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Summit 2022 Agenda

Welcome to the Draft Agenda for the 2022 SARL Ag. Chair Summit to be held May 20-22, 2022 in Boise, Idaho.  We are so glad you will be attending.  This agenda is an ever growing document.  Please come back often to see the latest updates and specifics as we get closer to the event!



Legislative Agriculture Chairs Summit
May 20 – 21, 2022
Boise, Idaho
Draft Agenda


Friday, May 20, 2022
6:30-9:00 pm          Reception at JUMP:   Jacks Urban Meeting Place
                                  Special Guests:

                                  Idaho Governor Brad Little

                                   Garrett Lofto, President and Chief Executive Officer - J.R. Simplot Company
Saturday, May 21, 2022

6:30 am – 7:50 am            Breakfast Buffet
8:00 am                   Welcome – Senator Brent Jackson
8:15 am -9:40 am  Plenary I.
Water, Water Everywhere: A discussion of the ever changing world of water
               Moderator: Representative Tom Dent - Washington

                                  Drought management - Canadian approach - Manitoba

                                  David R. Tuthill, Jr., Ph.D., P.E. - Idaho Water Management Projects

                                  Senator Peterson - Ohio H2Ohio Program

9:45 am – 11:30 a.m.  Breakout I

  1. The Great Carbon Discussion

Moderator – Representative Devon Mathis – California

          Senator C. Susan Glick- Indiana – Carbon Programs

          Dr. Rattan Lal – Ohio  - Understanding Carbon

                           b.) Rural Infrastructure Development and Rural Sustainability-

                                  Moderator: Representative Kevin Ryan - CT

                                  -Ben Husch, NCSL

                                  - American Gas - natural gas to rural areas

                           c.) Fun with Fertilizer

                                  Moderator:  Senator Annette Sweeney

                                  Jason Troendle - Director of Market Intelligence and Research: The Fertilizer Institute

                                             Fertilizer Market Space

                                 Gene Harrington-State Government Affairs, Food & Agriculture: Biotechnology Innovation Organization

                                              Biostimulants and the Future


11:45-12:45 pm     Lunch – Oh Canada!

1:00 – 2:15 pm  Breakout II

  1. The Pride in Solid Pesticide Regulations
        Moderator:  Tom Dent - WA


Pesticide Regulation, Seed and On-Farm Benefits

Riley Titus - CropLife America

Pat Miller- American Seed Trade Association

Jennie Schmidt - Maryland Farmer



  1. Can’t Get Enough of Crops

                              Moderator: Senator Brent Jackson

                              Senator Shelley Hughes – AK

                                                             Industrial Hemp Pilot Project

                              Washington Potato Growers


  1. Live a Little with Livestock


                              Cody McKinley - National Pork Producers

                                             Prop 12

                              Mindy Patterson -President and Co-Founder of The Cavalry Group, LLC

                                             Working Animals Bill

                              Rick Prejet - Chairperson of Manitoba Pork Council

                                             Canadian Pork


2:30- 3:45 pmBreakout III

  1. The Future of Aquaculture

Moderator - Cynthia Lee Director, Government Relations

                                             Cargill Limited

                               Jeanne McKnight, Ph.D., Executive Director - Northwest Aquaculture Alliance –

                                              Aquaculture and Sustainability

Kenlon Johannes - Executive Director, Soy Aquaculture Alliance-

                               Aquaculture and Growth Potential

  1. Food for Thought

               Home Based Vendors – Senator Jean Leasing

Meat Processing – Simplot

Trespassing Bill- MPP Toby Barret

  1. Rural Broadband – The Great Divide

Moderator- Tara Sadd and Bob Bob Haefner

Agriculture and Rural Policy Advisers – CSD

                                            Rural Broadband Update


Doc Anderson- TX-

                                              Middle Mile Connection Project

  1. Agriculture Technology and Ag. Labor


               Elisha Modisett Kemp, JD I State Government and Industry Affairs Leader Corteva Agriscience

                              How Agriculture and Technology Interact to Benefit Farmers

                        Rick Naerebout – CEO, Idaho Dairymen’s Association

                                      Ag. Labor and the Dairy Industry

4:00-5:30 pm         Plenary 3
                                                           Agri-Activism: Playbooks, Strategies and Tactics

Andy Curliss- National Director of Strategic Initiatives at SAS Institute

6:30 pm                  Reception and Dinner

Sunday, May 31st
8:00 am – 10:00 am        Federal Issues Discussion

                                  Mark Limbaugh – The Ferguson Group

12:00 – 3:00 p.m.            SARL Business Meeting