1. Fifty Years Later: The Regulatory Landscape Since ‘Silent Spring’


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    2012 is the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s seminal work ‘Silent Spring.’ How did it change the regulatory landscape, both for the better and the worse?

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    • Costs & Consequence: Your Farm Program’s Been Cut…Now What?


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      Subsidy programs, crop insurance, conservation, nutrition –these and many more will be considered as Congress writes the 2012 Farm Bill; with budget constraints and fiscal concerns top of mind, many won’t make the final cut. But what will these expected program cuts - a potential of 28 in total - mean for farmers, consumers and the bottom line? Panelists will discuss the potential short and long term consequences of cutting out programs like crop insurance, conservation and food safety in the 2012 Farm Bill and whether their elimination would be beneficial or disastrous for American agriculture.

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      • (The Bloggers Panel) Food Culture in the Digital Age


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        This panel brings together popular food and Ag bloggers to discuss their concerns and observations on food safety, nutrition, farming, and sustainability. Where do they get their info? How do they disseminate? What are their goals?

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        • Dayton Duncan, writer/co-producer of “The Dust Bowl,” a film by Ken Burns.


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          Dayton Duncan, writer/co-producer of “The Dust Bowl,” a film by Ken Burns, discusses his upcoming film.

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          • Opening Remarks


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            Jay Vroom, John Chrosniak and Marc Gunther kick off the 2012 National Policy Conference

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            • “Through A Political Lens” Discussion


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              This panel specifically addresses the state of the 2012 Farm Bill and how it will be different from the 2008 Farm Bill.

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