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David Wescott, Wescott Strategic Communications LLC, talks about getting to know you customer a little bit better. Through a project called "Radical Transparency", one dozen on line moms, who were not in agriculture, were invited to visit farms and participate in the nitty gritty of pork production.

Mr. Wescott shares how the project developed and what happened over the course of the Farm to Pork visits.

Mandy Hagan, Vice President, State Affairs and Grassroots, Grocery Manufacturers Association, asks the core question of "Is there a problem in feeding 9 billion people?" and rhetorically answer it with "Only if you want to eat".

Ms. Hagan shares approaches to utilizing technology, like genetically modified organisms, to meet the needs of those future 9 billion people.

John Graettinger, Director Food Chain Affairs, Merck Animal Health, aims to address the question of "Will consumers accept new agriculture technologies?" Mr. Graettinger states that consumers do not understand what agricultural technologies exist today and how they work.

Mr. Graettinger offers several examples on how the names of many technologies are not well formed and scare consumers. Mr. Graettinger suggests several changes and challenges people to frame the customer's needs into the messages companies share.

Brian Jones, Responsible Sourcing Manager, Nestlé North America Procurement, talks about sustainability and the trends that are driving the conversations within Nestlé.

Mr. Jones closes with several key points: Nestlé has recognized the need to sharpen it’s focus on sustainability and Nestlé is committed to measuring and reporting its progress.

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Food is key to everyone. Some have it and some don't have enough. What will it take to equalize food for all?
Danielle Nierenberg, Frank Sesno, at the 2015 Ag Issues Forum
2015 Bayer CropScience

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California needs water and its actions will set the tone for the rest of the USA.
California Water System
CC Wikipedia/Shannon1

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Sustainability has many faces and a common understanding is hard to come by at times. This conference series brings people together to formulate a path forward.
2014 Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef