farmers and ag retailers, but he is also a multi-generation farmer who practices sustainability and soil health practices on his own farm.

Tom is a 23-year veteran of the Land O’Lakes Federated system, and throughout his tenure, he has held multiple leadership roles, most recently leading WinField United’s business operations team where he oversaw customer experience, business analytics and data science. He also led WinField United’s Strategic Retail Alliance efforts executing partnerships, alliances and joint ventures across 40 ag retailers.

Tom has strong experience in precision agriculture and working directly with farmers and ag retailers to evaluate and adopt conservation practices. He first joined Land O’Lakes in 2005 as a Seed & Agronomy Advisor and previously served as a Technical Service Provider with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. In this role, he helped farmers develop conservation plans, apply for federal conservation funding, and adopt new regenerative practices.

Tom is a multi-generation farmer who is an active partner in his family’s 1,200-acre corn and soybean farm near Springfield, MN. He currently resides in Ham Lake, MN with his wife Kori and their son Jack.

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. 

Moderator:

   - Philip Brasher, Editor, Agri-Pulse

Speakers:

Cornelius Blanding
Executive Director, Federation of Southern Cooperatives
Alan Martinez
Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships, Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Justin Ransom
Senior Director, Sustainable Food Strategy, Tyson Foods
Megan Rock
Vice President, Sustainability and Innovation, Chief Sustainability Officer, CHS
Sheldon Jones
Chief Operating Officer, Soil Health Institute
Tom Ryan
President, Truterra

Tom Ryan

President, Truterra

As President of Truterra, Tom leads Land O’Lakes’ sustainability business and is driving farmer adoption of climate-smart practices. Under Tom’s leadership, Truterra is focused on creating new value streams up and down the supply chain by connecting farmers, ag retailers, and food and CPG companies. Not only does Tom have industry-spanning experience working with farmers and ag retailers, but he is also a multi-generation farmer who practices sustainability and soil health practices on his own farm.

Tom is a 23-year veteran of the Land O’Lakes Federated system, and throughout his tenure, he has held multiple leadership roles, most recently leading WinField United’s business operations team where he oversaw customer experience, business analytics and data science. He also led WinField United’s Strategic Retail Alliance efforts executing partnerships, alliances and joint ventures across 40 ag retailers.

Tom has strong experience in precision agriculture and working directly with farmers and ag retailers to evaluate and adopt conservation practices. He first joined Land O’Lakes in 2005 as a Seed & Agronomy Advisor and previously served as a Technical Service Provider with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. In this role, he helped farmers develop conservation plans, apply for federal conservation funding, and adopt new regenerative practices.

Tom is a multi-generation farmer who is an active partner in his family’s 1,200-acre corn and soybean farm near Springfield, MN. He currently resides in Ham Lake, MN with his wife Kori and their son Jack.

5:00 pm
6:30 pm
Networking Reception (Networking Hall)
Tom Ryan
President, Truterra

Tom Ryan

President, Truterra

As President of Truterra, Tom leads Land O’Lakes’ sustainability business and is driving farmer adoption of climate-smart practices. Under Tom’s leadership, Truterra is focused on creating new value streams up and down the supply chain by connecting farmers, ag retailers, and food and CPG companies. Not only does Tom have industry-spanning experience working with farmers and ag retailers, but he is also a multi-generation farmer who practices sustainability and soil health practices on his own farm.

Tom is a 23-year veteran of the Land O’Lakes Federated system, and throughout his tenure, he has held multiple leadership roles, most recently leading WinField United’s business operations team where he oversaw customer experience, business analytics and data science. He also led WinField United’s Strategic Retail Alliance efforts executing partnerships, alliances and joint ventures across 40 ag retailers.

Tom has strong experience in precision agriculture and working directly with farmers and ag retailers to evaluate and adopt conservation practices. He first joined Land O’Lakes in 2005 as a Seed & Agronomy Advisor and previously served as a Technical Service Provider with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. In this role, he helped farmers develop conservation plans, apply for federal conservation funding, and adopt new regenerative practices.

Tom is a multi-generation farmer who is an active partner in his family’s 1,200-acre corn and soybean farm near Springfield, MN. He currently resides in Ham Lake, MN with his wife Kori and their son Jack.

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