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2021 Ag Chairs Summit

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As a respected agriculture and rural leader, we would like to personally invite you to attend the 2021 Legislative Agriculture Chairs Summit – the only meeting of its kind in North America.  The 2021 Summit will begin Friday, January 8 through Sunday, January 10 and be followed with workshops the first Friday of each month throughout 2021.  

Because of  travel restriction due to COVID-19 the 2021 Summit will be entirely virtual!

If you signed up for the January 2021 Sessions, you will automatically sent the links to attend the monthly workshops. 

As legislative leaders responsible for developing and implementing the policies that address food production, natural resource management and rural development, you  are well aware of the many challenges that your states and provinces face; challenges that cross state and even national boundaries.

That is where State Agriculture and Rural Leaders and the Legislative Agriculture Chairs Summit comes in.  Since 2001, the LAC Summit has been providing a non-partisan unparalleled educational opportunity for elected state and provincial officials with an interest in agriculture and rural communities to work together, network, collaborate and create problem solving partnerships. 

This is an invitation-only Summit, and all of your virtual expenses are covered by State Agriculture and Rural Leaders, a federal 501 c(3) non-profit. 

The Summit includes an optional day of site visits of agricultural, food, fuel sites in the Charleston area (Friday), a partial day state issues (Saturday), and a business session on the third day (Sunday).  The Summit will also include workshops throughout 2021 on the first Friday of each month (February through December).  These workshops will include Federal and State issues that impact all States and Canadian provinces.  This will allow SARL members to stay up to date on those topics that matter most to the them and the work they do every day on behalf of agriculture and rural communities.

 The  tours will be virtual for you as well!  Attendees will be able  attend virtual information sessions while having the opportunity to interact with the  speakers.  There will also be networking opportunities to interact with the other virtual and in person attendees, all from your home office.

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The tentative agenda includes:

January 8, 2021 -  Noon EST - Virtual Tour

Carolina Pride Pastures - Alicia Holbrook : Owner/Operator

January 9, 2021 - Noon - 2:30 EST

            Virtual Lunch with Canada

12:00-12:10 – Opening Remarks and Introduction of Minister Wallace Ip, Trade Consul, Canadian Consulate in Denver

12:10-12:20 – Minister Remarks (TBD) Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

12:20-12:25 Introduction of Secretary Wallace Ip

12:25-12:35 Secretary Remarks SARL Secretary, MPP Toby Barrett 

12:25-12:35 Instructions for Trivia Wallace IP

12:40-12:55 Trivia Wallace Ip

12:55-1:00 Closing Remarks Wallace Ip

1:00 - 2:00:   Workshop - Panel Discussion with the FDA

Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods: Proposed Rule

FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Frank Yiannas 

Angela Fields, Senior Consumer Safety Officer, Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network (CORE), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), FDA 

Katherine Vierk, Division Director, Division of Public Health Informatics & Analytics, Office of Analytics and Outreach (OAO), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), FDA 

January 10, 2020 - Noon - 2:00 EST

             SARL Business meeting

February 5, 2021    Telling Agriculture's Story 

4:00 - 5:00 P.M.  EST - Zoom

Representative Tom Dent - Washington: Celebrating the Importance of Farmers

Hannah Thompson - Weeman - Vice President of Strategic Engagement, Animal Ag. Alliance: Debunking the Agriculture Myths

Michele P. Smoot - Director, Ag in the Classroom North Carolina Farm Bureau :  Speaking Directly to the Consumers


March 5 - Rural Broadband

4:00-5:00 P.M. EST - Zoom

Matthew Wohlman, Senior Director of State and Industry Affairs     Land O’Lakes, Inc.


April 9  - Sustainable Agriculture, May 7- Water Rights, June 4 - Business Meeting,  July 2- Educating the Consumer/ Supply Chains, August 6, September 3, October 1 - TBD, November 5-  Canadian Summit, and December 3- TBD will include workshops 4:00 EST - 5:30 EST.  

We look forward to seeing you all online throughtout 2021!