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Bayer CropScience Hosts 8th Annual Ag Issues Forum

Orland, FL (PRWEB) February 26, 2013

Bayer CropScience today kicked off its 2013 Ag Issues Forum, an invitation-only annual event bringing together agribusiness, thought leaders and key media to foster conversation and share insight into issues impacting agriculture. The goal of the event is to address global issues critical to advancing sustainable agriculture and assuring adequate, safe production for a hungry world.

The 2013 Forum, “One World to Grow On: Global Insights for Local Impact,” covers topics including: consumer activism and its impact on agriculture, global food trends, attracting and retaining the next generation of farmers, and pioneering sustainability as U.S. agriculture strives to feed a growing world from a finite amount of farmland. Presenters represent organizations as diverse as Walmart, the National Corn Growers Association and the Produce Marketing Association, and individual growers from Missouri and Virginia, among others.

“Ag Issues Forum is a signature event in U.S. agriculture,” said David Hollinrake, Vice President, Agricultural Commercial Operations Marketing, Bayer CropScience. “It brings together leaders with wide-ranging interests and viewpoints to discuss –—and gain understanding about—– agriculture’s vital stake in a fast-growing world. We believe our role in improving agriculture includes delivering integrated solutions that help assure successful harvests. That means providing tools and knowledge that support growers’ business success.”

The event kicked off with updates on the agricultural company’s innovation and strategic Research & Development initiatives. Former CNN correspondent Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University and founder of, is serving as moderator.

In conjunction with the Forum’s focus on sustainability, Bayer CropScience will introduce its 2013 Young Farmer Sustainability Award winner at the close of sessions Wednesday. The award recognizes young agricultural producers who demonstrate excellence in business and environmental sustainability. Entrants are judged on entrepreneurial initiative and new approaches to farming, environmental and other on-farm sustainability efforts, as well as economic stability.

Topics and speakers at the event include:

Tuesday, February 26

Frank Sesno, Moderator & Director, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University

Sustainable Success in Agriculture: Understanding the Challenges and Opportunities

  • David Hollinrake, Vice President, Agricultural Commercial Operations Marketing,
Bayer CropScience

Strategic R & D Investment

  • Dr. David Nicholson, Head of Research and Development, Bayer CropScience

2025 - Custom Commodities: How Data Propelled Agriculture

  • Rich Kottmeyer, Senior Executive and Global Agriculture & Food Production Leader, Accenture

Connecting the Dots: The Business Case for Safe, Affordable and Sustainable
Supply Chains

  • Rob Kaplan, Senior Manager of Sustainability, Walmart Stores
  • Rick Tolman, CEO, National Corn Growers Association

The Broken Plate: Engaging Farm and Food to Meet in the Middle

  • Michele Payn-Knoper, Principal, Cause Matters Corp. & Author of No More Food Fights!

Frenemies: The Evolving Relationship between Consumers and Agriculture in
Today’s World

  • Lorna Christie, Executive Vice President and COO, Produce Marketing      Association (PMA)

Wednesday, February 27

The Honey Bee: Understanding the Critical Relationship Between Bees, Agriculture, Food and Our Environment

  • David Epstein Ph.D., Entomologist, USDA Office of Pest Management Policy
  • David Westervelt, Assistant Chief, Bureau of Plant and Apiary Inspection, State of Florida

Fresh Perspectives on the Future of Farming

  • Craig Ratajczyk, CEO Illinois Soybean Association
  • Keith Lane, Senior Vice President - Agribusiness, Farm Credit Mid-America
  • Greg Duerksen, President, Kincannon & Reed

Grower Panel: Doing Things Differently – Diversification for a New World

  • Bill Horan, COO, Horan BioProduction, Rockwell City, Iowa
  • Dee Dee Darden, Farmer & Owner, Darden’s Country Store, Smithfield, Virginia
  • Eddie Adams, Adams Farm Properties, Senath, MO
  • John Shepherd, Tri-County Grain Farms, Blackstone, Virginia, 2012 Young Farmer Sustainability Award Winner

Join the conversation about Ag Issues Forum 2013 by using #AgIssues13 and following @Bayer4CropsUS. Also look for continuing coverage from Ag Issues Forum 2013 on Bayer Connect, the thought leadership online hub for Bayer CropScience.

Bayer CropScience’s commitment to sustainability centers on helping growers address environmental, social and financial challenges.For additional information and background on Bayer CropScience and its sustainability programs, please visit

About Bayer CropScience
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 7.255 billion (2011) and is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 21,000 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at:


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