2015 Joint Opening Session

Partnering for Solutions to Supply Chain Sustainability

Sunday, November 15, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Auditorium, Convention Center

Presiders: Paul E. Fixen, American Society of Agronomy; Michael A. Grusak, Crop Science Society of America; Harold van Es, Soil Science Society of America; and Philip Mulder, Entomological Society of America

The grand challenge of contemporary science could be stated: “To sustainably improve the human condition for a growing global population in a changing environment.” Our general vision for the session is to address supply chain sustainability from the field to the marketplace—but with a look to the future, considering both North American and global challenges. Those challenges include meeting the aggregate needs eventually of 9 billion people in the face of changes in resource supply and climate. They also include addressing immediate consumer concerns about the environmental and social impacts of meeting those needs. How can the scientific community play an increased role in “Partnering for Solutions” to this grand challenge?

From field to market: How the supply chain is partnering to improve agricultural sustainability
Rod Snyder, President, Field to Market

Synergy of science and communications to sustainably solve the nine billion problem
Sonny Ramaswamy, Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture