35th Annual National Food Policy Conference


May 17 & 18, 2012

Capital Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC

 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

8:00am Registration

9:15am Welcome (Presidential Ballroom)

Speaker:

Christopher Waldrop

Director, Food Policy Institute

Consumer Federation of America

9:30am Facilitated Discussion: Election 2012 – Voter Attitudes on Food and Nutrition Issues (Presidential Ballroom)

Moderator:

Mary Christ-Erwin

Executive Vice President

Porter Novelli

 

Panelists:

Jay Campbell

Vice President

Hart Research Associates

 

Margie Omero

President

Momentum Analysis, LLC

 

Susan Pitman

Partner

FoodMinds

11:15am Breakout Panels

Panel 1: The Challenge of Antibiotic Resistant Pathogens (Congressional)

Moderator:

Philip Brasher

Editor, Executive Briefing - Agriculture and Food

CQ Roll Call

 

Panelists:

Caroline Smith DeWaal
Food Safety Director
Center for Science in the Public Interest

 

William Flynn

Deputy Director for Science Policy, Center for Veterinary Medicine

Food and Drug Administration

 

Roger L. Saltman

Group Director, Cattle and Equine Technical Services

Pfizer Animal Health

 

H. Morgan Scott 
Professor of Epidemiology, College of Veterinary Medicine

Kansas State University

Panel 2: Seeking a Path Forward on Nutrition Issues (Federal A)

Moderator:

Abby Dilley

Vice President, Program Development

RESOLVE

 

Panelists:

Gerald "Chip" Kunde

Vice President, Government Affairs

Darden Restaurants, Inc.

 

Lawrence Soler

President and CEO

Partnership for a Healthier America

 

Jennifer A. Weber

Manager of Policy, Office of Child Health Policy and Advocacy

Nemours

 

Panel 3: A Changing Climate, A Changing Food Supply (Federal B)

Moderator:

David P. Lambert
Principal
Lambert Associates

 

Panelists:

Britt Lundgren

Director, Organic and Sustainable Agriculture

Stonyfield Farm, Inc.

 

Jeff Malcolm

Manager, Business & Industry

World Wildlife Fund

 

Gerald Nelson

Senior Research Fellow

International Food Policy Research Institute

 

Julia Olmstead

Senior Associate, Rural Communities Program

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

 

12:30pm Lunch

12:45pm Keynote Address (Presidential Ballroom)

Introduction:

Barbara Kowalcyk

CEO & Director of Research & Public Policy

Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention

 

Speaker:

Catherine Woteki

Under Secretary

Research, Education, and Economics

Department of Agriculture

 

2:30pm Facilitated Discussion: Meeting Changing Consumer Expectations and Demands (Presidential Ballroom)

Moderator:

Odonna Mathews

President

Odonna Mathews Consulting

 

Panelists:

Andrea Asch

Manager of Natural Resources

Ben & Jerry’s

 

Felicia Collins

Senior Vice President, Food and Nutrition

Edelman

 

Margaret Henry
Director, Sustainability & CSR Performance

Sodexo North America

 

Phil Lempert

Editor, Columnist & CEO

SupermarketGuru.com

 

3:45pm Networking Break (Capital Terrace)

 

4:15pm Panel Breakouts

Panel 1: The Latest in the Debate on Food Biotechnology (South American A+B)

Moderator:

Amber M. Healy
USDA reporter
Food Chemical News

 

Panelists:

David Edwards

Director, Animal Biotechnology, Food & Agriculture

Biotechnology Industry Organization

 

Sarah Gallo

Director, Public Policy

National Corn Growers Association

 

Jean Halloran

Director, Food Policy Initiatives

Consumers Union

 

Greg Jaffe

Director, Project on Biotechnology

Center for Science in the Public Interest

 

Panel 2: Maintaining Food Assistance Programs During Tough Economic Times (Federal A)

Moderator:

Melissa Musiker

Vice President, Food and Nutrition Policy

APCO Worldwide

 

Panelists:

Roberta Downing

Senior Legislative Associate

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

 

Jessica Shahin

Associate Administrator, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Food and Nutrition Service

 

Ellen Vollinger

Legal Director

Food Research and Action Center

 

Paul Winfree

Senior Health Policy Advisor, Minority Staff

Senate Budget Committee

 

Panel 3: The Impact of Immigration Reform Efforts on Food Production (Federal B)

Moderator:

Andrew Wainer

Immigration Policy Analyst

Bread for the World

 

Panelists:

Linda Calvin

Economist

Economic Research Service

 

Bruce Goldstein

Executive Director

Farmworker Justice

 

Esther Lopez

Director, Department of Civil Rights

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

 

Maureen Torrey

Co-Owner

Torrey Farms

 

5:30pm End

 

 

Friday, May 18, 2012

 

7:00am Registration

7:00am Continental Breakfast (Capital Terrace)

8:00am Welcome (Presidential Ballroom)

Speaker:

Christopher Waldrop

Director, Food Policy Institute

Consumer Federation of America

 

8:30am Keynote Address: An Update on the Food Safety Modernization Act (Presidential Ballroom)

Introduction:

Carol L. Tucker-Foreman

Distinguished Fellow, Food Policy Institute

Consumer Federation of America

 

Speaker:

Michael R. Taylor

Deputy Commissioner for Foods

Food and Drug Administration

9:15am Panel Breakouts

Panel 1: The Role of Third Party Auditing in Food Safety (Federal A)

Moderator:

William Fisher

Vice President, Science and Policy Initiatives

Institute of Food Technologists

 

Panelists:

Charlotte Christin

Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Commissioner, Office of Policy

Food and Drug Administration

 

Hilary S. Thesmar

Vice President, Food Safety Programs

Food Marketing Institute

 

Christopher Waldrop

Director, Food Policy Institute

Consumer Federation of America

 

Patricia Wester

Vice President Regulatory Affairs

Food Safety Net Services

 

Panel 2: Improving Nutrition for Competitive Foods in Schools (Federal B)

Moderator:

Tracy Fox

President

Food, Nutrition & Policy Consultants, LLC

 

Panelists:

Becky Domokos-Bays
Director, School Nutrition Services
Alexandria City Public Schools

 

Beth Johnson

Principal and Founder

Food Directions LLC

 

Nancy Lyons

Senior Policy Analyst, Child Nutrition Programs

Food and Nutrition Service

 

Margo G. Wootan

Director, Nutrition Policy
Center for Science in the Public Interest

 

Panel 3: Is It Time To Dramatically Alter U.S. Farm Policy? (Congressional)

Moderator:

Neilson C. Conklin

President

Farm Foundation

 

Panelists:

Karen K. Ehrens
Vice Chair, Legislative & Public Policy Committee

Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

 

Scott Faber

Vice President, Government Affairs

Environmental Working Group

 

Todd Post

Senior Editor

Bread for the World Institute

 

Emmy Simmons

Co-chair

AGree

 

10:45am Facilitated Discussion: Update on Key Nutrition Initiatives (Presidential Ballroom)

Moderator:

Sally Squires

Director, Food, Nutrition and Wellness Communications

Powell Tate

 

Panelists:

Kevin Concannon

Under Secretary

Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services

Department of Agriculture

 

William Dietz

Director, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

12:00pm End