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Speaker Request for Proposals deadline extended to Sept 22 for the 2017 Sustainable Agriculture Summit

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Speaker Request for ProposalsA call for proposals is now open for the 2017 Sustainable Agriculture Summit November 15-16, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Summit organizers are pleased to announce an extension to the speaker proposal deadline!  We invite you to share your expertise at the 2017 Sustainable Agriculture Summit   Submissions are now due September 22, 2017

Background and Context

This Summit is the premier annual gathering for companies, government agencies, academics, conservation groups, and farmers committed to advancing a coordinated and comprehensive approach to driving continuous improvement in agriculture sustainability.

In November 2015, Field to Market and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy hosted the inaugural Sustainable Agriculture Summit, convening more than 350 diverse stakeholders from across the food and agriculture supply chain. In 2016, event partners expanded to include National Pork Board, Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, and U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. The event brought together over 550 participants from over 240 organizations. Together, these six partner organizations look forward to hosting the foremost gathering for anyone working at the intersection of agriculture and sustainability. The 2017 Summit is expected to draw over 600 attendees.

The vision of the Sustainable Agriculture Summit is to strengthen the supply chain network of producers, agribusiness, retail, and influencers who drive continuous improvement in agriculture sustainability and deliver food, fiber, and fuel to a growing world. The event will provide opportunities for members of the agricultural supply chain to engage with leading experts and learn more about key sustainability challenges and opportunities.

The Sustainable Agriculture Summit organizers, composed of representatives from partner organizations, issues this call for proposals to provide the audience with panels, presentations, interviews, and interactive sessions from leading experts in sustainability and agriculture. Each session is scheduled to be 45 minutes in length.


Selection Criteria

The Summit organizers request proposals that:

  • Are aligned with the vision and themes of the Summit organizers (see strategic areas of focus below)

  • Are interactive and have given thought to different methods for involving the audience (see example session formats below)

  • Are engaging, with preference given to sessions that do not include lengthy, text-heavy PowerPoint presentations, with most interactive formats or photography rich presentations preferred

  • Include multiple, diverse perspectives (including supply chain segment, commodities, geography, experiences, etc.)

    Strategic Areas of Focus (In no particular order)

    Emerging Issues and Trends

    To include, but not limited to: changing trends; innovative, bold ideas changing the food, farming, and agriculture industries; emerging issues currently changing the world of sustainability; research and compelling success stories; what will be the shape of food, farming, and agriculture industries in the next ten years

    Education and Outreach

    To include, but not limited to: sustainability story-telling for consumers and executives; proven examples of engaging producers on continuous improvement; connecting consumers to science; telling agriculture’s sustainability story

    Natural Resources Challenges

    To include, but not limited to: trends; predictions, best practices; preparing for the future of constrained resources, including severe weather, water shortages, soil health; water, emerging tools and solutions; stakeholder collaboration; governmental/societal policy issues

    Sustainable Supply Chain and Sourcing

    To include, but not limited to: successful examples of supply chain collaborations; breakthrough examples of successful strategies; emerging issues

    Cross-Sector Challenges and Opportunities

    To include, but not limited to: consistent definition of sustainable agriculture, outcomes-based approach to measuring sustainability outcomes; the role of feed in different sector’s sustainability footprints; barriers and opportunities; opportunities to improve the dialogue between farmers, ranchers and the supply chain; examples of innovative conservation delivery vehicles across sectors.

Example Session Formats

In order to promote a more engaging, interactive and dynamic environment, the following session formats are included as examples:

  • Story Sessions- speakers will be asked to share authentic experiences from their sustainability stories, including challenges, successes, and aspirations

  • Technology Session- discussing current technology that is redefining the industry, with an eye towards what is on the horizon

  • Creative Sessions- discussing a theme or research question from an out-of-the-box perspective Considerations for Selection

    Proposals will be evaluated based on alignment with one or more of the strategic areas of focus, with emphasis on their appeal to our diverse audience of companies, government agencies, academics, conservation groups, and famers. Additionally, the ability to drive the sustainability conversation forward for the food, farming and agriculture industries’ value chains. Preference will also be given to unique proposals that otherwise conform to the session formats outlined above and/or compelling speakers or panelists. Only presentations offering a vendor-neutral session will be considered. Selection and scheduling for breakout sessions will be at the discretion of the Summit organizers.

    Speaker Responsibilities

    Selected breakout speakers are required to submit their final presentation outline, with permission to post, no later than 14 days prior to start of the Summit, to ensure material can be reviewed, approved and made available to attendees immediately following the Summit.

    It is the responsibility of the submission contact to confirm and communicate with all proposed speakers that they must register for the Summit and pay the registration fee unless otherwise approved in advance by Summit organizers in writing.


    Proposals are due by September 8, 2017 and should be submitted via email to Summit Coordinator Norton at

     Please be sure to include in your submission:

  • A cover letter that includes the name of your organization and contact information

  • The name of other people and their affiliations that will participate in your session

  • A 500-word or less description of your session, including methods for engaging the audience

    (please see session formatting examples above)

  • 3-5 learning objectives

  • Identification of target audience

    Please note that there are other ways to engage with the Sustainable Agriculture Summit, including exhibiting, sponsoring, and attending as a participant.

    Please visit our website for details.