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Climate Change: Agricultural Solutions, Adaptation & Mitigation (Champaign, IL)

The Environmental Change Institute at the University of Illinois is assembling a colloquium of research scholars, business leaders, and policy makers to discuss the causes, effects and consequences of agricultural practices on earth’s changing climate patterns. The day will begin at 7:45 a.m. with a continental breakfast and registration.

8:00 am WELCOME – Wesley M. Jarrell, UIUC Professor Emeritus, Soil Science and Interim Director, Environmental Change Institute

8:15 am OPENING REMARKS – Mr. Joel Freidman, Trustee of the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund; Dr. Robert Hauser, Dean, College of ACES

8:30 am MORNING KEYNOTE – Mark Seeley, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, University of Minnesota St. Paul

9:00 am TOPIC 1 – Chemical Management and Soil Fertility

Chemical Management: Brian McCarl, TX A & M University
Soil Fertility: Cliff Snyder, Nitrogen Program Director for the International Plant Nutrition Institute

10:00 am TOPIC 2 – Food, Fuel, and Farming

Speaker 1: John Sheehan, Institute on the Environment, University of MN
Speaker 2: Elizabeth Bolt, F A E G R E & B E N S O N L L P

11:00 am TOPIC 3 – Global Land & Water Use

Global Land Use: Madhu Khanna, Professor, Agriculture and Consumer Economics
Global Water Use: Sujoy Roy, Principal Engineer, TetraTech

12:00 pm LUNCH

1:00 pm TOPIC 4 – Agricultural Productivity

Speaker 1: Josiah McClellan, Director of Food Market Issues and Sustainability, United Soybean Board/SmithBucklin
Speaker 2: Andrew Leakey, Professor of Plant Biology, Institute for Genomic Biology

2:00 pm TOPIC 5 – Precision Agriculture-Doing More With Less

Speaker 1: Cole Pestorious, Sunset Farms, Albert Lea, MN
Speaker 2: Larry Hendrickson, John Deere

3:00 pm TOPIC 6 – Crop Genetics and Resource Dynamics

Crop Genetics: Ruth Grene, Professor, Dept. of Plant Physiology, VA Tech
Resource Dynamics: Laura Overstreet, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Crop Science, UIUC

4:00 pm TOPIC 7 – Organic and Sustainable Farming

Speaker 1: Patricia Lovera, Assistant Director, Food & Water Watch
Speaker 2: Timothy LaSalle, founder and director, New Era Agriculture

5:00 pm AFTERNOON KEYNOTE – Timothy Gieseke, Agricultural Resource Strategies

5:30 pm RECEPTION BEGINS – Refreshments and cash bar

5:45 pm Introducing the Environmental Change Institute

* Welcome and introduction of distinguished guests
* Joel Freidman – Trustee of the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund
* Summary of the day
* Sampling of ECI projects and Opportunities to participate

Please contact Karen Decker at, 217-333-0548 for further inform