Young Leaders to Hold Conference on Agricultural Solutions for Tomorrow

Posted On February 1, 2017 by Jenifer Shockley
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featured-yl-conferenceATLANTA – The World Affairs Council of Atlanta Young Leaders will present its ninth annual conference, “Agricultural Solutions for Tomorrow: Biotechnology, Agribusiness and Climate Smart Agriculture” on Saturday, Feb. 25. The program will be held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

The conference will focus on challenges and opportunities facing global agriculture. From seed development to international commodity markets, innovations are transforming the way crops are grown, transported and consumed. Topics to be addressed include the business of agriculture, financing and commodity prices, balancing the need for food security with adapting to and mitigating climate change, and the ethics of agricultural development. 

Confirmed speakers and panelists from business, community, education and government institutions include the following.

  • Alec Asbridge, director, regulatory compliance and budget, Georgia Department of Agriculture
  • Mario Cambardella, director, urban agriculture, City of Atlanta
  • Robin Chanin, executive director, Global Growers Network
  • Roderick Gilbert, senior agribusiness manager, Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, Georgia Department of Economic Development
  • Susan Knowlton, senior research manager, Dupont Pioneer
  • Samuel Pardue, dean, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Georgia
  • Matt Rushing, vice president, product management, technology solutions, AGCO Corporation

Additional panelists and conference updates will be shared on Twitter with the hashtag #AgSolutions17.

View the program and register 

The cost is $30 for council members and $50 for non-members.

The mission of the World Affairs Council Young Leaders is to provide a platform for current global thinking, knowledge sharing and skill-building on international issues among emerging leaders and professionals in metro Atlanta. For more information, visitylwacatlanta.org. The World Affairs Council of Atlanta is a membership and grant supported, nonpartisan organization affiliated with the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University and the World Affairs Councils of America.


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